After the first two homer-game, I was like, “Yo, Grey, stop twirling your mustache and trying to squeeze into your Z. Cavariccis from high school and check out Travis Shaw.”  And I did.  Only, I wasn’t that impressed.  He had five homers in 77 games in Triple-A.  Then, a week or so later, he had his 2nd two-homer game and I was like, “Yo, Sir Hairlip-A-Lot, those Zubaz look awful on you, and maybe you look at Shaw’s numbers again.”  And I did.  His ‘big’ year in Double-A saw him hit 16 homers with a .221 average and again I came away yawnstipated; must be he’s showing some Maas appeal.  Then, yesterday, he went 4-for-4 with two runs and is hitting .371 in 22 games, and I was like, “Yo, Fantasy Master Lothario, just let Cougs clean out your closet for you and really delve into Shaw’s numbers!”  No, I don’t know what delve means but it sounds smart when I’m talking to myself.  I’ve said it before, but Shaw feels exactly like a Maas appeal-type player.  I bet after September he never even plays regularly on the Sawx again.  But now suddenly you’re worried about the future?  You weren’t when you were writing to the National Institute of Health about having nacho cheese classified as a vegetable.  Get a 401K and grab Shaw until he stops hitting.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psych!  Before we get into today’s post, just wanted to briefly mention that our fantasy football leagues are signing up.  Finally, a reason to be excited about drafting Ian Desmond, you have more time to study up for your fantasy football drafts!  Anyway II, the roundup:

Brock Holt – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and hitting near-.400 in the last week.  He went colder than a witch’s teat, but now he’s hotter than that same witch’s teat watching Eddie Munster comb his hair while wearing a Speedo.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.48.  Meh, he does have these starts where he looks unhittable, but he’s still way too prone to roofie’ing owners and I like my kidneys where they are.

Trevor Bauer – 1 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Yesterday, I said something absurd like Fenway doesn’t scare me for opposing pitchers, and I was taken to task.  Task, I tell ya!  As well I should’ve been.  I’m going to claim temporary insanity.  Fenway is a terrible park for all pitchers, whether the Red Sox win or lose 11-9 games is on their pitching.  None of this is to say Bauer would fare better in a different park, but when you’re wrong, you’re wrong.  So, mea culpa.  Hey, at least I didn’t say Chicago could use a hurricane!

Chase Utley – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Phils GM, Ruin Tomorrow Jr., said he’s unlikely to trade Utley.  He continued, “I even offered to throw in the naming rights for this bridge I bought.  They tell me I have to name it after someone named Brooklyn, though.  Seems unfair since I own it now.”

Maikel Franco – Hit the 15-day DL with a non-displaced fracture on his left wrist, and his season is likely over.  The good news for Prospect Mike is he had some extra plaster of paris laying around.  The bad news is he has to lower it into the 17-foot deep pit in his living room where he’s keeping Maikel and convince him to use it as a cast.

Jeff Francoeur – 2-for-3 and his 11th Frenchy fly.  That’s as good as it baguettes!

Aaron Nola – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 4.41.  On one hand, he’s had some tough matchups.  On the other hand, he’s not going to go deeper than the sixth inning often on a lousy Phillies team.  On a third hand that’s really a foot wearing a mitten, he does have a decent next matchup.

Marcus Stroman – Will throw a simulated game next Monday.  Here’s hoping that wearing that Oculus Rift doesn’t throw off his mechanics.

Michael Saunders – Shut down for the year.  Do I hear 2016 sleeper?!  Not from me you won’t.  In The Greyily News, you’ll find his obit, because he’s dead to me.

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 32nd and 33rd homer.  Wait, I just have to make sure…*closes browser, clears cache, restarts Chrome*  Hmm, it’s the same.  Oh, it was just F5!

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer.  Imagine I have a pencil-thin mustache and my name is Senor Gris on a telenovela.  I point to my heart and to Edwin, then say, “Cortisone.”

Mark Teixeira – Not expected to need a DL stint after tests were done on his right shin.  What kind of tests can one take on a curved surface like a shin?  Do they use pen?  A marker?  Does he have to put his shin on the teacher’s desk for her to grade it?  I got questions, y’all!

Bryan Mitchell – Placed on the 7-day concussion DL, after suffering a nasal fracture off a comebacker.  Sounds like an injury that Jon Niese would be prone to.

Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 25th homer, a grand slam.  I’ve noticed that Yankee fans seem to have fully embraced A-Rod again, which I suppose isn’t that surprising.  Morals are for losers or Twins fans.

Glen Perkins – Flying back to Minnesota to have an MRI on his neck, because we all know New York’s hospitals have no MRI machines.  When a team sends a player back home to have an MRI that’s code for DL.  Meet Kevin Jepsen.  And his boy, Elroy.  I’d grab Jepsen in all leagues where you’re hurting for saves, he could be the closer for the next few weeks.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, and his 4th homer this week.  Say you, Sano, say it for always…Oh, sorry, I didn’t hear you come in.  Okay, yesterday’s Sano vs. Schwarber was a little divided, but Sano seemed to win another round.  Now taking down Cano and Schwarber.  Next up:  who do you want next year, Sano or Adam Jones?

