At least one of you is reading this with a bandaged thumb from a fireworks mishap. I had a Cousin Pete (Italian side of the family) who lost the tip of his thumb on the 4th, but rather than stop the festivities, he taped the tip of a hot dog on his thumb to act as a tourniquet for the rest of the 4th, so we could all go about our fun-having business. I suggested my Cugino make a PSA about hot dog tourniquets, but I was turned away by NBC Cares. Let us bow our heads and pray that if anyone loses a finger, may there be a proper-sized hot dog nearby.  Okay…*claps hands* Play ball!  Yesterday, Matthew Boyd went 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners (zero walks), 13 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  Flavor Flav secures his giant clock to his chest with one hand and pumps his fist with his other hand, “Yeah Boyd!”  Boyd was the 1st pitcher with less than 6 IP, zero walks and 13 or more Ks.  You kinda have to get hit around a bit to have that record, but, damn, that’s impressive.  Let’s hear it for the Boyd, let’s hear it for the…MATT!  See what I did there? No one saw that coming!  Not a soul!  Boyd is one of the few guys in the entire major leagues who is pitching better than his ERA would indicate.  I’m kidding, everyone’s ERA is crap!  But Boyd’s been very special — 11.9 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 3.33 xFIP — and is looking like a solid number two with upside. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, and his 5th homer, hitting .303.  If he wasn’t hitting like a power hitter from 1903 when everyone was named Chappy, he’d be having an okay season.

Niko Goodrum – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .242.  There’s one 75-year-old punk rocker with a Velvet Underground banana sticker stuck to their weed chest like, “Niko!  Yeah, man!”

Jeimer Candelario – 1-for-5 and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in three games, and is hitting .350 in the last week since being called back up.  He should be in this afternoon’s Buy column. Let’s see if he is…*looks into future* Move out of the way, lottery numbers, I’m trying to see the future for Jeimer Canderlario!

Eloy Jimenez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .243.  I kinda hope Eloy’s 2nd half is lackluster so he’s not super inflated next year and then goes full-Bellinger.  I have very specific wants.

Alex Wood – Scheduled for a minor league rehab game at Louisville, which is a town that takes in all tired and poor Louies.  Speaking of Louie, I wouldn’t touch Wood.

Luis Castillo – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.29.  Sell high!  Seriously, I love Castillo but this is slightly absurd.  My man is not a 2.29 ERA pitcher.  Unless he waits until 2020 to blow up his spot like Snell.

Brandon Woodruff – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  If only someone told you to draft Woodruff.  Wait a second, someone did!  That someone was me!  If only I ranked him high enough so it was possible.  Wait again!  I did that too!

Kris Bryant – 4-for-5, 3 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .294.  It’s amazing K. Bryant aka White Mamba was able to get out of Kobe’s shadow.  Almost as amazing as Joey Chestnut becoming famous for swallowing hot dogs, getting out of his equally talented sister Juwanna Chestnut’s shadow.

Willson Contreras – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .294.  His hitting is almost as good as his outfield defense.

Albert Almora Jr. – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 8th homer.  Albert Almora Jr. has more homers than Miguel Cabrera.  Ha!

Robel García – 3-for-5 and his 1st homer as he was called up by the Cubs to play. Dot dot dot. 2nd base?  Maybe.  I don’t know, tee bee aitch.  He had 15 homers in Triple-A in 50 games, and hit .281, but, honestly, everyone is hitting at every level.  He also had a 34% strikeout rate so he might hit .205 in the majors.  If you click his name, you’re magically transported to his player page where his projections are and they’re not bad. Again, playing time though?  I guess I can see a flyer in deeper leagues.

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 25th homer, hitting .299.  Trout is Jordan but instead of a flu game he’s got a “no swag” game.

Griffin Canning – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.43.  I’ve been pretty out on Canning for a while now, refusing to own him in any matchups.  Unless this is a food drive, an Opener might help Canning.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homer, hitting .191.  I don’t want to be one of those cynics who doesn’t believe anything, but until I see video proof, Odor went 0-for-5 with 4 Ks and a grounder to 2nd.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.91.  You know what kind of year Lynn’s having?  What we should’ve got from Happ.  I will call him Perchance Happ.

J.A. Happ – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.02.  Speaking of the devil (so coincidental!), if only you could’ve been Perchance better.

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer.  Also, in this game, Edwin Encarnacion (1-for-5) hit his 25th homer.  It’s a miracle when the Yankees don’t hit a home run.  “Ain’t one of my miracles.”  That’s The Ghost of Earl Weaver.

