“Have I been wrong, hypnotized, paralyzed, by what my eyes have seen,” sang Natalie Merchant the last time I saw her at Lilith Fair. As I lay there, on that hemp blanket, eating a homemade granola bar, I thought, “I’m buying whatever that Merchant is selling.” Sadly, I can’t have my soul enriched during these dastardly times by some female honkeytonks, unless I happen across something between my binge watching of Siesta Key. Then, yesterday, Nate Pearson (5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks) was as good as Natalie Merchant and Siesta Key combined. Yo, my man went from a 99 MPH fastball that had Nats’ hitters bulging their eyes to a backdoor 77 MPH dipsy with poise of a 15-year vet. The 99 MPH fastball is enough, but his secondary command, just dropping pitches in. Go to the top of a mountain and let out a chef’s kiss. This was against the defending champs, and he was like en bee dee. Massively impressed by him during Spring Training in March just off a few clips, but watching him for five innings has me convinced:  He can be this year’s Chris Paddack. He should be owned in 100% of leagues. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Juan Soto – Will return from the IL early next week since the Nats won’t be playing this weekend, due to the Marlins’ outbreak. Still good to have Sexy Dr. Pepper back. Now, if I could just get another twelve guys off my IL for undisclosed reasons and could have Soto play this weekend vs. a three-day spa vacay.

Stephen Strasburg – Will miss his 2nd start, or 20% of his starts. Lowercase yay.

Howie Kendrick – Out with upper back stiffness. “If it’s a lack of stiffness, I know a guy.” That’s Rafael Palmeiro.

Max Scherzer – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.84. Ten years apart, Max has struck out Vlad Sr. and Jr. Still only 1-for-4 with three fly ball outs vs. wife and mother, Vlema.

Masahiro Tanaka – Will make season debut Saturday vs. the worst team to ever play baseball, the 2020 Red Sox. By the by, did you hear the Yankees next week might play all week vs. the Phils? The baseball schedule is so drunk this year.

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Sure glad I got him out of my lineups because of Covid cancellations.

DJ LeMahieu – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Weird choice to start the year as Gleyber Torres, then change your name to DJ LeMahieu.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Just glad Judge is in action and not inaction or in jury.

Asher Wojciechowski – 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks. Wojciechowski got jumped on early by the Yanks helped by two catcher interference calls by Severino. The Orioles should’ve at least given him a Chance.

Oliver Drake – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.38, as he entered the game in the 6th. So, I bid $170 on Kyle Crick during the 1st FAAB, but that’s all right, I was able to move on from him with my $150 bid on Oliver Drake. *tapes nails to baseball bat, slams baseball bat into foot* So, I guess Nick Anderson…? Maybe. I don’t know, if I’m being honest.

Charlie Morton – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 8.00. Here’s a thing, for guys who rely on velocity, they need velocity. If a guy never threw more than ninety-one, then it’s whatever for them. Morton needs to pump 94; he’s hitting 92. If you can get out of owning him on the back of this start in a trade, I would.

Freddie Freeman – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, and a triple short of the cycle. Or, as they say, the never-used Peloton cycle.

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save. Woo hoo! One guy I drafted actually got a save. In…pausing for emphasis…credible.

Nick Markakis – Will return to the Braves, because we can’t ever have anything nice for Austin Riley. A plague on the world and we can’t even get Austin Riley at-bats. I’m going to take a nap. *shuts eyes, three seconds later claps hands* I’m back! What did I miss?

Travis d’Arnaud – 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI as he returned to the lineup. He didn’t miss too much time with an unknown reason.

JaCoby Jones – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .421. Hot schmotato alert!

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .273. Glad I held him. Not romantically. But, well, if he keeps hitting homers something can be arranged.

German Marquez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.54. Hold onto ya Bundesligas, it’s German season! Maybe. He’s also faced two teams in favorable parks. If Coors, in August, plays like…what the hell are they calling the Rangers and A’s stadiums nowadays? We’ll say Arlington and Arselickington…then, sure, German’s back, but more likely these were favorable road starts, where the Nazi in Exile has always been good.

