Yesterday, on the last day of his H2H playoffs, Flavor Flav’s fantasy baseball team, “Yeah Boyd!!!” had a day to remember.  Fun fact!  Flavor Flav also plays fantasy baeball, drafting Hoopz, New York and Pumkin in the first round was the way to go, so surprising to see him take Brandi, who wasn’t even in Flavor of Love but on Rock of Love.  Rookie mistake!  Or maybe I should say roofie mistake.  So, yesterday, Matt Boyd went 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.33, losing his no-hitter with two outs in the 9th inning.  He throws a handful of pitches, literally.  Five in total:  fastball (92 MPH), cutter, slider (slutter?), change and curve.  His arsenal is nothing to boot (footy pun!).  Of course, five pitches that are all garbage isn’t exactly the meow’s cat.  As of yesterday, only his curve was a plus pitch.  He is only 26 years old, so maybe a 5.00 xFIP doesn’t give the whole picture/pitcher (stutterer!).   Of course, at this time of the year, only his next start matters, and the Stream-o-Nator actually has it as the smallest of positives.  So, you got it, Flav, “Yeah, Boyd!!!”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Miguel Cabrera – Out with back tightness, but won’t be shut down.  Ausmus did say something legitimately funny.  On shutting Miggy down, he said, “He’s about to get four months off.  He needs four months and two weeks?”  For the first time, I hear the Jewish in Ausmus.

Mikie Mahtook – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in his last seven games.  On our Player Rater, who’s higher, Mahtook or Miggy?  To avoid aneurysms, it’s still Miggy, but I wouldn’t have Mahtook you for a dope if you guessed Mikie.

Nick Castellanos – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and he was in Friday’s Buy column, because Exitolas Velocitanos isn’t just a disciple of the Homer, because he’s Greek.

Jeimer Candelario – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  Yes, appears schmotato, but one caveat on all of these Tigers hitters, they were facing the Pale Hose, which is also the name of a white supremacist brothel.

Reynaldo Lopez – 7 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.84.  His peripherals — 5.9 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 — couldn’t be more antithetical to his stuff-slash-minor league numbers-slash-axl.  Of course, for this year, the only thing that matters is his next start, and I agree with the Stream-o-Nator and wouldn’t mess with it.

Cody Bellinger – 0-for-4 and hit his 38th homer on Saturday, which ties the NL rookie record.  He tied Frank Robinson and Wally Berger, which is also what John Candy ate five per day while filming Vacation.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 32nd and 33rd homer.  Ugh, can he just go away already?

Eddie Rosario – 3-for-5 and his 25th and 26th homer.  I know this is counterintuitive to everything you know, but I’d want no part of the Twins’ offense right now.  Luckily, most have checked out to fantasy football, so Rosario’s price next 2018 will be deflated compared to where it should be, i.e., sleeper.

Byron Buxton – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting…Guess.  Keep in mind, he was struggling to hit .200 in June, and hit .216 at the break.  He’s hitting .258!  Dizzamn, serious 2nd half guy in his young career.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 29th and 30th homers, and four homers this weekend.  On June 1st, he had 3 homers.  Yup.

Dallas Keuchel – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.96.  For all intensive porpoises, Keuchel has been an ace, but he has likely one and a half starts left, and the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t love his next one.  I think he will be fine in his next start, but after that he might throw three innings while resting for the playoffs.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.50, and 202 Ks in 193 IP, as the Astros clinched the AL West.  Kinda pumped about the playoffs this year.  Gonna be hard to choose who to root for between the Dodgers and Astros, if they both get to the World Series.  Dodgers, because, well, I’m in LA; Astros because of Harvey.  If it went seven with the Astros squeaking it out, I’d be happy.  Now watch it be Minnesota vs. the Diamondbacks.

George Springer – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 32nd homer.  Whoa, he didn’t retire from baseball in July to start an alpaca farm?

Marwin Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Epiphany Alert!  The Astros were the best offense in the majors in the 1st half by a large margin.  I’m guessing they weren’t the best offense in the majors in the 2nd half.

Danny Duffy – 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.71, as he was activated from the DL with his elbow injury.  A starter in the last two weeks of the season with an elbow injury is not likely where you want to invest all your savings — I hear Beanie Babies are a great investment though — but the results here make me think the elbow injury is behind Duffy.

Jason Kipnis – 0-for-2 as he was activated from the DL and played center field, and hit 7th.  This was his 1st game in the outfield since 2009 in Rookie ball.  Shorthand:  Cleveland is more Cavs than Cav-nots with Kipnis out of the lineup, so let’s try and get him injured again.

Michael BrantleyIndians don’t have a return date for Brantley.  Reading between the lines:  can we get Brantley to run into Kipnis?

Corey Kluber – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.35.  He’s done more than enough, but it’s worth pointing out that his ERA from June until yesterday is 1.69 in 154 1/3 IP, and he was complaining of an injury in April/May.  So, a 1.69 ERA when healthy in more than 150 innings.  *fans self like a Southern belle*  One sixty-nine indeed.  Oh, and he has 252 Ks in 191 2/3 IP.  *puts handkerchief to forehead and faints*

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 36th homer, hitting .253.  We should just expect 35+ HRs and .255 until we see different.  Yeah, at some point it’s going to make sense to ignore him in March, but right now we’re just guessing when the bottom is going to fall out like that paper bag with a St. Ides.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners (1 hit), 6 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  The hit he allowed was a 2-run homer to Jackie Bradley, who sounds like a role Melissa Leo would play.  Odorizzi’s next start is hideous with emphasis on the O’s.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.15.  If past results equal future results, his next start will be 5 2/3-6 IP and 2-5 ER.

Zach Davies – 4 IP, 6 ER, in what should’ve been an easy matchup, as his ERA rises to 3.89.  Could Davies’ last genie wish have been, “Look great all season to rope fantasy owners in to trusting me in their H2H playoffs, then pitch as terribly as I’m capable?”  If so, what a bastard!

Brandon Woodruff – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.28.  Of course, he’s overachieving.  The entire Brewers’ pitching staff has overachieved all year.  Woodruff gets the Cubs next, which seems like an avoid, but knowing the Brewers, he’ll throw a shutout.

Matt Olson – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  Holy shizzballs, he’s out Rhysus’ing Rhysus.  Yo, Olson, you religious figure?  You Allahson?  Oh, Allahson, your aim is true.

Sean Manaea – 5 IP, 1 ER (2 unearned), 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.56.  For those slow on the uptake like a clogged straw, this was not a great start by Manaea.

Garrett Richards – 5 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.00.  Any guy that can barely throw 75 pitches is not someone I’d be looking at right now.  On a positive note, at least this Richards didn’t drop the n-word.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-4 and his 38th homer, hitting .211.  If he can get his average up to .250 next year on a wing and a pray, he could be gorge.  Or if an 80’s rocker is reading, a Winger and Living on a Prayer.

Taijuan Walker – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, vs. the Aints, ERA at 3.45.  I’m not shizzing you when I say, I can’t even imagine how a pitcher could give up four earned runs to the Giants right now in only five innings.  As Vizzini would say, inconceivable!

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 40th homer.  Or, ya know, a home run every 9.7 ABs.

