I missed out on Julio Urias in all of my leagues.  Shame because I was just looking at his stats the other day — 9.8 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 1.10 ERA and I was like, “Those can’t be real,” and he winked at me.  An interminable wink.  And I was like, “Are you winking that those stats are real or are you winking at me that they’re not?”  He didn’t answer, he just kept winking.  So, I tried to pull a fast one on him and was like, “Wink once if I should wait to pick you up, wink twice if I should pick you up now or wink three times if you’re going to be called up to be a middle reliever.”  And he winked once.  Again.  Then, like I do at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, I climbed onto his head and blew into his eye to see if he was alive.  He wasn’t.  I mean, he is, but this was just a picture of him.  Don’t be like me, don’t worry about the wink test with Urias and just grab him in all leagues.  He could be a number one starter for the time he’s in the rotation.  That’s the catch, however.  (Or is it pitch?)  He’s filling in for Alex Wood, who has triceps tightness.  Wood could be out the rest of the season (not saying he is) and Urias would still not stay in the rotation.  The Dodgers have said they will limit Urias’s innings.  He could only pitch 60 more innings this year, which is about ten starts.  My guess is he’ll pitch a few starts in the rotation, then move to the bullpen and pitch an inning or three a week.  Sound about right to you, Urias?  Wink once for yes…. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Shelby Miller – Said he has discomfort in his right finger.  The ol’ “This Isn’t Me, I Was Injured” excuse.  However you want to deal with your pitching and ego.

Michael Bourn – 2-for-3, 1 RBI and his 2nd steal.  Also, in this game, Jake Lamb (1-for-4) stole his 3rd base.  If you didn’t own Bourn/Lamb, now ewe know.

Patrick Corbin – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.21.  I dropped Corbin the first week of the season (yes, after being excited about him in the preseason), and haven’t looked back.

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-4, 1 run as he hit 7th with David Freese (1-for-4) moved up to third.  Let me get this straight, because I think I might’ve figured out the logic.  Freese hits a game-winning homer so he gets moved up.  So, if Jon Niese were to hit a game-winning homer, he’d bat third.  Got it.  This makes perfect sense.  So…ARE WE THIS DAFT, Clint Hurdle?  What in the flying fudge in the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are we fudging doing?  Please, someone who has a fudging clue give fudging Hurdle a fudging nudging in the right fudging direction.  For fudging cake–sake!

Gerrit Cole – 5 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.53, and pitchslapped Corbin.  Shine bright like a diamond!  Easy on the ghost riding my WHIP though.

Logan Forsythe – Aiming to return June 10-19.  What if the Rays play a ten-day extra inning game on the 9th? Will he return on the 20th?

Drew Smyly – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.92.  Reminds me of Julio Teheran.  Their peripherals aren’t completely analogous, but their xFIPs are within .10 of each other and their K-rates aren’t that far off.  They also could win a combined ten games in 55 starts.  Smyly’s doing better for Ks, Teheran has been doing better with his luck-slash-ERA.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see them end up around the same fantasy value.  For the record, this is also the only time any variation of smile and Teheran have ever been associated with each other.

Brandon Guyer – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  This Guyer won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s been hot enough he could’ve.  Almost, Guyer, almost.

Corey Dickerson – 3-for-4, hitting .197.  As of right now, a hitter moving from Coors to another park loses hundred points on his average.  Unscientific!

Giancarlo Stanton – Still out with a sore side.  Or as I call it, sigh-de.

Adeiny Hechavarria – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer as he hit leadoff.  Too bad he’s not a Hechavarria good player.

Jose Fernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.82.  Real question:  Arrieta or Jo-Fer?  Which one would you go-fer?

Chris Johnson – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Fun fact!  Chris Johnson is nearly exactly what an old man can be heard yelling while trying to pee in a urinal.

Joe Ross – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.52.  Somewhere, under the Aurora Borealis, JB watches an iceberg float by.  He points to it, speaking to his wife, “You see that dear?  The way it’s staying afloat?  That’s Joe Ross.” “JB, can we not talk about Joe Ross on our romantic trip into frigid weather?”

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .245.  Uh-oh, someone needs to be walked four times in the next game.

Danny Espinosa – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, hitting .201.  In related news, a reporter asked Dusty about Trea Turner and Dusty said, “The Proud Mary backup singer?”

Matt Carpenter – Placed on paternity leave.  Hoping to hear Carpenter sees his child emerging and names him immediately, Phillips-head.

Aledmys Diaz – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .329.  He’s cooled off a lot since his scorching April, and he will lose playing time when the Superfluous H returns.  Of course, that doesn’t mean Diaz should be dropped prior to that.

Matt Adams – Left yesterday’s game with mid-back stiffness.  And mid-front jiggliness.

Mike Leake – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.90.  His ERA started at 8.31 after his first game and has declined every game since.  See, a Leake doesn’t make you cry, that’s an onion.

Matthew Wisler – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  I streamed him for this start, and that might be my first streamed Quality Start of the year.  Yay for being a moron.  On a related note, 6 IP, 3 ER may be a Quality Start, but it sure doesn’t feel that wonderful.

Tyler Flowers – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Fun fact!  His middle name is “The Creator.”

Ryan Braun – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, hitting .361.  Damn, Cousin Sweatpants, I don’t own Braun anywhere, but I’d like a piece of that.  Sorry, with the Jersey accent that sounded like, “How about some PEDs with that?”  Yeah, the Jersey accent adds words, what’s it to ya?

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .295.  Don’t take this the wrong way, becauase I own Villar on a lot of teams and he’s been great, but…Random Prediction Alert!  He’s going to have a top ten shortstop year in 2016, then never be worth drafting any year going forward.

Clay Buchholz – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.35.  This start came against the Rockies in Fenway.  Buchholz hasn’t just hit bottom, he’s dug out a hole in the earth the size of the Grand Canyon, installed an elevator that goes down 4,000 floors, and is now in a Barcalounger surrounded by magma.

David Ortiz – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .337.  Retire?  He’ll be better than at least two dozen other teams’ All-Stars.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Is it June already?  Better buy low now because he’s about to hit ten homers in June.

Trevor Story – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  This is funny (not funny), Story has been better than half of the first round.

Jon Gray – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.95.  Sure glad I owned him for his one terrible road start.  Sure am glad!

Luis Valbuena – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and third homer in the last three games.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because he’s here now.  He is the hottest schmotato in the land.

George Springer – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th and 11th homers.  At some point, he’s going to get insanely hot and you’re gonna wish you owned him.  Fo’reals.

Lance McCullers – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (6 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 4.60 thru only three starts.  Yesterday was an indication of why I wrote a sleeper post on him this preseason, and why I wanted to draft him on all of my teams.  The six walks is obviously concerning, and an issue he’s had in the past that’s worth monitoring.

Ken Giles – 1 IP, 1 ER, and his 1st save.  Gregerson was simply unavailable, so no change here, but it does show Harris is not moving out of the 8th inning if Gregerson goes down, in a non-sexual way.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .279.  Okay, okay, but his average is down 60 points since I told you to sell him and he’s not hitting homers at anywhere the same rate.

Kevin Gausman – 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA up to 3.24.  Guess we were due for a random bleh start from Gausman.  Better luck Mexican time!  “Next, Siri.”  “Moving to next blurb, Grey.” “No, next time, not Mexican!”  “Yes, there is no time like the Mexican time.”  “Forget it.”  “Forget what, Grey?”

Starlin Castro – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  At some point in the preseason, I said Castro is a solid bet in later rounds, and wouldn’t bat 8th or 9th in the order all year.  Yesterday, he hit third and has had a solid year, yet, and this is Abominable Snowman-sized yeti, he’s been kinda yawnstipating.

CC Sabathia – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.83.  Okay, time to look at his peripherals to see is it real, son, is it really real, son.  Let me know it’s real, son, if it’s really real.  *looks at his peripherals*  No, it’s not real.  I’d use the Stream-o-Nator and stream him in good matchups, which is something I haven’t said about him in a while, but I wouldn’t own him in most shallower mixed leagues.

