“Hello, and welcome to the Izod Center in downtown East Rutherford, New Jersey!  We’re only 35 minutes from New York!  On tonight’s fight card, we have everyone vs. George Zimmerman and, our main event, Bryce Harper vs. Jonathan Papelbon!  Harper has him on height by a good six inches, if you count his mohawk.  They’re both tipping the scales like heavyweights, if you count their egos, but Papelbon has the reach by three and a quarter inches since Harper will be fighting off his heels, as he’s been known to do his whole career.  The Loafer vs. The Soft Shoe!  The Cock vs. The Guy With A Haircut That Makes Him Look Like A Cock!  The Veteran Who Plays The Game The Right Way vs. The Upstart Who Just Plays The Game Better Than Anyone Else.  Hosting this event is Donald Trump.  Making this country great again like he did in Atlantic City!”  Yesterday, I said, these two mix like vinegar and douche, and then the Nationals made sure they wouldn’t have to mix at all.  Papelbon was suspended for the rest of the regular season, which opens the door for Blake Treinen, Matt Thornton and/or Casey Janssen.  That’s the order I’d grab them for saves, but like a carrot in minestrone, it’s real dicey.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt den Dekker – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Fun fact!  Den Dekker is also the name for bunk beds at Ikea.  I’d definitely stream den Dekker into my lineup since he looks hot schmotatoish, but you need to make sure he’s playing every day.

Wilson Ramos – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Nothing more exciting than talking catchers.  Okay, one thing more exciting, talking catchers for next year!  I could see Ramos being a guy I target in every league.  His batting average (.232) is artificially-flavored poo, but he’s also being unlucky and the power is still there.  Okay, okay, he’s a guy I could see targeting next year then dropping by mid-April.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  How screwed up have our expectations become?  Easy, pardner, I’m about to tell you.  They’re so screwed up we look at Scherzer as a disappointment.  He has a 2.91 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 259 Ks.  That would’ve been a good year for Bob Gibson!

Travis Shaw – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Pygmalionly, Shaw’s been Eliza Doolittling, but he does tend to hit for power in bunches, so if you’re desperate I’d grab Shaw and not wait around for him to get made over in a trying-on-funny-hats montage.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  “Didn’t I tell you to only walk?!”  “But I walked twice, papa!”  “I should’ve raised you to be a speed walker, then you’d pay attention!”  “Papa, please!”  Maybe we should give the Bradleys some privacy.

Deven Marrero – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  He’s the glovechild of Joey Cora and Omar Vizquel, and shouldn’t concern us.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.85.  I have nothing to go on with this but my gut and five million hours of fantasy baseball research, but I’m guessing Ed-Rod will be overdrafted next year.

Masahiro Tanaka – Will start on Wednesday vs. the Red Sox.  He was skipped last time due to a strained hamstring, but he’s ready to battle through it.  Between his torn elbow tendon and hamstring strain, what we’ve learned is Tanaka would take the mound in a body cast.

Ivan Nova – 7 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator hates Nova’s last start, and it will likely be a meaningless game for the Yanks, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Nova pitch well as he tries to prove he should be an integral part of the playoff rotation.   It’ll be very risky, but on the last day of the season, you might need that risk.

Yadier Molina – Due to his thumb, he’s ruled out for the regular season.  I guess that’s his *pinkie to mouth* rule of thumb.

Adam Wainwright – Could return on Wednesday.  If he enters in relief and the game goes 200 extra innings and he pitches them all without allowing a run, I’ll eat my hat on calling him overrated this preseason.  Of course, I’m wearing a tostada for a hat.

Lance Lynn – 5 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. J.A. Happ 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 baserunner, 4 Ks in 56 pitches.  No better example of what playoff-bound teams are going to do with their starters.  Look at those lines.  They both could’ve pitched another two to three innings, but they’ll be meeting again in the playoffs and neither club wants to risk ingerry.  *smacks monkey who is typing up this blurb*  Injury, sorry.