Brandon Lowe – Hit the IL with a shin bruise.  Too bad, because Lowe’s got all the tools.  Badoomtish!  Called up to replace him was Nate Lowe.  Wow, someone took Ludacris deadly serious when he said, “Get Low.”

Yonny Chirinos – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.15. He ended up with a no decision, but incredibly there was no blown save involved.  A shizzton of runs given up by the bullpen?  Oh yeah, but no official blown save.

Danny Jansen – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 7th and 8th homer, and 6th homer this week (!).  Jansen should’ve been the lede, but catcher so bleh.  He should be the lede in today’s Buy column, but still catcher so bleh.  He should be owned everywhere?  Yeah, even though, ya know, catcher.  Six homers this week! I mean, dubya tee eff.

Freddy Galvis – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .273.  Freddy Galvis or Vlad Jr.?  Okay, but really which one?

Rafael Devers – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 15th homer, hitting .331.  Has anyone done a 23 and Me on Devers to make sure he’s not really Mookie Betts?

Brandon Workman – 2 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 1.85 as he blew his 4th save.  The Red Sox closer role’s womb is polluted!

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-4 and his 30th homer. He joined an exclusive group of players who have hit 30 homers before the break and only 24 of those home run balls had a fuse that Commissioner Rob Manfred lit right before it was tossed to the pitcher.

Dinelson Lamet – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks in his 1st start back.  I went over my thoughts on Lamet yesterday. If you click his name, you’re magically transported to the last three previous mentions of him.  The General Gist, which was also my high school band, I like him for Ks, he’s okay in good matchups, but still risky.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.73.  I hope it never ends, but soon, I don’t know, we might have to start talking about, “What if it does end?”

Zach Eflin – 3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.78 vs. Mike Soroka – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.42.  If you’re going to make it inconvenient for the Regression Fairies to see Barry Manilow for his 4th of July “I Write the Songs, You Like The Songs,” spectacular, both pitchers are going to pay.

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-5 and his 17th homer.  Okay, he’s either getting hurt before his next home run or I will never mention this again.  Good luck, or as they say, break a leg!

Dansby Swanson – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 16th and 17th homer, hitting .274.  Great season for Swanson so far. It’s just too bad the manager got a haircut at the same time Ozzie Albies (2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer) bought him a comb, because Ozzie hasn’t been bad, but takes a major hit on value hitting 8th.

Jose Berrios – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.00.  Reads Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston final exam question, “Who’s pitching better as far as peripherals:  Berrios or Boyd?”  Gulps.  “Can I use the loo?”  After I’m excused, I call up Lou Pinella for some help, but he promptly curses me out.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homers, hitting .272.  Semien with a double dose of fireworks, which could also mean someone wasn’t enlightened by the Human Resources training.

Tommy Milone – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.56.  I streamed Milone in one league. So, how am I feeling post-Milone? Not exactly like a rock star.

Mitch Haniger – Not ready for baseball activity.  Yeah, well, no kidding, when the number one baseball activity is scratching one’s balls.  America!  Eff Yeah!

J.P. Crawford – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .299.  He will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because I think he’s been a hot schmotato for a minute, but an Urban Dictionary minute, which is longer than a minute.

Tim Beckham – 1-for-3 and his 14th homer.  It’s goofy that the M’s don’t play Beckham every day.  M’s for Mariners, not M’s as in Mickey Mouse organization, but can understand confusion.

Michael Wacha – 3 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.54.  Starting to wonder if Wacha will ever be good again.  Cousin Sweatpants really went sideways from where he once was.

Kurt Suzuki – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer.  As frequent commenter, Fred Garvin MP once said, “Am I the only one sings Kurt Suzuki’s name to the tune of 2 Live Crew’s Pop that Coochie?” No, sir, you are not.

Anthony Rendon – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Serious question:  Rendon or Machado?  Don’t answer now. Wait until next week’s top 100 of the 2nd half.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.66.  The Streamonator didn’t like this start, which is slightly bonkers to me, but I am merely a human and not a part of the Robot Ruling Class.

Miguel Rojas – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .296.  Been meaning to mention Rojas, and not because he’s the only player currently in the major leagues with a name that shares a Crayola crayon color.  Though, I hear Hunter Greene looks good in the minors. Rojas is currently in the top 15 in the majors for singles.  Dude, go to the strip club!  The top 15 isn’t all sexy, as you can imagine.  Hanser Alberto and Miguel Cabrera are in there, and since yesterday was Rojas’s 1st homer, he’s a bit of a bore.  He is hitting for average, and Rojas will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but here’s now, so do what you do if you need average.

