Yesterday, Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4, 3 RBIs with his 26th and 27th homer, hitting .241. Talk about a guy in a deep, danky funk who looks like he put a message on the Jumbotron announcing his retirement in July and all the fans were like, “That’s weird, I thought he said he was retiring but he’s out there playing, am I thinking of someone else?” Then rather than answer, one of the other Phillies fans vomited on the 1st fan and they laughed about it later. Digging into Hoskins’s numbers they are vom on the surface, but you can get some corn kernels of truth out of them that you might find nourishing. His splits are nauseating between 1st and 2nd half, but that’s a whatever goalpost. My biggest concern for him is he’s not driving balls. His average homer distance is 385 feet (awful), his average exit velocity is 89.3 MPH (mediocre), and his launch angle is easily highest in major leagues for qualifying players. Essentially, he’s hitting a ton of 365 foot outs, Don’t think that’s his destiny though, or density if George McFly is reading. For 2020, he just needs to get more aggressive (stop walking so much), trust his own power and drive the ball. Podcaster Ralph and I talk about him on the pod, that’s coming later today, and we both agree:  We’re gonna be all-in on him next year. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Drew Smyly – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 6.65. You’re the devil!  Wryly Smyly, “Nope, it’s 6.65.”

Scott Kingery – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting near-.350 in the last week. Kingery looks like he’s starting to come out of the post-All-Star break staleness funk he was in for a few weeks. Kingery stay King!

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer, hitting .257. One homer for every $10 million! Woohoo!

Aristides Aquino – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .313. The GGOATOAT’s 162-game pace is 77 homers. That seems low. Let’s go, GGOATOAT!

Anthony DeSclafani – 7 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.10. Across a lot of my leagues, I have a better WHIP than my ERA would indicate, so I looked at 2018 ERAs and WHIPs vs. this year, and infer what you want, but I think it’s obvious:  2018 MLB ERA/WHIP: 4.14/1.30 — 2019: 4.52/1.34.

Kyle Tucker – 0-for-1 as he pinch-hit after being called up. Pop that cork! “Sláinte!” Oops, that’s Cork, Ireland. Here’s what I said yesterday about September callups, “As MLB teams raise a 40 of St. Ides, the Patron Saint of Pitcher Changes, looks on. Whether it’s Kevin Cron, Jon Duplantier, Brusdar Graterol, Pat Valaika, Travis Jankowski, Taylor Ward, Jake Jewell, Cole Irvin, Chris Shaw, Pablo Sandoval (!), Ryan Zimmerman (!!), Gorkys Hernandez (!!!), Braden Bishop (?), Manny Bañuelos (aka Many Bathrooms) and Yitz Youngstein. Okay, I made up the last name, but you had no idea. Unless it’s Kyle Tucker, Gavin Lux and maybe a select few, there’s not a ton these guys going to do much in the final month. My advice is to see who is actually in a starting lineup or pitching and then maybe show slight interest. September baseball is mostly won with guys like Kevin Pillar vs. Kevin Cron.” And that’s me quoting me! As for Tucker specifically, A.J. Hinch said he has to earn playing time. Hinch should check out his minor league numbers.

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 2.81. *looks at Verlander’s no-hitter line, looks back at Cole’s line* Damn, Cole stinks!

Yordan Alvarez – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting .317. Also, in this game, Yasmani Grandal (1-for-3, hitting .247) hit his 22nd homer. Alvarez hit his in 240 ABs and Yasmani did it in 430 ABs.

Adrian Houser – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.45. I like Houser, but you have to be a mental patient with giant pants marbles to start him vs. the Astros.

Christian Yelich – 1-for-5 and his 43rd homer. His 9th inning homer to tie the game wasn’t enough for the Brewers so I don’t know if he’s really MVP material.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs as he was activated from the 60-day IL. He missed the first five months of the season. More like Mark Bumbo! Giancarlo played in a whole nine more games!

Ryan Mountcastle – Will not be called up this year. Hahahahahaha–Breathe, Grey, breathe! Oh my God, the O’s are stupid. He was ready to be called up in June. Get him some major league at-bats, you idiots! Oh, wait, they have to get Mark Trumbo at-bats. Who knows what they have with him. Ow! I just got an eye-roll headache.

Hanser Alberto – 2-for-5 and his 11th homer, and hitting near-.500 in the last week with a five-hit game propping that up a little, but still — sound the alarms — hot schmotato alert!

Tyler Glasnow – Could return by the end of this week as a reliever, which is totally going to save your entire fantasy team. The IL’d pitcher stashes pay off about as much as a Powerball lottery ticket, yeah or nah? I’m going yeah.

Ryan Yarbrough –  6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.49. Since he doesn’t walk anyone, if Yarbrough gives up runs, it’s likely going to be bad luck, and yesterday was a prime example of that. He feels like one of those guys who will be so underrated in 2020 drafts next year. Stand by for the winter of Yarbrough love.

Austin Meadows – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer. Meadows rankings: Audrey, Jayne, Austin, and Meadow’s taste in boyfriends on The Sopranos.

Kenta Maeda – Sent to the bullpen for the rest of the year. The Dodgers said they’d start Julio Urias and they Maeda promise. I didn’t grab Urias, but he seems like a decent bet in good matchups, which today’s appears to be.

Trevor Story – 2-for-4, 2 runs as he hit leadoff, and his 2nd career leadoff homer with his first coming three days ago. Why is Bud Black hitting Story leadoff? Haha, you’re thinking about this from a logical standpoint, aren’t you? Oh, silly, you.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 36th homer.  This is a claim ticket for my woobie that’s been at the laundromat since I was in 3rd grade. I can’t believe I found it *holding back tears* It means…everything. Here, let me loosely disregard it by this open window–NOOOOO!!! Torenado!

Joc Pederson – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 29th and 30th homer, but left the game after crashing into the right field wall. This is how it looked: He either was hurt real bad or not at all, but grazed his testicles and stayed down on the ground like Rod Tidwell.

Matt Beaty – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (8) and legs (4), hitting .293.  I’m sorry, sir, I am a vegetarian and can’t eat your Batt Meaty.

