(NOTE: THIS POST WAS RELEASED EARLY YESTERDAY ON OUR PATREON. IT’S $5/MONTH.)

Is it already time for my Jonathan Schoop pickup post this year? Geez, time does fly. Like your mother! What does that mean? I thought I heard she was a flight attendant. If not, I’m so sorry. Like your mother! What? I thought I heard she was very polite and always said sorry. Guess she’s a terrible person. My bad, was trying to be nice. So, Schoop, rhymes with dope, not Shoop, Shoop-e-doop. Uh, here I go, here I go, here I go again. Five girl readers, what’s my weakness? Men (who play baseball)! Damn it! I promised myself I wouldn’t make any allusions to Salt-N-Pepa. By the way, George Clooney has really nice hair. What color is it? SALT AND PEPPER! God damn it! Okay, so Schoop has cut his Ks (minimally), but is hitting better than usual with a much flatter swing. Considering how much he would loft the ball vs. now? I think he can get power and average with his new swing. Maybe call it the New Jonathan Swing — Tony! Toni! Tone! says Feels Good! If nothing else, Schoop is worth rostering because he’s A) Not rostered in nearly enough leagues. B) Showing off a new swing that’s working for him, and is around a top 10 2nd baseman on our Player Rater. C) There’s no C. D) There was no C, why would there be a D? E) Grumbles F) Me, stop listing letters! Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Joey Bart – I wanted to list Austin Nola here. Oh boy did I! (You buying that enthusiasm? Yeah, might’ve laid it on too thick.) But Nola is owned in 70% of leagues, and, hey, Joey Bart isn’t a bad consolation prize. Like when you won a fishbowl and guppy and turned that into a lovely fish dinner and a toilet to empty your bowels later.

Ryan Mountcastle – People seem more on top of adding and dropping players this year. Jake Cronenworth? Over 50% owned. Tommy La Stella? You La know it. Wilmer Flores? Yeah, brings a tear to my ear. Any hoo! Mountcastle has looked great so far, actually better than I expected from him on plate discipline. Orioles aren’t a straight L either on offense (their pitching still sucks dog balls).

Brandon Belt – There’s been no one hotter over the last few games, and I was thisclose to making him my lede buy, but, holy crap, Belt is boring. It’s like wearing a belt with sweatpants. Enjoy your prom, loser! What the hell are you going to say exciting about Brandon Belt? He had two great games. *makes farting noises with hand in armpit*

Mitch Moreland – Bit surprised he’s not getting a ton of people more excited, but maybe it’s his platooning. If he’s traded, that might become more pronounced. Pronounced, by the way, like how I say Castillo. Very authentic.

Luis Garcia – I’ve often wondered about guys with super boring names. If they were named something like Julio McBlast, if they’d be owned in more leagues. But Mountcastle is a pretty cool name (especially if you’re into BBC detective shows — yo, is Olivia Colman on Mountcastle? David Tennant?). Luis Garcia sounds more boring than his stats say he will be. He should get the ABs too.

Cesar Hernandez – Cesar’s a hot table-setter like a salad with anchovies wrapped in a toga. Yum!

Jon Berti – Everyone seemed excited about owning Berti in the preseason when they thought he was going to play. Then when it seemed like he wasn’t going to play, everyone rightfully cooled on him, but now that he’s playing again, people haven’t warmed on him again. Jon’s Berrrrrrti, Berrrrrrti good, at least for steals.

Brendan Rodgers – This isn’t — thisn’t? — to actually pick up Rodgers or think he’s going to get ABs. This is just a troll of Bud Black.

Jose Garcia – Here’s what I said the other day, “(Garcia) was called up for the Reds to be their starting shortstop. Prospect Will wrote back in December, “Jose Garcia already broke out in 2019, everyone else just didn’t notice. He’s not the player we thought he was, people just haven’t realized yet. For one, despite being listed at 6’2” 175 lbs., Garcia is likely closer to 6’4” 205, partially due to misinformation and partially due to the amount of work he’s done to add strength. He’s also added all of this strength while maintaining his elite athleticism, helping him steal 15 bases this year. Garcia had a big power breakout this year, adding over 20 feet to his fly ball distance, but it went almost completely unnoticed due to the pitcher friendly conditions of the FSL. My biggest issue with Garcia is that he rarely walks, and my biggest problem with Grey is everything.” And that’s me quoting me quoting Will! My Blink takeaway for a player comp is Alex Gonzalez — power/a bit of speed/no walks/good glove.

Sam Haggerty – Could be what you thought you were getting from Dee Gordon this year. Absolutely nothing and some steals? Yeah, pretty much.

