Since it was an afternoon game, Ted and I settled in to watch Max Scherzer vs. the Marlins.  First inning and the slider was working.  2nd, 3rd, 4th innings and the Marlins had no chance.  5th inning and Ted demanded I take him out and play catch with him.

115 degrees in the shade and we’re back in for the 6th inning, and Scherzer hasn’t missed a beat while missing the bats.  Everyone knows everything there is to know about Scherzer.  He is at least the 3rd best starter in baseball, and likely second best, though who’s first?  Sale?  Then Kershaw and Scherzer?  I don’t know, Kershaw’s looked pretty human at times this year.  Sale, Scherzer then Kershaw?  Sounds about right, but need to search for other things to talk about with him.  Hmm…Well, there’s always his android eyes.

Now back for the 7th inning and it’s more no-hitter, and, Jesus Christopher Ramirez, the Nats announcers are a bore.  Let’s go mute for the 8th inning, and Dietrich gets, uh, diet rich of sliders.  Now, Ellis and goodbye no-hitter.  Of course, that was the point Dusty should’ve lifted Scherzer since even the announcers said Scherzer says he doesn’t want to ever throw past 120 pitches.  You guessed it, he went past 120 pitches, and lost the lead, but, once again, a dazzler — 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (2 hits), 11 Ks, ERA at 2.09.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Raburn – 2-for-3 with his first homer and RBI on the Nationals.  After the game, Raburn did an interview with his brother, Danny, who he drowned in the Keys.  I’d say spoiler alert, but I just saved you so much time.

Dan Straily – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  Totally commendable start vs. The Beastzer.  Unfortch, it was like the five-star, top of his class, sushi chef from Indiana is sharpening his knives when Nobu walks in.  Dude puts ceviche on a turtle head and it tastes better than your catch of the day.

Freddie Freeman – Will return as a 3rd baseman.  Five months ago, “My dietician says the world will open up for me if I stop having thirds, fourths and even fifths of cheesecake.”  Matt Adams’ dietician was right.

Matt Adams – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Inscribing a baseball, “Jillian Michaels, you changed my life.”

Matt Kemp – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  For those not following along with the most obvious, Kemp has the same number of homers as Adams.  Zoinks!

Eduardo Nunez – MRI revealed hamstring inflammation.  He’s considered day-to-day as of now.  As Al Gore would say, hot smoldering earth to Giants, come in Giants!  There’s a 10-day DL now.  DL him and ask questions later.

Sean Newcomb – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 1.96 after three starts.  Wow, time to take another look at him.  *reading Pitcher Ralph’s Sean Newcomb breakdown*  The stuff kinda dazzles, huh?  Hard to argue with the results so far, and, since he gets the Padres next, I’d loosen the reins and grab him, while going one start at a time.

Luis CastilloReds are calling him up for Friday’s game vs. the Nats.  He’s a speedy, 2B who will eventually lead the Marlins to both of their World Series championships–*intern whispers in my ear*  It appears he’s a Reds pitcher.  Not the same Luis Castillo, who has reinvented himself?  No.  I’m told he’s not.  Prospector Ralph told me, “Control guy, could be a solid mid-rotation type. I’m unsure of what his K upside is. Fastball is nasty, sits 96-97, throws downhill, slider is above average, but it’s up and down, change is junk.  He’s one of those guys that should strikeout a lot more batters with that fastball.  At least that’s what I know off the top of my head.”  That’s like, “I’m going to recite to you Crime and Punishment,” does exactly that then, “At least that’s what I remember, but haven’t read it in 30 years.”  I’m very interested in Castillo, but more for 15-team mixed leagues and deeper for now.

Homer Bailey – Will return on Saturday.  Laura Holt just gave you her Homer Bailey fantasy.  There she said, “He’s looked great…he has two no hitters….as high a ceiling as anyone…”  Like seized chocolate, I may not have tempered that correctly.

Scott Schebler – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Someone asked yesterday if they should pick up Schebler.  Guys and five girls, when a guy is on pace for 45 homers and we’re almost halfway through the season, it’s kinda time to trust him.

Trevor Plouffe – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!

Steven Souza – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .272, with three homers in the last week.  Yes, hot, but beyond that he is the 28th best outfielder on our Player Rater.  Above Benintendi, Yelich, Kemp and Adam Jones, to name a few.

Taylor Featherston – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  Featherston sounds like an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp, open secret or professional manager Mike Scioscia.

Colby Rasmus – Day-to-day with hip soreness.  If he made it through that impossibly gross beard period in his life, he’ll get through this.

Mallex Smith – 2-for-5, 1 RBI and his 9th steal, hitting .352.  My degree from the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston forbids me from ignoring Mallex any time he steals a base.  To be exact, it was the course curriculum in Cheap Steals On Waivers 201 taught by A.J. Mass while in Mr. Met costume.

Jose Bautista – 0-for-3, 1 run, hitting .219, as he hit leadoff.  Oh, no, it’s the New Whirled Order.

Darwin Barney – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (3).  The Purple Evolutionist hasn’t died, he’s evolved into a sixth man off the bench.

Joe Biagini – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.45.  But there was so much promise and Biagini sounds like a flat bagel!  S to igh.  Two bad starts in a row and I’d lose him in most mixed leagues.

Joey Gallo – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 19th homer, an inside the park home run, hitting .201.  Elias Sports Bureau said Gallo is the first person to hit the longest and shortest home runs of a season since Skippy Molitz of the White Castle Scorpions in Pee Wee Baseball, though Skippy’s shortest home run seemed to include six errors that were overlooked because Mr. Molitz was keeping score.

Tyson Ross – 3 IP, 7 ER.  Exhibit A why I refused to pick up Ross.  There’s no more exhibits, and the prosecution rests.

Doug Fister – Opted out of his contract with the Angels.  Weird, I thought Fister would’ve fit in perfectly in the Big A.

Martin Maldonado – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 6th and 7th homers.  Maldonado is my least favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.  He’s not exactly a favorite of mine in fantasy either.  Around a 15-homer, .240 guy.  Good 2nd catcher, terrible TMNT.

Andrelton Simmons – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 13th steal, hitting .280.  Andrelton now putting together his 2nd out-of-nowhere serviceable fantasy year, separated by three years and 4.5 trillion light years because he looks like an alien.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .321.  Contact!

Matt Holliday – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 15th homer, hitting .275.  Whenever I see him lifted late in the game, as he was yesterday, I immediately have visions of DLzebub on my shoulder like an evil Great Gazoo.

Jeff Hoffman – 3 2/3 IP, 9 ER.   When the Regression Fairies have to come to Coors, well, margies, pinas, daqs, but Coors?  Yeah, they’re not happy.  Sucks you got swallowed up by Hoffman’s regression, and it’s easy to see it in hindsight, but hindsight is wearing glasses on your butt, and no one does that.

David Peralta – 4-for-5, 4 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .332.  Yes, he was in Coors, but where do you think he plays his home games?  It’s not exactly a pitcher’s park.

Brandon Drury – 4-for-6, 1 run, 6 RBIs, hitting .304.  If you can’t go wrong with Rockies hitters — shut up, Story owners — you can barely go wrong with Diamondbacks hitters.

Domingo Santana – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Maybe this is the start of something, but Domingo’s done un gotz recently.  On a side note, Josh Bell also homered in the same game.  Bell have more or less homers than Domingo?  It’s not a trick.  Dot dot dot.  Okay, maybe it is a trick, but not because they have the same amount of homers.  It’s a trick because Bell has more.  I found that surprising, so maybe I only tricked myself.  It’s an illusion!

Junior Guerra – 6 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners (5 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.11.  Guerra, HUH!  What is he good for?  Absolutely nothing, if he’s walking that many batters.

Zack Wheeler – Headed to the DL, because:  Mets.

Rich Hill – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.73 vs. Tyler Pill – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.00.  Fun fact!  A pill and a hill are the same things to an insect.  For fantasy, I’d use the Stream-o-Nator for Hill, and avoid the Pill, it will knock you out.

Yasmani Grandal – 2-for-4 and his 8th and 9th homers, and three homers in two games.  Apparently, dropping Grandal for Murphy was not the move.  My b.

Yasiel Puig – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, as he appeals his one game suspension for flipping off fans.  MLB should give the finger to any player protesting a one game suspension.  What are you hoping for?  A half-game suspension?  Get the frack out of here.

Jose Berrios – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.67.  If I could kick myself in the lower nad region, I would for dropping him.  “We’re glad you can’t!”  That’s Maballtu, the President of my Republic of Southern Nads.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-3 and his 18th homer, hitting .291.  Basically, if you’re expecting people to stop hitting home runs, stop expecting it.

Nick Pivetta – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  I strongly considered streaming Pivetta yesterday.  Before you scoff, you scoffer, he has a 9.8 K/9 and the stuff to back it up.  His command is a little wonky, but I said stream, not own.  Though, I might consider that in deeper leagues too.

Hector Neris – 1 IP, 1 ER, and his 3rd blown save, which isn’t terrible until you realize he only has six saves on the year.  You ever have this feeling:  I went to pick up Neshek to handcuff Neris, and I was happy he wasn’t there.  Neris is likely the closer, but Neshek might see the next few saves, which, the way Philly’s getting saves, might be over a couple of weeks.  By the way, this is a silly thing, but it’s weird that box scores don’t make note of a Blown Save until after a game.  Even if the Phils would’ve won this game, Neris blew the game once he let the Cards tie it.  No reason to wait.  Okay, a silly and boring thing.

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-5, 1 run, and his 8th steal, hitting .350.  With everyone and Yelich’s mother hitting a home run, some of the players who are just hot schmotato’ing could get lost.  Howie is one such player.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-5 and two homers (8, 9), and third homer in two games.  You may be hungry for homers, but Tommy is Phamished.

Jedd Gyorko – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Essentially, the Cards’ bats are hot, and the Phils’ pitching is top in majors for allowing homers.

