Jeff Niemann has always been a sell in your eyes.  The light, the heat… Your eyes.  The low K-rate, the walks… Your eyes.  The luck with homers per fly balls, the tough division… Your eyes.  So why am I saying Niemann’s a buy?  Am I sniffing the devil’s dandruff and just need to talk while I rub my gums?  Am I going through my blue period filled with self-loathing and blueberries?  Nay, horsey.  Niemann’s cut his walks, hasn’t been getting lucky this year and his low K-rate is still low.  Okay, so it’s not all peaches and cream.  But the Rays are also about to go against the A’s, M’s (or the AM’s as in their bats are asleep) and peasant Royals for a few weeks.  He might get the Blue Jays in the middle of that run, but you can pay that bridge toll when you get an E-Z Pass, or whatever that cliche is.  I’m not Niemann’s biggest fan, but for the next month he should look good… In your eyes.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Phil Hughes – Actually pretty surprised all that Noo Yawk hype hasn’t raised Hughes over the 50% ownership mark.  Ya’ll must be still basking in your dirty water dogs and Jeter’s 3,000 hit.  “During Jeter’s tremendous accomplishment, when no one was looking, I chipped off a piece of the Pesci pole.  Now it’s framed above the coke spoon I used with Dale Berra.”

James McDonald – Some smarter-than-thou commenter pointed out to me that McDonald has 23 Ks in his last 24 1/3 innings while lowering his ERA from 4.86 to 4.15 in the last month.  We have the best commenters (except Lance Berkman; he only wants to talk about himself).

Brandon Belt – Just went over my Brandon Belt fantasy.  I wrote it while contemplating the meaning of life and eating Cheetos.

Edwin Encarnacion – His hot hitting — or hotting, if you enjoy portmanteaus — has my heart stopped…. captured…. arrested… It’s a case of Edwin Incarceration.

Michael Martinez – Since I’ve been talking about the smooth stylings of Michael Martinez and his speed, his ESPN ownership has gone up from 0.1% to 1.3%.  Razzball — we’re the one-point-two percenters!

Jose Altuve – His speed/power combo and five-four frame makes me feel like I’m the only mustached girl in the world.

Jason Kipnis – He was in this morning’s post.  If you scroll down real fast, you can still catch it.

Carlos Guillen – You wouldn’t be as cruel to make me come up with something positive to say about Guillen.  He’s healthy and hitting, let’s leave it at that.

Ezequiel Carerra – Has crazy speed, but he may not have a job for long.  Better grab him before his rumspringa is over.

Lorenzo Cain – Warm it up, Cain — he’s about to!  Or is he?  No, he is.  He should be promoted shortly.  If you don’t know how I feel about Cain, welcome to the site.  Can I offer you some tea?  Crumpets?  On the right side there are ads, on the left there is archives.  Allow me to search for you, “(Cain) has 20+ steal speed and some light pop (over the course of a season).  Worst case scenario, he’s unownable and while you’re dropping him to waivers you throw out your back and end up in traction.”  And that’s me quoting and adding addendums to me!

Kyle Blanks – Just went over my Kyle Blanks fantasy.  I wrote it while in line for cucumbers at Souplanation.

Jarrod Saltamalacchia – The nicest thing I can say about Saltymochachino is he’s currently hitting.  The worst thing I can say is he kicks puppies.  The former is substantiated, the latter is not.

Edward Mujica – I said on Tuesday that I thought Mujica would be the Marlins closer, then Jack McKeon read that and said the same thing.  Hey, I see eye-to-eye with an 112-year-old!  “Bleh, that big band music is big noise!  Give me some Yankee Doodle Dandy!”

Javy Guerra – He’s the Dodgers closer…  You, “Buh-buh-buh-but Grey, what about Broxton?”  The guy who hasn’t pitched effectively in over a year?  Nope.  You, “Buh-buh-buh-but Grey, what about Kuo?”  The guy who started walking around the clubhouse in a burlap sack because he went crackers?  Nope.

Jason Isringhausen – I’d still continue to hold Bobby Parnell, in the non-sexual way. Unless he’s giving you bedroom eyes, then make him feel welcome on your team.

Antonio Bastardo – Right this very instant he’s the Phils closer, but he might not be by the time you finish this sent–


Jason Bay – Since we’re in the time of the year where you need to be trading away players no matter who they are if you need pieces for your team, the Sell is going to be more of a Drop, but it’s going to keep its Sell name because it already has monogrammed towels.  As for Bay, he’s the conductor on the suckwagon.  Find someone else.

Matt Capps – You guys had some good times, if you define ‘good’ by a lousy ERA and some saves, but, in most leagues, it’s time to move on.

Colby Rasmus – Deep leagues need to be more prudent about who they drop, assuming I’m using the word prudent correctly.  Rasmus is hitting like he’s Jon Jay’s agent trying to get him a bigger contract.

Alex Rios – Member when you drafted him in March?  You were so happy with yourself.  Now you blame him for his poor hitting.  When do you blame yourself?  Your fantasy loyalty to him was too much pressure.

Bobby Abreu – He’s hitting one-something in the last month.  Listen, you’ll always have the summers on the Cape with his brothers, Jack and Teddy Abreu.

  1. CT Old School says:

    Lots of coke references. Get on with the meth jokes!

  2. Who wins: Pedroia and Luebke for Kinsler and Ogando. 10 team, H2H keeper.

  3. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    Thanks for the response on the other post. Btw, the Bay suckwagon comment made me lmao, even though I drafted him in one of my money leagues this year (emoticon).

