Yesterday, Rafael Devers was called up by the Red Sox.  Meh, if he’s anything like Danvers, Mass., I’m good.  Somewhere, Prospector Ralph just Hulk-smashed his computer.  Say something bad about Rafael Devers and Prospector Ralph goes full Clubber Lang at the Rocky statue.  “You want a real man to play third base with your wife?”  Devers’ minor league numbers (20 HRs, near-.310 across two levels this year in 85 games) look like yet another Benintendi, but with more power.  The Sons of Sam Horn will go legit Sophie’s Choice if you try to get them to choose between Benintendi and Devers.  “I’d prefer to eat at a Wahlburgers every day for the rest of my life than choose between those two.  Oh, and Yankees suck!”  After owning Benintendi for the past four months, I think I might prefer Devers next year, if he’s all that he’s cracked up to be.  Not to get too crazy, but can anyone say a lefty Miggy?  If you can’t say it, you might need to see a speech therapist.  Devers is absolutely a grab in all leagues to see how looks.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer, and 3rd homer of the 2nd half.  I mentioned in my 1st Buy column of the 2nd half, that Hanley was huge last year post-All-Star break.  Not Sandoval huge, though Hanley is starting to look squishy.

Rick Porcello – 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.52.  His peripherals actually look better this year, which shows you how fluky Cy Young is.  The award, not the guy.  Though, Cy Young didn’t shower for weeks, so fluky or even salmony could be used to describe him.

Parker Bridwell – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.09.  Prospector Ralph gave you a whole Parker Bridwell breakdown in his top 100 starters.  I’m yawnstipated by Bridwell’s numbers.  A sub-6 K/9?  Josh Tomlin just called his lawyers about trademark infringement.

Andrelton Simmons – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer, and 2nd home run in as many games.  I told you to grab him about six weeks to two months ago, so I’m slightly puzzled why people are still asking about him.  Don’t be scared just because he looks like there’s something a little extra to his terrestrial.

Keon Broxton – Optioned to Triple-A.  This bums me out in more ways than one like a homeless man with no pants.  I know Broxton has been kinda gross in the last month (3-for-50 slump), and, overall, he’s striking out like a blind Rob Deer, but he had 14 HRs and 17 SBs, and in the deep leagues where I had him that actually wasn’t that bad.  Not to mention, taking his place is Brett Phillips who has a 43% strikeout rate!  Now I know why he was in that all-girl group, Whiffs Some Phillips with their smash hit, Hold On For One More Strike.

Junior Guerra – 4 IP, 5 ER, EAR at 5.22.  Remember when we thought this guy was the Spanish-language Dennis Quaid, not getting his start in the majors until he was in his 30’s?   Turns out Guerra is a Randy Quaid GIF dancing to Despacito.

Nick Williams – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer in only 19 games, hitting .309.  I have no idea if he’ll continue to do this, but it does not matter.  He should be grabbed until further notice.

Jerad Eickhoff – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.71.  I told you to grab Eickhoff on Friday, due to the Stream-o-Nator.  You can now go back to not hassling with The ‘Hoff.

Gregory Polanco – Hit the DL with a strained hamstring.  The way his season is going, I’m guessing he strained his hamstring while attempting to not steal a base.

Mark Reynolds – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 21st and 22nd homer, hitting .286.  I wanna say something about how Mini Donkey’s average will continue to fall in the 2nd half until it’s around .255, but I don’t want to incite “drop Reynolds” comments.  You should not drop him, because:  Coors.

Trevor Story – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .237.  He’s not going to hit 40-plus homers, but if he finishes the year hitting 25 homers and .250, it’s that awful?  Rhetorical!

Starlin Castro – Hit the DL with a strained hamstring.  The Yanks will turn to Tyler Wade and Torreyes, or Paul Sorvino from the bridge of the nose to the forehead brow.

Didi Gregorius – 2-for-5 and his 13th and 14th homers.  Didi, Didi, Didi, can’t you see, sometimes your home runs mesmerize me!

Brett Gardner – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .256.  There’s so many homers this year…Audience refrain, “How many homers are there?!”  There’s so many that Brett Gardner has 17 homers in July and no one even cares.

Jon Lester – 8 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.95, vs. Adam Wainwright – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.89.  That’s an old school matchup right there.  For one Saturday in July, Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester reminded Buzz Bizzinger what it was like to be alive, and cranky.  Always cranky.   Other side effects of getting old are gas, irritability and thoughts about how those kids on Jeopardy are dressed too outlandish.  Talk to your doctor before taking Linzess.

Willson Contreras – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Serious question, Posey or Contreras?  It’s damn close on the Player Rater.

Paul DeJong – 2-for-4 and his 12th homer.  And another DeJong LeDong!  This guy’s got no business being this good, but he has two homers in two days, and almost a home run every other game thru 46 games.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 3rd homer in three games.  Of course, schmotato.  But, seriously, how is Manfred denying the balls are Ecto Cooler’d as a MF’er?  I said the last line like Dr. Dre, because I’ve been watching The Defiant Ones all weekend.

Sean Doolittle – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save on Saturday.  You know how they say, “All that’s left is to dot the I’s and cross the T’s?”  Between Madson and Doolittle, it was obvious who should be the closer, and all there was left was Dusty to dot the I’s in illogical and cross everyone’s eyes.  Now, not only is Madson the righty, Doolittle saves two games, then Dusty sends Doolittle out there in a non-save game yesterday.

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.83.  This game was in Chase Field, and the Diamondbacks have a lot of weapons, so in weekly leagues, I benched Roark.  Of course, Just Dong and Goldy were sitting, everyone else went oh-for-whatever and sonavabench!

Stephen Strasburg – Left yesterday’s game with A pitcher getting hurt?  There’s more incongruous things.  Like Ed Sheeran in Game of Thrones, for unstints.  “Loving can heal, loving can mend your soul,” Ed Sheeran singing to The Hound.  Did those dragons just fly over sharks?  Hmm.  When Stephen Strasburg and….

Clayton Kershaw – …Both left the 2nd innings of their respective games within minutes of each other, the Fantasy Baseball Overlord laughed, a deep menacing laugh.  “I am holding lightning in my left hand, a giant Cheeto in my right hand and am farting thunder.  I am the Fantasy Baseball Overlord.”  Um, FBO, could you close your robe, your, uh, junk, is hanging out?  “I am not embarrassed, I am the Fantasy Baseball Overlord!”  So, this sucks for anyone that owns either Strasburg or Kershaw.  Kershaw is headed to the DL with back pain, but you can form a prayer hexagon he’s not out for two months like last year.

Matt Adams – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, as he handed Kenley Jansen (1 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 1.49) his first blown save of the year, and maybe ever.  Elias Sports Bureau says the last Dodgers’ closer to blow a save was Eric Gagne, which set him off like a Rube Goldberg-esque machine through Canada, the Atlantic League and the baggy pants section of Marshall’s.

Jim Johnson – 1/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.10.  It wasn’t a blown save, but Arodys Vizcaino is still a must-own, since Johnson feels like he’s holding it together with string cheese and duct tape.

Scooter Gennett – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .314.  Remembering I got Scooter in a 12-team NL-Only league in the free rounds makes me want to slide my left foot to my right foot like I’m in a Bruno Mars video.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Eugenio reminds me of Freddy Galvis.  Wildly underrated in deeper leagues.  No one wants them in the preseason.  Instead, they want guys like J.P. Crawford and Willie Calhoun.  You know what place the guy in my NL-Only league is with Willie Calhoun and J.P. Crawford?  I’ll let you guess.

Sal Romano – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.50.  If you have a last name Romano, and don’t name your kid, Pecorino, you’ve sorta failed at life.  It’s irritating, even grating.

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-4, 1 run and his 42nd and 43rd steals.  You know what Hamilton’s like right now?  Babe Ruth in the dead ball era.  Hamilton’s headed for 70 steals and the guy leading the AL might not have half of that.  Hey, someone’s gotta be “Home Run” Baker to Hamilton’s Ruth.

Brad Hand – 1 IP, 0 ER and his third save, ERA at 2.12, as Brandon Maurer saved a game of checkers to be played later on when Hand was done saving the baseball game.  That the Padres almost got to August with a closer who has a 5.72 ERA, instead of the obviously better one, says a lot about the Padres.  I’d own the Hand of the K’ing, and permanently forget Maurer.

Mark Melancon – Threw a bullpen session and Bochy said he was encouraged that Melancon can return in a couple of weeks.  Couple of weeks?!  Casey Kotchman give him mono or something?  This is not a great sign, as the Giants may be sitting on Melancon because they are so far out of it.

Johnny Cueto – Resumed playing light catch.  I’m sure he’ll be over his season-long pandemic of blisters in only a week to ten days.  Is the sarcastic font coming through?

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-3, and his 9th and 10th homers, hitting .293.  While we wait for Merrifield to stop producing?  He’s continuing to produce.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Having himself a nice little 2nd half so far — three homers, one steal, hitting over .300.  A good August and everyone in Kansas City, Missouri, including grandmothers, will get the signature Hosmer fauxhawk.

Sergio Romo – Acquired by the Rays.  Damn, that fixed their team with the quickness.  Such great parity in baseball.  Yanks got who?  Red Sox got what?  Who cares, the Rays got Sergio Romo!

Jake Odorizzi – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.47.  If you avoided anything with Odor in its name this year, you’re likely not complaining.  Seems so obvious, in retrospect.

Mallex Smith – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 15th steal, and homered on Friday.  Could be a rising schmotato.  Plus, I like the idea of anyone that can steal.

Alex Claudio – Clean save on Saturday as Kela pitched the 8th, then Jose Leclerc got the save on Sunday because Claudio had gone two straight.  Claudio keeps murdering ghosts of past Rangers’ relievers and getting the job done.  Unless the Rangers run headlong into stupid, I doubt they switch to Kela or Leclerc without Claudio faltering.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homers, hitting .214.  I could be remembering this wrong, but I don’t think Odor has a multi-hit game this year that didn’t involve homers.