Pablo Sandoval – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .197.  Lindsay Lohan has aged better than Sandoval.

Ivan Nova – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.20.  Had his best start of the 2nd half, but it was reported he was “favoring his groin.”  Could’ve been worse, he could’ve been on Facebook favoriting his groin.

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.13.  From Keith Law in 2011 when the Pirates selected Cole as their number one pick overall, “The Pirates are still seriously on Danny Hultzen and Bubba Starling, and I wouldn’t rule Anthony Rendon out entirely, but my gut tells me right now they’ll find Cole’s raw stuff — he hit 101 for me on Friday night and touched 100 many times, including in the eighth inning — too good to pass up.”  If you took everything Keith Law has ever said with a grain of salt, you’d have high blood pressure.

Sal Romano – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.07.  That’s how you sprinkle cheese on those meatballs!

Robert Stephenson – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.01.  Looks like Robert Stephenson got the best of the Pirates, blanking them.  Could even say he planked them.  After every K, he said “How you like Treasure Island?”

Scooter Gennett – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer.  Also, in this game, Eugenio Suarez (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) hit his 26th homer.  When the season ends, I’ll be going over a recap of all positions.  However, in March, you would’ve been better off with Scooter/Eugenio instead of Cano/Kyle Seager.  It’s okay to cry.

Jake Arrieta – Might return next week, after throwing a bullpen session of 42 pitches on Saturday.  Jackie Robinson would’ve been honored.

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-4 and his 27th homer, hitting .207.  Never in a million years would’ve thought in March that I’d be saying this now, but Schwarber’s going to be undervalued in 2018.

Tim Beckham – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Without any actual research (what a change of pace!), the Beckham trade is the best the Orioles have done on the trading market in ten years.

Jordan Montgomery – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.06.  Surprised the Yankees are still throwing him for so many innings.  Next year, he’s gonna be as good as worthless, or on the Mets.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-4 and a home run, hitting .294.  Guess how many HRs The Gregorius D.I.D. has.  Remember he missed almost all of April.  24 HRs!  Didi, do it to me one more time!

Sonny Gray – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.38.  To get this start on the last day of your H2H playoffs is enough to make you *pinkie to mount* an-Gray.

Robert Gsellman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.22.  G’s usually move in silence like lasagna, but nothing moves in silence about Gazelle-man with his loud outs.  After yesterday’s game, he was talking about how he learned a change from career minor leaguer Cory Burns, who is in Double-A.  Mets’ coaching staff — top notch!

Noah Syndergaard – Not yet ready for games.  The Mets will A) Shut him down.  B) Rush him back for the last week of the season, so he hurts himself even worse.  C) There’s no C.  D) Have their trainer, who has an online degree from the University of Phoenix, operate on Thor’s elbow even though the problem is with his lat.  E) Half their trainer in a magic trick gone wrong.

  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    What a wonderful write-up!

    a. I saw the HR that Rod Stripling gave up to Zimmerman and I thought there is one way that he makes it to the Dodgers playoff roster.

    Step 1 He changes his name from Rod Stripling to Rod Serling
    Step 2 He enjoys it in another lost episode of the Twilight Zone.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b5aW08ivHU

    b. Work, work, work so…..

    c. Rambo quote of the day for September 18 (from Rambo II) week of June 26

    Prison Guard in the rock quarry: ‘Let’s keep those hammers working. Rambo! Let’s go.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘How are you, Johnny?’

    Rambo: ‘Good.’

    Colonel Trautman (Prison Guard in the rock quarry): ‘That’s all.’

    Colonel Trautman (to Rambo): John, I’m sorry they sent you to such a hellhole.’

    Rambo: ‘- I’ve seen worse.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- Yeah, you have, haven’t you? John, I told you that I’d help you when I could. ‘You interested? You can’t possibly want to stay here for another five years.’

    Rambo: ‘In here, at least I know where I stand.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Yeah, just hear me out first. A covert operation’s gearing up in the Far East. Your name was dug out as one of three most able to complete the mission.’

    Rambo: ‘- Mission?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- Recon for POWs in Nam.’

    Rambo: ‘Why now? Why me?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Prison camp you escaped from in ’71 is a target area. Nobody knows that terrain better than you do. The risk factor’s very high. You’d be temporarily reinstated. If the mission’s successful, there may be a presidential pardon. You interested?’

    Rambo: ‘Yeah.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Good. Good. I’ll get the necessary clearance. Next we’ll meet with a Special Ops designate who haunts the operation.’

    Rambo: ‘Yes, sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- All clear?’

    Rambo: ‘- Yes, sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘I want you to know I did what I could to keep you outta here.’

    Rambo: ‘I know. – Sir?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- Yeah.’

    Rambo: ‘Do we get to win this time?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘This time, it’s up to you.’

    [Arrival in Vietman, because the workers in the rice field wore conical hats!]

    Ericson (to the MP Officer): That’ll be all.

    Ericson (to Rambo): How you doing, Rambo? I’m Ericson. Why don’t we make it over to the hangar? So, you’re the chosen one, huh? You made a hell of a rep for yourself in Nam. Anyway, I’m glad to be working with you. It may not be heaven, but at least you’re outta the joint.

    Colonel Trautman: ‘He’s here.’

    Colonel Trautman (to Rambo upon arrival): ‘- Morning, John.’

    Rambo: ‘- Sir.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘This is Marshall Murdock. Murdock’s in charge of Special Ops from Washington.’

    Murdock: ‘Thank you. Rambo, been looking forward to meeting you. – Problems on your trip?’

    Rambo: ‘- No.’

    Murdock: ‘Except for the damn heat, right? Never felt anything like it. Come on in. Let’s get down to business.’

    Murdock: ‘I was glancing over your files. Makes for some pretty interesting reading. “Rambo, John J., born 7/6/47, Bowie, Arizona, of Indian-German descent.” That’s a hell of a combination. “Joined the army 8/6/64. Accepted Special Forces. Specialization – light weapons. “Medic. Helicopter, language-qualified. “59 confirmed kills, two Silver Stars, four Bronze, four Purple Hearts, Distinguished Service Cross, the Medal of Honor.” You got around, didn’t ya? That’s incredible. You’re probably aware that almost 2500 Americans are still MIA in Southeast Asia. Most are presumed killed, but to the League of Families, Congress and lots of Americans, it’s still a very emotional issue.

    Murdock (to the MP standing next to the coke vending machine): ‘Give me something cold, please.’

    Murdock: ‘Rambo, you certainly don’t know as much about me as I do you. I honched with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines in Kon Tum in ’66. I lost a lot of good men, so I know what you and every vet feels. Maybe the government and certain segments of the population didn’t care. My committee cares.

    Colonel Trautman: ‘What it needs is proof that Americans are being held.’

    Murdock: ‘Once done, we’ll get our men back. If there’s any of our men at this POW target camp, you’re to confirm their presence by taking photographs.’

    Rambo: ‘- Photographs?’

    Murdock: ‘- Photographs. Under no circumstances are you to engage the enemy.’

    Rambo: ‘- I’m supposed to leave ’em there?’