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-5 and his 6th and 7th homer.  Finally, he’s back on the juice!  You, “Does he mean juiced balls or steroids?”  Me, “You decide!”

Zach Plesac – 2 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.00.  Fun fact!  Plesac is also what Haniger says when trying to coax himself back on the field.

  1. FantasyLand says:
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    Would you drop Newman for Kingery or Chris Taylor?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Kingery

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      would YOU?! Sorry, yes, agree with others

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Alice in Chains?

          • FantasyLand says:
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            Of course. Grunge will never die

  2. Lil Petey says:
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    So I guess Soroka was dragged to the dance floor by those so-called Regression Fairies and not even the Hindenberg-style disaster known as Led Z-Eflin that took place on the same field could save him.

    Question for Grey and DT…where are you placing D German now that he is back? He seemed to have been creeping up the Top 100 list prior to his injury. Would you consider him Top-50 or better? I am growing impatient, and am almost out of Woolite, waiting for Flaherty to quit soiling the sheets. But I also dont want to do anything rash. Stay the course w. Capt Jack?

    This is a h2h, 10 team, redraft with Wins and QS.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I have German penciled in at #32, I think Grey was a bit lower on him last time we discussed. I have Flaherty just a couple spots ahead of that right now but they should both be owned IMO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree at least somewhat with DT… German prolly a bit lower, maybe around 45… Flaherty seems like a 35-ish guy

      • Lil Petey says:
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        Thanks guys, have a good weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Excellent stuff, man.

    a. Guy wakes up from his 36-month coma….Grey! I told you I’d win your 5$ over the internet bet that a Pirate will hit 20 HRs in one year!! Grey? U there? I’m going back into my self-induced coma.

    b. Answer to the survey question…Rendon. Not even close. The guy is money, better lineup, better ballpark, better division for hitting…Rendon all day and all night long.

    c. Funny how Jeimer Candelario gets mixed up with John “The Candy Man” Candelaria, doesn’t it? No it doesn’t because nobody mixes him up with Candelaria except the odd commenters who misspell Candelario’s name as Candelaria or worse.

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for July 5

    From ‘Keep ’em flying’ (1941)

    Abbott and Costello are two fellows working for the man at a carnival. They are working at a stand called ‘Kill the Umpire’ and Lou is the umpire.

    Abbott: Get to work! Go on, you.

    Costello: What are you pushing for?

    Abbott: Get in! Get up!

    Costello: What are you doing?

    Abbott: Just do as the boss tells you.

    Costello: What are you gonna do?

    Abbott: You like to play ball games?

    Costello: I love baseball.

    Abbott: What part do you like to play?

    Costello: I want to be the big boss! I want to be the umpire.

    Abbott: You are the umpire! Everything all right? Friends, step right up. Three balls for a dime. Kill the umpire! Kill him, neighbor. Knock his brains out.!

    Costello: Get another boy. My mother never raised no foolish children.

    Abbott: Look, they’re only cheap balls.

    Costello: Yeah?

    e. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Omg says:
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      Omg cheap balls LOL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. I’m here, Ante!

      B. Yeah, prolly right

      C. Recycling nicknames after 40 years is fair game

      D. Haha

      E. You too!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!!

        Great! So we can call him Jeimer “The Candy Man” Candelario! If he only was known outside of Detroit and fantasy land.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          And in his native Candy Land

  4. Earl says:
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    Would u do any of following trades?

    1) give nelson cruz and zach plesac for franmil reyes and mike soroka

    2) give anthony rendon and nelson cruz for nolan arenado and franmil reyes

    3) give nelson cruz and zach plesac for jose ramirez and mike soroka

    Thanks

    • Earl says:
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      Sorry forgot one:
      Give brendan mckay and nelson cruz for franmil reyes and mike soroka.

      With this one probably only makes sense to me if feel mckay will not amount to much. I do need pitching help like everyone right but is Cruz too much hitting over Reyes to give up??

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Eh its ok, I like #2 & 3 a bit more for you…

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I like #2 most for you and then #3. #1 is fair, lean Cruz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Cruz 2. Yes, Arenado 3. Jo-Ram

  5. Bill Surety says:
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    Are Lourdes or G Coop legitimate starters in 10 team ?

    What kind of SP could Polanco retrieve ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      Boyd?