Jean Segura – 1-for-3, 2 runs as he was activated from the DL.  Welcome back; Motter’s Good Times are over, not to get all Maude’lin.  And that’s just CBS on Wednesdays in 1977!

James Paxton – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA up to 3.54.  Bad news, everything.  Good news, he’ll likely hit the DL again.  ‘Member all of those people that wanted to trade for Paxton with a top ten bat?  Yeah, they’re no longer around.  Sorry, I wanted to believe the breakout in early April too, because his stuff can be so live when it’s on, but he never puts together multiple months, let alone a full season.

Justin Verlander – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.52.  I guess it’s something, but keep in mind you’re excited about a guy whose game ERA yesterday was 4.76.

Ian Kinsler – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games.  Finally starting to show some l’chaim!

Andrew Moore – Will be called up by the Mariners for this weekend series vs. the Astros, and, if all goes well, could be in the rotation until one of the M’s starters returns.  Moore looks similar to Tomlin:  great control, not great Ks, peaked in the 80’s, both were a cunning linguist.

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .256.  He’s on pace for 30 homers and will likely hit .280.  Yeah, he’s really struggling.  Y’all better sell low super fast before you’ll only be able to trade him for a 1st or 2nd rounder.  Ow, eye roll headache!

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.99.  The average ERA this year is like seven billion, so here’s a shorthand:  if your starter is within sneezing distance of 3.00, you can start him anywhere.  This is directed to the person asking yesterday if they should start Carrasco.

Bradley Zimmer – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th steal.  I picked him up as soon as he was promoted, and have held him ever since, only benching him vs. lefties.  In my active stats, Zimmer has 54 ABs, 3 HRs, 3 SBs and a .389 AVG.  Maybe he’s not doing that poorly.

Kevin Gausman – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  That’s nice, super, adjective, but his ERA is 6.47.  Try me again when it’s under Andre The Giant’s weight.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .301.  Don’t take this the wrong way, I like Correa, but I get the sense people like Correa so much more than Lindor.  Because he has an extra fifty points in average?  This early in the season that’s a nothingburger.

Ian Happ – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .221.  This was his fifth homer in his last eight games.  I remember when I was young the MLB collective bargaining agreement didn’t include giving every rookie hitter 30 homers.

Jose Pirela – 2-for-5, 1 RBI and two steals (2, 3).  See Smith, Mallex for further reading on the subject.

Erick Aybar – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer, hitting .218.  How low is the bar for the Padres to give a guy 500 ABs?  About Aybar.

Austin Hedges – Still out after getting snowplowed by Rizzo.  The bench ‘n Hedges are being reacquainted after a long couple of years where skull and crossbones were put on cigarette packs and ‘big government’ started breathing down Big Tobacco’s neck near its throat hole.

Salvador Perez – 3-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .292.  I saw those numbers and I was like, “Yawn, rerun, what else is on,” then I remembered he’s a catcher.  Fifteen homers and a .290+ average with almost half the season gone?  As I expected, he’s the top catcher right now on our Player Rater, and it’s not that close.

Drew Pomeranz – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.07.  In general, I’m pretty meh on Pomeranz — Pomehranz? — but he gets the Twins next and the Stream-o-Nator likes it, so I will too.

Hanley Ramirez – Out with shoulder trouble.  The Red Sox manager, White Bread, said there’s a physical reason for Hanley’s injury.  I think they might be onto something!

Xander Bogaerts – 1-for-2 and his 5th homer.  Or 11 innings from Scooter.

Andrew Benintendi – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .274.  I imagine March Grey would’ve loved to see Benintendi on pace for 20+ homers, but then Gody Launchangler showed up, farted a thunderbolt into his hand, used it as a bat, and cracked said thunderbolt in half while still hitting the ball out!  You don’t look so good when Gody Launchangler homers with a cracked fartbolt!

  1. Scott says:
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    Is neris worth holding on to? He has 6 saves and has blown 3. They may go with neshek for a bit. But neris is likely the closer for most of what’s left this season. Would you rather own neris or speculate on someone who may close soon like kahnle, barraclaugh, bradley (Rodney will implode eventually), kela/leclerc (I own bush), rosenthal or just add devenski for ratios, k and maybe some vulture wins. Thanks

    • Lt says:
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      @Scott: I’ve had Devenski all year and the manager seeing how many innngs he’s been throwing has totally axed his innings, like trying to not let him get those 2 1/3 inning appearances 2-3 times a week. It’s like half and I’m gonna drop him.

    • knucks says:
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      @Scott: Rodney has imploded. And they always go back to him. Anyways, is this a h2h or roto? If roto, I’d want Devenski in your situation. If h2h and in needs of the saves, maybe try Kahnle for a bit and see what happens. I’d think that Robertson is on the move in the coming weeks.

      I hear you on Neris. Hard to drop him in some leagues until its known that he’s lost the job (he prob has). By the time you know, Neshak will likely be owned though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with others, I’d likely hold

  2. Ryan says:
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    Should I drop Lucroy for Zunino, or are we still being patient? Thanks!

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @Ryan: I did.

  3. kenly0 says:
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    Who would you rather have as a keeper for next year? Belt or Mancini? Or, do you like Tapia more than both?

    • Cram It says:
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      @kenly0: Why do guys ask keeper questions in the middle of a season? Do you need to make this decision now? Forget Belt.

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @Cram It: In Okinawa, Belt mean no need rope to hold up pants.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kenly0: Agree with Cram, I guess Belt, but that could change by August

  4. Steve says:
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    Could Mike Fiers be a buy tomorrow? It’s Porcello-ian what he’s doing this year.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Steve: He is even if he isn’t. He gets Oakland next so I’d deploy him.

  5. BSA70 says:
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    Story owners?! What about us CarGon owners? Deciding on what day to drop him and make sure you don’t watch your competition pick him up to go off on their team, to spite you.

    • Hugman says:
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      @BSA70: I dropped Story a week or so ago. My third round pick, sigh… Is Story the next Chris Coghlan?

  6. Tigres says:
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    Hey Grey – Can we sign Ted as a late inning defensive replacement for Chase Headley?

    If I’m reading the box score correctly – Paxton last night had 17 swinging strikes out of 101 pitches. Call me Mister Brightside! He’s got Phillies next so fingers crossed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tigres: I accept that offer on behalf of Ted!

  7. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up.

    a. Made it home safely. Thanks to your good wishes!

    b. Hanging out with the family so…..

    John Rambo Quote of the day for June 22

    Rambo: ‘Where is everybody? I had a friend, who was in the Air Force. There were all these guys, man. Back there were all these fuckin guys! Who were my friends! Back here, there’s nothing! Remember Dan Forest? Wore this black headband. I took one of his magic markers, and I said: “If found, you mail this to Las Vegas”, ’cause we were always talkin’ about Vegas, and this fuckin’ car. This so great ’58 Chevy convertible! He was talkin’ about his car, he said we’d get cruised till the tires fell off!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

  8. Tony C says:
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    In a 12 team limited pickup league would you hold onto Jeff Hoffman or pickup Homer Bailey, Lamet, Alex Meyer, Dan Norris, or Jason Hammel?

    • Tony C says:
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      Also, Trumbo or David Peralta for ROS in 10×10 league? Separate cats include H, 3b, Ks, BB and OPS besides the usual hitting cats. Thank u sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Hammel — Trumbo

  9. Jim says:
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    I have Lance McCullers coming back. Do I drop Faria , Godley or Nelson?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jim: Godley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Agree with Cram

  10. Alex Sutara says:
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    I just traded Paxton for conforto last week. Paxton proceeded to give up 7 runs in that game. Trade happened just in the nick of time whether conforto is going to regress more or not.

  11. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Good stuff as always. I have decided to part ways with Pujols in our 10 Team H2H Points League and the choices are:
    Peralta
    JBJ
    Broxton
    Schebler

    I have asked before, but I can never seem to pull trigger. Leaning Peralta, but would be interested in what you thought.

    By the way, I dropped Paxton in same league on Sunday to add a player, thinking I would grab him yesterday when he comes off Waivers, but alas I was outbid. Terrible strategery I know. Anyway, was angry at first, but after reading your blurb I think that I will survive.

    Thanks much Grey.

      • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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        @Grey: Thanks very much. I forgot to include CarGon, so would you still add Peralta over him? He is certainly hitting right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  12. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Andrelton Simmons & Ryon Healy for Julio Teheran & Jameson Taillon, who wins?

    • TheOne says:
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      @Ryan:
      Hell nah. Lucroy has picked it up but if its that serious, bench him. You will regret dropping [email protected]Alex Sutara:
      @NoOneIsHome:

      Depends on your team needs and format. This is like trading apples for oranges

      • NoOneIsHome says:
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        @TheOne: Need SS, have Galvis now. Healy would be nech bat/matchips play at DH spot. Pitchers are Martinez, Tanaka, Ray, Paxton, Faria, Berrios, Nola & Newcomb.

  13. Nuke LaDouche says:
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    Start Matz at LAD tonight? I’m leaning no, but I could really use a good start and would hate to miss it. Thanks!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @Nuke LaDouche: I’m starting him in NL only, but if I owned him in a mixed league I would keep him on the bench.

  14. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Good morning and a happy Thursday morning to ya!

    Needing hits, average, and XBH’s, would you want Healy or Drury ROS? Drury a must-own in 11 tm?

    Thanks!

  15. Alex Sutara says:
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    Also wanted to question your wisdom Grey. Having been burned by SON’s in the past I’m always timid when they give a questionable pitcher a high value. Well I need some SON’s love and it likes Dinelson Lamet against Detroit Friday. One could understand why I’m a little iffy on this, but the upside is there.

    How often do you use SON’s and Do you like that start Friday?

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @Alex Sutara: I’m not Grey but I check SON every day and if there is a double digit $ value streamer out there that isn’t rostered in my league I start him without question. I’ll be rolling with Lamet tomorrow too.

      • Alex Sutara says:
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        @mcmi11ions:

        I’ve seen it work plenty with that. Saw Joe Ross with Double digits and decided not to go with it because he was ugly the few starts before. And he went on the throw a gem. That prompted me to trust SON’s with the double digits, and over that next weekend three guys that I picked up with DBL Digit value got rocked.

