…And presenting our next award is Chance the Rapper and Grey the Napper.  *I lean into the mic*  “Thank you, it’s wonderful to be here.  Did you know the inventor of Ping Pong originally named it Fing Fong?  Yup, but he had terrible penmanship.”  *no one laughs*  “Oh, hey, there’s Jeff Daniels.  My dad loves you, but calls you Jack Daniels.  Then again, I’m not sure he’s talking about you.  Anyway, the nominees for our first Teoscar are… Teoscar Hernandez, from years in the minors of 17 homers, 33 steals.  Teoscar Hernandez, from the projections of 17/17 for this year.  Finally, Tesocar Hernandez, playing a fire emoji in The Emoji Movie, who yesterday went 4-for-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, hitting .421, with his 1st homer, while coming a double short of the cycle.  And the winner is…  *fumbles with envelope*  “Wow!  Tesocar Hernandez.”  “He was the only one nominated, and it’s called the Teoscars.”  “Shut up, Chance!  You’re ruining the ratings!  By the way, to cover the weed smell in your house, you should open a Subway sandwich shop in your living room.”  So, obviously Teoscar’s been all that and a swag bag of freebies, and I would grab him in all leagues.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Josh DonaldsonJays announced he’s out longer than ten days.  Ya think?  He was throwing about ten feet on a bounce.  The Jays got into a massive clubhouse food fight, and Donaldson threw mashed potatoes into his own lap.

Kendrys Morales – Expected back on Friday.  Morales just needs his folding chair, and he’s gonna get right back at ’em.

Yangervis Solarte – 2-for-4, 3 runs, and his 4th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last two days, and his exit velocity is PITUKI!  His name is pronounced SO-lahr-tay, but right now it’s SO-rawr-yay.  There might not be a hotter guy.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .318.  On the reals, how long do the Jays putz around with Grichuk on their team?  That’s not the same as signing J.J. Putz.

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .250.  Anyone who has asked about Merrifield’s slow start in the comments, I’ve said more or less the same thing, “HA.”  Which is, of course, short for Home Alone, since I’m a big fan of early Culkin.  I’ve also said some variation of Merrifield did nothing last April and you still drafted him high this year, so chillax.

Ian Kennedy – 5 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.35.  The Regression Fairies got stuck in traffic in their PT Cruiser, but they nearly went full molly-whop on Kennedy.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .267.  Watch out for the post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-hype sleeper!

Mark Canha – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Yesterday, I called him a hot schmotato.  Today, I ask not what your baseball players have done for you, but what have you done to get the best baseball players into your lineup?

Jed Lowrie – 2-for-7, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .346.  We should’ve seen this coming when he changed his name to Launchy Anglowrie.  Meh, he’s just your standard 34-year-old breakout.  Somehow he’s not owned in 100% of leagues, which means a bunch of you need to get your reaction times checked by a medical professional.

Yoan Moncada – 2-for-7, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and slam (3) and legs (3), and his third straight game with a steal.  Yo, yo, Yoan, you Billy Hamilton with power?  It’s kinda of amazing how many people are asking to drop Moncada.  Guys, and let’s face it, it’s all guys, we’re 15 games in.  If he had 17 homers and 22 steals, and a two-week cold spell in August, would you be dropping him?  Okay, maybe some of you would, but, yeah, no.

Leury Garcia – 1-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI and two steals (3, 4).  For fantasy, you have to love the White Sox managerial style, the ol’ “Run if you want, we don’t care.”

Rich Hill – Hit the DL with an inflamed middle finger.  Sounds like an injury a truck driver would get.  “Hey, Gary, why didn’t you flip off that guy?”  “Inflamed middle finger.”  Glad to see the Dodgers were able to avoid Rich Hill’s blister issues (I’M JOKING, THEY’RE JUST CALLING IT SOMETHING ELSE).