Chris Taylor – 3-for-5 and his 10th and 11th homer. I’d love to say I made Batt Meaty a batty call just for the s’s and g’s, but instead I grabbed Taylor and that worked out a-okay.

Corey Seager – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer. Corey hit that homer just to get his mom off his back about what Kyle’s been doing.

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-2 and his 44th homer, hitting .311. So, who’s getting to 55 homers? Bellinger? Yelich? Trout? Tommy La Stella?

Jeff McNeil – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .322. Looks like McNeil’s out of his whole three-game slump. Things get magnified this time of year, but we should all try to practice more patience, which is not me giving you approval to start your cover band, Guns N Poseurs.

J.D. Davis – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .301. Fun fact!  His name in an echoey cave is Jonathan Jonathan Davis Davis Davis Davis.

Noah Syndergaard – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.97. Kinda interesting in seeing where Syndergaard ranks next year. After being way out on him this year due to his price tag, I could be back in if his price comes back to a reality a little bit.

Joe Ross – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 6.17. Whew, I strongly considered Ross as a streamer, but the Streamonator had him as one of the worst starts yesterday, so I avoided at the last minute. Thank you, our Robot Overlords!

Mike Minor – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.12. I know this means nothing for our purposes, or porpoises if dolphins have taken over the world by the time you’re reading, but Minor is leading the American League in WAR. We should’ve seen Minor’s start yesterday in Yankee Stadium coming too:  His road ERA is 2.67 in 101 1/3 IP; his home ERA is 3.70 in 80 1/3 IP.

Delino DeShields – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer. *looking at the cargo trailer of a 18-wheeler truck* If we’re gonna transport all of these “posts” for the front of this “hype” on DeShields, we’re gonna need more room.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-5 and his 21st homer. I don’t want to say Choo is going to get hit by lightning before hitting any more homers, but I also wouldn’t walk too close to him.

Masahiro Tanaka – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.42. I streamed Tanaka in my RCL and was happy to get out relatively unscathed, and dropped him almost as soon as I was able.

Aaron Civale – 5 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.94. As a person who streamed Civale yesterday, that was about as touch and go as starts come. Or I should say, hit and run, as in they were hitting him and I’m running away.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  Homer como vay!

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 33rd homer. He feels like a guy who people will accidentally draft next year instead of Eugenio Suarez. Don’t let yourself be that fool.

Ketel Marte – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 29th homer. Can I just say all Diamondbacks will be overrated in 2020 and call it a day?

Josh Rojas – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hits in five straight games (one hit each prior to yesterday) and a home run four games ago and, okay, I love Rojas — I even gave you a Josh Rojas fantasy — but he’s in the Tucker/Lux school of thinking. If Rojas is hitting, then great, but he has been inexplicably benched vs. lefties.

Ty France – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 3rd homer in two games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.30. Streamonator was actually positive on Wainwright’s start yesterday for what might’ve been the 1st time in three years. I, however, don’t trust Wainwright and wouldn’t start him anywhere. Also, if you ever start a sentence in the real world with “I, however,” someone has the right to punch you in the mouth.

Mauricio Dubon – 2-for-3 and his 1st homer. I went after Dubon in my NL-Only leagues pretty fiercely when he first came up. You can click his name and search the site for my thoughts on him. I had a small Duboner. But the Giants are in that camp of terrible teams, who don’t know what they’re doing with prospects. Dubon really needs to be hitting 8th? Joe Panik, with his .631 OPS and 3 HRs and 4 SBs and .311 OBP, hit more leadoff than any other slot in the lineup (176 ABs). It’s really that bad to give Dubon some decent, top-of-the-order at-bats?

Ehire Adrianza – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. Not saying the Twins should pay closer attention to their LinkedIn account, but Adrianza was a good Ehire.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.61 vs. Jordan Zimmerman – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 6.03. This matchup was billed as, “Don’t forget to pause, otherwise it’s a run-on sentence of Odorizzimmerman.”

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer. On his home trot, Miguel Cabrera was clocked at “two bathroom breaks.”

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer. Grichuk has never homered one day to not homer the next day to not not homer the day after, so if you’re looking for a one day pick-up, here’s a guy.

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer. Since I never liked Donaldson, it’s hard for me to take a victory lap on Donaldson, especially since his knees will give out.

Johan Camargo – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Do you mean, 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper Johan Camargo?! Kidding, I won’t subject you to that (at least unlikely). I do like him a lot more than what is warranted.

Mike Soroka – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.53. Next year Soroka’s gonna have a 7.50 ERA to make up for this year. It’s gonna be so insane how unlucky he is next year to make up for this. At this point, whether you own him or not, you better be rooting for him now, and in the playoffs, so more people are fooled by him next year.

Justus Sheffield – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.51. Checked the Streamonator for his next matchup, saw the @HOU and started chanting, “No Justus for Grey,” as I marched around my house with a picket sign that read the same.

Yu Darvish – Tentatively scheduled to make his next start on Saturday in Milwaukee. There’s a long shadow being cast over him, due to his forearm soreness. Guess that’s why they call it foreshadowing.

  1. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    yeah it’s all kinds of fun when they teams call guys up (again….) and still don’t give them any at bats like k.cron for dynasty leagues. oh yeah.

    – while everybody i’m sure would like rhysus to drive more balls a few extra feet, please don’t give up the BB’s, he’s retaining value in OPS/OBP leagues from those (leading the league in them i think too). i won’t exactly say to those of you “get out of AVG leagues it’s year whatever” (like your football writers DO say about being in PPR leagues vs standard football leagues) but if i wrote here i’d bet i might get peer pressured/group thunk into it if the baseball side was like the football side.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      yr camargo love looked very warranted last year, this year…. well you’ll always have next year (and still have a near month now too)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Camargo needs ABs, no one is gonna have value without them

        • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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          this is true, but we should’ve knew about the at bat issues this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s true about OBP leagues, but I still want the extra feet on the HRs/fly balls

  2. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Aquinooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s at it again!!!