J.A. Happ – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  Elias Sports Bureau said yesterday’s matchup of Happ and Sabathia was initially interesting.

Hector Olivera – Suspended 82 games for an alleged domestic violence incident.  He said, “For the record, in Cuba, a pressed ham with a little mustard and pickle, is a sandwich.”

Leonys Martin – Expects to miss a few days with his sore hamstring.  Can he miss September 12th thru 15th?  I will have made other arrangements by then.

Mike Moustakas – Done for the year with a tear of his ACL.  Kiss that moist ass goodbye.

Rougned Odor – Will begin a 7-game suspension today.  Knocking Odor out for a week proves that Commissioner Manfred is the world’s strongest deodorant.

  1. Troy: The Collector

    Troy says:
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    Polanco was moved done merely because a lefty was on the mound (very stupid I no but welcome to clint’s world..) fully expect him to be back in the 3rd hole once a right is back on the hill.

    • Grey

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      @Troy: Shouldn’t be moved down for anything

      • Troy: The Collector

        Troy says:
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        @Grey: don’t disagree with u but Clint hurdle and most managers for that matter r morons lol

  2. zgk says:
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    hi Grey, awesome stuff!

    I know you’re low on M. Sano, but Sano or J. Upton ROS? Tired of waiting for him to do something. Is Upton droppable? 10 team mixed league ESPN 5×5 H2H.

    Thanks as always!

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @zgk: upton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zgk: Upton

  3. Matt says:
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    Gray. 25% of the season over I want to congratulate you. Always look forward to reading everyday.

    Jo-Fer > Arrieta

    He is my ace on 8 of 10 fantasy teams (Thor/Carrasco the other 2 teams). I’m a Cubs fan but Jake doesn’t have the cheese J-fer does and he almost makes me go yawn even though he did pitch a no no this year and a leading Cy-young candidate. I think Jake also walks more guys.

    With Darvish coming back do I drop Rodon? Velasquez?

    My M.I. slots are filled with the du jour of Schoop/Starlin/Lawrie/Semien. Will one of them impress me!! Trea Turner add?

    Nice call on Marte/Polanco. My OF are stacked. J-UP please!! Get out of this funk and hit me some bombs!

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Matt: package up Velazquez and Rodon get a better pitcher/bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Thanks! Agree with you, Matt…. Drop Rodon…Turner over Semien…Or if you can pull off the patented White Rabbit move

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Greyt write-up. Muy bien, compadre! Pressed for time, so….

    Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (May 27-29)

    Horatio: ‘My guess is that someone close to this child is either injured (queue the sunglasses) or dead.’

    Have a great weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey,

        Thank you! Can’t wait for this afternoon’s buy column!!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  5. JakeTPE says:
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    Don’t worry about Urias, Grey. We’ve got Yu, babe!! I missed out on him (Urias) too. Add Ryu to the mix and a resurgent Kazmir and it’s crowded there in Dodgers-land. If he’s great and sticks we’ll both have Urias-staff infections.

    I also say Fernandez based on where they went. I had him queued up at the end of the 4th (12 teams, had 3rd pick) and he went two picks ahead of me! Argh. Got Boegarts so it’s been ok I guess. Anyway…

    Hey, if I don’t see you later, have a great weekend!

    • JakeTPE says:
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      Btw Loved the Joe Ross blurb!! Hopefully for Mrs JB’s sake the ship doesn’t have Internet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Haha… Yeah, he won’t pitch a ton of IP anyway…. Agreed on Jo-Fer, you too!

    • BW says:
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      @JakeTPE: I got J-Fer at pick fifty, then chose Tulo over Bogaerts at fifty-one. Talk about going to extremes… one genius move + one total boner.

      I think folks in our shallow league were scared off Urias b/c of bullpen talk. He’s still out there for FAAB Sunday. I’ve hoarded my FAAB so I can get him if I want him, but really hard to decide what to bid b/c you don’t know how many starts you are getting. Is it two or three? Or more like seven or eight? Maybe they’ll be some intel on that before Sunday.

      Thanks for the great write-up as usual Grey.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @BW: Nice! Tulo in Toronto was tempting. He’s hitting some homers but yeah, you’d probably want X-Bo if you had a do-over there, although Xander’s ADP was probably a little higher than 51 (I reached for him) and Tulo was more around there.

        Good luck if you bid. I think Urias’ price maybe went down a little after Friday’s start, so maybe you can get him for cheaper than you could have pre-debut?

        Have a good one!

  6. Another Dan says:
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    Grey,

    Again, good stuff.

    You say you missed out on Urias, me too on the leagues where he wasn’t already stashed. This is a question for everyone really, what do you use to keep yourself informed of roster changes? or promotions ? I’ve got a couple of teams where I’m rebuilding a bit and I’d like to stay ahead of the game. I am wondering what I can do to keep track of promotions and impending promotions.

    Dan

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Another Dan: Hey Dan,

      Twitter: Beat writers for the teams that have guys you are prospecting.

      Rotoworld and Rotowire MLB frontpages or player notes front page: also a good source — the big box sites get their player card content (news) from these providers.

      As June 1 comes we just need to be refreshing regularly. Or grab guys now if you can take the hit for a week or two.

      Curious about other sites/sources as well! Let’s hear ’em!

      • griff says:
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        @JakeTPE: I also have Bleacher Report’s fantasy baseball page bookmarked.

        • JakeTPE says:
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          @griff: cool. thanks for the tip!

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            @JakeTPE: closer monkey is the bomb. Instant alert for changes in closers. I always end up with a couple of “new closers” every year from them. Of course it always depends on how much your competition stashes set up guys in your leagues.

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              @griff: Closer monkey is good, but Smokey is better. Just not as frequent obviously. I also like Rotoprofessor for saves specs. But honestly, the Razz guidance the past few years has helped me figure out how to make decisions or specs on my own. JFOH was money. Won a few leagues last year and attribute it mostly to Grey for the draft, JB for tips on the arms, Smoke for closers, JFOH for everything in between. Was a banner year for me.

            • JakeTPE says:
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              @griff: I like Closer Monkey except they doubted Melancon all year and I rode him to the championship. Our league includes holds so most set-up guys are owned anyway. Best way to play IMO, when you have to back up Tolleson with Dyson from day 1, or get Giles back because Gregerson looks shaky — add a Diekmann or Harris type into the mix and it gets even more interesting. I recommend holds leagues to everyone. And Smokey’s weekly column of course!

              • What's a Drexl? says:
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                @JakeTPE: everybody doubted melancon, he was one more bad start early last year from losing his job, and his K rate dropped like 2 till maybe june last year.

                • JakeTPE says:
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                  @What’s a Drexl?: Never doubted him! (And if I did, I had Watson for holds, so was covered….does that count as doubt?! =D )

    • griff says:
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      @Another Dan: MLB Trade Rumors website is pretty good. Also in Yahoo leagues, I tag prospects and add them to my watchlist. I check my list every few days. To get email alerts regarding changes on closers, I use Closer Monkey.

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Yea I saw that stuff about floyd/storen this AM, but unfortunately have overnight waivers so I have to make a decision if I stream before 4 AM EST. Went rogue with Biagini!!

        • Grey

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          @knucks: I wouldn’t mess with Storen anyway, vulture saves or not

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Another Dan: I agree with Jake about trying to pick up some interesting ones before call-ups. My prob on East Cost is that news comes out after midnight and I wake up in the morning and someone grabbed them at 1 AM.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Fungazi:

        Thanks everybody for the help. Plenty to work with there.

        My problem is a bit worse as I’m a bit further East than you.

        I do get the advantage that at 9am (ish) my time the day changes and so I often get first shot at that day’s streamers.

        Dan

  7. Grey are any of these bums even worth waiting for their upside

    Yordano Ventura
    Wacha
    Bauer
    Alex Wood
    I would like to trade or release everyone.