  4. Chinaski says:

    Well Grey, you wouldnt start Garza vs. Houston. Now please tell me why if you dont mind.

  5. Giant JJ says:

    Give up the panda to get shields? 20 teams thanks

  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chinaski: Beachy, Colon, Luebke… I gave you three I would start.

  7. BryanK says:

    Better guy for the rest of the season: Scherzer, Hughes, or Niemann?


  8. Pooch says:

    Drop Morrison or Rasmus for Hudson? I need steals.

    Drop Chacin or Beachy for Worley or Luebke or Niemann?

  9. Pooch says:

    @Pooch: Sorry Not Hudson, I meant Maybin. No idea why I said Hudson

  10. Richard says:

    Grey…is K-Rod a sell? Would you drop him for Guerra?

  11. Chinaski says:

    Oh now i see the problem! Grey, out of that list, i wanted 3 who you WOULDNT start!


  12. Art Vandelay says:

    Hey Grey,
    Which 2 of these 4 SPs would you choose in a 10 team standard 5X5 roto league?


  13. Eddy says:


    This title is so witty (like all your other ones, truthfully) that it makes me wonder if the you thought it up before the actual Niemann recommendation!

  14. peter says:

    FWIW, I don’t re-hate Vazquez because of yesterday’s performance. Sure, it was against San Diego, but:

    1) they’re the hottest hitting team in baseball!
    2) there wouldn’t have been as many base runners and/or runs if they didn’t have Vlad Guerrero – I mean, Mike Stanton – “running” down balls in right field.
    3) A 2.5 hour (!) rain delay and Vazquez is sent back to the mound?

  15. Giant JJ says:

    Give up wigginton to get collmenter. 20 teams and thanks to you again artist formerly known as anonymous.

  16. tom says:

    starting hughes vs. oakland tonite?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: This title was actually Rudy’s doing.

    @peter: Agreed on 3.

    @Giant JJ: Yup

    @tom: Drop him if you don’t start him vs. Oakland.

  18. Eddy says:


    You gotta start anyone versus OAK.

  19. SIDA! says:


    I can get Rajai Davis, Bernadina and Coco Crisp on the cheap (late round pick of lil value). My archnemisis (my bro) rules the pitching cats but saves are up for grabs. I rule the hitting cats w SBs up for grabs. We’ve been dead even in for the last two years in our traditiona 5×5 H2H league.

    I think I rank them Crisp, Bernadina and Davis in that order.


    Also, I like this Jason Bourgeious in houston. Thoughts on him?

  20. Doc Pounder says:

    Hey, I see you and Rudy ” movin on up ” in the F&F Yoohoo league. Nice going. I’d be REALLY impressed with a top 5 finish. Good luck

  21. Eddy says:

    Props to Rudy then!

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SIDA!: Davis, Crisp…

    @Doc Pounder: I’d be impressed too. 7th place seems doable at this point, as long as Morneau never comes back.

  23. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    Speaking of Morneau, wouldn’t he be the conductor on the suckwagon? Or maybe Dunn and the others would fight to ride shotgun?

  24. tom says:

    @Grey: @Eddy: thanks for talking some sense into me. i just picked up hughes this morning, the fact that he was still on RCL waivers made me nervous…

  25. Dr. Zach says:

    Thinking about acting on McDonald but his two starts are at atlanta and philly next week….. would you drop either Colon or Vazquez to ride McDonald down the stretch? Or sit tight with the two ancient warriors?

  26. Giant JJ says:

    I’m leaning on you lately, I appreciate it. And I believe in giving back as I do every year. 10 teams. Starlin Castro for my Ian Kennedy. Castro would replace Bartlett.

  27. SIDA! says:


    Thanks for the feedback. My rationale for sliding Davis down was due to my concerns over lack pf playing time going forward. His avg lately has been pathetic and its down to .240+. With Brett Lawrie getting called up soon and Bautista going to the outfield, I’m worried about the loss of playing time (Snider?). Additionally, my thinking is that Crisp may be traded and anywhere is better than Oakland w respect to his other counting stats.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Big Magoo: Morneau or Dunn would probably drive the train off the tracks and into a lake.

    @tom: Gotcha

    @Dr. Zach: Drop Vazquez…

    @Giant JJ: I’d take Castro…No problem.

    @SIDA!: No problem… Straight steals it’s Davis. He doesn’t even start games where he steals 2 bags. Crisp if you need an every day guy with steals.

  29. Eddy says:

    I’m starting Zambrano in a couple of leagues, so I’m not even going to question how he’s gotten out of TWO bases-loaded, no-out jams already.

  30. Slappy McDoo says:

    Souplantation is the shizz.

  31. Wilsonian says:

    What’s your take on Neil Walker? Is he a decent play at 3rd in my 16 Team H2H? I just acquired him rather cheaply but I might be able to spin him and Venters (or possibly another pitcher) for Mini Donkey. Stand pat with Walker or try for the Mini-Donk (who’s actually the only big donkey left)?

  32. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:

    Let’s say Viciedo gets added to the ChiSox after the trade deadline.

    For ROS, please rank Viciedo, Blanks, Belt, Bernadina.

  33. Steve says:

    Dah. Should have jumped on Niemann yesterday in the RCL. Now Bob has him.

  34. projectbadass says:

    5X5 keeper league

    Cozart or kipins?

  35. wingsnbeer says:

    buenas tardes…is rasmus worth stashing in 12team roto hoping he gets traded and gets clean slate? have hill at 2nd is he worth holding onto, if not whats better option?