  6. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    We starting Pomeranz ar home vs. STL and/or Austin Voth home vs. KC? In a weird h2h matchup in which I need to start 24 SPs due to all star break schedule.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Wouldn’t feel great about either, but sure if you need the starts

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        Dont neccesarily need to start these two, but do need to find 17 good/decent starts between now and next Sunday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pom seems doable…

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        Perez home vs. TEX is another option. Is he better in your opinion that either of the two I noted?

        The Cardinals have been slumping pretty hard and they’re on the road so it’s more of fading the Cards than faith in Pom.

        On Voth…he wasn’t even on my radar until I saw him listed as a stream on SON. Kids been throwing some nasty stuff recently and his velo is highest it’s ever been touching 96mph. Figured 1. The Royals are not good and have never seen him, 2. Nats at home vs. a soft opposing SP should be high probability for the W.

        I might just hold off til the weekly buy column and may end up sitting all 3 and rolling some RPs out there for K’s tonight.

        • Grey

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          Don’t trust Voth… I’d try Perez

  7. Mike says:
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    I’m in a10 team, H2H, 4 player keeper league. Was just offered degrom for my Nola and will Smith. I picked up Carlos Martinez to offset the loss of Smith, as my other closers are iglesias and terinan.

    Seems like a fair trade to me and also send me up with a nice core for next year in trout, mookie, bregman and degrom.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take deGrom

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  8. Twins Peaker says:
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    Any word on Taillon? He’s playing catch, but even that was delayed a bit. I think they’re going to be very cautious here. Curious if you would buy low on him going forward for 2020? He’s $35 in my league and my gut says no to that without knowing anything more than what we know now.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Nah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s not good

  9. synyster says:
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    Offered this trade in standard 5×5 H2H league redraft.

    My Lindor for his Buxton&Sale.

    My team as follows:

    C. Vazquez,
    1. Cron,
    2. Mondesi,
    3. Bryant,
    SS. Lindor,
    OF. Betts,
    OF. Domingo Santana,
    OF. Conforto.
    Util. Suarez,
    Util. Newman,
    BN. Kendrick

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d pass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  10. synyster says:
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    Offered this trade in standard 5×5 H2H league redraft.

    My Lindor for his Buxton&Sale.

    My team as follows:

    C. Vazquez,
    1. Cron,
    2. Mondesi,
    3. Bryant,
    SS. Lindor,
    OF. Betts,
    OF. Domingo Santana,
    OF. Conforto.
    Util. Suarez,
    Util. Newman,
    BN. Kendrick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lindor

  11. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Hey Niko,

    You had 6 weeks of starting everyday for my injured Andrelton Simmons. Think you had one or two decent games. Glad you set my bench on fire yesterday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, was it two games? Didn’t know he was that good

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        I meant 2 innings ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, yes, that makes more sense!

  12. Dave D says:
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    Now we’re really in the FA doldrums. Eflin now has a 5.58 ERA in my lineup and a 1.12 ERA on my bench. Sheer brutality.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that’s the worst

  13. Mike says:
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    Pick one for ROS in h2h redraft: cease or miley

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Miley ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Cease

  14. Blaster says:
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    Whit Merrifield was dropped. Lose any of the guys below to pick him up?

    Yuli Gurriel
    Scott Kingery
    Austin Meadows
    Hunter Renfroe
    Corey Seager

    Also, lose Wilson Ramos for any of these guys or hold? Hearing Ramos might get traded but not sure if it would really help his value

    Christian Vasquez
    Mitch Garver
    Danny Jansen

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Whit over Yuli. Jansen over Ramos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  15. Chris says:
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    Chirinos or Danny Jasen in H2H for the rest of the year?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • saint says:
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        Hello Grey,

        I’ve been getting pretty consistent production out of Narvaez all year. I liked what he did last year in a limited amount of PA’s.

        My plan was to plug and play him all year and hope for the best which has worked out well so far. What is your strategy when someone finally figures it out like Jansen? Chase the hot guy or roll with what I have?

        12 Team H2H 6×6 OPS Redraft

        Thanks again for your thoughts

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chase Jansen

  16. bigbear says:
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    12 team H2H redraft 5×5. I’m light on pitching and heavy on hitters.

    Someone just offered Boyd for Hoskins. Boyd’s been off my radar, but his K totals look delish. Take it or leave it?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Leave it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. Yabo says:
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    Drop Dak Hudson for Lamet in a points league?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  18. Bob says:
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    Jansen or Alfaro

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Jansen

      • Jason says:
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        Donkey, is that for ROS or just for now? I’m asking b/c I have Alfaro and Jansen is available. Thanks.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          I’d want Jansen for now and lean that way ROS also

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen for now

  19. mex says:
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    I know that pitching is not at it’s peak, but it still consists of roughly 40% of our starting lineup…so how would you rank the top 7 or so pitchers ? Not for this year, but if you were putting together a dynasty team who would be your top targets?