Matt Chapman – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. Okay, now sneeze on Olson, he needs some–Wait, sneezing on someone right now isn’t a good look. Okay, put on your mask and social distance some juju Olson’s way.

Frankie Montas – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.00. He was followed in this game by Jesus Luzardo (3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks). As good as it is for Montas (and the A’s) to have a sexpot like Luzardo following, it’s as bad for Luzardo’s fantasy value.

Brandon Woodruff – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 1.59. No lie, I had a few leagues with 20+ IP from three different starters, and zero earned runs. Sometimes, you’re living right. Sometimes, you’re wondering why Kyle Hendricks isn’t the greatest pitcher anymore.

Keston Hiura – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Not to be greedy, but I need more!

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 0.00. Why didn’t I draft Lynn in every single league? I loved him in the preseason, and drafted him in some leagues — while the rest of you were drafting Ohtani — and, damn, I wish I had him everywhere.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .211. He’s gonna hit 30 homers in 60 games, isn’t he? Oh, and .200.

Nick Solak – 1-for-5, 1 RBI and two steals (1, 2), hitting .308. Also, in this game Isiah Kiner-Falefa stole his 1st two bags. Ain’t no thang, Falefa gives me the runs too.

Jose Leclerc – Couldn’t warm up because of tightness in his shoulder. About time a closer went down. I kid. Hayzeus Cristo with pens this year. Nick Goody got the clean save yesterday, and I grabbed him in one league, but Jonathan Hernandez might also get looks, or Jesse Chavez. When in doubt, bet on the guy who just got the save, Sam Goody’s brother.

Roberto Perez – Hit the IL with a sore shoulder. Behind the plate for the Indians now is Sandy Leon and Beau Taylor, who previously was Jimmy Stewart’s dog.

Zach Plesac – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 hits, zero walks, 11 Ks. There are no bad Cleveland pitchers. That’s the blurb. I streamed him last night, because the White Sox have looked wonky (aside from Lou Bob, of course), and no matter what the Streamonator says I’m holding Plesac for his next. By the by, in one league, I have a 1.50 ERA and 0.80 WHIP through 80 IP, and you need to draft top starters. Mmkay.

Brad Hand – 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 15.43. Game saw Hand with a pair of aces, and he lost with the flop.

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 6.52. He didn’t look a hundred but he was headed towards the butter store, and it’s better than last time.

Daniel Poncedeleon – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, as he moved into the rotation. I know how the explorer Ponce de Leon felt when he went looking for Fountain of Youth and found Florida Man. A bit underwhelmed.

Rich Hill – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 2 Ks in his 1st start. Hopefully right after the start they wrapped him in bubble wrap and put him in a moving box until his next start.

Taylor Rogers – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save, as Sergio Romo pitched the 7th. Screaming at the top of my lungs to my much younger self, “Where was Mr. Rogers last time?!” Well, not much younger, but Yesterday Grey. Guess you can lose Romo again. Hey, early season saves are a work in progress.

Madison Bumgarner – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.09. Didn’t love Bum going into Spring Training, Part 1, but I did back off that during the shutdown, because he felt like a guy who could have a solid 50-60 IP. Unfortch, his velocity has not looked good at all, and I would not be excited about what I’ve seen.

Sandy Alcantara – Is among players who tested positive, but, honestly, they’re up to like two-thirds of the team, so chances are everyone you own on the Marlins is positive. Put a mask over your Olde English and pour some out for the guys you’ve lost. In shallower leagues, you have to move on.

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-5, and his 2nd homer. This was a solo shot for Yo, so I guess YOLO.

Andres Gimenez – 2-for-4, 1 RBI. It’s so poetic Jose Reyes retired on the same day that the Mets’ future SS tripled in his 1st start. Beautiful poetry being written by Amed Rosario on the bench, apparently.

Pete Alonso – 4-for-4, hitting .250. They said he couldn’t hit for average. They also said, they don’t want him to hit for average. What are you, Luis Arraez?! Hit an Albombso!

Jacob deGrom – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.64. First earned runs he’s given up in 31 1/3 IP. “That sounds like one start.” That’s Dusty Baker.