  36. Derrick says:

    Pick up Niemann and drop who out of Norris, Wandy and Danks? Or hold?

  37. Giant JJ says:

    The panda for Phil Hughes?

  38. vinko says:

    Bruce out of tonight’s game with “dizzy spells.”

  39. Ceasar says:

    Altuve or Kipnis?

  40. Joel says:

    Grey: In my 6×6 h2h league, I just traded Prado and Feliz for Matt cain and Madson (Zobrist is my 2B and Feliz was my 4th closer). So, losing Prado, I need to fill my IF position. Ackley, Jemille Weeks and jason Bartlett are on the wire. My team has been sorely lacking in steals the past few weeks. Which 2 of those 3 should I take?

    I guess I need to take Ackley, right? which of the other two for steals? Actually Venable is on the wire too. so, who out of Venable, Jemille and bartlett? THANKS!

  41. The Situation says:

    @Grey: How’s it going pal? I need some steals pretty bad and see that Bourgeois is an FA in my league. How would you rate him as a pick up? I’m guessing, if position wasn’t a consideration, you’d have him ahead of Jemile Weeks. Is that right? How about vs. Bourn, Rajai and Pierre? As always, thanks in advance brotherdawg.

  42. Giant JJ says:

    Belt for Jordan lyles?

  43. TheNewGuy says:

    Is it time to totally give up on Colby Rasmus in a 10 team keeper league? I’ve had him benched for ages now and he’d done nothing every night, and at $14 I really can’t see him being worth keeping next year even if he finishes strong (prob more chance of the Rays calling Jennings up…sorry cheap shot, he’s another of my guys). Finally cut bait?

  44. wingsnbeer says:

    @grey. these r 2nd baseman avail: hill kipnis wiggy turner altuve raburn..

  45. stumanji says:

    @SIDA!: I wouldn’t worry about PT with Rajai. He didn’t start in a game this week and still ended up 1 for 2 with a run and 3 SBs.

  46. Long Bawls says:

    So Quade announced Marmol was his closer today. The Cubs had a 9th-inning lead. Needless to say, Marshall got the save. Well-Quade, my friend! Hey, could be worse, coulda gone with a Quadelude joke.

    Meanwhile, my team continues to suffer an EmBolism, as Emilio Bonifacio continues to be undroppable, even though I really, really wanna.

  47. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:

    @Grey: Sorry, let’s try that again.

    Please rank Viciedo, Blanks, Snider, Belt, Bernadina, Pagan.

    Also, bench Bruce next week in H2H? He’s not hitting crap right now and will be facing the Giants’ pitching staff over the weekend.

  48. TheNewGuy says:

    To add to my post above, know you like to know replacement options but my point is if I see someone I wanna go with (be it spot starter/bat/potential closer/whatever), should I be willing to cut young Colby?

  49. TheNewGuy says:

    Ok see you’ve answered it already, I won’t be afraid to cut then. What a bust that kids been! I had Jason Werth(less) in the same league too, no wonder ive dropped like a stone!

  50. Long Bawls says:

    In a 14-team roto, would you say it’s dumb, really dumb, or other to drop Rasmus for Niemann? Worse comes to worse, this just starts a lost weekend/season of streaming. I have Holliday, McCutchen (who I’m Mclovin), Kemp, Werth, Snider as OF, and it seems like if I want upside/underperformer rebound I might as well stick with the latter two b/c at least they have creepy facial hair.

  51. Project badass says:

    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) 4-player keeper (can only keep players drafted after the 4th round), we have a moves limit of 50 (Im at 29)

    The only batting catagry that I am very strong in is steals and I am hurting in AVG and OBP. Would you drop Rasmus, Trout, or Thames for Blanks, Austin Jackson, Ezequiel Carerra, Lorenzo Cain, or Torres?

  52. Tourinct says:

    This is interesting… jut got Carrera and Altuve (maybe) for my Razzball team. Damn you Brandon Inge for sucking too much!

  53. Child Please says:

    6×6 (OBP)

    Wilson Betemit or Moustakas?

  54. busta says:

    My 3b has been terrible:

    Freese, Callaspo or Nunez?

  55. AL KOHOLIC says:

    Ha janell got me a new samsung tablet for my big 47th .its awesome for in the car at work etc. trying to do this stuff on my droid was on

  56. chata says:


    12 team keeper league …. keep 9 .
    hang on to s. drew ?

    thanking you , in advance .

  57. chata says:

    disclosure :
    i’ve had niemann on my roster for the past 3 years .
    in fact , i’ve even drafted him a few times .
    his K’s are nice and his stuff can be pretty nasty .
    however , every once in a while , some joker down in tampa must
    think it’s good for his soul (or something) and leave him in the game
    while he’s getting shellacked .
    don’t be surprised if he puts up 7 earned runs on you , on his way
    to posting his 1.42 whip .

  58. wingsnbeer says:

    looking for best all around of (hr/rbi/r) and here is whats avail: jay brown ludwick jennings gomes allen; for rest of yr.12 team roto 5of format, i have amc snider bourn fowler reddick choo on dl. ur thoughts please and thank you

  59. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: that’s a good wife. I think I got a high five for my birthday and we just got married two months ago!

  60. birrrdy! says:

    Yes, you are clearly on coke Grey (or jonesing pretty bad) because of (1) the multiple references in articles this week, including 2 in 2 paragraphs today; and (2) the fact you are bailing on Fire Burning In the Outfield.