    Who is gonna replace the likes of Veralnder, Scherzer, Kluber, Sale, de Grom, Kershaw?

    I imagine Buehler and Bieber have to be at or near the top of the list…Cole seems to be right in the middle of his prime.

    • American Troutfisher says:
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      It’s a crapshoot, but if you eliminate Verlander, Scherzer, Kluber, Sale, de Grom, and Kershaw, here’s my top 7:

      Cole, age 28
      Clevinger, 28
      Bauer, 28
      Snell, 26
      Nola, 25
      Berrios, 25
      Beuhler, 24

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      If you’re eliminating that older group longterm then I rank em: Buehler, Snell, Cole, Bauer, Giolito, Nola, Castillo, Berrios

      • Mex says:
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        That is pretty much what I had in my mind. No Bieber ? I thought he would be in there.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Right after that group for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buehler, Snell, Cole, Nola, Bauer

  20. Grand Salami says:
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    Would you start Sampson in Minnesota tonight ?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Nah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. DonnieB says:
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    Hi GREY and all! Would you take Odor over Hiura ,Kingery or Senzel?

    Also,please rank Gallen,Julio Urias or Lamet ROS?

    Thanks much.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d hold them over Odor.

      Gallen but kind of a crapshoot with those pitchers…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  22. KCC26 says:
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    Laureano over A.J. Pollock, yes?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yep

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  23. edietrich1962 says:
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    Would you trade Jean Segura for Carlos Santana?

    I am very thin at 1B with only Pete Alonso and fairly set at SS with Story, Mondesi and Machado can all play there.

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d want more for Segura

      • edietrich1962 says:
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        Funny I was wondering if Segura would be enough to get Santana since Carlos has been on a tear for the 1st half of season!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  24. Jammer McSlam says:
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    12 team H2H OBP keeper league and Muncy is the only player that can be kept in the trade (for a 15th).

    I was offered Muncy & S. Gray
    I give Khris Davis, Shawn Kelly, Domingo German

    I have Eloy Jimenez, Austin Meadows and Stanton on the bench to fill the Khris gap. No brainer?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      It’s fair, I actually prefer the Davis side but it could go either way

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine for Muncy for keeper, but edge to Davis for this year

  25. Jason says:
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    Would you drop villar for Swanson in a redraft league?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d keep Villar unless you really don’t need steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Swanson

  26. Joe Schmo says:
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    Hey Grey, I know a lot can change between now and the end of the year but I’m currently in first place with an eye on my keepers for next year. We keep 8 guys with no costs, 12 team 5×5 roto. C – Contreras
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Baez
    3B – Bregman
    SS – Trea
    OF – Hoskins
    OF – JDM
    OF – Meadows
    Util – Alvarez
    Util – Brantley
    bench – Upton, Villar
    SP – Scherzer, Bauer, Giolito, Boyd, Wheeler, Corbin, Bieber
    RP – Chapman, Doolittle, Hand, Martinez

    As of now I’m keeping : Freeman, Baez, Trea, Bregman, Hoskins, JDM, Scherzer with one spot left for : Bauer/Alvarez/Giolito/Meadows.

    Who would you keep out of that last group?
    Would you make any changes to my current 7 keepers?
    How high end of a bat do you Think Yordan will be next seas? Top 50?

    Thanks and have a good weekend, brother

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Really depends how these guys finish but Bauer or Yordan if you had to pick today. Giolito might continue to put himself in the argument.

      Top 50 for Yordan, maybe higher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yordan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too! And agree it could change before end of year, but you know that

  27. Leah says:
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    Was offered his Merrifield for my Lance Lynn. Keeper points league. Thoughts?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Whit, it’s fair in points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Leah says:
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        Thank you!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Catcher question (sorry): pick up Jansen or hold on Christian Vasquez?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Vazquez, but close

  29. brett says:
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    in a qs league rather Marquez or Paxton?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Coin flip, Marquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax

  30. BAC says:
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    12 team 5×5 OBP. Saves + holds.

    WHat are your thoughts on Daniel Murphy? Do we have to hold at this point for a hot streak? I love coors potential but he’s been brutal. Replacement would be Emilio pagan to pick up some more holds as I’m way behind there

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  31. Cab says:
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    Who would you Drop to pick up Cruz in a points league?