    • Grey

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      @Dnut Eastwood: I’d lose Bauer and Ventura in 14 and under mixed leagues, Wacha I’d bench, Wood I might lose depending on his injury

  8. What's a Drexl? says:
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    leonys out for probably a few days and unless upton starts playing i likely need an OF for at least the next few days. am winning RBI’s/steals easily so far, but tied in runs/HR’s, and need bases. OBP over AVG too.
    trayce @ degrom
    @ thor
    @ fatolo

    or
    duvall @ davies
    @ c.anderson
    @ jimmer nelson

    probably duvall just from matchups/park, even though his OBP is shit. leonys is my drop for either.

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    My Jo-Fer, Springer, Khris Davis for his Goldschmidt, Blackmon, Maeda. Pts league keeper (keep 2, so there’s a high priority on toppermost talent). Who ya got?

    • Grey

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      @Raul: It’s fair, I’d take Goldy

  10. The Red Onion says:
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    I absolutely love the site, Grey. Thanks for all your hard work!

    Outside of one hot week, Adam Jones has been horrendous this season. I haven’t been able to get anything decent for him through trade offers. He’s my #3 OF, but I’ve almost lost patience.

    Am I crazy to drop him in a head-to-head league (12 team mixed)? Would you prefer him or Odubel rest of season?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Red Onion: Thanks! I’d prefer Odubel, but I wouldn’t drop Jones

  11. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    I will never feel any remorse about missing out on Trumbo. My least favorite player ever for his injury proneness and general suckitude. Your validation of his suckiness always helps. I am throwing in the towel on Chris Archer….who would you target for him realizing I will have to take a step back in perceived quality SP?

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    Who is best to replace moustakas out of Duffy, turner, Lawrie, lamb? Rest of season projector says Duffy but not by much and he has been blah besides some SB.

  13. Timmah says:
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    Mmm Greyness… Leaning towards no on this for a 10 team H2H league but what say you on this trade?

    Give – Goldscmidt, Walker, Wacha
    Get – DeGrom, Cole, Belt

    As important as pitching is in this pitching tilted league I don’t think that’s a good enough haul right? Thanks kindly!!!

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      @Timmah:
      I would axe that trade. If it was Degrom and Cole of last year then yeah, would do it. DeGrom is not the same guy this year and Cole’s strikeouts are waay down. On top of that Belt rolled over his ankle few daus ago, mildly but still. And unless its a OBP league Belt is meh overall anyway.

      Walker is a blossoming stud and could have a studly ROS. Goldy is the best player in the deal….and YOUR giving him up.

      Not Grey, but Id say no to this deal quicker than a 12 year old would to Jerry Sandusky.

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      @Timmah: agree.. dont sell low on goldy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Timmah: Agree with others

      • Timmah says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys I rejected him shortly after but was curious if thy experts concurred :-)

  14. Schwab says:
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    Dynasty league 8 teams where we keep 15 each year. It’s a H2H points based league. Was offered Greinke for either Mazara or Ozuna. I also have Springer, Marte, Bradley and Sano as my other OF’s. Would you trade one or hold? Thanks.

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Schwab: take Greinke for Oz

    • Whirlaway says:
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      @Schwab: Hold Maz and Oz. Trade Bradley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schwab: I have no faith in Greinke, Ozuna would be the one I’d trade

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    Lost my Moose. I have Jake Lamb. Replace with Valencia or Gallo?
    Also at SP, Michael Fulmer or Jon Gray?
    Thanks for the help!

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Tony C: Valencia…..Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Valencia, Gray but only away games

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks for the shoutout on the pod! Very excited / my apologies for making you guys spend 10 min on Ben Revere’s goofy Wiki page! I hadn’t seen that bit about his MLB debut being as pinch hitter for Span…it’s really getting to Werewolf Bar Mitzvah spooky scary levels at this point!

  17. JohnnySquid says:
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    Random Deep (League) thoughts…

    You think Joe Musgrove gets the call before August?

    Dudes been sick since last year.

    • Grey

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      @JohnnySquid: I’d guess he will if there’s an injury

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    Hurdle likes to mess with the lineup against lefties, that’s why Mercer lead off and Freese was hitting so high. Polanco should be back in the 3 spot Saturday when they face Darvish

  19. Wacha wacha says:
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    Morning Grey

    In a ten team h2h with OBP who would you want at 2nd Ros and which two would you want at util based on the options available?

    Travis, Schoop, Diaz, Drury
    K Davis, Valencia, ozuna, C Santana, Beltran, park, arod, l Martin, J Gallo

    Thanks!

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Seeing as how I missed out on him everywhere, I’m selfishly hoping that your Urias take has a few mentions about leaving stuff over the plate for Conforto or Wilmer in his comeback game. LGM!!!!

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Though I’d imagine your posting prior to the game and not at midnight haha

        Still though… LGM!!!!!

    • MattTruss

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      It’s a Julio-Fest! He’s (predictably) the lede in my DFS article today too. Though, nothing very earth shattering there, other than he’ll likely be 95% owned in DFS contests today.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @MattTruss: Mets are bottom third of the league against LHP. He’s probably not going to go deep enough into the game to be a worthy play though.

        • MattTruss

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          Agreed, I mention as much. Expectations should be tempered with IP limits, pitch counts, frequent bullpen excursions, etc. Pretty psyched to have him in RCLs though. Still, I’m sucker enough to at least toss him on 1 lineup, you know, just in case.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @MattTruss: Yeah he’s starting in three of my RCL’s today, including Perts. Where I plan on selling him to Grey for more point boosts.

  20. bigbear says:
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    I’m doffing my hat to the guy who said to sit Smyly against the Marlins yesterday… Well done, sir. Well done.

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @bigbear: He called it. Today he’s all like :-) but those of us who started Smyly are all like :-/ or :’-( .

  21. Bipapi says:
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    Jofer> arrieta not hard.

  22. reese says:
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    In a 12 team mixed 5×5 roto keeper, should I give up Quintana and Kyle Seager for Cespedes and Casilla. I need SVs, my SPs are solid, and I have Shaw to fill 3B.

  23. Scooter G says:
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    In a 10 team 5×5 h2h are all of these pitchers just streamers or does anyone stand out as a must own and if so which one?

    I Kennedy, urias, porcello, s wright, a Sanchez, Chen, roark, Tomlin, sabathia, a wood

    • LightBlack says:
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      @Scooter G:
      At this point think you gotta snatch up Wright.

  24. Blake says:
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    ok, so my moustakasss is out. In a 12 team pts league. who would you pickup?

    Drury
    Valencia
    tomas
    headley

    • knucks says:
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      @Blake: Valencia

      • Blake says:
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        @knucks:

        Like him better than Tomas? I guess Valencia hits in the middle of the order but doesn’t Tomas?

        • knucks says:
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          @Blake: In my most competitive league, Tomas is on waivers. I know you don’t know me or my league, but personally this speaks volumes to me about a player. Can’t exactly put that into words or convey that well here… Yes I can! Ignore me, wait for Grey!!

          • Blake says:
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            @knucks:
            I only have 12 pickups for the rest of the year. But I trust ya on this one! Valencia it is!

            have a pitching questions (15pts for W, 7ptss for Save, 1pt for SO)

            I have the following staff:

            P: Wei Chen
            P: H Rondon
            P: N Syndergaard
            P: J Smardazza
            P: C Hamels
            P: I Kennedey
            P: J ordorizzi

            B: H Santiago
            B: J Garcia

            L mcchulers
            K Jansen
            Gray
            Shoemaker
            Gausman

            are all available – have 7pitching slots, and doesn’t matter if it is relivier for starter

            • knucks says:
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              @Blake: Whoa whoa whoa, new shizz has come to light. You best wait for G. I’m just another prematurely balding man like you. The fact that you only have 12 moves makes this way more important of a decision.

              • Blake says:
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                @knucks:

                I had to get a 3rd baseman because moustakass is done so I had to pickup somebody no matter how many adds I have left

                • knucks says:
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                  @Blake: Understood. Just saying that Grey could come in and debunk my Tomas thoughts and then you’ll be in quite a pickle and I don’t wanna do that to ya. Noticed Cram agreed with me so there is a very good chance Grey will as well. Rudy was very high on him since draft day and many of Grey’s answers for similar Q’s lately have been Valencia. Best of luck!