    Geiger! Let’s go!

  61. TH3 M0ST H1GH says:

    Santos just cleared waivers. Drop Madson for him?

    Or drop Leubke or Worley instead?

    14 team Roto, 1500 IP limit, and I’m -3 right now.

    Verlander, Lincecum, Marcum, Chacin, Beachy, Worley, Leubke, Oswalt (DL)

  62. TH3 M0ST H1GH says:

    RP: Street, Feliz, League, Madson

  63. My Haren/Luebke trade for Halladay opened up a roster slot (no duh). I need to lower my ERA and WHIP whilst raising my K/9, so I popped in Uehara. Clippard and Chapman were options, but Ue seemed least likely to hurt my ratios while delivering the Ks. Dost thou concur?

    Also, how is Charlie Blackmon so white and nerdy while Aroldis Chapman is so dark and handsome?

    Additionally, let me know when you’ve watched the latest episode of Rivals so we can gab.

    Furthermore… no, that’s it. Wait! Yeah, that’s all I got, sorry.

  64. ktodd says:

    What about Josh Reddick? Kid has been solid and looks like he will takeover for Drew.

  65. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: yea uh she did good this thing is cool.i couldnt do the small screen on a cell phone

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @TheNewGuy: Sure

    @Long Bawls: Go for it.

    @Project badass: Trout for Torres

    @Tourinct: Ha

    @Child Please: Betemit

    @busta: Freese

    @AL KOHOLIC: Nice…Happy Birthday!

    @chata: Lose him

    @wingsnbeer: Ludwick over Fowler

    @birrrdy!: Geiger, let’s go!

    @TH3 M0ST H1GH: Madson

    @Awesomus Maximus: Sounds good… Yeah, odd that he’s nerdy white doode. Yeah, I watched it. I just want more CT. Better challenges so far this year even if they’re just an excuse for everything else.


  67. @Grey: Right? It’s so odd to watch him week after week behaving in a rational manner… and wearing glasses on top of it! Pint-Sized Crazy Chick was fun for a minute, but we need Ol’ Reliable. How hard do you think the room was laughing while they were editing the Adam/Jenn segment? That was friggin’ brutal.

  68. Nick says:

    @Grey: Collmenter vs COL or E.Jackson @ Cle tomorrow? TIA

  69. Howard says:

    @Grey EYJ was called up today hopefully to take Cargo’s spot in that crazy lineup. Who do you think would be the best add for steals: EYJ, Bourgeois or stick with Bernadina who I added last week?

  70. Buge Hoobs says:

    10 team 5×5 ss replacement drew:

    Martinez, Casilla, Escobar, Izturis, or Bartlett

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: The Adam/Jenn run was one of the few moments where you could feel the people behind the scenes actively embracing their unintentional comedy. It was brilliant. Would’ve been happy with another ten minutes of that.

    @Nick: Collementer

    @Howard: Hold

    @Buge Hoobs: Bartlett

  72. Brew Crew says:

    Whos the better SAGNOF play in short term Ez Carrera or Borgeois??


  73. Brew Crew says:

    Also, who’s the better DL stash, Tabata or Jed Lowrie??

  74. Steve says:

    Ah, Howard. It is most assuredly a matter of taking the rough with the smooth.

  75. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Thanks, Felix.

    I’m demoting him to court jester.

  76. TheNewGuy says:

    Anyone pitch Cahill tonight vs the bombers? Man…

  77. Steve says:

    Any chance Mad Max could strike someone out? I’m up against Hamels.

  78. TheNewGuy says:

    Pitch Wandy tommorow vs the Cubbies? 10 teamer and no innings limit, but his numbers aint been pretty lately, need his usual 2nd half tear to start soon.

  79. Ugh says:

    The Yanks put up 14 runs and Hughes couldn’t last 5 lousy innings for the victory. That’s like half a season of run support for F-Her. He cost me 4 points in ERA today. Ugh.

  80. Wilsonian says:

    In case no one has mentioned it…the J-Hey Kid looks like he’s heating up a little. It’s about damn time!

  81. Howard says:

    @Grey If I have to replace Beltre for a while, Betemit or Cheese in the Hall? There’s also Wiggy but he may lose ab’s…

  82. John says:

    I hate granderson.. he makes me look like a fool last year and now he ‘s unstoppable since i scorned him. Not to mention im playing him this week and even on the rare even he doesnt have a hit he manages a line of

    0/2 2R 2RBI SB? 2 WTF! Eff you grandy


  83. Wake Up says:

    I just googled Niemann Marcus Belt and was redirected here. Just wanted to say hi. Oh, and they are currently having some great deals on belts.

  84. GeorgeCostanza says:

    i’m guessing phil hughes is a sell now

  85. royce! says:

    Jennings called up. To arms! Or the waiver wire, whatevs.

  86. anthony says:

    Hey grey! thanks for the great website and intel – Quick question for you – Who would you rather have for the rest of the season – I have Adrian Gonzalez but was wondering if should get Pujols? Im pretty sure a 1for1 deal would work and the guy would do it but not sure if its worth it? I figure both teams will make the playoffs and boston is better than the cardinals. I feel like Pujols is more of an MVP on his team than Agon is to boston. Without Pujols where would the Cards be? But yeah let me know your thoughts …

  87. nyydj2 says:

    Keeper League: My ’83 Gabe Plays Live tour shirt for your ’11 Sparky Anklebiter.