Josh Hamilton – Sitting out again with a sore knee and hopes to return on Thursday.  You know there’s an issue when it would be easier to just list the amount of times he’s actually in the lineup.

Will VenableRangers acquired him.  Rangers are making moves like they want their fans to think they’re in the race, but not big enough moves to actually be in the race.  Unless their rotation has Chi Chi Gonzalez (6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.25) lead them down the back nine.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-3 and his 9th homer.  I wish he’d show some of that 30-steal speed.  “And your final wish is granted!”  No, genie!  I was speaking in general!  That’s not my final wish!

Hisashi Iwakuma – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Oh well, at least Johnny Vander Meer’s family were able to get an ol’ 96er while in Texas.

Seth Smith – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  The Lisper’s Nightmare has one thing to say after hitting a homer, “Thuper!”

Jason Hammel – 3 IP, 5 ER.  Damn, this game went into a 2+ hour rain delay and I thought maybe my Hammel start would have a little SerendiPPDy.

Chris Coghlan – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Even after he hit two homers  this past Friday, it didn’t get him everyday playing time.  Ya Maddon, bro?

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Because it was a day that ended in -day.

Anthony Gose – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (19).  He’s batting below .200 in the last week, so you can hope there’s a schmotato with your Gose, but it’s too early to say.

Ian Kinsler – 5-for-5, 3 runs and his 7th homer.  Little late for a star mitzvah, but it’s nice he’s showing signs of l’chaim.

Jose Iglesias – 4-for-5, 1 run.  Joe Church!

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer.  Just Dong Martinez because Just Do-it Martinez would yield a cease and desist.

Robert Stephenson – Top pitching prospect was shut down with a forearm strain.  *wavy lines*  Hey, it’s the year 2017.  Any boo, as our ghost overlords asked me to say, Stephenson looks like he’s on his way back from major surgery. *wavy lines*  Yeah, a forearm strain doesn’t sound good, and neither do ghost overlords.

Raisel Iglesias – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.21, but in the month of August his ERA is 2.10 thru four starts.  Raisel the roof!  His peripherals aren’t egregious either (8.7 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 3.66 xFIP).  The Stream-o-Nator loves his next start, and I’m willing to check Raisel the bettor.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-6 and his 8th homer.  I’m starting to think this guy might’ve snuck through the minors without any fanfare because he doesn’t do anything exceptional offensively, but I can cherrypick a decent shortstop from his minor league numbers.  21 steals one year, 8 homers in only 57 games in Triple-A.  He’s more of a .250 hitter than his current .293 average, but 14 homers from a shortstop with some speed could back himself into a poor man’s Dozier.  I will call him Coinzier.

Lorenzo Cain – 1-for-5 and two steals (23, 24).  Cain…Sugar! is going to have a 15-homer, 30-steal season and when I rank him as a top 20 outfielder next year you’re gonna be like, “Whaaaaat?”

Ben Zobrist – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, the game-tying homer off Aroldis.  Zobrist’s Christian singer wife wrote a song in honor, it’s called, “There’s Only One Good Chap, Man:  God (With Jesus A Close Second).”

Omar Infante – Scratched with back tightness.  I would’ve recommended a trip to Chinatown to get a back scratcher.

David Phelps – Done for the year with a stress fracture in his forearm.  Sometimes guys try to force a forearm into a threearm or a fivearm into a forearm, and this is what happens.

Ichiro Suzuki – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  The other day Ichiro passed Ty Cobb for the all-time hit record if you combine US and Japan hit totals.  So, he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer in the US/Japanese museum along with Cheap Trick.

Jason Rogers – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Hmm, I know Jason Robards, I know Mr. Rogers, I know “no Roger, no Rerun, no rent,” but I don’t know Jason Rogers.

Melvin Upton Jr. – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer.  For a moment, it was like we got a glimpse of the best B.J. we’d ever seen.  That sounds like a greeting card at the Hustler store.

Yangervis Solarte – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Where was this when I was streaming you in Coors?  Thanks a lot, doode!

Starling Marte – 2-for-7, 2 runs and his 14th homer.  He’s been a large part of my teams this year, and, for that, I’m making that corny hand gesture in the shape of a heart that middle-aged women seemed to have co-opted.  Speaking of our teams, check out Tout Wars standings, as Randy Jackson would’ve said, “We got ourselves a live one!”

Francisco Cervelli – 4-for-7, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .307.  After Hundley was traded to the Rockies, his average shot up 50 points.  Imagine if Cervelli were traded to the Rockies, he’d be a .350 hitter.  I’m only half joking.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA up to 3.35.  He still seems to have these flaky starts like he’s a rookie.  It’s time to grow up and be dependable!   Yes, I am Liriano’s father.

Jung-ho Kang – 2-for-7, 2 runs and his 10th homer.    You ever want to put peanut butter in Kang’s head and toss it to your dog?  No?  Maybe it’s just me.

Aaron Hill – 3-for-7, 3 runs.  Fun fact!  One time Aaron was on the same plane as LL Cool J and someone came onto the plane, saying, “Hi, LL,” and Aaron said, “It’s pronounced Hill.”