Tyler O’Neill – With Tommy Pham going through tests on his groin (hey now!), the Cards called up their slugging prospect, O’Neill.  The Cards have so many bats, they could trade three outfielders and still have three solid outfielders (Bader, Jo-Ma and O’Neill — don’t make me show my math!).  Prospector Ralph loves Tyler O’Neill in his top 100 prospects for 2018 fantasy baseball.  He (O’Neill, not Ralph) looks like a low-ish average, 35-homer guy who doesn’t have playing time shored up.  I grabbed him in two leagues just in case he plays, but could see dropping him by this weekend.

Jeff Samardzija – Sounds like he will return on Friday.  For fantasy teams, this will be a blessing in disguise.  Sorry, meant to say, this will be depressing ‘n disgust.  I’m not activating him in the one league where I have him.

Taijuan Walker – Needs Tommy John surgery.  That’s a shame, now I have to change the dates on my Taijuan Walker sleeper post to 2020.

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.98.  You know what’s not a good feeling to have with your ace?  Feeling like you can’t watch him because of all-consuming dread.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He must’ve heard everyone talking about dropping him.  Hey, do me a favor and ask about dropping Giancarlo?

Chris Stratton – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners (0 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 2.22.  I’m going to write myself an iCal reminder for next March saying, “Remember how well your teams are doing in spite of your so-called aces.  Don’t draft any top starters.”  Seriously, across all of my teams, Trevor Williams, Stratton, Porcello, Corbin, Pivetta…These are the guys that are helping my teams.

Byron Buxton – Hit the DL with migraines.  His wife said, “Byron could’ve just said he wasn’t in the mood.”

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.63 vs. Carlos Carrasco – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.60.  This game reminded me of that old nugget, “Good pitching beats good hitting, every time, except when it doesn’t.”  Okay, focus more on the first part of that nugget, and less on the part that gets a little wishy-washy.  “You namby and/or pamby?!  Well, are you, son?!”  That’s me as a drill sergeant.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-7 and his 4th homer in a game that lasted about nine hours.  Leave it to the colonialists to fly into Puerto Rico and use up a month’s worth of electricity with the stadium lights in one night.  That’s not very woke.

Adam LindYankees re-signed him to a minors deal.  He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Jamaal Wilkes-Barre.  The Yankees are hoping Lind can replace Giancarlo.  Kidding, they don’t need another Giancarlo.

Ben Gamel – 0-for-2 and his 1st steal, as he was activated from the DL.  He was a sleeper of mine this preseason, and, literally, just mine.  No one else seemed to care.  Gamel can be a sneaky light speed/power combo guy for deeper leagues.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 0.96.  Cole is smoking! *cough, cough*  Damn, black lung.

Rafael Devers – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He must’ve heard me when I said he was boring.  Nevers again, Devers!

J.D. Martinez – 4-for-5, 3 runs, and his 4th homer, hitting .313.  Just Dong because someone has to!

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.40.  Don’t wanna jinx myself, but owning Porcello for the first time has been a pleasure.  A pleasurcello, even.

Delino DeShields – Headed out for rehab games at Double-A Frisco, which is like San Francisco without the pretense and letters.

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Fun fact!  Whenever Shin-Soo Choo says his name in Germany, someone says gesundheit.  Choo always seems to be a guy who I never want to own in the preseason, then wish I owned everywhere once the season starts.  I need to do better.  *sees I’m in first in three leagues*  But how much better can I really do?

Cole Hamels – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.76.  The Rays turned him inside out, showed why he stinks and called him, Hole Camels.

Jacob Faria – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.82.  I went cold on Faria pretty fast after his slow start, but this was a good matchup, as predicted by the Stream-o-Nator, and Faria obviously has some home matchups potential.

Alex Colome – 1 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks and the save, ERA at 9.00. <sarcasm> Finally, a clean save for Colome!  </sarcasm>

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4, hitting .270, but hitting near-.400 in the last week.  His schmotatoness snuck up on me because he hadn’t been hitting for much power, but the homers should come if he’s hitting.

Vince Velasquez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (1 BB), 7 Ks, ERA at 3.80.  Couple quick takeaways from this game, A) The Phils are fun to watch.  Yo, they rebuilt this team fast AF.  B) The Braves are fun to watch too.  Brandon McCarthy?  No, not especially him, but the rest of the crew.  C) Theres no C.  D) I recommended that you draft Velasquez, and now I’m starting to think we might finally be seeing the Velasquez he’s hinted at for years.  E) No, that’s it.