  88. nyydj2 says:

    When you wrote that Blanks fantasy, Kyle was in line for sides of beef at CowPlantation. This guys gonna make you have to rename Butler MiniMoobs.

  89. nyydj2 says:

    RotoInfo reporting Jennings called up and Upton removed mid-game without injury for possible imminent trade announcement.

  90. Wilsonian says:

    Are you at all worried about Espinosa? In my small league I’ve got Kelly Jo hanging out in the FA pool that I could pick up. I’ve also debated moving him for Uggla but I don’t know if that gets accepted.

  91. Vann says:

    Jemile Weeks, Kipnis, Altuve, G. Beckham – Pick 2 for the rest of the season

  92. TheNewGuy says:

    The day has finally arrived!! Those with Jennings in keeper leagues rejoice, and I finally cut him in one league yesterday, no wonder he got the call…oh well he could be the saviour in my keeper league. About bloody time Rays!

  93. Wilsonian says:

    Reynolds or Walker/Izzy in a 16 Team H2H Keeper?

  94. matthew brady says:

    i have aramis and wright and a weak spot at SS. which one would you trade in a deal for tulo?

  95. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    Floyd or Luebke?


  96. Silent Prayers for Bryan Stow says:

    Take a minute and help me out with this .

  97. Wilsonian says:

    Can you rank these SPs in a Ks and Ks/9 league for the ROS:

    Anibal, D.Hudson, Beachy, Lewis, Luebke

  98. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man. And in regards to Espinosa, I was asking if you were worried that he’s hit his peak for the year and if you thought he will turn it around.

  99. chata says:

    rumors flying around that bj upton is going to be traded .

    what’s everyone’s guess ?
    where we he end up ??

  100. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: No one hits every single day, just ebb and flow of the season.

    @chata: Hoping Colorado, but that’s not realistic. Maybe Padres for Bell.

  101. chata says:


    *edit .
    where will

  102. chata says:


    if it’s a closer , how about marmol for bj ?

    however , is there not room for him in that detroit outfield ??

  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    @chata: There’s room for him in Detroit, but who are the Rays getting from the Tigers? I’m trying to figure out the Rays need. A shortstop, 1st baseman, catcher and maybe a closer. Probably in that order. Imagine Reyes on the Rays. Zadow!

  104. chata says:


    yesterday , i asked about s. drew … in my 12 team 9 keeper .
    you advised that i drop him .
    fortunately , with a Dl spot opening up with wright coming back , am able
    to swap them out .
    which means i can continue to roll with scutaro (yeah , i know) and not
    go blank for the rest of the year …. which i was considering yesterday .

    my team sits firmly entrenched in 9th place with 49.5 points .
    last year my team scored 20 roto points , so i’m satisfied with that ,
    as my eyes are set on next year .

    so , my question remains , do you think drew will not have an adp
    below 110 for 2012 ?

    please consult with January Grey and get back to me .
    i suspect he’s hanging out with santa , but i can respect your
    protecting his privacy .

    here’s what i have : votto , uggla , drew (?) , wright .
    kemp , heyward , bruce , trout , jennings .
    strasburg .
    somebody’s gotta go , and i’ll certainly try to up-grade with a 2 for 1 .

    thanks for giving this some serious thought .
    i guess i’m just having some difficulty envisioning the landscape
    for shortstops .

  105. chata says:


    Zadow ??

    reminds me of Gabaz .
    whatever happened to those indian dudes trying to play american baseball ?
    still got a link ?

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @chata: Drew won’t have an ADP below 110 next year. He’s had one season worthy of that ADP and that was 3 years ago. He’ll be a flyer drafted around 180+ next year.

  107. chata says:

    speaking of shortstops …
    did you see where mr. marlin (jeff conine) is coming down hard on hanley ?
    if it was up to conine , hanley would be traded .

  108. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man. So would you deal Espinosa and Beachy for Uggla and then pick up Lewis? Or leave the scab alone?

    Also, is Rauch still the closer in Toronto? I picked him up when I dealt Walker/Izzy for Reynolds.

  109. Wilsonian says:

    ***Bruce was scratched today with an inner ear problem. Might be something to keep an eye on.

  110. chata says:


    thanks for the opinion on drew …. appreciate it .

    wright , uggla , and drew are my only left-over keepers , (top 3)
    so you can imagine how my season has gone .
    still , am pleased with my acquisition of youth and talent .

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Last I heard Rauch was the closer. I’d take Uggla. Oh, Bruce.

    @chata: No problem. Trout won’t be above 110 either, fwiw.

  112. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man, would you still take Uggla if it was Anibal or Hudson instead of Beachy?

  113. EK says:

    Pls rank these OF for the ROS:

    R. Davis

  114. chata says:


    thanks for the link .
    great stuff .

  115. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Felix/Abreu enough for Hanley? Going to pick up Clippard or Adams to clean up the mess Felix has left on my ratios this year.

  116. Van Hagaar says:

    Grey, where does Jennings fit into those OF’s you rank for #124 EK??

  117. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Suppose we can whittle down a better proposal? Hanson, Felix, and Tim Hudson have been my best brand name pitchers this year, Chris Carpenter is the only other big name who has pitched at least moderately well this year. Preferably, I want Abreu off my team, he’s rotting and it’d allow me to pick up my choice of MR from the wire.

  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Van Hagaar: Depends on needs… Above Maybin.

    @Feeding the Abscess: Hanson or F-Her straight up for Hanley works… You don’t have another SP from this group without it being insulting. Carp or Hudson and Abreu for Hanley is too low.