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  There was some debate yesterday about why the Stream-o-Nator didn’t like Gausman vs. the Mets.  I speculated it was due to him going against Jacob deGrom (7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks) which would limit Gausman’s win possibility.  SON predicted this line for Gausman:  6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  An extra baserunner and one less strikeout?  What a crock!

Gerardo Parra – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer, and his third homer in the last four games.  There’s the zone, there’s the thirty-mile zone, and then there’s the zone Parra’s in.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4 and his 21st and 22nd homers.   I’d say if Granderson had hit cleanup all year, he’d be approaching 80 RBIs, but I’ll cut the Mets some slack here like a tailor for grandmothers, because I honestly have no idea who else would hit leadoff.

Felix Doubront – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (6 BBs), 8 Ks.  Yeah, that’s about as bad as a one-hitter through six innings can look.

Mark Canha – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, and a home run on Monday night.  Hot schmotato alert!

Yasiel Puig – Left yesterday’s game with a leg injury after hustling down the line.  Now he hustles.  Great.  He’s like Hanley Jr.   But at least Hanley had eight good years before he started pulling this crap, hamstrings specifically.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks in Coors.  This makes me so excited about Stressbird’s start coming up in Coors.

Yunel Escobar -m 3-for-4, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .305.  Very respectable season for Yunel this year.  But respectable doesn’t butter the biscuits, respectable doesn’t walk the dog, respectable doesn’t phone your mom and ask her to clean your underwear.

Danny Espinosa – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs as Anthony Rendon sat out in the first game in Coors, because forbid the Nats give Rendon a chance to get hot.  Incredible.

John Axford – Walt Weiss said Axford is returning to the closer role.  When asked why he was returning a guy with a 9.75 ERA since the All-Star break to the closer role, Weiss screamed, “Look, a plane!” and ran out of the room.  It was even more curious because Weiss pointed to a ceiling fan when he said it.  Of course, Tommy Kahnle (1/3 IP, 4 ER) looks hideous too.

Carlos Gonzalez – Hit his 28th homer then left the game with knee inflammation.  Well, you guys had a good run, and now he can’t run anymore.

Kyle Parker – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  I grabbed him for the batty call yesterday, because Kyle Parker can’t lose!

Jose Reyes – 4-for-5, 2 runs and his 5th homer.  I’d love to see him in Coors next year from a fantasy perspective, because I bet he’ll be underrated.  And this sounds like someone who calls in to a sports radio show without an idea of what they’re going to say.  Okay, thanks for calling, Grey!

Kaleb Cowart – 0-for-3 as he was called up by the Angels.  Anything to make sure Cron doesn’t have a starting job, right, Scioscia?  Cowart was once a top draft pick (2010) where he had 1st round hitting and pitching abilities.  A herbathrowdite straight from the nectar of Keith Law’s bosom.  Sadly, Cowart became a Kaleb of all trades, master of none, since he hit so little in the minors, the Angels were beginning to think he might be better off pitching.  Even Kyle Kubitza jumped him in the depth charts, and Kubitza is more known for his ability to chat.  Cowart will see time at 3rd base, but he’s not an advisable add outside of AL-Only leagues.

Kole Calhoun – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, but still obviously trails the almighty Pujols (1-for-4) who hit his 33rd homer.  Of course, what would a Calhound be that didn’t trail a Pujols?

Garrett Richards – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.50.  He’s lost nearly a full mile off his fastball, and with it nearly two Ks off his K/9 from last year.  In other words, he’s not much better than what you’ve been getting from him this year.

Hunter Pence – The Gangly Manbird hit the DL with oblique issues.  Too much flapping and not enough stretching.

Ryan Vogelsong – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Okay, sure, Vogelsong, and even sometimes I sing in key.

Lance Lynn – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 6 Ks.  This comes after a 2/3 IP, 3 ER start where he couldn’t find the strike zone either.  I have a sinking feeling that the Cards are going to say in a few weeks that Lynn has been dealing with a dead arm.  You’ve sunk my championship!

Jason Heyward – Wasn’t in the Cardinals starting lineup after experiencing a tight hamstring on Monday.  He thinks it’ll be fine after a little rest, saying he’s experienced similar tightness before on muggy nights in St. Louis.  Easy, Darren Wilson, just the weather was muggy.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.02.  His peripherals aren’t screaming out that he’s this good, but, besides Matt Moore, I never bet against the Rays turning pitchers into something worthwhile.

Curt Casali – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer.  It won’t be long before he has more homers than Longoria.  I’d laugh if I weren’t crying.

George Springer – Has begun to take dry swings.  That’s like a dry drunk with an N.

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
6 years ago

best SS/3B option in total bases, OBP if i my weaknesses in order go bases/RBI/Homer/steals/runs. lindor/valencia/suarez/chisenhall

John coakley
John coakley
6 years ago

Thought Yelich was back early next week which would be ok for me given my OF now and assured playoff spot. But now reading maybe out longer, maybe much longer. Hold or drop for Rusney, Bradley, Buxton, Rios, Avisail, Ozuna, Taylor, Canha, Harrison, or Venable??