            • Cram It says:
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              @Blake: Kenley Jansen is available?

              • knucks says:
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                @Cram It: Yea that can’t be right… If it is, either resign from this league or add him and trade for a 3B.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Blake: Valencia

  25. Futureman says:
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    I’ve been offered Quintana and Odor for my Harvey and Mazara in a points league..thoughts?

    • Thor says:
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      I won’t do that deal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Futureman: I’d take it, could end going either way

  26. Scott says:
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    For MI, I’ll take yawnstipating any day of the week.

  27. Roger Dorn says:
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    Are you starting Ray tonight against the Friars?

    • Moneyball says:
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      You already know the answer.

        • Ante GALIC says:
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          @Grey: Grey!!

          I’d start Orphan Annie with her bib attached against the Friars!

          Cheers,
          Ante

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I wanna morph and me and Cougs

            • Ante GALIC says:
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              @Grey: Grey!

              I wanna morph the pics of our two children (one’s a boy of 11, the other a girl of 15, neither shaves so there’s that!) into one MF’ing Jpeg so I don’t have to constantly make pics for each of them separately! What a novel idea right?

              Cheers,
              Ante

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Can you then only pay college tuition for one?

                • Ante GALIC says:
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                  @Grey: That would be awesome! One would start in 2018, the other would start in 2022, but then you’d only get one diploma and I’m pretty sure they will both need a diploma. Yeah, overall bad idea.

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    They don’t need a diploma, they need to lie on their resume

  28. Moneyball says:
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    The Pirates are in big trouble tomorrow. They’re gonna get it… and Yu is gonna give it to them.

  29. Just Busted says:
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    Grey,
    H2H Yahoo 5×5
    I am having a hard time with new pick ups. My pitching is floundering as I am not winning in these categories almost every week.
    My starters: Salazar, Matz, Velasquez, Rodon, Nola, Chen and Iglesias on the DL
    Closers: Rodney, Gomez, Dyson
    OF are: Polanco, Heyward, Mazara, Upton, Belt (also 1B backup)
    I recently picked up Gallo and he is not yet playing.
    Do I keep him and if so, who do I drop from above to pick up Urias?
    Thanks!
    I LOVE the smell of Mustache wax in the morning!

  30. RePete says:
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    Would you trade away Velasquez for Liriano in a 14-Team H2H League? Need an SP that will still be pitching when the fantasy playoffs come around.

    • DozierTheDozierian says:
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      @RePete: Try to do better than Liriano.

  31. knucks says:
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    Saw this when I was fading out last night, didn’t exactly fact check in the morning, but anyone else notice that there were only 3 stolen bags yesterday across baseball? It was an extremely short slate. But I can think of one guy that may already know this… Cram didn’t you say Bourn was your batty call yesterday? And if so, you can likely name the other stolen base!! Anyways, kind of speaks to what they have been saying lately about saves being wayyy down.

    Also, I’m trying Biagini as a sneaky saves stream today. Osuna has pitched in back to back nights. Could have tried Storen instead, but didn’t want to risk the ratio implosion.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Should also note that no one else even ran. Didn’t find any CS stats last night. Though I didn’t actually watch any games after the Snakes/Pirates.

      I had read somewhere or saw a chart about the steals thing being somewhat of a myth. That we are on pace with the past five years numbers anyway. Was most likely on this site, but I can’t recall.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: *Steals* not saves! Fack!

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: They are so faceless that I confused them for eachother. Just another well trained grasshopper.

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: I only know of Bourn and Lamb because I own them.

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: Exactly!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Yeah, I stepped away from Storen, vulture save isn’t worth it… Agreed on steals

  32. DancinHomer says:
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    Looking for some SP help and found a trade partner who’s willing to trade away any of his top arms for some hitting. I could use some help in what offer to make though.

    My roster: (Redraft 12-team 6×6 (OPS & QS + standard 5×5) H2H league)

    c: lucroy
    1b: Goldy
    2b: N. Walker
    ss: Seager
    3b: Frazier
    if: Franco
    of: Marte, Polanco, JBJ
    utl: Pujols
    bn: Villar, Kang, Valencia, Baez, AJ Reed (stashed on “NA”)
    SP: Sale, Salazar, T. Walker, Matz, Rodon, McCullers, Velasquez, Moore
    RP: Ramos, Dyson, J. Gomez
    DL: Peralta, Cobb

    The SP’s i’m targeting:
    DeGromm
    Cueto
    Archer

    His needs:
    2B (literally has been rolling w/o a 2B since Gordon got suspended)
    CI
    OF

    which of the 3 SP’s above would you target and what would be a fair offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DancinHomer: What kind of schmohawk doesn’t have a 2B in a 12 team league? Walker for Archer?

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @Grey:

        sadly he’s somehow been killing it the last couple weeks w/o one too… not sustainable, but still.

        regardless, thanks for the help

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Roger Podacter says:
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    Who do you like for Saturday?

    Chen @ Atl

    Boyd @ Oak

    Great writeup Grey! Have a great weekend.

    • knucks says:
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      @Roger Podacter: Chen hasn’t looked great, but if you don’t choose him, than he is dead to you and your not allowed to start him ROS!! Braves=dumpster fire.

      Boyd is a lefty I believe…? If yes, then you can expect Valencia to light his momma’s panties aflame on Saturday.

      • Roger Podacter says:
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        @knucks:

        Thanks Knucks – I’ve streamed one game against the Braves this year and it was a fucking DISASTER – I think it was Ross “straight trippin'” Stripling, so there’s that. Blame me if ATL lights up Chen on Saturday.

  34. Better Streamer option,. Don’t like either
    Matt Boyd vs Oakland tomorrow night in Oakland
    Or
    Cesar Varges for the Friars at Arizona.

    I like Varges maybe a little better but I don’t like pitchers in Arizona

  35. Ben says:
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    So I just put Urias in my rotation and picked up taillon on your recommendation. Will taillon innings be severely limited due to his injury history? Will he be called up after super two deadline?

    Taillon over Reyes de Leon giolito right?

    • Ben says:
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      @Ben: also taillon or snell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Taillon will be up within ten days is my guess… Should be able to pitch into Sept

  36. Dawg says:
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    Love the lede today — hilarious way to start my Friday at work.

    Who do you like better ROS? Darren O’Day or Will Harris? My league counts both Holds and Saves.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dawg: Thanks! Harris

  37. mrbaseball says:
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    Keeper League – who would you want – Gausman or Mazara

  38. web says:
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    Maeda over Aaron Sanchez?

  39. HolyGhostClaw says:
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    Yo Yo Grey!!

    If and when George Springer gets unbelievably hot, which is what my draft and season is depending on, can we start calling him Hot Springs? Last night his 443ft shot made me go from 6 to 12! Springer sprung my chubby. I’ve been waiting all year for him to get white hot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HolyGhostClaw: It’s coming (Springer), guessing he’s gonna be a top 5 bat this year

  40. CB says:
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    Fiers or Shoemaker Stream today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CB: Shoemaker

  41. dizzystpizzy says:
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    Poor JB! All he wants to do is look at whales. Probably gonna see Shane Greene’s bloated ERA out there among the icebergs too.

  42. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    10-team H2H keeper, counting OPS and QS. Was offered J. Upton & Odorizzi for Blackmon. Which side you got?

  43. Steve D. says:
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    Need some general advice on my team. Sitting in third place in a 10 team 4×4 league (no runs, no Ks, two C), but seem to have a glut of OFs and MIs that are more valuable to me than anyone else. Anyone have any suggestions? I know I need pitching, and there are some arms on the wire that interest me, but I need to open some spots first.

    I’ve already cut 2 deals this year, the first I send Pedroia for Russell (which has worked out for me to this point, plus I like Addison’s 2B/SS eligibilty) and the second which has been a disaster so far (Jason Kipnis/ Sonny Gray for my King Felix/Corey Seager).

    I feel like guys like Ozuna are hitting, but people will only pay pennies on the dollar for a guy like that. I’d love to package him with Teheran to upgrade that pitching slot with a more reliable option, but no takers.

