“This is a smart decision by the Nationals franchise to not let Stephen Strasburg pitch in the playoffs,” said every sports reporter two years ago.  Let’s try another one, Google, just give me the search results from 2010 when Strasburg was first promoted.  “He’s a once-in-a-lifetime arm that the world has not seen since Sidd Finch.”  Strasburg, Virginia even considered renaming itself Stephen Strasburg.  I’m not joking.  The hype was real, prematurely balding man.  In the past seven months of baseball:  Sonny Gray or Strasburg?  Is it close?  Who’s been better, Strasburg or Lance Lynn?  Can I now ingest that laced-Halloween candy that I got from the sketchy guy that I’ve been saving for a special occasion?  Yesterday, Strasburg left the game after three innings and two earned runs, saying he has irritation under his shoulder blade.  The Nats say it’s an alignment issue that could be corrected by a chiropractor.  He’ll be looked at by Jon Cryer from Two and A Half Men.  Probably from his stupid inverted W.  Why not just call it an M?!  No idea how long Strasburg will be out, but obviously this isn’t great news.  But, Part II:  If Ifs And Buts Were Candy And Nuts, I’d Be A Diabetic Squirrel, it’s better Strasburg not pitch injured and keep getting rocked.  But, Part III:  But Lives, I’d grab Tanner Roark in case he’s moved into the rotation.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Christian Yelich – Was due back Thursday, but now may return on Friday.  Yelich said that he’s a little swamped with school finals and managing the Brewers.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Released by the Marlins, even though they still owe him $21 million.  In related news, Loria is talking with advisors about putting on the 2015 ballot a measure to pay the salaries for recently-released players.

Mat Latos – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 6 Ks.  Before we start giving each other a reach around, he had five walks to six Ks.  That’s terrible.

David Wright – Not yet at a hundred percent.  Well, then he’s going to have to face less-than-100% pitchers.  It’s the only way!

Bartolo Colon – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.90.  I’m about to make a pause pregnant, cause I have a semi, Colon.

Chris Davis – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  He’s not doing it day-in and day-out, but he’s hitting .274 and on pace for 35 homers.  That would make him a top 5 first baseman, easily.

Manny Machado – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .250.  Don’t you think Manny Machado sounds like he should play with a luchador mask?  Maybe it’s me.

George Springer – Left yesterday’s game after crashing into the wall.  He’ll be sent for concussion tests.  Geez, The Kool-Aid Man never needed concussion tests.  Oh yeah?  Oh yeah!

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4, hitting .151.  Rangers said they may demote him.  They’re surprised that Odor stinks?

Leonys Martin – Day-to-day with a stiff wrist.  Texas fans were just glad to hear it wasn’t limp.  So tolerant!

Kyle Blanks – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .391.  That is his third homer in the last five games and he has 40-homer power, so, yeah, hot schmotato, and grab him if you need power.

Wandy Rodriguez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Time to jump on the Wandwagon?  Oh, hell no.

Danny Salazar – 7 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Not a bad start, but early on he looked less like K-zar and more like a puppet dictator that was a front so Apple could get cheap labor.

Michael Brantley – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Did he get a cortisone shot?  Cause he’s starting to look like it.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Seriously, he could hit 35 homers and I’d still be surprised by every single one.  I feel like an abused dog that flinches every time Hosmer swings a bat.

Shane Greene – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 5.56.  That ERA is more for Shame Greene.

Alex Avila – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .214.  No, don’t even ask.

Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks vs, the Tigers, ERA down to 4.38.   Second time in four starts that he’s made the Tigers look bad.  He apparently has the Tigers number (and likely their letter).

Joe Wieland – Announced as the Dodgers starter for Wednesday.  Previously, Wieland was best known for fronting Stone Temple Pilots and being alive way after people thought he would be.  Wieland’s throwing well in the minors (K/BB 22/2), but is more of a 6+ K/9, 3-ish BB/9 guy and, for now, I’d only look at him in NL-Only leagues or with the Stream-o-Nator in mixed leagues.

Zack Greinke – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.56.  Damn, Mantle blew higher than that before facing Feller.

Jimmy Rollins – 1-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .168.  I get the urge to drop him, but when he starts hitting, he’ll be doing that on top of a great lineup and he won’t hit under .170 for the season.  Dropping him now only means that someone else is going to reap rewards from your suffering.

Justin Turner – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .333.  Alex Guerrero (0-for-3, hitting .333) got into this game too.  Which could only mean one thing, someone convinced Mattingly that Juan is spelled Justin and Uribe is spelled Guerrero.

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Yeah, yeah, I told you to sell.  It still holds and A-Gon will be aged gouda any day now.

Brandon Morrow – Hit the 15-day DL with Brandon Morrowitis.  Brandon Morrowitis is described in WebMD as “being Brandon Morrow and not being able to stay healthy.”  Oddly enough, it affects almost 12% of the population.  Otispunkmeyer Despaigne will likely be moved back into the rotation.  He’s a solid hodgepadre.

Ryan Vogelsong – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 6.84.  Well, yeah, it was against the Padres.  Wait, is that good or bad?  Damn you, new-look Padres!

Joe Panik – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, and that’s two homers in three games.  I don’t want to cause a *pinkie to mouth* Panik, but hot schmotato alert!

James Paxton – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I cannot tell a lie, I benched him in a few leagues, and started him in one, expecting to be screwed in the one league where I started him.  Turned out, I was pleasantly surprised.  I’m back in fully with Paxton and now will prepare to get flogged by him in his next start.

Logan Morrison – 3-for-3, 2 runs.  Own him.  Now.

Garrett Richards – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.52.  Yeah, he was the injured pitcher to stash.

Carlos Perez – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  He’s the first player to hit a walk-off homer in his major league since Miguel Cabrera.  Elias Sports Bureau said Perez is the first player ever to do it sober.  Perez had been tearing it up in Triple-A (.361, 2 homers in 17 games), but The Sciosciapath will start an offensive-minded catcher when David Freeses over.

Marco Gonzales – Will start this Saturday in Triple-A Memphis and could be on the next train out of Memphis if it goes well, heading to the Cards’ rotation to replace Tyler Lyons (4 1/3 IP, 3 ER).  It feels slightly early still in 12-team mixed leagues for Gonzales, but I already own him in a 15-teamer and I like him a lot.  Should be a 7+ K/9, 2-ish BB/9 guy with a chance for more.  And, yes, ‘next train out of Memphis’ are lyrics in 98% of country songs.

Matt Carpenter – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .346, but what we really want to know is:  Kolten Wong and 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and hitting eighth.  Not directed to you, our five girl readers, but someone free my Wong!  Please!

Jesse Chavez – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.80.  Was a bit bizzonkers when he wasn’t in the A’s rotation to start the year, but he should remain in it now and I would absolutely own him.  A’la Rick Springfield, “I like to watch Jesse hurl…”

Billy Burns – 2-for-5, 1 run and his 1st steal.  If you’re waiting until he’s stolen a handful bags, you’re waiting too long and someone else will pick him up first.  Cust kayin’.

Michael Pineda – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.97.  Top 5 for xFIP going into yesterday:  Kershaw, Gerrit, Pineda, F-Her, Archer.  Hard to argue with that.  I mean, you could, but then you’d be arguing with numbers, you nutbag.

Mark Teixeira – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  It almost makes sense.  If this were 2005.

Russell Martin – 3-for-4 and his 6th homer.  The Blue Jays could make a 40-homer hitter out of Ben Revere.  Maybe because the fences are in meters.  Does anyone know how to convert meters to feet?  How many inches are in a meter?  Why not just use multiples of twelve?  It’s so much easier!

Chase Utley – Rested yesterday as he chases a sub-.100 average.  Would’ve thought he was already well-rested, since he’s been asleep in the batter’s box all year.

Chad Billingsley – 5 IP, 5 ER in his first start back for the Phils.  He’s gonna fit in perfectly!

Shelby Miller – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 1.66.  The Regression Fairies were obviously too busy blogging about the new royal princess.

Kelly Johnson – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer.  On our Player Rater, he’s now about the tenth best fantasy 3rd baseman.  Oh, and he’s owned in only 20% of RCLs.

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .301.  He’s so hot, I will now call him Freddie Mercury.

Jace Peterson – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  Okay, maybe it’s the lousy Phils pitching, but yesterday I said Peterson was a hot schmotato.  Today, I concur with myself.

Starling Marte – 1-for-2 and his 7th homer.  Like the Red Sea – the line just parted, ‘cuz some nasty sucker knew he just drafted Marte!  Somebody drafted Marte!  Uh-oh-a-oh, uh-oh-a-oh!

Devin Mesoraco – Hasn’t tried squatting and is trying to avoid surgery.  The Reds front office officials said they’ve been debating mentioning to Bryan Price that he could put Devin on the DL, but they’re afraid of being chewed out.

Michael Lorenzen – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (3 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 3.27.  I watched pieces of him, which is not a Gil-Scott Heron album, and Lorenzen looked like a two-pitch pitcher.  One pitch was meh and the other pitch was less than meh.  Not mehless though, that’s good.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer.  I almost picked him up prior to yesterday and as soon as I saw that he hit a homer, I did grab him in one league.  I’m not crazy for Byrd, i.e. El Pollo Loco, but he’s way below where he should be and has three homers in the last nine games.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer.  There was a moment yesterday when it changed from, can Frazier repeat last year?  To:  can I get him on my team?  It was sorta like the moment in Halt and Catch Fire when a young Al Gore plugs in his computer.  That’s what that show is about, right?  A young Al Gore?  Has he met Tipper yet?  I wanna see the episode when Tipper sleeps with Ice T, then he disses her and she goes on a full-on assault with parental advisories?

Hanley Ramirez – The MRI on his shoulder came back clean, and he’s hoping to avoid the DL.  Manny would occasionally run into a wall by accident just because he was a goof.  Hmm, maybe the Hanley and Manny comparison does extend past his helmet falling off on every swing.

Rick Porcello – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.38.  You’re only thinking about it because he’s on the Red Sox.  If a Marlins pitcher had a 4.38 ERA, he’d be David Phelps and on your waivers.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4 and two solo homers (3, 4).  You better, you better, you Betts!

Drew Smyly – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.70.  Yes, I’d own The Emoticon.  Yes, even in your league.  On a side note, there didn’t seem to be much offense yesterday.  Well, except for the hitters going against my pitchers.  FMFBBL!

David DeJesus – 2-for-4 and his 1st steal, and four for his last eight.  It’s not Easter, but DeJesus is rising.

Alex Cobb – Has a torn elbow ligament and will attempt to pitch through it and will come back by June for one start and give up four earned runs in the first inning and the Rays will announce that Cobb is going for Tommy John surgery and then in August of 2016 the Rays will announce that Cobb’s ahead of schedule and will pitch in September and fantasy owners will get a great month out of Cobb in September of 2016 and in 2017 fantasy owners will draft Cobb like he’s a number two fantasy starter with number one fantasy starter upside and he’ll look terrific in April but in May of 2017 he’ll feel soreness in his forearm and Dr. James Andrews will examine him while looking at a catalog for new vacation homes and Cobb will learn he needs his 2nd Tommy John surgery but he will be back at full strength in 2019 with the Neptune Starlights, a new expansion team in Neptune, New Jersey that is co-owned by Pitbull and Zuckerberg.  I’m sure glad I bought the Magic 8 Ball with 6 point font.

 
  1. ZachP says:
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    Would you go Jesse Chavez or Miguel Gonazalez if you had to choose one? Both sitting on the waiver and I have room.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @ZachP: Chavez

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @ZachP: Gonzo

    • ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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      @ZachP: Chavez. More K’s, better park, and not pitching in the most offensively productive division in the league, like Gonzo

  2. assy says:
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    I couldn’t pay Matheny enough to move up my Wong. What gives!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, assy

  3. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    so rotoworld is making it seem like carlos correa is coming up relatively soon.

    whats your guess for the date he comes up?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Harry Hardenberg: He’s going to AAA first…Maybe up after the all-star break if Astros are still in the playoff race.