Jack
Jack
6 years ago

Eaton or D. Peralta ROS?

Thanks

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

CLE actually trying really hard to get jose ram into lineup even with kipnis back he played LF today. now that he’s producing youse guys might still end up looking smart, what with how high you ranked him and player rater had him compared to espn/yahoo (not rated in some, or like in the 700’s or so)

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

NL only. 2 DL’s. with c.anderson going down, and SAMPSON being best free agent, i kinda don’t want to drop burnett (possibly back in a few weeks). burnett/franco/myers in DL spots. Drop franco or myers, as i want to add bj upton or maybe altherr as 2nd bench bat. Myers could be back soon, but who the hell knows, few updates with him. this team is in first and is locked into playoffs already. no ratios, counting stats only league, so ANY starting hitter has even more value than normal (which is a lot in NL only anyway). i have c.anderson of course, till tonight. really hope finnegan or somebody gets called up.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

@Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also recently lost hamels due to being in yahoo and he was traded. but since it’s yahoo you might be tricked into thinking he’s still on your roster (but of course since he doesn’t accrue stats nope)

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: better drop myers then since franco at least was great when he played.

web
web
6 years ago

Another save for Tazawa, Vizcaino or Tazawa?

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  web
6 years ago

@web: vizcaino is def closer, and hasn’t sucked at all over last few weeks, the other two guys (same guy) listed.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

biggest money league crunch for playoffs. i’m about tied with 2 other guys for last spot, playing one of them right now. OBP over AVG, hits and total bases added, and losses for pitchers.
beef welington/d’arnaud (i know 2 catchers, but both of these for different reasons got tons of days off, i’d probably miss 3 days a week of having any player in C slot without both, plus both due ok with the 2 utils)
E5
Dozier
Sano
Bogaerts
OF bautista/marte/burns
util rusney/v-mart
BN soler/harrison (had added to stash day when franco gets DL’d)
DL franco
SP liriano/hammel/nola/price/hendricks/j.ross/fiers/wood/smyly/thor
RP (4 slots) perkins/viz/osuna/familia/rondon
DL matz
NA berrios
with ugly free agent options for pitchers (peavy is best, others:locke/guy on the couch/sabathia/colon/rusin) i’m kinda thinking matz is better stash than franco. harrison seems back soon and i would think is worth more than either.
1. drop which of harrison/matz/franco? franco supposedly has 2-3 weeks to determine how hurt he really is, but it’s a fractured wrist, other than marlon byrd that one time this year very few guys have come back within 6.5 weeks (about what franco has left on season) and been useful with these kind of things. (byrd was a supposedly broken hand, but it’s similar)
2. rondon or axford till perkins is back and ok?
3. when i drop somebody which is better add: beltran/valencia/buxton/bradley (having him and rusney would likely guarantee at least one plays every day)/shaw/cron/canha?
4. drop v-mart for any of shaw/cron/canha?

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

@Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: matz appears to have an early september time frame also.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

@Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: just realized bautista also counts as 1B, so really, i don’t need another 1B out of that group if i drop v-mart. so is cron 2nd best add out of that list, or is somebody else higher? and the 6.5 weeks was how much time was left on season (oct 4th or 5th end of it) when he got hurt, about 5.5 now.

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Hey, Grey! Rendon or Schoop ros?

Nightht
Nightht
6 years ago

Drop Ray for smyly?

DB
DB
6 years ago

Have Hicks and Yelich both on Dl now with no where to put them since I have doolittle and matz on dl. Drop both of them and pick up two more hitters?

VinWins
VinWins
6 years ago

Bumgarner pinch-hitting for the 2nd game in a row. Hit a 2-out single and came around to score yesterday; struck out to end tonight’s game.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  VinWins
6 years ago

@VinWins: big head’s gonna have a fun time explaining when/if his ace pitcher breaks his hand in a pitch hit at bat.

joe
joe
6 years ago

late night discussion question . you’re starting a new franchise tomorrow. who do you build around.. correa, harper, trout.

Frank White
Frank White
6 years ago

Sup Grey… I’m trying to stream and i have 2 spots but i stuck with both at the beginning of the week cause what the SON said.. they’re Erasmo and Smyly.. They don’t pitch for a couple days, well Erasmo’S start i wanted past already but I need to make a move for tomorrow, unless you think it’s a bad idea cause it’s a must win week. Would u pickup Tropeano, which the SON loves, and drop one of these guys?? I’ll also have a streaming spot for the rest of the week. The SON like Smyly vs Bassit, Even though Bassit’s been hot and doesn’t like Erasmo vs Graveman @ OAK. Sorry about the longest question ever but i had to add details.. LOL