Stephen Piscotty – Left yesterday’s game after colliding his head into Bourjos’s knee.  A concussion sure takes the fun out of the chant, “Piscotty doesn’t know.”

Carlos Gomez – Took batting practice and seems likely to return shortly, which isn’t a crack on Altuve.  Gomez didn’t do jackshizz when he was healthy, and I’m not running out to add him anywhere for the final few games.

Chris Carter – 1-for-2 and his 23rd homer, and now third homer in three games.  No joke when I say he’s the type that could hit five homers this week.

George Springer – 2-for-3 and his 15th homer.  Bet, next year will be the last time for many years that you can draft Springer at a reasonable price.

Lance McCullers – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. Roenis Elias 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  All of you that streamed them both for their two-start weeks can exhale.  Hopefully that exhale doesn’t turn into a burp on Sunday when they suddenly get skipped.

Ketel Marte – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in three games.  That banging you hear is the guy’s head against his desk who picked up Marte for steals and doesn’t need homers.

Yordano Ventura – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. Kyle Hendricks 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks in a glimpse of what would be a great World Series for baseball, which I would love to see, but knowing baseball’s luck, the game would fall on a Sunday vs. one of the Mannings throwing 500 yards and Jessica Simpson singing the entire National Anthem while unaware of a wardrobe malfunction.  The Stream-o-Nator likes both of these guys in their last starts, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see both of them go a few innings and then let the bullpens take over.

Phil Hughes – Was scratched due to a virus that’s working its way around the Twins clubhouse.  Ooh, sounds like the clubhouse has been infected by Mr. Robot.

Eddie Rosario – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Seems like every time I look up this guy has multiple hits.  Apparently, I should look up more because he’s hitting around .240 in September.  Not exactly Septacular.

Trevor Plouffe – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!  I’d put an imaginary five dollars on Plouffe going deep again in the next two games.

Corey Kluber – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I don’t listen to Indians games because their announcers are some of the worst in baseball, but I bet they’re using words like gutsy and courageous with Kluber, and that would be the first time a Kluber’s been called brave since 1992 at the Limelight in New York when a clubber took six tabs of acid and then tried to dance to “It’s Time for the Percolator.”  Kluber isn’t courageous; he’s likely nursing an injury still and no great bet for his last start.

Francisco Lindor – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Someone set up a 2016 draft right now, I want to draft Lindor while scream-singing, I Can’t Feel My Face.

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.68.  Whatevs, Arrieta already won the Cy Young.  I decided.

Jake Peavy – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  One start down, one more to go this week.  C’mon, Peavy, hold your shizz together for me!  (A win next time would be nice too.)

Colby Lewis – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  I have no one to blame but myself for starting Lewis in this game.  But, if I were to blame someone, I had to bench Samardzija for someone.  SAMARDZIJA!

Prince Fielder – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  He sound be a server at IHOP because he’s serving up fat jacks!

Tyler Collins – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Sadly, he doesn’t play every day.  Well, sad for him.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.39.  Not really a terrible season for Verlander, and “not really a terrible season” is about the most yawnstipating way to describe a player.

Chris Tillman – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.05.  For those that are streaming him against the Yankees this weekend, cross your fingers that the Yankees rest everyone for the playoffs.  Yes, you can tie your shoes before you cross your fingers.  C’mon, man.

Troy Tulowitzki – Took batting practice on Monday as he tries to come back from a small crack in his scapula, which is better than a small scalpel in his crack.  If only barely.

Marco Estrada – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA.  “Okay, what evidence do you have that we should lower the mound?”  “Marco Estrada has an ERA of 3.15 in 174 1/3 innings!”  “You mean the guy who couldn’t cut it as a middle reliever in Milwaukee?”  “Yes, Grey!”  “Wait, I’m Grey.”  “AHHHHH!!!”

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-3 and his 36th homer.  You know that move when you lick your finger, touch your butt and make a sizzle sound?  Edwin makes that sound when he touches a cortisone shot to his butt.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-4, hitting over .500 in the last week.  Yes, over .500. The only people that truly appreciate what Pillar’s doing are ancient Romans and people in very deep leagues where they’ve owned him all year.