Freddie Freeman – Was hit on the wrist and immediately walked off the field and up the tunnel with the trainer.  We need to form a prayer hexagon right now and lower our heads.

Ryan Flaherty – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .365.  He’s been an early schmotato that I haven’t mentioned (much), because he’s kinda blah.  Call him Ryawn Blaherty.

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-3, 2 runs, and his 2nd homer, hitting .358.  Swanson could be hitting .600 with ten homers, and I’d still like Albies better.  Of course, I’d own Swanson, but he just doesn’t tick enough of those fantasy boxes.  He’s like a very poor man’s Corey Seager.  Call him Poorey Seagram’s.

Jose Bautista – Signed a minor league contract with the Braves.  The Braves will have him work out at 3rd base.  They should hire Prime Minister Pete Nice as the fielding coach, so he can give Bautista the Gas Face.

Chris Iannetta – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer.  For those of you looking to constantly drop your catcher, Iannetta hasn’t even benefitted from Coors yet.  If he stays healthy, it’s going to be hard for him to not be a top 12 catcher.

Chad Kuhl – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.57.  Something I found interesting, Chad Kuhl signs off all communications with his name followed by “Collar up.”

Sean Rodriguez – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .174.  I like how the Pirates are going with 2nd basemen as their corner OFs today as if to say, “Stupid Rangers, you need to be four deep in 2B!”

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .348.  Can only have one Cabrera on your team, Asdrubal or Miggy?  Ouch.  Don’t even answer, just leave it at ouch.

Steven Matz – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.42.  Dratz.  If it’s any consolation, his 11.3 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 3.18 xFIP and 38.5% LOB says he’s been unlucky.  What’s that, you don’t have xFIP as a category in your league?  Yeah, me either.

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a grand slam (4), hitting .217.  Cespedes hit that home run off A.J. Cole, who felt the agony of de-hundred-feet.

Ryan Madson – 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 6.97.  Madson’s season just went sideways.  It was so bad Paul Giamatti’s dad rolled over in his grave.

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  Hard to draw any serious conclusions from the first couple of weeks, but Roark’s walks are up, his ground balls are down (not literally) and his velocity is down.  In shallower leagues, I’d likely leave him to the advice of the Stream-o-Nator.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer.  What if I said my pet pigeon was on the ledge, would you open the Buy Low Window just little bit more for me to get him?  No, it’s not to get Zimmerman, it’s for my pet pigeon!

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (0 walks), 4 Ks, ERA at 5.57.  I watched pieces of this game and my big takeaway is the Tigers’ announcers are all kinds of terrible.  Rod Allen can “second deck.”  However, through all of that, I watched Gausman, and, woo boy, looking at Gausman’s peripherals on digital paper is one thing, watching him is another.  Bet he comes around at some point, but I’ve moved off pretty quickly.  He can “second deck” too.

Dixon Machado – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, a game-winner.  This home run was likely for the best, since Orioles fans should get used to a Machado hitting a game-winner off them.

Jeimer Candelario – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .238 and out-slugging Miggy.  The Tigers are GRRRRRRRoss.

Matthew Boyd – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.40.  Flavor Flav says, “Yeah, Boyd!”  You should say, “No thanks, Chef Boyd-eat-a-D.”

Scott Schebler – Expected to be activated on Friday.  Sure am glad I put him in my weekly lineup on Monday.  What a Schebler.

Eric Thames – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 12th homer vs. the Reds this year and 134th homer vs. the Reds in the last year plus.  The Reds play on a river, Thames is a river, are you people not seeing what is going on here?!  Put this shizz on Info Wars!  My conspiracy is merit-based!  By the way, “My conspiracy is merit-based,” is something I want to randomly scream when someone is standing too close to me in line.