    • Bad News Sugarbear says:
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      @Harry Hardenberg: “Astros shortstop prospect Carlos Correa may be called up in the next couple of weeks to Houston, according to Jon Heyman.”

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great stuff as usual, man!

    a. Springer aka the human highlight reel!! Hopefully he passes the concussion test and continues to play (and on my fantasy team by extension)!

    b. Too bad mesoraco can’t squat yet. There is a silver lining in that news, ’cause in Africa at least 4 out of 5 toilets are squatters so he’d have to poop standing up. Not as easy as it sounds.

    c. Smyly did just fine yesterday, actually had a slightly better game score than Porcello. On the other hand…

    d. …am very concerned with the Rays’ lineup. Looking at Longoria’s career arc (careerarc dot com/) it looks like he’s at the tail end. Barely hitting soft singles (AGAIN!!) with a major power outage.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ante, I am very concerned with the link you posted for Longo’s arc??

    • Schlurricane

      schlurricane says:
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      @Ante GALIC: are you not aware there’s no C!?

  5. breadbaker says:
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    Same question as ZachP but with Jesse Chavez, Miguel González, or Ubaldo Jiménez. In a QS league.

    Much appreciated. I love to read your write-ups.

  6. jezis bless you for the sidd finch ref… but please, Grey, stop bugging me about my hair!

  7. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    For any Cishek owners: Though his control was a bit wonky initially, he averaged 91.6 on his fastball, hitting 93 twice, which is in line with the 91.7 he averaged last season. He suffered the same velocity issues early in the season last year, and it took him 10 or so appearances to right the ship. Fairly encouraging.

  8. Miles says:
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    for a Utility spot, limited weekly adds…

    Logan Morrison or Chase Headley?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Miles: Morrison

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Miles: Very similar numbers to this point but id rather Headley

    • Cram It says:
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      @Miles: Morrison right now. Headley ROS

      • Mannyforpresident says:
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        @Cram It: If my memory serves me correctly, Morrison was pretty awesome down the stretch last year too…He’s been on my scout team and I added him after he started heating up. Headley hasn’t really impressed all that much.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Mannyforpresident: Morrison hasn’t been impressive in his whole career of half-seasons. I guess you could play the upside angle, assuming he plays a whole season.

          • Mannyforpresident says:
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            @Cram It: I agree that he’s been injured a lot. But he’s 27, magic number for some guys, and was promoted at the age of what? 23 and had a fairly productive year his first full season with the marlins. Last year, in the last 51 games he hit .321, .372 on base percentage, and a .502 slugging percentage (higher than Seager and Cano). I’m not saying he’ll be a star, but when the question is Morrison or Headley, who’s been hot garbage every year outside of that one season, I’d take a healthy Morrison in a heartbeat.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Mannyforpresident: Like I said, you can play the upside card. But I’m not buying him. He may outpace Headley in avg a little but I’ll take his counting stats in that lineup.

              • The Jerk Store says:
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                @Cram It: Logan will fall, just like he always does!

                Colabello a better option?

                • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                  @The Jerk Store: not collabello.

            • SallyCips says:
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              @Mannyforpresident: I think you might’ve sold me on this exact thing…

  9. Snag says:
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    Deep keeper league, Panik or Owings?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Snag: Owings

  10. SF says:
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    Evan Longoria and Tyson Ross for Chris Archer and Jake Marisnick
    Which side do you like?

    • Five-On-One says:
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      @SF: Archer side by far.

    • Cram It says:
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      @SF: Archer side

    • Lex says:
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      @SF: Archer side…easy

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @SF: Archer

    • SallyCips says:
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      @SF: Lingo side for me. I’d def go with the guy that’s been elite the longest.

    • chucky says:
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      I think there’s a pattern here. Longoria has clearly maintained his rightfull honor of being MLB’s most over rated player. Pretty boy …yes, but no real muscle to drive in whatever few base runners the RAYS have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF: Longo

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    GREAT JOB BOSS,just a little shout out to say thanks for all you and the rest of your gang do here at razzball

  12. Zeet says:
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    Grey, ARod or Hosmer for a CI spot in an OPS league?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Zeet: Hosmer

    • Lex says:
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      @Zeet: I’d go with Grey

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Lex: seconded.

      • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Hosmer is looking like he might be for real this year. His batter ball profile is promising for power and average.

        His FB rate is the same so far this year as it was last year — 32% in 2014 and 31% so far in 2015 — which is a big improvement from his 2012 and 2013 rates in the mid-20% for fly balls. “But last year he didn’t hit any home runs!” Good point, exclamation voice, but there’s an explanation for the exclamation — in 2014 his HR/FB was a crazy low 6.8%. Even in a home park that suppresses HRs, that’s ridiculous. This year he’s up to 17%, which is probably sustainable.

        Also of note, his IFFB rate is down to 4%, meaning his fly balls are higher quality than they were last year when nearly 25% of the balls he hit in the air were IFFBs.

        That improvement in IFFBs will also help his batting average, as will the increased line drive rate he is displaying in the early-going. 24% this year vs. 17% last year. fewer ground balls, more line drives, better fly balls and a normalized HR/FB rate all point to him having a good year.

        That said, like you, I will be surprised if it happens…

  13. Jason says:
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    Dump Cozart for Despaigne? I still have Tulo and Castro at SS and could use another arm. (12 team points league)

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jason: sure if you need the arm..

  14. jvillan says:
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    Hey Grey, Burns and Reddick are both available do I take them over my bench players,
    Cozart, Danny Santana, Avisail Garcia. My other OF and Utility are Heyward,Kris Bryant Marisnick and Dickerson.

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @jvillan: Assuming you have a better option at SS – I’d take both over Cantana and Cozart

    • Lex says:
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      @jvillan: hold

    • SallyCips says:
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      @jvillan: Over Cozart only.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jvillan: Agree with Featherbottom

  15. The badger says:
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    Which side of trade would you want and is it close?

    6×6 with OBP

    A) Stanton and Zimmerman
    B) soler, Bryant and rondon

    It’s a 3 keeper league and round values would be as follows

    Stanton 1, Zimmerman 8, soler 4, Bryant 15, rondon 20. Goes up 5 rounds each year

    Thanks

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @The badger: Stanton, not that close

    • SallyCips says:
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      @The badger: Don’t trade Stanton for less than Trout! And that’s me quoting Grey!

    • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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      Fuck Ryan Zimmerman. That chump tanks the Stanton side for me. We all drool over hunky Giancarlo, but the other side offers much better value.

      • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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        Oh, I see my hatred for Zimmerman clouded my eyeballs. Thought you said “Rodon,” as in Carlos. Is that Hector Rondon, the Cubs closer? Hope you wouldn’t be protecting him. So it’s down to Stanton or Bryant, and, yeah, you gotta go Giancarlo! (Stupid Zimmerman.)

      • scardycat says:
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        @shakenbake: Depends on how badly he needed saves. I couldn’t see myself giving up Stanton, but Bryant has massive upside. If it’s a keeper league the edge probably goes to the Bryant side. Zimmerman is junk and there is value in Soler and Rondon.

  16. Nittanychris says:
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    Marco Gonzales or Shane Greene ROS? Thanks!

  17. Buz says:
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    Trying to pull off the sell high buy low in one swoop… Offered moose tacos for Beltre.. How much more to throw in to sweeten this? Beltre has to hit sometime!

    • Cram It says:
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      @Buz: You need more.

  18. scott steelers says:
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    Gardner or Pollock ROS? Also is it just me or is it weird that billy beans now has a billy butler and a billy burns on his team?

  19. MIke says:
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    Do you see this as a buy low opportunity on Strasburg (assuming the injury news isn’t bad)? My league starts 3 RP’s and I have one to spare. I own Miller, Robertson, Soria, Storen & Allen. I’ve been offered Strasburg for Miller. Would you take it?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @MIke: Take it

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @MIke: I’d hold out for a day or two. If his shoulders destroyed you gave up the best closer in fantasy for nothing!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MIke: I’d wait to hear on his shoulder

  20. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Did someone say reach around?

  21. Ryan Martin says:
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    I live in Strasburg, VA. And, yes, that is true

  22. pickleball says:
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    ROS:

    alex wood/ paxton/ fiers/ jesse chavez

    is castillo a guy youd want to stash in a keeper league?

  23. JM says:
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    Drop Dickey and/or Jimmy Nelson for T. Walker, Shoemaker, Paxton, Leake or Rodon? Thanks for the fantastic writeup, as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JM: Thanks! Sure, Pax, Shoe

  24. Rich says:
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    Is it time to move on from Shane Greene? Drop for Chavez?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Rich: Chavez

  25. BulinWall says:
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    Drop LeonysMartin or Aoki for Morrison?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @BulinWall: I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BulinWall: Depends on needs, lose Aoki if you need power

  26. brett says:
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    Grey

    Need holds: Cingrani or Tazawa? If it is close Cingrani’s SP ability is a bonus.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @brett: Tazawa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brett: Then go with Cingrani

  27. Knucks says:
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    Needs aside, Cuddyer or mark tex?

    Also, Miguel Gonzalez or mike folty?
    I have folty for his start against the phildos tonight but who you want ROS?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Knucks: Tex and Folty

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Knucks: Tex, Miguel

  28. Razzball Hey says:
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    Give up Chris Davis, CMart, and Jean Segura for Billy Hamilton and Anibal Sanchez?

    12 team, QS league, and I have Goldschmidt and Bogaerts at 1B and SS. Thanks!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Razzball Hey: Nope, I wouldn’t. Hamilton isn’t that good. Grab burns for speed Sagnof!

  29. EDGEHOF says:
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    Hello All-

    I am in an 8 team league and have McCann as my catcher…Russell Martin is on waivers. Should I drop McCann for Martin?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @EDGEHOF: hold

  30. Eric says:
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    Who’s worth picking up when Cobb hits the shelf?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Eric: who’s the best pitcher available in your league, go with him..

  31. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Still think Porcello isn’t own-able? I streamed him last night and was wondering if I should keep or not

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: Porcello is still just a streamer..

      • Gareth says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: That comment makes me think of toilets.

  32. papasmurf says:
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    Haha yeah my mind still has trouble cognitively accepting Hosmer’s breaking out… but it looks like he really is finally doing it. Power stroke to center, left/center a very good sign.

    I gotta move him up my team’s depth chart. No surprise I got him on the bench again… I should have checked my hitters’ career stats vs. pitchers first when I set the lineup but had no time during the workday. Yahoo’s matchup rating function somehow doesnt work for me this year.

    At least no sonnuvabench with the Shark (Shock). If only he pitched against DET every time LOL.

    He got Miggy out twice in key ABs. That was the game right there.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @papasmurf: Mr Smurf, I see you did not take my suggestion and just leave Hosmer in there, until, if he cools off..Anyway no worries, it is your team..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Agreed on Hosmer… Haha on Shark…

  33. Nick says:
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    Drop Latos for Roark? (ERA, Whip, k/bb, k9, OBPA, QS)

    If not Roark is it worth taking a chance on Greene since he was just dropped?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Nick: hold Latos for now..

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Nick: Id take Roark over Latos …no reason to hold Latos

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Nick: Forget Greene.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Agree with F

  34. rick says:
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    Offered Carrasco for Wacha.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @rick: I keep Wacha

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @rick: Carrasco and run

    • Cram It says:
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      @rick: Carrasco, now.