Willy Adames – If I had a chance with the Rays or Rockies, I would totally pull a Karen and insist on speaking to their manager. Is Adames really a cleanup hitter? Guess we should be happy Cash isn’t using him as his closer.

Evan Longoria – Fresh off his appearance at the DNC endorsing ‘using spoons for every meal,’ Longoria has been hot.

Raimel Tapia – True story! I ping our writer, Coolwhip, before writing up this post to discuss with him the image that will accompany this post. This week I said I was thinking about Tapia, but worried that if I focused too much on him, and how awesome Tapia was, then all weekend he would be inexplicably benched. Bud Black has me so shook.

MacKenzie Gore – You might’ve heard me ask Podcaster Ralph this week, where’s MacKenzie Gore, and PR sounded as unsure as I am. I love Gore — horrorcore! Rawr! I legit don’t like gory movies at all, and can’t lie. — but I don’t know where Gore is. I’m hoping we see him soon.

Ian Anderson – Just gave you my Ian Anderson fantasy. It was written while enjoying a Yoo-Hoo.

Tanner Roark – This is a Streamonater call like the call it makes to hotline on the side of the Mobil 1 synthetic oil bottle.

Jordan Montgomery – This is also a Streamonator call. “Yes, I just chugged a full bottle down. No, I don’t need emergency assistance. I just wanted to talk.”

Taylor Williams – Not sure what the term is to describe closers this year, but I think it’s polysyllabic and German. One bright spot has been Taylor Williams. No, this makes no sense.

Gregory Soto – Could’ve also listed Jose Cisnero, and, you’re not gonna believe this, I just did. Don’t *uck with Farmer, which is also what my bumper sticker says on my tractor.

Diego Castillo – In the immortal words of anyone trying to figure out who the Rays’ closer is, “Good freakin’ luck,” but you can give Castillo a shot. Nick Anderson, if he was dropped, should be rostered too, since he’s due to return.

Richard Rodriguez – It’s not a pissing contest to see who can own the worst closers, but, if it were, grab Dick-Rod.

Daniel Bard – Does your autocorrect change Bard to Barf? That’s not a mistake.

SELL

Mike Yastrzemski – Okay, confession alert! In this insanely goofy season, for Sells, I am going to the Player Rater, looking at guys who are in the top 25 or so and seeing who doesn’t seem like they belong. In a short season, there’s no rhyme or reason to who is doing well vs. poorly. Is Arenado a guy who should be around 150th most valuable? No. Is Yaz Jr. Jr. a top 15 overall hitter? C’mon. This is likely the last week I’m doing “sell high” vs. just drops because trade deadlines are about to pass. Am I trading Yaz Jr. Jr. for a bucket and mop used by the world’s heaviest man? No. But I would look at our Fantasy Baseball Trade Analyzer and explore options.

 
  1. Sandman says:
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    Woo! Great write-up!

    Christian Walker or Mitch Moreland? Is it close? I have a feeling that the Red Sox will try to trade Moreland, and he may end up in a better situation.

    I currently have Walker and I only have about 16 moves left in the league. If it’s a must do move, then I’ll bite the bullet and swap the two.

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s close, prolly coin flip…Walker is bit more interesting

  2. Brett says:
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    Drop Brantley for Clint frazier will myers, peralta or Hilliard

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      I would take Myers over Brantley and maybe Frazier over him as well. I dropped Brantley this week in a league that has OBP as a category.

  3. Kcc26 says:
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    Schoop over Cano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Love it when my questions are asked for me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  4. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Every time I use Tapia I get an 0 for 4. I have added him in every league the past few years usually as a 1-day fill-in, I get that performance, and then he gets dropped.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  5. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Grey,

    What are your 10 favorite hip-hop albums?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea…Low End Theory is in there…you?

      • Sandman says:
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        Illmatic?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s prolly in the top 10

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        I had it on cassette in the 90s and it is good but Q-Tip’s voice is a bit annoying for me, so the album does not make my favorite 10 list.

        I started listening to Kendrick Lamar on your advice some years back. “To Pimp a Butterfly” is in my favorite 10.

        Others-
        Genius/GZA- “Liquid Swords”
        Raekwon- “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…”
        Wu-Tang Clan- “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”
        Goodie Mob- “Soul Food”
        OutKast- “ATLiens”
        Organized Konfusion- “Stress (The Extinction Agenda)”
        Nas- “Illmatic”
        Makaveli- “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory”
        Main Source- “Breaking Atoms”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t argue with any of these, just so many good albums…hard to not put all of Kendrick’s albums in top 10…he’s like the Acuna of rappers

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            Yeah, all of Kendrick Lamar’s stuff is good.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              To Pimp is best tho, as of now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You ever listen to the Spotify podcast about the album?

              • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                I did not. I will try to remember to check that out late tonight

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s great, one of the best pods — called dissect

                  • Rpboyz says:
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                    Great List! good to see ATLiens in there, but i do believe aquemini is the better album. Also, dont forget some Tribe ( i see u grey!) and some Rakim!! -Rp

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Stankonia’s the album for me

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          As noted, those are my favorites. Favorite does not always mean best.

          “Reasonable Doubt” and “Aquemini” but each has a couple tracks I rarely listen to.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Very rare I can listen to any album straight thru…I think Igor was only one of the last two years

            • here comes the pizza says:
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              Igor was awesome. Definitely remember talking about that with you here the week it came out

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah one of best of last 5 years

          • Jade says:
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            gotta give a listen to Nas – Stillmatic in there lupe fiascos _ food and liquor and j coles mixtape the warm up Straight fire

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agree all solid albums, but top 10 of all time?

        • Stef says:
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          Great list. You must be about my age haha

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks! Yes, 24!

        • Crime Dog says:
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          Bring It On by Organized Konfusion is a disgusting song

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Is disgusting good?

        • Jairo says:
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          Give a listen to the albums Stillmatic by nas Lupe fiasco food and liquor and j coles the warm up

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Solid albums but top 10?

    • JDB says:
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      If Paul’s Boutique is not at or near the top of any best ever hip hop list, something’s wrong. The B-Boys and the Dust Bros made a masterpiece.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ain’t for me

        • JDB says:
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          Well, you also have Tupac in your top 5 rappers of all time, so it’s kind of hard to take you seriously….heh.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn

  6. Nitro says:
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    I picked up Belt today for my once a year boring adventure. In Colorado next week as well. Also “Cuth” was my impulse buy today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  7. 183414 says:
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    A strong commissioner would have all teams play unless there was a torrential downpour. But we all know that Manfred is as woke and weak commissioner as there exists.

  8. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I am thinking about trading Jo Adell. What names would be considered fair valuie to ask for in return for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a shallow redraft? Nothing

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Its a dynasty/keeper league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How deep?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            10 teams

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      Tons of fair value for Adell in a single season league. Keeper or dynasty? That’s a different story altogether and I don’t have a good answer unless I get more info. In what areas is your team weak (if any)?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        position wise I need a backup C and a SP.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bauer?

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            im thinking Will Smith of LAD,

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Seems fair, I wouldn’t

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                ok, i might hold him then. is Smith the starting C?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    would you do Jeffress and Shoemaker for either J. Urias or Kopech?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d take Urias

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      Grey,
                      They accepted Jeffress and Shoemaker for Urias

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice!

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      now that I have that set, i will need to get roster to under 45 player at seasons end. Currently im at 50. So I am thinking about dropping at leat 6-7 players. This is my roster currently with their salary. Which ones should I drop?

                      C Mitch Garver (MIN) $6.00
                      C J.T. Realmuto (PHI) $26.00
                      1B/OF Cody Bellinger (LAD) $29.00
                      1B Freddie Freeman (ATL) $30.00
                      1B/3B Yuli Gurriel (HOU) $33.00
                      1B/OF Austin Slater (SF) $5.00
                      1B Luke Voit (NYY) $27.00
                      2B Jose Altuve (HOU) $34.00
                      2B/SS Nick Madrigal (CWS) IL $5.00
                      2B/SS Donovan Solano (SF) $5.00
                      3B Alec Bohm (PHI) $5.00
                      3B Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. (TOR) $6.00
                      3B Jose Ramirez (CLE) $53.00
                      SS Bo Bichette (TOR) $6.00
                      SS Didi Gregorius (PHI) $22.00
                      OF Jo Adell (LAA) $5.00
                      OF Yordan Alvarez (HOU) $6.00
                      OF Michael Brantley (HOU) $30.00
                      OF Lorenzo Cain (MIL) OPTED OUT $17.00
                      OF J.D. Martinez (BOS) $39.00
                      OF Luis Robert (CWS) $5.00
                      OF Eddie Rosario (MIN) $18.00
                      OF Nick Senzel (CIN) $6.00
                      UT/SP Shohei Ohtani (LAA) $34.00
                      SP Trevor Bauer (CIN) $35.00
                      SP Yu Darvish (CHC) $33.00
                      SP Sonny Gray (CIN) $29.00
                      SP/RP Chad Green (NYY) $5.00
                      SP Cristian Javier (HOU) $5.00
                      SP Clayton Kershaw (LAD) $29.00
                      SP Corey Kluber (TEX) IL $42.00
                      SP Tristan McKenzie (CLE) $5.00
                      SP Casey Mize (DET) $5.00
                      SP Frankie Montas (OAK) $6.00
                      SP Chris Paddack (SD) $6.00
                      SP James Paxton (NYY) $34.00
                      SP Chris Sale (BOS) IL (+) $42.00
                      SP Max Scherzer (WAS) $47.00
                      SP Luis Severino (NYY) IL (+) $33.00
                      SP Justus Sheffield (SEA) $6.00
                      SP/RP Julio Urias (LAD) $6.00
                      RP Nick Anderson (TB) $6.00
                      RP Giovanny Gallegos (STL) $6.00
                      RP Will Harris (WAS) $6.00
                      RP Daniel Hudson (WAS) $6.00
                      RP Raisel Iglesias (CIN) $39.00
                      RP Corey Knebel (MIL) $26.00
                      RP Emilio Pagan (SD) $6.00
                      RP Tanner Rainey (WAS) $5.00
                      RP Will Smith (ATL) $17.00