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
6 years ago

F U solarte party, gets 1 single in coors but hits 2 homers in 2 days in SD? WTF! dropped him for bird in one deep league today.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
6 years ago

injury problems making one redraft (keep 2, at round costs for next year, in future years price goes up to previous year’s ADP in yahoo, so franco for 2016 would be 28th rounder, but if i kept him for 2017 he’d be whatever his yahoo ADP is at end of 2016 preseason, and so on) hard to determine if i should drop anybody. I’m adding in (i comish this) keepers in this manner slowly, since i’ve never done it before. for 2017 we’ll likely keep 4. this team was in 15th at one point in early june, now hovers around 5th-6th, many draft failures here. league has OPS, OBP, slug, XBH, stolen base%, and hits added. 16 team roto.
ramos
ortiz (3rd)
eddie rosario (28th)
sandoval (5th)
tulo (1st)
CI hosmer (10th)
MI alcides (13th)
LF rasmus (28th)
CF buxton (26th)
RF puig (2nd)
util ozuna (7th), j.lowrie (23rd), cron (22nd)
BN a.gordon (6th), lawrie (17th), harrison (9th)
DL hicks (28th), franco (28th), grichuck (28th)
NA seager (28th)
SP j-zimm (4th), quintana (12th), liriano (12th), j.ross (28th), bassitt (28th)
RP neshek, a.sanchez (TOR), j.smith, romo,tolleson, a.miller

1. with both harrison/gordon coming back soon i’m guessing don’t drop any of these DL guys?
best waiver options are marwin, dyson, suzuki, gose, bj upton, sizemore, smoak, k.marte, scooter. other than maybe grabbing k.marte over eddie rosario.
2. it’s early, but which are best keeper values? (i’m assuming they’ll all be hitters). puig/tulo don’t seem worth keeping as top 2 rounders for sure. hosmer only earlyish guy i’d probably even consider i would think.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: i know, it’s deeper than most 16 teamers since i added 3 utils. it’s why i want to hold 2.5 or three DL players in active slots (puig and lawrie count as half each)

hanklongball
hanklongball
6 years ago

Thanks for the help earlier, I took your advice on Jepsen over Tazawa. Too bad my team can’t stay on the field!

With Billy Hamilton off to the DL, should I drop him for Buxton? Right now Hamilton is a fill-in with Harper, Brantley, Marte in the OF spots and Votto as UTIL.

Knucks
Knucks
6 years ago

Lester isn’t going very deep in this one. Sagnof sadness in this one

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Knucks
6 years ago

@Knucks: he’s making up for my opp to get his ERA to mid 7’s making mine barely better for week with my awful hammel/liriano/perkins/wood/thor. i even benched nola, and he did better than liriano/hammel yesterday in my most important league.

joe
joe
6 years ago

quite tired of Puig. convince me not to drop for Davis. or encourage it.

joe
joe
Reply to  joe
6 years ago

should say it’s a standard roto league and i need help offensively

Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
6 years ago

man, bad week for injuries, grichuk/franco/pence. then i come back to some teams today (having seen all news as recent as last night, late) to find billy H, and hicks gone too, jesus.

1. 12 team roto with OPS, XBH, net steals over steals, K’s and hits added.
c-sant
hosmer
altuve
bogaerts
alcides
IF lind/zobrist
OF trout/mcclutchen/harper
Util ortiz/valencia/k.davis
team is 1st or 2nd in all offense except net steals (6th)
add which two of these (replacing franco/pence): holt/odubel/shaw/blanco/dyson/coghlan/taylor/bird/chisenhall/fragau/aramis/suzuki/dietrich/saladino/paulsen

Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season
Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season

@Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: buxton also option here.

mr.west
mr.west
6 years ago

Who is a better replacement for Hicks in a H2H using the 5 standard roto stats? K. Davis, R Castillo, Buxton, Inciarte or Dietrich?

mr.west
mr.west
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks!

Hieronymous Lohse
Hieronymous Lohse
6 years ago

Cavaricis!?? Seriously!?? HAHAHA! Dude, I rocked those things to my senior prom – to hell with tuexedo pants if you can sport Cavs with the white tag zipper fly! Worse, I had these faux leather pair of baggy Cavariccis – cotton but looked like leather – with these bizarre flaps that crossed over the crotch and ran from waist to mid thigh – BIG EFFIN’ FLAPS – and had a button near the knee for some reason. What the hell was that store that you could buy those at? Empire or something? Thank god for college where I could radically shift to ripped jeans, give a crap t-shirts and hippy hair. I must have drinks with you. If you listened to X-Clan and thought The Grand Verbalizer Brother J was the shit then – hell, we’re related!! :)

Greg
Greg
6 years ago

Sigh. Grey. I don’t understand it….I get Miggy back, lose Franco for the year, Hicks for who knows how long, Yellich for the week at least….UGH!

1) Could you rank based on most impact ROS? No specific need, but balanced is best:
TShaw, Jackie Bradley, ROdor, CCoughlin, DBrown, MTaylor, AJackson, BMiller

Or hold until I get Yellich back: CGomes, 1b, Miggy, 2b, Chernandez, SS: Desmond 3b: Sano, OF Piscotty, Eaton, (DL: Yellich, Hicks, Springer, Gordon).

2) Any idea on how long Hicks is out?

3) Do you like SP Vizquel on Cincy? innings limit likely?

Peace.
Greg (still in playoff contention amazingly enough…)

Greg
Greg
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: You know…..Alther just got called up….and homered today. You like him?

Mostsuckass
Mostsuckass
6 years ago

Who do you like better in keeper leagues, Daniel Murphy or Drew Hutchison?

tone DEAF!
tone DEAF!
6 years ago

So are we all picking Khris Davis back up? This guy drives me crazy.