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @rick: Carrasco…DO IT!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @rick: take those K’s and run!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rick: Take Carrasco

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @rick: Keep Car Ass Co.

  35. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Just a little tidbit, the umps tend to give the opposing team the benefit of the doubt when going against Marlins SP like they have some sort of vendetta against Loria.

    A Lot of Latos’ pitches that were, well, strikes right down the middle, notably the 3 strikes called Balls against Yunel Escobar in the sixth inning, get called balls.

    So in all honesty, Latos’ start was a bit pore impressive then what the line states.

    Drop Alex Guerrero for Addison Russell?

    Thanks!!

  36. Ray says:
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    Go ahead and dump Cobb for Roark in non-keeper?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ray: hold for now..

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Ray: If Cobb is taking up a roster spot and not on your DL …Do It

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: Agree with F

  37. H2h ROS (Qs, Era, Whip, K/9) Marco Gonzales or Alex Colome?

    Addison Russell or Alexei Ramirez? (seriously what’s up with Alexei)

  38. yordano. Duffy. Carlos Martinez. Matt Shoemaker. James Paxton . need to kick one to the curb.

      • Sam says:
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        @Grey: Grey, mind ranking those guys..
        My biased (based on ownership of the first 2) ranking: Yordano, Pax, C-Mart, Shoe, Duffy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yordano, Martinez, Pax

  39. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Every once in a while, I get “Somebody Farted” stuck in my head, and then I wonder if the song was real at all or just some junior high hallucination. So either a) I’m not crazy, or b) I’m the EXACT same kind of crazy as you, Greycarlo. Either works for me.

    14-tm weekly 10×10 H2H categories, W/L/QS all count. We can roster 7SP, only start 4 though. Shoemaker’s my SP7. Are you encouraged enough by his start the other day to hold, or use that slot to stream 2-starters (for next week, looks like Burnett’s the best option)?

  40. Chris says:
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    H2H Points League…..
    My C-Mart for his either Liriano or McHugh.
    Which should I do?

  41. Matt says:
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    With Alex Wood so far failing to reach expectations, who are some hitters might you try to target in a trade? Not really sure where Wood currently falls on the value spectrum since he clearly has some potential.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Matt: It’s the wrong time to try and trade him. Unless someone in your league has particular love for him.

  42. JVanslyke says:
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    I had real reservations following your advice and dropping Travis to keep Wong but couldn’t be happier! Wongs been great, he just needs to move up in the lineup. Fn Matheny

    Who can I talk to at Yahoo about Billy Burns only being UTIL eligible? It cost me a steal last night!!!

  43. C says:
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    D. Fowler or L. Martin ROS? 12 team 6×6 roto with OBP and NSB.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @C: Dexter

  44. Don says:
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    What’s a reasonable expectation for Burns for AVG and SB? IIn AAA last year he had 3 SB in 121 PA (meh), but 51 SB in 421 PA at AA.

    • Gareth says:
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      @Don: A reasonable expectation for burns would be Aloe Vera. If it’s more serious then I’d say hospitalization and skin grafts.

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Gareth: HAHAHA!!! You win the internet today!

        • SwaggerJackers says:
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          @Bye Felicia: Gareth, is “Bye Felicia” an alter ego you came up with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: .250, 30 steals

  45. Gareth says:
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    Offered a trade in my league.

    I get Aroldis Chapman. I give Billy Hamilton.

    My team:

    C vogt
    1b Votto
    2b Altuve
    3b Lawrie
    ss Russell
    mi valbuena
    ci duda
    of trout
    of Aoki
    of Revere
    of Span
    of Hamilton
    UT carter

    Bench: Simmons, Valbuena, McCann

    Pitchers

    Scherzer
    Price
    Carrasco
    McHugh
    Kazmir
    Rodney
    Britton
    Gregerson
    * streamer

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Gareth: hold

    • Gareth says:
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      @Gareth: & Ryan Zimmerman. Not Valbuena twice. Once is enough!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Gareth: I’d take Aroldis if the situation calls for it. You have plenty of burn already. Both are 1 trick ponies in 5×5 I *ust don’t like billy, he’s not worth his draft price imho

  46. Phil of the Future says:
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    You’re totally right, G. Wasn’t a lot of offense yesterday at all. Except the guy I was playing against. Oh, and Kelly Johnson on my bench who I decided to start a 4 game Yelich over. FML.

    Sad Panda = Me

    • Gareth says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Kelly Johnson sounds like the easy girl in high school.

      Generic Jock: “More like Kelly wants to see my Johnson! Am I right? Am I right?”

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Tell me about it. Disturbing developments, indeed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Find your quan!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Wouldn’t you know, it’s always in the last place you look!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You always have to look under the couch first!

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Welp. Sure enough, there it was. How did you know?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  First place to look, always

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Don’t know what I would do without you. I found my quan thanks to you and not a minute later Bryce hits his first HR of the day.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And his 2nd

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: is this a dream?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      His 3rd now, trust in the process

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey<@Grey: Order of living things I trust the most:

                    1. My dog, Oliver
                    2. My mom
                    3. Grey

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s reverse order, I’m assuming

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Well I’m dyslexic, remember?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Rebmemer?

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Ha!

  47. Five-On-One says:
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    Take a chance on Strasburg making his scheduled start or go with Cosart @SF or TWood @MIL? Also Doolittle or McGee for ROS? Lastly, A.Guerrero essentially worthless in a 12-team, 5×5 league? Thanks in advance.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Five-On-One: I’m starting him vs the Chiropractors next week. SON loves it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: You can’t wait for Strasburg news? Wood… McGee

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Unfortch, no. Weekly line-up deadline is first game today. Not dropping the Stras, but benching for the week. thanks for the advice, sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. thegreater says:
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    Dude from SD in my league just dropped Cashner. Not sure if he’s just too close and reacting to a bad game, but is there any reason not to pick him up with my No 1 waiver spot?

    Current staff is T Ross, Arrietta, Teheran, Cobb (DL), DeSclafini, and Iwakuma (DL), and Im getting crushed WHIP & ERA so far. Probably drop Cobb for him

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @thegreater: Cash for Cobb sounds fine.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I’m currently picturing one those late night tv commercials for local businesses. ”

        Cash for Cobb! Green for Red delicious! Cheddar for Royal Gala!”

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @thegreater: I think he made a mistake? I’d be using whatever claim you have for those K’s! Drop Cobb if that gets him on the team!

  49. handy afterall says:
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    werds, all. Got offered Steve Pearce, for my Alex Wood, because the league knows I’m looking for an OF. What sez yez? The same owner has pence. Think I could counter wood for pence, or is that pushing things?

    • Cram It says:
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      @handy afterall: Wood’s a tough sell right now, but I’d want more. At least a guy that plays everyday.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Cram It I always want more when I have Wood too.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Gareth: Thank you for ruining my day Gareth!

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Cram It: I agree. Pearce is pretty werthless if he isn’t an everyday player anymore.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @handy afterall: I’d want Pence for Wood..

      • handy afterall says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: @Cram, @Gareth Thanks for the input, guys (figurative input, gareth; figurative!)

  50. The King of Schwing says:
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    Utility spot in a 5×5 H2H. Keep rolling with Alex Guerrero or drop it like it’s hot for the hot shmotato of Kyle Blanks? Could also drop Joe Mauer, Jimmy Paredes, Leonys Martin, or Dexter Fowler.

  51. TJ says:
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    My SS is a black hole of suck with Danny Santana right now.
    Keep, or kick to the curb for Brandon Crawford?

    • Gareth says:
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      @TJ: A black hole! That’s amazing. You should go through and see if there is an alternate universe on the other side.

    • SallyCips says:
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      @TJ: Santana has been a lot better than he was. I’m holding on him myself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ: Hold

  52. WHODAT says:
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    In need of steals, Is it time to drop Melky for Aoki? Tired of waiting for any power from Cabrera.

    • Gareth says:
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      @WHODAT: Someone actually dropped Melky in my league the other day (he was claimed). I own Aoki. It’s close but I’d lean Melky as he seems to be coming out of his early funk and the White Sox offense is better (at the top of the order with Eaton, and Abreau, Laroche, Avisail and Alexi Ramirez hitting after him).

    • Gareth says:
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      @WHODAT: Sagnof!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @WHODAT: Melky does not have any real power, anyway grab Aoki for the steals..

  53. Mb says:
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    Trade synderrrgard for lucroy

    My rotation is Carrasco, McHugh, smyly, Paxton
    Streamers right now are fiers, chase anderson, jimmy Nelson… Matt Moore on dl

    My catcher is zunino I would be replacing him with lucroy eventually

    • Gareth says:
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      @Mb: hold.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mb: Go for it

  54. ashtray says:
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    Devon Travis is 6/37 over his last 10 games. Is the honeymoon over?

    • Gareth says:
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      @ashtray: One of those six hits was a grand slam against my Indians :-(

      He’ll be fine.

      Best waiver grab of the year.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @ashtray: He will not keep up the pace he started at..Regression fairies are already circling!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @ashtray: Drop Travis’ s sweet behind on my lap plz…. HOLD!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: He wasn’t going to hit .375 all year

  55. Gareth says:
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    I wonder if B. Ham and Puig abstain out of respect at Thanksgiving.

  56. The JoGarza says:
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    How expendable is Chris Carter in a 12-team OBP? I’ve more or less successfully platooned him, but roster flexibility tightened up recently.

    Keep on hanging on?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @The JoGarza: Did I hear someone say Chris Carter?

  57. Michael says:
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    12 team h2h weekly roto categories

    Trade McCutchen and Casilla for Cruz and Teheran?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Michael: Fun Fact: I traded Cruz before the season started last year for Crush Davis ( HAHA HAHA) I hate to say it, I’d take Cruz in the this deal. Only bcuz Cutch dosen’t look good out there. His knee is effed up, no steals, power isn’t there, etc. It’s a redraft lg correct?

  58. Swaz says:
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    A Gil-Scott Heron drop. We’re not worthy.

  59. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    Drop Greene for Shoemaker or Paxton?

  60. Clint says:
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    I think luck may be shining on me, Grey. Yesterday morning pitched a deal to a fellow 12 team roto league owner being my Axford/Morrow (2 guys I just snatched from waivers in the last week or so on your advice) for his Storen/Shoemaker. Dude approved it before noon. The news of Morrow hitting the DL came around 3pm. So far, he hasn’t whined to stop the trade so it looks like butter-flavored awesome sauce all over me, no?

    • Gareth says:
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      @Clint: A heist!

  61. Green machine says:
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    Hey grey man, I know it’s on the early side but I like to get a jump start on the following week ; which potential two start pitcher would you go with for week 6?

    Here’s a few I’m looking into:

    Lance lynn (@ Cleveland & vs Carlos carrasco… Start 2 vs tigers & Alfredo Simon.)

    Mike leake (vs Braves & Shelby miller… Start 2 vs Giants & Ryan vogelsong.)

    Anthony descalfani (vs Braves & mike foltynewicz.. Start 2 vs Giants & Chris Heston .)

    Shelby miller (@ Braves & Mike leake.. Start 2, @ Miami & tom Koehler .)

    Ubaldo jimenez (vs blue jays & Marco Estrada .. Start 2 vs Angels & Garret Richards.)

    Thanks man!

      • Green machine says:
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        @Grey:

        Will do, lol sorry I know I may have jumped the gun looking ahead but I will ask you again!

  62. JAL says:
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    12-team 5×5 RoS: Hammel, DeSclafani, Chase Anderson, Jesse Chavez, Greene. Thanks.