    Murphy
    Laureano
    Olson

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose Murphy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  32. William Hung says:
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    Can you rank Lamet, Gallen, Mckay, or do you consider them in the same tier?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Gallen, McKay, I have Lamet a tier below but he could jump up quick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  33. AndyAndy says:
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    Long time reader – infrequent commenter who gleans a ton from reading these responses. Thanks for taking so much time with these.

    12 team ROTO keep 12 forever. 6X6 OPS Saves and Holds

    I’m firmly in 3rd. on offense I need Steals without giving up too much in Avg and OPS. Trailing Holds, era and WHIP.

    Is JoRam a reasonable target for a say Bennintendi. Looking at offering Benni and H Robles (JoRam owner is short on OF and Saves) for JoRam

    my team is
    Grandal
    Hosmer
    McNeil
    Bregman
    J Polanco
    E Escobar
    DeJong
    Benni
    Meadows
    Harper
    Jo Martinez
    Kingery
    Yandy Diaz
    Ozuna
    Rosario

    RP
    I have
    Jansen
    Robles
    Strop
    Minter
    Givens
    and Stickland on IL.

    So….
    Make the offer and hope they accept. or Hold and hope to find some steals on the wire?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d make the offer, it’s fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So Benny for Jo-Ram? Sounds fair, I’d go for it

  34. Jaca says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Someone dropped Ozuna in my league, having trouble picking someone to drop for him. Can u assist pls.
    12 team roto 5×5 avg

    Garver
    Olson
    Mondesi
    Tatis Jr.
    Baez
    Dahl
    Puig
    Yordan
    Ohtani
    Hiura
    Olson
    Riley
    (IL) E. Rosario
    (IL) Voit

    Wheeler
    Clevinger
    Bieber
    Paddack
    Luchessi
    Marquez
    Gallen
    Yates
    Hand
    Hader
    Smith

    I’m thinking Gallen is my weakest link?

    Thanks Grey!!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Gallen works for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  35. Chad Bowling says:
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    I should trade Jeff McNeil for Matt Boyd, right?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      If you need the arm, it’s fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  36. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    $13 Devers or $34 Betts in a keep forever 12 team?

    Is it also close for this year only? (I own betts but am trying to win this year, so don’t want to sacrifice current production for keeper value)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d keep Betts but it’s fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  37. Travis Hafner says:
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    Good morning sir,
    1.) Which of these streamers would you roll out in a 10 team? Need some innings-
    Pomeranz STL 7.7
    MPerez TEX 9.9
    Voth KC 4.1
    Bassit @SEA 9.8
    Piñata TEX 8.7

    2.) Need saves, been mixing and stashing RP trying to scrape some saves while still helping ratios and K/9
    Rank these-
    Pagan, Workman, AAdams/ Probably going to drop one.

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1) Bassitt, Pineda, Pom
      2) That order for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Bassitt, Perez, Pom

      2. Workman, Pagan

  38. Ciwa says:
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    12 team keeper league:

    with Severino, Kluber and Glasnow in IL I need some pitching help. I was offered Boyd for my Kyle Tucker. What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Don’t know your keepers rules but sure, it make sense

      • Ciwa says:
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        I can keep only 7 of my 13 batters (divided into 2 groups) and 3 of my 7 pitchers (the same). I’m Italian and it’s a bit difficult to explain, i will show you an example from my team this year.

        Giancarlo Stanton NYY – OF 30 K
        Trevor Story Col – MI 29 K
        Cody Bellinger LAD – CI,OF 23 K
        Charlie Blackmon Col – OF 22
        Whit Merrifield KC – CI,MI,OF 16
        Adalberto Mondesi KC – MI 11 K

        Max Muncy LAD – CI,MI 11
        Gary Sánchez NYY – C 10 K
        Aaron Hicks NYY – OF 8
        Mike Moustakas Mil – CI 8
        Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tor – CI 8 K
        David Dahl Col – OF 6 K
        Luke Voit NYY – CI 1

        Sorry for the bad english

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Haha no problem. Odds are you won’t keep either so I’d go with Boyd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Boyd

  39. Sid Bream Cream Dreams says:
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    Someone proposed this trade to me but i cant seem to do it…my treat urner and david price for chaz noir and dansby swanson. I have starling marte, adalberto, and mookie ballgame so i have some speed. 10 tm h2h cat lg. My lineup after the trade would be below:

    C mcann
    1b belly
    2b adalberto
    3b aranedo
    Ss swanson
    Of betts, blackmon, marte
    Util hoskins, scooter
    Dl ozuna

    Sp l castillo, giolito, wheeler, clevinger, c smith, b mckay
    Rp hebdricks, t Rodgers

    Stanks as always and appreciate yall workin on the holiday!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d pass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  40. Steve says:
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    Are you holding on to Leclerc or ditching him for Hirano or Adams?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  41. Yes says:
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    Jansen or James McCann rest of season OPS league thx happy holidays

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  42. P_Swayz_on_a_horse says:
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    ROS: Phegley or Jansen?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  43. James Bolger says:
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    Appears that Gallen has been dropped from this weekend’s scheduled start. What’s the short term future for Gallen? Would you drop or hold?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Id hold and see

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same as Beede in SF… Prolly out for a week during break, then back after break

  44. Trickrey says:
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    Are we back to trusting Paddack that it’s worth throwing him out there @LAD tomorrow? Season-long roto 5×5 QS where I’m near the top in K’s, ERA, and WHIP but middle of the road for QS.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I think I’d pass on that one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him

  45. Prog Nation says:
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    Good morning Grey/DT.

    Have to make a decision on how to start/bench for my outfield today. I’m way behind in all offensive categories in my 10 team H2H. Who gets benched today?

    1) Dahl at Arizona (Greinke)
    2) Air Yordan vs LAA (I Don’t Noe Ramirez)
    3) Conforto vs PHI (VV)
    4) Acuna vs MIA (Jordan “Candied” Yams)

    Also, who do you stream today, if any.

    1) Julio Teheran, Iran
    2) Brett Anderson
    3) Aaron Sanchez
    4) Drew Pomeranz

    Thanks a bunch.

    Feel bad for folks who need a Brat Tourniquet when they blow off their fingers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Iran — ha!

      Brats are the wurst

      1. Conforto’s been miserably cold, so him

      I don’t know matchups, but someone mentioned Pom above and it sounded ok

      • Prog Nation says:
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        Hehe! Think Jesus Aguilar’s thumb would need the Brats over a dog.

        Pom is at home against The Dakota Kid and his Cards.
        1) Teheran is home against Yams and Miami
        2) Brett at Seattle and Yusei
        3) Aaron is home against the O’s and Al Bundy

        Bundy is also available in my league, buts its the O’s.

        Have a good holiday weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Jesus, is that a Cheddarwurst thumbnail?” “Yes, it is.”

          I’d start Pom and Teheran — thanks! You too!

  46. EA3 says:
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    Phegley or Jansen ROS?

    Also – do you think Carrasco will be back at all this year? Got offered Carrasco for Cease and that’s awesome but if he’s dead, well, ya nkow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen

      Seems doubtful on Carrasco, but I’d take him for the price of Cease unless league is crazy deep, but even though prolly worth gamble

  47. Luke says:
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    Garver or Jansen ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen

  48. Jon says:
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    Looking for a QS today. Closed eyes who am i pushing in. Hudson vs Sf or Aaron Sanchez vs Baltimore.

    I will be praying

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hudson

  49. fausto

    fausto says:
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    is flipping m.minor for s.gray cray AF?..
    .i realize its lateral-ish but i dont trust minor to A. keep up this level of pitching and B. keep his arm and shoulder intact throwing 159 pitches a game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Feels a little unnecessary… I’d hold Minor

  50. Mark says:
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    Which side? Springer/LeMahieu or Snell/Villar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

      • Dave says:
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        Hello Grey,
        I was offered his Arenado, Heyward and Porcello for my Hoskins, Dahl and Pressly.
        10 team hth with holds and obp.
        Who wins? Fair?
        Thanks and anxiously waiting for second half top 100!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arenado, it’s fair

  51. sopadopa666 says:
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    Heya. great write up. For a 14 team roto league would you drop either brian dozier or howie kendrick for Galvis? Wendle? Goodrum? Thames?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Dozier and Kendrick for Thames and Galvis

  52. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Happy Friday Grey! 10 team shallow mixed league, we only have 1 bench spot which makes things a bit tricky. i am loaded and with Mondesi back from IL i have to make a tough drop. this is a keeper league, and although i am much more concerned with winning now, that does have a small impact. with that all being said, and without more context, in a vacuum, who would you drop? neither position or specific stat/category matters, going on overall value.
    – D Murphy (will be too expensive to keep in future, and too blech anyway to keep)
    – H Dozier (will be too expensive to keep)
    – Hiura (can be kept at minimum $1)
    – Lourdes (can be kept at $2)
    I have already tried to trade some of these guys, but no bites, so gotta drop one. what say you Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