        I’ve been afraid to dip my toes since.

        Obv Baseball being baseball, you can’t actually predict anything. I think I just need some reassurance haha.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Alex Sutara: you absolutely CAN predict baseball things, it’s just not as sure as saying “the sun will rise in the morning” it’s different levels of trust in the sciences at work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex Sutara: I use SON every day, I’m in 1st in my mixed league using only SON

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Best Razz advertisement right here! SON!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  16. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS, 2 Util.

    Zunino, Rizzo, Schoop, Longoria, Turner, Springer, Stanton, Adams, Smoak, Reynolds.
    RP: Kintzler, Knebel, Reed, Bedrosian

    I was offered J. Turner for Knebel. But that would leave me with a bench bat.
    What do you think?

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: guess I need to refresh my browser more often. I should have said “Agree with Fantasy Master Lothario.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t abbreviate it, CGS!

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: so you’re the only one around here who gets to abbreviate things?!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Y

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @TOGMAN: hold

  17. No Name says:
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    Better start from Verlander despite that last inning. Swing and miss stuff coupled with fewer walks. No win or QS extremely frustrating having no hit the Mariners for five. Allows Arrieta to move ahead in the worst ace of the year standings.

    H2H 12 teamer focused on building my staff for the August playoffs. I have Taillon, Nova, Faria Severino, Verlander and Kershaw rostered. Given my long term focus, would you:

    1. drop any of these for McCarthy or Straily?
    2. trade Nova and Pujols for Greinke?

    Lastly, Where’s Marwin? could be a cool game where you take a .300 hitter with terrific counting stats, dress him up in an Astros uniform, and then hide him in a maze of other people. First one to spot this fella among the crowd wins (hint: look near the bench smh).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @No Name: 1. These guys may not be pitching in August or be good 2. Sure — Ha re: Marwin

  18. bigbear says:
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    Good morning Mr. Albright,
    Nice bunny slippers! Sir, I’m canvassing the neighborhood for people to sign my “get Tom Murphy some starts” petition. Would you care to sign?

    Been struggling a bit at SS, so I’ve got a few options… which match up today?
    Story vs Godley (RP)
    Simmons @ Severino (RP)
    Taylor vs Matz (LP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Thanks! I don’t sign petitions tho, have a good day! Simmons

  19. Chucky says:
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    Hoffman, Guerra, Wacha. Do any or all of them deserve a roster spot? Lamet, Zimmerman, Hammel, Pivetta, Urena…lurking.

  20. Packers says:
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    In a 12 team roto dynasty keep all, I have Galvis at SS. I;m thinking of offering my Kershaw and R. Zimmerman for his Votto and Correa. It’s also an OPS league where Galvis is killing me in the cat.
    The guy has both Lindor and Correa. We start two at each position. My ace would be Archer. Should I offer the trade?
    2. He has Didi on reserves, is Trumbo to much to offer? I would replace Trumbo with Renfroe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: 1. Sure 2. Sounds fine

  21. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    the LAA shit show goes on. the monkey thinks street will get this back, but there’s still the hernandez was the guy 2 days back if it was a save, and bedrosian might just be being warmed up to it again as he was doing it back at start of year, then when norris comes back (and i doubt it long since he was pitching through it while closing for over a week anyway) it could be him again too. this is ugly in limited moves leagues and in smart owner leagues it’s a mess anyway unless you have space to hold 3 guys or so.

  22. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Would you drop Bundy for Sean Newcomb?

  23. Good Shabbos! says:
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    Hey Grey, got two trade questions for ya. 10 team roto non-keeper 5×5. My squad:
    Murphy/Ramos
    Goldy
    Happ
    Gallo/Castellanos
    Story
    Votto
    Segura
    Blackmon
    JD
    Benintendi
    Haniger
    Maybin
    Pujols
    Hanley

    Thoughts on moving Pujols and Hanley for Dee Gordon?

    Darvish
    Wood
    Nova
    Lynn
    Matz
    Faria
    JWilson
    Knebel
    Reed
    Melancon
    Brach
    Diaz
    Bedrosian

    Thoughts on moving Melancon and Brach for Schebler? Can I do better than Schebs for these 1 1/2-2 closers?

    Thanks!
    Hanley and Pujols or Gordon
    Melancon and Brach or Schebler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Good Shabbos!: I’d think you can do better — Gordon, Melancon

      • Good Shabbos! says:
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        @Grey: thanks grey and ted

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  24. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you do the following trade:

    14 team league, 7 keepers, saves and holds league

    Give: Lorenzo Cain + Ottavino
    Get: Rougned Odor + Nicasio

    Current Roster:
    C- Grandal
    1b – Joseph
    2b – Marwin Gonzalez
    SS- Tulo
    3b-Machado
    OF- Blackmon, Cain, JD Martinez
    UTL – McCutchen, Trumbo
    DL – Chris Davis

    Sp- Kluber, Tanaka, Nova, Guerra, Berrios, Jaime Garcia, Faria,.
    Rp – Ottavino, McGee, Kahnle, Vizcaino (punting saves)
    DL – Eduardo Rodriguez, Duffy

    so, go ahead? I will drop Tulo probably.

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris: Odor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with Cram

  25. mcmi11ions says:
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    Few things:
    1. Damn, that’s a nice backyard for SoCal. You must be neighbors with the likes of Steven Eckholdt and Justin Berfield.

    2. Tommy Wham Pham NOOOOO I dropped him for Crawford in my NL only league when Cozart hit the DL-THank You M’am! OK, it’s the phillies.

    3. I bit the bullet and traded deGrom and Bogaerts for Bellinger last week even though we all thought (myself included) it was a bit too much. I reasoned it wasn’t a ton too much, and I would have more fun watching Bellinger on my team than Bogaerts, and this fantasy thing is about fun. Besides, I got deGrom’s last gem, and Bogey’s 2 HR game for my team before the trade went through and Launchangler has 3 HR’s for me already. “Winning”

    4. This isn’t a catcher question so don’t get all alarmed or gloss over on me: I’ve been holding Murphy all year and have Perez on my team. “Cool Murphy is back, i’ll start him when he’s playing at home.” Then yesterday happens. Perez has an early game and is starting, Murphy has a late game at home and lineups aren’t out yet. “Sure start in Perez? Gamble that Murphy plays?” I gambled that Murphy would play, he didn’t and Perez hit a grand slam on my bench. Is there a term for when a player YOU (not the “royal” you) is stoked for, so we get all stoked for plays like crap and we all suffer together? I feel like I’ve been Grey’d. Don’t worry about all the good advice you have given us over the years. We’re the internet and we only remember what happened in the last 5 minutes and only if it’s bad.

    Hate list:

    Mets trainers
    The Asian guy that called me at work today who’s ID starts wth “FQ” and was angry, so I immediately thought he started the call by swearing at me.

    • Lt says:
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      @mcmi11ions: In this situation it’s impossible to get “Greyed” if you don’t carry 2 catchers. Could be just easing him into it being hurt all year, always a platoon of sorts. It’s a team winning all season they aren’t gonna bench people outright for rookies if they keep winning and pitching alright.

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Lt: always start the catcher who’s been performing all year over the guy who’s being used as complete backup who has no hits yet of any type. if this was like pina vs murphy i see what you’re doing, but isn’t salvy like a top 3 catcher on the year here having his best year ever?

    • Cram It says:
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      @mcmi11ions: 4. That’s on you. Perez is good, so if you knew he was starting and unsure about the other guy, take the sure thing.

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail: @Cram It: I’m in agreement with everyone here. Please don’t take my starting catcher folly here as a knock on anyone except myself. I’m just trying to have sarcastic fun with a mistake I made. This is “Razz”ball. I thought making fun of each other and ourselves is what we do here.

        Anyway, I’m not normally one to carry two catchers either, but like someone said, Perez is having a stellar season and Murphy is a fun hold for potential. I have actually been trying to trade Perez, but no one is working with me. Oh well. I’ll keep playing him if he keeps raking.

        • Cram It says:
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          @mcmi11ions: I know you were poking fun at yourself. And I was making fun of you just the same!

  26. Alex says:
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    Tom Murphy’s situation… is he still hurt? He got in the game yesterday, but hasn’t really started any. Wolters is starting and he’s not really hitting.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Alex: my guess is the manager is apprehensive with his defense having not played all year and this is why his playing time is being jerked around.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Agree with APP

  27. Ted says:
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    Drop Hanley, Mallex, or Carlos Santana for either Gallo or Zimmer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ted: Gallo is hitting .200 and Zimmer is benched twice a week

  28. BronxBombers says:
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    Would you cut Hanley and add Zimmer? I have Bellinger, Bryant and Reynolds to play first. I keep waiting for him to wake up and hes just killing a roster spot. Its a 12 man, H2H, weekly, deep rosters league.

    I also could drop Brinson, and Joe Ross.

    b)I need saves bad but I have to cut one closer. Who do I cut Casilla, Neshek, David Hernandez, or Enny Romero.

    Thanks!!

      • BronxBombers says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. ryanoger says:
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    Junior Guerra and Andrew Moore blurbs had me rolling

  30. Woodrow the Impaler says:
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    What it is, Grey…

    I asked this of Laura yesterday so my apologies for the repeat question- just trying to get as much input as possible before amy triggers are pulled.

    So…

    I had a guy in my 10 team NL only keeper league (keep 3 years; contract goes up $5 every year kept) ask me about my Charlie Blackmon(yr 3) and Brandon Drury(yr 1 $12) I told him he could have both for Clayton Kershaw(yr 1 $44) and Starling Marte(yr 1 $33)

    Is it just crazy enough to work?

    I’m currently in 5th place but it’s definitely not insurmountable.

    Here’s my team- if you squint yr eyes real tight you could maaaaayyybbbeee see it competing for a championship but maybe not.