    Murdock: ‘- I repeat, do not engage the enemy. Phase two Delta Force assault led by Colonel Trautman will handle the extraction. OK? I’d like to say that I feel with your participation, this mission has a better-than-average chance to succeed where others have failed. I’ll meet you both in the operations center in one hour.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Thailand across Laos into the mountains of Vietnam to the drop zone. You’ll be flying a ceiling of 250 feet when you bail out. – Think you can you handle it?’

    Rambo: ‘- Try.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Since you’re going in solo, you’ll rely on more equipment than ever before. And use it. Don’t try the blood-and-guts routine. Let technology do most of the work. I want you to try to forget the war. Remember the mission. – The old Vietnam’s dead.’

    Rambo: ‘- Sir, if I’m alive, it’s still alive, isn’t it?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You may find this hard to believe, but all this is for you. Impressed?’

    Murdock: ‘Besides monitoring devices, you’ll get all the ultramodern equipment we have to insure your safety. You can feel totally safe. We have the world’s most advanced weapons available.’

    Rambo: ‘I’ve always believed the mind is the best weapon.’

    Murdock: ‘- Times change.’

    Rambo: ‘- For some people.’

    Murdock: ‘Don’t let me interrupt, Colonel.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Upon insertion, call into base camp on Transat, then proceed to Hawk September to rendezvous with your contact, indigenous agent Co Bao.’

    Murdock (whispering to Trautman): ‘Is he listening?’

    Rambo: ‘Indigenous agent Co Bao.’

    Murdock: ‘Colonel. Are you sure he’s still not unbalanced from the war? We can’t have somebody who might crack under pressure in that hell.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Pressure? Rambo is the best combat vet I’ve ever seen, a pure fighting machine who only desires to win a war that someone else lost. And if winning means he has to die, he’ll die – no fear, no regrets. And one more thing. What you choose to call hell, he calls home.’

    Random AirOps guy: ‘Stand by to start APU. T minus 20. Switching now. Analyze. T minus 5.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You’ve got 36 hours to get the hell in and out. – So don’t stop and smell the roses, OK?’

    Rambo: ‘- Yeah.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Run into trouble, try to get to the hilltop extraction site marked on your map.’

    Ericson: ‘Ready to roll, Colonel.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- Good luck, son.’

    Rambo: ‘- Thanks.’

    MP: ‘Let’s go.’

    Rambo: ‘Murdock said he was with 2nd battalion 3rd Marines at Kon Tum in ’66.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Yeah.’

    Rambo: ‘The 2nd Battalion was at Kud Sank. You’re the only one I trust.’

    [Plane takes off]

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- Think he’ll find someone?’

    Murdock: – POWs? Doubtful. But there’s people to satisfy, questions that have to be answered.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘- You don’t sound too emotional about it.’

    Murdock: ‘- Wasn’t my war, Colonel. I’m just here to clean up the mess.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike Patton says:
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      BOO!! A re-run?
      It doesn’t have to be like this.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Mike Patton: We’re in the best of at this point

  2. Blevins says:
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    Beltre, Devers, Eugenio Suarez or Baez ROS at 3B?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Blevins: Devers

  3. Packers says:
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    The Tigers are playing Castellanos in right field to get his bat and Candelario’s in the lineup. Ausmus made a horrible managerial decision not replacing Castelanos defensively in the 9th inning or even earlier with a double diget lead. The hit allowed was to right center where Cast took the wrong route to the ball. I’m not sure even a Pillar could have made the catch but at least put your best defensive outfielder in when the guy is throwing a no hitter. Shame on Ausmus.

    • Fishinrob says:
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      @Packers: I had the same argument with my buddy! Bad move on his part. You gotta play it like it’s game 7 of the World Series !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: Man, that’s a terrible call by Ausmus

    • Ante Galic says:
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      @Packers: Agreed totally. The HR that Nicky Delmonico hit was on a rope, okay! But it just cleared the wall landing in the FIRST row!!! Castellanos gave it about a 5% Mike Trout attempt at catching it or 1% of a Kirby Puckett attempt, you be the judge!

      Cheers,
      Ante

  4. Jw says:
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    Stream Taillon in a 10 team league? Streamonator loves the start but seems like a ballsy move….

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Jw: high fives

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Jw: Would take some serious ball to stream Taillon

    • Bill says:
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      @Jw: In the same spot. It’s no doubt risky, but if the skipped start helped him work on some things and get straightened out, it could be a high-reward move, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jw: What’s the matchup

      • Bill says:
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        @Grey: Tonight vs MIL and, if he starts Sunday, vs STL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Bill: I really don’t trust him

  5. Milarky says:
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    Which two should I roll with this week at DH? It’s coming down to the wire – I’ve got my SBs filled elsewhere, but really looking for as much protection as possible in the other offensive categories.

    Chris Davis
    Solarte
    Thames
    Semien
    G. Polanco

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Milarky: Semien and Davis

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Milarky: if you can platoon him, I’d say Thames. He’s hot right now, but doesn’t play against LHPs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Milarky: CGS brings up a good point… Davis, Solarte, if can’t platoon

      • Milarky says:
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        @Grey: It’s a weekly lineup setting, so I can’t platoon him. I did have a quick look and I think right now MIL is lined up to face 4 righties and 2 lefties, if that changes anything.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d forget Thames then

  6. MarvPesos

    MarV says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Last Week ! thanks for all the help this year, loving the articles to start my day this baseball season.

    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS)

    I have 2 moves left for this week. Also keep in mind it is a keeper league (keep 12)

    1) Would you drop Diaz (still have Davis, Chapman, Holland) to capitalize on any of these 2 starters : T. Skaggs (CLE, HOU) or M. Leake (TEX, CLE)
    2) Should I pick up a catcher to fill my empty spot ? If so who do I drop ? Catchers available are: W. Castillo, R. Chirinos, M. Zuzino, A. Avila

    Waiver:
    Hit –M. Olsen, E. Rosario ,Jose Reyes, M. Reynolds, M. Haniger, J. Martinez, I. Kinsler, M Trumbo, T. Beckham, N. Castellanos, K. Morales, J. Polanco, T. Mancini, M. Taylor, T. Anderson
    PIT –H-Jin Ryu , D Fister, , Jose Urena,

    My Team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi – Trea Turner
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Ryan Braun
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Carlos Gonzalez
    Util- Andrew McCutchen
    BN – Christian Yelich

    Sp – Carlos Carrasco
    SP – Gerrit Cole
    SP – Justin Verlander
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Edwin Diaz
    P – Wade Davis
    BN- German Marquez (2 start)
    BN – Masahiro Tanaka
    BN –T. Bauer
    BN –Jose Quintana
    BN – Alex Wood
    BN – James Paxton
    thanks in advance

    • b the esq. says:
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      @MarV: 1) No. Neither of those pitchers have matchups that are “capitalizing”, particularly skaggs unless CLE and HOU shut things down with their divisions clinched.

      2) I would dump Bauer for either a Zunino at C or Reyes becuase X has not been lighting it up.

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @MarV: I would drop Paxton for Zunino. No way you’re trusting Paxton in H2H this week after what he did last week.