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, gotcha!

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      so who should i drop? I am thinking: Mitch Garver, Solano, L. Cain, Chad Green, C. Kluber, W. Harris as 6 of my 8 drops. What do you think of those 6 and what 2 others do you think?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Maybe, still time left in the season

                    • Scott Kimmel says:
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                      ok ill ask u about it in about 4 weeks

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Make it 3 and a half

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          I would keep Adell then.

  9. Nightpandas says:
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    Who ya like more in an obp keeper Soto or FTJ? 15 teams with R h sb rbi hr k obp slg

    Happy Friday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      FTJ

      • JDB says:
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        Ouch, I don’t disagree, but as a heavy investor in Sexy Dr. Pepper, I feel like I just got kicked in the fun jewels a bit….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  10. Fred says:
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    I need to activate David Peterson since he’s now off the IL, even though I won’t be starting him tonight vs. the yankees. Who should I drop for the roster spot:

    Rich Hill, Kwang Kim, or Turnbull? Or perhaps none of these guys are worth dropping for Peterson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Peterson

  11. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Lose Laureano for Clint Frazier? I know you’ve preached patience on Laureano but feel like this one is close.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah I wouldn’t

  12. jbona3 says:
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    Grey, I’m in 2nd in my keeper league and have been riding Yaz jr. jr. all season and want to make a charge at 1st – should I hold him for ROS or look to trade him? And what’s a realistic return to consider?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you need, do you need what he provides?

      • Jbona3 says:
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        I need HR/RBI or K/ratio help. But the first place team is pretty dominant, so Yaz contributes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then he’s a hold

  13. Prince George says:
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    Hi Grey, 15 team, 5×5, dynasty league, who do you want for the long haul A. Riley (Atl OF) or L. Garcia (Wash 2B/SS)? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley, but prolly close

  14. clanders12 says:
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    10-team 6×6 roto league (OBP/QS), five-man bench, daily waivers, start 14 hitters and 10 pitchers

    I’ve had very strong pitching up to this point — leading in W, ERA and WHIP — and now I’m in first place and looking to shore up my main weaknesses: rate stats (8th in AVG, 5th in OBP) and steals (9th). Was offered Story, Montas and Joakim Soria for Darvish, Lynn and Taylor Rogers. I’d still have Maeda, Lamet, Corbin and Bassitt in the rotation (plus there’s an IP limit that I’m already more than halfway to) and Iglesias, Rosenthal, Rich-Rod and Cisnero for saves. Is that too much to give up for Story, or should I pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Story

  15. Guy says:
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    Who do you like more ROS, Jose Garcia or Mountcastle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mouncastle

  16. Yoyoma says:
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    Drop laureano for haggerty?

    Also, start Hendricks tonight at Cindy? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah…Cindy? Whoa, sure

  17. 7474505B says:
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    Who do you like more ROS, Jose Garcia or Mountcastle?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mountcastle

  18. Cram It says:
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    Go look it up instead of bringing it to a fantasy baseball site, please and thank you.

  19. Cram It says:
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    Frazier was just sitting there in ‘Perts! Thanks guys ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crap, should’ve been on top of that

      • Cram It says:
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        Guess it happens when you’re in 17 leagues.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not even in that many!