    C: d’Arnaud
    C: Hedges
    1B: Belli
    2B: Panik
    SS: Peraza
    3B: Bryant
    CI: Adams
    MI: Drury
    OF: Blackmon
    OF: Polanco
    OF: Domingo
    OF: Desmond
    OF: Joc
    U: Happ

    Bench: Ahmed, Meadows, Franchy

    Pitchers:
    Wood
    Wheeler
    Wacha
    Kenley
    Phil Maton
    Dinelson
    German Marquez
    Jon Gray
    Matz
    Monty
    Amir Garrett

    Thank yuh!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Woodrow the Impaler: Are you asking if he’ll accept or if it’ll propel you to a championship?

      • Woodrow the Impaler says:
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        @Cram It: Asking more if it’s worth a gamble… he’s aking for another pitcher now.

        • Woodrow the Impaler says:
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          @Woodrow the Impaler: I could very well stand pat and be fine, y’know?

  31. John Hagar says:
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    After the Junior Guerra highlight, I’ll have Springsteen’s “War” stuck in my head all day (and that’s not a bad thing).

    Beautiful dog, Grey! Awesome of you to share that with us.

  32. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    Peraza droppable in 12-teamers?

  33. Fred says:
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    Drop Hoffman or Miranda for Lamet? if so which one should I drop?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Fred: Streamers

  34. vee says:
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    Hey Guru,

    Great post once again. You ever throw a wiffle ball or blitzball? those things are crazy.

    I hate pasting lineups cus it creates a long post but here goes.. I am fully punting Saves this year since i’ve already dropped koda glover and traded away chapman in a package with Odor for Bryant

    i want to trade away Reed now too. Which reliable arm can I aim for if i package Reed + another? (cus clearly majority of my arms are streamers)

    Thanks again!!

    5×5 HTH

    C Perez
    1B Miggy
    2B Trea
    3B K Bryant
    SS Andrus
    OF Springer
    OF Avisail
    OF Matt Adams
    Util Chris Taylor
    Util Reynolds
    B Adam Jones
    B Todd Frazier

    SP T. Walker
    SP Fulmer
    RP Devenski
    RP Reed
    P Faria
    P Godley
    P Tyson Ross
    P Lackey
    P Chatwood
    P Jaime Garcia

    DL Hendricks
    DL McCullers

    • Cram It says:
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      @vee: Who can you package Reed with AND for who? That’s way too open ended with a plethora of hypotheticals. You can trade Reed and anybody for any SP. Ummm Reed and Avisail for Wood?

      • vee says:
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        @Cram It: Yes, sorry for leaving it extremely open ended. i won’t be aiming for an Ace, but probably closer to a Wood, Nova, Paxton, Cmart, Pineda.. tier2-3 level.. thanks for your input Cram

        • Curious George Springer says:
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          @vee: Cmart is an ace. Doesn’t belong in the group you listed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: Agree with Cram

  35. brett says:
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    In a roster crunch looking at two deals that would impact my roster. would you prefer 12 team 6 x 6 with ops as the extra category

    a. Send Fulmer and Carlos Santana for Kluber and Broxton (I would also have to cut Maeda here as I have Jon Gray coming back).

    b. Send Fulmer and Carlos Santana for Edwin Encarnacion ( this would allow me to keep Maeda and activate gray with the open roster spot)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brett: A. Sure B. Ok

  36. ET says:
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    Actually Cody Allen didn’t pitch yesterday. Brian Shaw pitched the 1/3 inning and picked up the save. I believe Cody is off timing his wife’s contractions and feeding her ice chips.

    • ET says:
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      @ET: *Bryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ET: My b, removed

  37. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Is Luke Weaver worth a stash in a 15 team roto? Wacha’s corpse not pitching so well as of late – thanks!

  38. Blint says:
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    Hello Grey
    who do you like ROS- Aaron Altherr or David Peralta or Domingo Santa!!
    Thank you

  39. Zeus says:
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    Chelsea Clinton says fat shaming Matt Adams is never okay.

    Seriously this is why the democrats lose, and I am a liberal. No sense of humor

    • knucks says:
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      @Zeus: Hah!

      MFSGA!

      I’m with you though. I do everything I can not to identify. But more and more it is feeling so blatantly “right/wrong” rather than “left/right” in these times.

      This is why I’m not having kids. Rather spend my resources saving the ones left behind. Now let’s get back to baseball.

  40. Steve D. says:
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    Thinking of offering a big trade in my 12 team, 5×5 redraft. I just plucked Grandal off the wire since he’s hot right now, but I also have Realmuto. My trade partner has Chris Iannetta, Ari as his starter, so I figured I’d throw a catcher into the mix to sweeten the pot (and open a roster spot for a guy like Matt Davidson or a Matt Adams, both of which are on the wire), even though I’m already giving him more than enough value. I’d like to see Ozuna high too, and Cespedes is a nice return for him. Little short on speed, so hoping Villar turns it around.

    Give:
    Marcell Ozuna, Mia
    Adrian Beltre, Tex
    Yasmani Grandal, LAD or J.T. Realmuto, Mia

    Get:
    Yoenis Cespedes, NYM
    Jonathan Villar*, Mil

    Roster before trade:
    C Yasmani Grandal
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Brian Dozier
    SS Jean Segura
    3B Adrian Beltre
    CI Matt Carpenter
    MI Todd Frazier
    OF Matt Holliday
    OF Aaron Judge
    OF Marcell Ozuna
    OF Stephen Piscotty
    OF Carlos Gomez
    Util Justin Bour

    BN Ryan Braun*
    BN J.T. Realmuto

    Roster after trade:
    C J.T. Realmuto
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    2B Brian Dozier
    SS Jean Segura
    3B Todd Frazier
    CI Justin Bour
    MI Matt Carpenter
    OF Matt Holliday
    OF Aaron Judge
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF Stephen Piscotty
    OF Carlos Gomez
    Util Jonathan Villar

    BN Ryan Braun*

    Should I go for it or sit tight? If so, ship Grandal or Realmuto out? Thanks!

  41. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    after doing mostly ok this year soylent greene has returned! it’s JB’s fault for sure.

  42. Daniel Moran says:
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    How do you rank Hicks, Hanley and Mancini ROS? Are you considering tossing Hanley with his busted shoulder in 12 team mixed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Daniel Moran: That ranking looks fine… When Davis returns, is Mancini playing every day?

  43. Papa Jean Seugra says:
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    Stream Lugo @ SF or Bauer vs. MIN or neither worth it? My ratios are pretty good this week so far

  44. Every29Years says:
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    In a 12 teamer, is Pujols a drop? Keep waiting for him to get hot as it warms up, but he is my one bench bat most games now…i have Rizzo, LoMo, Lamb, Seager for CI and Utility spots.

    No trade takers so far. Holliday or Addison probably best of a thin wire. Rizzo getting 2B eligibility could open a spot for him later. Hold? Dump?

  45. Kimo says:
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    Start Stroman at Texas and/or Arrieta at Miami in a 14-teamer?

  46. Ryan says:
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    I absolutely hate H2H but somehow I get talked into playing one every year. The fact I have to guess who will get what by the end of the week to win categories drives me insane. I’d rather adjust throughout the season in the categories.

    Anywho…I need help with a couple of extra stolen bases (by Sunday) and here are my speed options(10 team league if that matters):

    Dyson, DeShields, J. Peraza, Simmons, Mallex Smith, Zimmer and Pirela.

    I was thinking of grabbing Mallex. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ryan: Mallex

      • Ryan says:
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        @Cram It: thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Agree with Cram

  47. JC3Bagger says:
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    Shaw actually got the save last night for Cleveland, not Allen. I think Allen was unavailable.

  48. Jason Murray says:
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    Which 2 SPs do I roster? Hill, Straily, Folty, Hoffman, Zimmermann, and Montgomery. Thanks!

  49. Crime Dog says:
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    If you could get Stanton for bellinger would you do it?

    I would think it’s a no brainer but I just feel like Stanton is due for his annual DL trip at some point.

  50. Oppo Taco says:
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    DJL/Gio or Rendon. Which side you prefer?

  51. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Yo Grey! Would you trade Faria or Taijuan Walker to grab Conforto? Do you think he will overcome his recent struggles?

    Current OF: Harper, Yelich, Myers, Zimmer, Mallex

    My OF is in decent shape but want to grab him low if I can.

    • Bill Buttlicker says:
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      @Bill Buttlicker: SP: Kluber, McCullers, Ray, Pineda, Stroman, Walker, Faria, Bundy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Buttlicker: Do you know Gloria Buttlicker? Old friend… I’d take Conforto, send Faria

  52. dhouse42 says:
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    12 team h2h categories. Should I do any add/drops? Have very limited adds rest of way, so looking for guys that may stick ROS:

    FAs:

    Haninger, Souza, Logan Morrison, Maybin, David Peralta, Mallex, Carlos Gomez

    Guys I might drop:

    Odubel, Hanley Ramirez

    Would you make any moves?

    Also the dreaded catcher question: Have Lucroy, should I just hold or grab Ramos or Zunino?

  53. Benintendo64 says:
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    14 Team League.. I have an open bench spot, who’s the better stash: Rosario or Urias?

  54. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team keeper league with OBP as an extra category, Realmuto or Zunino ROS?

  55. BAC says:
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    (sorry for long question) 5X5 OBP. I am bottom half in every hitting category, solid in pitching except for saves.

    He offered Carpenter, Haniger, Edwards Jr. for Darvish, Faria, and A. Miller. I have Pineda, Peacock, Wood, Hoffman and streamers as other pitchers. He also has Bellinger, Thames, Seager, Yelich, Turner, Zimmer, Schoop, Dickerson.