    • JAL says:
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      @JAL: Let me throw Tanner Roark in there, too. Pick a few. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Chavez, Hammel

      • JAL says:
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        @Grey: I thank you. Can you rank the next couple/few, or are you saying streamers/doesn’t matter? Cheers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @JAL: Streamers

  63. SteveE says:
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    Paxton or Marco?

    • Cram It says:
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      @SteveE: PAX

  64. robo says:
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    So many mixed emotions regarding your Alex Cobb prophecy! I love Alex Cobb (bad news), but didn’t draft him anywhere (good news), would love to see him play in person and I live in Neptune (good news), looking to move before 2019….can we move up that timetable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @robo: Do you really live there? I used to vacation in Avon as a kid

      • robo says:
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        @Grey: Yes, I really do. I know you’ve mentioned being from New Jersey multiple times, which has always helped your credibility in my eyes. Now you go a step further…first all the great fantasy baseball content…..then all the Rhett Miller lyrical references, now this….you are starting to convince me of my long held belief, that this is really all about me. Not for nuthin, but the southern monmouth county beaches like Avon are definitely under-rated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s just you and me, robo, the rest of mere dandruff in God’s beard

  65. Roger That! says:
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    Dealt Cargo for Kimbrel….fair deal?

    My other OF’s are CarGomez, Starling, Cain, Marisnick. My RP’s were Cishek, Davis and Ottavino :(.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Roger That!: If you already made the trade why does it matter? No, you got robbed! LOL

  66. sniff test says:
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    Would you drop Yasmany Tomas for LoMo’s hot streak if you knew you might never get to roster him again?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @sniff test: I’d keep Tomas..Logan will crash back to earth real soon..

  67. KevinB says:
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    What is your outlook for Neftali Feliz moving forward?
    Does he bounce back or does he get replaced as closer in a few weeks? If replaced, who do you feel are the likely candidates to take over closer duties for the Rangers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KevinB: I wouldn’t worry about Feliz backups for now

  68. Spyre says:
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    Addison Russell or Andreltron Simmons ROS?
    h2h points league with -1 for strikeouts

    • Gareth says:
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      @Spyre: Russell Simmons LOL.

      Russell.

  69. Lenard says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thoughts on Wil Myers and a 7th round pick next year for Heyward and a 3rd rounder for next year? Enough of an upgrade this year for a team that’s going for it to take a little bit of a hit next year?

  70. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Great write-up as usual. I always like seeing comments about about Yelich. They’ll never get “old.” Just let the guy enjoy his prom and grad night at DW before he rejoins the team.

    In my 10 team NL-Only do I have your blessing to drop Guerrero for Espinosa or Turner yet? This would be more for a fill-in at utility or INF. I currently have Wright on the DL and already have Bryant at 3B. I also have Flores that I need spot starts for.

    Thanks!

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

  71. Greg says:
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    Traded for Strasburg and HanRam on Monday morning. It’s Wednesday and both are nearly dead. F U baseball.

    • Gareth says:
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      @Greg: what did you give up?

      • Greg says:
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        @Gareth: Buxton and Russell. Top prospects but I’m going for it this year and next.

  72. Gareth says:
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    Still trying to offload Mccann.

    Having two catchers sucks!

  73. danny says:
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    for ROS — Marco Gonzales, T Walker, Jimmy Nelson

    pick 2 please

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @danny: Walker & Nelson

  74. Matt says:
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    13-team 5×5 OBP

    Currently available is Blanks, Logan Morrison, Billy Burns & Marco Gonzales?

    Do I drop any of ARod (Bryant at 3rd), Ben Revere, Kendrys Morales, Steven Souza (picked up in replacement for Shin-Soo Choo), Josh Reddick or Phil Hughes for any of them (already have 2 bench batters though)?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Matt: I’d hold

  75. Joeg414 says:
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    Lets see if this adds up in a 13 Team 6×6 Roto : C.Santana, Seager, Desmond, Bogaerts, R.Zimm, Harper, Soler and A.Garcia = Last in OPS, 2nd to last in Avg, 2nd to last in HR and 2nd to last in RBI. I guess I’m looking at a huge last five months.

  76. Ben says:
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    Trade advice for a 14-team, H2H league where I’m really hurting for pitching?

    1) Give up Arenado for Kluber?

    2) Give up Mookie Betts for Matt Harvey? Or Betts and Hosmer for Harvey and Samardzija?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Ben: Hold on Arenado. I could see trying either of the options in #2 – paint the town brown.

  77. Abe Froman says:
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    My AJ Pollock and Krod for his Andrew Miller was rejected, and he countered with Polanco and Krod for Miller.

    12 Team Standard ESPN. My other outfielders include Dickerson, Souza, Marisnick, Ozuna, & Fowler.

    Thoughts? Would Ozuna/KRod be worth it?

  78. Jon says:
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    Thoughts on Brandon Crawford? Add him over Fowler? (I need help at MI more than OF, but when it comes down to it I want the better fantasy player)

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jon: Fowler is a better overall player than Crawford..

  79. Swfcdan says:
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    Best saves chasing option out of these lot. Rank please:
    B Morris, T-Wats, R Osuna, B Ziegler/Marshall

  80. Jon says:
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    Keep Morrow or Iwakuma in a DL spot?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Jon: Iwakuma

  81. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Rangers win two in a row, time to come out of hybernation! Our lord and savoir jesus de hambone will be back before June too. Things are looking up Rangers

  82. Wilsonian says:
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    These guys are currently available or on waivers – would you drop anyone for them:

    JD Mart, Wong, Tex, Canha

    My team:

    C – Vogt
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Kipnis
    3B – Miggy
    SS – Xander
    IF – Arenado
    OF – Jones
    OF – Myers
    OF – Pederson
    OF – Marisnick
    UTIL – Reddick
    UTIL – Dickerson
    BN – Longo
    BN – Moss

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: never mind – went ahead and dropped Moss for Wong. Think that works best with my team.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Wilsonian: I’d also drop Reddick for jd martinez.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Wilsonian: Also would have dropped Xander for Wong. Not Moss.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Gareth: then who’s playing SS for me?

          • Gareth says:
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            @Wilsonian: Oops! It’s a shame Wong didn’t have 2b/ss eligibility.

            Hold Xander. Reddick would have been the drop for Wong.

            Wong to bench.
            Moss replaces Reddick in the outfielder spot.

          • Gareth says:
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            @Wilsonian: Reddick is not ideal for head to head weekly. He is in a quasi platoon so won’t play every day.

            Moss is a fixture for the indians and has gotten hot recently.

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Gareth: Reddick has been playing every day and crushing it. He’s much hotter than Moss right now. This is a shallow league, if you don’t play the hot bats, you don’t win. You gotta have your staples, but you gotta play the hot hand. I can almost guarantee I’ll be able to snag Moss in a couple of days for Reddick if he cools off – unless Moss hits 6 HRs in the next three days.

            • Wilsonian says:
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              @Gareth: for instance, I dropped Wong last Friday for Kipnis when I saw Kipnis heating up. Wong has been available for 3 days off waivers. No one took him. This is an eight team league, five of the eight managers are Cardinals fans, and still he stayed available.

              • Gareth says:
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                @Wilsonian: by the way, nice team you got there. How are you doing in the league?

  83. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Grey, I got Shane Greenied again last night (damn you JB!). I’ve got the Kluber owner ready to deal, but he wants Kipnis. I’m reluctant just because my 2B replacement for him would be Odubel Herrera, forcing me to also start Michael Taylor as my rookie in place of Herrera. What do you think of asking for Kluber and Zobist for Kipnis? Pipe dream? He may insist I also throw in Paxton or Shoemaker,which I’m less keen on since I’m still forced to keep starting Shane Greene or Gausman until Ryu comes back (no waivers). If he’s fixated in on Kipnis, what offer do you think makes sense for me t get Kluber and Zobrist? Or hold tight? Here are my starters (we start 6):

    Scherzer
    Price
    Carrasco
    Shoemaker
    Paxton
    Greene
    Ryu
    Gausman

    • Cram It says:
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      @Skeezix: I’d do Shoemaker/Kipnis. If not, Paxton/Kipnis

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Cram It: I’d need Zobrist included. So I see my options as (me giving Kipnis):

        Kipnis/Paxton for Zobrist/Kluber
        Kipnis/Shoemaker for Zobrist/Kluber

        I’ve also toyed with trading Cutch if I can get Jones (not likely), Marte or Brantley as part of the deal. I don’t love losing him in a keeper league, but if he may be hampered by that knee all year… So is it better for me to give Cutch and maybe one of those other pitchers if I can get Kluber and one of his OFs?

        • Bye Felicia says:
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          @Skeezix: How is Zobrist helping you??!!!

          *He’s having knee surgery

          • Skeezix says:
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            @Bye Felicia: He helps me when he gets back from surgery. We allow virtually no waiver claims (3-player mid-year draft at all-star break). We also start a rookie. Trading Kipnis means I need to use Herrera as a 2B (he’s currently starting at Rookie), sliding Michael Taylor into my Rookie spot. Once Zobrist returns, I can play him at 2B allowing more flexibility to slide Herrera back to Rookie. The guy has garbage 2B (Panik/Infante/Zobrist), so I’m trying to get the best one back as part of the deal.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Skeezix: Right, that’s what I was agreeing with, Kipnis and whoever for Kluber/Zobrist

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skeezix: I’d do Kluber and Zo

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – just to clarify, is giving up either Kipnis and Shoemaker or Kipnis and Paxton too much for Kluber and Zo? As I tried to write above, the impact at my 2B is fairly large especially until Zobrist comes back, so I need a good corresponding improvement at SP. Hell, I might even try and pawn off Greene, but not sure why he’d go for it.

  84. Joe says:
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    Given the league and team below, which of the following trades would you do, if possible (you may select more than one, even if they are mutually exclusive)? I’m trying to unload Kemp and/or Wacha for fear that they’re coming crashing down to earth soon. I also realize if I don’t trade Marisnick or Pollock soon they may become wire fodder.

    A – My Wacha for Ozuna (this trade was actually just offered to me)
    B – My Marisnick + C.Martinez for Iwakuma
    C – My Kemp + Wacha for Soler and Kluber

    12-team, 5×5, h2h, non keeper daily league

    C – Perez, 1B – Bautista, 2B – Dozier, 3B – Arenado, SS – Segura, OF – Ellsbury, Kemp, Marisnick
    Util – Moss, Bench – Pollock, DL – Puig

    SP – Shields, Carrasco, Richards, Wacha, Quintana, C.Martinez, D.Salazar
    RP – Allen, Gregerson, Soria, A.Miller, Grilli

    • Cram It says:
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      @Joe: I’d do C. in a heartbeat but doesn’t sound like that’s actually on the table. Good luck getting the owner to take that.

      • Joe says:
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        @Cram It:

        It’s what I call the fantasy paradox. We are encouraged, and we attempt, to “buy low” on under performing players, but most of the time we overestimate our chances to do that because, if we are in a competitive league, with good owners, they tend not to undervalue their underperformers this early in the season.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Joe: Absolutely. Buying low on known commodities isn’t always easy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Agree with Cram

  85. G says:
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    Hey Grey. Time to drop shane green? Was planning on doing that for now and making it my streaming spot. More specifically would you drop him for Pomerans (against Minnesota tomm) or hudson (against Miami), both who pitch tomorrow? Thanks Grey as always.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @G: I’d drop Green and stream Pom tomm..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Agree with MP

  86. Trusty Russ says:
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    Can I get a ROS on:
    Span, Pollock, Souza, Marisnick

  87. ryanoger says:
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    10 team 5 x 5 redraft

    Souza and Addison Russell were recently dropped…would you consider adding either one/both or hold and who would be the drop if I made the add/s?