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

The Bour gets a creeper dong! DD not too shabby today either. I better start laying more creeper eggs or you’ll want me to write these again next year

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Jack Full of Hey Mon!

hankp101
hankp101
6 years ago

Rendon sitting again, I was really counting on the Colorado series to give him a chance to show signs of life. Getting close to dropping him for Prado in my 14 teamer. Ugh

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
6 years ago

Grey,

Looking for a util fill in for Tex:

Need runs, rbi, obp, Slg

Shaw
Herrera
Werth
Gose

Mike Devereaux
Mike Devereaux
6 years ago

Sup Grey –
ROS would you rather have Nola or Rubby De la Rosa?

Johnny
Johnny
6 years ago

Thanks for your ongoing help on preping my team for my OBP H2H playoffs. If I’m only concerned about the playoffs would you rank the 4 catchers below as follows (schedule shown for)?

Jaso 14 games (3vNYY,4vBAL,[email protected],[email protected]) – OBP machine at top of the order, sits vs LHP but has 14 games that might make up for it.

Hundley 13 games ([email protected],3vSD,4vPIT,3vLAD) – a stud at home where he has 10 games & he might be playing a little more with McHenry out ROS

Vogt 13 games ([email protected],[email protected],3vTEX,3vSF) – 2nd half slump but has been doing a little better lately but is sitting against all LHP

Lucroy 13 games (3vSTL,3vCIN,[email protected],[email protected]) – not really done much this year & has 7 games vs the strong STL pitching.

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Buxton or DeShields ROS

Nick
Nick
6 years ago

Buxton activated !!! from DL to NA to … OF !
i was thinking i could drop Fowler or Eaton … at OF, but now with their production !!
last monh: 22runs 30hits 3/4HR 4/6SB .300avg !!! both top50

so i’m considering dropping SP Kyle Hendricks ! or Cesar Hernandez or Kwong?
in a keeper league … as i have Altuve Desmond at 2B-SS and E5 ans Sano at Util

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Is Utley worth the add now that he’s a Dodger with Kendrick out a while?

I’ve got an abundance of OFs, David Peralta would be the odd man out, and I’d start Utley over Rendon.

Thanks!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
6 years ago

Looks like all Solarte needed was for me to drop him everywhere.

Khris Davis obviously got that memo too.

Knucks
Knucks
6 years ago

Travis shaw batty cawlll for tomorrow…

Was reading a lot about his splits vs leftys and home park factor. Tomorrow at home against Danny Duffy

Knucks
Knucks
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: tonight’s call has worked so far…. As the king and his protege are at least both in the lineup for some sweet sagnof vs Lester

Cram It
Cram It
6 years ago

Haven’t been paying attention to Braun this year due to not owning him anywhere. But shit, top 10 in HR, Ribbies annnd SB? Prettay, prettay, prettay good.

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Cram It
6 years ago

@Cram It: He’s still a douche though.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Cram It
6 years ago

@Cram It: He was my call snitches!!!!

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: You won’t care, but I like the other picture better.

DR Young
DR Young
6 years ago

Hamilton to DL, need to replace.

Deshields or C Hernandez

zombie
6 years ago

Buxton called up. Yup.

Jon
Jon
6 years ago

Who to own in Oakland?

Doolittle, Scribner, Fernando Rodriguez, Mujica

CDouglas
CDouglas
6 years ago

I just lost and Hicks and Carlos Gonzalez iis a question mark on my bench… grabbed Buxton, but Maybin is out there, Gose, Coghlan, Ender… who would you slot in there? do you expect Cargo to hit the DL also?

lb. sand
lb. sand
6 years ago

How would you rank for pts leagues:

Tropeano v CHW 19.7
Cashner vs STL 8.5
Nola @ MIA 6.4
Hand vs PHI 6.2
Haren vs ATL 3.5

Joey
Joey
6 years ago

Do I give up Carrasco to get Schwarber? Schwarber can be kept in the 16th next year.

My staff is Kluber, Arrieta, McHugh, Corbin, Nelson, Joe Ross so its not as if I’m deep in pitching.

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Joey
6 years ago

@Joey: I’d hold. Outside of Kluber, Carrasco is your best pitcher going forward. Depends on needs.

Sideshow
Sideshow
6 years ago

Hicks left game w bad hammy. I’d bet DL. Need a new DH in deep league. DJennings, Shaw or Bird who hit 2 HRs today?

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Hey Grey,

Great write-up as always.

12 team Yahoo Keeper 5×5, holding onto Carlos Santana or putting in a claim for Wellington Castillo who just hit the wire?

Cheers

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
6 years ago

“So you’re sure you don’t want to just kill Hitler? I mean, you’ve rented the time machine for a half hour, it won’t cost anything extra to-”
“No, no, I’m good. Just do like I said and fire it up to yesterday afternoon, right before I dropped Khris Davis.”

Great White North
Great White North
Reply to  Long Bawls
6 years ago

Who

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  Great White North
6 years ago

@Great White North: Throwing in the owl, huh?