Trevor Gott – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER as he was used as a closer would be, pitching the ninth in a tie game at home.  The Sciosciapath said he would use a committee at closer to end the year.  So, who do I Gott?  Yup.  Okay, don’t start that again.  It could also be Mike Morin, Fernando Salas, Jose Alvarez, the guy who sells hot dogs that screams, “Get ya dogs here!” and Cesar Ramos.

Albert Pujols – 1-for-4 and his 38th homer.  Also, in this game, Marcus Semien (1-for-3) hit his 14th homer.  Yes, Semien went deep with Pujols in the Big A.

Mat LatosAngels signed him to a one-year contract.  That immediately moves his wife, Dallas, into 2nd place on the most batshit crazy Angels wife, just behind Chuck Finley’s ex, Tawny Kitaen.

 
  1. Gareth says:
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    Not sure if you’re just talking about the T.V guys, because Tom Hamilton is one of the best radio announcers in baseball.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: the one tv guy comes into my store occasionally. Nice guy.

        He’s the one who says the ball went to “souvenir city” on his home run calls.
        Which is pretty cheesy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  2. Gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Gareth: claps for the counting skills of america going up

  3. Colin Ritter says:
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    That Piscotty joke hurts me from a fantasy perspective but damn it’s hilarious.

  4. The Theory says:
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    The awesome thing about drafting Wilson Ramos is knowing that you can drop him guilt-free when he gets an injury 2 games into the season.

    The terrible thing about drafting Wilson Ramos is that the day before he gets injured, some douchesnozz in the league picked up the guy wanted to replace Ramos, thus forcing you to play catcher roulette all year long, causing you to pray for a catcher with a lot of off days to avoid the inevitable 0-4.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @The Theory: if ramos got hurt yet i can’t find it.

      • Scott says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Probably talking about another catcher, because, you know, analogy.

  5. SF says:
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    What to do with the Shark tomorrow? Yay or nay?

    • Scott says:
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      @SF: Run!

      • Scott says:
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        @Scott: Away!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF: I’ve benched him

  6. Gareth says:
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    Thought about streaming Ramos and JBJ yesterday but streamed Gomes and Alvarez instead.

    Homerz!

  7. The HAND OF SAGNOF says:
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    Its been a while hope all is well with your and the razz posse’s teams.
    Im working with 5 of 7 in the finals head to Headley speaking and 1 of 2 roto holding down 1st.. O’day just O’bliterated ratios but I live by the sagnof I die by the sagnof i tattoo sagnof in an extremely visible spot (it’s holding up well in case you guys were wondering being lefty helped)…
    Khrush Lindor Pillar have been carrying it through the playoffs..
    the great anticlimactic(insert joke about my wife here) question of 2015 is:
    Hicks, Jackie “BB”radley or hold Fowler?
    Thanks for another great year!
    XOXO
    l

  8. Noam says:
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    Hey Grey, I need help with deciding on 3 keepers in a H2H 12 team ESPN Roto 10 Categories. Keeper values are next to their names. $260 salary.

    2B Kipnis $25
    SS Bogaerts ($18)
    OF Pollock ($13)
    OF CarGo ($32)
    3B Sano ($12)
    P Keuchel ($13)
    P Heaney ($11)
    P A Miller ($11)
    P Stroman ($16)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam: 3B Sano ($12)
      P Keuchel ($13) OF Pollock ($13)

  9. First Lady of the Nation says:
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    Gonna miss you buddy. Those GD 2016 rankings can’t get here soon enough. Another great year of hilarity. What to do now that the Torenado has finally arrived? Fantasy Tennis??

  10. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, thanks for your articles.
    im in a all keepers league, which means that i need to trade every player i want.