    Avisail is still out there too…

    With Desmond still trying to find his bat I like the idea of adding Addison…thoughts? Longo and Desmond are hurting me and I could move Chris Davis to 3rd and open up a utility spot for a Souza or Addison type…

    C-A.J. Pierzynski
    1B-Paul Goldschmidt
    2B-Brian Dozier
    3B-Evan Longoria
    SS-Ian Desmond
    OF-Nelson Cruz, Wil Myers, Grégory Polanco
    Util-Chris Davis, Lucas Duda
    DL-Anthony Rendón

    SP-Danny Salazar, Drew Smyly, Jacob deGrom, Jake Arrieta, Corey Kluber, Mike Fiers, Carlos Rodon, Alex Wood
    RP-Trevor Rosenthal, Huston Street, Fernando Rodney, Wade Davis
    DL-Kris Medlen

    Thanks Grey!
    Ryan

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @ryanoger: You don’t need Addison, No drops.

  88. Swfcdan says:
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    Gamble on Paxton or A Wood trading Adams? Don’t need Fatt and need SP help.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Swfcdan: Wood

  89. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I need some bottom end rotation guys.. Currently have lackey and eovaldi filling the roles… Pick 2 of the 4 please

    Eovaldi, lackey, despaigne, Haren

    Thanks!

  90. Dingbat says:
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    New theory: Devin Mesoraco is Vince Vaughn’s long lost much less attractive brother.

  91. Joe says:
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    I have an open spot with Ottavino flirting with Dr. Freeze. Chavez and Porcello seem to be the two best options available for pitchers. Who would you prefer between those two. It seems like you like Chavez based on your comments above, but just wanted to see how you felt the two compared to each other.

    My rotation is being anchored by Cole, Gray and Kazmir, but beyond that it is a little shaky with Samarjshhajsda, Fiers and Bradley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Chavez

  92. booya says:
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    6×6 H2h 12 team w/ ops and q’s
    Which side: Wong, wood, Heston or howie Kendrick, De gromm, Bauer?

    Thanks

  93. Ryan says:
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    Alex Colome or Marco Gonzales ROS? Thanks.

  94. JoeCool says:
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    Think Coco’s Return is going to affect Burns’ playing time/value? Was thinking of trying to trade B Ham for a bigger bat and grab Burns for my SAGNOF.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @JoeCool: Who knows with Oakland. What does the magic 8 ball say? Heh

      In all seriousness, Burns will play if he outplays the other midget (Sogard?) It’s a wait n see, but in the meantime I’d be snatching Burns off waivers. Best case you own to 50+ steal players and dominate the cat. Or you end up with a nice haul for Hamilton and still have a 50 steal type OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeCool: Coco will affect his PT

    • mraccoe says:
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      @JoeCool:

      Long answer, Coco’s going to come back and play LF, taking some of Canha’s time out there. Canha’s a natural 3B, so they may get him some playing there and move Lawrie to 2B, thus cutting out most of Sogard’s time. The other thought is that they may move Reddick to CF, play Canha in RF and Coco in LF.

      Most likely, my best guess is that they send Gentry down, platoon Fuld, Coco, Canha and Burns at CF and LF with Reddick getting the most AB’s out of everyone in the OF.

  95. supra says:
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    Who’s the better add with limited moves: Kelly Johnson or Logan Morrison?

    It’s like looking for a schmatoto thru a crystal ball.

  96. Jbuhner says:
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    Thoughts on Pederson ROS? I have him in a keeper league and would be able to keep him as a 9th rounder next year and a year earlier each consecutive year. Thought on round he will likely be drafted around next year? Big fan of his but wondering if I should sell high to some owners who are really pushing for him.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Jbuhner: Sell for who?

      • Jbuhner says:
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        @Bye Felicia:
        Well i guess I’m wondering what the floor would be for a type of player to trade Joc for with Jocs keeper value?

      • Jbuhner says:
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        @Bye Felicia:
        So next year joc would be an 8th rounder for me. Thoughts on trading him straight up for the following players with the rounds they can be had next year in parentheses:

        Springer (8)
        Altuve (4th)
        Cruz (10th)
        Dee Gordon (9th)
        Donaldson (no keeper value)
        Ellsberry (no keeper value)
        Frazier (3rd)

        Thanks in advance

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jbuhner: What do you need for this year? A 3B? Then go with Donaldson

          • Jbuhner says:
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            @Grey:
            I could use some steals. My starting offense is Abreu, arenado,wong, Danny Santana, upton, marte, pederson, puig, Chris Davis. I’d don’t think I would be poor with steals but have lost that category the first three weeks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Get cheaper steals

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Jbuhner: Yesterday, in a non-keeper league, I traded Joc and Rosenthal for McHugh and Marte. If people in your league are feeding off of the HR hype – I’d look to upgrade – I think he is a special talent, but not a proven commodity.

  97. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Paxton, Miguel Gonzalez, and Duffy. Rank ROS?

  98. Espn fantasy baseball editor looking for help? says:
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    G

    By the end of the season will Pineda but a top 15 sp? Top 10? He looks really good right now. Wondering if this is time to try and get him?

  99. The Jerk Store says:
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    SON doesn’t like Colome’s start today, but should I throw him out there? I feel like he should be better than expected.

    thanks

  100. Scott says:
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    14 team dynasty league with full minor league

    Was offered

    Side A: Greinke and a ptbnl (a fringe top 100 prospect)

    Side B: Gio Gonzalez and James Paxton

    Thoughts?

  101. Eric B says:
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    Loving the musical references Grey, slipped in a lil’ STP, some Rick Springfield, the WHO and Tipper with her parental advisories…nice!

    But know for a question or two if you’d be so kind(my roster is below)I like Burns but dont see an obvious drop and I wonder if his playing time takes a hit with Coco nearing his return. Avisial isnt giving me much but dont know that I want to drop him, Lawrie is an option but I’m using Semien as my SS so Lawrie backs up 2nd and 3rd for my team until Alexi actually contributes Im not able to use Semien in that fashion. Other notables on the wire are D.Santana and Kelly Johnson. Any moves you’d make on O?

    And my last question is regarding my staff…Walker is probably my weakest link, you holding him or adding one of Marco, Colome, Folty or Syndergarrd?
    ( 5×5 HTH OBP league)
    Bats
    C McCann
    1B Freeman
    2B Kipnis
    3B Santana
    SS A.Ramirez
    OF Stanton
    OF Springer
    OF Soler
    OF Betts
    Util Pollock
    Util Semien
    Util Calhoun
    Bench Avisail Garcia
    Bench Lawrie
    DL C Yan Gomes

    Staff
    P Kluber
    P Odorizzi
    P Cole
    P Salazar
    P Paxton
    SP Ventura
    SP Walker
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Perkins
    Bench SP Fiers
    Bench SP Chavez
    DL Corbin
    DL Moore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric B: Thanks! Forget the waiver bats, Colome over Walker in case he pitches well today

      • Eric B says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for dropping knowledge and wisdom like a mad head dog ~ Beastie Boys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice

  102. Bobby's world says:
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    Aloha!

    In a h2h points/ weekly lock who would add for depth?

    Logan Morrison , Trevor plouffe, Brandon Crawford, mark canha (1b/of), Brett lawrie (2b/3b).

    Or instead of those guys add a soon to be hot call up to stash; Noah syndergaard, maikel Franco , Francisco lindor.

    Gracias señor!

      • Bobby's world says:
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        @Grey:

        Would Brandon moss, matt Adams or Jose Iglesias be the drop?

        at SS I have Hanley Ramirez & also have Addison Russell who is eligible there (&2nd base too)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Iglesias

  103. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Buy, Sell, or Hold on Vogt?

  104. Cole says:
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    Need help with pitching now that Cobb is likely out for the year. Standard Yahoo 12 team league

    My pitchers are:
    Salazar
    Cashner
    Keuchel
    Greinke
    Rodon
    DeGrom
    A.Wood
    Pomeranz
    R De La Rosa
    Ventura
    and RPs are
    Familia
    Boxberger

    Some pitchers out on the waiver are D. Haren, T. Hudson, K. Lobstein, Tillman, Eovaldi, Colomé, Young

    So If I could have any help with who to pickup or to drop to help my pitching that’d be great

    Thanks.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cole: Eo or Colome, but I’d probably stream.

  105. Warren says:
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    Sell high on Vogt? My situation at 2B is ugly, might be able to get Dozier or Wong for him

    • Cram It says:
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      @Warren: Sure

    • JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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      @Warren: Wong

  106. Cafuné

    Maxi says:
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    Need a replacement for HanRam, daily h2h 12-team league, OPS (no  AVG), I can pickup Turner (3 games @COL), Crawford or Andrelton, but I would have to drop one of the following players for a SS: Souza, Marisnick, Burns, Lawrie or Desclafani, although I’m light on pitching.

    I have Dickerson, Soler, Myers starting in my 3OF spots, Wong at 2B and Sandoval at 3B (With Rendon on the DL). We start 2UTIL, no CI or MI positions. Thoughts?

    Gracias!

  107. booya says:
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    12 team H2h
    Hughes or Marco Gonzalez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hughes

  108. Tio says:
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    Any thoughts on Victor Martinez? Will he come out of the slump? Someone just dropped him in my league.

    Also, would you hold Cobb in a salary cap keeper league? If he ends up missing next season then it wouldn’t be worth holding him. If he somehow heads into the offseason healthy then it is more interesting.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tio: DEPENDS who you’d be dropping to pick up V-Mart.

  109. Chris says:
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    Should I drop Greene for Roark, Miguel Gonzalez, Despaigne, or Eovaldi? Can you please list them in the order that you would pick them up? Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eo

  110. Filkarri says:
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    Moss and Salazar for Gerrit Cole? Which side? Worth mentioning the league has OBP and QS.

    • Gareth says:
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      @Filkarri: Indians side.

      After a rough first inning Salazar looked great last night, just kept getting stronger every innings.

      Also – KKKKKKKKKKKK!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Filkarri: Do you need Moss? Cole > Salazar, no idea what Moss does for your team

      • Filkarri says:
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        @Grey: I just throw him in a Util spot when he’s facing RHP, and I only play him against lefties when I know the relief staff is weak. My offense is pretty potent otherwise.

  111. The Jerk Store says:
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    SON likes Joe Wieland’s next start for LA, and REALLY likes his start after that. I haven’t heard much about him, except he may have been the singer in Stone Temple Pilots.

    Is he someone to watch, possibly stream?

      • The Jerk Store says:
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        @Grey: Ugh, thats embarrassing…sorry about that!

        • The Jerk Store says:
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          @The Jerk Store: And I even made the same joke!

  112. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great writeup! I really wish Springer stopped making incredible defensive plays all the time…

    Anywho, I’ve been enjoying the Wade Davis closer ride. Once Holland actually closing for a week or so, would you drop Wade Davis for Clippard or a SP like Shoe, Fiers, Heston?

    (I already have a streamer slot, so this would be a roster-guy).

    Right now, I’m leaning towards holding Davis until Soriano is hopefully signed as the Blue Jays closer.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Clippard

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Would you wait to make the move until Holland notches a save, or do it now after Clippard’s impressive showing last night?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait for Holland to get a save

  113. Eng says:
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    Grey, are Lomo and Blanks more valuable than Khris Davis at this point? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lomo

  114. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Thoughts on Hedges verses Plawecki? 10 Team NL-Only H2H. Pena is also available. After that, there are no good options left on FA in our league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plawecki

  115. Tyler says:
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    I need to add B Burns for some steals, but having a hard time deciding who to drop…
    Y Tomas/A Russel/J Harrison/A Guerrero? Any replies are much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guerrero

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Tyler: agree with Grey

  116. ebudz says:
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    Just added Kluber to this staff and grabbed Paxton before last night’s start but now I’m wondering if anyone currently available below is an upgrade over my anyone on my staff ROS?