Christian Vazquez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. I should’ve just drafted this schmohawk in every league. He was so dirt cheap, but I tried to vary my catchers like I was getting points for freakin’ variety. It’s 2020; hindsight is guaranteed.

Mike Yastrzemski – 3-for-5, and his 1st and 2nd homer, hitting .409. The Giants are not a very good team. Red Sox bad? No, don’t be foolish. But Yaz Jr. Jr. is well worth owning in all leagues.

Donovan Solano – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .400. Worth cyclops’ing, but he’s usually, at best, an average bet. Do love that the Giants fought their way back to win, and give Rogers the win as he’s on my bench, or dropped everywhere. Great stuff, Fantasy Master Lothario! (Feel free to abbreviate it this once.)

Johnny Cueto – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.87. Sigh. Goodbye. Get off the Albright All-Stars

Chris Paddack – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.64. If you would’ve told me in December, I’d have an ERA of 1.64 for Paddack heading into August, I would’ve kissed you. Then for seven months I would’ve wondered if I was asymptomatic.

Manny Machado – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Race for NL MVP is tightening between Machado and Wil Myers.

Trent Grisham – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .286. C’mon, you’re loving this guy, right? No? Yes? Are you talking to your computer? I can’t hear you.

Andrew Heaney – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.79.  Streamonator liked this start. By the by, now that most pitchers are throwing more innings in the 2nd week, Streamonator is no longer throttled down due to tamped innings, so guys shouldn’t all be negative.

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his homer, hitting .158. He hit that one homer so well he must’ve imagined himself pitching.

Kyle Lewis – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .458. Only question now is if they waive the five-year period prior to Cooperstown.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, as he was activated from the IL. Easy to focus on the Marlins and the shizzshow that is going with them, but it is encouraging that there’s been no other positive tests on 29 other teams, and Moustakas was IL’d with sniffles, but tested negative and is fine. I was worried about germs with a guy who went by Moistasskiss.

Sonny Gray – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 0.71. Member when I ranked him as an ace in my starter rankings and everyone was like, “His name isn’t even spelled the same, what’s with the love?” I drafted him everywhere; hope you listened.

Nick Castellanos – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .381. When Nicholas went to Nick this year, he dropped the pleasantries when he lost the holas.

Nick Senzel – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .182. Reds have no shortage of Nicks, lucky they don’t play basketball.

Cristian Javier – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks in his 1st major league start. What an amazing start! Kidding, I have no idea because MLB’s blackout restrictions are the absolute stupidest. There’s no fans in the stadiums, you idiots! Here’s what Prospect Itch said, “(Javier) can be a dominant strikeout force. I suspect anyone who gets him around his ADP of 719.95 in Draft Champions leagues will get at least one useful week out of him, but that’s not why I like him here. He’s got tremendous upside in a short burst with two plus breaking balls. Hitters will need time to adjust to Javier’s unique skill set, and they won’t get that this year. Also, Grey sucks.” What the eff, dude! So, Javier’s 1st game looked good, and Itch likes him. I’d buy that for 70 cents (out of $10. So out of $100, I guess $7).

George Springer – Out with a sore knee. *insert “You’re such a cry baby” face from Joe Kelly*

Joe Kelly – Suspended for eight games because he made a face at the Astros, who cheated to win the World Series, and didn’t receive any player suspensions. Kelly wasn’t suspended for throwing at Alex Bregman. If the suspension was for throwing at someone’s head, why wasn’t Joe Kelly ejected immediately? Give me one good faith argument, and umpires being bad at job isn’t good faith. So, Joe Kelly was suspended for what is the equivalent of 22 games of a regular season for making a face; think about that. Players are encouraged to be themselves, have fun — let the kids play, they say — and a guy makes a stupid face and is suspended for eight games. Rob Manfred is a disgrace.

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Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
2 years ago

did you say starters are going to do 10 games or was it 12 (we’re assuming no injuries here of course and probably only the top 1-3 guys per team)? well bieber is at least 16.67% of the way to cy young town. sooooo nice to have that dude.