Joey Gallo – 2-for-4 and a slam (23) and legs (6), hitting .194.  Too bad he’s a hacking machine like Hacksaw Jim Duggan trying to play golf with a 2×4 because Gallo would have great value with slightly better contact.

Carlos Gomez – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer.  This season’s been so boring for both CarGo’s, you’d think they abandoned Stringer Bell, Avon Barksdale and McNulty only to focus on the Sobotka’s.

Zack Wheeler – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.21.  It’s always three years after Tommy John surgery.  Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Michael Conforto – 2-for-4 and his 19th homer, hitting .294, and his third homer in the past three games, and he’s hot as a fire emoji again.  No matter what Conforto does the rest of the season, we had a great run and he’s primed to be a number one outfielder next year.  He just needs to shake some of this inconsistency, like June with one homer and a .206 average.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer, also had two steals this weekend with a four-hit game.  I was about to say if Semien’s available in your league, I could see grabbing him, but I just looked at his ownership numbers (8%), and now I’m perplexed why he’s that available.  He had 27 HRs and 10 steals last year.  Sure, “Marcus Semien” sounds like a descriptor for your bedsheets, but don’t hold that against him.  Literally.

Matt Chapman – 2-for-3 and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Chapman’s got power for days, but minute to minute he could strikeout at one of the worst rates in the majors.

Khris Davis – 2-for-4 and his 28th homer, hitting .246.  Doing Chris Davis better than Chris Davis.  Like the reverse scenario of when Tori Spelling thought she married the guy from The Practice, only to find out it wasn’t Dylan McDermott but Dean McDermott.

Danny Salazar – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 8 Ks in his first start back from the DL.  Yeehaw!  No, I’m not mispronouncing Indians’ mascot, Chief Wahoo, I’m pumped because I accidentally started Salazar.  Here’s to small miracles, which was not the robot girl TV show in the 80’s.  Only thing consistent about Salazar is how inconsistent he is, so I’d go in using the side pool ladder vs. jumping right in, but this start was a great sign.

Corey Kluber – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 2.74.  You can find me with da Klub, tailpipe like Bubb Rubb.  Look, mami, he got X number of Ks if you’re into getting high without drugs.  If you got him on your team, then show him some love!  You can find me with da Klub!

Michael Brantley – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a home run, hitting .303.  Guess what number home run this was.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  Keep in mind Scooter Gennett had four homers in a game and Kevin Pillar hit his 11th homer, also in this game.  Give up?  Brantley’s got six homers.  That’s like when you go back to your childhood home and it’s so much smaller than you remember.  When Brantley was good, six homers was decent, but now it’s so small.

Troy Tulowitzki – Likely back Monday from his sore groin.  Seriously, Tulo’s strained his groin more in his career than a porn star.

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 17th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  Please, Fantasy Baseball Gods, let Trumbo have a ten-homer August.  It’s all I ask (along with every player I own staying healthy).

Lance McCullers – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 3.67, and three straight miserable starts.  Sigh.  I prolly should’ve benched him as I wait for the Astros to DL him.  We had such dreams and aspirations in the 1st half, now they’re nothing but good vibes and bad farts.

Jose Altuve – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and a slam (15) and legs (21), hitting .358.  With Correa out and Springer resting, the Astros asked Altuve to step up and he said, “Are you mocking me?”

Colin MoranAstros called him up to possibly replace Correa….And that womb is polluted, because Moran almost immediately hit the DL with possible orbital fractures.  Chew Orbital gum, don’t get orbital fractures.  That’s clear now to all involved.

Collin McHugh – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER in his first start of the year.  Sticking with the Collin (sp?) theme, McHugh was activated and looked like his old self, i.e., a player I’d avoid.  In AL-Only, you do what you have to do, but in mixed leagues, I’d want to see something first.  That something, specifically, a decent start.

Dallas Keuchel – Could return next weekend after throwing a solid rehab start in the Quad Cities.  Fun fact!  Quad Cities has an international airport.  It only handles domestic flights but has departures to New York, which is considered international, because it’s filled with foreigners, “like Italians.”

  1. Scott says:
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    So which reliever is the better option going forward for saves: neris, Claudio or kela? Claudio seems like a lefty specialist to me.

    I also have been using matt adams in OF. He has been sitting against lefities except yesterday because Sean rodriguez is back. Braves faced like 5 lefties over last week, amazing. Schebler or Adams ros? Schebler has been in a serious funk. 6×6 obp and total bases. Thx

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Scott: Claudio…Schebler i guess

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Rangers haven’t used Claudio as a LOOGY — Claudio, Adams

  2. Greg says:
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    All right, I grabbed Devers, thank you, as I could have had Bellinger but hesitated..worth a flyer..good article, btw.

    1) Closers or could be closers available. …Swarzak (Clippard a joke), Neris, Rosenthal, Cecil, Bradley, LeClerc, Kela. I have Dyson, Norris and Knebel, starters DeGrom, Paxton, Wood, Peacock, Taillon, Faria, Salazar…I’m leaning hold, as I’m not convinced Melancon will come back, nor should he. ..pronator strain leads to TJ, right? Anyway, your thoughts on hold or add one? If add, who to drop?

    2) Rank ros, Pham, DSantana, Parra, please. ..

    3) It’s a 14 team h2h yahoo league, I like my rotation. How do you rate it?

    4) Lastly, Grey, I have an idea for an addition to the fantasy blogs here, completely new direction, where can I pitch it to you? Where would I send it? If you don’t want to post here, could you email me? Thank you.

    Thanks, good work as always!
    Greg

  3. Baseball Brad says:
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    I only have enough room to hold onto one of them, so should I drop Moncada for Devers??

    Rizzo should gain 2B elibility soon for me so that isn’t a big factor with Moncada

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Baseball Brad: I own Devers, but I think Moncada is a better bet for the rest of this season. Even if Moncada struggles a bit with the adjustment to major league pitching, he should provide steals and some batting average value from his speed …. Devers will probably not provide even one steal. Moncada is also more likely to inhabit a higher spot in the batting order (he batted 6th today and could move up), while Devers will probably be mired down in the 8 or 9 hole with Boston. (Of course, with their offense, the 8 or 9 spot could get just as many ABs as the 2 o 3 hitter in the White Sox lineup).

    • Lt says:
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      @Baseball Brad: he has been stuck on 9 appearances at 2nd base for weeks now. Maddon is trying to screw with us it’s not a gimme!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baseball Brad: Hold, prolly a toss up for this year, Devers prolly be safer

  4. Wywyz says:
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    In 1st place in my standard league and was offered Carlos Correa if I give up Jonathan Schoop. Rougnard Odor, Amed Rosario, trevor story and Trea Turner are my other 2b/ss. Thoughts?

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Wywyz: Correa is not expected to be back until September 8, and it could be longer, and he may need some adjustment time when he gets back. You do not really think that 2 or 3 weeks of Correa are worth giving up 6 or 7 weeks of Schoop, do you?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Wywyz: If its a keeper league do it but I,m assuming its not if you only have to give up Schoop for Correa…..If a Redraft HOLD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wywyz: Agree with others

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Excellent write-up! Fantastico!

    a. TYVM for the ‘Hoff tip in the Friday buy column! Had many of the players listed in the Buy – The King of SAGNOF, Nick Williams, Parra (sadly, he’s DTD and no longer in Coors) – nice to have confirmation!

    b. Many thanks to OakTown Steve for the Spangenberg pickup. It started out as a Coors thing and has grown into quite something!

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for July 24

    Colonel Trautman: ‘They’re partly the reason I’m here. Bob. This is Robert Griggs, a field officer with our local embassy. John Rambo.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘A pleasure. You’re certainly not easy to find.’

    Rambo: ‘Why are you keeping track?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘Well, like the Colonel says, good men are hard to find (or as xXx stars say, a hard man is good to find, but I digress). John, I’d like you to look at these photos. I don’t know how much you know about Afghanistan. Most people can’t find it on a map. But over two million civilians–mostly peasant farmers and their families– have been systematically slaughtered by invading Russian armies. Every new weapon–including chemical warfare–has been used to eliminate these people. They’ve been very successful on many levels. I assume you’re out of touch with the current status of the war. After nine years of fighting, Afghan forces are getting shipments of stinger missiles. They’re beginning to hold their own against air strikes, except for one region, 5o Miles over the border. The Soviet commander there is brutal, as those photos indicate. He’s managed to strangle off all aid from the outside. So…We want to…Investigate the problem firsthand.

    Rambo: ‘And what’s that got to do with me?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘They’ve asked me to go in.’

    Rambo: ‘You’re not doing it?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Yes, and I want you to come with me.’

    Rambo: ‘I put in my time.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘What’s that mean?’

    Rambo: ‘It means my war is over.’

    [Rambo walks off back to the Buddhist temple.]

    Robert Griggs: ‘I thought you said he was this great soldier. Colonel, looks like we got a long walk down those stairs.’

    Colonel Trautman (to Rambo): ‘Don’t be down on him. He’s just following orders. This mission’s important.’

    Rambo: ‘Do you really think we’ll make a difference?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be going.’

    Rambo: ‘It didn’t before.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘That was another time. Come with me, John.’

    Rambo: ‘I don’t know what you think about this place, but I like it. I like being here, working here. I like belonging to something.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You do belong to something, not this. When will you come full circle?

    Rambo: ‘What are you talking about?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘You said your war is over. Maybe the one out there is, but not the one inside you. I know the reasons you’re here, but it doesn’t work that way. You can’t escape what you are.’

    Rambo: ‘What’s that?’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘A full-blooded combat soldier.’

    [Guess what, Nation? We’re going to Afghanistan!]