        • Curious George Springer says:
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          @Grey: Fair enough, assuming Paxton would be a keeper. As you say all the time, it’s basically impossible to diagnose that from afar.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, totally

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MarV: Thanks! 1. Nah 2. Diaz for Zunino sounds fine

      • MarvPesos

        MarV says:
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        @Grey: Alright, thanks everyone ! good luck in your leagues if you’re still playing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. Actionpants says:
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    Good morning,

    Great write up as usual. Some advice if you don’t mind:

    I’m in a head to head R/RBI/HR/OBP/SLG league and filling the holes behind home plate is Yasmani Grandal. I need to upgrade at catcher and could use someone that’s heating up to contribute in the playoffs.

    Is Austin Barnes a viable option? 2 position eligibility on a team that needs a hit streak and has a catcher that’s struggling. At Bats are a concern, do you see those increasing enough during grandals slump to warrant a Barnes pick up?

    (Chirinos is avail but seems to be cooling. Others avail are Ramos, Avila, Vazquez)

    Thanks for your time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Actionpants: I’d go any of those other catchers over Barnes

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @Actionpants: I was in the same boat and went with Christian Vazquez over Grandal. He’s been pretty hot and Sox seem determined to keep his bat in the lineup, e.g., he’s DHing today.

  8. Brad says:
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    In the semis, looking to strengthen my bats. Should I replace Dickerson and / or Villar with Candelario or Villar? Thanks for the help this season!

    • Brad says:
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      @Brad: @Brad: That meant to say replace either or both of those guys with Candelario or Didi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brad: Yes, both

  9. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    Should I sit Gio against the Braves (for someone like Josh Hader or Daniel Mengden off of waivers?) He has shit numbers against them and got creamed last time out. Also in my weekly edition of middle infield roulette should I start Asdrubal or Eduardo Escobar at SS?

    • Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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      also, chasing the hot hand, should I consider benching Justin Turner for Chase Headley?

      • Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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        or Candelario. Looking for the lowest downside for AVG at CI/MI….

      • Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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        thanks, boss.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  10. Peteo says:
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    Just in case you missed this ESPN FB Quote of the Year contender:

    ” Most importantly, [Jon Gray]’s 3.75 ERA is significantly better than his career mark of 3.75, making him a serviceable fantasy asset in all but the shallowest of leagues.”

  11. iKon

    iKon says:
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    Is Brad Ziegler just dead to the world? I feel like I haven’t heard any update on him in a week. Have to drop at this point right?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @iKon: Drop. When he was alive to the world, was he doing anything positive?

      • iKon

        iKon says:
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        @b the esq.: he had a great August and pulled together maybe 10 saves but has some neck issue and haven’t heard a thing since

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @iKon: He’s injured

  12. mcmi11ions says:
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    The Weekly Pitcher Planner marked Boyd as a stream yesterday. Arguably the best stream pickup of the year. Of course I ended up losing my H2H playoff match on a tiebreaker, but Boyd was a big reason it even went that far. If i had gotten 1 extra RBI during the week, I would have won. Oh well. Still alive in one league…

    Thanks for all your help this year Grey and Co. After being a reader/infrequent commenter for the better part of 3 or 4 years, I dove in and got a membership to SON and HT, and I’ll be getting them again next year. It’s been a fun season with you all virtually everyday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mcmi11ions: Thanks for the kind words! Sorry you lost in the tiebreaker

  13. Buxton Turner Overdrive says:
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    In the finals of my 14-Team H2H League; My starting pitching has mostly good matchups except Pomeranz @ BAL (Gausman) tomorrow, would you sit him?

    Strasburg @ NYM
    Tanaka vs MIN
    Pomeranz @ BAL
    Godley @ SD
    Duffy @ CWS
    Peacock vs CWS
    McHugh vs CWS, vs LAA
    Walker vs MIA

  14. baseballing says:
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    Hi Grey, please pick 3 to start this week (Points league).

    Hendricks @MIL
    Maeda @PHI
    Samardzija @LAD
    Flaherty @CIN and @PIT
    Gohara vs. WAS and vs. PHI
    Taillon (maybe 2 starts vs. MIL and vs. STL, but I can’t tell for sure)

    Thanks!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @baseballing: Hendricks, Maeda, Flaherty. I don’t trust Shark at LAD

  15. Screwballs says:
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    Grey,

    Another great write-up! Nice Elvis C reference today.

    I finally made it back to the Championship in my 10 team H2H keeper league due in no small part to my daily dose of Razzball, along with watching the detectives.

    We use QS instead of wins. I am facing a team loaded with SP talent. He has Kershaw, Greinke, Verlander, Bundy, Pomeranz, E-Rod, Z Davies, and Nola. I counter with Straily, Stroman, Roark, Tanaka, J Gray, Morton, Cueto and Hill. I also have G Cole who may not pitch this week.

    I would like to get your thoughts on ranking the following streamers [I can grab up to 5]:

    • Snell-CHC [12.0]
    • McHugh-CWS [13.5]
    • C Richard-ARI [3.4, with .62 QS]
    • Moore-COL [14.4]
    [email protected] [-3.7]
    • Happ-KC [7.9]
    [email protected] [10.4]
    • Boyd-MIN [1.2]
    • Kuhl-STL [5.0]

    Thanks in advance for the advice today and throughout the year!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Screwballs: Snell, McHugh, Porcello, Happ, Kuhl would be my top 5.

      Despite SoN, I inherently don’t trust Matt Moore.

      Boyd was ridiculous this weekend, which feels to me that he gets lit up this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Screwballs: Thanks! Haha… Is McHugh going to pitch a full game? I’d Google and try to figure out… But if so, McHugh, Porcello, Moore, Snell

  16. b the esq. says:
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    H2H championship week. QS instead of wins.

    Only allowed 7 moves per week, so not full on streaming, but in the most advised matchups.

    McHugh or Cueto tomorrow. SoN has them back to back with McHugh slightly more valued, but less likely to get a QS. Obviously ratios and Ks matter too.

    Flaherty, CC or Marquez are also available for tomorrow if you like any of them better but SoN is not as high on any of those 3.

    Thoughts? Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: Assuming McHugh will pitch full game, see above comment

  17. joeg414 says:
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    Good morning All , reaching my Games Started limit . Looking for Middle rp / Long men, got my eye on David Price , Joe Musgrove and Mike Montgomery.
    Any other non closers out there ?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @joeg414: Who is available? Archie Bradley, Devenski, Bryan Shaw, Betances, Barraclough.

  18. Jason Morgan says:
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    Who do you like in a points league? Need to pick three. Thanks.

    McHugh (CHW, LAA)
    Fister (@BAL, @CIN)
    Tanaka (MIN)
    Wood (@PHI)
    Quintana (@MIL)
    Jon Gray (@SD)
    Samardzija (@LAD)

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Jason Morgan: McHugh, Wood, Tanaka

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @Grey: Wood in Philly doesn’t scare you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not especially

  19. FrankGrimes says:
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    Sal Romano grew
    up near me. He had a small
    horse named Mascarpone…

    • b the esq. says:
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      @FrankGrimes: That was a pretty gouda comment….he must have been a munster in little league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Haha, this comment reminded me of Big O

  20. James Denniston says:
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    Damn I needed a starter for yesterday and didn’t trust Stream O on Boyd. I had him selected to add and when I saw the overall numbers I bailed.