    C Russell Martin C | TOR
    C Brian McCann C | NYY
    1B Anthony Rizzo 1B | CHC
    2B Jason Kipnis 2B | CLE
    3B Manny Machado 3B,SS | BAL
    SS Ian Desmond OF,SS | TEX
    MI Addison Russell 2B,SS | CHC
    CI Nick Castellanos 3B | DET
    OF Mookie Betts OF | BOS
    OF J.D. Martinez OF | DET
    OF Marcell Ozuna OF | MIA
    OF Khris Davis OF | OAK
    OF Kole Calhoun OF | LAA
    U Victor Martinez U | DET

    RESERVES
    2B Trea Turner 2B | WAS
    OF Ben Revere OF | WAS
    OF Justin Upton OF | DET
    C Yadier Molina C | STL
    3B Matt Duffy 3B | SF

    PITCHERS

    P Sonny Gray* P | OAK
    P Vince Velasquez P | PHI
    P Marcus Stroman P | TOR
    P Julio Teheran P | ATL
    P Mike Leake P | STL

    P Craig Kimbrel P | BOS
    P David Robertson P | CHW
    P Arodys Vizcaino P | ATL
    P Luke Gregerson P | HOU
    P Brad Boxberger* P | TB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve D.: Molina, Revere, Duffy are waiver guys…Your pitching is a mess, JD for Jo-Fer? Ozuna for Walker?

  44. Cram It says:
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    Re: Polanco blurb. I love seeing you so fired up. You should let the fudge fly more.

    Braun’s been DTD so many times this year, I don’t even know if he was in my lineup yesterday. Hell, I think I forgot he was even on my team. Is there a glossary term for when you have like 3 or 4 guys on your team that are DTD and you have to roster an extra 3 or 4 bench bats because of it and it’s really freaking annoying trying to manage an RCL roster like that and fudge!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Haha, fudging ridiculous… I like how people justify it too by saying a lefty… Like Polanco can’t hit them and Mercer can….

  45. Rich says:
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    Do I play a banged up Maikel Franco in Chicago against Lester, or Matt Duffy in Colorado against Tyler Chatwood?

    • Pu$$y Control says:
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      @Rich: I would go Duffy in Colorado just for the potential

  46. Fever Dog says:
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    Hey Grey,

    The guy that is dead last in my league has sent me an open offer of ‘Anyone on my roster except Machado for Polanco.”

    Below are my roster and his. Who do you think I should ask for (if anyone)?

    10-team, H2H, 5×5
    We keep THREE and one must be age 25 or younger at the start of the season. I think Polanco and Correa both fit that bill for my team.

    My Team
    c-Wellington
    1b-Rizzo
    2b-Walker
    3b-Arenado
    ss-Correa
    of-J-Upton, Marte, Polanco
    util-Hosmer, Belt

    sp-Strasburg, Nola, Matz, Shields, Hammel, Pomeranz, Hill, Samardzija
    rp-Robertson, Cishek, Vizcaino, Phelps
    d/l-Ross
    N/A-Glasnow

    His Team
    c-Ramos
    1b-Goldschmidt
    2b-Cano
    3b-Franco
    ss-Machado
    of-Cutch, Bautista, Bradley Jr.
    util-Hanley, Castellanos

    sp-Gaussman, Chatwood, King Felix, Bauer, Teheran, Harvey, Wainwright, Cueto, Alex Wood
    rp-Rosenthal, Allen, Ziegler
    d/l-Severino

    • Murph says:
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      @Fever Dog: Goldie in a vacuum but if you are worried about filling the OF spot, then I’d go for Bautista

    • Another Dan says:
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      @Fever Dog:

      Goldie.

      I assume Belt has OF eligibility, so you are just swapping Goldie for Polanco straight up. Seems like you are the winner on that one.

  47. I am the Walrus says:
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    Streamer loves Shoemaker today home vs Houston. $-12.0 Would you start him in a deep league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @I am the Walrus: I picked him up to stream him, but dropped him for an Odor replacement, but would stream him if I had room

  48. fromacitynearyour says:
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    deal ozuna, cody allen, taillon, gausman, for cespedes and kenley jansen?

    keeper league

    • knucks says:
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      @fromacitynearyour: Cross out the closers, are you okay with Ozuna/Taillon/Gausman for Cespedes? If so, then I guess I could see it. Your obviously gunning for a pay day this year rather then next? I’d likely hold if it were me, as Ozuna looks like he could be putting it all together.

  49. Teddy Heater says:
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    Bloodline is finally here! Bug isn’t coming home for lunch today, so would it be wrong if I watched the whole season today without her?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: As long as you don’t spoil it for her too!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Coldblooded! But funny.

  50. Curtis says:
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    15 team NFBC league with 7 man bench. Drop Domingo Santana for Valbuena or Orlando? Have flexibility due to Dietrich (2b/3b/OF elig.). Worried about that shoulder – this could definitely linger.

    Thanks man.

  51. Random Dude says:
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    Pujols and Trayce for Votto?

  52. Random Dude says:
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    Belt and Pujols for Price?

  53. Dal says:
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    12 team dynasty, 10 (hitting) x 9 (pitching). I have been offered his JUpton for my Archer or Salazar. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dal: I’d take him for Archer, could end going either way

  54. Traded J.Ross & Saunders for Mookie.
    Did I win ?

  55. Dusty says:
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    Bro, you need to move Dannys Antana, K-hris Davis, and/or Pujols in your Yahoo F&F league. BA killers. Stream an Adam Lind vs RHP and go get yourself a Dellin Betances or somebody to help that staff of yours… Don’t let Behrens win.

    • knucks says:
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      @Dusty: Hahaha or trade Piano a closer or two, just to see how he reacts!!

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Offer*

    • knucks says:
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      @Dusty: I thought I saw Behrans on the tweeter, chirping about a trade last night? If that’s true, I’m curious to what the deal was… or will be if it hasn’t gone down yet.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @knucks: I traded McGee for Taillon

        • knucks says:
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          @Grey: Well done. Will be hilarious to read Andy’s shizz about Taillon a few weeks into June. Cause no matter what he says about him, we know whats prob on his mind. And it aint gonna be SAGNOF!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, we’ll see, it was risky by me, but need to take some risks, and no one trades fairly in these leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dusty: I need deGrom to be deGrom or I’m in trouble… Pujols and Davis will both raise their averages… Antana is platooner

  56. Holden says:
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    Weekly league, do I put Gallo in for Prince next week?

  57. Don Julio says:
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    Drop schoop or lemahieu to pick up trea or devon travis?

    P.s. how much longer before I can drop Adam jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don Julio: Can lose Schoop for Trea if he’s a bench stash… Can drop LeMahieu after Rox leave Coors home stand

  58. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Leonys or Valencia ROS? Advanced stats league. I kind of like the Leon

  59. Bernard Milkey says:
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    Holy hell. The whole barcolounger in hell sh*t had me coughing up my warm milk in bed. I literally woke up my coug cuz of lol’ing. Thx for the knowledge n humor on the reg. #onelove #woundedcougar #hungrycoug

  60. GonzoChicago says:
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    Great write up as always. We’ll all be deprived now over the long holiday weekend…

    I’ve been offered a couple deals involving acquiring Archer, would like your thoughts.
    Which deal do you prefer and who’s my drop between Dozier/Gallo/Bruce/Park/Reed
    My 1Bs are Freeman/Park/Reed, so wouldn’t drop a 1B if I deal away Freeman

    10 team QS 6×6 league with OBP instead of AVG

    1) Archer & Smyly for King Felix (& dropping 1 of above)
    2) Archer & Smyly (and Prince if I want him) for Freeman (& dropping 1-2 of above)
    3) Yu, Archer & Prince for Greinke & Freeman (& dropping 1 of above)
    4) Hold

    Thanks, and have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GonzoChicago: Thanks! All are okay, could see #3, Gallo can be dropped

  61. Tony C says:
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    12 team, H2H, 10×10 cats….includes 3B, BB, Ks, OPS for hitters.
    2B – ROS – Devon Travis, Steve Pearce, Kolten Wong , Jonathan Schoop, Logan Forsythe or Howie Kendrick?