    Which side of trade? What would your rebuttal be if it isn’t enough?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BAC: Hold

  56. Jake from State Farm says:
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    I hate even typing this but here goes… dynasty league where sp is premium. Especially starters under 300 up bc they can be stashed in our “minors” Which 2 get the boot? Tyson Ross, Wainwright, Homer Bailey, or Luis Castillo. Thank you sir

  57. B says:
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    Does it seem worth hanging onto Watson and/or Glover in 12 team roto league? I could use the roster spots for some SP streaming since I’m far behind in IP. Most likely I’m not going to contend anyways and should start focusing on next year anyways.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B: They’re on waivers in my league

  58. Scandalous Bob says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS… Archer or Lester?

  59. Micah Vansciver says:
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    12 team dynasty league 6×6 and currently in 4th place. My pitching is not very good. I got offered Stephen Strasburg, Corey Kluber, Alex Bregman, Buster Posey, and Kyle Tucker for Arenado, Weiters, Minor, Neshek, and Scott Kingery. What do you think I should do? My current pitching staff is Verlander, Scherzer, Mccullers, Stroman, Keuchel, Ray, and Faria.

    Thank you!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Micah Vansciver: Your pitching looks fine from here. I’d hold and get cheaper pitching if you must.

    • Yankee my Wanky! says:
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      @Micah Vansciver: Holy crap! I wish my SPs were that “bad.”

  60. TheTinDoor says:
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    FYI, Bryan Shaw got the save in Cleveland, not Cody Allen.

  61. I feel like I’ve had a few steals during the draft. Got Perez in the 18th. Duvall in the 15th. McCullers in the 13th. Stanton last pick in the 5th. Holland in the 22nd. They’re not the best at their positions but where I got them they are playing like it.

    Do I need to make any changes? We have a 70 move max and I’ve used 28 already. Avail is Schebler, Souza, Mallex, Drury, Gyorko, Ender. Or hold? AVG/OBP are my lowest point totals right now, but of course I want a 5 tool player.

    My team: Perez, Rizzo, Trea, Justin Turner, Story, Stanton, Desmond, Duvall, Conforto, LoMo.

    Thanks G!

  62. SallyCips says:
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    My year in one move:

    Dropped Gallo for Davidson, Gallo goes 3-4, Davidson does bumbkiss.

  63. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team keeper with OBP, which Corner Infidel: Marwin Gonzalez orJosh Bell?

  64. Greg says:
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    Hey Grey. ..I dropped Berrios, too….doh!

    Owings or Didi? Ros

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greg: It’ll be all right…. Owings

      • Slappy Jack says:
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        @Grey: That Berrios blurb was really good btw,
        I don’t often laugh out loud but when I do it’s because Maballtu is talking

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Greg says:
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            @Grey: Berrios been Berry good to guy who snagged him after my drop.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  65. Once I was Matt Carpenter says:
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    Would you make any swaps in my 10 team 5×5, 10 keeper dynasty? I was debating of swapping Hicks and/or Estrada

    – I could use the Estrada or Hicks spot to stream hitters/pitchers or replace with one of the below free agents.

    C – posey
    1b – encarcion
    2b – schoop
    3b – rendon
    ss – boegarts
    of – jd martinez, haniger, desmond
    utl – bour, votto
    bench – bregman, hicks, odor, conforto, peraza
    Sp – sale, c-mart, samardzija, pineda, rich hill, lynn, estrada
    rp – giles, j. wilson, bush, reed, knebel, brach

    Some free agents are: Matt Adams, domingo santana, odorizzi, jimmy nelson

    Thanks!

  66. Matt says:
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    Curious — as of today, which 3 keepers would you choose for next year (10-teams, 1 year keeper so 2018-only, keeper replaces draft round):
    Harper (1st round), Correa (2nd), Rizzo (2nd), C. Martinez (6th), Berrios (7th), Alonso (7th), Taillon (13th). (can only do up to 2 of Harper, Correa, Rizzo, not all 3).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Bryce, Correa, Rizzo

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: But since you cannot keep all three of those guys, I’d keep Harper, Rizzo and C-Mart.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Y

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: HY

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hey yourself!

  67. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Any chance Souza surpasses Duvall as a better fantasy OF? Thinking proactively and thought I’d ask.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: I think he likely is on the Player Rater

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        @Grey: Unbelievable how he and LoMo are forces in the fantasy world this late in the season. Thanks, Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. someone pissed in my alphabet soup says:
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    starting Stroman today at tex? i see his SON ranking i just dont know at what point you say no on a guy like him…

  69. Oppo Taco says:
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    Gio or Estrada ROS?

  70. Scott says:
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    Please rank zunino, w ramos and realmuto ROS. Obp league. Thanks

  71. Citizen5 says:
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    Pick one:
    Quality Start > Wins

    Nola vs STL (Martinez)
    Meyer @ BOS (Porcello)

    -also, my login info doesn’t work on the Streamonator page. Who can I contact for tech support?
    Thanks as always,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Citizen5: Nola — ping Rudy in comment of SON’s page

  72. Matthew Lehman says:
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    Picking up peacock…who should i drop: maeda or devenski? h2h

  73. Stu says:
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    Haniger or Peralta ROS?

    Drop S Gray for Eduardo Rodriguez?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stu: Peralta — Sure

  74. Peter Pyper says:
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    OBP keeper league… who do you want Arenado or Bryant?

    • Peter Pyper says:
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      @Peter Pyper:

      Same league… Donaldson or Machado

  75. Timbo says:
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    Arenado and Marte
    For
    Donaldson, Blacky, CMart, Greinke

  76. lwomack58 says:
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    Lamet start got moved to Sat. would you pitch him vs. DET-Anibal Sanchez

  77. ryanoger says:
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    Shoemaker ownable in a 10 team or stream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryanoger: He’s not even healthy….Stream

  78. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Grey,

    Struggling in 9th place in a 12 team league. Starting pitching is scarce as one team has scherzer greinke and strasburg. I have cuteo gray godley and hoffman … thats it. Should I do either of the following and if so which one:

    Blackmon for Greinke and Duval
    Blackmon for Archer and Joey Bats

  79. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    1. Drop J Nelson or T Walker to make room for McCullers coming off of DL (or wait to see how Nelson’s start goes tomorrow)?

    2. Please pick one of the following CF to have for the next 2-3 weeks: I Happ, Piscotty, Fowler, Owings, Broxton, Dyson, M Taylor, Pham, Zimmer, JBJ, G Blanco, Mallex, Chisenhall, Buxton, Gomez, ODB

    Thanks!

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

    Already planning to start Severino vs. LAA (13.7) and Ryu vs. COL (10.0) today but what about these two?

    Garcia vs. SF (1.0)
    Nova @MIL (-1.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope on either

  81. Humm Baby says:
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    Nice backyard! That is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, it’s Mother Cougs’

  82. Oppo Taco says:
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    Grandal over Contreras and/or Murphy ROS? These catchers, man…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy

  83. lwomack58 says:
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    Since you don’t care for Lamet’s start which do you like as a streamers for the weekend
    J. Ross vs CIN
    J. Zimmermann @ SD
    A. Meyers @ BOS
    M. Moore vs NYM

    Have a good day and stay cool. 108F today in Sacramento.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Moore…. 115 in Palm Springs today

  84. She has Brad Hands says:
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    Is cozart droppable in a 12 man? He’s on the DL but reds are hopeful he comes back June 28. Andrelton is my other ss. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s supposed to be back in like 4 days

  85. Doosie says:
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    Hi Grey,
    You trading Lynn for Rendon in a league where pitching is scarce?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  86. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    They just optioned Schwarber! Hahahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I love the back and forth probable starter adds that just went down.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Cram It:Hahahaha I love it! In 7 minutes the 3 of us added 8 starters!

        • Cram It says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Rapid fire! You got one, I got one, you got one, I got one…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Then I came by 5 mins later and got 4

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Grey: You’re a glutton!

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: You got the scraps. Going back to the Blachwell. Blech.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I know, I missed the iCal reminder at exactly 10:10 AM PST, might just drop my craptards

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: Haha. It’s cutthroat and I’m rarely available to jump on the wire as soon as games start.

                  I’m not even sure I’m starting Lackey. I just grabbed guys.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah I own Lackey in deep leagues and not sure I’m starting him

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Grey: 10:05!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    That’s where I went wrong

  87. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Grey!

    1) which SP for ROS: Bundy or Jimmy Nelson?
    2) Peacock, Bundy, Nelson – rank these guys

    Thanks bud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nelson… Nelson, Peacock

  88. SteveA says:
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    Cubs option Kyle Schwarber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  89. SteveA says:
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    Stephen Vogt designated for assignment by A’s; not that anyone (many?) care here; he wasn’t doing anything; semi-colons are fun; ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        Here’s how the conversation went –

        Steven – Hey, Billy, I know I’ve been struggling lately. But second half of the season,
        definitely turn it around.
        Billy – Steven, I need you to stop getting dressed.
        Steven – Traded?
        **Billy shakes head**[SIGHS]
        I’m sorry for the crap news. I just don’t believe in Steven Vogt anymore. I know it hurts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That was the saddest thing I’ve ever read

  90. Slowmez says:
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    McCullers coming off the DL – which SP do I drop given my current rotation?

    Scherzer
    Darvish
    Cole
    R Ray
    Bundy
    Nova
    Paxton
    Tallion
    Manaea

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy

  91. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can you rank the following in a 12 team H2H keeper league with OBP?

    Adam Jones, Carlos Santana, Schebler, JBJ

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JBJ, Jones

  92. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Grey… With my last stream left should i grab Homer Bailly ( he’s vs WAS) or grab Andrew Moore for next week cause he’s pitching today so it’s too late. It’s gonna be a close week. Lugo and Alex Meyer are available too. Thnx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither… Moore

  93. lwomack58 says:
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    Any reason to hold on to T. Ross?

    Would you add Newcomb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go w/ Newcomb

  94. braves uk says:
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    Hi,

    Thanks in advance as ever.

    15 team roto. In need of saves.

    Been offered AJ Reed for Faria. Take it?