  21. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Finals time! Thanks for the great advise all year, Grey! Here’s to bringing home a trophy, hopefully fueled by well-timed two start weeks from Kershaw and maybe Clevinger Stroman (Nola?).

  22. William Hung says:
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    My semi-final matchup starts today – I’m rolling out a rotation headlined by Fister, Marquez, Straily, Happ, Peacock, and Clevinger with Claudio, Holland, Treinen, Belise, and Viz holding down saves…

    Someone also dropped Felipe Rivero – I was thinking of picking him up as well.

    Talk about a pitching staff that i could’ve drafted with the final 11 picks…

  23. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    Cold hitting and unbelievable pitching from my opponent eliminated me from my fantasy playoffs last night. It’s a 10-team 6×6 (add OBP and holds, sub K/9 for Ks). Keep 5 forever. I assume my five keepers will be Goldy, Betts, Bellinger, Correa, and Machado. Unless of course, you think that Rhys, Benintendi, or Schoop make a better keeper. What do you think?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Alcibiades Escobar: Hard to go any other way that your initial 5.

      Any chance of trading in the offseason? Beni and Rhysus shoudl get you something if you can trade draft picks…..or combine 1 keeper and one of the others to upgrade….

      • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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        @b the esq.: Not a bad idea. Will definitely inquire. Thanks!

      • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. Scott says:
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    Weekly league, need to set the lineup today for the championship:

    Choose one to START (OPS League): Odubel Herrera or Yasiel Puig

    Choose one to BENCH: Severino @ TOR, Gray @ SD, Weaver @ CIN, Peacock vs. CWS, Rodriguez @ CIN

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Scott: Start Odubel. Bench……someone not listed there? What does SoN say? Great matchup, but probably bench Gray…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: ODB, Weaver

  25. b the esq. says:
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    Giles….not getting Ws, but should get Ks and ERA.

    Taylor.

  26. Jason Murray says:
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    Trying to finish off my lineup for this week. Who sits?

    Haniger – 3 vs. TEX
    Hoskins – 4 vs. LAD
    E. Rosario – 3 @ NYY, 1 @ DET
    J. Turner – 4 @ PHI
    Smoak – 3 vs. KC
    J. Abreu – 3 @ HOU
    Benintendi – 3 @ BAL

    Thanks!

  27. Foul balls says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks to you and everyone at razzball i’m fortunate enough to be in the final week of the championship round of my points league. I have only 5 bats starting today and no starting pitching. Would my best move be drop Urena and stream Taillon today vs Milwaukee or keep Urena for his regular start vs NYM on Wednesday? thanks kindly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Foul balls: I’d prefer Urena — Good luck!

      • Foul balls says:
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        @Grey: thanks you’re the best

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. Natsochist says:
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    Have Fister in two leagues, one Ws, one QS. Start him in either vs Orioles today, or leave him on the pine until CIN later this week?

  29. Stevie says:
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    Which two start pitchers do you like best? Perhaps you could rank them? It’s for the championship!
    C. Anderson CHC, @ Pit
    Leake Tex, Cle
    Marquez @SF, @SD
    Perdomo Ari, Col
    McHugh CHW, LAA
    Suter CHC, @Pit

    Much thanks for all you have done this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stevie: McHugh, German

  30. knucks says:
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    New Open Mike Eagle album might not be your thing Grey, hooks aren’t entirely the catchiest. But its god damn gold in my opinion! Highly recommended hip hop to all who may be intrigued by some thought provoking rhymes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Sweet! Thanks, bro!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Listening right now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Putting on repeat!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Liking this!

        • knucks says:
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          @Grey: He was on the latest Intercept podcast (which is sometimes kinda “meh”) talking about this new album and housing complexes in Chicago.

          This album prob won’t pass Hella Personal Film Fest, which is one of my favorite hip hop albums so far this decade. But its pretty good.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Listening to Celebrity Reduction Prayer now

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Just downloaded Hella Personal Film

            • knucks says:
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              @Grey: Its so good. I think you’ll like that album the most. Its catchy as hell from the get go. Lyrics are great as well. Album hold up really well for me every time I go back to it. Been getting alot of people hooked on it the past year or two.

              Two standout tracks from the last time I was listening to Hella…

              The Curse of Hypervigilance and Drunk Dreaming

              There is a rhyme about MLK in Drunk Dreaming that is so great.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I love the first song already… Good call!

                • knucks says:
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                  @Grey: Booyah! Listening now also, while I read about these pigeons on this table… avoiding some spreadsheet work haha

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha, good man!

  31. Jimbob says:
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    Weekly head to head points league, going for the championship!

    I have a ton of two starts, but he has Kershaw and his 2 cake matchups.
    Kluber is leading my attack

    Dodgers going 6 man this week? Darvish is listed on cbs as 2 straits.

    I need 3 of the below:
    German Marquez. @sf, @sd.
    Clevinger. @laa, @sea
    Fister. @balt, @cinc
    Gausman vBos, vTB
    Cole vs STL
    Carrasco @sea

    Marquez and Clevinger feel like no Brainers

    Thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimbob: German, Carrasco, Clevinger

  32. cubjet says:
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    I’m in playoffs and have Carlos Correa. He hasn’t been setting the world on fire since he returned from injury. I have Gregorious on my bench. Would you stick with Correa or make the switch?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cubjet: I’d go Didi

  33. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Looking only at saves: Barraclaw or Belisle?

  34. G says:
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    You like Marques for his two start week as much as streamonator? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sounds decent

      • G says:
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        @Grey:

        My part 2 to this is do you drop Boyd or Gibson for German? They are my only possible drops and they (Boyd and Gibson) actually face off against each other later this week. I have a cap on moves so trying to be careful with my moves.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gibson

  35. anthrovisual says:
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    Need to start 5 of the 7. What do you think of this?
    Start: C. Carrasco, R. Ray, P. Corbin, A. Wood, L. Weaver
    Sit: A. Nola, J. Paxton

    Tx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone above asked about Weaver and I don’t think it was a good matchup… I don’t know everyone’s matchup

      • Andy says:
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        @Grey: It’s really deciding between Nola and Weaver. Nola is home against the Dodgers and Weaver is in Cincy. So I can’t decide.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Nola

          • anthrovisual says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  36. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Castellanos isn’t greek hahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is in my mind

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: He’s the new Youk. Non-Greek, Greek guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, was gonna say, like Jewk was Greek

  37. inferiorhippo says:
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    I have a feeling this is a terrible question and I think I know the answer, but here you go.

    10 team dynasty league, you can keep 15 players each year for a max of 5 years (we’re on Year 2 now). W also can keep an additional have 5 Minor leaguers.

    Raimel Tapia lost his rookie eligibility, do you think I would/should keep him next year as one of my 15 players? I’m in the championship (thanks to you) this week and may drop him for another arm.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know your other options, but he’s likely not a keeper

  38. larry says:
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    Is Beltre a good pickup for utility bat-would need to drop-Ender, Haniger, Domingo, Hoskins or
    José Martínez. Drop for any of the above or hold.?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Martinez for him

  39. Tank1 says:
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    Assuming you have other decent options, is Odor still a good keeper option for next year? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly not

  40. peteo says:
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    Just realized I have an actual question, too…
    UT spot, First week of ESPN Standard H2H final round, only thing I DON’T need is SB.

