(NOTE: THIS POST WAS RELEASED EARLY THIS WEEK ON OUR PATREON. IT’S $10/MONTH)

Pirates, much like Adam Levine, love themselves some booty. Booty, however, like the philospher Immanuel Kant once said, “Comes in different shapes and sizes.” Kevin Newman is one type of booty; a treasure chest you dig up in a backyard that is actually just a whole roasted pig your Hawaiian neighbors buried is another type of booty; the entire Pirates’ pitching staff is one type of booty; Rodolfo Castro is another type of booty. Cole Tucker dating Vanessa Hudgens is actually all types of booty rolled up into one. Her, good booty; him, bad booty; them together; a booty of surprising complexity. So, is Rodolfo Castro really just about being hot right now? Yes, you hundred-percent ding-dong! There’s only, like, twelve days left. I’m not talking about what he can do in a keeper or for 2023 fantasy. Do I think Rodolfo Castro has any hope in the big picture? Meh, Castro’s got too many red flags. All of them have a hammer and sickle too. Grab him now for now. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Yan Gomes – You know it’s the end of the season when I’m out here telling you to grab Yan Gomes. Can’t even properly remember the Great Lakes with Gomes, yet here we are!

Jonah Heim – From SuperBad to SuperGood, Jonah Heim was kinda neither, but he’s been SuperRosterable.

Carlos Santana – “This is one we haven’t seen yet in 2023. The Angels have moved their entire outfield right behind the 2nd baseman to try to stop the .405-hitting Carlos Santana from getting yet another single…But that leaves open the entire left side of the outfield for Carlos to get his 48th inside-the-park homer this year, and his 60th homer on the year. Just as Aaron Judge cleansed the home run record, they’ve ruined it yet again.” That’s next year when there’s no more shift.

Daniel Vogelbach – This guy’s bat has been hot and he looks like a keg with legs, what’s not to like?

Kerry Carpenter – Nothing gets me down like rainy days and Mondays, nothing gets me up like Carpenter’s homers.

Seth Brown – Once the season is over, I’ll go over the top 20 at each position and top 40 at outfield and starters, and right now Seth Brown is battling it out with Yandy Diaz for the 20th spot out of 1st basemen on the Player Rater. *bites nails* Eek, who is going to do it?!

Nick Gordon – “Hey, turn this up for my brother.” Nick Gordon when he hears The Doors’ People Are Strange on the radio.

Tony Kemp – If you drafted this year by only grabbing guys you could carry, you’d be stacked with Nick Gordon, Triston McKenzie and Tony Kemp. Stacked all neatly on your lap.

Oswaldo Cabrera – It’s illustrative of everything you need to know about September fantasy baseball that Oswaldo Cabrera has been solid and worth rostering, but not so much Oswald Peraza, even though in the big picture Peraza is almost guaranteed to be better.

Gunnar Henderson – Real question: Gunnar or Oneil Cruz next year? I’m not sure, but I know I want both.

Elvis Andrus – This comes with the big caveat that if at least three people are paying attention in your league, Andrus isn’t available. Luis Rengifo is also supposedly pickupable (totally a word!), but I have my doubts. Dressed like a nun, I am Meryl Streep recreating the movie Doubt but about these ownership numbers.

Ezequiel Tovar – Just gave you my Ezequiel Tovar fantasy. It was written on the backside of a treasure map.

Yoan Moncada – I was about to say Moncada is doing well for a while, but looked at the 30-day Player Rater, and, well, Larry David meh face, he’s been okay. Moncada has been better than that LD meh face over the last week, so I would grab him. Will be interesting to see where Moncada’s drafted next year. Kidding. No, it won’t. Literally can’t think of a less interesting thing. He’ll be projected for 15/3/.240 and ranked around 300th overall and I will put up some deuces when you ask about him for a bounce back.

Gio Urshela – This guy’s stats school Moncada’s, must be why he abbreviates his name Gio U.

Oscar Gonzalez – So this is kinda irrelevant for this week — for this week: He’s hot, that’s all you need to know — but the irrelevant bit is Gonzalez doesn’t strike out much and hits for average, just as he’s done since 2015 in the minors, which makes it even more inconceivable — inconceivable! — that he wasn’t promoted until this year. He’s basically been a 20-homer, .280 hitter for the last eight years, but is a rookie because. Dot dot dot. Question mark. Ted Knight yelling, “Well?!”