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Ha, yup! B. I grabbed him too, oy C. Nice!

  6. Wilson says:
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    Can Villar get every job now?
    A guy is proposing now : Trade his Diaz & Villar for my K. Davis.

    The proposal was proposed by me a week ago however he said no at that time.
    He seems changing his mind now.

    I need SV & SB and my HR is quite ok now. Should I take the offer?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Wilson: He wants to do it now because Villar isn’t playing regularly…If it doesnt hurt you to lose Davis and you need SVs than I’d still take it but maybe try for a different 2nd piece other than Villar first.

      • Wilson says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:
        My HR is leading in a 10-team league and I got Rizzo, LoMo, Blackmon, Springer, Machado, Lindor ect power players.
        That’s why I can suffer to lose K Davis for SV and SB..

        It seems possible 2nd player is Jose Reyes however I am lean to Villar…
        Thoughts appreciated.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Wilson: Yeah if its Reyes or Villar, take Villar

  7. jason batteiger says:
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    14 teamer saves only, drop which of viz/cecil/clippard to open up a SP stream spot? also have rivero/kimbrel.

    2. different league, but also only saves, drop which of cecil/clip/kela for viz, just dropped?

  8. Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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    12 team league but with large benches (i have 11 SP, and 5 RP, 2 BN bats but ideally unless all 5 of them are getting saves only 4 RP) have treat urner and chisenhall in DL spots. OBP over AVG with total bases added.
    C martin (3B, ideally he’s my only backup to catcher and 3B)
    1B au rizz
    2B odor
    SS story
    3B lamb
    OF (3) n.williams/souza/braun
    util (2) cargo 2 (and while boring he’s WAY better than cargo 1 at this point), c-sant (OF/1B)
    BN arcia, brocktune
    NA hoskins
    if maybin/mallex/rajai all in FA i’m guessing brocktune could be dropped? (rodon is another option if he continues to suck, best FA SP streamers are j.garcia/meyer (who i’m going for either after the @ CLE game OR right away if he’s good in that one)/montero/kuhl)

  9. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team dynasty with QS and K/9. to activate ryu drop which of suter/morton/chacin. SON hates suter but he’s been pretty good, at least enough that i wonder if he’s not the drop.

  10. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Owings or Happ for Devers?
    Thanks

  11. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Owings or Happ for nick Williams?
    Thanks

  12. Asking For a Friend says:
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    Great write up Grey.

    Lucroy has been awful this year, as have the majority of catchers. Is he droppable yet or do you think he could still get hot? 10 team standard.

    You rather have him or grandal rest of season?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Asking For a Friend: Don’t get married to a catcher, he should have been dropped a while ago. Go with the hot bat at catcher but yeah I’d want Grandal over Lucroy

      • Ralphy says:
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        I would wait until after the trade deadline to drop Lucroy. There is a good chance a veteran catcher end up in Colorado.

  13. Jim says:
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    Drop Bour or Castellanos for Devers?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jim: Are they bench bats?

      • Jim says:
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        UTIL

        • Jim says:
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          No, they fill my UTIL position

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Jim: I’d most likely lose Bour for him unless i needed more power.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Agree with F

  14. Swfcdan says:
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    Trade Maeda for Eugenio if need a 3B?

    Cruz a good buy if playing to win in a dynasty? Still productive but old so he should come cheaper.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Swfcdan: Yes/Yes

  15. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great one! Accidentally started Salazar myself – will make up for all the times I intentionally start him and get donkey kicked!

    1. 12 team keeper league, to nail down Devers what sort of FAAB bid would you be thinking out of $100? Benitendi went for $8 last year when he got the call and Alonso went for $6 after his monster 4 or 5 homer week early on . . I was thinking something like $10 or $11.

    2. Think Ryu (starting today) gets a 2 start week now that Kershaw is DL and McCarthy isn’t ready yet?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: thanks @JeF WiTh 1 F: I definitely like the upside and if he brings that AVG with him it will be a huge boost for my team (AVG has a lot of points up for grabs). $15 would make him an $18 keeper . . . not a steal, but if he’s as-advertised, definitely still attractive.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Oh i got ya, didn’t realize that would factor in next season…tough call on him…maybe go $12 then

  16. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Have two possible trades on the table with two teams.

    My MCCullers for Wil Myers and the second is My Benitendi for Lynn.

    Would you you do one trade without the other? I like the first trade better. You think Lynn will outperform MCCullers rest of the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: I’d take Myers

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @G: I’m a hard no on trade #1. An average 1B for an above average starter doesn’t feel like a good move unless you’re desperate for a 1B?

      I’d do trade 2 alone,however, if this is a keeper or dynasty, rules around who is kept could change my stance on the second trade.

  17. Mark says:
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    Good morning!
    Semien, Happ, or B. miller for ROS? (Pts league so steals don’t matter)

    • Mark says:
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      @Mark: to be clear, steals do matter, just not as important

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mark: Semien

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: Agree with F

      • mthom42 says:
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        @Grey: thanks to both!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  18. Richie Suess says:
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    who would you roll out this week in a weekly lock points league at SS

    Story
    Segura
    Semien
    Jose Reyes

    hit em with the heiiiinnnn!!!!

      • Richie Suess says:
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        @Grey: hey now! would you entertain trading Segura for Stroman with Story and Reyes as alternates at SS ?

  19. Mike in Busan says:
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    Thanks, Grey, for basically answering both of my most recent closer questions in full-blog-post form. Feels good, man.

  20. Milarky says:
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    My weekly SP question – which two to sit this week? Gray and Nova haven’t been good, and Nelson is in Washington

    Morton (@PHI)
    Nova (@SD)
    Pomeranz (@SEA)
    Severino (CIN)
    Jon Gray (@STL)
    Nelson (@WAS)

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Milarky: Morton/Pom for me

      • Milarky says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thanks F – I just wasn’t sure if I should trust Nelson @WAS. Nova and Gray have been pretty bad lately too.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Milarky: Yeah lots of risk on this list

  21. Skeezix says:
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    Across my SS and DH spots, I have to sit two of Semien (7 games against MIN, @TOR), Simmons (6 games @CLE, @TOR), Matt Holliday (6 games against CIN, TB), and Brad Miller (7 games against BAL, @NYY). Gotta sit Miller, and Holliday, right? Notice Holliday has an interleague series.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Skeezix: Yeah, sit Holliday/Miller

  22. E says:
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    Is Jackie Bradley JR droppable? Should I have already dropped him? I have Keuchel coming off the DL soon and am looking at my drop options. I feel like there is 5-7 guys on the wire that have similar numbers to JBJ.

    • Gomes says:
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      @E: FWIW, I just dropped him myself for Mallex Smith. Desperate for SBs, and JBJ felt droppable for pursuing specific needs.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @E: What size league?….Most likely droppable though

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: Sure

  23. Eric says:
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    Trade Cespedes and C Taylor for Paxton and Grandal?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Eric: Hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Agree with F

  24. Odubel bubble says:
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    Drop Frazier for Devers?

  25. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey.

    16 team H2H weekly points league…redraft

    I need to drop one, who do you recommend I drop?

    Eickhof
    Lugo
    Z. Davies
    Gausman

    Also, who should I start in my UTIL spot
    Chris Davis @TB and @TEX or
    Desmond @ STL and @ WASH

    Thanks

  26. RobMac says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great stuff as usual! By the way, still getting a highjacking ad when I view the site on my phone (Amazon gift card…).

    Looking to add someone in the likely case Strasburg goes on DL. Who do you like ROS from these SP: Jon Gray, Morton, Meyer, Jordan Montgomery?

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @RobMac: Gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RobMac: Damn, sorry, I’m trying to weed it out… Google tells me it’s a problem around the web…. Gray

  27. Carlos says:
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    Grey!

    10 team shallow league. No DL spot. Would you drop Polanco? Could use his roster spot for Schmotatoes and match ups.

    Please rank:

    Doolittle
    Nerris
    Hand

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carlos: Sure, drop him… You ranked them

  28. Eric says:
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    Rank order ROS: Castellanos, Gennett, Souza. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Souza, Cast

  29. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Grey,

    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS) – 35 moves max a year (no streaming), but we have very deep teams, with 6 bench spots.

    After a couple trades I now have some holes in my team. I’m thinking of Dropping Lorenzo Cain, picking up Polanco (placing him on the DL) then adding Trumbo to replace Cain. I would then need to drop an SP to pick up Kinsler for my MI spot. Based on the waiver guys do you agree? (or who else would you pick up?) and who is my pitching drop ?

    Waiver:
    Hit –M. Trumbo, M. Reynolds, I, Kinsler, E. Gattis, B. McCann, HanRam, J. Bour, C. Santana, G. Polanco (DL). J. Kipnis, Y. Gurriel, D. Peralta, W. Merrifield, J. Reyes, L. Forsythe
    PIT – C. Davenski, M. Clevinger, T. Roark, I. Kennedy, M. Folty

    My Team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi- EMPTY
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Christian Yelich
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Lorenzo Cain
    Util- Justin Smoak
    BN – Corey Dickerson
    BN –Ryan Braun
    DL – Trea Turner

    Sp – Alex Wood
    SP – Sean Maneae
    SP – Carlos Carrasco
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Brandon Kintzler
    P – Wade Davis
    BN- James Paxton
    BN- Ivan Nova
    BN – Gerrit Cole
    BN- Masahiro Tanaka
    BN – Justin Verlander
    BN – Jimmy Nelson

    Thanks in advance bud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marv: Sounds fine, I’d lose Tanaka for a catcher

  30. Cram It says:
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    So after saying how Melky Cabrera was outperforming 4 of my top 5 draft picks, I was like “Hmm might as well pick him up then!” He goes 4-4 with a HR, gets hurt the next day and now he’s clogging up my roster with the dreaded DTD. Can’t have anything nice, as we say.