    Who do you go with?
    W Myers
    J Lamb
    JBJ
    Haniger
    M. Chapman.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger

  41. foul balls says:
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    Hi Grey would you drop paxton who pitches thursday vs texas to pick up mchugh and his possible 2 starts vs CWS and LAA in a points league, as always thanks for your help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, go for it

  42. Jason Murray says:
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    Which OF sits this week?

    Haniger – 3 vs. TEX
    Benintendi – 3 @ BAL
    Rosario – 3 @ NYY, 1 @ DET
    Hoskins – 4 vs. LAD

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, tough call… Haniger

  43. Ball Park Frank says:
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    Grey, made it to the finals in H2H. 12 team Standard 5×5. My offense had huge numbers last week but I also added Olson on Saturday because it was just too enticing.
    A) Would you roll with the guys who in the last two weeks produced 86 R, 30 HR, 82 RBI, 13 S, 260. AVG. or mix in Olson where I see fit? I like him against Detroit and Texas this week.

    Contreras
    Encarnacion
    Dozier
    Shaw
    Segura
    Bellinger
    Upton
    Buxton
    Util- Merrifield
    Util- Rhysus
    Be- Olson

    B) my opponent has ridiculous pitching.
    Kershaw, Scherzer, Ray, Grienke, Severino, Hendricks, Lackey, Holland, Devenski.
    He doesn’t stream so his ERA and WHIP are usually imacculate. Kershaw and Scherzer hurt him last round but I don’t think I can count on that again. Does it make sense for me to target Wins, K’s, Saves?

    • Ball Park Frank says:
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      @Ball Park Frank: no innings limit and I have 27 moves left

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson’s going over Merrifield for me if you need RBIs and HRs over runs/SBs — B) Yes, that makes sense

  44. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    In the H2H playoffs and trying to game plan for the whole week. Pitching cats are W/K/ERA/WHIP/Sv+H. Wondering if what I have will suffice or if I should supplement with some streamers. Not sure if I need to make any moves. Here’s my roster and the available options:

    SP: Corbin (@SD, @MIA)
    Darvish (@ PHI
    Nola (vs. LAD,
    Wood (@ PHI
    Severino (@TOR)
    McCullers

    RP: Kimbrel, Rodney, Viz, Treinen, Devenski

    McHugh (vs. CHW, LAA)
    Marquez (@SF, @SD)
    Straily (vs. NYM, @ARI)
    Davies (vs. CHC)
    Gohora (vs. WAS, vs. PHI)
    Maeda (@PHI)
    Morton (vs. LAA)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McHugh over McCullers

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Should’ve mentioned it’s a keeper league and I have McCullers at a great price. (Also have Thor on the DL and the above listed guys as well.) Does that change the situation in your opinion?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you can’t lose anyone and need to roll with who you have

          • Lincecuminmypants says:
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            @Grey: Ok. Tangentially related, should I dump Devenski for a batty call today to try to grab a HR or Steal?

            Healey, Peralta, A. Rosario, Broxton, Bradley, Candelario, Marte, Semien, E. Escobar, Mahtook,

            I would then drop THAT guy for T. Anderson or Justin Turner.

            As you can likely tell, I’m in total overthink mode.

            • Lincecuminmypants says:
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              @Lincecuminmypants: Crush Davis is available too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, Candelario…Anderson

              • Lincecuminmypants says:
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                @Grey: Thanks! Always appreciate it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  45. DrEasy says:
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    Trying to think of another favorable trade to the O’s… Chris Davis + Tommy Hunter for Koji Uehara was a pretty good one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not easy to think of one tho, is it?

  46. DrEasy says:
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    Also, does Betances have any purpose in fantasy right now with the way he’s been pitching, or is it even better to have an extra hitter on my bench, like, say, Mauer for AVG, or Trumbo for HR?
    Wondering the same about holding on to Ziegler and Barraclough.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Betances and Ziegler for Mauer, Trumbo

  47. Gotime says:
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    Last week, H2H (QS no wins) start them all?
    Darvish @ PHI and SF
    Wood @ PHI
    Ray @ SD
    Hill vs SF
    Archer @ BAL (not sure here)
    Bench Paxton vs TEX?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench Archer and Pax

  48. Bernie B says:
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    Drop Kepler or Scheb for Olson in a 16 team, ops dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler

  49. Citizen5 says:
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    Are you trusting Archer in his last few starts? Injury scare to start the month (I benched him) and he has not looked himself. Currently have Andriese in his SP spot but he got yanked in the 5th the last time out.

    Who’s the best option for QS and Ks?
    Archer vs. CHC (Lester) @ BAL (Gausman)
    Andriese @BAL (Hellickson) @ NYY (Tanaka)
    Snell Vs. CHC (TBD) @ NYY (Sabathia)
    Thank you,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, not trusting Archer…. Snell

  50. Ball Park Frank says:
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    Opponents only had 8 SB’s over last 30 days. Pham 5, Turner 2, Judge 1, Story (who just rides his bench) 1.

    Also, great write up, always on point.

    Flavor Flav
    Gregorious D.I.D.
    Southern Belle and sexy ERA’s
    Cold St. Ides
    University of Phoenix
    Zimmerman can go away now. Didn’t I draft him in the sixth round, like six years ago. Then in the twelfth a couple years later. My opponents starting 1B

    Have a good one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  51. Jon Gray's broken toe says:
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    Hey Grey its Jon Gray

    I had a great game yesterday and u had a lot of luuuuuv for me at the beginning of the season … has Coors scared u so much that I am now a non-factor and you won’t mention me anymore?

    In my dynasty league how would you rank these starters for 2018? (yes I drafted myself)

    Luis Castillo
    Jon Gray
    Lance McCullers
    James Paxton
    Brad Peacock
    Carlos Rodon
    Eduardo Rodriguez
    Blake Snell
    Luke Weaver
    Alex Wood (pre all-star average velocity 95 mph)
    Alexandra Wood (post all-star average velocity 91 moh)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood, Pax, McCullers

  52. Holds onto me and Save me says:
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    In a league where we use both saves and holds my opponent this week has Kimbrel, Giles, Diaz, Neris, and Nicasio as his closers and Minor and Devenski as his holds guys.

    I have Rivero, Treinen, Shane Greene, Belisle, and Parker as my closers and have Betances and Shaw as my holds guys. Help me out here. Should I punt holds and add some more SP or should I accept that I am very likely to lose saves and load up on middle relievers as much as I can? We are limited to 3 transactions a week in the playoffs, FYI (this is the championship game). Or should I add 1 holds dude and see where my 2 other transactions play out best?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Add one Holds guy and keep two moves

      • Holds onto me and Save me says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey! That sounded the best to me too. Any holds dude that you’re particularly feeling more than others for this week? Tyler Olson, Moylan, Cishek, Kahnle, Dull, O’Day, Brach, Freeman are all options at the moment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not really… O’Day

  53. DancinHomer says:
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    In the final week of the playoffs & need to make room for streaming SP’s. I have McCullers on my bench and really considering dropping him.

    will he be pitching again this week/ year?

    thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him

  54. Gator says:
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    I know it’s just a 2 month sample, but Olson is hitting HRs at an absurd rate. Do the strikeouts eventually catch up to him? For 2018, Olson or Smoak who has dropped off a bit? Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoak, I don’t think it’s close

  55. dhouse42 says:
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    i love fantasy baseball. i’m in first now in my main money roto league, riding the likes of peacock, weaver, buxton, avisail garcia, hoskins, and bellinger.

    exactly how i planned!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice!