  119. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    I’d honestly almost rather trade Felix than Hanson, but I’ll likely end up moving both. I’m first in K, but 9th in WHIP/ERA and need offensive help. Felix for Josh Hamilton do the trick?

  120. Wilsonian says:

    If I make the Uggla deal, Danks or Lewis to fill in for the SP I’ll lose?

  121. Terrence Mann says:

    I think Cozart just broke his wrist.

  122. Wilsonian says:

    Chris Davis recalled to replace Beltre.

  123. Terrence Mann says:

    @Wilsonian: Somewhere right now, Bill James is thinking, “30 HRs from here on out seems about right.”

  124. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:

    12 team h2h mixed league.

    my OF is: dread pirate, pence, beeeejupton, granderson and i now have jennings on the bench

    my closers are melancon, farnsworth, sean marshall, rauch, league and mujica

    now that wright is off the DL i have to drop someone. should i drop jenninngs? or rauch? or someone else


  125. Steve says:

    If I was a complaining type, I’d say something about Howard hitting a pinch-hit Home run after I benched him when I saw he wasn’t playing.

  126. TheNewGuy says:

    Maybin is a one man wrecking crew right now! Mercy!

  127. TheNewGuy says:

    @Steve: Yikes, hate it when that happens.

  128. Dominic says:

    Would you rather have Javy Vazquez or Neimann?

  129. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Please rank the following closers …. Axford, Nathan, Salas, Walden, Santos & Adams (if H. Bell is traded?)

  130. DiscoD says:


  131. DiscoD says:


  132. DiscoD says:


    Just got offered Morse for Aybar… Take it?

  133. Fletch says:

    Bonifacio/Jimenez for Panda/Stanton?

  134. yankees2011 says:

    Hey Grey,
    I lost Stephen Drew to a bum ankle so now I need a SS. I picked up Martinez, but I have a trade offer of Castro for D. Hudson. My pitching could probably not handle the loss, but what do you think anyway?

    Thanks much Grey.

    P.S. I think “tom” is going to be piping in (if he hasn’t already) about the Hughes pickup and Start. Take it from someone who chalked up a W in the 3rd inning only to be drilled in the nether region.

  135. TheNewGuy says:

    DJ’s 1st 2 AB’s: double and triple…what took them so long to get him there!

  136. Al Swedgin says:

    Grey, I hate to be that guy, but…

    Posada, Pierzynski, Buck, Suzuki, Ruiz

    No special needs, though runs and HR without a huge hit to my BA would be nice.

    Also, if Olivo becomes available, do you like him for than the 5 listed above?

  137. Howard says:

    @Grey Seems like my team is dropping like flies. Best replacement for Cozart: Betancourt, Martinez, Guzman? I know that Martinez was a buy so I shouldn’t even ask right?

  138. Steve Stevenson says:

    Best Beltre replacement in an OBP league: Headley, Valencia, E5, Betemit, Callaspo, Alvarez (if he’s called up soon), Chisenhall.

    Also, please rank for speculative saves: Parnell, Mujica, Lidge. Gracias.

  139. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: Not crazy about going after Hamilton.

    @Wilsonian: Danks

    @Terrence Mann: Ugh

    @Terrence Mann: Ha!

    @Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate: Marshall or Mujica…Flip a coin.

    @Steve: Ha

    @Dominic: Neimann

    @Fletch: Axford, Salas, Walden, Santos, Adams…

    @DiscoD: Yup

    @Fletch: Stanton’s side…Don’t ever draft Stanton again…You hate him.

    @yankees2011: Too much… No problem.

    @TheNewGuy: Nice

    @Al Swedgin: Ruiz…Yes

    @Howard: Yuniesky

    @Steve Stevenson: Valencia…Lidge, Parnell…

  140. Howard says:

    @Grey Who do you like for a spot start tomorrow. Am chasing W’s:
    Morton vs StL
    Humber @ Cle
    Cobb @ KC
    Lyles @ ChC

  141. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: Cobb…Tough choice, really.

  142. Eng says:

    Jennings looks immense.

  143. TheNewGuy says:

    Yep awesome start from Jennings, stat stuffing already. Grey already thinking about calling him up from my farm lol. Can wait till next year and sign him to a $0 contract or call him up for $0 now. But im going for it this year and my OF needs help (Werth, Wells, Crisp, Maybin, Quentin, Rasmus etc)…not 10 team worthy. I’ve gotta call him up right now right?

  144. Wilsonian says:

    @Eng: I snagged him in my 8 Team H2H last night. Unfortunately didn’t play him today, but if he keeps this up, he’s going to be valuable even in that small of a league. It’s a keeper league, too.

  145. royce! says:

    Hey Grey,

    Dropped Drew for Cozart in a h2h counting 5×5 + OBP and XBH for hitters. Now dropping Cozart, but for whom?: Betancourt, Barney, Casilla, Escobar, Keppinger, Barmes?


  146. chata says:


    sean marshall or matt capps ?
    saves only .

    thanks .

  147. chata says:


    larussa put rasmus in centerfield in the bottom of the 9th to protect
    a 9-1 lead and give holliday a breather …(jay slid over) .

    shizz is afoot at busch stadium .

    wasn’t b.f. hipp our resident cards expert ?
    heard from him ??

  148. chata says:


    people talking about colby’s attitude … not wanting to be there , etc .

    don’t think i could put up with too much shizz from larussa .

    (and yet people only talk about players having a difficult time
    walking away from the game .)