    I saw Colin Moran’s AB’s the game he broke his own face. The pitch he swung at was so inside he might have hit him in the face anyway. Earlier, he swung at another pitch equally inside, but lower and he fouled it off of his owm leg, then limped around for a minute. Dude either likes the ball REALLY inside or he enjoys beating the crap out of himself by fouling off pitches. That’s a thing.

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Cram It: melky just a bruised foot tho right? thinking of picking him up this week myself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: So that was what happen with Melky! He’s in there again today….

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yes! Whew.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So excited for Melk, ha — I’m between him and Pillar for NFBC — How’s your NFBC team doing?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I was about to check in with you about that. I’m in 8th with 85 points. 3rd place is at 91. Crucial 2-start weeks with Verlander, J Montgomery and Richard. *Gulp*

            You?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              4th place with 103, 1st place has 111 — I need wins without killing myself in ratios

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Nice! My offense is good and plenty of points in my sights to gain on that end. But my pitching just has to pull some of the weight. I think I’ve been complaining about my ERA being over 5 for two months. It’s at 4.91 right now. Like, c’mon!

                Bauer is so tempting at home against LAA. Must. Resist.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ugh, I know… I’m starting Lackey over Bauer, that’ll work out great

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Melky’s gonna put a hurtin’ on him.

  31. Fabsy says:
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    12 team 6×6 Roto
    C – Sal Perez
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Schoop
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Simmons
    OF – Pham, Upton, Marte
    Util – Smoak, Dozier Jones
    DH – Holliday (There is no one else available that is better)
    Bench – Moncada, Cain

    Pitchers: JV, Darvish, Klub, Devenski, Teheran, Knebel, Addi Reed
    Morton/Gausman (streamers)

    Who should I drop for Devers?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Fabsy: Gausman and then look to move one of you’re bench bats for a pitcher if possible

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fabsy: Agree with F

  32. ryanoger says:
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    Moncada or Devers?

  33. Chris says:
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    10 team H2H points League:

    Bottom end of my pitching staff is Faria and (suddenly) McCullers. Salazar is available. Should I switch either of these? Thanks.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chris: Faria for Salazar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with F

  34. Murph says:
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    Yo Monday Grey
    1 – Clippard or Barraclough for saves?
    2 – Rajai Davis or Mallex Smith for steals?
    3 – Amed Rosario or Semien for MI (emphasis on steals)?
    Thanks!!!! hope the weekend was good

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Murph: 1. Clippard (for now) 2. Mallex 3. Semien

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Agree with F

  35. msh2404 says:
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    12 team, H2H categories

    Top 2 catcher options?
    Zunino, R. Martin, Cervelli, Maldanado, W. Ramos

    Top 2 SS options?
    Arcia, Galvis, J. Baez, Bregman, Nunez, Semien

    Leaning Zunino and Bregman

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @msh2404: Martin, Ramos — Baez, Semien

  36. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    best bat in 14 team with OBP over AVG, total bases/hits added.
    heyward, blash, heyward, chapman, mahtook. besides steals i’m equally weak in about all hitting, though some of that is from trout being out for a while.

  37. peacecoast says:
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    FAAB day for me today. Could you aim your expert eye at Schebler for a moment? Last 31 days his babip is way down, HR/FB way down, hard hit% seems only a bit down. Can we assume then that it’s a lot of bad luck he should turn around and produce significantly better ROS? I actually feel better about him now after looking at that stuff.

    • Grey

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      @peacecoast: Sounds like bad luck, he was due to regress, was never the guy we saw in 1st half

  38. Jim says:
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    Drop Folty, Morton or Happ for Corbin or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Happ

  39. Morning Grey!!! Does Hand of the King have any value if hes traded? I think with Maurer stinking it up hes cemented into the closer role for SD. But it sounds like hes going to be traded, will he be the RP for some other team, or just in the pen? Thx.

  40. Not your average Joe says:
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    If you were me, would you trade: Smoak + Desmond for Greinke? Pham for Quintana? Both? Neither? Pickins’ on the wire are slim for both hitters and pitchers, but there’s probably a few more lightning in a bottle hitters than pitchers. But like you (because of you?) I value hitters over pitchers so wanted to check.

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft.
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Smoak; 2B – Dozier; 3B – Freeman; SS – Machado; OF – Merrifield, Souza, D.Santana; Util – Pham ; Bench – Duvall, Desmond
    SP – Severino, Wood, Taillon, Cahill, Chacin, Salazar
    RP – Holland, Wilson, Reed, Doolittle, Claudio
    DL – Correa

  41. Murph says:
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    Got one more for you Grey –
    Thought my rotation was solid, but its been showing cracks
    Here it is: Darvish, McCullers, Ray, Wood, Hill, Manaea (Cueto on DL)
    1 – Should I drop any of them to grab: Corbin, Fiers, Roark?
    2 – Who would you rather have if you were leading in saves (but could use help with ratios): Clippard, Barraclough or Chad Green?
    I’m done!
    Thanks Grey!

    • Murph says:
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      @Murph: Forgot to add Jimmy Nelson to my rotation

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: 1. Nah 2. Barra

  42. Zim's metal plate says:
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    Great Stuff! Weekly points league which side you like better for ros? Pujols/Gyorko or T.Shaw/C.Owings? Thanks

  43. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    McCullers last start is killing his trade value in all the league’s I own him in. Is he still a sell high candidate that I can try and target a Yu Darvish for, or is he a sell for whatever I can get. Or do I hold at this point and hope for the best?

  44. Lt says:
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    Grey, hope you’re good man. Big week for me I face in my 12 team 5×5 h2h league one team ahead of me that could guarantee me a playoff spot. I moved Machado to SS and Freeman to 3rd benching Story. My Util spot for the week I start who?
    Story 6 road games
    Jbj [email protected] sea, 3 vs KC
    Siemian 4 @ Toronto 3 vs Minn
    Mallex 3 vs Balt [email protected] Yankees
    I benched Schebler facing 4 lefties this week. If you got a often unowned better choice let me know, I have Hamilton so steals aren’t dire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lt: Semien

  45. bacca72 says:
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    5X5 OBP.
    Drop O. Herrera, Pujols, C. Santana for Grichuk or N. Williams?
    Hurting in runs, RBI, OBP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bacca72: Santana for Williams

  46. GoJays says:
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    After Newcomb’s decent start yesterday (if you can call it that with 5 BBs), should I trust him this week @PHI, or should i hedge my bets and go with Josh Hader in my rookie pitching spot instead?

  47. joeg414 says:
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    Batty Call , top two please
    Early Game :John Jay or Almora home vs Miguel Gonzalez
    Matt Chapman @ Liriano
    Steve Pearce home vs Smith
    B.Moss,Bonifacio or A.Gordon @ Verlander
    Adam Frazier @ SF. Cain
    6X6 Roto

    • joeg414 says:
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      @joeg414:
      Jay is starting , Almora is not.

      • joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks ,.
        Alex Presley ( just became available) vs Hammel.
        Any change , or stay with the upside in Chapman ?

        • Grey

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          I’d try the hot bat of Chapman

  48. dfrench23 says:
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    I need to fill my last TWO OF spots and one U spot:

    U/OF elig: Heyward, Spangenberg, Goodwin, Kepler, Moss, Mahtook, Presley, Blash, Kiki, or Gordon.

    U only: Cron, Semien, Galvis, Iglesias, H.Sanchez, M.Chapman, or Lind.

    I do have Devers stashed in my Minors and can bring him up and make him my U….or just stash him on my bench.

    What two OFs and U…then one bench spot please. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dfrench23: Spangenberg, Goodwin, Devers, though not really sure what you’re asking

      • dfrench23 says:
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        @Grey: Sorry….I grabbed Spongebob….so….Goodwin over Heyward?

        Should Devers start at U over the above mentioned FA options like Cron, Semien, etc.?

        Thanks!

        • Grey

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          Goodwin over Heyward… Devers over Cron

  49. Make Richie Sexson Again says:
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    semien or schwarber?

  50. mikeMaher

    mikeMaher says:
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    Hi, Grey!

    First time, long time.

    Deep SP 10×10 H2H league. Need to cut one soon:

    James Paxton
    Carlos Martinez
    Gio Gonzalez
    Jacob Faria
    Zack Godley
    Jimmy Nelson
    Kyle Hendricks
    Michael Wacha
    John Lackey

    I’ll hang up and listen.

    • Grey

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      @mikeMaher: You’re listening to a hung up phone? That staff’s a mess, homey… Prolly lose Godley and pray, which sounds contrary

      • mikeMaher

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        @Grey:

        Haha. Yeah it’s a league where you basically need to carry 7-8 SPs and just pray more than one of them doesn’t get bombed and screw up your numbers for the week.

        My offense has me in first place, at least?

  51. Call Me Mabry says:
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    I’m ready to have no more of Nomar Mazara. Which would you drop him for mallex Smith or Nick Williams?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Call Me Mabry: depends on needs…If you don’t need the steals then I’d lose smith

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Call Me Mabry: I dropped Maz last week, totally yawnstipating and now in a big slump.
      pick up williams, DeJong, Grichuk etc
      mallex if you need speed

  52. hanklongball says:
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    Grey:

    I’m considering two trades and I’m wondering if they make sense or not. Currently, my team looks like this:

    C: Gattis
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Murphy
    SS: Arcia
    3B: J. Turner
    OF: Harper, Betts, Cruz
    UTIL: S. Marte
    BENCH: Peralta, Carpenter
    SP: Yu, Lester, Duffy, Salazar (Chase Anderson in DL)
    RP: Giles, Rivero, Iglesias, Miller, Betances, Bradley

    The two trades I’m considering are the following:
    1. give up a closer for Bogaerts (if so, which one?)
    2. Gattis, Duffy, Bradley for Gary Sanchez, with open spots used for Luis Castillo and Swarzak (the other owner has Rodney, so I considered Bradley as insurance)

    From my perspective, would you do either of these deals? Both? Neither? Saves aren’t in play (I’m six away and four ahead of the next people), but runs are (I’m 15 runs up on the next person, but net 15 runs jumps me four spots).