  56. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    The Taijuan Walker start is easy to explain: I streamed him. I saw that the Giants were rolling out a lineup with a 3 4 5 of Slater, Crawford, and Parker, and decided to go for it. I watched the game, and he got killed on balls in play. The Giants rolled crappy, perfectly placed ground balls all over the place, and the ump cost Walker at least an earned run and a hit. 75% ground ball rate and 18% hard hit rate. So damn snake bit on streamers this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, figured it had to be BABIP since there were no HRs

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: And no XBH’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson, good luck!

  57. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (3) SP: deGrom, Severino, Lynn
    (2) RP: Knebel, Ramos
    (4) P: Hand, Betances, Ryu, Bauer
    (6) Bench: Morton, Corbin, McHugh, Weaver, Snell, Marquez

    Okay Grey so here are the matchups for the guys I own right now so I need to know who I should be starting in this week’s semifinal!

    Or it might be easier to pick who NOT to start and thus those SPs would get cut for some streaming options I’ll ask about soon? Or should I be dropping one of my RPs for a streaming spot?

    9/18
    Corbin @SD (12.9)

    9/19
    McHugh vs. CHW (13.5)
    Marquez @SF (7.4)

    9/20
    Snell vs. CHC (12.0)
    Weaver @CIN (2.4)

    9/21
    Bauer @LAA (3.0)

    9/22
    deGrom vs. WSH (31.4)
    Severino @TOR (18.3)
    Morton vs. LAA (5.0)

    9/23
    Ryu vs. SF (13.5)
    Lynn @PIT (-1.5)

    9/24
    Marquez @SD (13.0)
    Corbin vs. MIA (2.8)
    McHugh vs. LAA (-3.4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t start Lynn, Weaver and 2nd McHugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson, good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, she is a looker and a Cougar!

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Ugh! Why are their no pictures of this event? We can only hope.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There are in that article! Wait, don’t look!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Now you have to

  58. southside dom says:
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    Made it to the ‘ship! Week 1 of 2, standard 5×5 H2H

    Now the tough part…

    SON is in love with Archer and Pax, but they have their recent struggles. Worth the gamble? I like my Dodgers for ratios, but are they gonna go deep enough to get a W?

    Given all that, which 2 of the following do you sit?

    -Archer (CHC, @BAL, $41.4)
    -Paxton (TEX, $28.3)
    -Ryu (SF, $13.5)
    -Quintana (@MIL, $12.6)
    -Maeda (@PHI, $11.5)
    -Duffy (@CHW, $10.4)
    -E-Rod (@CIN, $9.3)
    -Weaver (@CIN, $2.4)

    For hitters, which 2 do you like for SS/MI?
    -Semien (@DET3, TEX3, $13.2)
    -Moncada (@HOU3, KC3, $2.1)
    -Albies (WSH3, PHI3, $7.5)
    -Story (@SF3, @SD3, $-4.1)
    -Odor (@SEA3, @OAK3, $4.7)

    Thanks G!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start Pax or Archer…. Moncada, Albies

  59. Random Collmenter says:
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    1. Start Knebel (@ PIT, vs. CHC) or Aroldis (vs. MIN, @ TOR) this week?

    2. Start Maeda @ Philly or Garrett Richards @ Houston?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Knebel 2. Maeda

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man!

        Last question: start Reyes (@ MIA, v. WAS) or Beckham (v BOS, v TBR) u think? I need runs…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Beckham

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clevinger over Archer would be safer

      • Sean says:
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        @Grey:

        Its a points league, 2 starts are pretty important.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then keep it as you have

  60. Jason Murray says:
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    I need 1 starter to round out my championship game lineup in a H2H league. My choices are:

    Archer vs. CHC
    Taillon vs. MIL
    Berrios @ NYY

    I’m having trouble feeling good about Archer and Taillon even though SON likes them. I could also pick up Chatwood @ SF or Tyler Anderson @ SD. Suggestions? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of them… Anderson

  61. Steve says:
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    Who’s the drop for a streamer: Franco v.LAD, @ATL; J Martinez @CIN, @PIT or Candelario v.OAK, v.MIN

    Is Candelario the real deal? He had a great week.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        Who would you start this week at SS: Cozart v.STL, v.BOS or T. Anderson @HOU, v.KC (weekly lock roto)

        Trying to win both my leagues!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cozart, though depends a bit on needs

  62. JAC says:
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    Three guys under my microscope for this final championship week….Lamb, Mazara and Calhoun. Only 6 moves to make in a week so have to be judicious in case i need to chase SPs on the wire later in the week.

    Lamb has been benched v Southpaws and has not hit in months. He has 6 games this week….3 at SD, 3 V Mia…with at least two being against southpaws.

    Calhoun has 6 games 3 v Cleve and 3 at Hous . Tough pitching all around.

    Mazara has 6 games….3 at Sea, 3 at Oak. Quad tightness an issue?

    My backfill would be Candelerio or Ahmed. Candlerio has 7 games….3 v Oak, 4 v Min
    Ahmed has 3 at Mia but then 3 v Washington’s stellar staff.

    Ugh. Do I hold and see if Lamb catches on early in the week or make a move? I am the underdog btw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None are good, I’d go Candelario, at least hot bat

      • Questions I Know The Answers To But Have Issues says:
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        @Grey:

        Got it…for Calhoun or Mazara?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Calhoun

  63. Anchovies says:
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    hey now!

    is jacob faria worth holding on to in a keeper league?

    i need some room to stream a pitcher or two and he’s taking up a lot of it.
    anyway, how do you feel about weavers starts (@cincy/vs. chicago cubs) or i could lose adam duvall (bench bat at this point) of faria who im was hoping to keep.

    id be picking up mchugh and/or trever bauer

    ahh, the quagmires. thanks again for yours and everyone at razzballs advice.

    –dave

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Faria but don’t know depth of your league… don’t love Weaver’s start… Bauer

  64. Anchovies says:
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    its a 12 teamer, but most likely be smaller next year. damn…someone snagged bauer…

    any of those guy worth a drop for mchugh? seems like i had mchugh most of the year and lost him recently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you need the start, can’t imagine you would be keeping Faria in that league

  65. Nightmare! says:
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    Hi Greylord. Happy Monday. Just wondering if I could some of that Greylord luck for this weeks World Series I’m in. 500$ for first place. Wish me luck my dude!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck, Nightmare!

  66. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Grey –

    Happy championship week! I have a collection of above avg SP that I’d appreciate a 2nd opinion on. Who are the worst two starts (which two would you sit)? It’s 5×5 with QS instead of wins.