Bryan De La Cruz – Abbreviating his name BDLC and that sounds like someone simultaneously getting a BLT and stroke.

Mark Mathias – Want one name of a guy who will be included in this Buy who by this time next year you won’t even recall if he was a baseball player or a guy you want to high school with? Look no further!

Yonathan Daza – Not to be confused with Yonny Daza, who is the star of the Venezuelan remake, Who’s the Jefe?

Jose Siri – Just gave you my Jose Siri fantasy. It was written while arguing with my iPhone.

Robbie Grossman – If you don’t pick up Grossman while singing Eazy E’s Dopeman, then we are not the same. Thankfully, because I ain’t trying to do a 23-year-bid, due to our DNA being the same.

Davis Martin – This is a Streamonator call, like the call it makes to Yankee Stadium to speak to Aaron Judge.

Reid Detmers – This is also a Streamonator call. “If the person who caught your 62nd homer doesn’t want to return it, I can rip their arm off while they grasp the baseball to return to you. All I want in return is friendship.”

Domingo Acevedo – Thinking about having my season come down to hoping the A’s have a save opportunity, then rooting for Acevedo. Kind of scenario the Fantasy Baseball Overlord thinks about as he laughs himself to sleep.

Pete Fairbanks – Ya know who Pete Fairbanks sounds like? A 1950s actor, who time traveled here, and to try to fit in he changed his name from Peter to Pete.

Jose Leclerc – Too bad the season is ending, it would’ve been fun to see who the Rangers randomly named their closer next month. “Matt Bush, it’s your turn to shine!” “Um, coach, I’m now on the Brewers.” “Can you commute, in case of a lead?”

Rafael Montero – Not only Montero, but think about James Karinchak, Adam Ottavino and anyone else who might be used in the final week for saves, so teams going to the playoffs can rest their closers. Kinda crazy James Karinchak isn’t just rostered everywhere with how good he’s been. *holds up bottle of shampoo* This Karinchak buy is brought to you by L’oreal, the shampoo most likely to bring an unnatural sheen to your hair.

SELL

Everyone – Stop looking for an “everyone” on your fantasy team. Everyone isn’t a person, it’s everyone. Keanu, “Whoa.” You can’t wait for some phantom hot streak that may or may not come. I’d drop everyone this final week-plus if they’re not performing. This is also a drop for all starting pitchers on any teams that have already made the playoffs and might only see a few innings in the next week. In general, I can’t imagine any playoff-bound starter getting more than five innings. When I see Justin Verlander only throwing, like, 70 pitches, I know we’re in uncharted territory for trying to rest starters. This uncharted territory on maps is named: Even-Dusty-Baker-Is-Pulling-Starters-After-70-Pitches-Land. It’s between the Arabian Sea and Halftheteamshavenocloseristan. There’s no time to wait! You need to do whatever it takes to win your league! Don’t be afraid of success! Be the hero you always dreamt yourself to be! Be a bright, shining star who is able to win a fantasy baseball league! Be the man you see when you look in the reflection of your computer screen while your fantasy team page is loading!

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lolmets
lolmets
8 days ago

kwan carried me to the finals

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lolmets
lolmets
Reply to  Grey
7 days ago

<3

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
8 days ago

Saves ROS – Effros or Acevedo?

Cohen
Cohen
8 days ago

Please pick top 3
Kirby home vs Tex
Lynn at Minny
Ryan at Det
Heaney home vs Pitt
Walker home vs Mia
Quintana home vs Pitt

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
8 days ago

Strategy question in Roto. I lead the team behind me in ERA by a little less than .10. I lead the next 2 closest teams in saves by 5 and 11 respectively. I am trailing in wins to the team immediately behind me in the overall standings by 1 win and lead them by 102 K’s and .017 in WHIP. He has 13 SP starts left, and I have 11. Should I start Javier today at the Orioles, or hope a bullpen of Finnegan, Duran, Floro, Bautista, Helsley, Edwin Diaz, LeClerc, and Fairbanks can hold it together for the next 10 days while punting wins?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
8 days ago

Are you of the overall opinion I should use all of my starts provided they are, say, over $10 on Streamonator?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
8 days ago

Right, but starting Sandoval vs. oak, Ray vs. Tex, Carrasco vs. Mia, and Greene vs. Pit makes sense in this situation.

Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money
8 days ago

Seth Brown or Josh Jung ROS? It’s a keeper league.

Kelenic or Franmil ROS? It’s a keeper league.

Luzardo or Heaney ROS? It’s a keeper league.

Thanks!

Crazy J
Crazy J
8 days ago

Me and Teoscar cruising down PCH with the top down with Acuna selecting our music, as we cruise to finishing nowhere…

VinWins
VinWins
8 days ago

The Quality Start streak for Framber is done.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
8 days ago

I was up 7-4-1 comfortable in some categories,

My opponent owns Oscar Gonzales, Hunter Renfroe, Eloy Gimenez, and Will Smith.

See you next season!!

c762062790
c762062790
9 days ago

More Homers and RBIs ROS: Oswaldo/Gunnar/Nimmo?

Jon
Jon
9 days ago

Looking at 2023, is Josh Jung a good CI option for a mixed league? This is what I’m looking at in terms of keeper bats:

C Smith $10
1B Abreu $33 or Bell $26
2B Torres $4
3B Arenado $44 or Bregman $31
SS Lindor $35
MI Adames $6
CI Jung $4
OF Betts $40
OF Acuna $20
OF Carroll $4
OF Happ $4
DH

Total budget is $325. That offense is about $200 and I’ll put about $50 towards pitching, leaving $75 or so to fill holes in the draft.

IMO it’s a strong group, especially if Jung belongs and I can let a couple of those pricey 1B/3B go. What do you think?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
9 days ago

Happy Weekend Grey!

Need some help today/tomorrow for a save or 2 (championship ends on Sunday). Which RP you think has the better shot at a save this weekend:

Evan Phillips (LAD) – Kimbrel demoted
Domingo Acevedo (OAK) basically got 4 consecutive saves…but is on the AAA’s

Thanks as always and good luck in your playoffs!

Tom
Tom
9 days ago

Drop Cron for one of Nimmo, Wong, Vinnie P, Santana, Noot or Ward?

Order listed isn’t thinking on order of pref.

Thank you for everything this season!

The tone ranger
The tone ranger
9 days ago

Hey grey I might have to keep streaming guys this weekend to have any chance to win ks, and Wins this week. If you or anyone have advice out of these guys would be super appreciative

Ortiz – (pit) vs cubs (weather in pitt tomorrow tho?)
Clevinger @ col
Grove (lad) vs stl
Anibal @ mia
Freeland vs SD
Bundy vs min
Junis @ ari
Sears vs nym
Alexander (det) @ cws

Thanks!

VinWins
VinWins
9 days ago

Just before Pujols hit the first one, the announcer said he was 2 swings from 700. I thought, “That’s a lot of pressure.” But he only took 2 more swings.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
9 days ago

Unfortunate for Cards’ announcer Dan McLaughlin to miss out on calling #700 since the game was on Apple TV, but I can’t say I was disappointed.

They didn’t give Albert a chance at 701 off of a position player, so Alex Burleson got his first instead.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
9 days ago

Haha. If you squinted, you couldn’t tell the difference (and ignored he hit left-handed).

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
9 days ago

Braxton Garret Let’s go!

Follow me on Grimey Streams dot com lol

Will
Will
10 days ago

Well, it took until Sept 23rd but we finally have the Buxton season-ending surgery announcement:

“Byron Buxton is set to undergo season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday. The Twins are describing it as “insignificant” and “a cleanup” procedure, and said that had the Twins been in the playoff hunt that Buxton would have returned to action and delayed the surgery. Instead, he’ll get it done now and he’s expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training in 2023.”

So his season ends at 92 games and 340 at bats. Buxton still has only played more than 100 games and had more than 400 at bats once in 8 MLB seasons (2017 with 140 and 462). I think I’m gonna let someone else deal with Buxton’s injuries next fantasy season.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

You should draft him next year, as after I drop him in the offseason (finally) 2023 will turn out to be the year he gets 500 at bats and goes .300 / 52 / 115 / 10.

captain obvious
captain obvious
10 days ago

What’s up with the podcast?

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

I can look on here but I use best fantasy podcasts to see them all. Yours hasn’t updated but probably just takes awhile. Thanks.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
10 days ago

Have we heard if Christian Javier has been pushed to the bullpen?