  53. vee says:
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    Shout out to Adam Jones for having a monster week. Looks like leadoff is working out for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: After 2 years leading off it’s all coming together

  54. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi, I have two questions please. This is a points league by the way.

    Firstly, I have to bench one of these hitters:

    JD Martinez (7 games–Dickey, Folty, Jaime Garcia, Wainwright, Wacha, Leake, Lynn)–not sure if his hand will affect his play this week?
    Pham (7 games vs. Senzatela, J Gray, Hoffman, Godley, Ray, Greinke, T Walker)
    Thames (6 games vs. E. Jackson, Gio, Scherzer, Quintana, Hendricks, Lackey)

    And also need to bench two of these pitchers:

    J Gray (@STL vs. Lynn)
    Nelson (@WAS vs. Gio)
    Nova (@SD vs. Richard)
    Taillon (@SF vs. Bumgarner)
    Samardzija (vs. PIT Trevor Williams)
    Hendricks (2 starts vs. CHW (Miguel Gonzalez) and @MIL vs. Junior Guerra)

    Oh sorry one more thing–Mercer or Asdrubal for my SS position?

    Thanks a lot

    • asdfasdf says:
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      @asdfasdf: Sorry, also add Maeda (vs. MIN, Berrios) to that list of pitchers, so then I need to bench 3 pitchers after adding him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @asdfasdf: Thames — Asdrubal — Nelson, Gray, Samardzija

  55. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have to bench two…which two?

    Nova @SD
    Duffy @Det
    Mccullers @Det
    Salazar @CWS
    Fulmer vs KC

    Thinking McCullers and Duffy.

    Thanks!

  56. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    SON says to start Nola v HOU ($8.8), but I feel like Fiers @PHI ($4.2), Godley @STL (-$5), and/or Leake v. COL ($7.8) and v. ARZ (-$4.5) are safer options . . . Godley/Fiers in particular.

    What do you think? As great as Nola has been, IDK if I want any of my guys facing Houston right now.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Yea he’s been awesome. No fears of starting him against Houston, in that case?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am

  57. ButchHuskeyLives says:
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    Quick trade question,
    I am the commissioner of a league when this trade was accepted over the weekend I felt like I was being trolled. Its a 10 team H2H 3 player keeper OPS

    Team A gets Aaron Judge (he is in last place and is doing this deal for the keeper)
    Team B gets Bryce, Bryant and Arrieta (2nd place, but a few teams received similar offer)

    This trade should be vetoed…right?

    • peacecoast says:
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      @ButchHuskeyLives: ugh that’s ugly. if there is no collusion tho how can you veto? its just a keeper trade that could fuck up the league.

  58. dtbran says:
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    Last move of season, would you pick up Devers based on upside (would be spare to KSeager) and drop either ODB or Thames, or hold

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @dtbran: Last move already?? Ouch, is this a redraft or keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dtbran: Do not use your last move

      • dtbran says:
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        @Grey: assuming at this point, hold off in case of major injury to a starting bat or arm?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hold

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @dtbran: Yeah hold off

  59. joeg414 says:
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    I Receive Michael Brantley and Starling Marte – need Steals and better Avg.
    I Send Cody Bellinger, Nomar Mazara, Jacob Faria and Clippard.
    5×5 roto Non Keeper
    Whata Think ?

    • joeg414 says:
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      @joeg414:
      New offer : I get Michael Brantley and Starling Marte
      I give Cody Bellinger, Jacob Faria and Clippard.
      No brainier correct ?

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @joeg414: Non keeper it’s ok

  60. Brett says:
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    Grey/all,
    is Chris Davis simply another version of Chris Carter? The occasional bomb or two doesn’t seem to make up for the really low batting average. 2015 seems so long ago. I have him in a 20 team H2H league and I’m considering dropping him for, well the roster flexibility to plug and play guys like Kike Hernandez or Chris Young. Am I a mad genius or just mad?
    I was also considering benching him, then when he goes deep put him in the lineup until the inevitable back to back days of 0-4, then back to the bench. basically try to get him in the lineup when he is on and bench him when he is not.
    – Brett

    • mrm3711 says:
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      @Brett: That’s tough, Davis has been bad, and his HR/FB is already really high so can’t expect much positive regression there, but 20 teams is so deep. If there’s no weekly transaction limit then dropping him might not be a terrible option, but in a league that deep might just have to bite the bullet and hope for bombs.

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @mrm3711: *The point of the weekly transaction limit being, if you can do batty calls and keep changing hitters maybe do it, but if you have to go week-to-week with a replacement, just hold on Davis

  61. LeggoPens says:
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    Would you drop ian happ for moncada once he gains 2B eligibility even if power is more of a need than speed (have mookie, marte, segura, cain)?

    Also my current 1b/3b sitch is Hanley, arenado, beltre, and Chris Davis with desmond and bellinger also having the eligibility. Do you see devers as more valuable than any of them? I would sort of like to ship out Davis and beltre for a solid pitcher and then pick up Devers but haven’t received too much interest. Any THOTs?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @LeggoPens: I’d hold Happ if i needed power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LeggoPens: No on Devers over the vets you mention

      • LeggoPens says:
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        @Grey: Gracias – I think I agree unless Happ picks it up and Moncada doesnt seem to come on. Cant make a move anyway til someone on my team gets DL’d cuz I don’t want to drop anyone and I still have Desmond chillin down there.

        What about Arenado? You wanted me to say Torenado? Didn’t want to jinx myself since I’m sitting next to an open window with one million USD in cash (all singles).

        Obviously know he’s legit AF just wanted to paint a full picture

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  62. Jack Straw says:
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    I saw Devers hit a Home run a few weeks ago at AA Portland, the likes of which I haven’t seen there since Anthony Rizzo in 2010. He has real power and is still just 20.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Straw: Yeah, could be special by the age of 21

  63. SDub88 says:
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    RPs are Chapman, Norris, Neris, and Madson

    Worth dropping Neris or Madson for Hand?

    Worth using my designated pitching streamer spot to pick up Hand and carry 5 RPs?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @SDub88: Can lose Madson IMO

  64. Bas says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I hope all is well in the land of the U.S. of A

    Somebody dropped Reynolds. I can put in a waiver claim but also have Zimmermann, Rizzo, Gurriel and Rendon for my 1b, 3b, corner and UT. What to do? Drop Gurriel?

    I dropped Vizcaino to get Garcia (as a handcuff for Neris) and have both Clippard and Swarzak. Other relievers are Davis, Osuna and Rosenthal. Who to drop to get Vizcaino back or leave it like this?

    Still in first place so I don’t need to do something drastic.

    Thanks as always Grey.

    Best,
    Bas from Holland!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Bas: Gurriel for Reynolds and I’d lose Garcia for Viz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bas: Good to see you! Reynolds over Gurriel, Viz over Garcia

      • Bas says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Jeff and Sir Grey! Just put in my waiver claim for Reynolds

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  65. birrrdy! says:
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    The sneaky SAGNOF play is actually to scoop up Maurer if anyone drops him, IMHO. Hand is getting the showcase to increase his value, but there’s no way he’s on the Padres roster after the trade deadline. For a Maurer owner like me in an NL only, I can’t see any option but to hold for the next week or so. SAGNOF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @birrrdy!: You’re likely right, I was speaking from a place of frustration with Maurer

  66. Spyre says:
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    Whos the add in my points league…. Holds counted (+3 H, +4 SV)

    Cecil
    Swarzak
    Caudio
    Vizcaino

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Spyre: Claudio, Viz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spyre: Agree with F

  67. James says:
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    Looking to trade for Moncada in a dynasty league. What is his value trade wise? I have Miggy that I could part with for him.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @James: I would move Miggy for him if i could.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James: Agree with F

  68. Woodchuck says:
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    ROS in 12 team ops h2h…drop Cargomez, JBJ or Parra?

    Great work! One of ya best evah!

    Donnie from beantown

  69. Hugman says:
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    Someone dropped Villar in my league, both he and Semien are available. I need both power and speed. Which would you take?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Hugman: Semien

  70. peacecoast says:
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    so kinda annoys me when writers make things dumb and unrealistic. How does a fucking fleet of ships sneak up on another? I don’t care about a storm. If the victim fleet just dumb and not on the fucking watch for another fleet they know is probably in the general area? Oh maybe they didn’t know! Since it should really take a thousand fucking years to build a 1000 ship fleet in the first place.

    • Ante Galic says:
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      @peacecoast: Peacecoast!!

      LOL!!!

      Trying to find the citation to support or where I exactly I heard it but the US Army marched on Fort York in the 18th century – by foot! it took them more than 24 hours to complete their mission and the British who were manning the fort didn’t detect the arrival until they were really close!!! That’s like the worst job of a lookout in the history of military combat.

      Captain (to the lookout): Here are your binoculars.
      Lookout: Ok.
      Captain: Look into the 4 cardinal directions every 15 minutes and report!
      Lookout: Ok!
      Captain: Any questions?

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: The people on the ship were too distracted by the gossip that Theon had no weinie

      • John Hagar says:
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        @Grey: LOL!!!

        Also, they show a lot of beautiful boobs, so they should get a pass on occasional bad writing… It’s a damn good show.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh I love it, boobs and all

  71. Adam Magerman says:
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    Didi or Addison for Correa replacement? Thank you!!

  72. Chucky says:
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    Has anyone noticed Archie Bradley hasnt had a Hold in 4 weeks? He’s had two Hold opps and blew ’em both. Time to move on for Ottavino, Phelps, Nicasio, Vizciano?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chucky: Viz

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Chucky: GD thanks for pointing that out!