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

1. Traded my Abreu and Morton for Story and Cron. Then I read your blurb on Morton being a good guy to trade. Felt better. Cron is not good but I needed a 1B backfill.

2. I watched Javier and he is nasty. Tight slider with late break.

3. Hoerner. Caesar, McMahon….top two please

Kyeh
Kyeh
2 years ago

Hi Grey,

How would you rate the following (semi)-rookie pitchers:
Corbin Burnes, Cristian Javier, Zach Plesac, Dustin May…

Would Nate Pearson be the automatic no.1, if being added into the list?

Thank you!

fake name
fake name
2 years ago

my mookie cesar shoemaker for his ozzie brantley cespedes verlander?

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

that Adalberto Mondesi top 20 ranking might not look great this year – batting 7th tonight after batting 6th last night. First AB after Alex Gordon leads off the inning with a double – Mondesi with the worst bunt of all time

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

gotta stop doing his mallex smith impression first

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

changing the topic – is it time to go back to Schoop? I need a 2B as a Villar owner and I’m currently employing Ian Happ but he bats all over the bottom of the lineup

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

We spoke Mondesi waking up into existence

OK – time for me to get Schoop back on my team for the first time since… 2018

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Looks like 7 inning double headers could be a thing..smfh

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Just keeps getting worse. I know not a single baseball fan that thinks games are too long.

hot corner
hot corner
2 years ago

Teoscar for MVP!!!

I will keep saying it every time he goes yard!!!

KailuaBoy
KailuaBoy
2 years ago

Who you want the most?
J. Turn , JD Davis, K Lewis or Voto?

Henry Smith
Henry Smith
2 years ago

Need trade advice. 7×7 OBP 18 keeper league with no draft penalty for keepers.

My Hiura, Lewis, Montas.

For his Paddack and Darvish.

My team is building for the near future and my pitching is woeful, but still seems like a lot.

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Read that LeClerc is gonna be out awhile – the monkey is saying Edinson Volquez might be next man up cause Woodward doesn’t want Jonathan Hernandez to deal with the pressure of being a closer right now – they think Nick Goody only got the call cause both Hernandez and Chavez were already used and don’t think he’d be an option going forward. Thank god I play in a SV+HLD league – I can hedge a bit more on who will be the closer in this situation

NUX
NUX
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Joely Rodriguez and/or DeMarcus Evans coming back/up soon for that pen. Keep an eye on each.

hot corner
hot corner
2 years ago

Teoscar for MVP!!! Too bad he got thrown out stealing.

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks – Looks like I’m ride or die with Teoscar!

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
2 years ago

Would you take a gamble on Verlander in a deep 22 team 5×5 roto non-keeper? Cost is only Teoscar Hernandez… Thanks!

happyharry
happyharry
2 years ago

hey Grey, 12 team , H2H, 6X6..Would you drop Paxton for N. Pearson or Bassitt…or Hold? ty

happyharry
happyharry
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

thanks Man…one more please sir…is Mercado drop able for either Lewis. Grisham ..

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,

Quick question. Which SP would you rather have: Cristian Vazquez or Zach Godley?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Rookie pitcher Cristian Javier from Houston, or Zach Godley of BOS

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

ok im dumping Godley and picking up Javier

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

thanks for the advice

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Red Sox are sitting Bradley Moreland and Devers vs Matz, i get the other 2, but why Devers, smh.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

good for Matz though! i think.

183414
183414
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Makes absolutely zero sense. Is 23 yr.old Devers tired ? 4 doubles. Must be exhausted. Mgrs. are pansies like I’ve never seen as a kid. Woke commissioners, and clueless mgrs., and Ivy league g.m,’s. Baseball has turned upside down.

Smitty
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

Haha get those pansy asses out of the way! Right on Champ!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

I miss baseball the game.

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Daulton Varsho being recalled. Grab him while you can. He will play C and OF and be a strong asset.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2020/07/30/arizona-diamondbacks-call-up-prospect-daulton-varsho/5548280002/

Cheaptrout
Cheaptrout
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Which 2 of 3, ROS: Benintendi, Verdugo, Grisham? OPS league with Ks. Thanks.