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

ESPN has him listed as the starter on Sunday against Baltimore:

https://www.espn.com/mlb/schedule

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Well, I checked 3 sources, MLB had TBD, RWire has him as the starter (but not in ‘bold’ print) and ESPN had him listed so I picked that one. I don’t trust ESPN for much but sometimes they are actually right on simple things like starting pitchers. Guess we’ll find out on Sunday morning.

Gotime
Gotime
10 days ago

Keeper league you prefer next year $23 Olson or $23 Bregman points league

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Feeling the same … might woof them both and call it a season grab cheaper bat next year

aardvark
aardvark
10 days ago

After losing Julio I need to use my last move on a CF. Do I go Bryan Reynolds or Ahmed Rosario?

Reynolds vs. Assad, Miley and Sampson next 3 days or

Rosario @ Jon Gray, Otto and Ragans

Dubjay
Dubjay
10 days ago

Hey Grey,
im trying to decide who to drop between Schreiber and Leclerc. Their numbers have both been great lately but Schreiber hasn’t gotten many save opp and Barlow is back tonight in Texas. Call me crazy but I’m planning on dropping one for old man Pujols. He has three LHP in a row. Just missed a bomb last night as well. Plus I have JROD and ACUÑA riding the pine

Dubjay
Dubjay
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

absolutely brutal timing

Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money
10 days ago

Karinchak and Montero or Bednar and Chris Martin for saves? Or which two?

Kimbrel a drop?

Do you think Suzuki is back next week?

Thanks!

Show Me the Money
Show Me the Money
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Phillips taken.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
10 days ago

Grey,

Real quick.

1) Would you drop David Villar for

Kim @ COL this weekend
Yoan Moncado

And

2) Would you do it (meaning drop Villar for Kim or Yoan) and start either over Rowdy Tellez

I’m up 6-3-3 by the skin of my teeth. It’s so close as both of our teams are cold. I need something.

Thank you !

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Thanks Grey !

Luigi
Luigi
10 days ago

chasing saves in a H2H playoff that ends on Sunday.
Can grab 2, if need be.

Do you suggest grabbing closers on bad teams: Diaz (CN), Flor, Herget, Melancon OR setup men on good teams with chance to get saves Karinchak, Montero, Ottavino, Bellatti

Russ
Russ
10 days ago

It’s confirmed that Derek Shelton read your buy column and said not on my watch Grey

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Yep! Rodolfo has started every game since the end of August and the day he is your lede boom on the bench lol

DrEasy
DrEasy
10 days ago

Would you start Darvish tomorrow @ Colorado?

DrEasy
DrEasy
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Makes sense… Also, who is Cody Morris, and would you stream him today @ Texas ?

DrEasy
DrEasy
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Thanks, and have a great weekend!

ashtray
ashtray
10 days ago

Who would you start:

Tovar home vs Manaea or Gunnar away vs Urquidy

Escobar away vs Irvin or Rengifo away vs Varland

Thanks!

steeldeal211
steeldeal211
10 days ago

Please pick one
Merril Kelly home vs SF or
Davis Martin home vs Det

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
10 days ago

Hi Grey,

Great sport miracles: The 69 Mets and me using my 34 innings for the rest of the season correctly

The following are the starts that I am going to make: Do you agree?

1, Corbin Burnes at Cinn.
2.Corbin Burnes at home against Miami
3.Nick Lodolo home against Milwaukee
4.Alex Cobb at home against Colorado
5,Tyler Anderson at home against Colorado
6.Cristian Javier at home against Arizona

I was therefore going to pass on the following starts.

A. Pablo Lopez at Milwaukee
B. Alex Cobb at AZ
C. Brady Singer at home against Seattle
D. Jeffery Springs at Milwaukee

Thanks so much for your help through out the season.

Martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Thanks so much! you have a good heart !

Papa Jean Segura
Papa Jean Segura
10 days ago

I am winning ratios 2.64 Era 1.14 whip to 4.80/ 1.37 I have 3 wins vs. His 2 with even IP. That said I have Urquiddy @ Bal, Singer vs. Sea, and Springs vs. Tor. Should I just start them all? I need to sweep pitching if possible cause he has all the Yankees bats. Thanks for everything Grey.