    Faria isn’t about to become a top 25 SP is he this year…?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take Reed

      • braves uk says:
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        @Grey: good news, thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Word

  95. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Hey Grey Happy MC thursday to ya! ROS who do you like in AL only? Ross or Call up Moore in SEA? I know its early to jump off the ship for one bad start after waiting all this time, but curious to see if that home ballpark is a big concern for you 7×7 AL only

    • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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      @ROTO OVERLORD: to further that question in a mixed league ROS Castillo or Bailey

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Castillo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moore

  96. Fabsy says:
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    Hi Grey, Roto Categories 5×5 12 team league non-keeper
    C: Sal Perez
    1B: Abreu
    2B: Dozier
    3B: Bryant
    SS: Simmonds
    OF: Jones,Cargo,Kemp
    Util: Kemp, Pedroia (hurt)
    DL: C Davis, Cozart, Brantley, Marte
    SP: Kluber, Teheran, Verlander, Stras, Newcomb, Shields (Last 2 I recently picked up)
    RP: Devinski, Knebel, Bedrosian

    Currently sitting in 10th place and I’ve been struggling all year in every category. Should I stick it out because I feel like my team as good potential or should I try and make some moves?
    Notable FA:
    Zunino, Bregman, Russell, Altherr
    Wainwright, Bauer, Volquez, Gausman

    Sorry for the long message.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anyone over Shields and Pedroia…. Altherr, Bauer

  97. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    would you drop cobb for castillo or Bailey in a 12 team mixed 6×6 QS?

    • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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      @ROTO OVERLORD: ROS rank em, Pham, Brox, Happ

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Brox, Happ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet

      • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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        @Grey: thank you sir

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Word

  98. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    GREY!!!

    12 tm AL only dynasty league.

    I need to activate Reddick which would cause me to drop one of the following players. Who’s the drop? As a side note, I’m in desperate need of speed.

    Adam Engel, Alen Hanson, Alex Presley

    Seems like Engel and Hanson are getting decent playing time, while Presley is kind of Meh… but has the better track record.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Presley

  99. Reece King says:
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    LOL on the Guerra lyrics.

    Let’s go with a real not fantasy baseball question for once. Thoughts on Jarrod Dyson bunt that broke up perfect game?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Reece King: Do what you gotta do. They rallied after that and they won. All those butt hurt by the unwritten rule can go fly a kite.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love it

  100. Pazz says:
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    Hold schwarber or drop to pick up zunino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get Zunino

  101. Jurickson BROfar says:
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    In Yahoo, RIzzo needs 1 more game at 2B and he is 2B eligible. Eggplant!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  102. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Teheran or Porcello for Rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Porcello

  103. Murph says:
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    Hey Grey
    Ive been riding the Zunino train but Wilson Ramos is on wires. Grab Ramos now or stick with Zunino and just watch?
    Or more simply put – WRamos or Zunino?
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  104. Andy Dwyer says:
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    Grey, what about Mark Reynolds or Carlos Santana rest of year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds

  105. Stickball Al says:
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    Sooooooooo, Peralta and Drury go 8 for 11 and knock in 7 rbi’s and score 7 runs in a big match-up at Coor’s stadium which you play very few games and what happens ????? You both get benched for today’s game WTF, WTF, WTF !!!!!!! F’n Manager must have smoked some top grade Wacky Tabacky this morning. What’s going on in baseball this year ??? Razzballl need’s to launch a investigation ASAP !!!!!! Ahhhhhhh !!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Packing says:
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      @Stickball Al: The lone brightspot for the Rox las night was Mark Reynolds, today he’s benched.

  106. exactly says:
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    Drop wacha in 12 team H2H points for any of these guys:

    Hahn
    Dickey
    Zimmermann
    Pivetta
    Urena
    Feldman

    Or maybe chase future saves:
    Jose LeClerc
    Rosenthal

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at matchups

      • exactly says:
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        @Grey: Can’t stream in this league, if you start a guy he’s on your roster for 3 weeks, does that push you to any one guy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try Pivetta

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You could look at matchups for 3 weeks tho

          • exactly says:
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            @Grey: okay, i must be dumb, but where do you find that? everywhere I’ve looked only shows 1-2 starts

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You can extrapolate out every five games

  107. Cyler says:
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    Trade Advice:

    Give: Rizzo and Xander
    Get: Yelich, Pollock, Victor Robles and two 2nd round picks

    6X6OPS dynasty league

    This owner has also been trying to move Machado. Should I make him add Machado? I am really really hesitant to trade Rizzo because he is SO close to getting 2bag eligibility in Yahoo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  108. dtbran says:
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    Prefer Cozart or ODB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ODB

  109. Swfcdan says:
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    Typical Deshizz, he finally gets his shizz together then they all get healthy and he’s being benched. Know he’s played the last 2 games but can’t be holding semi reg players in mixed leagues. Guess we just have to monitor him like a cyclops with a monacle on waivers in case/when there’s an injury? *psst Beltre*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  110. kevin Knowles says:
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    Hedges or Zunino Ros? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

  111. Chris says:
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    h2h points league

    Need a streamer for the weekend:

    Jordan Zimmerman @ SD (Richard) – SON 9.6

    or

    M. Montgomery @ Mia. (Volquez) – SON (-11.6)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmermann

  112. Richard D says:
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    Hi, need your help but don’t laugh at choices, (Camarga is the highest ranked free agent in our
    Deep NL only)
    Who would you drop from this august group when Prado returns, Riddle, Dietrich or J Osuna

    I like Osuna but am battling for every run steal HR RBI and he is not getting many AB’s

    I guess I need the warmest body, but in the past I have used AB’s to decide and Osuna is not getting into the line up often. Of Dietrich and Riddle which will lose the most AB’s ;
    It seems like a bad idea to keep all 3 Marlins

    Enlighten me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riddle

  113. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Which of these bats do you like best as a replacement for T.Frazier. Could also lose Pujols
    L.Morrison
    D.Peralta
    S.Souza
    K.Broxton
    B.Drury

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lomo

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Out of curiosity who would be your second choice?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Souza

  114. joe says:
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    Wilson contreras or zunino ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Willson

      • joe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  115. Shujun says:
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    Now that Schwarber got called down and I’ve replaced him with Zunino, I need to free up one of my NA slots for him…would you rather have Hoskins or Fisher in the other NA slot in an OBP/SLG league? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins

      • Shujun says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the quick response!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  116. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Watching the Phillies/Cardinals game this afternoon. Fun pitching matchup.

    C-Mart’s stuff is electric as always. Pumping the fastball in at 97-98 then breaking off some nasty sliders. Made one mistake to Galvis in the 1st but has been lights-out otherwise.

    Nola is such a tease. HIs curve is nearly unhittable when it’s on (which it is today) and his two-seamer has some terrific late movement on it. Don’t think it’s technically a cutter, but it has similar action. Starts it off the plate inside against lefties and outside to righties before tailing back over the corner at the last second. Rarely goes past the 6th inning though and usually has a rough frame at some point. Definitely looks the part of an ace when everything’s working.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, watching it too, think if people watched C-Mart they’d stop asking if he’s an ace or not

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: There aren’t five SPs in baseball with better stuff than C-Mart. Can still get wild at times though. That’s the only real knock on him.

        • Curious George Springer says:
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          @Big Magoo: Ugh. and another homer to Joseph. I’m blacked out of watching the game, but agree that he’s an ace.

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Curious George Springer: Joseph crushed a mistake pitch out to left on a 1-2 count. Caught too much of the plate on that one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, and the results on paper don’t always show that which is why I think some don’t buy him

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: I think he nibbles a bit too much when he’s ahead in the count ala Salazar. Guys with that kind of stuff should just throw it down the middle and let the late movement take care of things.

            Stuff-wise, I’d probably only put Sale, Scherzer, Kershaw, and Syndergaard ahead of C-Mart. I’d take him just ahead of guys like Carrasco, Strasburg, Archer, McCullers, and Arrieta. Just nasty.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed, have you seen Pivetta at all?

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Only know what I see in the box scores and that it sounds like a TV detective’s name. What’s the scoop?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I haven’t seen him yet, OTS likes him and on paper Pivetta’s stuff looks strong if command wonky

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: His profile screams high K/wonky ratios, but I haven’t seen him either. Not much win potential in Philly. Could be a decent play in only leagues for the Ks.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah that’s where I’m looking at him mostly… except one of my only leagues is K-BB which reduces his value

    • Cram It says:
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      @Big Magoo: I’ve owned Nola multiple places since he came up and he definitely has one rough inning almost every start. He’ll cruise through 3, get touched up for 3 runs in the 4th, then cruise through the next two, almost like clockwork….so strange.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Cram It: Yeah, I’ve noticed that too. He’s good through five so far today though which means that a blowup is coming soon…

        • Cram It says:
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          @Big Magoo: Yeah, 60 pitches through 5, 45 strikes, is pretty nuts. Too good to be true!

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Cram It: Good through six. Maybe this is one of those starts where he goes eight strong like he did against the Braves a few weeks ago. He avoids the rough patch every so often.

  117. FeverDog says:
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    12-team, h2h, 5×5

    sp-degrom, nova, quintana, severino, straily, wood, walker, berrios, pineda, bundy
    rp-allen, rivero, neris
    dl-jon gray

    A) So, with Bundy being limited, would you drop him for any of the following?

    B) If not, would you drop anyone else for any of the following?

    B) Or, what do you think about adding Joe Kelly to keep ratios down in place of Bundy?

    Sabathia, Godley, Eduardo Rodriguez

    Thanks!

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @FeverDog: I’d drop Bundy for streaming, so would depend on matchups re the above guys. Maybe Ed Rod is worth holding, but I sort of doubt it. Could try Kelly (or Devenski, etc.) if you don’t need the innings a starter would provide.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are streamers, own Kelly for a few, then grab a guy with better matchups

  118. Tony says:
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    Sell low on miggy for Rendon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think it’s that low

  119. Ashtray says:
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    Just noticed Marte is a FA with about a month left to go on his suspension. Who to cut?