    Ok, one question with two parts here. I’m in the playoffs and I’ve got two starters that go today and tomorrow. I kinda need to start one. Might be able to get away with benching both but that might put my innings minimum requirement in jeopardy, which would cost me every pitching category and end my season.

    So, who do you start? Lyles against Houston, Lynn and the Yankees? One, both or neither?

    I’m thinking Lynn only but I don’t like that option very much either, especially after Minor slammed the Yankees Monday. I don’t see the Yanks bats going quiet two straight days.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      lynn only. if we’re going with the narrative of “NYY can’t be shut down 2 consecutive days so any pitcher can’t be used on the day after against them” lynn goes wed, not today. and if we’re not going with that narrative SON just likes lynn on weds.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go Lynn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino!

      Agree with others, Lynn

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Thanks boss!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  3. toolshed says:
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    In addition to Hinch looking at Tucker’s minor league stats (34 hr / 30 sb / .909 ops in 125 games), maybe he should look at Reddick’s 2nd half stats: .210 avg / .265 obp / .533 ops / 0 he / 12 rbi. He hasnt homered since june 28!!!!!!!!!!!! As you would say….dubya tee eff!

    I guess I’ll buy the BS of not calling him up earlier for financial reasons. BUT, why not see if he can help your team in the playoffs? It makes me sick. If they dont play him, I hope they go down in flames in the playoffs because either reddick sucked and left a dozen men on base or they finally insert tucker into a key spot and he chokes b/c he didn’t see enough big league pitching. I mean how much worse can he do vs what reddick is giving them now?

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      This is more idiotic than mil sending hiura down and giving shaw 81 games to fail miserably. Mil is 4 games out of a wildcard now and 7 games behind in their division. I wonder how their GM can sleep at night. Houston should be trying to improve at this stage in the season. Tucker is up, there is no more service time / clock bs to hide behind. He isn’t going to help them in the playoffs if he isn’t playing now and getting his feet wet while they have a month to get ready for the playoffs. They have given reddick more than enough rope to hang himself with.

      • Grey

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        That they have some kind of allegiance to Reddick is goofy

        • Dave D says:
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          Its the red dick. It must be the rose colored phallus.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Well, yeah, that too

            • Dave D says:
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              He has to be sleeping with someone or have serious blackmail material on someone in the organization to keep starting. That is all there is to it.

              • Grey

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                I wonder if this is the end of the line for him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, exactly my thoughts…

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great report, awesome! Thank you for making all the insanity less insane and more palatable.

    a. Here’s the lineup.

    D’Arnaud
    Rizzo
    Dannys Antana
    Escobar (No comments please on his 30 HR/100 RBI season!)
    TreaT
    Berti
    Story
    JD Davis
    Aquino
    Conforto
    Santander
    Springer
    Canha

    Bench KSeager
    IL – Muncy, Dahl

    SP
    Allard [@Baltimore this Thursday versus Means]
    Giolito [at home versus LAA this Friday versus Dillon Peters]
    Sonny Gray [at home versus PHI this Thursday versus Jason Vargas]
    Heaney [at CHW this Saturday versus Detwiler, what Trout will do to him is scarier than this new movie It.]
    Gallen [at home Wednesday versus SD Paddack]
    Manaea [at home Sunday versus DET Norris]
    Syndergaard [at home on Sunday versus PHI Velasquez]

    RP – Melancon, TRogers, Iglesias, Kennedy
    IL – Glasnow

    SON is positive about all of them, some less some more.

    Am in 5th 79.5 and trying to make a run at the ‘ship. Might be too late, but will give it a whirl.

    Offense – 50.5
    Runs – 1132, 1st
    HR – 348, 1st
    RBIs – 1028, 2nd – 24 off the pace
    SBs – 133, tied for 1st
    BA – .263, 9th

    Pitching – 29
    Wins – 59, 10th
    IP – 933.333333
    Ks – 1037, 9th – 8th is 1,154 with 1046.666667 IP
    S – 88, 2nd 2 off the pace in 1st
    ERA – 4.09, 7th with 6th at 3.99 so 10 clean IP required if 6th does nothing.
    WHIP – 1.252, 8th with 7th 1.244 so 8 clean IP required.

    Questions? Urias and Smyly are both on the wire.

    1. Would you add Urias over any of my SP above?
    2. How about Smyly? Add over anyone not named in ‘a.1.’ above?
    3. Kennedy hasn’t been great of late. His body of work in 2019 has been good as the closer in KC. Do you still have faith in him ROS?

    b. Watched the movie below on hulu. All I can say is wow. Nice movie. Highly recommended, two thumbs up.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9353586/

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 3

    The Foreign Legion, 1950

    Abbott (Bud Jones): What’s the idea of teaching midgets to wrestle?

    Costello (Lou Hotchkiss): They’re for those small television sets.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      Thanks!

      A. Hmm… I’d say Kennedy is droppable, but you’re close to gaining another save point… Don’t really see anyone to drop, those are good upcoming matchups (as you know) for your pitchers…

      B. Nice, been meaning to watch it… You should watch Manhattan on Hulu

      C. Haha

  5. Mike says:
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    I’m chasing all the pitching catagories in the final week of the first round of playoffs. You starting Merrill at home against SD and Velasquez at Cin?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sure, start em

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Velasquez doesn’t sound good, but I guess if you’re chasing cats

  6. MJ says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Who is the best to pick up to help in playoffs this year and keep next year at a low cost: Sean Manaea or Gavin Lux?
    MJ

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Lux

    • Does Lux start today? LAD is going up against left hander Chi Chi Gonzalez. Not that he is scary or anything, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Gavin Lux will start at second base against right-handers. He didn’t have any trouble with lefties in the minors, but Roberts wants to use Chris Taylor & Enrique Hernandez at second versus lefties. That would seem to indicate he won’t be in the line-up today?

      • lwomack58 says:
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        Chi Chi is right handed

        • Yep. You are correrct. ESPN called him a left hander, but I looked it up and he is right handed. Dang you ESPN and your mis-information campaign!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. Will says:
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    I’ll be interested to see where you rank Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar next year. I can’t see either of them repeating this season’s offensive stats.