183414
183414
2 years ago

How does Manfred cancel all 3 games this weekend for Phillies and Blue Jays b/c a coach got covid.
This is a freaking joke. All about post season cash. Tough to compete in fantasy when you have Phillies, Blue Jays in your lineup, and Marlins on the bench.
Makes no good sense to try and have a legitimate baseball season with this commissioner.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

Yeah, its hurting me too. One DC I have Realmulto, Kingery, Elesier, Eflin in my weekly lineup snd the other I have Harper, Wheeler, Dickerson. Stuck with dud roster spots.

hondo
hondo
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

You’d think they’d have the Nats play the Bluejays.What a shitshow.And what a dbag commish.

183414
183414
Reply to  hondo
2 years ago

Someone in every city has tested positive, let’s shut down everything……seems to be Manfred’s thinking. 2 staff members tested positive, not hospitalized, not playing, and you shut down the entire 3 game series. But it’s ok to open the stadium up next week. Manfred is the wokest, most pissant Commissioner in the planet, ever. But for the 16 team post season, there would be no baseball in 2020. Hope this bites him in the ass.

Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

How much playing time are you thinking varsho will get?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

If he Lovullo plays Jake Lamb much longer he should be fired. Kelly and Vogt cant throw anybody out. He should get some looks soon. Im guessing he pinch hits tonight and gets a start or two this weekend. Since injured Tom Murphy is my 2nd catcher in two of my leagues, Im plugging Varsho in. He cant do any worse that Realmuto at this point.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Having Lamb DH for Bumgarner actually hurt them last night: 0-4, 4k’s. Bum couldve managed at least a fielders choice.

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Noted.

If he is playing consistently do you like him more than Jansen? Or is it tough to say?

stevie
stevie
2 years ago

Since they cancelled Philly for this weekend I’m looking to pick up a cheap infielder. Who would you pick between Galvis, Hoerner, or C. Taylor?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Dalton Varsho sighting! How much you bidding on him (out of $100) for your C2 in a keeper league? I know Ralph (Or maybe itch?) is bonkers for him.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks!

Milarky
Milarky
2 years ago

Hey Grey, this question seems a bit rediculous, but Dusty is forcing my hand. Am I better off starting Nico Hoerner than Kyle Tucker at this point? Or do I wait to see what happens to Tucker’s playing time when Alvarez is back?

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I know Tucker is better, but Hoerner’s production has been better so far, and Tucker may see less playing time with Yordan coming back shortly. Do I just trust that the prospect pedigree will win out?

Hello Rockview
Hello Rockview
2 years ago

How much FAAB $ on JD Davis would you spend
If you had a $100 budget?

10 team head to head

Thanks

William J Keogh
William J Keogh
2 years ago

So what’s your take on Brad Hand? There was some concern about him last year. 2020 looks bad. Do you have him on a short leash, or just go for say, a Sulser, in a short season?

Oriole33
Oriole33
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks!! I wish Karinchak was available.

Hello Rockview
Hello Rockview
2 years ago

Andrus or Swanson ROS?

Dan
Dan
2 years ago

Another great write up!

vlad/McCullers for Soto/ Pearson

Which side would you prefer for this year? Does it change in a keeper over three years?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
2 years ago

Phillies v. Jays series this weekend officially postponed

this season is a mess!

Kali
Kali
2 years ago

Grey, great article! Love the stuff. I’m in a Roto Dynasty league with 15 teams. You have to jump and gamble on taking players before the whole world knows about them. There are few players I’d like your opinion on: Tim Lopes (Sea) and Myles Straw.
What do you think of both those guys in a dynasty league?

Matt
Matt
2 years ago

ROS: Hunter Dozier or JD Davis

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Great thanks

Matt
Matt
2 years ago

ROS: K Tucker or JD Davis

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Could u please rank these outfielders?
W.Calhoun, Hilliard, Hampson

Woolly the Mammoth
Woolly the Mammoth
2 years ago

Drop Oscar Mercado for Colin Moran?

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, i have Houser
Would u drop him for Javier or hold?