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Chucky: I own nicasio, I would take him, good source of holds.

  73. wudaben says:
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    Streamonator has Maeda ranked pretty high but also lists him as having two starts and it doesn’t look like he will. H2H Points league here, would you start Maeda @MIN or Fulmer vs KC?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @wudaben: Fulmer for me

  74. Andrew Appelbaum says:
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    Godley @STL or Salazar @CWS?

    Prioritizing K, W, then ratios, but can go with the overall better matchup

  75. Shopgurrrl says:
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    I’m about ready to give up on Miggy in my 12-team 6×6. I’ve pared my offense down to the bare minimum and stacked pitching. Miggy’s my only bench bat, as he’s easily the worst-performing offensive player on my team this year. It’s starting to feel like a lost season for him, and I’m clinging to him at this point solely because of his name.

    Is Devers’ potential the sort of league-winning pickup that would be worth dropping Miggy for?

  76. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, nice recap as always, loved the cheesy Sal Romano joke, although with his name I instantly thought of the guy from Mad Men.
    Anyhoo, 12-team standard Y! league, Carlos Santana has been annoying me with his lack of power. The Hitter-Tron is still really high on him, especially this week. Hold on Carlos, or drop him for one of these OF:

    David Peralta, Choo, Josh Bell, Ben Gamel, Brandon Belt, Valencia.

    Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @mrm3711: I’d hold for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrm3711: Gay Sal! Thanks! Agree with F

  77. Savoy Special says:
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    I drafted Odor this year in a redraft league. Dropped him after he stunk it up for 3 months. Picked him back up and dropped him again a few days ago.

    Odor could bat .500 the rest of the way and he would still be dead to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: At times it feels like they need to fill the page — interesting that he’s only 78th player under 20 since that arbitrary year, but did they need to list how many from each year?

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: It was way too TL:DR for me, didn’t even bother.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya

  78. Michael DePinto says:
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    If category help doesn’t matter who do you prefer with Turner out: Owings, Semien or Arcia?

    I currently have Owings but he hasn’t done much in weeks. Arcia continuously batting 8th hurts his value and Semien just returned.

    • Michael DePinto says:
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      I forgot Didi is available as well.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Michael DePinto: I’d go with Semien for now, he seems to be heating up…Didi would be next for me

  79. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    I need to pick 3 to Start this week in a weekly league:

    Reynolds 6 Away
    Story 6 Away
    Cano 6 Home
    Castellanos 6 Home
    Pham 7 Home
    Beltre 6 Home

    Which 3 would you start? My worst category by far is AVG. SB are middle of the pack and the rest I’m 1st or 2nd

    Also, in the same weekly league would you rather start McCullers @ Detroit or have Addison Reed closing all week? I’m in the middle of the pack in basically all pitching categories except for ERA/WHIP where I’m at the top.

    Thanks

      • Test Kitchen says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, just to be clear, those are the guys to Start, correct?

        Also, McCullers @ Detroit or Addison Reed all week?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah… Reed

  80. Slimcompoop says:
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    Heed Grey’s words…and don’t say anything bad about Rafael Devers, or Tyler O’Neil for that matter, or Prospector Ralph will over-the-internet-smash-you.

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: You the poop!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, you the poop!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Tyler O’Neill is pretty much a family member. I’m just trying to save people from Jon Heyman level takes. I’m a giver.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re stacking a lot on a guy that looks like Randal Grichuk part 2

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Haha!

  81. HomerHWBush says:
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    Just broke the bank on Devers, looking for that late season magic to fuel my playoff run. Anytime you deem someone “the _____ Miggy” I’m all in.

    Unrelated question, who do you like better ROS in an OPS league: Semien or Addison Russell?

  82. Favio Vasquez says:
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    “Here’s to small miracles, which was not the robot girl TV show in the 80’s.”-
    Totally firgot about this show till i read about it in your Salazar breakdown. I think they were trying to capitalize on the Punky Brewster craze and hey why not make a show about a girl who is a robot. Afterall you had the terminator and robocop raking at the same so….anyhow. I picked up Devers and have Moncada, do I try and trade my Machado and guest for a Sale type or would that be going off the deep end? And is Cargo a stash with this little run he had last week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Favio Vasquez: Haha, yup! Can stash CarGo… Machado for Sale is fair if you need SP

      • Favio Vasquez says:
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        Right on thanks Grey!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  83. BootsyBaby says:
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    AL Only, Keeper, 4×4 – can only keep one minor leaguer – who do you drop? Jorge Soler $8, or Leonys Martin $4?

  84. Chucky says:
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    Happ has been in a funk since the ASB. Maddon seems to be moving him in and out of the lineup with Zobrist, Jay and Baez. Brad Miller a suitable replacement at 2b?

  85. Dommattingly says:
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    Villar was dropped in my league. Should I drop Castellanos for him? Like the steal potential.

    Thanks

  86. CMUTimmah says:
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    Start Paxton, ERod or both tonight?

    Ugh… I hate these decisions. Paxton the better pitcher, BOS has the better Offense, I have the most heartburn.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: They play each other…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pax’s the start

          • CMUTimmah says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I think I agree. I just get burned in these situations often.

  87. Mr Baseball says:
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    dansby swanson how do you like him as a prospect

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr Baseball: Not great for fantasy, no big power or speed

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: He is a very good real baseball prospect, but a very below average fantasy baseball prospect. Basically, he’s Brandon Crawford. Very good defensively, but expecting him to be a top 12 SS is a stretch.

        Crawford’s 21 HR season was a clear aberration at the time, and even more so now. Dansby could have random seasons of success, but he isn’t a year in/year out fantasy asset by any means.

        Another case (like Mickey Moniak will be in the future) where the real life draft position doesn’t translate to the fantasy expectations of a player.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Been saying this

  88. Woolly the Mammoth says:
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    Way to crush Monday morning Grey. 10 team keep forever league (keep 20). My offense is stacked, but my pitching is lacking. Was thinking of trying to get DeGrom (and possibly Carrasco) from a guy thats out of it. Do you think an offer of Austin Meadows and David Dahl would be enough for both of those guys? I also have Smoak on my bench, I could offer him straight up for DeGrom but I would like to keep him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Woolly the Mammoth: Thanks! I’d offer Smoak for deGrom… I don’t think those prospects get you deGrom, but I guess you can try

  89. your mom says:
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    Hi. If i needed pitching, would you deal springer and d.murphy for rizzo and degrom?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  90. The Guy says:
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    Dynasty… Donaldson or Pollock/Taillon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

  91. Bud says:
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    Pick 3 SP for the week in a 5×5 H2H:
    McCullers
    Godley
    Nola*
    Fiers*
    D Bundy- decent starts vs Texas
    *Set to face each other

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea of matchups

  92. Greg says:
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    Ah, one more ?…you still have faith in ice-cold Owings, or would you grab Semien. T’anks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I prefer Owings, prolly toss up

  93. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    H2h OBP league limited season moves

    Hold Martin or drop for Realmuto, Gattis, or Ramos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Realmuto

  94. stefan says:
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    Who’s the drop? Faria, Luis Castillo, Strailly, or JA Happ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo

  95. peacecoast says:
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    you mentioned dropping para this week out of coors? guys on the ww williams, grichuk, dejong, melky, choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: why tho? hot bat was mainly due to being at home? will lose PT?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not a move you have to make

  96. rukky says:
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    16 team h2h:

    I have been offered:

    My – Scherzer + Gardner
    His – Blackmon

    My rotation w/out Scherzer looks like this:
    Nelson
    Severino
    Quintana
    Salazar
    Taillon
    Verlander
    Estrada
    Bunday
    Chase Anderson (DL)

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • rukky says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • rukky says:
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            @Grey:

            Thoughts on this trade knowing my rotation?

            My: Salazar + Verlander
            His: Kimbrel (or Holland possibly)

            My closers are:
            Osuna
            Neris :/
            Oh :(

            It is a Saves no Holds league

            Thanks!

  97. Nature Boy says:
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    Drop Villar for Semien, Didi, or Nunez? Also Bregman or Devers next 3 years?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien…Devers

  98. southside dom says:
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    If you had to start one, who do you trust most of these stress-birds?

    Lackey (CHW, @MIL) $10.8
    McCullers (@DET) $2.2
    Happ (LAA) -$7.3
    Duffy (@DET) -$13.2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None — McCullers

  99. Favio Vasquez says:
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    Ive got Bour and I don’t know how heavy the Bour to the Yankees trade rumors are but I think it would raise his value significantly with that lineup. Your thoughts? Or is he just a guy? Batting .291 with some power. Good trade piece?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raise his value like it’s done to Frazier? He’s got some power, and average, not much else

      • Favio Vasquez says:
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        Lol right. Im still trying to understand why they did that. I know theyre injury ridden but Frazier is all or nothing kinda like another guy they cut in Carter. Good talking to ya, thanks for your time Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  100. Matthew Lehman says:
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    start 1 this week:
    Morton @ Phi ($14.0)
    Walker vs Atl (-$0.1)
    Chacin vs Nym (-$0.5)
    Happ vs Laa (-$7.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morton

  101. Nitro says:
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    O Herrera orJBJ ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odubel

  102. Kirk Miller says:
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    Trademark infringement! Good one!

    Neither of these guys were mentioned, but I would like to know, Ian Happ or Corey Spangenberg rest of season?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ has cooled off, can drop him, Spangenberg is hot, can grab him… No ROS for either

  103. peacecoast says:
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    drop schebler for dejong, grichuk, williams, melky? sorry if ive already asked this cant remember

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeJong

  104. Kev says:
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    Question: 12 Team Keeper League (OPS instead of Average). If a player is traded, the new owner can keep him two more full seasons. I was offered Goldschmidt (round 5 (expiring for him)) and Springer (round 1) for Rizzo (round 7 (expiring for me)) and Blackmon(round 5). do I take it?