Jacob Barnes – 2 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save.  2nd two-inning save in a row for the Brewers’ pen, only thing is it was by two different pitchers.  Craig Counsell has really taken this new rule about mound visits seriously.  What I think is going on with the Brewers is they’ve committed to Matt Albers to be their fill-in closer, but they don’t trust him at all so they’re making excuses to use their setup men as their closer.  Can’t say I disagree with their hypothetical assessment of Matt Albers.  Only, when speaking of Matt Albers, I’d probably spell it hippo-thetical.

Ryan BraunBrewers said Braun’s calf is ‘acting up.’  It was doing a calf-Broadway show of Two and a Calf Men, playing the part of Calfie Sheen.

  1. CrazyJ says:
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    Yeah Boyyyyyyd!

    • CrazyJ says:
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      I just got CT3 and Jansen in exchange for Baez, Kela, and Pivetta…

      can I get a YEAH BOYYYYYYD?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  2. Fister Furbush says:
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    I just picked up Tyler O’neil in both of my leagues. If the Mariners trade you, you’re probably gonna turn out to be a stud.

    i.e. Adam Jones
    Chris Taylor
    Shin-Soo Choo
    David Ortiz
    Omar Vizquel
    Jason Varitek
    Asdrubal Cabrera

  3. JakeTPE says:
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    Great stuff as always, FML Grey.

    Count me in for the Prayer Hexagon for Freeman. Got him in two leagues. What I didn’t like to hear was the Braves announcers saying “Oh, same place” upon viewing the replay…

    And the Ray blurb! Yes! I laughed out loud for real. But who doesn’t like some all-consuming dread every five days? This start was better than his previous ones results wise, so baby steps.

    Have a good light schedule day!

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @JakeTPE: my prayers are with you

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Slappy Jack: Thank you. But our prayer hexagon must direct them to Freeman’s left wrist.

      • CrazyJ says:
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        There’s no stopping him this year!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The world is his!

  4. Satchmo says:
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    Great writeup! Sean Rodriguez is just happy that someone noticed his start.

    DeShields and Margot coming off my DL. Which of Franchy, Michael Taylor, Happ (gasp!), or Mike Minor (the rest of my staff is solid – that’s what she said!) should I drop to make room for them? Drop another one on that list for Teoscar? Jettison DeShields and/or Margot? I got questions, y’all!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Satchmo: Dropp Franchy and Minor.

      Might consider dropping Taylor for Teoscar also.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Satchmo: Franchy, Minor, Taylor

    • Satchmo says:
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      Thanks, b, Grey!

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Loved it.

    a. Am in Nakivale, the place my boss calls Naked Valley because that’s what Nakivale autocorrected to and he figured that must be the correct spelling. He’s very old school and low tech (ie., no smart phone, no We Chat, no WhatsApp, and of course no Instagram).

    b. You know you’re desperate when…

    I was hoping Zona would win the game off Strickland (my closer par excellence) so that Bradley would get the win (after his awful 1/2 inning in the top of the 9th…the result of wishing for that? Of course getting neither nor and only pain and suffering!! Damn man on 3rd and 1 out and you can’t get the run in.

    c. Mark Twain quote for April 19

    The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Haha, the nudist colony B. I was happy to at least get Strickland win C. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Thanks for the information, man! I had left early this morning to go the Nudist Colony so I didn’t see that he got the W!! So, not a bad payment for all the angst I felt from Bradley taking me to the WHIPping board and Strickland completely collapsing even though he was throwing 95mph.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  6. scythe says:
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    As always, wonderful write-up Grey!

    My pitching staffs

    M. Tanaka / T. Williams / R. Lopez / L. Castillo / T. Bauer / VV

    Drop any of above for Stratton?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @scythe: Nope.

  7. muskysmell says:
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    man…Freddie Freeman seems like a liability to me with the frequency he gets hit on the wrist. Doesn’t appear to be just mere coincidence anymore…dude needs to adjust his stance or something…

    Even if he turns out healthy, I feel like I want to trade him before it happens again…

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @muskysmell: Seriously, Freddie, how can you have the super elite hand-eye coordination to be the hitter you are but not be able to pull your hands back on tight pitches?! Everyone knows you’re supposed to “hide the hands” in the load phase in the first place!