    • Grey

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      Seems highly unlikely, but I’ll have to dig in more on them

      • Harley Earl says:
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        I disagree with Escobar. This is two years in a row now. I’d say 2018 was his breakout, and now he is the player you see. Not unless you believe he’s just been lucky for 300+ games now.

        • Grey

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          I liked him coming into this year, and think some of this is ‘real’, but his numbers are saying he’s above his head a bit this year

  8. Alex says:
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    I’m in a playoff bye week, so thinking ahead.

    Lucchessi’s next start (for me) is next Thursday @ COL. Should I drop him to pick up Junis who starts next Tuesday @ CHI Sox?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  9. Ed says:
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    time to drop gallegos? bad couple outings of late.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sure, who are your options?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  10. K says:
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    Currently air drying like Rod Tidwell and spit mouthwash all over myself while reading about George McFly’s density. Nicely done!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  11. Branta says:
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    Is Maeda droppable in his new role? I have 4 relievers (Diaz, Romo, Bradley, and Hendriks) in my save/hold league already with only 3 reliever spots (thankfully Romo has SP in ESPN because opener).

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sure, who are your options?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  12. Thundergunn says:
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    Last week before playoffs in my league, still holding on to my playoff spot like gabe kapler is holding onto his job…Any of these guys for a hot bat this week?

    Camargo, grichuck, France, rojas, kolten wong, beaty,

    I’d have to drop someone like Kyle tucker, willie Calhoun, civale, or gallen

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d try Rojas over Tucker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  13. William Hung says:
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    Mike Minor is unowned in my 10 team league – he should be rostered right?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      At least for his next start against Baltimore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  14. bigbear says:
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    I would say the Miggy blurb was great, but it really Depends…

    Kluber – Is he done for the fantasy year? I saw they shut him down two weeks ago, but it’s been crickets since. With only 4 weeks to live my fantasy left, I’m dubious.

    Kingery – now there’s a name I haven’t heard in a long, long time.

    Glasnow – will he be a Middler? Or just a bullpen guy? Any guesses from the peanut gallery?

    Streamer options are trash for tomorrow: Junis vs DET or hold? 5 moves left for the week.

    I begrudgingly drafted Suarez this year in the 5th round thanks to you. Thinking top 30 or so next year. Fairly high ISO, LA jumped, league average EV. BABIP might go up a bit. He’s a little light on R/RBI this year somehow, so you’d think that would normalize. If the R/RBI were up by 10, he’d be Pete Alonso.

    Rounding out the top 10 next year will be tough. The first 4 seem fairly straight forward. But the next 20 or so players are really good first round worth talent too. Already looking forward to next spring! Especially for where you’ll land with some of the up/comers and the rebound candidates. Much thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Don’t expect anything from Kluber.

      Middler sounds right for Glasnow as the get him stretched out for the playoffs.

      I’d stream Junis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      Agree with DT

      Agreed on Eugenio, runs/RBIs with a bit more luck and he’s a top 10 bat this year… Is he that off from Bellinger?

      No problem

      • bigbear says:
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        Whoa there! Don’t go lumping Belly and Suarez in the same breath! HA :)

        I hear you though. Suarez is probably undervalued even by those of us fortunate to own him this year! Outside of a down June (3 HR/8 RBI, .185/.265/.304), he’s been really good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’s been awesome, but, yeah, not Belly — not that far off tho

  15. Cram It says:
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    In my points league, which was created by a few sabermetric/math geniuses to better represent “real” baseball, Hoskins is currently the 44th ranked player OVERALL….ahead of hitters like Soler, Brantley, Suarez, Baez, Lindor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, must be those walks… Bc for straight 5×5, he’s been yawnstipating at best

      • Cram It says:
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        Oh for sure…a .240 average is awful, but his OBP is top 20 in MLB. Dude’s got 5 triples too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, saw that on his triples the other day… One of the more bizarre stats from any player… Don’t think his stadium is even particularly triple-friendly

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not even sure where he hit tho either

  16. Curious George says:
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    Trying to find a decent hiura replacement – could you give me your top two out of this group? Wong, Taylor, McMahon, Alberto, Newman, Frazier, and Berti. Thank you!

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      taylor lefty side only now mostly. wong and one other, probably mcmahon when at home, otherwise newman or alberto. unless very steals needy then maybe berti.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Newman, Berti for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • The Harrow says:
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        wong has at least close to the same steals as newman, and has been hitting better than anybody on this list for about 2 months now. for the first time in his entire career his lineup slot isn’t jerking him around either (2nd). actually since metheny got kicked out wong’s only NOT been hitting very very well for about 2.3 months total season time (late april-start of this june). late july-end of season last year he was a top 6 2B in OPS.

  17. Justin Ralph says:
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    Im having a hard time figuring out who to drop for Manaea in two leagues.

    First league is drop DeScalfini, Ian Kennedy, Heaney, Darvish, Lucchesi, Lynn, Bauer or Gallen?

    Second league is Stroman, Lamet, Giles, Bradley or Robles?

    I hate dropping any of these guys!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1st Desclafani, 2nd hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  18. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the HeyHeyHey,

    Here’s a tough one: Hoskins or Pederson (assuming his tummy bruise doesn’t keep him out long) ROS?

    I’m kinda leaning Hoskins because JP is so damn streaky. But that streak’s been real hot before this boo-boo.

    Lurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hoskins for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    A big part HOskins is Kaplar,….analytics calls for taking pitches . Hoksins even stated in a postgame that he was not taking as many pitches lately. You can also see he is taking a a less agressive turn. he was so far ahead of the ball he was hitting 430 foot foul balls now he seems to be going with the pitch. if you look at his swings lately it seems he is finishing higher instead of down by his waist. He will be great next year

    just wondering how much impact uncle charlie is having on hosking, kingerey and harper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Hoskins (and maybe Harper and Kingery) need to be more aggressive… It seems pretty obvious with Hoskins… He can either walk or hit exactly the same AVG and 10-15 more HRs

  20. Gotime says:
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    Trying to prep for next week H2H playoffs. Dustin May and Maeda, droppable or keep in case of spot start

    • knucks says:
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      What are the other options?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Prob droppable but what Knucks said…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  21. Keeks says:
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    How would you rank these OF for 2020?