    Posey
    Rizzo
    LeMahieu
    Jose Ramirez
    Andrus
    Betts
    Yelich
    McCutchen
    Bellinger
    Schebler
    Sano

    Severino
    Paxton
    Ray
    Manaea
    Taillon
    Jon Gray – DL
    Cole
    Duffy – DL

    Knebel
    Bush
    Rivero
    Bedrosian
    Ramos
    Wilson

    • FeverDog says:
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      @Ashtray: That’s a good question. Is he worth grabbing? He looks downright tiny since going off the juice.

    • knucks says:
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      @Ashtray: Yahoo? Can’t help but notice that you could end up sliding Bellinger to 1B and Rizzo to 2B when he gains Elig. Just a thought that I’m sure you’ve already realized if this applies to your league. If you wanna drop a RP, Bedrosian may not even have the job.

      • Ashtray says:
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        @knucks: I’m currently trying to find a buyer for LeMahieu so I can make that move. Rizzo eligible at 2B will be nice but I’m not really sure how well I can take advantage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy

      • Ashtray says:
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        @Grey: Duffy isn’t really taking up a spot as he is on the DL. Is there a different guy I should drop instead?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then why are you listing him?

          • Ashtray says:
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            @Grey: Because knowing who I had on the DL might help in deciding. Maybe losing an SP might not be a big deal knowing I had Gray/Duffy joining the roster down the road. Sorry for the confusion.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Ashtray: Bedrosian, you don’t need 6 closers

  120. KCC26 says:
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    Best SP stash?:

    Morton, Karns, Cahill, Smyly, Shoemaker?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morton

  121. Robert Itzkowitz says:
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    Yo what up Grey!

    1) Can you please rank for me on overall value (5×5 league) moving forward, no specific category needs?….Zimmer, Hanley, Happ, C Taylor, Add Russell

    2) 5×5 mixed roto keeper league, in a vacuum, trade my Strasburg (owner has the option after this season to keep him for the next 2 or 3 years) and Hernan Perez for Xander (owner has the option after this season to keep him for the next 2 or 3 years)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hanley 2. Sure

  122. Mike and Ike says:
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    Grey,

    What kind of return should I be expecting if I move Bellinger? OBP/SLG format. Top 20 bat? Higher?

    Thanks

    • Mike and Ike says:
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      @Mike and Ike: sorry, keeper league too. Top 75 are kept

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      top 20, yeah

  123. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    5×5, 10tm. Odor/Ozuna for schoop/Desmond/osuna? He wanted me to replace kintzler with osuna. Also have osuna/Gardner for pineda on the table. The first trade I feel is a little stretch and would have loved to move kintzler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  124. Brett says:
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    Working the trade block. Which would you prefer:

    a. Trade Santana and fulmer for E3 and can keep Maeda on my roster when I activate Gray.
    b. Trade Fulmer for Chapman. I would then have to cut Maeda to activate Gray.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why anyone would do these, but sure, they’re both fine

  125. kevin fitzpatrick says:
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    2018, Freddie Freeman has 3b eligibility. In what tier of 3b do you put him in? Top 5? Dare I hope for top 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eligibility doesn’t change things that dramatically

    • Fogimon says:
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      @kevin fitzpatrick: Play your cards right and you could have an infield of Goldy at 1st, Rizzo at 2nd, who cares at SS, and Freeman at 3rd.

      and Goodnight susan.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Who’s Susan?

  126. FeverDog says:
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    12-team, h2h, 5×5

    Shit, then I might as well ask: would you drop anyone to make room for Marte? I have to drop someone else for when Trout returns though. Do you think he’ll be any good? I’m a Bucs fan so I’m naturally waaay pessimistic.

    Thanks again, Grey + All.

    of-springer, desmond, peralta
    util-mazara, smoak
    dl-trout

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not listing anyone here to drop for him

      • FeverDog says:
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        @Grey:

        Any of these blokes? Obviously not Trout or Springer (they’re just there to get a picture as to what I’m working with)

        of-springer, desmond, peralta
        util-mazara, smoak
        dl-trout

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  127. Lubey says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Tanaka or Bundy ROS

    Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy

  128. Fogimon says:
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    10 team 5×5 Roto keeper league.
    I am 2nd place overall, 1st place in ERA, Wins, WHIP, middle of pack in BA, HR, RBI, Runs.

    My DL and bench include Pollock, Braun, Marte, Dahl. I’ve been piecing it together with waiver OFs.

    I’ve been offered Manaea ($4) for my Alterr ($1). Take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  129. Mike and Ike says:
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    Grey,

    Which side do you prefer in an OBP/SLG format where the top 75 players are kept, 8 teams

    Manny
    Bellinger

    Judge
    Turner
    Blackmon

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea

  130. clemsoncrusher says:
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    I got offered Conforto and Kubler for my Bellinger/Cueto in a points league redraft league. Seems like a fair offer. I don’t think Bellinger can keep this up . Cueto is struggling and Kluber seems he is on track. Would you take this trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  131. primetime says:
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    Grey, grade my team please. I will also add some waivers if you think I should drop and pickup. This is a 10 team keeper league OBP, CBS league we have to keep bench players UGH.

    Waivers – Hosmer, Brox Choo
    Gray S, Rondon, Cobb

    Starters
    Grandal
    Morales
    Schoop
    Seager C
    Arenado
    Conforto
    Cruz
    Bellinger
    U – Jones A

    Bench
    Mancini
    DeMiemhu
    Moncada
    Freeman DL
    JBJ
    Marte Suspended

    Starters
    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Pineda
    Samarzja
    Paxton

    Gilles
    Robertson

    Bench
    Matz
    Gray J
    EROD
    Salazar – DL Spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer over Moncada

  132. Jr says:
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    In a 10 team h2h categories league with bb and obp (average is not a category) is frazier worth holding onto? Obp league his ba isn’t as big a deal, but he’s not hitting for power like he did last couple years either. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not especially

  133. lucasred says:
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    Drop JBJ for Carlos Gomez?

    Need steals.

    • primetime says:
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      @lucasred: Nah.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  134. Fabsy says:
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    Mazara Chisenhall vs Alonso, Cain

    Which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alonso

  135. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Watched the Saul finale last night, rather disappointing I thought.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Oh I liked it, I don’t love the show as much as BB but better than most…

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I liked Chuck and the walls. That was pretty awesome. It’s def no BB.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I liked the hot mic too, I missed Mike and am glad to be done with Chuck… Yeah, it’s solid, not BB

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: I was going to say that. Finale with no Mike?! I think I might watch BB again.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I was thinking the same, might do that this fall

  136. William Hung says:
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    Prayer circle for George Springer…

  137. herschel says:
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    sonofabenched by Nola. at least he looked pretty decent…..

    separate note, been listening to Mobb Deep since the news about Prodigy. dont think i ever really paid them enough respect. rip….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I only really know Shook Ones tbh

  138. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    AL only, went from days ago having too many hitters to too few now (didn’t realize delino lost his job when cargo 2 came back at first). didn’t make that gomez+chapman for zimm + semien trade. probably good i didn’t. OBP over AVG, total bases added, holds, QS over wins
    C avila
    1B miggy
    2B segura
    SS correa
    3B mostsuckass
    MI pinder (OF too)
    CI mancini (OF too)
    OF (4) zimmer/gomez/rhodney dangerfield/trumbo
    util (1) chisenhall
    DL chapman
    NA fisher
    SP hahn/meyer/shoemaker/quintana/clevinger/peacock/morton/strahm/m.perez (streamer slot)
    DL salazar/duffy
    2 moves left on week one is for annabelle to stream @ SD on sunday (dropping m.perez). the other will be dropping strahm (SON hates the next one anyway i might stream it if my ratios are already destroyed like most weeks for the K’s) next week for a BN hitter of some type. options:
    valbuena (living up to his name, but 2 HR’s and better OBP lately)
    hanson (pure SAGNOF that plays just over half the time, top of lineup)
    marisnick (springer just got hit by pitch and taken out, this could of course bring fisher back up)
    aoki/kim/rickard (lesser OF, aoki at least starts mostly)
    delino (lefty side only but good steals, and might play when gomez doesn’t)
    rutledge
    a-jax (lots of playing time lately, don’t know why, i’m guessing he plays when chisenhall or zimmer doesn’t)
    dan robertson
    a.presley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Anibal’s going Saturday now… Valbuena — Hahn

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: yr right i had the date correct but the day wrong

  139. Curious George Springer says:
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    Noooooooooo. The boss got knocked down after taking one off the hand. I own him on a team that also includes Trout, Freeman, Chris Davis, and Brantley. Why can’t I have nice things? (team is in second, closer to first than to third, so it could be worse)

    Here’s my lineup if Springer is out:

    C: Hedges
    1B: Adams
    2B: Castro
    SS: Peraza
    3B: Seager
    IF: Joseph
    RF: Altherr
    CF: JBJ
    LF: Mancini
    OF: Haniger
    Util: Davidson
    Util: Addison Russell
    Bench: Brantley, Davis
    DL: Trout, Freeman, Dahl (is Dahl still a real person who plays baseball? I have heard zero updates on him and probably should drop him, except — like I said — I’ve been doing pretty well holding onto him. Does he still have that glorious beard? I have a beard of sorts)

    Assuming Springer goes on the DL, I guess I need to cut Russell for someone who provides more reliable ABs. You seem pretty high on Peralta, so I guess that’s the add here. Other options are Gamel, Choo, Drury, Simmons, Gomez. Pham. Peralta?

    I know you’re going to say to drop Dahl (and maybe Brantley) as well…

    Someone will also say that I need to make a trade. Believe me, I’m trying. This league is impossible to get trades done. Last season there was one trade all year (and I was involved).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ISPHOP? I seem pretty high on Peralta, he’s a top 30 OF — drop Dahl

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: I mean, if 46 (where he is on Razball’s STD player-rater or 56 (where he is on Razzball’s ROS player rater) is top 30, then yeah. I will add Peralta (even though Choo is higher on both of those raters)

        I’m never droppping Dahl! Never! He’s going to miraculously return next week and they’ll immediately insert him as the every day shortstop. Under his eye.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Under his eye

  140. TarmanGotHim says:
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    2 questions:

    1) Would you drop fowler for Carlos Gez?