  20. pflip says:
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    Madrigal over either LaStella! or McMahon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      La Stella

  21. hot corner says:
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    Taylor Williams got shellacked last night and I rage dropped him. It was about the 5th time that I have raged dropped an RP this year. RP’s suck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devin Williams sounds much better tbh

  22. crimedog says:
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    Scherzer seems a bit off, are you trusting Moreland and Bogarts against scherzer over say Kyle Lewis @ Heaney and Matt Olson @ McCullers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Lewis, Olson

  23. fausto

    fausto says:
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    Drop Danny Santana for either Luis Garcia(wsh) or Jose Garcia (cin) need a SS that’s going to do anything for the next 4 weeks and grabbed haggerty 2 days ago for my mi slot for the sagnof.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luis

  24. philip says:
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    Jose Garcia or Plesac? I could use what each of them (potentially) provide in my keeper league. Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plesac

  25. Joe Beísbol says:
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    Would you rather play Suarez (facing Hendricks in Cincy) or Chapman (facing McCullers in Houston)? Hittertron prefers Suarez; Chapman has better career numbers against McCullers than Suarez against Hendricks. Hendricks allows fewer ground balls but McCullers (who hasn’t allowed a HR in past few starts) has had poorer results. Who you got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eugenio

      • Joe Beísbol says:
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        Eugenius.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Getting hot!

          • Joe Beísbol says:
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            Yay: I started Eugenio.

            Nay: And Hendricks.

            Salve: But also Sixto.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, nice!

  26. Shawnuel says:
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    Taylor Williams torpedoed his trade value last night and definitely killed any fantasy owners.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s fair

  27. stevie says:
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    Just something I noticed, Yahoo has got Mountcastle as a SS, Fantrax has him as a 1B/OF. How can those two be so far apart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know what Yahoo is thinking with SS for Mountcastle

  28. JC says:
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    Happ, Dominic, Laureano,……have to cut one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Laureano

  29. JP says:
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    Need to drop 2 of these guys in a redraft league: Danny Santana, Jeff McNeil, Madrigal or JP Crawford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JP, Santana

  30. leon says:
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    Jeff Mcneil or Brandon Rodgers 16 man 6×6 holds/walks dynasty. for 2021. thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McNeil

  31. William Hung says:
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    Looks like Eugenio Suarez might beat Olson to the Mendoza line… Suarez looks like he’s turned a corner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eugenio is way above Mendoza Line

      • William Hung says:
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        Yeah he should be. Not sure you remember a few days ago when I asked for fun who would reach the mendoza line first – Olson or Suarez… I think Suarez was at .158 and Olson was at .175 at the time. Hopefully Olson goes 3-3 tonight

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  32. Dave D says:
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    Man, Sixto looked good tonight. He really brings it. I’m all in in 2021. Glad I have him 1x at least now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      100 MPH fastball and 87 change that is untouchable…Looks so good

  33. TarmanGotHim says:
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    La Stella just traded to Oakland, your thoughts? He’s my primary 2B in one of my leagues, so I’m curious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t seem to change his value at all — terrible park, better lineup

  34. Milarky says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m in a weird situation. I’m WAY ahead in pitching categories. As of right now, I’m 11 wins ahead of the second place guy with Gallen looking like it could be 12. I’m also 63 Ks ahead of 2nd, 1.57ahead of 2nd in ERA, and 0.14 ahead of 2nd place in WIP. Two questions:

    1) we have to start a rookie pitcher, and I’ve got Javier (TEX, @LAA). Would you sit him next week for an idle Urquidy to protect ratios just in case he craps the bed?

    2) I could use some saves, so would you put Kimbrel in in place of any of Buehler (start a bit uncertain), Gallen (@LAD), Sonny Gray (STL), Lynn (@SEA), or Keuchel (@MIN, @KC)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d start Javier

      2. Over Buehler, he’s on the IL

      • Milarky says:
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        Thanks Grey. I know Buehler is on the IL, but it’s retroactive and it’s for a blister. Sounds like he could still make his start next week. You still think he’s the one to try and get an extra save or two?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess wait until news last minute on Monday to see, but I’m assuming Buehler’s not around next week

  35. mushi says:
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    Hi,

    In a dynasty, who do you prefer: luis garcia or isaac paredes?

    Thanksss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paredes

  36. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! For the final 4 week push in my weekly lineups league, was offered Morton and Springer for Yelich and Spencer Howard.

    Obviously neither Yelich or Springer are doing too hot – but I have some key points to gain if I can build on W ERA WHIP and K + I have zero trust in starting Howard this year.

    Would you do that move or still hold Yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you can do better — I have zero trust in Morton too

  37. Linda Belcher says:
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    Who to drop to make room for Alcantara tomorrow? Dobnak, Berrios, Montas, Turnbull or Jonathan Hernandez? Should I drop 2 of those guys and also stash Gore? Redraft points league with points for innings pitched and holds. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montas, maybe…Can you wait to see how Dobnak does today?

  38. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I have Luke weaver – for the final 4 weeks do you replace with mahle or heaney?