    Robles, Margot, Laureano, and Dannys Antana?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Robles, Santana, Laureano, Margot for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT more or less, maybe Laureano then Santana

  22. Sept says:
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    You starting Framber this week at home against Mariners if he starts?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Only in H2H or deeper roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  23. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey!

    I won 2/4 ‘ships already; going for a clean sweep in my h2h leagues.

    In my top dollar league (h2h points) I’ve got the strongest core roster, and scored 400 points more than the next team. The problem, is I’m rolling in to a 2 week playoff having lost so many bats (Keston Hiura hurt, bad) the last month its tragic.

    Who would you add Kyle Tucker, Kingery, Aldaberto, or JD Davis (Davis Davis Davis) as a bench bat for the next week or so? Need all the schmotato’ing I can get

    • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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      Would you roll Mitch Keller out for a streamer today home vs the Marlins or is the Searage effect stronger than SONs mathematics? Loved seeing such a high $ amount…then realized that couold go out the window throwing for contact..

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Sure, I’d stream him

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Aldaberto, he’s more than a bench bat

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        Apologies on the confusion. I got auto corrected and just caught the mistake.

        Meant Hanser ALBERTO for the schmotato of the week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Congrats! Adalberto Mondesi is a top 25 bat

      Sure, stream Keller

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        Thanks!

        Apologies on my end; autocorrect got me…I meant ALBERTO, as is Hanser Alberto.

        Streaming Keller and hoping for the best!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought you might’ve meant him

  24. Luvdarooks says:
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    Need a couple of SB —-might mean the championship si Might activate Lux ( then lux goes from $5 to $10 next year in this $260 NL).
    If I activate Lux I have to drop either slater, cooper or Renfroe. Dont need the HR and Renfroe I noticed is riding the bench.
    Do it ? If so who to cut

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yes, gotta go for it. Lose Slater.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  25. Storm Sutherland says:
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    Hey, am I gonna regret somehow having Kyle Tucker instead of Jackie Bradley Jr. in my lineup this week. Consistent points was the goal, and it’s not a daily. Wasn’t feeling Jackman getting the platoon treatment lately. In even sexier news, would u start Jaime Barria with 2 starts against Oakland and White Sox or Danny Duffy against Miami, on the road. My league you basically have to get shelled to not get positive points for pitching. Miami has a weak lineup, but am unsure of this hurricane thing, and Duffy hitting since he just came off the IL. Barria is good for 5 super boring innings. So, is 10 innings better than whatever Duffy does? Help a scared boy out!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Duffy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you might regret it, but JBJ isn’t doing that much

      Agree with DT

      • Dave D says:
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        It seems to me that JBJ is perpetually overrated. I think it must be that his name sounds cool. The guy in real life is barely rosterable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed… Whereas Kole Calhoun is better and likely owned in less leagues

          • Dave D says:
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            Yes, agreed, a godsend this year at his ADP

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally

  26. knucks says:
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    FWIW the Hittertron had eyes for Josh Rojas yesterday. So I used him as a batty call in multiple places and I’ve already tossed him back for the reasons you’ve mentioned in the post. And cause I need his spot for another batty call.

    Shout out to the robots! The edge that Rudy’s bots provide with 4-5 months of data is extremely valuable, which is something that has been proven year after year. And every year it gets better. That is to say, I have eyes for the Hittertron ;)

    • knucks says:
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      Oh the HT also called the Miggy shot yesterday, might as well mention that.

      My wife was so tired of my daily “Battttty callllllllll” yelps… but then I reminded her that they are paying for our trip to Italy next month and now she follows up with her own “Batttyyyyy callllll”!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice on Miggy! I wanna go to Italy, and I’m a little shocked you didn’t invite me…

        • knucks says:
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          Will keep you posted for Croatia with my 2020 Fantasy winnings and we can visit Ante if he isn’t somewhere else. From what I’ve gathered, he could be literally anywhere else on planet Earth on the week we decide to visit.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA, Ante’s commenting from the Artic circle this week

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Such a sexy hunk of metal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, sweet! I didn’t look at Chris Taylor’s Hittertron #s yesterday, but I like to think they were prolly good

  27. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Might seem like a dumb question, but are we trusting Richards has the leash to go 6 today? He hasn’t thrown more than 83 pitches in any start for the Rays.
    63 in 2.3 @ HOU, 83 in 6 @ BAL, 71 v. DET
    Besides that it’s been relief work dating back to July 22 when he threw 99 pitches. I really don’t want to waste a pickup on a guy who might barely throw 5 innings…

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      Also, sorry, he’s v. BAL today then v. TOR on Sunday

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        Junis v DET is out there too for tmw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trust Junis a bit more, don’t trust Richards to go 6

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        Yeah the stream seems so juicy but it feels like the Rays don’t want to overextend Richards, right? I mean why else would they not let him go the 7th inning v. BAL when he’s at 83 pitches? He’s also got a 4 BB/9 which is scary.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I mean he could get to 6 IP, but it’s likely closer to 5+ — close tho

  28. elzo says:
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    Add Lux over anyone?

    Newman
    Reynolds
    Santander
    Sano

    • elzo says:
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      Eloy
      JD Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eloy’s done nothing

  29. BAC says:
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    12 team 5×5 OBP.

    Drop Daniel Murphy, Ohtani for Kyle Tucker, Santander, Seth Brown, Nate Lowe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Lowe, Santander

  30. Canha Borrow A Feeling? says:
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    “Whew, I strongly considered Ross as a streamer, but the Streamonator had him as one of the worst starts yesterday, so I avoided at the last minute.”