    Who could be in the list with Springer that next year is the last year to get him with reasonable price? i may try to propose and get him. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Try to get Springer

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks, I will, but the owner loves him very much…
        Anyone else Li,e Springer next season? (Will break out in 2016, reasonable price)

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll be going over guys all offseason

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey:
            OK. I can’t wait !!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cool

  11. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    hey Grey, some weirdness going on, if you try to link to a writer’s name and go backwards on his posts it no longer shows the “page 1, 2, 3” etc so only 1 page of posts is locateable.

  12. jvanslyke says:
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    RIP – Trump Marina It ranks as my second favorite casino of all time right below Osheas in Vegas, home of the 24 hour happy hour bar/Burger King. Say what you want about Trump but the man knows hot to decorate a casino chip.

    Thanks for all of your help this year Grey. The site is why I’m fighting for first in my roto league his week. You guys do a really great job. Your daily blurbs are he first thing I read each morning followed by a quick look at Wetpaint to see what Caitlyn Jenner wore the previous night and which former Bachelor contestants are hooking up.

  13. Joe says:
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    I have to bench one of the following today:

    Bour @ TB (Moore)
    Eaton vs KC (Cueto)
    Bird vs BOS (Porcello)
    Ellsbury vs BOS (Porcello)
    K.Davis @ SD (T.Ross)

    I’m leaning Bour mostly because he has horrendous splits against lefties. But he’s been so hot lately. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Bour

  14. griff says:
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    What are your thoughts on streaming Robbie Ray against Colorado in AZ?

    • Scott says:
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      @griff: Rockies – Coors = Start opposing pitcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @griff: Start him

  15. Fo Shizzo says:
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    Doing a final push today in pitching, which 5 would you stream? Trying to keep my WHIP in tact.

    Colon @ Phi
    Bassitt @ LAA
    Moore vs MIA
    Anderson vs MIN
    Porcello @ NYY
    Samardijza vs KC
    Tropeano vs OAK
    Lopez @ SD
    Conley @ TB
    Gibson @ CLE

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fo Shizzo: Moore, Porcello, Samardzija, Anderson, Colon

  16. Knighttown says:
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    Desperate times. Half point up in my 12 team daily 5×5 and it looks like steals is going to be the difference maker. Any thoughts on a guy or two who might grab a steal this week that is less than 80% owned?

    I’ve grabbed Burns and Altherr. Had and dropped Rajai.

    At MI drop Pedroia for Segura or Alexei?

    Drop Castellanos for Marisnick, Mahtook?

    Or anyone else you can think of as an option?

  17. Nick says:
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    Grey,,, after loosing the final , i took a cortisone shot to take away the pain!!

    btw that would be my team for next year:
    10 keepers – Cortisone Brothers Team
    1. Goldshmidt 1B
    2. Bautista OF
    3. Altuve 2B
    4. Encarnacion Util
    5. Carpenter 3B
    6. Springer OF
    7. Archer SP1
    8. Salazar SP2
    9. KJansen RP1
    10. Sano or KhrisDavis ?

    on the bubble:
    batters: Desmond, Fowler, Baez, SPerez, Myers,
    pitchers: Shields, TJWalker, Quintana, AWood, JAHapp, BERRIOS, Heaney
    relievers: Allen, Tolleson, AJRamos,

    what would be your perfect team for next season with those players??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: How’d it work? You homer in your next at bat? Sano over Davis

  18. RePete says:
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    Pick 5 to keep in a 14-team H2H OBP League:

    Stanton, Sano, Betts, C. Seager, Rendon, Bogaerts, Schwarber, and Dickerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: Stanton, Sano, Betts, C. Seager, wild card…Dickerson if healthy

  19. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Thanks for the amazing season Grey, Rudy, JB, Prospect Mike, and J-Foh. 3 for 3 finishing 1st on all of my leagues this year. Drafting Goldscmidt, Harper, Frazier, CarGo (the real on), and Arrieta late across the board was the magic potion.

    Grey – Youre hands down one of the best comedic writers Ive ever seen in sports, I’ll be singing your praises to the mountain tops, aside from my keeper league mates (screw those guys). kudos and cheers my man! Daiquiri’s on me and middle fingers to Shawn Michaels.