    My starting pitching has been puking for a month. Would you pick up Sabathia, Guerra, Helickson, D.Duffy, Shoemaker, Cain, Blake Snell, Lucas Giolito and/or Alex Reyes for any of the following?:

    My staff (Ha):
    Harvey
    Cole
    C-Mart
    Tijuan
    Corbin
    J.Ross
    J.Nelson
    Conley
    Maeda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Shoemaker over Corbin, Guerra over Conley

  62. Mr glass says:
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    I moved story for Salazar… Really wish I didn’t right now lol

  63. Dae-Ho Lee's Panda says:
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    Your posts have become a staple of my mornings Grey, keep up the great work. In a h2h points league with some unique scoring. QS 7, W 5, L -5, IP 1, Bb -1, ER -2, K 2. Basically QS are King and so are high K pitchers.

    Typically I rely on the SON but sometimes I’m not sure how reliable the $ start values are for my custom scoring situation.
    I need to start 4 out of these 5

    Stroman vs BOS. SON $/start value : -.5
    Volquez vs CWS, $-1.9
    Ray vs SD,$12.6
    Conley @ATL, $10
    Pineda @TB, $19.7

    Thanks in advance!

  64. Rusty Arms says:
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    Hey Grey. Gotta ask this. Having answered or punted a many a forum question. You must have a top 10 absolute wackiest, unmakesenseable (new word) comments. Why not share some with us in a post?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rusty Arms: This is number one! Kidding… I honestly don’t remember questions, if I did I’d be like a character in a Charlie Kauffman movie

      • Rusty Arms says:
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        @Grey: or One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest.

  65. Rusty Arms says:
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    Tanner Roak is a top ten pitcher? Top 20 without a dought. Not sure if you’ve touched on this but when you throw out his 3 starts against the fish he has an ERA around 1.10 ! Yet only owned in 59% ESPN. He was just dropped to waivers. Gotta grab that!

    • Pu$$y Control says:
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      @Rusty Arms: Throw out my extra 25 pounds and I would be a size 32 waste and my penis would look larger than it does.

      • Rusty Arms says:
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        @Pu$$y Control: guess then at least you would be able to see it and that goes a long way. But which way is that dong swinging? Grab it or not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rusty Arms: I’ve been enjoying owning him, I wonder how much gas he’ll have for the whole season though…

  66. Murph says:
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    Morning Grey – Happy Memorial Day weekend. Drop Prince Fielder for Parra or Rasmus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Thanks! Parra

  67. jdub01984 says:
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    Drafted Piscotty, and can’t take him out of lineup the way he has been playing. Is he the real deal, or should I be looking to sell high on him?

  68. ichirosan says:
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    16 man H2H dynasty with large rosters. I’m at the top or near the top in HR, RBI, SB, K, QS and ERA, and average in everything else but SV (where I’m 12th).

    YET I’M ONLY 3-4. It’s really infuriating.

    Anyway, would you trade Jimmy Nelson for a closer like McGee or Jeffress? I also have Strasburg, Salazar, Matz, Hammel and Kennedy, and because of the large rosters, every closer in waiting is already owned.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ichirosan: Yeah, you need to get a closer… Jeffress

  69. Jeremy says:
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    Man, someone offered me Odor for J.Upton (it is a walks league, which taints Odor’s value a little, but still!). it’s hard to let Upton go given his track record, but odor doesn’t seem so far off.

    Does anyone have any objections?

    • Pu$$y Control says:
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      @Jeremy: do it

    • ichirosan says:
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      @Jeremy: As an owner of both, DO IT NOW

    • Jeremy says:
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      Thanks guys @ichirosan: and @Pu$$y Control:

      I will! It seemed too good to be true, so I began to second guess my judgments.

  70. Alexadner seber says:
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    ROS – Villar or Castro?

    10 team h2h standard points league. -.5k’s

    Deep rosters – 2nd, SS, and MI

    • Jeremy says:
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      Villar! I know Villar strikes out more, but he will probably finish with a better average, and that kind of speed is hard to come by! Power is very inflated this year so Castro’s home runs count for less, IMO.

      Castro will probably finish 265/18/70, but he’s not scoring much for runs, and he will be lucky to steal 10.

      Villar has an inflated BABIP that will go down a bit, but I suspect he always will have a high BABIP with that speed (360 last year which translated into a 280 avg). So he might hit about Castro’s average the rest of the way, but I bet his runs/rbi will be equivalent to Castro’s rbi/runs, and then you’re just comparing 18 homers and single digit steals, for single digit home runs/40 steals.

  71. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey

    Is time to cut the cord on Gausman? I was thinking about dropping Gausman, picking up Ryu, stashing Ryu put him on the DL, and picking up one of these pitchers:

    Tomlin
    Bauer
    Duffy
    Fullmer

    Shoukd I pick one of stick with Gausman

    • Pu$$y Control says:
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      @Scott Kimmel: I would just stream that spot.

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        I was thinking that but I am personally against streaming pu$$y. So still not sure

        • Pu$$y Control says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: I would hold Gausman then. Hehas the most upside of the group you listed.

        • knucks says:
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          @Scott Kimmel: Stream some pu$$y whenever possible. I’d imagine life is a lot easier that way.

  72. Quick advice: Ignoring specific team needs, who’s the best DL stash (15-team, redraft, roto league) between Perkins, Ross, Forsythe, Severino, or Cobb?

    I have Perkins there but after the latest setback I’m thinking I should make a change.

    • @Enrique: Duda’s available as well … so … Perkins, Ross, Forsythe, Severino , Cobb, or Duda.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: No faith in any of them…Just hold Perkins for now

  73. Will says:
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    I tried trading Encarnacion and Segura for Betts and Gausman and heard nothing.

    What do you think about this try to a different owner?

    Encarnacion and Segura for Rizzo and Neris

    Neris is more of a throw in, I have Pearce, Rendon and Schoop who can all play 2B and Correa and Villar at SS so I really don’t need Segura for either position. Thoughts? Am I giving too much for Rizzo? I thought Gausman made the first a better option, but he didn’t bite.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: Rizzo side

  74. Jedimasters says:
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    Polanco needs to stay in the third spot every game regardless of pitcher. He should only be out of the lineup for a day of rest. His presence in the middle changes the entire offense due to his plate discipline this year and ability to steal. Plus sandwitched between Cutch and Marte. Hurdle needs to stop with the match ups. Polanco is match up proof. He has been mashing. End of story.

  75. That's a clown question bro says:
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    Spinning Chris Archer tonight? Or time to sit him down until we see a glimmer of life?

  76. Pu$$y Control says:
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    Drop Franco to stream hot hitting 3B eligible players like Valbuena? I moved on from Prince Fielder and didn’t feel any pain. I kind of feel like moving on from Franco isn’t such a big deal either…thoughts?

    • Jeremy says:
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      I dunno, I like Franco. I tend to play in deep leagues so dropping him seems unthinkable to me.

      If you think you will have hot bats available to stream all year long, maybe, but I personally would be patient. Franco will bounce back. Prince Fielder’s batted ball distance looks like a light hitting shortstop, but Franco is still very young and very talented. His average will go up 10-20 pts, and he will finish with 25+ homers.

  77. Steve says:
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    Best player for fourth RP, elite ratios and occasional saves:

    Nate Jones
    Harris
    Oh
    Giles

    Thanks

  78. Richard Tracy says:
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    12 team mixed h2h league. 4 bench spot league where Odor is Suspended and Yu Darvish and Huston Street are returning. I can keep 3 players at the end of the year. (Last Year kept Arenado, Rizzo and Correa)

    OF: J Upton, Polanco, Piscotty, N Mazara
    SP: Y Darvish, S Matz, J DeGrom, D Salazar, T Walker, K Hendricks, T Roark, C Rodon, J Taillon

    Ive been offered

    Carlos Gonzalez and Wil Myers for my Mazara

    Since the Opposing owner clearly likes Mazara and considering I will have to drop a player for nothing I should probably counter even if the current deal is more than fair. The Cargo Owner has Kluber and Arrieta who I would prefer over Myers (obviously)

    1. Do I accept the deal? I know Cargo was drafted top 80 and heats up in June/July but I dont know how high Mazaras stock has climbed.