    Also, do you think that Giles comes back and takes closer role right away?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heaney

      Yes, if he’s healthy

  39. Linda from Bob's Burgers says:
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    Who to drop to make room for Alcantara tomorrow? Dobnak, Berrios, Montas, Turnbull or Jonathan Hernandez? Should I drop 2 of those guys and also stash Gore? Redraft points league that counts innings pitched and holds.

    Also, I’ve got both Austin Nola and Joey Bart, thinking about dropping Bart for Mountcastle or Belt. Another player who isn’t exactly scoring off the charts for me is Brian Reynolds. Would you make any moves here?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Montas, maybe…Can you wait to see how Dobnak does today?

      Yes, go Mountcastle over Bart

  40. DonnieB says:
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    I have Triston McKenzie n one of my two reserve spots and Weaver in the other. It’s 12 team keeper. I think I want a reserve bat in case Laureano stays “lost”. Would you drop either pitcher for Mountcastle or the still tantalizing Austin Riley—if he can ever hit .250. Thanks and I hope your weekend is going well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Riley — thanks!

      • DonnieB says:
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        So Riley over Mountcastle? I like it but it surprised me.

        • DonnieB says:
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          And drop McKenzie before Weaver?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yes, are these actual keepers tho?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In a keeper, I’d try him…Coin flip, and I like Mountcastle a lot too

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            But are these really keepers?

            • DonnieB says:
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              Agreed. Probably not but you never know when someone puts it together

  41. lwomack58 says:
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    While this is a tactic I usually would not use-currently I leading my opponent by a lot in the hitting categories. On the pitching side he has P. Lopez and Cease going today. Currently I up in whip and era. Tied in saves and K’s. One down in wins.

    I could sit Dobnak, Montas, B. Anderson and Bassitt and probably win the whip and era category and forfeit Wins, K’s and Saves. That would make it 7-3 for the weekend and vault me into 2nd or 3rd place.

    I could roll the dice and pitch all my pitchers and hope for the best.

    Question-would you sit your pitchers and go for the 7-3 win for the week or roll the dice and hope for the best.

    Sorry for the long question. In this short season just looking for any advantage.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take 7-3

      • lwomack58 says:
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        Thank you

        I guess the main risk is if both Cease and Lopez have excellent starts then that Whip and ERA category advantage could disappear.

        Currently leading ERA 3.35 vs 3.95 and Whip 1.14 vs 1.37.

        Does that change your mind at all.

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then you can start guys tomorrow, no?

          • lwomack58 says:
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            I have nobody going tomorrow and the other person has Civale @ Stl..

            I could hold back B. Anderson who starts later and go from there.

            What’s your gut feeling about Dobnak @ Det. today. Another good start?

            How about Bassitt and Montas @ Hou.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t touch Bassitt and Montas — your other starts seem fine

              • lwomack58 says:
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                Thanks.

                The only thing about using everyone is I could win the K’s and Win race and also saves as I have Hand, Taylor Rogers and D. Hudson as closers while he has Rosental, Sulser, Bard and Cisnero.

                It’s a crap shoot.

  42. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Hilliard or Hampson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hilliard

  43. Play Ball says:
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    For ROS in what order for a UTIL slot? RBI, R, AVG are most important.

    Teoscar
    Voit
    Tucker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Voit, Teoscar

  44. lwomack58 says:
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    As a follow up to my early conversation after Dobnak’s blow up I’m forced to throw everyone and go for the K’s, Saves and wins and hope for the best. Should have gone with my gut which was to sit everyone.

    I guess that’s why they call this gambling.

    Thanks for you input earlier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  45. Cohen says:
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    Who closes for KC if Rosenthal gets traded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Barlow

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Could be Staumont

  46. fletch f. fletch says:
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    Looks like Rosenthal to Padres is likely. Who do you speculate the Royals new closer will be? Staumont? Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Staumont of Barlow

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually or not of, but Staumont of Barlow is funny

        • fletch f. fletch says:
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          I thought we were talking about an episode of The Last Kingdom for a second.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA

          • frankgrimes says:
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            Haha

      • fletch f. fletch says:
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        Thanks! Sorry my scrolly finger wasn’t working. Looks like you answered this question in the post above.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  47. Corey says:
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    Surprised by a couple of the Streamonator’s numbers for tomorrow:

    Griffin Canning vs SEA, $13.9
    Taylor Clarke vs SF, -$13.2

    I get that Clarke is a reliever, but he’s been sharp in the bullpen and looked good in his spot start against Colorado. Whereas Canning’s just been getting knocked around lately.