  20. Bdigv says:
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    top two
    Cashner vs mil
    Kennedy vs mil
    Corbin vs colorado
    Happ vs the Reds
    McCullers @ az
    Peavy vs Colorado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bdigv: Peavy, Corbin

      • Bdigv says:
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        @Grey: Quintana vs kc or leake vs lad over them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Over who?

          • Bdigv says:
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            @Grey: peavy corbin

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d go Peavy, Corbin

  21. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I cannot wait to draft Springer in my OBP league at an absurdly late round next year (as long as he doesn’t go on a tear and reach the 20 HR or 20 SB threshold this week). Same goes for Kluber, who is probably back to being undervalued by the masses again!

  22. Zeus says:
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    Four leagues in first in three and second in one. Full week of sweat. Thanks for the great columns and advice this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: No problem!

  23. Steve says:
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    Need obp & sb – would you start Kiermier or Rajai for the rest of the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Kiermaier

  24. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    In my H2H 5×5 finals thanks in large part to this site. Hoping to roll to victory, but have Tull, Harvey, Thor and Ellsbury on my active roster. Now it appears Miggy will only be playing two games the rest of this week. I’d hate to drop any of these guys (except maybe Ellsbury) because it’s a keeper league and it’s be giving them away, but I need to play to win. Bottom line: is partial production from these guys better than full production from a fill in? Related questions, whose a good 3B I could add to mitigate the loss of Miggy? Plouffe/Escobar/T. Shaw/Castellanos/Zimmerman/P. Alvarez?

  25. Phil of the Future says:
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    B to the B,
    What’s good?
    I know I said I’d never bother you about him again, but seeing Carter go on a HR run is just pissing me off wondering how many wins Hinch cost his team by benching him after the all-star break. I miss Bo Porter, who just rolled him out there until he got hot. And when he did, oh man.

    I’m gonna write a letter or something…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Make it a strongly worded letter…it’s the only chance we have of getting through!

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Should I start it “To whom it may concern” or “Dear Sir or Madam”, or “Hey Hinch you [email protected]##@$%#$%” ?

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Totally forgot! Thanks, G.

            Love that you copied and pasted my random selection of symbols. The first part looks like a pair of eyes looking back at me. Not sure I like it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m a big fan of the copy and paste, where do you stand on it? (This was copied from a legalize cannabis forum.)

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: HA! I’m a big fan of the copy and paste(copied from your message) as well

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA! (Yup.)

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: (Yup.) (you guessed it)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thank God I don’t have parenthetical blindness!

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I didn’t use any parentheses. (Perhaps you have parenthetical hallucinations?)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Damn you Phil and your future seeing!

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Where we’re going we don’t need parentheses!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha!

  26. royce! says:
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    Drop Piscotty, right? royce! doesn’t know!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!: Yeah, I’m hoping he’s fine for next year

    • Scott says:
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      @royce!: Looks like he’ll be fine. Tests were negative.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That’s good, still doubt he plays much these final days

  27. ebudz says:
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    Okay Grey I’m up by 20 pts now and wanna keep a lead to win out this championship! Best/ safest bet for positive scores for tomorrow? I’m literally trying to pick up guys faster than my opponent at this point so I’ll be picking up these guys right at 7:05pm!

    H2H Points:
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    Cashner vs. MIL (18.8)
    Quintana vs. KC (11.1)
    Chase Anderson vs. COL (2.4)
    Leake vs. LAD (-2.1)
    Bettis @ARI (-2.4)
    Boyd @TEX (-2.5)
    Lyons @PIT (-16.5)
    E. Volquez @CHW (-16.9)
    Cosart @TB (-25.6)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner vs. MIL (18.8)
      Quintana vs. KC (11.1)
      Chase Anderson vs. COL (2.4)
      Leake vs. LAD (-2.1)

      I.e., I’d go with SON

  28. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    4 waiver grabs left in my h2h finals. my opponent and i have near-identical stats in all 6 pitching categories (QS plus the normal ones). we also both have high, near-identical obp/ops’ and he has a few runs more than i do.