    So when I asked if we trusted him yesterday vs. the Mets and you replied, “sure” I should’ve taken that as a middling endorsement? Thankfully, I trusted your “sure” as much as you wound up trusting Joe Ross and didn’t stream him. It’s a circle of mistrust!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I was close to picking him up, but after consulting with the Streamonator, it just didn’t seem advisable — glad you didn’t either — lets not trust each other together!

      • Canha Borrow A Feeling? says:
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        I come for the witty repartee, but I stay to disregard your insightful analysis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, my man!

  31. Keeks says:
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    Fellow Razzballers: what is one rule or format change that your league implemented that you have really enjoyed?

    At the end of each season. Every owner in my league gets to nominate one new change and we end up picking the 1 or 2 most popular ones. Just looking for some inspiration!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Auction league? I like a salary cap — You start with $260 at auction, you can’t go over $300 in-season — so FAAB and trades don’t get crazy

      • Keeks says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. Mike says:
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    Is Benintendi droppable at this point? It’s a keeper league, but his salary would be too high to keep anyway. I have Encarnacion coming off the IL and need to drop someone. Other options are Sano ($6 keeper), Calhoun ($6) and Kyle Seager.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I guess

  33. Tom says:
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    This website has become borderline unusable. Freezing, crashing, slow, jumps around. It took me four tries to even get this message to post before crashing. Any tips other than paying $9.99 for ad-free? Anyone else having the same problem?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $10 removes the ads and helps pay for the writers

  34. Cohen says:
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    Beatty or Goodwin as a 5th OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beaty

  35. FrankGrimes says:
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    Shits and giggles!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      S’s and g’s!

  36. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Pappa Grey, secured my bye week just in time…
    Baez, Suarez, Newman, Darvish all DTD
    Hiura, Muncy, Gallo, Stanton all DL

    dubbya tee efffffff bruh! how man hand injuries can happen in 1 week? Considering this a keeper league where you keep 3, Trout is my only lock. Right now i’m thinking of Trout, Baez, and Hiura as my keepers, yeah? that would secure a very solid MI combo + Trout. who would be your 2 other keeps and 2 injury drops?

    • William Hung says:
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      Injuries always happen in bunches… not sure what kind of voodoo magic this is but I have the same problem – one night I had 2 guys get hit by pitches within an hour of each other and both ended up getting taken out of the game and IL’d at some point later

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, DTD this time year are the worse… They quickly become “rested for 2 weeks”

      You can lose Muncy, Newman

      Eugenio, Gallo or Stanton on keepers

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Looks like Newman should be back Tuesday or Wednesday now from “leg tightness”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who else you gonna drop? Darvish? Stanton? Gallo?

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            not against dropping him –more information provided– since hiura and muncy are both DL’d i need 2B/SS to cover the spot Baez does not LOL… since this is my bye week i have some time to plan, would drop Newman and grab Berti/Wong or would you wait and see how he comes back this week? would you snatch up Rhys/Peterson/Ford for the playoffs in place of Muncy?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh, I’d hold until last possible moment if I had a bye — Rhys over Muncy tho

  37. Tom says:
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    Anybody else finding this website borderline unusable lately? Crashing, slow, choppy, freezing, jumping around the page. Any tips?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $10 removes the ads and helps pay for the writers

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Why would you

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          Bahahaha… that drink and draft hat has “Coolwhip” written all over it, if only it wasn’t connected to Berry… i’m a designer though, i’ll make my own!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

            • Coolwhip

              Coolwhip says:
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              which reminds me: if you ever want to expand the merch store offerings or do fresh designs, maybe i could contribute *thinking emoji*

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Oh yeah? You do graphic design?

                • Coolwhip

                  Coolwhip says:
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                  oh yes mi capitan… my compadres and I do graphic design, web dev & design, app dev & design, seo marketing, and so on.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ooh…Good to know, I might hit you up in the future for some stuff… Coolwhip, latest/greatest Razzball addition!

  38. Hip hip jorge says:
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    Streaming Keller vs Miami today or Montgomery vs Detroit? (Only room for one)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both, Montgomery

    • knucks says:
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      I grabbed Trevor Richards @ Home against Baltimore because the bots into it. Dropped MMontgom because, well… the bot says no dice. Slave to the bots in Sept

  39. Trader says:
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    My first round opponent started Houser v Astros and Cole. Somehow it semi-worked out. Let’s hope this is not a sign of things to come.

    Timing is everything: Acuna, Albies, Bryant, Hoskins, Smith, Moose all ice cold last two weeks. Let’s gooooo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let’s go!

  40. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you drop Yaz for Brock Holt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        how about dropping VanMeter for Holt

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            i need to drop one of them when Luis Urias reaches 150 ab’s which one should it be? Yaz or Vanmeter?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yaz

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                Drop Yaz when Urias reaches the threshold in 12 AB’s?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I guess

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    who has a better upside

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Urias, prolly

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      no i mean between VanMeter and Yaz whoever you think has the better upseide between the two, the other one will get cut

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hold VanMeter

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      ok i’ll drop Yaz

  41. lwomack58 says:
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    Need a batter to cover off days this week. Best all around contributor

    Moran vs MIA and Stl. All RH pitching
    A. Frazier-Same as above
    Beaty-Colo & SF-All RH pitching(still worry about PT)
    C. Dickerson-Cin & NYM-Mostly RH pitching except Matz
    Arraez-Det. & Clev-Mostly RH pitching-one lefty

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  42. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    My motto for drafting pitching next year is, “No Justus, No Cease”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like a Latin inscription on a fantasy baseball FAAB dollar

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        haha, clever.

  43. jaybo903 says:
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    Start of the playoffs 5×5 standard league. Stream Julio Urias today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not

  44. Cohen says:
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    Drop Tucker for Bader or Goodwin or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Unless dire, I’d hold for a day or three

  45. Gigorilla says:
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    Houser pant marbles vs Astros – no Counsell is no giant.
    When the boy wonder gave CC choices of Gio, Chase, or Davies, well bet on the House.