    Who would you stream tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canning

  48. Trader says:
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    ESPN reporting Padres like Rosenthal as their closer.??? Can that be? I assumed it would be Pom. WDYT?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pom is injured

      • Trader says:
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        Should be activated soon

      • Trader says:
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        Actually activated today. Keep up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • Trader says:
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            Fun to poke the bear! Have a good one.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You too!

  49. rhodyballer says:
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    Madrigal, Tapia, Hilliard or Riley?

    Drop Sal Perez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hilliard if he’s playing, sure

      • rhodyballer says:
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        Thanks man. If he’s playing, start him over Braun, Choo, Laureano, Lourdes, etc?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t stay Laureano until he shows signs

  50. Milarky says:
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    Hey Grey! Alright, I know this is a bit of a fools game, but I”m looking to trade some excess pitching for keeper hitting, and I need to try and project my two keeper pitchers for next year as well. Here are the guys in contention – I need to know which guys I should be fine with trading now, and which I should really hold on to to make sure I don’t make a big mistake in my keepers.

    Shane Bieber
    Lance Lynn (this one’s obvious, but I’m unlikely to get a keeper hitter for him)
    Zac Gallen
    Sonny Gray
    Walker Buehler

    Bieber might get me a stud, pitcher even if it’s only half-way through.
    but I don’t know if I like the idea of trading the #1 pitcher in baseball even if it’s half-way through. Lynn is the obvious choice to trade, but so far ‘m not seeing many people giving me the quality of hitter I’d like. So I think this comes down to whether I should be willing to trade Buehler, Gray or Gallen (and in what order).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How deep is this league, how many keepers do you keep, who are your other keepers?

      • Milarky says:
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        10 teams, 40-man rosters, including prospects. We only keep two pitchers and four hitters. I came in with Bieber and Buehler, Rizzo, Stanton, Story and Altuve. I’m hoping to improve on one of those hitting keepers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, so you could trade an SP and not keep them anyway

          • Milarky says:
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            Exactly. I’ve made mistakes in the past where I’ve traded the wrong guy looking back on it at the end of the season, so I’m a bit paranoid. Obviously I should probably keep Bieber, but it the others that I’m not sure who I should assume will be the best to keep. Buehler may have the least value outside of Lynn, so he may be the most obvious one to keep – he seems to be coming out of it despite the blister.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gallen or Gray is prolly 2nd keeper, and Buehler prolly has most trade value

  51. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do you like more for next week?

    m olson – 3 @ sea, 3 vs sd
    winker – 3 vs stl, 2 vs pit, 2 @ pit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker

  52. William Hung says:
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    My experiment with drafting bats early is gonna be an unmitigated disaster unless the turnaround starts tomorrow…

    My BA every week so far hasn’t been higher than .250

    /end rant

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  53. andfog99 says:
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    altuve or schoop ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve

  54. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    How about Morton for my Hill and Howard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rich Hill? Sure

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. Ellis says:
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    Thoughts on what round Adell will be taken in next year’s draft, would be a 12th round keeper next year if I trade for him, 8th round the year after and then not a keeper anymore, deciding if it is worth it, appreciate it, thank you

    • Ellis says:
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      Could trade for Verdugo, same scenario, thanks for your thoughts

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Prefer Adell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly around 150th

  56. Fleeced says:
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    I have a bunch of slumping/injured players. Would you pick up Schoop over Villar, Moncada, Olson or Alonso? Or hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  57. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    ROS, how do you rank Yaz, Grisham and Christian Walker?

    Thanks!

    • Sandman says:
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      Hey Grey,

      Also, which side?

      Olson and Yaz
      Or
      voit?

      My team:

      C: kiner-falefa
      1B: Olson
      2B: Villar
      3B: Bohm
      SS: Bogaerts
      MI: B. lowe
      CI: Moreland
      OF: Acuna, Harper, Blackmon, Kyle Lewis
      UTIL: grichuk, Yaz
      Bench: belt, Grisham
      IL: Garver, Austin slater

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Olson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grisham, Walker

  58. William Hung says:
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    Wow Adalberto is now under the Mendoza line – he’s probably one player who wished MLB didn’t have to play this season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miserable

  59. Raf says:
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    Winker or C. Frazier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker

  60. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I just received a trade offer.

    I trade JD Martinez ($39) and minor league proespect Brice Turang (SS?MIL)I get Nick Castellanos ($35), and minor league prospect Bobby Witt jr. (SS/KC). Make the deal?

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      They countered with me trading: JD Martinez ($39), Donovan Solano (2B/SS), ($5) and minor league prospect Brice Turang (SS?MIL ), and I get Nick Castellanos ($35), and minor league prospect Bobby Witt jr. (SS/KC). Make the deal?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        the deal changed again.