    ESPN 10 Team H2H Points

    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Kluber, C. McHugh, L. Lynn
    (3) RP: Chapman, Kimbrel, Grilli
    Bench: (P. Hughes, Smyly, Fiers, Paxton, Hammel)

    Available SP Pitching: Chavez, Rodon, Colome, M. Gonzalez, R. De Le Rosa, Eovaldi, AJ Burnett, Haren, Dickey, Shoemaker, J. Nelson, T. Walker, Quintana, C. Anderson, A. Warren, Happ, Lackey, J. Kelly, Greene, W. Peralta, D. Norris, Hahn, I. Kennedy, B. Morrow, Iwakuma, A. Bradley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: You should stream Hughes and Hammel’s spots

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Sounds good Grey and as I already picked up Colome over Hughes earlier today so now two more questions if you don’t mind:

        Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)

        (1) C: R. Martin
        (1) 1B: Freeman
        (1) 2B: Kinsler
        (1) SS: Segura
        (1) 3B: Donaldson
        (3) OF: Brantley, Heyward, JD Martinez
        (1) UT: G. Springer

        1. Appears I’m going to lose Springer (my UTIL bat) to the 7 day DL so which bat should I pick up to replace him in his absence? Oh I’ll have to drop a pitcher for whoever it is, so is Colome a hold after tonight or should I cut him, Hammel (wanted to start him Friday @MIL), or even Lynn after tonight’s outing?

        FA Bats: Kipnis, Wong, Machado, R. Zimmerman, Polanco, Reddick, Span, Fowler, Morrison, M. Cabrera, Pillar, Blackmon, A. Russell, A. Simmons, Panik

        2. Think it’s worth it to stream Burnett vs. CIN tomorrow? or R. de la Rosa vs. SD? If so, who gets dropped?

  117. Melissa says:
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    Keeper league help (5 keepers max, contracts, $15mil salary cap)

    Trade my Stanton ($8mil), for
    His McCutch ($6mil) + Bautista (non-keeper)?

    I am looking to reduce the hit on my salary cap, and perhaps buy low on Cutch. Am I getting enough in return for Stanton, or should I hold?

  118. Gareth says:
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    Interesting comments about selling high on Vogt. He can’t keep this up, right?

    What’s a good target to get back in a trade? Decent closer, number 2 outfielder, SP2?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: If you can get #2 SP or OF then by all means

  119. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 with errors counted.

    Drop Bogaerts or Tomas for Souza?

    Thanks in advance.

  120. Eric says:
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    Do you trust Ian Kennedy @ SF today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  121. sternal says:
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    Would you trade Mccutch for Carlos Gomez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  122. goodfold2 says:
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    3 days in a row with bour over morse, add bour over dilson in NL only with no rate stats, just counting stats, including hits? 2 utils and unless this owings being benched stuff continues i have no positional edge here.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: yeppers.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: just noticing mini donkey is up against quite a few lefties in next few days, ruf ruf ruf also.

  123. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Drop Yelich for Heyward?

  124. Bossman Sr. says:
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    Got offered Andrus and Puig for Tulo Should I do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo side

  125. Sad Keanu says:
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    Jesse Chavez over Joe Kelly?

  126. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Drop Yelich for Heyward

    • Kendrick Llama says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: sorry for dbl post :/

      Yelich Souza or Heyward

  127. joe says:
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    drop leonys martin for billy burns?

  128. Reid says:
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    Jesse Chavez or Mike Fiers? Would you drop Desmond for Rollins in a keeper league (doubting I’d keep either).

    Thanks.

    Great write up Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers…Ian Desmond? No

      • Reid says:
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        @Grey: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to type that. Brain fart! Meant, C-Mart or Chavez? Is Martinez’s regression going to be bad?

        • Cram It says:
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          @Reid: I would have guess the brain fart was dropping Desmond for Rollins…

          • Reid says:
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            @Cram It: Very true…fortunately I didn’t make that move. It was just a question haha!!

  129. Eg says:
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    Pick two to start kris Bryant vs Lynn, Stanton vs Sherzer, Chris Davis vs degrom, duda vs ubaldo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Davis

  130. Negatto says:
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    Crisp is probably coming off of the DL this week.

    Looking at overall value who stays, Crisp or Tomas?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs

  131. Spyre says:
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    Bautista and hughes for myers and kluber

    which side? is it fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers, it’s fair

  132. Steve says:
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    Hey Grey,

    A couple waiver wire questions:

    In a points league…

    LoMo or Kyle Blanks?

    Paxton or Roark?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Steve: LoMo & Pax

  133. Wilsonian says:
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    Think Rodon remains in the rotation after his start on Sunday?

    How would you rank: A.Wood, Paxton, Shoemaker, Rodon, Marco Polo Gonzalez?

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: I’d think so on Rodon… Wood, Pax, though Rodon’s debut could change that

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: thanks man, I only have room for two of them – so I’ll have to keep an eye on Rodon this weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  134. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    Got any worries about Jose Bautista’s shoulder going forward?

    My pitching stinks and I’m thinking of dealing him for David Price and Alexei Ramirez.

    14-team league with very limited FA pickups allowed.

    • Spyre says:
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      @Rufus T. Firefly: I think his shoulder will be fine eventually, toronto’s playing him as DH to let him rest it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course

  135. Gareth says:
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    So torn with that trade offer.

    Billy Hamilton for Aroldis Chapman.

    best wheels in the game versus best closer in the game (sorry kimbrel).

    How close are they in value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a needs trade primarily

  136. Tulover says:
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    Would you trade Eovaldi for Buchholz? Buchholz has 11+ k/9, great k/bb%, fip 2.97. Or should I hold tight? Those K #’s are intriguing. Thanks! Great work, as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  137. scott steelers says:
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    Got offered Ian Desmond (7th rd keeper) Buster Posey (16th rd) Pujols (no keeper) for Travis (11th rd) Abreu (5th rd) and aj piezinsky… which side?

  138. My girlie farted! Uh-oh-a-oh, uh-oh-a-oh, my girlie farted!

  139. SallyCips says:
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    OK, with me making Stanton unavailable here’s the latest offer I’m contemplating:

    I get: Kershaw, Desmond, S.Perez, Eovaldi

    I give: C.Santana, Hamilton, Wong, Bauer

    Which side, guys?

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Grey: Hey Grey, thanks, but this was rejected. Don’t think you’re still checking this thread, but if so here’s the counter that I was offered:

        I get: Kershaw, Desmond, S.Perez, Eovaldi, Blackmon

        I give: C.Santana, Gardner, Wong, Shelby Miller, Pineda

        If not I’ll repost it in the morning. No rush to pull the trigger anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kershaw side

          • SallyCips says:
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            @Grey: Hey, thanks for answering, man! Your dedication is astounding and inspirational.

            I’m probably going to accept after digesting a little more, much thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @SallyCips: Kershaw

  140. Caesar says:
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    Pearce or LoMo?

    Hahn or Marco Gonzales?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lomo, Marco

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Caesar: I actually like Pearce and Hahn here..I think they will both bounce back..

  141. Kas says:
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    D. Travis or Cano ROS? Cano has sucked balls Grey. I kno, I know, it’s only May but I’m asking myself why I drafted him and missed out on cheaper options like Travis.

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Kas: Cano

  142. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Why in god’s name is Kolten Wong not batting leadoff for the Cardinals by now? The 8 spot is killing his speed (not to mention some couting stats for sure). Jon Jay – pshhhhh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, insane

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Grey: Good news/bad news: The good – Jon Jay is out of the lineup tonight for the Cards. The bad – Wong is out too. Doh!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Insane

  143. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    What Up Grey! 2 questions for ya sir:

    1) Ian Desmond was dropped in my 10-team roto league. We have a $150 faab budget. SS is my only real weakness, been rotating Alcides and Owings. My offense overall is good, toward the top in each category except for SB. Regardless, I’m trying to figure out just how much of my faab budget to spend on him. I guess what I’m asking – you had him ranked in the Top 20 in your pre-season ranks – if you re-ranked right now for rest of season, where would he slot in?

    2) My pitching staff has been rocked with injuries this week, Stras and Morrow the newest to the list. Need lots of replacements. Hate to do this to you, but please rank for immediate to near future: Chavez, Colon, M Gonzalez, CJ Wilson, Quintana, Chase Anderson, Roark.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Get him 2) Chavez, Gonzalez

  144. Big W says:
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    Hey Grey,

    18 team redraft roto yahoo… Owings or Flores ROS?

    thanks in advance!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Big W: Owings

  145. Wilson says:
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    Rollins, Semien, Valbuena, A Escobar (when healthy)
    Kindly rank them thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  146. dem ribbies says:
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    You think Cutch figures this out? I am at a complete loss as to what to do w/ him…

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @dem ribbies: I’d keep starting him in case he gets hot and explore trade offers..Have any Pirates fans in your league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said to sell him 2 weeks ago

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: ya, finding buyers has been the problem. can’t blame them. Everybody wants 1st round Cutch. Nobody wants waiver wire Cutch. Someone offered me Brock Holt. I think I’m gonna be sick.

  147. J Boy says:
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    I’m dying to pickup Billy Burns for the swipes but keep hearing he’s a good bet to get sent down when Crisp comes back. I have Aoki in that spot for now while I wait for Pence/Rios to come back. Do you think Burns stays up and playing even with Crisp back or better to ride it out with Aoki?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burns could get sent down

  148. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    1: C-Mart, D. Travis, C. Allen
    or
    2: C. Kershaw

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw

  149. brett says:
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    Please rank Niese, Quintana and Fiers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reverse order

  150. holamola says:
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    My Puig, Arrieta & Marisnick for Upton, G. Richards and Fielder. Fair trade or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  151. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    That Cobb blurb thooooo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  152. Crimson Fratellis says:
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    Carlos Beltran or Coco Crisp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crisp

  153. Wilson says:
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    Who could be next in line for closer? Thoughts appreciated.

    • Crimson Fratellis says:
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      @Wilson: Probably the night manager.

      • Wilson says:
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        Shaw Giles Qualls Watson Ramos Romo Ziegler , any of them could be closer soon?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Giles, Ziegler

  154. JoeCool says:
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    would you trade B-Ham + Carrasco for J-Up even if I’m dying for steals without him?

    roster is: Swihart, Miggy, Pedroia, Valbuena, Xander, Dickerson, B-Ham, Gordon, Pujols and V-Mart at x2 UTIL spots

    SP is: Cueto, Carrasco, Hughes, Quintana, Fiers, Stream

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @JoeCool:you need Carrasco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton side

      • JoeCool says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey.

        Also: Vmart, Pujols, Gordon, Werth for McCutchen too much to give for Cutch?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  155. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    I flipped between Chavez and Shark last night – expecting one of the two to ruin my ERA for the week. Chavez looked dynamite. Granted he was playing against the Twins, but was hitting every corner of the strike zone and looked unhittable at times. I think he would have finished the 8th inning if it weren’t for a bonehead error by Ike Davis. He was a total asset early last year, and I’m stoked to have him rostered in all leagues. He’s pitching with a vengeance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Twins looked great coming in the last few days

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: True dat. When Davis threw away a double play in the 8th, I thought Chavez was going to strangle him. I think Chavez and Ventura are both dudes that would shank you for totally stupid shit. They pitch totally pissed off. They are super fun guys to watch, even with their subtle Napoleon complex.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Totally

        • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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          @Mrs.Featherbottom: and if Justin Bour keeps getting playing time, he deserves some sort of nickname – Matt Stairs Light or something

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Mrs.Featherbottom: Also, I love that Moobs is called “Big Country Breakfast” by the A’s announcers.