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Steals ROS: DeShields, Dyson

Vottoman Empire
Vottoman Empire
6 years ago

Jepsen or Doolittle ROS? Standard 5×5 Roto redraft

Slimbo
Slimbo
6 years ago

Good afternoon grey

Can I drop grandal in a 8 teamer for bird?

Great White North
Great White North
6 years ago

Bird is the Word?

Hugman
6 years ago

Going deeeeeep with a Parker Lewis Can’t Lose reference (I think) and a zing on Darren Wilson. It’s like you write these just for me!

Enrique
6 years ago

Grey — Would you trade away Freeman to get Hosmer in a redraft league? I’ve got Freeman and need power, but am worried about Freeman getting re-injured.

Also, advice on starting Kluber tonight? The SoN rates it a so-so $8.7, and the BoSox are hitting something like .370 over the last week. They’ve scored 15, 22, 8, 2, and 9 runs during the current home stand and even in his Cy Young year, Kluber had a hard time in Fenway. I’m leaning toward benching him, but I’ve also noticed the Sox haven’t faced great pitchers: Salazar’s the one guy to shut them down and Kluber’s a similar pitcher in a lot of ways.

What do you think?

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Enrique
6 years ago

@Enrique: Gotta start Kluber every time. He’s capable of doing things other pitchers can’t on any given night, no matter the opponent. As for the SON rankings, I don’t bat lash at anything over $4. Roll’em out!

Funny Name
Funny Name
6 years ago

Stream Wood for his start in Oak today?

ScreechOwl
ScreechOwl
6 years ago

So, my gut has been telling me, “Gurgle gurgle gurgle.” My tricorder translates that as, “Trade Goldschmidt this year before his value drops!”

The last time I listened to my gut, I ended eating an extra donut on donut day, and I regretted that when I got home and realized that I didn’t have room for my bowl of Lucky Charms, and without my Lucky Charms, I wouldn’t win at fantastical baseballing. So my gut doesn’t always help my team.

Now, however, my gut is telling me to trade Goldschmidt and maybe Harper for Rizzo and Trout, with maybe Chris Davis for Stanton thrown in to balance things out. Do I need to tell my gut to stop giving me advice? Is there any realistic scenario in which this makes any sense?

Enough about my stupid trades.

WHY is shortstop- and third base-eligible Miguel Sano only 56% owned in Yahoo leagues? Are 44% of people really playing NL-only? Have all of the people who drafted Starlin Castro and/or Ryan Zimmerman already quit for the year?

Fun fact: My team has the #1 player on Yahoo for all but one of the timeframe options for this season. (Most of my players weren’t around in 2014 or 2013.) Paul Goldschmidt is #1 for the year. Miguel Sano is #1 for the past 7 days. Chris Davis is #1 for the past 30 days. Curse you, Madison Bumgarner, for knocking Davis down to #2 for the last 14 days.

ERad
ERad
6 years ago

Whenever the cougs asks how I prefer my lovemaking, my response is now – ‘depends on needs’

ERad
ERad
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Haha it’s all about the combo!

Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo Choo
6 years ago

12 H2H redraft.

I’ve been offered Archer for my Dee Gordon.

My only stud pitchers are Scherzer and maybe Corbin.

For speed I’ve got J-Up, Trout and Bryant and that’s about it. Not a lot of roster flexibility, but SAGNOF and all, do the deal or hold?

Thanks in advance.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

Stephen gets the axe.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Will do. Where you heading? Wife is flying to South Dakota tomorrow morning, meaning I have 2 weeks of bachelorhood before the semester begins. Forecast calls for baseball, burgers, beers, bongrips, Ballers, kitties and Skyrim. Booyah!

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: Teacher as well?

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop: Almost – doctoral candidate – I’ve got about 2 years left. Are you K-12 Peter?

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago
Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop: Nice. I’m hoping to step into a nice liberal arts program that lets me mentor a few graduate students, teach a handful of anarcho-syndaclyst environmental history courses and write books, and of course, manage some winning fantasy baseball teams, like my first place “Melk, Melk, LeMahieuade”.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Couldn’t this have waited until next May?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Selfish family! Ah well, will just have to stop by and see you guys in LA :-)

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, nothing’s booked or confirmed yet (as far as *me* coming to the States goes) so I should probably calm down.

Grichuk is droppable now, right?

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Nice! Make sure to check out Guy Fieri’s timesquare restaurant. Best donkey sauce this side of the Alleghenies.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Not. at. all.

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I think Ryan Braun and Guy Fieri are BFF’s.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop: The relief pitcher?

LittleJoeyCora
LittleJoeyCora
6 years ago

Hey Grey, hope you’re enjoying the NYC!
Can you rank these guys ROS? Thanks!
– Holt
– Odor
– Lamb
– Shaw
– Chisenhall

LittleJoeyCora
LittleJoeyCora
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Thanks buddy! I got $5 toward that insane $35 wifi bill. Happy landings

Wilson
Wilson
6 years ago

Who will you start in a QS & W league?

Quintana (vs LAA , no names so far inESPN) , SON says 1.1
Hand (vs PHI Williams) , SON says $2.6

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: thanks
Double check, is it safe or risky to start Quintana tomorrow?