TC
TC
2 years ago

Conforto and Pearson for Meadows? I’d be getting Meadows. Standard categories roto scoring keeper league. Keep 15. My team is pretty loaded on both sides. Don’t want to give away Pearson if people think he’s a future #1/2 guy.

TC
TC
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

They’d all be, yes. I’d probably keep one of L. Gurriel, Fried, or K. Lewis with Meadows if I did the 2-1 swap.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

Don’t you just love Lance Lynn?

That guy has been gold for me. Talk about a veteran finding that extra whatever-it-is that puts him over the top. Dude is the new Verlander or new Charlie Morton. Dude is throwing smoke and keeping guys off-balance!

Oh yeah, Wil Myers sends his love!

Bob
Bob
2 years ago

Hey Grey. Would you drop Will Smith for C Vazquez? Thank you sir.

Omar
Omar
2 years ago

10 team Weekly 6×5 (Standard+OPS). Keep 3 per roster for 1 year. Which side you like better:

A) Ozuna, Olson, R. Hill, Bass

B) Meadows, Hosmer, Plesac, D. Hudson

All players eligible to be kept thru 2021. With the current roster construction, Ozuna and Olson are maybes (probably not); Meadows has “good” chance to be kept.

JP
JP
2 years ago

Desperate need of IF help:

Pick 3 from this group:

Edwin, Sano, Hampson, Hoerner, Profar, Cano

5X5 Roto

JP
JP
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you take Hoerner over Edwin, Sano or Hampson?

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
2 years ago

Will Myers is going to bop two this weekend in COL. Can’t wait! Also has a .440 OBP takin dem walks.

I also find myself getting tempted to pick up Shed Long and Crawford in SEA. Are either of these guys legit?

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
2 years ago

Yo Homie!

Any thought to dropping Franmil or Verdugo for Grisham in a fairly shallow 9 team roto (we had opt outs!).

Thanks!

dmax04
dmax04
2 years ago

Win + QS heavy points league –

Drop any: Boyd, K Gibson, J James or J Montgomery

For: C Javier, Turnbull, Canning, Houser

All but Boyd are bench depth/lotto tickets

Humm Baby
Humm Baby
2 years ago

Anyone throwing either Matz (vs Bos) or Singer (@ Det) tonite?

Btw, I was the last guy in my draft to take an arm, ended up with Luis C and Gray, and now have 2 studs and the best O in league. Pretty sure nobody in my league has caught on to Razzball yet. This is my 6th year following Razzball, and I’m 5 for 5 in the money. Thank you sir.

JDB
JDB
Reply to  Humm Baby
2 years ago

Hopefully you’re paying it back by subscribing to their incredible tools, patreon podcasts, etc. Cuz that’s what you should be doing.

Chris
Chris
2 years ago

Got a roster crunch. 16 team OPS league. Need to drop either Mercado, Willie Calhoun. Can’t trade either. I trust Trent Grisham more. Mercado batting 9th is garbage.

Kintzler worth holding onto with Miami situation up in air?

David Peterson over Bubic or both worth holding onto?

Umpy70
Umpy70
2 years ago

Thanks Grey

Always looking forward to your thoughts on here, they are greatly appreciated!

Last one, keeper league P Ohtani or Houser moving forward?

Lil Petey
Lil Petey
2 years ago

I have a terrible HemorrBoyd (HEM-uh-Boyd) and looking for a cure. Standard 5×5 10 team.

3 brands of wipes available on the Rx shelf…

Merrill Kelly
Zach Plesac
Chris Javier

Best to pick from one of these or hold and hope the swelling goes down?

Dustin
Dustin
2 years ago

Tough one for Cueto last night. He was cruising along and then went after a short popup on the 3rd base side, couldnt believe how swift he is but he didnt get there and ran into the dugout railing. Started holding his side where he hit the railing, walked slowly back to the mound, re-tied his shoes, and immediately did not look the same from then on.

erad
erad
2 years ago

Oof I benched Yaz last night – hopefully someone reaped the rewards of my benching sacrifice

erad
erad
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Glad to see us working together!