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Manley Ramirez: I know it was in slo mo but when the ball came in I was like Moooooove!!!! and he didn’t. So bummed.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @muskysmell: how often has he been hit on that wrist?

  8. Caught Looking says:
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    That was great. Laughed so hard I woke one of the kids. Which is the excuse I will use for not getting laid before work today. (For the record my success rate is about the same as Happ’s batting average, but it’s nice to have an original excuse).

    To my question! Do you see any value in stashing Luke Gregerson in a pts league? Or is there still way too much uncertainty in St. Louis. No pts for holds in this league. 5 pts per save.

    Thanks Grey

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Caught Looking: I don’t see the point. Bud Norris has been lights out so they’d just stick with him if Holland doesn’t work out.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Caught Looking: Depends on your roster and league context. If saves are available on waivers, or there isnt a mad dash every time a closer changes, I think you stick with what you got, assuming to have a decent slate of RPs.

      – Collar Up

  9. Swfcdan says:
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    M Chapman and Ender
    or
    T Skaggs/ J Gray and Cesp

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Swfcdan: Apples and Oranges….if you need a SP or not, I think its pretty straight forward.

  10. Raf says:
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    Great post, as always.

    So Lowrie is available in my 12-team H2H league, and I’d like to grab him. Would also like to grab Teoscar. But not sure I have room for both. I can drop apple Ian Kennedy for one of these two oranges — but which one? And drop which other batter, if any, for the other?

    C Realmuto
    1B Hosmer
    2B Altuve
    3B Machado
    SS Taylor
    OF Ozuna
    OF Benintendi
    OF Pham
    UTIL/BN Bell, Conforto, Ohtani, Villanueva, Acuna

    Warmest regards.

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Raf: Kennedy and Villanueva are droppable.

      • crimedog says:
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        @Manley Ramirez: why would you drop Villanueva at this point?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Raf: Assuming your SPs can deal wtihout Kennedy, thats an easy drop. I dont think I would drop Villanueva right now..

      Is Ohtani SP eligible in your league (he is a separate player in Yahoo). If this is just Ohtani the hitter, I might consider dropping him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raf: Kennedy, Teoscar

  11. Manley Ramirez says:
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    This Freddie Freeman injury has me hitting the Poorey Seagrams, and I don’t own Dansby Swanson anywhere if you catch my drift.

  12. Samuel says:
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    Verlander for Luis Castillo and Bellinger. Who wins?

    • Espn writer looking for advice says:
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      @Samuel:

      Is this really a ?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Samuel: Bellinger

  13. TyrannySaurus says:
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    Thoughts on Healy when he returns.

  14. Joann Kline says:
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    I live to hear Rod Allen say “that was a seeeed – he hit a seeeed through short into left.”!

    Good to finally see Kevin from ESPN – like the first robin of springtime. This explains why it’s been 10 degrees out all spring

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    Zimmerman, Kemp, Ryu, and Faria on the waiver wire. Swap anyone for them in a 8 x 8 league with TB, OBP, and slugging?’

    C – mccann
    1b – goldschmidt
    2b – happ
    3b – shaw
    ss – swanson
    of – harper, upton, k. davis
    util – dickerson, devers
    bench – c. taylor, villanueva
    sp – wacha, kennedy, taillon, cueto, mccullers, godley, strausburg
    rp diaz, wade davis, colome, treinen

    thanks!

  16. Tigres says:
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    Hi Grey! Finally the bad weather pays off, since STL game postponement is the only reason I had Zimmerman in my lineup yesterday! Sunovabench averted!

  17. Synyster says:
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    Braun has me shook with this injury. Drop Braun, or anyone from this H2H 6×6 OBP league, for Teosco or Solarte?

    C.Cervelli, 1.Hosmer, 2.DeeG, 3.Machado, SS.Gregorius, OF.Trout, OF.Merrifield, OF.Cain, Util.Jose Ramirez, B.Puig,Braun.

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Synyster: You have no one to drop, why do you care if a bench guy is banged up?

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        Valid point. Thank you.