    1. Do I use all 4 grabs on pitching or use 1 grab to pick up Fowler (Werth isn’t playing much, and Blackmon has some bad matchups)?

    2. As far as pitching goes, to maximize my stats (including QS, K, W) which 3 or 4 guys would you grab from the below?

    Moore @MIA, last day lineup of TOR
    Porcello @NYY, @CLE
    Conley v. lefty crushing TB, PHI
    Smyly @ MIA
    Corbin v. COL
    Eickhoff v. NYM
    Hill @ NYY
    Santana v. KC
    Erasmo @ MIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Fowler over Werth, yes 2. Moore, Smyly, Corbin

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – anything to do with Miggy? He’s only playing 2-3 games apparently. I guess the only thing to do is hold and watch when he’s in the lineup?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d hold and play him when he’s in there

  29. A-Ram Baller says:
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    Keepers Next Year?

    Keep 3, H2H, 12 Teams:

    Posey
    Rizzo
    Edwin
    Pollock
    Cain
    J-Fer

    • Grey

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      Rizzo, Edwin, Pollock

  30. 740 says:
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    Hey Grey, need ur help. Thinking of cutting A Jones for final run. I’m in a dog fight and I need steals, runs, avg.
    pick one pls. Burns, E Rosario, Bradley Jr, Buxton

    Thanks bruh

    • Grey

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      Drop him for Burns

  31. J-FOH says:
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    a special someone gets talked about and given respect today in the update

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Better!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I respect the fact you were fortunate to not have my injuries…hehehehe

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I was fortunate… Though we could be sitting here saying Sky drafted so good that’s why he’s beating everyone…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: actually I think DDD drafted well

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He does every year, then does nothing in-season

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: he reminds of himself at the party, red eyed and out of it

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sounds like Chris Perez too

  32. EA says:
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    Am I an idiot for wanting to start Samardjzzzzzzz today?

    Or am I an idiot for many other reasons. That’s another story. Thoughts on starting the biggest disappointment of 2015?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m benching him, but I’d likely start him if I could handle the risk

  33. gabe says:
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    Pick 5 to keep for next year on.

    Clayton Kershaw
    Jake Arrieta
    Carlos Carrasco
    Paul Goldschmit
    Adam Jones
    Carlos Correa
    Jorge Soler
    Anthony Rendon
    David Wright
    Lorenzo Cain
    Francisco Lindor

    Thanks for all the help this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clayton Kershaw
      Jake Arrieta
      Paul Goldschmit
      Carlos Correa
      Lorenzo Cain

  34. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    I’m in a head to head finals and I’ve got one open starting spot today. Would you dare start any among Matt Moore, Roark, Kyle Gibson, Haren or Tropeano if you were actually trying to win it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Moore

  35. Tony says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for an awesome season

    Any way too early thoughts on keepers for next year?
    H2h 5×5 auction league, can keep up to 8. Price to keep in auction dollars is next to each name:

    Arenado (11)
    Fernandez (11)
    Springer (11)
    A Miller (4)
    Lindor (5)
    Odor (5)
    McCullers (5)
    Freeman (18)
    Polanco (11)
    Joc (8)
    Soler (8)
    Rodon (5)

    Thanks for any input!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado, Springer, Miller, Lindor, Odor, Polanco, Joc, Soler

  36. gabe says:
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    Pick 5 to keep for next year on.

    Clayton Kershaw
    Jake Arrieta
    Carlos Carrasco
    Paul Goldschmit
    Adam Jones
    Carlos Correa
    Jorge Soler
    Anthony Rendon
    David Wright
    Lorenzo Cain
    Francisco Lindor

    Thanks for all the help this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered already

  37. Mark says:
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    Grey:

    Things are looking good here in NYC. Six more days in my yearly points league and I can take first place against some pretty serious baseball nerds and stat heads.