    Btw, the Brewers SP staff looks like a lot of NFBC teams this year — mine included — that took the advice of – don’t worry about stud pitchers, there are plenty of usable arms in the later rounds. (there are, gotta get lucky)
    Sorry too many lemons. Marquez 6th, Price 7th looked good at the time. But so did Correa 4, Aguilar5, Scooter8.
    Pick of the draft imo – W. Miley round 30

    Oh well, I heard someone picked TShaw early to be the MVP.

    One caveat to that is all the wasted picks early on elite closers that went to waste.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, it’s not too late for Shaw to turn it on in Sept., this is when MVPs are won

  46. Steve says:
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    10T redraft 5×5

    Agree with dropping K Tucker & Segura for Olson? (Tucker in NA slot). For Bench/UTIL

    Also, cutting bait on C Smith & Bauer? Alternative are Manaea, Mikolas, Urias, Means, Lyles

    Thanks

  47. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Was scared to start any of my Mets/Nats with this Degrom/Scherzer duel. For those debating starting Conforto:

    Conforto v. Scherz: 9/28, 2B, 4 HR, 5 rbi, 1.192 OPS, .464 ISO

    Sit Dannys Antana facing Paxton today for Hoskins v. Sims (?) and Conforto right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • knucks says:
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      Thx for this post… was deciding between Conforto or JD Davis today. One needs to start and this allows me to just throw in Conforto and not have to think about it anymore.

  48. Clayton Carver says:
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    ROS 6×6 (OPS 6th hitting category) 16 team mixed. I have to drop one with Laureano coming back. HOw to you rank Laureano, D Fowler, Moran, Mazara, Solek? TIght race I’m in third, got within 2 points of first yesterday. HR, RBI, R all very tightly contested by top 3 teams. I lead in OPS and AVE.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Laureano, Solak, Fowler

  49. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly redraft. Any reason to hold on to Benintendi? Have him as a bench bat and thinking about dropping him for Urias. Been sitting him for Reynolds but also have Sano, Voit and Lux as replacements on my bench.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guess not, but I’d hold him over Sano

  50. Clayton Carver says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  51. Philip says:
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    Grey, I’m looking forward to next year and beyond (mostly beyond) in a 20-team forever keeper. I recently took over a neglected roster and my rebuild could take a couple of years.

    1. Would you be motivated to add any of these recently dropped players from the wire: Miggy Cabrera, Lorenzo Cain, Scooter Gennett, Travis Shaw, JP Crawford, Sean Newcomb, Tony Gonsolin?

    I’m intrigued by Gonsolin and Newcomb.
    2. Are either good long term investments?
    3. Is Newcomb going to start in the future?

    4. I just dumped Sheffield for Josh Rojas because Sheffield looks super ordinary. Any chance Rojas turns out to be starter quality? I like his situation in Arizona, and I could use speed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Cain and Shaw

      2. Meh, could be

      3. I’d guess so

      4. I like Rojas, but I have no faith in him yet long-term — Sheffield could be an ace down the road, he’s super young

      • Philip says:
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        Thanks, Grey. Appreciate your input.

        Have you seen Sheffield pitch yet? He reminded me of a crappy Bedard. His slider has good horizontal break and he threw it a lot. Too many pitches per at-bat, lots of foul balls. Didn’t fool many guys. I imagine he needs to make a big step forward in control/command to be a guy who can get through six innings consistently.

        I didn’t see him as a difference maker on my roster in the long run. Rojas may not be the answer, but Sheffield was on the chopping block.

        Would you drop someone like Kristian Robinson, Jazz Chisholm, Nolan Jones or Taylor Trammell for Cain or Shaw? Even if you might not be ready to compete until 2021/2022?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, crappy Bedard made me laugh, yeah, could be…He’s young tho, Giolito was awful until this year too…

          I’d hold, no reason to chase vets if you’re looking long term

          • Philip says:
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            Thanks! I’m inclined to think this way, but seeing Cain, Shaw, etc on the wire surprised me. If Sheffield becomes Giolito I will remember this conversation and blame you. You will be the crappy Bedard.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  52. Alps says:
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    hey Grey
    With Contreras coming of IL
    Have to drop someone
    Please note this is a keeper league
    Canha
    Biggio
    Segura
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canha

      • Alps says:
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        Got it thanks
        That’s who I was thinking also
        2nd question
        In a keeper league
        Is Biggio or Berti worth $6
        Next year
        Thanks again

        • Alps says:
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          Sorry
          11 team league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Biggio is

          • Alps says:
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            Cool
            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  53. Lady Leg Spreader says:
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    Does Carrasco have any holds appeal or is he a strait drop at this point?

  54. Dave D says:
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    The pathetic thing is I might even start Glasnow in a DC league or two, especially if he throws 2-3 innings in long relief and looks good. The injuries go that deep on some no FA rosters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pray he gets innings 4 and 5 so he could sneak out a win…

      • Dave D says:
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        I’d be shocked if he starts. I could really use some vulture wins in our DC. Hendricks disappointing again yesterday. Somehow Eric Lauer was my “ace” last weak with two W’s and lotsa Ks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, ouch re: Lauer

          • Dave D says:
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            Strange days indeed. Good thing ERA doesn’t matter much for me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup

  55. Gigorilla says:
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    Someone in our long running roto league pointed out that Giolito, Flaherty (not the golfer), and Max Freid were all team mates at Studio City HS, Cal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And I visited a porn set once in Studio City — same/same!

      • Gigorilla says:
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        Were you able to get on camera? Or just watch from behind the scenes as close as possible?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sadly, I was only an onlooker — I’ll have to talk about that on the pod sometime

          • Gigorilla says:
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            Curios as to the connection you had — actor/actress, crew, management?

            Or was it part of a studio tour?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, nah, a producer

            • Gigorilla says:
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              BTW, you know your ‘stache is a bit of a throwback……

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                It is gorgeous, thank you

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ah, that’s just a fancy LA school that a lot of baseball players come out of

  56. Richard Nelson says:
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    Danny Santana or Hanser Alberto for the rest of this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana

  57. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    FYI my team name has been Rhys’s Pieces all year, in honor of my second-year keeper (yeesh). I hope he’s finally turning it around and can produce for me in the playoffs, but I’m pretty sure he will not be on my team next year. Anyway…

    Who do you think is more disposable in favor of some streamers this week? McMahon, Berti, Castro? (OBP league)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice! Castro, Berti

  58. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    More valuable ROS in roto: Canha or Nate Lowe?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canha

  59. William Hung says:
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    Thank god for my bye week as it looks like your PT fears for JD Davis might be justified – out of the lineup again today… 2nd time in 3 days.