Smitty
2 years ago

Grish! On to Colorado! Stay well Grey

Ozzie Smith
Ozzie Smith
2 years ago

My pitching is pretty loaded in a 10 team 5×5 redraft but I’m still making some minor tweaks. Curious to see what you would do here. I have…
Darvish
Giolito
Bauer
Woodruff
Glasnow
McCullers JR.
Houser
Wheeler
Streamer (Singer for tonight’s start)

Hader
Rogers
Neris
Bass
Kim

We are allowed 40 moves for the season and I’m planning on using nearly all of those for streaming for pitching cats.

My question is would you drop any of those relievers for Plesac? Until last night and didn’t even have a save yet.

Jason
Jason
2 years ago

Start Lewis vs LAA or Cespedes vs Boston?

Woolly the Mammoth
Woolly the Mammoth
2 years ago

I want to make a play for Rafael Devers, which starting pitcher should I offer in return? 10 team keep forever H2H points league.

Gerrit Cole
Jose Berrios
Lucas Giolito
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Tyler Glasnow
Patrick Corbin

Umpy70
Umpy70
2 years ago

Hey Grey

standard 5×5 12 team league

got offered biggio for montas and voit

voit isnt a keeper for me anyways, but im short at pitching, and have escobar at 2b right now

do i pull the trigger? intrigued by biggio power/speed combo at 2b, but not sure if i should sacrifice my pitching for it when i have decent bats already (lacking speed though)

i also have pitcher ohtani to move instead of montas, who do you rate higher in a keeper league

thoughts?

lwomack58
lwomack58
2 years ago

Need a streamer for this weekend

Chatwood vs Pitt
A. Mills vs Pitt
Lyles @ SF
Smyly vs TEX
C. Burnes vs StL

Leaning Chatwood or Mills at home. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Thank you

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
2 years ago

I know its early but still buying Franny Reyes and Sano?

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
2 years ago

I need to drop a pitcher to free up a roster spot. Does May, Burnes, or Javier go? My gut says Javier, but May and Burnes aren’t pitching enough innings to keep me competitive at this point.

Magic City Wings
Magic City Wings
2 years ago

Am I the only one that believes in Daniel Hudson as the closer in WAS? Don’t really see any discussion anywhere about it. Drop Kimbrel for Hudson, safe move?

Magic City Wings
Magic City Wings
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

thanks…missed it! so Hudson > Kimbrel?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

You didn’t hate on Wil Myers again??? Why not???

Myers did exactly what you said he would do: He went 1/3, walked, scored a run and stole a bag. Not great but not bad. Shows he’s still got some juice in those wheels just like you hated on him for yesterday.

Wil is spitting in your eye. What are you going to do about it? It’s your move!!!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’m hoping you will! But you know how that works. Now that I said something, too, he’s going to crash and burn!!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

You’re a horrible human being! Horrible!

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Harley Earl
2 years ago

He will not crash and burn, Cat in the Hat. This is his renaissance season!

It’s back!
It’s back!
2 years ago

Would you hold monte Harrison? Deep league thanks!

Chris R
Chris R
2 years ago

2 moves left for week 1.

Do I drop Marmolejos, freddy peralta, or Rojas to get hot start Jacoby in my lineup?

Or do I hold onto two moves in case a new texas clsoer emerges and to follow your buy/sell tomorrow?

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Someone just dropped Joc Pederson… In my 5×5 cat,10 team league, are you making a change? I have limited moves this season, and already have used 11 of 50 moves. Thanks!

C: Keller
1B: Olson
2B: Moran (covering for Villar)
3B: Donaldson
SS: Bogaerts
CI: Walker
MI: Brandon Lowe
OF: Harper
OF: Acuna
OF: JD
OF: Lewis
UTIL: Yaz
UTIL: Grisham
BN: Villar
IL: Hunter Dozier, Yordan Alvarez
NA: Madrigal

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
2 years ago

Matz for me

Jaco
Jaco
2 years ago

Hello Grey

Nice to see ur thoughts in the Joe Kelly blurb—unreal. Correa continues to be the worst of them, almost seems proud to have cheated..