        Also: Starting Taillon @ PHI and EduardoR @ LAA with confidence tonight?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not Ed-Rod

          • Synyster says:
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            @Grey:

            danke schoen!

  18. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Great write-up as always. 12 team roto – would you drop any of these for Teoscar:

    Senzel
    Franco
    Michael Taylor

    I’m using Franco at Util., Taylor is my 5th OF and holding Senzel, although his call up does not look as imminent as it did last week. Thanks.

  19. Krispy K Batsy says:
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    Grey –

    ADAM DUVALL, NOMAR MAZARRA or TEO HERNANDEZ? If you had to keep (2)???

  20. Fknboz says:
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    I really want some of my young guys to break out in my 6×6 obp league. Also, Puig has been sitting there unowned. Pick 3

    Buxton
    Rosario
    Haniger
    Moncada
    Puig

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Fknboz: Buxton went DL if you have a DL spot. Moncada, Haniger, Puig.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fknboz: Bux, Puig, Moncada

  21. Mb says:
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    Please rank: franchy, mallex, d peralta, Matt Olson, carGonzalez?? Thanks!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Mb: Peralta, Olson, Mallex, Franchy

      • Pouss-Pouss says:
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        @b the esq.: Olson . . . . . . Peralta, Mallex, Cargo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mb: Agree with b

  22. phennore says:
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    Someone beat to Ryu, Would you drop Chase Anderson for Stratton in a 16-team 5×5 league? Thanks,

    • Cram It says:
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      @phennore: Anderson’s been great and was great last year. Why would you drop him?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @phennore: Meh

  23. Alex says:
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    D. Peralta or Teoscar over G. Polanco? Needing OBP and runs, mostly. Steals would be nice too.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Alex: No

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Agree with Cram

  24. PetFed says:
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    I have Delino Deshields coming back soon.

    Who would you drop after Deshields comes off the DL: Bradley Zimmer, Preston Tucker, Pujols?

    • mrm3711 says:
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      @PetFed: Tucker seems to be done schmotatoing, I’d say him, especially with Acuna looming.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PetFed: Tucker, tho hard to say w/out knowing team’s needs

  25. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Was offered Cueto for my McCullers. Take the deal or pass? Not too confident Cuetos going to get a lot of W’s with the Giants offense…not sure McCullers can stay healthy all season.

    I dropped one of my streamers to snag Teoscar before someone else grabbed him. Not sure that I need him tho. Would you keep him over Mitch Haniger, Ryan Braun, Nomar Mazara (have Harper, Springer; Bellinger and Chris Taylor are OF eligible).

    Boegarts, Dan Murphy, and Lamb are on my DL. Do I drop either Aldmys Diaz, Lowrie, Frazier when they’re close to returning. My replacements are doing awesome in the interim, will be hard to see them go to another team.

    Thanks for everything!

    • Krispy K Batsy says:
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      fyi- Bret the HITMAN Hart was SET UP!!! heheheh

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks brothah!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  26. ctrengove says:
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    Grey! My first comments of the 2018 season following my CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 season. Thanks, again, for all the work you do for the public good.

    I have a quandary to solve. Need to activate Anthony Rizzo from the DL and Evan Longoria is available on the waiver wire. But I don’t know who to drop…

    In my 12-team points league, which two would you drop in order to activate Rizzo and (try to) acquire Longoria:
    -Zack Cozart
    -Scott Kingery
    -Paul DeJong
    -Christian Villanueva
    -Odubel Herrera
    -Kyle Schwarber
    -Vince Velasquez
    -Keynan Middleton
    -Adam Ottavino

    My full team, for reference…
    C Grandal
    1B Hoskins
    2B Lowrie
    3B Rendon (DTD)
    SS Cozart
    MIF Kingery
    CIF Moustakas
    OF Stanton/A Jones/Haniger/Schwarber/ODB
    UTL C Villanueva

    Bench DeJong
    DL Rizzo

    SP Berrios/Morton/Archer/Tanaka/Quintana/Snell/Velasquez
    RP Doolittle/Boxberger/Middleton/Ottavino

    • b the esq. says:
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      @ctrengove: No need to pick up Longoria. Lose DeJong to activate Rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ctrengove: Good to see you! I’d lose Villanueva before DeJong, and agree with B on Longo

  27. Alex Sutara says:
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    I pulled the trig on Triggs yesterday. Needless to say it wasn’t until I went to dinner and saw the score was 10-8 that I realized the gun backfired.