    Got my finger on Sano if JD begins to play every other game or something

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, makes no sense for them to bench him

  60. Rich says:
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    I’ve had three great years in my baseball league since I found your rankings.
    Who is your favorite for football rankings? Anybody who writes a preview like yours? The jokes make it a lot more enjoyable to read.
    Thank you and keep up the good work!

  61. Giacomo says:
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    What do You expect from J.D. Davis next year? Would You keep him in Dynasty and consider his 2019 a breakout? What kind of production You see in a full season? We will call him J.D.D.Davis in 2020?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Feels like a guy who is Trey Mancini at best, and unrosterable at worst

      • iChiro says:
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        He’s no Yitz Youngstein.

  62. Giacomo says:
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    Do You think Dustin May will have a rotation spot in 2020? What You think his ceiling his?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be surprised if May’s in the rotation to start the year, but will be in it for 15+ starts — he has #1 upside eventually

  63. Russ says:
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    Tucker sitting again with a right hander on the mound and Reddick starting in RF. What the actual F!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So ridiculous

      • Russ says:
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        Should I continue to hold Tucker with already using 4 of my 7 moves for the week in 12 Team H2H Categories, first round of the playoffs. Or look to make a move for Jake Cave or Nate Lowe or just ride it out until later in the week and see if my 3 moves are better used elsewhere?

        Thank You!

        • Russ says:
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          Josh Rojas and Ronny Rodriguez are also available if you think I should move on.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Meh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold for now

      • toolshed says:
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        Ugh. Unbelievable. They should have just traded him

        • toolshed says:
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          Altuve and Alvarez are out of the lineup too and they still cant find room for tucker. Of course Reddick is playing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s crazy

  64. William Hung says:
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    Eaton has a bad bone bruise and the expectation is that he’ll be out the rest of the week – he was on a roll too! Hopefully he’ll be back for my playoff matchup next week but i’m not optimistic since he was already out a week when he first injured his knee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not a huge fan of Eaton, but it doesn’t sound major

      • William Hung says:
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        me neither but can’t take away what he’s done for the past month – as a former Benintendi owner, he was doing what I drafted Beni for

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I can see that

  65. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Cano activated today, and I need to decide if I keep/cut. Do you think he’ll be near-full time (he was really hot just before he got hurt)?

    Cut: Canha; Nunez; Castro; or (as I assume), Cano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d cut Cano

  66. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Analagous question: In another league, Encanarcion (activated today) is a FA. Will he play enough to be more desirable than Canha?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess so, yeah

  67. The Other JC says:
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    Riddle me this.

    What do JD Davis, Laureano, Moose, Bryant, W Smith, Altuve and Muncy have in common? They are not in my lineup playing today. What a week for everyone to be out. Only three moves left for the week so I may be cooked.

    Some kind of prayer ring is needed.

    • William Hung says:
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      is Laureano back from the IL?

      • The Other JC says:
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        The old thinking was for gimbal to be activated today. Now it could be the weekend. Davis and a Moose both left Monday’s games do who knows how long they will be out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forming a hexagon for you now, bow your head with me

  68. Gotime says:
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    Is Toro an add for H2H playoffs (they play Oak and @ KC) next week – be dropping Ford and Dustin May to make room

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, lose May

  69. William Hung says:
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    Sonnavabyeweek – Paxton better pitch more like tonight and less like last week @ SEA when I need him next week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that was a helluva start

  70. Jon says:
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    Looking to add some SP depth for the playoffs. Considering a ton of guys: Musgrove, Leake, Framber Valdez, Brett Anderson, Logan Webb, Alex Young, Gonsolin, Elieser Hernandez, Brock Burke, Joe Ross, Dylan Bundy…

    Any of those guys worth adding, dropping Strahm, Maeda, Diego Castillo, or Shane Greene? I can make multiple moves if they make sense. QS league if that makes a difference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, but I’d look at matchups

      • Jon says:
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        Who would you drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them are droppable

  71. William Hung says:
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    George Springer answered the call to get Kyle Tucker more PT – got taken out of the game in the 6th – hopefully it’s not a serious injury

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s just like Springer, always the giver

  72. thurman says:
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    put some faab on tucker? he’s still on waivers in my 12 team mixed league. my team is on bye this week for week 1 of the playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Springer’s injured bad, I don’t know yet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sounds bad for Springer, at least a week… I’d grab Tucker

  73. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP

    Who do I drop to activate Encarnacion?

    C W Smith
    1B Votto
    2B Moustakas
    SS Lindor
    3B Chapman
    CI Olson
    MI Polanco
    OF JD Martinez
    OF K Davis
    OF Puig
    UTL Vogelbach
    UTL Lux
    BN Franmil
    BN Danny Santana

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogel

  74. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Long time no comment.
    Wondering who you would be dropping to activate E.Encarnacion? Trying to get this H2H keeper league team as ready for the playoffs as I can. I have a couple of other guys that may be off the DL soon as well in Kluber/Snell.
    C-T.D’ARNAUD
    1B-JD DAVIS
    2B-O.ALBIES
    3B-N.ARENADO
    SS-A.BREGMAN
    OF-TROUT, ACUNA, SOTO,
    UTIL-KEPLER, OZUNA
    BENCH-C.SEAGER, K.TUCKER
    DL-E.ENCARNACION

    SP-J.PAXTON, P.CORBIN, S.BIEBER, D.GERMAN, A.HEANEY, ED.RODRIGUEZ, C.SMITH
    RP-IGLESIAS, HENDRICKS, T.ROGERS, H.NERIS
    DL-KLUBER, SNELL

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