A). So a guy in my 12 team yahoo 5×5 roto put Story, Soto, and Treat Urner on the trading block and wants pitching (he has degrom, Kershaw, shoemaker, Wood, Ohtani). My OF is atrocious but I want Story over Soto (and slightly more than Treat I think) and could spare a starter and just stream my 6th SP slot, which is fun anyway. Who should i offer for Story?

Here is my team for context
C – Contreras
1B – Olson
2B – Kingery
SS – Baez
3B – Machado
OF – Ozuna
OF – Pederson
OF – Canha
UT – Eugenio Suarez
UT – Riley
B – Willie Calhoun

SP – Giolito, Castillo, Paddack, Lamet, Gallen, Houser
RP – Hand, Jansen, Leclerc (RIP), Burdi, Pomeranz, Knebel

B). Are you dropping Joc, Calhoun, or Riley (my OF…) for any of these guys. Not sure how long I can wait for all three of these guys..

Teoscar, Trent Grisham, Myers, David Peralta, Adell, Madrigal (need a 2B and steals), Yaz,

C). Thanks u

Jaco
Jaco
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

You’re probably right in terms of pay for Story. I think trading for him was a knee jerk from seeing him on the block. If I can shore up my OF and 2B I think my batting will be fine, no?

That way I can keep my strong SPs… like a man using a condom, I don’t want to compromise my staff

Jaco
Jaco
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I guess the better question is would you make a move for one of those bats or keep the pitching?

Thanks again

Denver90
Denver90
2 years ago

What should I do with PabLo and Caleb? If the Marlins don’t IL any of these guys for covid they’re just dead weight right? Are we going to know the names of these test positive players?

prestige
prestige
2 years ago

Can you pick 2 for best shot at the W today?

Ryu home vs Nationals (Fedde)
Stripling @Dbacks (Ray)
Matz vs Red Sox (Perez)

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
2 years ago

Gooooood morning!!

Kris Bubic getting called up to face the Pale Hoes tomorrow. He worth adding/ starting in 12-team redraft leagues?

Also, just added Robby Ray this morning. Tough matchup vs. LAD today and SON has him at -6.2. He worth starting in Roto or better to sit on the bench and hope he can rebound from his last start vs SD?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

as always, I appreciate the response and insight!

Jason
Jason
2 years ago

I need to pick up a replacement hitter today. Which SP should be my drop?

* May
* Howard
* Javier
* Chirinos
* Keller

Jason
Jason
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Done! Thank you Grey!

Play Ball
Play Ball
2 years ago

I’m a believer in DJ. He’s picked up right where he left off last year and hits in the top spot. He’s a solid 4-category guy (decent power now) with 3-position eligibility, which is great this year where flexibility is ever more important.

I’m still not entirely comfortable with Vlad as a consistent producer.

Vlad or DJ for this year only?

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Have FOMO on Vlad for sure, but this is a very short year.

How close would you compare them for this year?

prestige
prestige
2 years ago

Know you love Yarbrough, but SON hates his start today at -$10.5. Would you ride with him?

prestige
prestige
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

@Braves

Steverino
Steverino
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Let’s drive this car over the cliff together.

Steverino
Steverino
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Pretty happy with drafting Vasquez at 202.

Steverino
Steverino
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yarborough!

Steverino
Steverino
Reply to  Steverino
2 years ago

(QS league)

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  prestige
2 years ago

Yar might not even go 5 innings

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
2 years ago

Looks like Sonny Gray is for real. Last year not a fluke. Would you trade Gray away for Laureano depending on needs.

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  uncle ernie
2 years ago

Grey, whos the better start
Montgomery at home vs Bos or
Shoe at home vs Philly?

SteveO
SteveO
2 years ago

Would you sit any of these guys for their next start? I’m ahead in GS limit so I can afford to sit them.
Lucchesi – @Col
Keller- @Cubs
Kelly – Home – Dodgers

Tommy E.
Tommy E.
2 years ago

Just traded Bregman and Luis Robert for Bellinger in an OPS league. The hype’s real with Robert but couldn’t pass up a known quantity for a hopefully.

What do you think almighty Grey? Did I done goofed?