    Many thanks to you and to your magic moustache for summoning up whatever dark arts are lurking in its terrifying depths.

    I have 53 more innings to pitch, and am thinking of going balls out today. I’m definitely pitching Wacha (@ Pit), Hamels (vs. Det) and Ross (vs. Mil)

    My question (yes, I have one). What do you think of Roark (@ ATL)?

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I’d start Roark, it is risky though

      • Mark says:
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        @Grey: agreed, but luckily I have a pretty big lead over the Number 2 guy…about 200 points.

        See you next year!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Will do!

  38. John says:
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    I’ve added few names to the list, i can only pick up 3 these guys maybe 4 so figure show all options and if you could pick 3 you like that be sweet. Thanks again for all your advice!!

    [email protected] MIL
    Peavy vCOL
    Owens @cle
    tomlin vMin
    Medlen @CWS
    Duffey @cle

    I will follow close but what are the chances Hamels pitches Sun and Keuchel Pitches Sat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy, Tomlin, Hendricks

  39. JoeG414 says:
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    For tonight (might need a bat, a lot of rain )and the Rest of the week for Runs and Homers ; what think of A.Alther or Maktook compared to G.Polanco ? Polanco on waivers, so might not be able to get him.
    6×6 daily roto.

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      Could they be upgrades to : Pearce , Holt ,Beltran or M.Byrd

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Polanco over Byrd if you need runs and SBs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco over either, Mahtook 2nd best

  40. The People's Strudel says:
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    Grey,

    What do we make of Kevin Pillar for next year? He’s one of the more interesting CF’s and I’m not a hundred percent sure if this year was a mirage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s Pearce of this year, likely drafted next year and dropped soon after

  41. Scott says:
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    Baez vs. Josh Smith in Cincinnati or
    JoRam vs. Gibson at home?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  42. Happyharry says:
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    12 team H2H, 6X6 – I got Fiers @ $5 and Quintana @ $3 both possible keepers but I need to drop one to add a SP for the championship game. Which one would you not drop and would he be a keeper next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Fiers, maybe he’s a keeper no idea who else you have

  43. Carnac says:
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    If Don Mattingly and Corey Kluber were both in mortal danger and I could only save one, I wouldn’t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

      • Carnac says:
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        Unlucky as he may have been this year, no way he’s a top 10 SP in 2016, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I haven’t looked closely, but I think he’s top 10, yeah

  44. Bd says:
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    Whos the odd man out
    Yelich vs Moore
    Cron vs bassist
    Inciarte vs Bergman
    Upton vs Lopez
    Khris Davis vs Ross
    Deshields vs Daniel Norris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  45. Foodie says:
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    Got Chris Davis vs stroman
    Ortiz vs Pineda
    Yelich vs Moore
    Betts vs Pineda
    Bird vs porcello
    Kkris Davis vs Ross which one sits ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

  46. Carlos says:
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    Is there a website that contains all the rain delay information? This weather is messing with my daily leagues.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top right, under Tools, click lineup

  47. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey:

    10 Team Roto
    OBP instead of AVG, QS instead of W
    Keepers increase in price by $3 each year. Please pick 5:

    Pollock ($9)
    Rizzo ($26)
    Salazar ($4)
    Abreu ($17)
    Bautista ($16)
    Arrieta ($16)
    Dee Gordon ($20)
    Carlos Gomez ($17)
    B Crawford ($4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock ($9)
      Rizzo ($26)
      Abreu ($17)
      Bautista ($16)
      Arrieta ($16)

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Grey: Interesting. Was thinking Salazar over Arrieta from a value standpoint. Arrieta is clearly the better pitcher though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s also September, could change in five months

          • SwaggerJackers says:
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            @Grey: Very true. Appreciate the early thoughts though. I’ll be mulling over these options daily until my draft next March.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  48. J-FOH says:
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    I got this blood orange with a creamy french vanilla vape and its on point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who makes it?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: its five pawns again, they have a few new flavors that are way better than their old stuff. My buddy worked there for a year and he said they really retooled their product.