    2. Fill in the blank! (from the SP list above) to help me send a counter trade

    A) Cargo/Arrieta for my Mazara/_______
    B) Cargo/Kluber for my Mazara/_______

    Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  79. CMUTimmah says:
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    Reading about J Hon E Peralta playing 3B in his rehab… possible Carp moves over to the Jed Wong spot and plays 2B semi-regularly? At this point, Peralta’s range is shallow even if his sure handed. Diaz isn’t large step down defensively, and Carp has proved a MLB 2B..

    Now, this thought of mine could be driven by:
    1. previous seasons pegging (not in the urban dictionary sense) Wong and Gyorko as sleeper second basemen, only to have them semi-peg me (in the urban dictionary sense)
    2. Diaz ownership

    To keep with the theme here, I guess we’ll have to strap on in and just wait and see.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: That would be sweet to keep Diaz in the lineup… Hope so…

  80. Blaster says:
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    Doolittle, Giles, or Benoit for possible saves?

  81. Pu$$y Control says:
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    Since Yu will be pitching this weekend, can you you make an ESPN get him in your line up joke for us? That would really brighten my day.

  82. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey! Kemp or Grichuk? Thanks!

  83. Jedimasters says:
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    Grey is there an in season rankings list? The Rankings section only contain your pre season data. Thank you.

  84. Peter says:
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    ROS (not stat-specific, just overall value): Chris Carter or Charlie Blackmon?

    Thanks!

    • Don Majikowski says:
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      @Peter: Chahlie, not close

  85. jdub01984 says:
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    Would you do this trade in a 10 team Yahoo H2H – Hitter categories are H R HR RBI TB SB AVG – Pitcher categories are IP W L HR S K ERA. 45 inning minimum each week. Definitely leaning towards accepting it, but wanted to make sure I wasn’t overlooking anything.

    I give: David Ortiz, Stephen Piscotty, and Adrian Beltre
    I get: Starling Marte, Cole Hamels, and Nolan Arenado

    My current Roster
    C – Wilson Ramos
    1B – Joey Votto
    2B – Matt Carpenter
    SS – Manny Machado
    3B – Adrian Beltre
    OF – Stephen Piscotty
    OF – JD Martinez
    OF – Justin Upton
    UT – David Ortiz
    UT – Chris Carter
    BN – Jay Bruce
    BN – Trea Turner
    DL – Travis d’Arnaud

    SP – Clayton Kershaw
    SP – Jeff Samardzija
    SP – Francisco Liriano
    SP – Kenta Maeda
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    RP – Wade Davis
    P – Jeremy Jeffries
    P – Jimmy Nelson
    BN – Tyler Glasnow
    BN – Jameson Taillon
    BN – Alex Reyes
    DL – Will Smith

  86. Andre says:
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    10 team, H2H categories, long-term keeper league…..offensive stats are Hits, HRs, RBIs, Steals, Walks, Average, and Runs.

    Correa is killing me right now….that hot start to the season is getting further in my rear view. Have offers for him that include replacement SS. Wait it out with him or try and trade him for one of Lindor, Story, Bogaerts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  87. Scott says:
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    Bour or Gattis for Utility?

  88. DonnieB says:
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    Wainwright,Corbin and Hendricks. Which two for ROS? Will Turner be less useful than Lawrie this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Corbin

  89. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 H2H OBP league with hitter K and L as the extra cats. Need to make a drop to activate Darvish. With Yu I’m carrying too many (8) SP, so the drop should probably be either Rodon, Odorizzi, Roark or McCullers. Probably Rodon if I’m being honest.

    That said, I also have Schoop at 2B with Dietrich as a bench bat and Trea Turner stashed, so I could drop Schoop too.

    Who would you let go?

  90. Don Majikowski says:
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    Altuve & Harvey or Braun & Cole?

  91. RIP Moulistasskiss.
    :(

    My CI spot will now be manned by Lamb, Drury or the recently added Justin Turner. While it makes me a little ill to have a dodger on my roster, he hits 2nd for a decent lineup, and I have a hard time believing he forgot how to hit in just one off-season. Do you think it’s possibly he’s solar powered and needs the sunshine on his ginger beard to charge him up? Or was the owner right to drop him?

    • @Lucky Dog: *moistasskiss that is.

      Man, he’s gone one day and my spellcheck forgot is name. Too soon, spellcheck. Too soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grabbed Turner last week and he’s been fine… Don’t love his weekend matchups over next few days, but I’m holding him

      • @Grey: yeah – I get the feeling there have been a lot of Turner panic drops.

        Or a widespread aversion to gingers.

        One of the two.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gingers are always bad news

          • @Grey: there should be a term for when you’re about to try to buy low on a player and the owner drops him.

            I was literally putting a deal together when he hit the wire – I clicked “submit trade offer” and got an error that Turner wasn’t on my trade partner’s team.

            Burned my 6th priority for him. He went 3/5 the next day. Hoping the warm days of summer are kind to a lot of hitters.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I’ve had that happen before too

  92. Hi me Gar C Yuh says:
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    SV + Holds keeper league, keep 3:

    Boxberger, Dyson, Jeffress, Neris, Ramos, Street

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson, Jeffress, Neris

  93. B.o.B says:
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    Tulo droppable in 10 team leagues? You like Kang or him ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prefer Kang

  94. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h
    Pomeranz for Freeman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

    • Bobbo says:
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      @Bobbo: @Bobbo: for context, I traded Pujols for Lester so Freeman will be replacing pujols. so… I guess it’s pujols and pomeranz for freeman and lester. not too bad I hope. thoughts?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sounds fine

  95. Any thoughts on Michael Fulmer for the tigers. I thought he might of been of interest in deeper leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve gone over him at least 4 times in posts

      • @Grey:
        Grey I would like to take the this time to apologize. I know your busy over checked your schedule. Good day

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, you don’t need to apologize

  96. brett says:
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    Would you rather Hector Rodon and a rookie pitcher like Tailon or Smyly and Huston Street

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smyly/Street

  97. Richard Tracy says:
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    Which side?

    Keep One, Sell One

    S Matz, T Walker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep Matz

  98. RagingSon says:
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    Got a catcher question. Wieters or Cervelli ROS?
    It’s redraft H2H R HR RBI SB AVG OBP

    Thanks always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wieters

  99. Steve says:
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    Probably best answered by Ralph but anyone have an idea when Contreras will be called up? When to stash?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ask Ralph, he has a post coming in the next hour

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Steve: I’d say sometime next month, unless an injury forces their hand.

      • Steve says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: time to stash him now or wait for a couple of weeks?

  100. Fromacitynearyou says:
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    Asked the following above and you were leaning on holding due to a keeper league, here was the initial trade offer:

    Cespedes/ Jansen for ozuna, taillon, Cody Allen, Gausmen

    If Gausmen or taillon were removed from the trade would you be more inclined to take the cespedes side? I kinda wonder if ozuna keeps this up how much different he’d be seasons end from cespedes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Yoenis

      • Fromacitynearyou says:
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        @Grey: would you accept their initial offer including taillon and Gausmen? Or try to remove one of them? I felt like it was a pretty good offer already but might as well try to hold onto a young pitcher in a keeper if I can.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Try to remove one if you can, why not?

  101. brett says:
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    Better stash Reyes or Buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Buxton

  102. Gus Pike says:
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    5 x 5 keeper league (simple keep 5 guys each year)

    Trade offer to me is Syndergaard and 1st round pick for Arenado and a 2nd round pick

    My team is below. I know Arenado is a stud and trading hitting for pitching is a bad idea.

    However:

    1) Thor is great and I could use some pitching help.
    2) My 5 keepers before the trade are: Goldschmidt, Rizzo, Stanton, Correa, Arenado; However, I have Polanco I wouldn’t mind keeping for next year, which means I could trade one of those five for pitching. From a keeper standpoint I’d be trading Arenado for Polanco and a solid chance at winning this year (am currently in 3rd).