    2) Would you use a waiver claim (3 of 12) for Bour?

    Thanks

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: 1. nah 2. yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with CGS

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @Grey: I mean’t Carlos Gomez, thanks!!

  141. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    9 team redraft. I’m just about tops in all offensive categories but last in average. I’m about tops in saves and Ks, middling in wins, ERA and WHIP. Falling behind in AVG, saves, ERA and WHIP over the past 14 days.

    Street, Romero and Doolittle are my obvious drops. I’m betting The Sociapath goes to Street before too long.

    1) Worried about Springer. Drop anyone for Souza, Fowler, JBJ, Conforto, Carlos Gomez, who just hit two more homers?

    2) Is Paxton droppable?

    2a) Please rank G. Cole, Manaea, Newcomb, Maeda, Chase Anderson, Lynn, Happ

    C Zunino
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    SS T. Turner
    3B Bryant
    OF Stanton, Bellinger, Thames
    UTIL Benintendi, Morrison
    BN Schebler, Springer
    DL Villar
    SP Strasburg, Berrios, Severino, Ray, Paxton
    RP Giles, Knebel, Rivero, Street, Romero, Doolittle
    DL Britton

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. So you have three bench bats? 2. Nah 3. Cole, Lynn, Manaea, Happ

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Grey: Currently two bench bats, not including Villar. I had about four last week when I dropped JBJ and Conforto to vulture Romero and Doolittle.

        Just curious, you were advising holding JBJ, Conforto and Odor in the comments but seem to have changed your mind on the first two. Am I right?

        Thanks much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nothing’s changed on them

          • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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            @Grey: Just to confirm following my question in yesterday’s comments, Schebler and/or Benintendi over JBJ, Conforto?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  142. Matthew Lehman says:
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    have the following team in a RCL:

    C- Zunino
    1b- Joseph
    2b- Schoop
    3b- Arenado
    Ss- Story
    MI- Drury
    CI- Suarez
    Of- JD, Kemp, Duvall, Conforto, Fowler
    Util- Hanley
    Bn- Peraza
    Sp- Arrieta, Cole, Taillon, Bundy, Nelson, McCarthy, J Montgomery, C Anderson
    Rp- Holland, Ramos, Reed

    drop anyone for Starling?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montgomery… Don’t carry more than 4 SPs

      • Matthew Lehman says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Word

      • lwomack58 says:
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        @Grey:

        If I’m reading this right you would use other SP spots for steaming?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

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

    (3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, Nova
    (2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
    (4) P: Betances, Ray, Walker, Lynn
    (6) Bench: J. Garcia, Guerra, Ryu, Bauer, M. Moore

    (2) DL: McCullers, Shoemaker

    Should be I using any of my 2 remaining weekly adds to pick up or stash any of these RPs over anyone?

    Street, Hernandez, Neris, Norris*, Neshek, Albers, Glover*…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shouldn’t you wait until Sunday to see if you need the adds?

  144. Brett says:
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    You think miggy turns it around?

    Would you trade fulmer and Carlos Santana for him?

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Brett: nah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would take Miggy

  145. hondo says:
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    I was trying to get through the week with no moves and bench but when Springer got hit I sent out a Manaea for Odor feeler to a guy who previously had offered me Baez(and who I hope isn’t reading this) and it was accepted in literally less than a minute

    Yay,nay or meh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yay

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I almost didn’t try it because I’ll be able to put Rizzo at 2B soon and was thinking about either moving Adams or Shaw to 1B or streaming schmotatos according to matchups,but that’s too much like work and I figure I can do that during the H2H playoffs if the Odor gamble doesn’t pan out.
        When Springer got hit(will move incumbent Howie to OF for now) I grew balls and sent the offer but when it got accepted so fast I thought I had missed something. I guess it was just the breeze from the air conditioner on said newly sprouted balls.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  146. Jack says:
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    1. Hold onto Miranda or stream that spot?
    2. Hold Cargo or drop for Marte stash?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Stream 2. Hold

  147. stefan says:
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    Hi Grey: 5X5 standard keeper league with $300 budget. I barely paid attention for the first two months of the season (won last year and drafted young this year), but have now moved up from the bottom to the top of the league. I have only one closer, Maurer. I could gobble up a bunch of points with 2 more closers. Would you trade

    $2 Ryon Healy, $7 Dahl and $2 Kyle Hendricks for a $38 Wade Davis, $24 Greg Holland and a FA B Peacock? I would pick up Davidson for 3b on the waiver wire to replace Healy. Feels like a lot to give up, but my league covets closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds terrible, get cheaper closers

  148. Joeg414 says:
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    I give Bryant and get Altuve n Owings , could use Avg n SB.
    Whata think?
    5×5 mixed roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  149. Norbs says:
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    10 team h2h weekly: drop Lackey for Fiers? Have no faith in Lackey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  150. OaktownSteve says:
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    Damn…missed an opportunity to be psychic in public today. Meant to drop by with the Todd Frazier homer guarantee.

    Alberrios, I threw a Pivetta comment in Ralph’s thread.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw it, I just bid on him in my NL-Only

  151. primetime says:
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    Grey, Thoughts of Quintana ROS. Can he have better 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not right

  152. OaktownSteve says:
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    Also, have you seen much of Evel Knenbel? Damn dude is nasty. My pen in NFBC is him and Kintzler. I could see Kintzler bubble busting post-ASB but he’s been good. So um yeah…still never draft closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have Knebel and Rivero in 3 leagues, they’re basically Kimbrel and Aroldis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was saying this to Rudy the other day, Knebel was so obvious in March, wish I got him everywhere

  153. Pat says:
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    Thames or Abreau?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  154. Thomas says:
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    I took a break from fantasy for about 5 years. I used your rankings and I’m in first in a pretty competitive league. You still have the same passion you had years ago. I greatly admire that. How about Weiters or Zunino ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Zunino

  155. Bill Brasky says:
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    Jon Gray, who as it turns out missed several weeks as they filmed the new season of Vikings, will be returning next week.

    Do I activate him and drop Chase Anderson, or keep Chase and just watch Jon Gray (aka Bjorn Bloodaxe) whenever season 6 starts?

    Head to head league if that matters.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, watch Gray

  156. lwomack58 says:
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    Currently carrying Pedroia for AVG and Runs. I’m sure I can do better. He seems to get hurt often. My choices to replace him are,
    Melky, Piscotty, Calhoun, Choo, Zimmer, M. Davidson, Altherr and Pham.

    I like that Melky gives a little bid of everything as does Choo, but drawn to Zimmer for his speed and the team.

    Which three would you pick or just hold Pedroia

    • lwomack58 says:
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      @lwomack58:

      Also Ian Happ is available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty

  157. Brett says:
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    First off thanks for answering all the questions. It is why you are the best.

    12 team roto league 6×6 with holds and ops the extra categories.

    2 trade options. Which would you prefer.

    Option 1: give fulmer get Miggy. Miggy could replace or let me try to trade away Carlos santana, Bregman or mancini for bullpen help.

    Option 2. Give Fulmer get Osuna. Currently my bullpen is solid in holds average in saves I have Bradley, Edwards Jr., Will Harris, Giles and Matt Bush.

    Thanks so much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miggy

  158. Joeg414 says:
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    Who are better bench holds for this year : Derek Fisher, Schwarber or Moncada? Pick two to hold for about two weeks?
    6×6 roto non keeper.
    Thanks

    • Joeg414 says:
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      @Joeg414:
      I have Fish and Schwarber. Would cut one for Monc; if I can get him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada, Fisher

  159. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Sorry I don’t buy that was your voice in the video without a signature cackle!

    10 team h2h OBP limited season moves

    C Martin
    1B Votto
    2B Odor
    SS Story
    3B Rendon
    OF Harper
    OF Thames
    OF Bellinger
    UTL Alonso
    BN Conforto
    DL Villar

    SP Strasburg, Carrasco, Paxton, Hill, Nola, Peacock, Nova, Maeda
    CL Holland, Diaz, Bush, Rivero
    DL McCullers

    1) With McCullers coming back this Saturday, Maeda is the obvious drop, right? Aside from Paxton, the rest of my starters have all been performing well.

    2) When Villar comes back, assuming maybe sometime next week, who is the next drop? I’d really prefer to not carry two bench bats, which means probably one of Conforto or Alonso. Alonso has been hitting better of late, but as just a strict 1B eligible player, it doesn’t give me any roster flexibility and leaves me with no other OF eligible bats. Conforto has been cold lately (no HR in last two weeks) and has begun sitting against LHP. I really like the idea of Villar as a super sub, especially with Odor still struggling against LHP and Story getting the occasional sit. I could try to work out a trade (2 for 1?), but trades are hard to pull off in our league and pitching is a premium.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha 1. Yeah Maeda 2. Alonso

  160. Dueces says:
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    Rizzo, Turner, Odor, Inciarte, Peacock, Godley or Altuve, Springer, Alonso, Owings, Haniger, Iglesias, Archer

  161. Milarky says:
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    So we have to start a rookie pitcher, an our waivers are limited. I’m currently rostering only Gsellman an Hader as rook pitchers, so thinking I should take a chance on Newcomb or Alex Meyer. Who would you bank on as your choice to pick up?

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Milarky: newcomb

  162. Exactly says:
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    Which side: Rizzo for Carrasco/Edwin Diaz?

  163. Oppo Taco says:
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    Would you trade Zimmer for Estrada? Thanks

  164. William Hung says:
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    With the way the Mets are not playing Conforto – should I drop him for a hot schmotato like Cameron Maybin?

  165. Wil says:
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    God damn mike conforto is a frustrating player.

    • William Hung says:
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      @Wil: The Mets are a frustrating franchise right now

        • William Hung says:
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          @Joeg414: Well I was going to say forever, but at least they had that glimmer of hope in 2015 and last season was pretty good until they ran into Mad-Bum in that play in game

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