        Before I come out for vape shopping I need to hit up my insiders and see what are the best shops on the west side

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Did I try Five Pawns?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I posted them last week,here is their description of the one I already told you about

            Sugared rhubarb and strawberries come together to be the shining stars in this complex and well balanced blend. Combining an oat grain and graham crumble with vanilla cream, this fruity yet savory blend is sure to satisfy both fruit and dessert lovers alike.

            its all 30 mil bottles for about 27 bucks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I love how these companies describe their flavors, like they’re teenagers with a thesaurus

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: its a really good flavor but you have maintain a good clean tank to really capture the depth

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  My tank is never clean… I change my tank flavor too much, I get good clean flavor for like one day after I change my atomizer

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    we need to have an intervention about your constant flavorbating….or convince you to buy a bunch of tanks like I do

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      What’s wrong with changing the flavor? It gets boring after a while

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      that statement is why you need an intervention, I have 5 tanks and a dripper to satisfy my needs to change it up

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Huh? That’s not a reason

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      you sound like a junkie that doesn’t think they have a problem.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t have a problem, I want to change flavors once a day, that seems reasonable

  49. JP says:
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    Grey-Do you think that Justin Smoak has done enough in Toronto to be a starter next year and potentially be a late bloomer? I have one open spot and am trying to use it on someone that may have some upside for next year. Jose Ramirez of Clev is also out there but I don;t see as much value. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way on Smoak

  50. Carnac says:
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    “Don, you’re batting Seager 5th tonight against one of the toughest lefties in the game. Behind him you have 3 righties, including Ruggiano and Van Slyke.”

    “As a manager, one of the most important things to me is building the kid’s confidence.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      “I don’t believe in stacking the lineup righty, lefty, right. It throws off the rhythm of which way I have to tilt my head to see the batter.”

      • Carnac says:
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        “I think Corey gives us the best chance to win today.” – 100% actual quote from Mattingly just now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Let’s worry about yesterday when we get there.”

          • Carnac says:
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            That’s really good.

  51. Forell says:
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    Starting volquez @cha tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  52. Left Hangs Lower says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Does Razzball do any dynasty rankings, or posts dedicated to dynasty strategies? Potentially starting a league up this off season, but don’t really know where to find any resources to begin my research.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We had dynasty rankings this year, they won’t be back around for a months though… I mean Prospect Mike is a dynasty guy though, he’s here every Wednesday

      • Left Hangs Lower says:
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        @Grey:

        Gotcha, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  53. Josh O'Neil says:
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    Stroman in Baltimore?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you need it

      • Josh O'Neil says:
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        @Grey: I need not to hurt my whip, which is the only category that is close. Feeling like this is a risky start….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It is risky, yes

  54. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: is there a vocab term for when your double down gets rained out and goes from two starts to one start (in championship week)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! Effin Cody Anderson for me

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: I had Anderson and and stroman (with Lester and garcia sitting on the bench). Stupid weekly leagues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sucks so bad

  55. Simply Fred

    Fred Barker says:
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    If MLB teams are tied for a playoff slot at end of season, do stats from the playoff games count for RCL standings? (I couldn’t find it in the ESPN rules.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think so

  56. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Doubleheader batty call for tomorrow, position doesn’t matter: Pillar @Bal, Polanco or N. Walker vStL, or E. Rosario @Cle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pillar

  57. joe says:
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    aiming for power
    conforto @phi and vs wash or
    souza vs MIA and TOR

  58. Ha the guy that plays the game better then anybody else. Sad but true. Nationals sucked this year. Which don’t hurt my feelings. Just surprised, kind of , not really…

  59. Hugman says:
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    Haha! That’s me banging my head. I dropped abreu and have benched the likes of Cruz and Sano as I grabbed every available sagnoff guy that’s been running lately in a desperate attempt to make up a 4-steal gap for one more point (roto). Today Mahtook went deep, which is what Jacques Cousteau would say after dropping his hat in the ocean if he were French Canadian (wow, that was exhausting).

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