    C- Contreras
    1b- Rizzo
    2b- Altuve
    SS- Machado
    3b- Bryant
    CI- K. Seager
    MI- D. Murphy
    OF- Marte, Blackmon, Trumbo, and Ozuna
    Bench- Ramos and Clint Frazier

    Pitching- adequate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry found this in spam folder… I’d take Goldy

  105. Foul balls says:
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    Did I miss out on the hey batter contest? Couldn’t find it posted this week.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Foul balls: He’s skipping a week, playoffs is next wk

      • Foul balls says:
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        @Fungazi: thanks

  106. Packing says:
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    Owings for McCullers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  107. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. who do you like as the better start this week?

    dickerson – 3 vs bal, 4 @ nyy
    parra – 3 @ stl, 3 @ was

    also, which two pitchers do you like of these guys?

    ryu – vs min, vs sf
    nola – vs hou
    peacock – @ phi, @ det
    walker – vs atl, @ stl

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson Nola, Peacock

  108. dustyfingers says:
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    My Kinsler and Porcello for McCullers. I have Merrifield and C. Taylor. What’d you think? McCullers has ERA-FIP of 4.56 over the last 30 days.

    • mthom42 says:
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      @dustyfingers: don’t trade for McCullers

    • mthom42 says:
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      @dustyfingers: could at least try Kinsler straight up. Just worried about McCullers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers side

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

    (3) SP: deGrom, Severino, McCullers
    (2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
    (4) P: Betances, Nova, Lynn J. Gray
    (6) Bench: Corbin, Morton, Eickhoff, M. Moore, Wheeler

    (2) DL: Shoemaker, Aaron Sanchez

    1) Can add up to 6 guys this week … are any of these pitchers worth adding/streaming considering the makeup of my staff right now?

    7/25
    Lugo @SD (4.1)
    Chacin vs. NYM (-0.5)
    Pivetta vs. HOU (-8.2)
    Folty @ARI (-12.7)

    7/26
    McCarthy vs. MIN (13.0)
    Matz @SD (11.7)
    Cahill vs. NYM (2.4)
    Hoffman @STL (-8.0)
    A Moore vs. BOS (-9.4)
    Meyer @CLE (-15.1)

    7/27
    Roark vs. MIL (-0.1)
    Sabathia vs. TB (-0.3)
    Bauer vs. LAA (-1.2)

    7/28
    Tanaka vs. TB (12.6)
    Miranda vs. NYM (0.0)
    M Moore @LAD (-9.4)

    7/29
    Ryu vs. SF (9.6)
    Cotton vs. MIN (5.0)
    Snell @NYY (-4.7)

    7/30
    Chacin vs. PIT (6.0)
    Castillo @MIA (-4.4)

    2) Assuming you wouldn’t use all 6 adds above, who should I be adding out these RPs with the remaining adds? Or hold? I asked a similar question last week but some new faces appeared…

    Rondon, Dyson, Blevins, Doolittle, Kela, Bradley, Familia*, Oh, Swarzak, Vizcaino, Barraclough

    Thanks in advance!

    • Fungazi says:
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      @ebudz: Chacin 5-2, 1.94 ERA at home.. gogogogog

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Lugo, McCarthy, Roark, Tanaka, Ryu, Chacin

  110. I'm a stupid moron with an ugly face and a big butt and my butt smells and I like to kiss my own butt says:
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    Drop Odor for DeJong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  111. Kcc26 says:
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    12 team mixed, H2H keeper

    4 OF spots plus utility, I’ve been using some combination of:
    Bryant
    Upton
    Desmond
    Benintendi
    Inciarte
    Zimmerman
    Pham

    Already more extra hitters than I like to carry! Have to lose a hitter to activate Devers (I know he’s likely to be less productive but want to hold him as a potential keeper and/or trade piece to a team building for next year.

    Who to drop? Part of me wants to lose Desmond (dude is grounballing like yelich). What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pham

  112. Kevin2012 says:
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    Question: 12 Team Keeper League (OPS instead of Average). If a player is traded, the new owner can keep him two more full seasons. I was offered Goldschmidt (round 5 (expiring for him)) and Springer (round 1) for Rizzo (round 7 (expiring for me)) and Blackmon(round 5). do I take it?

    C- Contreras
    1b- Rizzo
    2b- Altuve
    SS- Machado
    3b- Bryant
    CI- K. Seager
    MI- D. Murphy
    OF- Marte, Blackmon, Trumbo, and Ozuna
    Bench- Ramos and Clint Frazier

    Pitching- adequate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Goldy

      • Kevin2012 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  113. Sad Keanu says:
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    Can you rank Doolittle, Knebel and Britton for me? I need to drop one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Knebel, Britton

  114. Tbone says:
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    In league where I’m in contention, move Machado for Trea Turner? Weekly category with OBP and SLG. Machado is questionable keeper in 1st at this point; Turner has 2 years left in 21st and 19th rounds. My hitting is pretty solid without Machado hitting on all cylinders (and Rosario in the wings).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you can get by without Machado

  115. mthom42 says:
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    Give D. Santana/Cueto for Cespedes? Santana replaceable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yoenis

  116. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need sbs and runs most. who do you like between these two:

    odor: 3 vs mia, 3 vs bal
    moncada: 2 @ chc, 2 vs chc, 3 vs cle

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  117. m0se says:
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    Hand to the K’ing or Kela?
    Semien, Didi or Villar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hand…Semien

      • m0se says:
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        @Grey: how about han ram for samardjizza? who ya got?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hanley

  118. Teddy Heater says:
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    BTW, your new mic sounds like you’re in a submarine. Take that shizz back.

    Reply

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Teddy Heater: no keep it, last one volume was too low

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Red October. Red October. Halt and stay where you are. Do not attempt to submerge or you will be fired upon…

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: hey are you still full of seamen?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, dur!

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: HAHA! Well played, the other was a little low, but I’d rather crank up the volume.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The problem was I couldn’t crank up the volume, that shizz was on full blast

  119. peacecoast says:
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    Fargo this season is kinda meh. Just seems like it lost a hard edge. Billy Bob was a true evil badass. Every scene I was afraid someone was gonna die. This season seems a little cuter, less edgy. Love Carrie Coon tho, romantically,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, this season fell off, they’re not doing another one for a while either… Showrunner seemed stretched too thin

  120. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Disappointed to find out Rafael is no relation to Gail Devers and does not share her fingernail flare.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are we sure about this?

  121. tokyofantasy says:
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    Thames droppable for 10team roto? The dude has been struggling for some time now and I’m using him as util with Miggy and Mark Reynolds in fold.

    If so, I’d grab either RP or one of Revers, V-Mart, Odúbel Herrera or Yuli Gurriel. Can you rate them in order for R, RBI, & OPS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, grab Devers

      • tokyofantasy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks again for the swift response!
        Noticed Pujols, Happ, Inciarte and Puig is available too. Still Devers over them?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try Devers, but Ender is easily best there

          • tokyofantasy says:
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            @Grey: Domo arigato Mr. Albright.

  122. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Per your earlier advice, I offered my Rasiel for Xander and he asked for Rivero instead. Is that too rich a closer, or would you proceed?

    Follow-up, would you use the open space from my dropped SS (Arcia) to pick up Castillo or Swarzak? I know they are different targets, but which would you hold for the next month in hopes they catch the league’s attention?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Xander, Swarzak

  123. Jeff says:
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    Needing a SS fix with Corerra’s injury. Who do you recommend ROS at SS out of Cozart, Didi or DeJong? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

  124. SF says:
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    Hi Grey. Gotta make room for Hendricks coming off the DL. My choices to drop are Straily, or one of my 2 bench bats Souza or Mazara?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz

      • SF says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I was thinking just needed a little push before pulling the trigger. thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  125. Bill Brasky says:
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    Castellanos or Devers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers

  126. fro says:
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    H2H points keeper league. I am out of it this year, would you trade A. Rendon for Conforto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon’s not a keeper?

      • fro says:
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        He is but i already have Machado that I can play at 3B.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And you don’t have CI? Then go for it

  127. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey Grey… Which 3 should i keep in order from best to worst? Devers, Castellanos, Gurriel, Merryfield, Domingo Santana.. Thnx

  128. Robert says:
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    10 team h2h league, Thames or Devers for a utility spot ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers

  129. Scuffy McGee says:
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    ROS do you like Duvall or LoMo to return more value? Thinking of moving Bellinger to 1B if I cut LoMo and adding Gardner for his hits and SB’s or could cut Duvall for Gardner. Rest of OF is Judge, Pham, Souza Jr.

    Also, is this Adams guy going to continue out producing Miggy?? I can’t trade the guy, no one wants him.

    Thank you my fearless leader!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall — I’d bet on Miggy over Adams, but seems like an iffy proposition

  130. Syllogism says:
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    Hey Grey …

    I’ll keep it to less than a novel. Novelette maybe. :P

    Dynasty, 20-team, Yahoo, head to head. 12 Counting-Hitters, 12 Counting pitchers, 6 BN.
    6 hitting (R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, XBH), 6 Pitching (W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB)

    Was offered these variations:
    1) (base) McCutch + Asb Cabrera + Lugo … for … (base) Ian Happ + Castellanos
    2) (base) + Dave Johnson …. for … (base) + Beltran

    He offered choice of Miller or Cabrera. Casilla might be available instead of Johnson.

    Questions
    … Miller > Cabrera?
    … Casilla > Johnson?
    … which deal(s), if any, would you take

    Trade 2 …
    Guy is hot for Longoria. He has offered
    … josh harrison (I could use a 2b/3B with some SB, OBP) + variously … one of …. Brault, Avi Garcia

    I’m not feeling that either combo is quite enough for Longo. Am I being absurd? Is Harrison + Brault+ Avi Garcia a reasonable ask?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller over Asdrubal — Casilla over Johnson — Those trades for Longo are not good

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Confirms how I felt about both items.