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
6 years ago

BFF, I was looking into starting Bauer at Fenway yesterday as his away numbers are superb, but then I found that Boston is hitting .290 in Fenway! Yup and they have one of the lowest K rates at home as well. I would of been better off starting Rodriguez over Kershaw, fantasy mind f**k. Anyways, I was happy to see my Flat Billed Pitchapus getting a bunt single last night in extra innings for KC! I got Wood going today against Oak, sit Syndergaard @ Bal & Effin Stressbird @ Col?

diamondvisionmike
diamondvisionmike
6 years ago

16 team H2H

Wieters or D’arnaud ROS – 1st and only C will not roster a backup

Thanks Grey

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Any of these SPs more than a streamer: Kennedy, Gausman, Corbin, Hellboy, Ross

Crock
Crock
6 years ago

Who gets cut to add Pence to the DL Stroman or Paxton?

Blergball
Blergball
6 years ago

Need pitching with Jose going down and Samardzija being bad Samardzija. Was offered Salazar and Liriano for Machado. Yes/no/maybe so?

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

Better DL stash – Pence or Springer? Is it close?

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

in a 10 team keeper (h2h points) I’m starting to think about who i will keep next year. not that its incredibly important to figure out now (at all). I can keep 4 and i just lose their corresponding pick next year.

I am definitely keeping Goldy (1st) and Harper (2nd) but then after that i have Abreu (13th) Sale (5th) and DeGrom (20th).

Ive always been more hitting, so I’m leaning towards Abreu in the 13th. Would you keep Sale or DeGrom given the value of their pick? or would you not keep abreu? Since I already have a 1b its not as important. I have a mets bias so i have trouble thinking about this, i also absolutely love Sale.

Fungazi
Fungazi
6 years ago

Who would you take as your final keeper, keep 6 in a 12 team league forever and draft begins at available players. Hanley, Schwarber, Pence, Dickerson?

Fungazi
Fungazi
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Cool thx. Main reason I’m trying to figure this out is because I might need to drop Pence or Dickerson by next week to make bench space. Drop Dickerson?

G
G
6 years ago

With Jepsen in closer role now after Perkins injury should I pick him up at expense of dropping axford or Rodon? I have kimbrel and bixburger as well. Thanks as always your Greytness.

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

Wayne’s World yesterday, Austin Powers today, tomorrow a Zoolander reference? I think we own the same movies.

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop: That was to Basement Artie.

Basement Artie
Basement Artie
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop: I believe we do!

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Alright…I got some time on my hands this morning. It’s not a lot, but lets take a gander at movies I own and see if all fit within the 18-50 demographic: Dumb & Dumber, The Big Lebowski, Anchorman, Super Troopers, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV series), Scrubs (TV series), Caddyshack, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, Grandma’s Boy, Ghostbusters, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Groundhog Day, What About Bob?, Band of Brothers (TV series) and Gangs of New York. Yup, I think so.

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Yeah…I know. Mrs. Nincompoop tries to make me more sophisticated, and I might be in the music genre (probably not), but alas, I always resort to my cro-magnon ways when it comes to movies.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop: all except band of brothers, don’t know about that.

Great White North
Great White North
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

Bottle Rocket does not belong on this, or any, list.

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Bottle Rocket IS a great flick.

Great White North
Great White North
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

I love Wes Anderson flicks, but come on. Seriously. Two hours of listening to the Wilson brothers whine about spoiled white boy problems is enough to make me want to move to Alaska.

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Great White North
6 years ago

@Great White North: Aren’t we all spoiled white boys in the grand scheme of things?

Slim Nincompoop
Slim Nincompoop
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop: It addresses our superficial needs, yo! It’s not Anderson’s best flick, but it’s raw and good.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop: Do you do drugs Danny?

Basement Artie
Basement Artie
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: @Mrs.Featherbottom: Ha! You’ll get nothing and like it!

Basement Artie
Basement Artie
Reply to  Slim Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Slim Nincompoop:Sorry Slim. Did the Zoolander school for ants a few weeks a little bit ago. I’ll see if I can sneak in another !

Basement Artie
Basement Artie
6 years ago

Yes, I definitely want to put peanut butter in Kang’s head and throw it to the dog! While we’re at it, we can paint his yoohoo gold! Which leads into the segue. If Chris Bassitt’s middle name was Dutch, we could hear Dr. Evil say, “How bout NO, ya Chrissy Dutch Bassitt!”

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

Springer’s been hanging out on my DL in an OBP H2H redraft league. I don’t need him to be 100% until September 7 (i.e., after my 2-week first round bye in the playoffs).

1. Who do you like best as a stash for September 7 – end of season – Springer or Alex Gordon?

2. With that same 9/7 timing, would you take Polanco, Fowler, or Peralta above Springer/Gordon?

Fowler in particular has been a sneaky OBP/counting stats beast lately (last 30 he’s had a 440/985 obp/ops with 4 hr, 4 sb, 30 runs + rbi).

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Great, thanks!

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
6 years ago

Joc or Bourn or Venable or Gordon or Blanco or Gose or the Lisper?