  156. TheBravesWearPrado says:
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    Someone asked a question about trading for Buchholz above but curious on your thoughts on a possible turn around for him. As the other commenter mentioned his peripherals all look great and it looks like he’s being done in by a .407 BABIP. Any reason to think he could turn it around and be useful the rest of the way or nothing to see here and move on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he can turn it around and be useful… He is being crazy unlucky

  157. Malicious Phenom says:
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    I so agree Featherbottom..

  158. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, Great Stuff as usual. So how do we get the “Free the Wong” movement going, gorilla marketing, social media campaign, pens, stickers, what are we talking. I’m heavily invested and I need to get some return on this so we need to skip the prayer circle and go straight to the internet…… Phone ringing, “Hey Al, it’s Teddy Ballgame here, I need a favor. I know you invented the Internet so I need some inside guru help getting the word out for my “Free the Wong” movement. Do you think you can help me out with that?” Al, “hmmmm I’m not great with Wongs and that actually sounds like a job for Tipper, she really knows her way around a Wong. Better yet my buddy Bill has the perfect girl for ya, Monica something or other, she’d be perfect”

    So I traded Moose for Strasburg last week and I was feeling really good until yesterday when I was watching the game thinking to myself, “ut oh”, is Dr Andrews in town? It was encouraging to see that he was trying to stay in, but Williams ultimately shut him down. I’ve had really bad luck with big stars in the past, Out of all my drafts in 10 years I’ve only got the #1 or 2 pick a handful of times, it was 2007 when Pujols went from 49 HR’s to 32 and then I had Miggy last year for the first only only time and we know how that went. I feel a little cursed when it comes to the big names, do we have a term for that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BFF! Free my Wong! Not you, but, yes, you, everyone! Good call to Gore, if he can’t do it, no one can! Hopefully Stras is fine, that was a trade you needed to do though

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Definitely had to do that trade, looks like it;s going to be a boat race at Coors today, woo hoo! Can Yasmany get into one today? Damn only if I had Jobu!

        • Teddy Heater says:
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          @Teddy Heater: Yasmany is going for the Omar Infante cycle, 3 singles so far (3 rbi too)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wish I had every Diamondbacks instead of Rockies right now

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Free the Wong isn’t off to a good start. He’s sitting tonight.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know, ugh

  159. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    The bots are favorable towards Heston v Padres today ($15.1), with Upton ($4.3) and Myers ($3.7) seemingly sits.

    1) Bench Myers today?

    2) Is Upton now one of those guys that you’d never bench?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) For who? 2) yes

  160. Mark says:
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    Cool to trade J Up for C Davis, Abreu or Edwin? Any you would not trade for for Upton? 7×7 obp slg where we keep five each year as first five picks, yahoo 11 team

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Mark: Abreu, if you get him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu or Edwin

      • Mark says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  161. Mello Yello says:
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    Thank God for Mookie and Porcello is all I have to say about last night. Decided to start Colome tonight. We’ll see how that goes. Anything like his last start, he’ll get like 15,000 adds tomorrow. HanRam is coming back next week…freggin huge he wasn’t more banged up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, agreed on Colome

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Grey: How many pitches tonight? Like 80-90?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully 90

          • Mello Yello says:
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            @Grey: Sweet

  162. dom says:
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    i’d argue that Strasburg is underrated at this point just because he hasn’t become the best pitcher in baseball after the hype. that combination of stuff and command is rare

    12 team mixed redraft stash Marco Gonzalez’s closeness or Sydergaard’s upside?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marco

  163. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    Could you please rank: Pax, Chavez, Fiers?

    I’m the odd man out around here with my dislike for Pax, but I’m going with you and JB on faith in your fantasy powers.

    Kudos and thanks on answering all these questions each day. Impressive.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Pax

  164. Scott says:
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    Manny Machado is Nacho Libre!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  165. ERad says:
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    G – What do I owe you for your Harper ranking? I got connections in Upstate NY!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  166. Mike B says:
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    Good time to offer Holiday for pence?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  167. Nico says:
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    Yo Grey! Wanted your thoughts on two guys, Buchholz and Tulo. Buchholz ERA to FIP differential is incredible, and I already snagged him in one league (RCL), but I was wondering if you’re still concerned about his volatility (maybe just spot start him)? On the TT front, his BB% is 5th lowest in the league right now… The only outlier I see (aside from the awful BB%) is his HR/FB is well under career average… so what gives?! I’m not “giving up” on him, but perhaps before things get worse, and/or he gets hurt, I could shop him for close to draft value. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Buchholz’s peripherals have been insane, his BABIP is killing him definitely a guy I’d take a flyer on

  168. Swfcdan says:
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    You buying Marisnick or B Crawford this year? Both had hot starts, think Jake will retain value due to his wheels. Not so sure on Brandon but riding him now Reyes is hurt once again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marisnick

  169. Ron says:
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    Joc Pederson or Span ROS in H2H Points with -1 for Ks?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson

  170. Jordan73 says:
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    My Devon Travis and Braun for his Carlos Gonzalez and Zobrist. Thoughts?

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo

  171. Ron says:
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    Side A: Pederson, Segura, Keuchel, Desclafini
    or
    Side B: Bautista, Street

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista

  172. GhostTownSteve says:
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    I’ve been trying to call Blue Jays GM Alex Snuffleupagus all morning to see if he’ll trade for Ben Revere.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And…?

      • GhostTownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Finally got hold of him. Ruben Jr. wants to throw Howard and Utley in. Non starter.

  173. ERad says:
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    Looking to get an arm – Pujols for Scherzer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scherzer side

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: Cool – hopefully he bites – good looks as always

  174. Wilsonian says:
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    Of course I’m up against Harper today. Of course I am…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: 13-1 lead just went to 8-5. His team hadn’t hit a HR the first two days of the week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

  175. The Great Knoche says:
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    Trumbo batting 2nd and Pollack is clean up. Huh?

    Whatever happened to waiting until the 5th inning to get sauced in the dugout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, he did it the other day too

  176. royce! says:
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    Some bad info re: weather led me to start Gordon over Harper. Got all paranoid after losing starts from so many players yesterday. Unless Gordon hits 4 HR, this has got to be the worst sonovabenching I’ve ever suffered.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You benched Harper?!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I know! I also have him active in another league, but that’s not enough consolation.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @royce!: Jeez, man. That’s too bad.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @royce!: But then, I’m using Machi today in our league which renders my smart-assery kinda moot.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @royce!: That might be the worst sonofabench in fantasy history.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @royce!: Like you looked at the weather forecast for next Wednesday? It’s 80 and sunny.

      Was it that naked news report? Then I could see the mix up.

      • royce! says:
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        @The Great Knoche: I must have misread something…such a shame.

    • ERad says:
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      @royce!: You poor soul – I give myself anxiety when I leave a SB on the bench

  177. hondo says:
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    If Harper doesn’t start stealing bases,should I drop him for Gose?

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @hondo: Great minds!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, ha

  178. Long Bawls says:
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    Should I drop Harper for Panik?

    • hondo says:
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      @Long Bawls: Hey! I wanted to be the dumbass guy!

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @hondo: That’s pretty damn funny. Because repetition is the key to comedy!

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @hondo: The line is quite long for that gig.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Grey: Heheh

  179. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    I’m thinking i should have drafted Harper in at least 1 league.

  180. the swinging says:
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    I took harper over adam Jones in the second round of my rcl. Wasn’t feeling g great about it…

    3 harper homers this afternoon makes me feel a little better..

    53 homers 31 steals so far in rcl, 101.5 toal points next closest is 83..

    I’m coming for that t shirt!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  181. Blint says:
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    drop Daniel Murphy for Panik?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

      • Blint says:
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        @Grey:

        Lol then drop Leonys Martin and pick up either Logan Morrison or Kyle Blanks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold

  182. BeetsDon'tKaleMyVibe says:
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    Trade Hughes for Buchholz in a points league? Both underwhelming but Buchholz peripherals suggest he may be in line for a bigger rebound.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  183. BeetsDon'tKaleMyVibe says:
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    Trade Hughes for Buchholz in a points league? Both underwhelming but Buchholz peripherals suggest he may be in line for a bigger rebound.

    Current pitching: Greinke, A. Wood, Shoe, Miller, Kennedy, Hughes, Kimbrel, Familia, Casilla

  184. Mostsuckass says:
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    Which of the following starting pitchers would you trade for Neil Walker?

    Jason Hammel
    Francisco Liriano
    Matt Shoemaker
    Drew Hutchison
    Carlos Frías
    Edinson Vólquez

    • Mostsuckass says:
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      @Mostsuckass: (It’s a deep keeper/dynasty league.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edinson

      • Mostsuckass says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey! Sounds like Walker’s stock has plummeted, in your eyes. (Mine too, but the two 2B’s on my roster are Brad Miller and Owings, both of whom seem to have lost their starting jobs.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve never liked Walker

          • Mostsuckass says:
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            @Grey: Ha! True. Seems like you like him even less now.

  185. JeF WiTH 1 F says:
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    FACT of THE DAY:

    Mexican jumping beans jump to get out of sunlight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  186. Luvdarooks says:
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    Belt canah Morrison B miller Freese gennet lamb
    Which 2 for REst of year? And in order please. Looking to dump belt

    • Luvdarooks says:
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      Dont forget me gray. ! Thx

  187. Wilsonian says:
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    Been dealing with some terrible shizz at 2nd base in my 16 Team league after I drafted the Jerk Store. Currently playing Yangervis there. When Nick Franklin comes back (possibly in a week or two), do you take a flier on him in case he reaches some of his potential? Can’t worse than Solarte, right?

    16 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, not worse than Solarte

  188. Jeff Greggries says:
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    Hey Grey.

    I might be jaded from my Tanaka experience last year, but I have Cobb on my DL and am thinking about dropping Cobb and grabbing Matt Moore for my DL instead. Might be a good upside play for ROS. What do you think? Grab Moore or hold for now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Moore

  189. Hey Grey et All, better option at CI Plouffe Blanks or Kennys Vargas?

    extra category OPS for offense

    I kinda want

  190. Gray's Sports Almanac says:
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    Damn, he hit home runs, not once, not twice, but bryce times….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  191. B the Esq. says:
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    10 team H2H keeper league.

    Would anyone trade McCutcheon for Kluber?

    Current OF is Trout, Cutch, Braun, B. Hamilton.

    Current Rotation is Kershaw, Greinke, Samardzjahahaha, Ventura, Lester, Kazmir, Hammel, Fiers and J. Nelson.

    Potential waiver adds to replace Cutch as OF or Util include L. Cain, Gardner, Morales, Hosmer, Pollock, Yellich, Avisail.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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      @B the Esq.: how in the world are those guys on waivers? are the rosters 16 players or something?

      • B the Esq. says:
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        @F.K.A. Ralph: 25 man rosters. 10 team, H2H keeper. We keep 5 “regular keepers” which are essentially the first 5 rounds for everyone and can be any player. We have rules for rookies, can keep up to 5 under our rule, if picked up in FA they count as last round, then, if kept from year to year, move up 5 rounds each year. If drafted, they start in that round the following year, then move up 5 rounds in subsequent years.

        Roster spots include C, 1, 2, ss, 3, of, of, of, util, 3 SP, 2 RP, 4 P, 7 BN, up to 3 DL.

        6×6 weekly matchups: R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG; SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS

        Obviously issues: Once Cutch gets healthy, assuming he does, he was a consensus top 5 everyday player. Assuming he gets right, is that value for Kluber…and would I be merely adding to a strength, which I think my rotation is…..

        • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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          @B the Esq.: Kluber and Gardner/Hosmer for Cutch and your worst player is a pretty good deal, and that’s essentially what you’re getting.

  192. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Sooooo…I just had sex with my Bryce Harper Cabbage Patch Kid.