        Advice re: whether those trades (using Miller and Casilla) for Happ, Castellanos and Beltran feel right? If ya, would you still make if I had to take cabrera and johnson?

        Thanks again. You guys make a really fun past-time even better!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! Yeah, sounds fine

  131. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. SON like CMart (vs col) more than Nola (vs hou) this week. do you agree? Cmart has been pretty meh lately….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  132. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    12 team, H2H, in first but tough part of schedule coming up….as a Kershaw owner I could be in trouble as it is tight.

    1. Cobb is by far best on the WW. Doubt I will get him but, if lucky, which position player is dropped?
    2. Melancon out another couple weeks? Worth being patient for the playoffs and take a stab at Viz, Claw or Kela? Or hold?

    Rizzo, Freeman Lamb
    Dee, , Simmons, Marwin
    Conforto, Williams, Thames, Mallex, Dyson, Melky, Owings (must play 5)
    Verlander, Nova, Taillon, Faria, Severino
    Melancon, Holland, Maurer
    DL: Kershaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Mallex 2. Patience

  133. SteveA says:
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    Nice write-up man; thank you.

    Redraft, H2H, 12tm, 5×5 (20 players per team so 240+ rostered due to 1 DL spot per team)…

    I realize that you aren’t high on Miggy Cabrera (for good reason) but looking for best pickup (which may be the “hot schmotato”); for context Miggy is a UTIL/BN bat based on matchups.

    Would you add any of the following over Miggy?

    Conforto, Sugar Cain, Castellanos, Parra, Nick Williams, Heyward or ODB.

    Also, whom do you prefer most at SS? Villar, Story or Andrelton Simmons?

    Thanks again
    SteveA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto over Miggy — Story

  134. Jimmy says:
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    Drop Andrew Benintendi for Whit Merryfield?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  135. Todd says:
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    Is giving: Miggy, Trumbo, Wood, and Mccullers too much for
    getting: Cespedes, Darvish, Stroman, and one of Melky, Bour, Souza or Josh Bell?

    Thanks for the help and writeup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  136. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey

    1) please rank these MIs for me (no specific category needs, just overall value): Merrifield, Story, Happ, Arcia

    2) need to fill my last OF spot with one of these guys, who you taking at the moment (also no specific category needs, just overall value): Nick Will, Odubel, Joc, Grichuk

    Thank you as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Story, Merrifield 2. Williams

  137. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    30 team 5×5 – Trade my K. Herrera, Pham, & Marrifield for his JD Martinez, Merrifield, & Pham? We keep 5 and my keepers are likely: Stanton, Avisail, Castro, Alonso & Herrera. Currently in 12th place and saves are hard to come by… just 3 OF slots and no CI/MI/DH/U slots so my OF would be full. Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re trading the same players for the same players

      • Bill Lumbergh says:
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        @Grey: oops! Meant trade my K. Herrera, Pham & Merrifield for his JD Martinez, Baez, & Cecil. ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          JD side, not close

  138. Fleck says:
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    Hi Grey. Im have a bit of a problem in that my starting pitching is TOO strong! this is an ESPN keeper league that also has QS cat and im on course for exactly 200 starts but with seven starters this number will be exceeded at present course. Ive listed them with there salary next to their name. Which 1 or 2 would you explore with? Im in need of saves but never liked to trade for them. Ive considered trading Scherzer {largest salary} for top flight closer or positional player.Who would you move and what tier player should I target? I am willing to over pay via trade using my strength in starters. I do lack in runs and SB so a top of the order burner might be best but not neccecary Thanks. Scherzer $28 Darvish $14 Greinke $8 deGrom $25 Wood $4 Hill $4 Clevinger $4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      deGrom for a position player?

    • Fleck says:
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      @Fleck: Britton Bellinger and Braun a few names I have been offered

      • Fleck says:
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        @Fleck: I’m thinking Bellinger

  139. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Hand or Barraclough?

  140. Blind umps have rights too (seriously their union is that strong) says:
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    12 team league but with large benches (i have 11 SP, and 5 RP, 2 BN bats but ideally unless all 5 of them are getting saves only 4 RP) have treat urner and chisenhall in DL spots. OBP over AVG with total bases added.
    C martin (3B, ideally he’s my only backup to catcher and 3B)
    1B au rizz
    2B odor
    SS story
    3B lamb
    OF (3) n.williams/souza/braun
    util (2) cargo 2 (and while boring he’s WAY better than cargo 1 at this point), c-sant (OF/1B)
    BN arcia, brocktune
    NA hoskins
    got the meyer over rodon the monster from above, gotta drop one of the DL’s for a hitter that plays (this team is in trouble, just out of playoffs with treat urner and many many underperformances from hitters all year (c-sant, story, franco (gone now), braun injuries)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  141. Vee says:
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    I have Claudio and dyson closing along with reed, and still holding on to Madson. Drop any for Hand? Thx grey

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Vee: Madson for hand

      • jon says:
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        @Fred Garvin MP:

        Isn’t Hand going to be gone in days also though?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madson

  142. Jump on it says:
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    I only have room for one 3B – I currently have Rendon. My bench is Marte, Trumbo, Thames. Anyone you would drop for Devers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, you have no room

  143. dopesettastone says:
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    16 man H2H 6×6 w/ OPS & K/BB
    Starters/Closers range to target for Devers? Somewhere in the Santana/Clevinger range? Higher?
    Already have Bryant/Sano/Freeman/J. Martinez all eligible at 3B so figured I’d see what I can pull.
    -Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That range sounds fine… Not sure where you’re playing him tho

      • dopesettastone says:
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        @Grey:
        Nah I’m trying to move Devers for a starter/closer. Had him at NA since Faria got activated and Freeman gained 3B and traded for Bryant in the meantime.
        -Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… yeah, Fulmer/Ervin… maybe McCullers low? Hill?

  144. Joeg414 says:
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    Matt Chapman Batty Call goes Boom ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  145. jason batteiger says:
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    20 team redraft. slugging, total bases, OBP over AVG, OPS, hits added.
    C zunino
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B villar (3B/SS)
    SS semien
    3B franco
    OF (3) jose ram (2B/3B), morales (1B), stanton
    util (1) gardner
    BN pirela (2B/OF)
    hold pirela or drop for any of: chapman/v-mart/mauer/napoli/mahtook/presley/boneface

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @jason batteiger: 32 moves left on season, meaning i’m right on pace (3.2 per week average)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman, but give different things

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: i’m weaker in OPS/slugging/total bases than runs/steals/hits so this makes sense for this roster (although that’s going by TOTAL season stats, more unknown if currently the roster is more balanced another way)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  146. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    I am the proud owner of Xander at the expense of Rivero. I can now drop Arcia and I have $24 remaining in a $100 waiver budget (6th most budget remaining) to use on potential closers with Swarzak and Hand available. Knowing they can get traded (or not), how much of the budget would you spend on either of these two options?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $3 on each

  147. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    10 team h2h NL only where i’m FAR the best team thus far, OBP over AVG, total bases added and net steals over steals. QS over wins and holds added (could stream flowers and pina, 7 moves per week)
    C DTD’arnaud
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B dejong (3B/SS)
    SS peraza (2B/OF, gotta hope cozart is traded here, could move dejong to SS)
    3B j.turner
    MI tj rivera (1B/2B/3B)
    CI thames (1B/OF)
    OF (4) braun/harper/inciarte/n.williams)
    util (1) puig
    BN schebler (just traded ramos for him recently, didn’t realize how bad he’s been for a bit)
    DL c.hernandez
    NA brinson
    SP newcomb/cahill/chacin/strasburg/gio g/lynn/ray/godley
    RP neris/knebel/phelps/vizcaino (we don’t lose stats IF a guys goes to AL, UNLESS we drop him, at which point nobody can obtain that player)

    1. drop rivera for c.hernandez activation? this would enable me to catcher stream and any other moves.

    2. with SON liking lamet’s upcoming games, drop cahill (he WON’T be able to be grabbed by anybody again this year) or newcomb for lamet (SON finally doesn’t hate newcomb’s upcoming, and he was at least ok in a SON hated start last time)

  148. Brett says:
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    Godley or Gaussman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Godley

  149. Cheese says:
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    I’ve pretty much locked up a playoff spot in my 16 team H2H league 6×6 (OPS, QS. K/9, K/BB, NSVH) so I should be able to absorb the 4-6 week hiatus of Kershaw. RP with SP eligibility that get holds are very valuable in our league. Rosters are deep and waiver wire is very thin.

    I give: Alex Wood and Ryon Healy
    I get: Clayton Kershaw and David Phelps.

    Thoughts?

  150. FrankGrimes says:
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    Not Springer too!!! f me…

    • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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      @FrankGrimes: i don’t see any news yet to effect it’s bad, yet. this might be the exact same injury that limited his steals back in his rookie year though (don’t know if it’s same leg)

  151. Joeg414 says:
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    McCann or Wieters Ros ?

  152. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    No talk about Maurer getting traded, leaving Hand as CL?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Simply Fred: since it’s obvious i suppose. nobody is thinking it’s maton yet. and capps ain’t up yet.

  153. Chris says:
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    H2h points league

    Would you drop ed rod or faria for salazar? Or hold?

  154. Milarky says:
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    Yo Grey, I’ve got an offer that just landed. I give Scherzer, Moreland and Beltran to get Kluber, Abreu and Thames. Moreland and Beltran are basically stapled to my bench. Great, good, or meh?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Milarky: kluber side he’s not that much worse than scherzer, meanwhile moreland/beltran ARE that much worse than abreu/thames.

  155. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    Owings is starting to look like Schebler. All first half surprise with reality setting in now. Weird how we think one guy’s breakout is real but the other’s is a mirage. Both blow and will be platoon guys at best. And that is me quoting me LOL

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