  28. Zubaz says:
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    Love it as always Grey.

    Who would you drop to add Teoscar in a 12 team h2h points league. non keeper

    Happ
    Zobrist
    Franchy

  29. EZ says:
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    Vince V or pivetta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EZ: Pivetta

  30. Jason says:
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    Please rank Stratton, Junis, Boyd, and Luchessi based on what we’ve seen so far…

    I already own Luchessi. I plan on owing two from this group..

    Thank you!

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason:

      Also add Pivetta and Lopez to that list

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Jason: Lucchesi, Pivetta, Lopez, Junis, Boyd, Stratton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Pivetta, Lucchesi, Stratton

  31. Omar says:
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    8 team AL Only 5×5 Standard Roto. 1 yr keeper. Which side?

    A) Correa, Dee Gordon, Schoop
    B) Altuve, Bregman, Castellanos

    • Cram It says:
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      @Omar: Altuve

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Omar: Agree with Cram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Omar: Agree with others

  32. Omar says:
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    AL Only 5×5 Standard Roto:

    Upton / Olson -or-
    Gallo / Castellanos / Junis

  33. Joel says:
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    Yeah, as a Jays fan I can’t stand our commentators. It’s not that they’re terrible (unless Dan Shulman does one of his couple dozen appearances per season), it’s just they drive me crazy.
    Drinking games tho. Whenever “big & strong” or “athletic” are mentioned. Drinks time.

    To quell this, Ioften listen to all the opponents broadcast but I can’t listen to Detroit’s. It is bad.

    Drop Acuna for Merrifield?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Joel: Depends on your team and needs, but in most cases, no.

      • Joel says:
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        @b the esq.:

        I’m pretty strong in the bat department but steals is something that would be a decent improvement.

        On the other hand, I picked up a dropped Chris Taylor. With Schoop on the DL and coming back…whenever, perhaps he’s a better choice to drop?

        Trout
        Ozuna
        McCutch
        Schoop
        Lindor
        J. Ramirez
        Hoskins
        Hosmer
        Rendon
        C. Taylor
        G. Sanchez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Haha, yup… Hold

  34. reese says:
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    give up my struggling votto to get jose martinez and yu in 12 team mixed 5×5 std roto?

    • Cram It says:
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      @reese: I wouldn’t

    • b the esq. says:
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      @reese: No

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @reese: Agree with others

  35. Cram It says:
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    In fairness to Matz, all the damage was done in the first inning, basically on one terrible changeup down the middle of the plate. Then he sat down 9 in a row and pulled after only 74 pitches. I mean, the first inning is still his fault, but he seems to be one of those “1 bad inning” guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Gotcha, in fairness, I didn’t watch the Mets, was watching my new favorite the Phils…

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Why would you watch them? You’re not a Mets fan. F the Phils. Except Hoskins…he’s cool.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like the Mets to watch…Love the announcers, prolly favorite ones in MLB

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Oh no doubt. I’d argue that Gary Cohen is the best in baseball.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t argue against that, especially when you listen to some other ones

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I don’t have the luxury of watching regional games with regional announcers. I’m stuck with the gawdaful Nats announcers and the O’s guys are boring.

                Have you ever heard the radio play-by-play for the Orioles by chance, Joe Angel?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, never heard Angel, why? Bad?

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Bad. But hilariously so. He manufactures excitement about innocuous plays and stresses words oddly in a weird cadence. It’s tough to explain. Maybe I can find some audio.

                    Not to mention how he gets things wrong and explains things poorly. He’ll spend two minutes explaining how Machado getting HBP in the leg played out. And then be like “Machado stands in for the 2-2 count. He did not get hit by that pitch.” What???