  149. TheNewGuy says:

    Thanks for the advice, I called up Jennings and finally cut ties with Rasmus. Some tough calls today on decent pitchers: Ogando vs TOR, Stauffer @ PHI, Pineda @ BOS (been getting knocked around recently, and barely anyone survives Fenway). Pitch em or ditch em?

  150. TheNewGuy says:

    Oh and Gio’s @ the Yankees… yikes! Some tough matchups today, what about this one too.

  151. Kyuss says:

    In a redraft league, Salty or Arencibia? Thanks.

  152. chata says:


    unless stauffer learns how to pitch left-handed between now and
    game time , he’s going to get absolutely rocked today .
    the best you can hope for is a rain-out .
    imo .

  153. Eddy says:


    Good morning, Grey!

    A few days ago I gave you a list of SP for today and asked whom you’d like?

    Porcello @MIN
    A.Cobb @KC
    F.Paulino v. TB
    Chatwood @BAL
    Wakefield v. SEA
    Guthrie v. LAA

    You (reluctantly) picked Paulino. Last time, however, I mentioned ERA/WHIP doesn’t matter. Well, thanks to Weaver, Kershaw, Hamels and Niemann, I’m leading ERA by .50.

    We are tied in WHIP and I’m up by 10 Ks. He has Halladay v. SD and Bumgarner v. MIL while I have Garza @HOU.

    Should I pick anyone up? If so, are you sticking with your Paulino pick now that you know the background?

  154. Andy says:

    Hey Grey,

    I just got Wright back in my lineup, but I was leading almost every offensive category even without him. I am looking to trade some offense for pitching. Would a Phillips/Mini Donkey for Cliff Lee be fair? Or maybe Verlander? Right now my Pitching is Weaver, Lincecum, Chacin, Wandy, and E Jax. After the first two, I am finding very little stability.

    13 team 7×7 roto. Currently in 1st place by about 12 points, so maybe I should just not do anything. Thoughts?

  155. ruah says:

    Grey, Carlos Lee obviously isnt very exciting this year, but would you have him at Util over someone like Hart or Trumbo? His AVG and RBI are better even though it’s a downgrade in power. He’s on the wire and those 2 are my most droppable at this point.

  156. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: I’d just throw Garza.

    @Andy: It would be fair for Verlander or Lee, in that order.

    @ruah: I’d hold.

  157. Zeke says:

    @Grey: I just got offered Chris Carpenter for my Valverde. I’m in a 12 team points league where we play 2 closers. I have 3 other, less attractive closers, in League, Melancon and Izzy. SAGNOF?, or am I going to lose too many saves by playing the other 3? Carpenter seems to have righted the ship, right? My current rotation is Kershaw, Price, Bumgarner, Wandy and Nolasco, with Hughes and Colon on the bench and Buchholz on the DL. Thanks to you and the stache for all the wisdom.

  158. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Zeke: That’s a tough call, but I think you have to take Carp. When in doubt, always be trading closers.

  159. herschel says:

    @Grey: weekly roto league, need to start two of the following for era/whip. who do you like?

    scherzer @ cws
    collmenter @ la
    beachy vs fla
    cain @ phi


  160. SwaggerJackers says:

    Adam Jones with the Slam & Legs. I have a feeling his numbers will be very similar to Hunter Pence by the end of the season.

  161. Andy says:

    @Grey: Sounds good, thanks for all the great advice this season!

  162. Chris says:

    Start Liriano vs DET (Porcello)?

  163. JMAC says:

    Would you add Gordon Beckham and drop Aaron Hill?

  164. Terrence Mann says:

    This Ackley boy isn’t turning into a crum bum.

  165. DP says:


    Who is your football counterpart? Link please

  166. TheNewGuy says:

    Is a one-start pitcher worth using over an extra closer for the upcoming week, even if you need W’s/K’s more than SV’s? Would you take either Izzy/Melancon (as my 3rd closer) over Garza/Annabelle/Vogel next week, even though I’ve got more ground to make up in SP cats.

  167. debar says:

    stubbs/jhoulys or gardner/bum 10-team h2h

  168. TheNewGuy says:

    Think I need to make a trade to improve my pitching actually, am pretty loaded in power now with Wright, Pujols, Crawford etc all back (yeah inherited Wright+Pujols as its a keeper…love it). Nelly Cruz would seem the obvious choice to offload, packaged with a mid-lower tier starter like Annabelle/Vogelsong/Luebke, could I get an ace?

  169. Curly Day says:

    I was offered Youk, Ortiz, and Trevor Cahill for my Prince Fielder and Craig Kimball in a 5×5 keeper league. As a Yankee fan I hate rooting for Sox. Youk takes over for Prince. Ortiz takes over for util, which can be anyone of my outfielders including Gardner, Quinten, Snider, Pence, Pagan. I have A-Rod for the util when he gets back. Runs is the easiest place for me to make up ground. RBI’s and ave are others. Do I want to accept this?

  170. Exactly says:

    who to start, need 3:

    Garza @Stl
    Luebke Ari
    Vazquez @Was
    Gio Min

    Also need an MI to replace drew: m. martinez, callaspo, bartlett, kipnis, altuve, keppinger, guillen, bloomquist? who’s gonna help the most in a H2H?


  171. Eddy says:


    Thanks for the advice earlier about staying put with Garza. Though he beat me in WHIP, I managed to beat him in Ks ( 81 to 80!) and ERA (by less than .10!).