    Well, “sex” is too strong a word. It was love making. And I know the word “kid” implies something illicit and illegal. But, really, this Cabbage Patch Kid is like 30 years old and in the cutest lil’ Bryce jersey and Nats cap.

    We’ve been having a grand, grand day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Hieronymous Lohse: OMG!!!
      Mummy said I can come over. Can we make it a Harper 3 way?

  193. Hieronymous Lohse says:
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    Giacomo Puccini just hit a three run aria.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look the sexy beast he is

  194. herschel says:
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    @Grey: following up on a question from yesterday. my pitching staff of Arrieta, Carrasco, Ross, C Mart, the bros Wood (Alex and Travis), Volquez, Smyly and Paxton (plus Colome, Bradley and Marco Gon) has netted me an ERA around 4.80 and a whip around 1.5. Time to make some moves or ride it out? 12 team weekly roto. Top ww guys are Lincecum, Harang, Santiago, Chase Anderson, Rubby, Chen, Collmenter, Fiers and Gee.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers over Travis

  195. Bob says:
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    Trying to make some Roster Decisions. Hanley and Cobb injury news has me entertaining ideas of changing up my pitching staff and hitting

    10 team h2h roto categories 6×6. Extra categories being K’s for hitters and QS for pitchers. Team with starting lineup below.

    Would you continue to trust Russell as the backup at SS. Has been good lately. Or would you add Jimmy Rollins or Brandon Crawford or Chris Taylor? Also Would you drop marisnick for Span?

    Pitching Wise. Chavez and Fiers and Leake and Shoemaker are on waivers. Would you drop Cobb. Move Iwakuma to the DL spot and add one of the above and which order? And would you drop Nelson or Walker for one of the above?

    C-Salvador Perez
    1b-Prince Fielder(1b/dh)
    2b-Kipnis
    ss-Hanley Ramirez (ss/of)
    3b-Nolen Arenado
    OF-Trout
    OF-Bryce Harper
    OF-Marsanick
    DH-Ortiz
    Bench-Joc Pederson
    Bench-Addisson Russell (ss/2b)
    Bench-Chris Davis (1b/3b)
    Bench -Brian Dozier
    P-Felix Hernandez
    P-Jake Arrieta
    P-Colin McHugh
    P-Danny Salazar
    P-Gio Gonzalez
    RP-Grilli
    RP-Miller
    Bench-Tijuan Walker
    Bench-Rodon
    Bench-Jimmy Nelson
    Bench-Iwakuma
    DL-Cobb
    DL-Jansen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Russell is fine, hold Marisnick, drop Cobb for Fiers

  196. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Max Scherzer gets sent out at 110 pitches to start the 8th with no one up in the bullpen to face the 1-2-3 hitters of Miami. Dee Gordon gets on. Still no action in the bullpen. Martin Prado gets on and finally they get someone up but too late. How does Matt Williams not drowned when it rains heavy by staring up at it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, saw that too…Crazy

  197. Post says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Trying to figure if I should drop Phil Hughes in my H2H league for any of these pitchers: Lincecum,Happ, or Quintana, Hughes has looked awful and I like Lincecum’s matchup this week vs. Miami but curious what you think. We measure Ks, Qs, ERA, and WHIP. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  198. Jaymz says:
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    Hey Grey, which one (or two, or none) would you keep in a 10-team (daily) roto mixed dynasty league: Chavez/Miggy G/Colome? Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez, Colome

  199. Carlos says:
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    I dropped K Vargas for LoMo. Good move, or nah?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  200. SF says:
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    HI Grey.

    My league counts holds.

    Drop Hughes for any of the following: Siegrist, Maness, Caminero, Carlos Torres, Quakenbush, or Duke?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Siegrist

      • SF says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  201. chad huggins says:
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    my Richards for his tyson ross? with K/9.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • chad huggins says:
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        @Grey: What about DeGrom for his Ross?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair

  202. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, best bet for sagnof. burns, rajai, gose or pillar?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gose

  203. Awesome Auger says:
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    In a keep forever league would you deal Soler/R Zimm for Joey Bats?

    I’m worried about Soler’s K rate and I need HR/RBI. Don’t always play Zimm every day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  204. Mr. Fister says:
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    These guys are currently available on waivers. Would you drop anyone for them?

    Fister, DeScalfani, Miguel Gonzalez, Jesse Chavez

    David Price
    Matt Harvey
    Jeff Samardizja
    Garret Richards
    Jacob DeGrom
    Michael Wacha
    RP:Rodney
    RP:Frias(2 start)
    Bench:Kenley Jansen

    Polanco, Sandoval, Zobrist, Gordon

    Yadier Molina
    Jose Abreu
    Ian Kinsler
    Kris Bryant
    Troy Tulowitski
    Nelson Cruz
    Adam Jones
    Wil Myers
    Utility:Chris Davis
    Utility:Josh Reddick
    Utility:David Wright

    10 team H2H- H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, W, QS, K, S

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frias for Chavez

  205. Bye Felicia says:
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    Im glad I own Harper & Stanton in 13 other leagues besides my RCL

    OH WELL… at least I grabbed Fartolo off waivers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  206. Bye Felicia says:
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    Ken Rosenthal “Harper isn’t as good as Trout”

    Good analysis there Ken,

    sincerely Mr.Obvious

  207. Ron says:
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    Kinsler or Travis ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinsler

  208. dem ribbies says:
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    You think F*-ing Price will give us a F*-ing update on F*-ing Cozart any F*-ing time soon, or do I just have to F*-ing sit here like a F*-ing F*-tard without a F*-ing SS? F*!

  209. steven says:
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    Hey Grey…thanks for your advice in advance.

    12 team, redraft, 5×5, 20 player rosters (1 DL spot)

    I have Frazier at 3B, Bogaerts at SS (he’s also eligible at 3B in my league at ESPN), an OF comprised of AJones, Harper and Brantley (Myers is my 4th OFer), and Encarnacion at UTIL

    Would you trade either Frazier or Myers for Desmond?
    I assume that you prefer Desmond over Tulo, based on your top 100. Is this correct?

    Thanks again
    Steven

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  210. Jon says:
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    If I’m looking to deal an OF (Fowler, Heyward, or Joc Pederson), what level SP should I be asking for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson could get you a #2

  211. Carnac says:
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    Heston, you damned, dirty, cold, dead, handed #@&*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  212. Cram It says:
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    Aaron Hill gone batty. Woot woot!

    Your ‘drop Daniel Murphy for Panik?’ “meh” response should have been an emphatic “Hell no!” Otherwise, spot on today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  213. Corresponding move to Coco Crisp activation was a Gentry demotion. With that in mind, grab Burns NOW and drop Fowler? Or hold to determine playing time? Thank you & great stuff as always!

    • @zombie: Been a long day. Before headed home, I checked my lineup & Fowler is not in it. & for a moment considered getting him in there due to the likelihood that Gentry’s demotion in Oakland and subsequent affects jeoprodizing his spot on my roster may positively affect his play tonight; causing him to be more aggressive on the basebaths. Cust ‘kayin’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Fowler, but if you need lots of speed, go Burns

  214. Bryan says:
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    Wong is 8 for his last 12 and getting the day off,that makes sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, ugh

  215. birrrdy! says:
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    Great round-up, Grey. Despaigne or Wieland in 5×5 NL-only keeper? (based on current info only about who may or may not start)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Wieland

  216. GhostTownSteve says:
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    Trumbo loves the two hole.

    On a related note, Google: “Trumbo girlfriend”

    …mercy

    • Cram It says:
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      @GhostTownSteve: Ah to be a major leaguer. I mean, even Reid friggin’ Brignac landed a playmate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      humma-humma-humma

  217. Q says:
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    Is Hughes even worth holding? It’s a H2H league with only 5 moves per week and I already have one streaming spot. Should I just drop him to add a reliever (its a SV +HLD league, so always plenty of guys on the wire.)? If I drop him, I expect he’ll get picked up, but if this is what I’ll be missing….

    I’m disappointed. I was so confident in my ERA and WhIP cats…..and those are the only two I haven’t won yet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop him

      • Bubba says:
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        @Grey: Hold off on Marco?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can grab him if you have room

  218. DeezNutz says:
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    Trade Giles and either Smyly or Keuchel to get Kershaw?

    H2H ESPN league- K, QS, W, SV, ERA and WHIP

    Other pitchers:

    Wood, A-a-ron Sanchez, Shoemaker, (Smyly), Boxberger, Davis, (Giles), Cecil, De La Rosa, Samardzija, (Keuchel) and Syndergaard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade all of them to get Kershaw

      • DeezNutz says:
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        @Grey: Smyly Giles and Keuchel? Or just my whole pitching roster? Lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Smyly, Giles and Keuchel

  219. Bubba says:
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    12 Team, Category wins, standard 5×5, keeper…

    My offense has been great and getting me wins…but…SP pitching has been an abomination this year with the exception of saves and I’m literally pounding other teams with starts to get the K category…

    My staff:

    SP Kluber
    SP A. Wood
    SP Carrasco
    SP Nelson
    SP Shoemaker
    SP Salazar
    SP Heston (currently getting exposed with 5ER thus far)
    SP Collmenter (like the guy as a back end SP)
    SP Happ (painful pick up this past week)
    SP T. Wood (ditto)
    SP N. Martinez
    SP Niese
    RP Allen
    RP Familia
    RP Uehara

    On our Waiver Wire: Ziegler (should I drop someone to speculate?), Roark, Despaigne, C. Lewis, Foltenynewicz, Marco Gonz., Eovaldi (had him…dropped him…)

    Thoughts on swaps to ease my pain?

    Always enjoy the write ups!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ, Wood, Heston for Eovaldi, Roark, Despaigne

      • Bubba says:
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        @Grey: Sorry, my computer is wonky…and it posted in an odd spot…

        Hold off on Marco G.?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you have room

  220. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    AZ with 11 runs after 7, Goldschmidt must be killing it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ticker tease!

  221. J-Mo says:
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    My offense keeps losing in a 10 team H2H. Specifically, I’m not winning HR or RBI. Why????

    C) Santana
    1B) Hosmer
    2B) Dozier
    3B) Donaldson
    SS) Tulo
    OF1) Stanton
    OF2) Dickerson
    OF3) Polanco
    UT) Souza, Semien
    BN) Alex Guererro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Against better opponents

      • J-Mo says:
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        @Grey:

        Very helpful. Thanks.

  222. Luvdarooks says:
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    Belt canah Morrison B miller Freese gennet lamb
    Which 2 for REst of year? And in order please. Looking to dump belt

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lomo, Belt

  223. NattyBryce says:
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    Marco G. a better stash than Roark?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on Stras, but it sounds like it

  224. JAL says:
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    Grey, 12-team 5×5, holding or selling Corey Dickerson? Not sure if you are seeing this game, but dude is limping bad. Even IF he stays in lineup mostly all year, probably won’t give me the 8 or so SBs I was hoping for and not sure what we will get. If you think I should sell, any targets that stick out? Upton? Others? Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Upton

  225. HighHeat says:
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    Someone in my league just dropped Bogaerts. I missed him in my draft by a round but am not sure if his upside is worth dropping anyone on my team. Thoughts would be appreciated.

    Edwin Encarnación 1B
    Dee Gordon 2B
    José Reyes SS DL
    Chris Davis, 3B
    Hanley Ramírez OF/SS
    Mookie Betts ,OF
    Giancarlo Stanton OF
    Utility Marisnick ,Semien
    Bench Souza
    Anthony Rendón DL
    SP Arietta, DeGrom, Kazmir, Pineda, Kluber, Wacha,Salazar G Richards,
    RP C Allen, Soria, Familia, Cecil
    H2H 8 Team 6×5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Semien for him

      • HighHeat says:
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        @Grey: Your the best Thanks!!