        I give up Eddie Rosario ($18), Solano ($5) and minor leaguer Brice Turang and in return I get Castellanos ($35), monor league prospect Bobby Witt, Jr. and $6 in salary.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            you would rather have JD than Castellanos?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              JD

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            i countered with Lorenzo Cain ($17), Solano ($5) and minor leaguer Brice Turang and in return I get Castellanos ($35), minor league prospect Bobby Witt, Jr. and $10 in salary.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                should I make that offer?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sure

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    the only hangup up the money coming back to me. She is offering me $8, im asking $10 should I say yes?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sure

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    she accepted thanks for all your help. Now it just has to go through league approval.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  61. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as always! Can you give me your order in terms of who would you prefer to target in a trade between B. Lowe, Hiura and K. Marte? And would your ranking change based on whether we’re just talking rest of season or also as a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hiura, Ketel

  62. GoJays says:
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    I need saves way more than wins or Ks at the moment, and I can slot in a RP or SP in my utility pitcher spot. Having said that, would you trust Kimbrel next week given what happened yesterday? He would be the closer I’d have to put in in place of a SP if I chose to do so.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, he’s not the closer

  63. The Great Knoche says:
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    Chatwood. Potential Dr. Freeze candidacy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Welp

  64. William Hung says:
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    Rona strikes Oakland – disaster for me as I got both Olson and La Stella

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sucks

  65. James says:
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    What up Grey,

    14 Team Roto

    Mountcastle or Lux?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mountcastle

  66. andrewwilen says:
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    Guy in my league going for k/9 And SB stat category (14 team 5×5)

    Offered me:
    Mike Trout
    Gio Urshela
    Miguel Castro

    I trade:
    Danny Santana
    Mondesi
    Sam Haggerty
    Lance Lynn
    Pete Fairbanks
    Tyler Duffey

    It’s trout.. so take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  67. William Hung says:
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    I think it’s time to hop off the Mondesi bandwagon for 2020 – get that 2021 sleeper post ready cause Yahoo, ESPN, and all of them are probably gonna have him pretty low

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  68. Licketty Splits says:
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    Looking for weekly waiver wire pick-ups with plenty of FAAB left $686 in %x% with daily lineups
    Hitting R-5th; HR-3rd; RBIs-5th; SB-1st & BA-9th.
    Hitters I could drop: Avisail, Carlson, & Tauchman. Team has Olson & Chapman so I could get screwed this week with Covid sits but have Mountcastle & Riley as fill-ins
    Available: Tapia (my top lean if PT continues) Thames, G Cooper; JBJ, Hilliard, Miggy, L Garcia, Wendle, Dickerson, Paredes, Nwesome, Braun, Longoria, or Heyward. (needing at least one OF if picking up more then one hitter)
    Thanks!!

    • Licketty Splits says:
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      add L Garcia as well …sorry for the omission

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail, Carlson, & Tauchman

      Tapia, Cooper, Heyward

  69. herschel says:
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    @Grey: mondesi is ice cold. gotta keep running him out there thought right (12 team weekly roto)? only viable option over him is jp crawford….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d run him out there

  70. Licketty Splits says:
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    Same team I need to drop Romano for sure. Pitching is a bit of a mess with Ws-7th; Ks-4th;
    S -3rd but in trouble with current RP being D Castillo, Buttrey & Karinchak ; ERA-7th & WHIP-10th
    Besides Romano my other weaker link are Mize, G Richards & Cueto
    SP available I Anderson, Pineda, Gonsolin, Kuhl, B Anderson, or Margevicius
    RP: Barlow, Pomeranz, Dick Rod, W. Davis, Bard, Kimbrel, or Devon Williams (rumors of a Hader trade)
    Probably need to take a shot on one RP if only one drop otherwise .I Anderson looks interesting

    • Licketty Splits says:
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      I do have Giles & Anderson on the “IL” with no actual IL spots but I have held them this long & hoping at least one makes it back very soon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Romano

      I Anderson

  71. Let’s Play Two says:
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    For S+H – Pressly or Karinchak? Pressly seems to have it together his last few appearances and now has the same number of S+H as Karinchak. Who will get more opportunities?

  72. Licketty Splits says:
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    Thanks so much …hope your weekend was chill
    For Tapia I was thinking a bid of over $100 given what I have left?? Getting close to the end no reason to hold onto my fake $$.

  73. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Somebody in my leagiue is offering me Jake Cronenwerth but he wants these three minor leaguye prospects: Luis Camposano (C,SD), Logan Gilbert (SP,SEA) and George Kirby (SP,SEA). Would you make that deal? I am leaning against that.

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