    Peacock v. CWS
    Roark @ Atl
    S Gray @ Tor
    G Cole v. Stl
    Taijuan v. Mia
    Samardzija @ LAD
    Morton v. LAA

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark, Samard

  67. Shitwolf says:
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    Last week of the season would you go story or monads? for the win!

    • Shitwolf says:
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      Last week of the season would you go story or monads? for the win! @Shitwolf:

      Ahahahah monads moncada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada

      • Shitwolf says:
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        @Grey:

        Good call on the good call man I was thinking that… Thanks for being cool

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. Steve Anus says:
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    months ago when i had m.montgomery awaiting him to get lineup spot i just happened to be completely burned by him about 3 times during what was probably his only bad spell this year. he’s starting tomorrow @ TB who’ve been bad for a while. 14 team h2h with QS.
    SP wood/carmart/duffy/woodruff (really good again, so only ONE bad start now, even though SON hates him every time out)/cueto/junis (outperforming SON for a while now)/flaherty/folty (SON has the day of his start next wrong)
    junis @ TOR -2.1
    @ NYY -8.5
    flaherty @ CIN -5.8
    @ PIT -5.2
    montgomery at TB no SON but lackey has a -11 tomorrow (it’s montgomery’s start) and lester has an 8.9 @ TB today.
    drop anybody for montgomery here or no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trust Flaherty

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Or Folty, Montgomery or Junis, tbh

        • Steve Anus says:
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          @Grey: right, the other options would be:
          skaggs vs CLE 3.3 (tomorrow)
          t.anderson @ SD 14 (this sounds like an add for sure)

          so clearly i want to grab anderson now, and maybe montgomery for tomorrow. flaherty probably 1st drop, the 2nd junis or woodruff (albeit both play over their SON numbers almost all of the time)
          woodruff vs CUBS -12.6
          vs CIN -2.1

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yes, Anderson, Montgomery over Flaherty, Junis

          • Steve Anus says:
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            @Steve Anus: or skaggs for tomorrow.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, don’t trust Skaggs

              • Steve Anus says:
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                @Grey: really only an option IF CLE sits people, but they might.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Agreed

  69. TheConsigliere says:
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    In the final for 12 team weekly lock points H2H league. No -1 for strikeouts, otherwise standard ESPN scoring.

    Yelich just announced as out of the lineup today, so only has 2 @ Mets, 3 @Ari and has cooled off in the past week.

    Do I roll with a hot hand instead?

    Candelario 3 Oak, 4 Min
    Avisail 3 @ Hou, 3 KC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Candelario

  70. ryanoger says:
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    redraft

    Who you like better for last stretch:

    Moncada or Castellanos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castellanos

  71. AB says:
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    Hi Grey,
    2 questions for 5×5 H2H:
    Beltre or Gennett this week?
    Pick 2: Berrios, Manaea, Corbin, Gibson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter — Corbin, Manaea

  72. DonnieB says:
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    Which two from Margot,Haniger and Candelario? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Margot

  73. DonnieB says:
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    How about C andelario or Franco? Both have 7 games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Candelario

  74. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    Ah me again! Thanks for the help earlier Grey!

    Now I need to know which starts here are the best to use this week in my semifinal match-up! I can use up to 6 adds …

    9/19
    Skaggs vs. CLE (3.3)
    Clevinger @LAA (-5.2)

    9/20
    M Moore vs. COL (14.4)

    9/22
    Boyd vs. MIN (1.2)
    Wacha @PIT (-0.8)

    9/23
    Manaea vs. TEX (15.5)
    Chacin vs. COL (13.2)

    9/24
    Cotton vs. TEX (6.3)
    Gohara vs. PHI (3.9)
    Clevinger @SEA (-3.9)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore, Boyd, Manaea, Chacin, Cotton, Gohara

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks again my man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. Corey says:
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    I’m in the finals in my fantasy league — thank you Grey and Razzball! Happy paid subscriber here.

    With Marte down, I’m looking at replacements. I have enough OF, so if I’m going to use a player add it would have to be for someone who is going to make a difference this week. Eric Thames was dropped – should I pick him up? He’s hot, but they’re sitting him against every left hander. With only 6 fantasy days left, it wouldn’t be worth it if he’s going to miss half of the games.

    Puig is also available. Or I could decide that adding James Paxton for his start would be a better use of the roster move.

    Any thoughts welcome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I’d go Puig… Good luck!

  76. Joeg414 says:
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    Can only start one tomorrow:
    Nola Home vs Dodgers
    Or
    Clevinger @ LA Angels
    Need the K’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  77. Ball Park Frank says:
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    Hope you started Jaime Garcia!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, right?

  78. glory daze says:
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    Hey Grey please pick 2
    Cobb @ Baltimore
    McHugh home Chicago
    Maeda @ Phil
    Perez @ Seatle
    Mengden @ detroit

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McHugh, Maeda

  79. FrankGrimes says:
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    Archer has been dog shit lately
    You trusting him tomorrow vs cubs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not at all

  80. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Made it to the finals in my big money league! Barely, too. Luckily I dropped S Marte for Rosario (who hit 2 HR) and I ended up winning by 2 HR. My opponent made the mistake of starting Walker @SF, and with his bad outing, I ended up winning WHIP by 0.02.

    Anyways, I’m in the finals facing the guy who’s been in first place all year long thanks to the likes of Judge, Giancarlo, etc. Thankfully, I’m rolling with Hoskins and Olson right now.

    It’s limited moves and I have 2 moves left, he has 6. I am obviously not going to be able to compete in streaming pitchers, so I need to focus on picking up pitchers with a good chance for a W and good ratios, with less of an emphasis on strike outs.

    Here are my current starters

    Strasburg @NYM
    Corbin @SD, MIA
    Gibson @DET
    ERod @CIN
    Teheran PHI
    Carrasco @SEA
    Hill SF
    Nola LAD
    Woodruff CHC

    1) Are any of those obvious “do not starts”? I’m thinking maybe just Woodruff? Then again, do I give away potential strike outs and a possible win by just dropping him before he starts?

    2) Without a bench bat, should I absolutely use my last 2 moves on starters or should I pick up one bench bat, knowing he could potentially blow me out of the water in W/K with 4 extra moves remaining,

    My offense : C Realmuto 1B Votto 2B Merrifield 3B Rendon SS Story OF Bellinger OF Hoskins OF Olson UTL Rosario

    One concern is that Rosario faces 3 lefties the rest of the week (Sabathia, Boyd, Bell) and has a 74 wRC+ against LHP.

    Potential bench bats: Baez, Odor, Suarez, Beltre, C Davis, Gallo, Moncada, Castellanos, Souza, Kiermaier

    3) Which of these starters do you like best for the week?

    Marquez @SF, @SD (Cueto, Perdomo)
    Paxton TEX (Hamels)
    Cobb @BAL (Ubaldo/Hellickson)
    McHugh CHW, LAA (Giolito, Skaggs)
    Lamet ARI (Ray)
    Junis @TOR (B Anderson)
    T Anderson @SD (Richard)
    Lopez KC (Hammell)
    Newcomb PHI (H Alvarez)

    Thanks!

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