    Thoughts? Should I offer up Rizzo instead? Thanks in advance

    C – Molina
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Travis
    SS – Correa
    3B – Arenado
    MI – Villar
    OF – Stanton
    OF – K Davis
    OF – Polanco
    OF – R Davis
    OF – Belt
    Util – Rizzo
    BN – Duvall
    DL – Holt

    SP – Walker
    SP – Smyly
    SP – Taillon
    SP – Salazar
    SP – Matz
    RP – Doolittle
    RP – Joe Smith
    RP – Ramos
    RP – Jepsen
    RP – Rodney
    RP – Dyson
    DL – Street

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How many teams?

      • Gus Pike says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, 12 teams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Get cheaper pitching

      • Gus Pike says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks.

        Hard to make deals, as I have essentially only six guys of interest to others (Goldy, Arenado, Rizzo, Correa, Stanton and Polanco) and I’d like to hang on to them, meaning my best pitching prospects are likely off the wire…

        I assume Polanco would be the one guy I do not keep next year out of those six…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Polanco

  103. knucks says:
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    So no Rizzo today

    If I swap in Khris, that means Dyson gets two steals on my bench and Rizzo PH homers. If I swap in Dyson instead, Khris will likely be taking that rattail around the bases a handful of times. So it goes…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

    • knucks says:
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      @Doughboy: HT says Polanco. I’d go with that, if only because I hate Hurdle with a passion right now and want Polanco to hit a lefty so we can all come here on Monday to say F you Hurdle!!!

  104. Rusty Arms says:
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    I’m using Tulo now my utl slot. I’m good at ss with Villar and ss/2nd with Travis now. Trying to flip Tulo for Valencia at utl slot. I not sure if Tulo will ever return to form or hit the DL first. I know your high on him plus he’s playable at 2 positions which is a plus. Thinking yes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  105. Smashbaseball says:
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    Ozuna or Upton?

    That said, ozuna/ Liriano for Upton/ carrasco?
    Or substitute Gausmen or Roark for Liriano in trade above?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  106. Ty says:
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    Drop Dozier for Profar in a 12 team H2H or too risky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  107. brett says:
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    Smyly or Nola?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  108. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Clinging to a 2 run lead during yesterday’s Pirates-Dbacks game in the bottom of the 8th, the Pirates load the bases with one out. Their number 3 hitter (David Freese) du jour steps to the plate to face Andrew Chafin who is sporting an era in the high 7s with about a 5 bb/9 and is generally garbage. He is also a lefty, a supposed distinct platoon advantage for Freese. Freese strikes out, and Big Greg, presumably, grits his teeth along with Pirates fans and fantasy owners alike as he sits on the bench hitting 4 spots behind the aforementioned Freese.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup!

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: 1. That outcome could also be due to that fact that I batty called Freese, and my team is allergic to driving runners in from third with less than 2 outs.

        2. I can now join you in lamenting Mazara’s rise. Got “stuck” with Ozuna because of my dithering. Though honestly, they project similarly, but Mazara has an appreciably higher ceiling.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. I blame you Fred Garvin MP! 2. Yeah

  109. Bats says:
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    Do you think N. Walker or Schoop RoS? Close? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop, close

      • Bats says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the quick reply

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  110. Oneeyedwillie says:
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    Did you by chance watch the McCullers/Gausmen start last night?

    McCullers Is still on waivers in my league, worth dropping Gausman or Liriano for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give McCullers a try over Gausman

  111. True and Correct says:
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    12 Buys left with 2 calls ups on sept. 1. I know Buys are precious but thinking of buying JoFer for Stroman, and McCullers for Rodon. A little concerned with Lance’s control and therefore innings pitched (and also whip), but he’s such a stud (and only 22). Don’t have much faith in Rodon and think McCullers gets better and no more worries of an innings limit.
    Thanks
    Can’t drop Smyly right before a 2 step (points lg.).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you can get Jo-Fer for them, sure

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Grey: What about McCullers for Rodon ? Yeah, I can drop Stroman for JFer. Thanks. Hate sitting Kershaw for his single home Atl.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold there

          • True and Correct says:
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            @Grey: Thanks

  112. Will says:
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    thoughts on Giolito vs Taillon?

    who will most likely get the call first and who should I have on my keeper league team for this year and into next season. I got Matz last year and that is paying off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon

  113. True and Correct says:
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    Grey, after the NBA game last night, TBS had a preview of Animal Kingdom (w/ Ellen Barkin in the lead role). Based on Australian film. Awesome. Starts in June, but had a preview last night. Definitely check it out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I liked the movie, be interested in seeing what they do on TBS

      • True and Correct says:
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        @Grey: I loved it, and usually not a fan of adaptations.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a TV show?

          • True and Correct says:
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            @Grey: Yep. Ellen Barkin plays the matriarch. She’s perfect. All the sons/grandson are wonderful. Suspenseful and reminds me a little of the real life Kray Bros.
            TBS had a preview last night and couldn’t turn away. Should be able to watch it on Neflix or On Demand.

  114. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Which side?

    a. Sale and Devon Travis

    or

    b. Altuve

    I have Altuve and Travis but want to move Altuve to improve pitching. But then maybe Travis doesn’t pan out, right?

    Current pitching

    SP Salazar, McCullers, Rodon, JoFer, Pomeranz, Walker, Carrasco (DL)
    RP Britton, Osuna, WDavis

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve, it’s fair

  115. G says:
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    Hey Grey. I know it seems like a swap of underachievers but which side do you like of Upton for Carlos Gomez and Wei Chen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  116. Shelby Miller to the “We just made the worst trade of the decade” List.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA, yeah

    • knucks says:
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      @Elijah: I would think he is DL’ed in short order, whether he’s actually hurt or not. You are so right though, that was dumb as hell. And the funniest part is that everyone new this from the moment it happened. Heads should roll over that one.

  117. JoeG414 says:
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    Looks like Archie Bradley is starting Sunday vs SD. Worth the stream ? What about long term ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold off for now, bad control

  118. Pu$$y Control says:
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    I think Pineda might be righting the ship. SON likes his start in TB this weekend vs. Matt Moore. I think Pineda will get the win, but the score may be more like a Giants vs. Buccaneers score. Do you trust in SON on this one?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Pineda

  119. Better stash Alex Reyes or Aj Reed. Reed a stinking up AAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reed

  120. Nation says:
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    While park is slumping (8/41 last 2 weeks, 17/79 last month) is he just a hold? Hes on of those guys that will do this, and then explode with 6 homers in two weeks, but is he worth a bench spot or do you just stream a batty call while hes cold.

    For reference, 13tm roto with one UTIL spot and not starting him anyway.

  121. Grey

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

  122. crushbombs says:
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    is franco enough to get carlos gonz?

  123. Grey

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

  124. Primetime says:
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    Grey, ROS Roark, gausman, odorrizzi, gray? Also what reliever could get dealt at deadline Miller or betances? And lastly, ROS wieters or grandal?

  125. dem ribbies says:
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    who do you think has more upside long term?

    Dansby Swanson or Orlando Arcia?

  126. GMoney says:
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    Which SP do you like better ros?
    Joe Kelly
    Jon Gray

    I just dropped Gray to pickup Kelly
    Now I am wondering…
    thoughts?
    thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray, likely tossup on matchups

  127. mikestatic says:
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    I just traded urias for carrasco, 12 team head to head 5×5 redraft with 6 keepers. did i screw up? i have kluber, cueto, keuchel, hendricks, aaron sanchez and andriese currently for starters and keuchel has been killing me. thanks for any insight

    • moobs says:
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      @mikestatic:

      No. Carrasco is in the bottom of the elite SP tier and has no innings limit. Steal for you.

      • mikestatic says:
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        thats what I thought as well, thanks. I do urias being a beast in a few years but i need help now lol.

  128. Ralphy says:
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    Should I trade Marte for Strasburg?

    Note my team is desperate for pitching. Roto league. I’m winning almost all offensive categories and losing most pitching categories. Normally I would want Marte but give my circumstances should I do the trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, come to my newest post for followups

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