    If I can pick your brain again for a spot start tomorrow:

    Moscoso v. TB (@OAK)
    Freddy Garcia v. SEA (@NYY)
    James McDonald v. ATL (@ATL)

  172. Joel says:

    Grey: in my 6×6 h2h league, looking to pick up two hitters off waivers tomorrow am. choices: Desmond Jennings, Ackley, Jemille Weeks and Kubel. OF or IF are both equal for my needs. THANKS!

  173. Steve says:

    @royce!: Mustaches charging in the RCL. Back the hell off!

  174. Exactly says:

    Grey, got another question re pitching in a H2H points league:

    My staff is Gio, D. Hudson, Marcum, Garza, Vazquez, Niese, Luebke, Fister, and Oswalt with Hanrahan, Walden, Madson and Perez in relief. I start all 4 closers but only need to start 2.

    I need to make room for Oswalt and wouldn’t mind upgrading through a 2-1 trade…Garza Hudson Niese and Vazquez all have lower FIPs compared to ERA and should have nice second halves…who would you look to move if you were trying to land the following starters:

    1. For a Kennedy Masterson or Cain type ?
    2. For a Weaver Kershaw Lester or CJ Wilson type?

    Thanks, as always.

  175. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Dropped Javy Vazquez and Liriano for Uehara and Clippard. Going full blown elite MR for ratio help. Felix, Liriano, both Florida pitchers against the Padres… ouch. Now last in ERA and WHIP, first in K. Started last week having climbed all the way up to 4th in the ratio cats.

    Dude rejected Hanson/Hanley, said it was ridiculous, countered with K-Rod for Coco Crisp (non-holds league). Same league that said Hanson/Norris/Magic Santana for Hamels/Greinke last month was cheating. Bleh

  176. TheNewGuy says:

    @Joel: Love the choices, I’d take DJ and Ack. Like Rickys bro too though…maybe im biased as I’ve got those 2 in keepers but thats who id go with! Ton of upside with the pair of em, across all cats.

  177. Martin says:

    @grey- I just traded my haren, j.weeks, and cueto for r. weeks, and ervin santana in a 6 by 6 league with K/bb and OPS. What do you think?

  178. Eddy says:


    Make the Freddy Garcia or McDonald

  179. Steve says:

    @Grey: Would you take any of:

    E Thames
    S Smith

    over Snider?

    For LF slot in a 12-team, H2H, count OBP as well as AVG.

  180. doog says:

    Dynasty points league — do I give Rasmus, Chapman, and Hardy for Felix if my backups are Pierre, Tim Collins, and Scutaro? It’s Felix…but that is some dropoff.

  181. royce! says:

    @Steve: Yeah, no kidding. Mustaches, CHARGE!!! It’s like a Civil War reenactment up in the Original Recipe!

    It’s amazing what two great offensive days can do for a team. I’m sure I’ll be back in the middle of the pack after two subpar days, though.

  182. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Please rank Beachy, Luebke, Collmenter & Oswalt for ROS…

  183. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: Scherzer, Collmenter… Against some better judgment.

    @SwaggerJackers: Yup

    @Andy: No problem.

    @Chris: Sorry, was out.

    @JMAC: Yup

    @DP: What Steve said.

    @TheNewGuy: Yup, Garza…

    @Curly Day: Doesn’t sound like a slam dunk.

    @Exactly: Not Vazquez… Bartlett…

    @Eddy: No problem…McDonald…

    @Joel: Jennings, Weeks…

    @Exactly: Oswalt and Niese for Cain…

    @Feeding the Abscess: Bleh

    @Martin: Nice

    @Steve: Nope

    @doog: Nope

    @Fletch: Beachy, Luebke, Oswalt…

  184. nyydj2 says:

    Think Bret Cecil met Debbie in Dallas for an afternoon session before the Texas game tonight

  185. L-Boogie says:

    Neftali Feliz/Marcum/Scutaro for King Felix/Kinsler? 5×5

    Thanks dude.

  186. Curly Day says:

    Would you pick up Cecil and drop Liriano?

  187. Steve says:

    Just when you think Heyward might be getting his shit together, he takes that hope, throws it to the ground and stomps on it.

  188. Exactly says:

    salty, olivo, soto or ruiz?

  189. Wilsonian says:

    Regarding my question in the forums regarding whether or not I drop Mujica for a starter…would you drop him for Cecil or to stash Lawrie? I don’t want to repost my team and scenario, but I asked it in the forum if you wanted to answer it there. Thanks man.

  190. L-Boogie says:

    Please rank Alture, Kipnis (hasn’t been playing), Callaspo, Bloomquist, or D’Arnaud for short term MI in 5×5.

    Brendan Ryan is also available and has been on a mini-tear but I’m resisting every urge to pick him up.

    Thanks dude.

  191. Steve says:

    @Grey: Chipper tried to join in the stomping, to show that he supports Heyward, but unfortunately twisted his ankle.

  192. L-Boogie says:

    Forgot about Michael Martinez.

    Martinez or Altuve (or as I obviously like to call him, Alture)?

    Thanks dude.

  193. @Grey

    giving up Marcum & Kuroda for Cole Hamels…..too much?

  194. Steve says:

    @Grey: If you’re still around, I’ve had Maybin on my H2H team for the past few days (and liking it), but it’s meant benching Krispie.

    I’m probably going to need the roster spot for pitching, so is it crazy to dump Maybin as soon as he gets back to Petco (I’ve seen his splits) – or is he too hot to drop?

  195. herschel says:

    @Grey: who to start next week for a weekly roto? keljo, kipnis or chris davis?

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