  53. sal says:
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    i made a side bet with someone who picked up altuve.. he told me he was going to get 15 hr and 15 sb from this point out.. i laughed and said more like 5 and 5 .. so we did over under ten for each.. do you like my odds? home runs might bite me but no was he is getting double digit steals

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like your bet, but could be close

  54. Snell my finger says:
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    In a roto redraft 5×5 w/ QS and SV+H, who would you drop Hendriks or Shawn Kelley, to activate Lamet? Or would you rather just drop Lamet?

    Current Staff
    SP – Buehler, Giolito, Flaherty, Clevinger, Paddack, Wheeler, Lamet (IL)
    RP – Pressley, Neris, Kelley, Hendriks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose Kelley

  55. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    is AJ Pollock’s return anything that we should be getting excited about? How do you think he’ll perform second half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be excited for him if my opponent owned Joc and he’s about to get screwed out of PT

  56. Cabsen says:
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    Would you add Franmil over anyone here in a points league?

    Murphy
    Cruz
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, Prolly not

  57. Cabsen says:
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    Would you add Franmil over anyone here in a points league?

    Murphy
    Cruz
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, Prolly not

  58. Cabsen says:
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    Would you add Franmil over anyone here in a points league?

    Murphy
    Cruz
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy

  59. Cabsen says:
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    Would you add Franmil over anyone here in a points league?

    Murphy
    Cruz
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy

  60. Cabsen says:
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    Would you add Franmil over anyone here in a points league?

    Murphy
    Cruz
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy

  61. Cabsen says:
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    Would you add Franmil over anyone here in a points league?

    Murphy
    Cruz
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy

  62. Cabsen says:
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    Would you add Franmil over anyone here in a points league?

    Murphy
    Cruz
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy

  63. Cabsen says:
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    Would you add Franmil over anyone here in a points league?

    Murphy
    Cruz
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy

  64. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    In 12 T H2H with L & QS, which one of these three schmucks would you keep rostered?

    Fried
    Ed Rodriguez
    Darvish

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fried

  65. Quit Yo Pitchin says:
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    Grey,

    10 Team 5X5 Category keeper League

    C. Vazquez, W. Ramos or D. Jansen ROS? Have Ramos but has stinkin it up…

    Thanks in advance and hope you had a great 4th of July!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen

      Thanks, you too!

      • Quit Yo Pitchin says:
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        Thanks as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. Rbid for her pleasure says:
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    Would you trade josh bell and Aaron judge for Yordan alvarez Goldie rizzo didi and senzel in a keeper roto league I would probably have to drop Braun and porcello to make room ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  67. baby seal says:
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    To answer your question about why baby seal, since it’s apparently “too easy,” because, I am the baby seal. The seal chose me, not the other way around! (Also, DT from Shrek, is “hard” …??? haha)

    I appreciate your Eloy needs. I need the same!

    Hope you had a good 4th!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baby Seal, our needs are aligned like good shocks

  68. SC says:
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    Alfaro, Garver, Jansen or Narvaez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jansen

  69. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I’ve got quite a few guys hurt (Stanton, Voit, Pence, Stroman, and Caleb, though he’s probably back this weekend). My question is, should I be dropping Pence, or anyone else, to stash Pollock for his return next weekend? Drop Pence for Newman and use Biggio as an OF?

    12-team, 5×5, h2h, redraft

    C – Realmuto; 1B – Rizzo; 2B – Biggio; 3B – Suarez; SS – Trea; OF – Conforto, Alvarez, Springer; Util – Franmil; Bench – Voit; DL – Stanton, Pence
    SP – Anibal, Caleb (inj), Castillo, Gallen, Lynn, Pineda, Stroman (dtd)
    RP – C-Mart, Hendriks, Holland, Robles, Vazquez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Pence for Pollock

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME***************

  71. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Yo Grey,

    10 team H2H 5×5 (saves no holds)

    Your response above to “Are you holding on to Leclerc or ditching him for Hirano or Adams?” with Adams over Hirano got me shook.

    1) Ditch Elias for Adams?
    2) Ditch Hirano for Yoan Lopez?
    3) Please rank Alvarado, Elias, Adams, Lopez, Hirano

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME***************

  72. 183414 says:
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    Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, or apparently the greatest catcher of all time, Danny jansen ? haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

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