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I can listen next time the O’s are on…MLB package does radio feeds too…

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Here’s a sample. “Here it COMES!” “Right field CORNER!”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA! Oh man, he is hilarious — sounds like an old school radio guy

  36. Matt says:
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    I didn’t spend on pitching, put together a staff full of bargains. Jon Gray, Taijuan Walker, Sean Newcomb, Lamet, Wacha, Triggs. It’s not working. Good batting though, plenty of depth. So should I drop Giancarlo for some pitching help? ;)

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Matt: Clearly thats the way to go.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Agree with b

  37. surfer dude says:
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    Hello,10 team h2h pts. Need to make space, who should I drop? Y.Solarte, N. Castellanos, N.Senzel – Thank you!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @surfer dude: making space for what/whom? Depends on your needs. If you can hold Senzel, I would. Probably drop Solarte.

  38. Brian Boyle says:
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    12 team H2H 6X5 with OPS

    Domingo Santana dropped do I drop M. Taylor for him or hold. We have 5 OF spots.

    Ozuna, C Taylor, Rosario, Polanco, M Taylor

    I enjoy my morning Grey!!

    BB

      • Brian Boyle says:
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        @Grey: I am sure it doent matted but have Acuna on the bench!!

        BB

  39. LG Baseball says:
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    Grey!

    Loved the write up especially the Donaldson blurb. A food fight with dead arm would be no fun.

    What’s your take on Teoscar ROS? Hor Schmoto or potential useful player? I live in Toronto so super fun to own him at the moment.

    LG

    • Cram It says:
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      @LG Baseball: He should be a useful power/speed combo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LG Baseball: Thanks! I think useful if stomach low average

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: ok thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  40. jdred5 says:
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    Hold One: Barnes (MIL), Fields (LAD), Green (NYY), Hicks (STL). Consistent use, chances for wins, and good ratios most important, but saves a plus. Thanks!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @jdred5: Barnes is probably the best chance for saves. Hicks has been excellent for ratios. Not sure there is a solid source of wins there.

  41. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Chatwood or Samardija ROS

    Senzel or Moran ROS

  42. Dunder Mifflin says:
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    Excellent write up as always G man. Happy early 420!
    I was curious, when doing your daily write ups, are you sitting at home on the couch in sweats eating Cheetos and drinking surge, while watching mlb extra innings with your old school laptop and windows 95?! Lmfao. Seriously though thanks for all the advice over the years.

    Quick question, drop Dickerson for Teoscar. 12 team mixed, ops is extra hitting cat.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dunder Mifflin: That’s exactly the scene here! You spying on me? Sure, try Teoscar

      • Dunder Mifflin says:
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        @Grey: hahaha only in the way you’ve spied on Giancarlo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  43. F the Reds says:
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    Reds fired their manager and pitching coach today, taking a fall for the 3 -15 record. If you ask me, the Reds front office should also be fired. This organization is a joke.

  44. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the hey, Grey,

    I’ve got some closer messes on my hands, and I needs some help. Questions/thought numbered for your pleasure.

    1) I have both Hader and Barnes, and I’m also of the opinion that something is more wrong with Knebel than he or the Brewers are fully admitting (think abut it: minor left knee injury in the spring, couple crappy appearances, then a gross-looking hammy injury to same left leg, and CC saying he’s out “at least six weeks”). I’ve watched all of these guys pitch a few innings now, and it’s a clear as day to me that Hader should be the closer . . . but that’s not trendy for managers these days. From your posts on the MIL pen, I’m not sure you’ve got much more insight (other than some great comedy material), but figured I’d ask.

    2) Is Old Man Melancon is ever coming back? Or will he just take up DL spots everywhere while Sickland blows saves?

    3) Any other good speculative closer adds out there? I’ve picked up and dropped Romo a million times, but meh. Similarly, I’ve had both Fields and Baez on and off my team, but I keep feeling like they’re not getting a chance to close unless they are traded to TB.

    Love yas!!!!

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @sportivetricks: barrackough should be next

    • Dave D says:
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      I’d give some though to AJ Minter. He closed out a 7-2 game yesterday and it seems like a matter of when, not if, he takes over. I’m short a closer in two leagues right now and I have him in both. He’s got all the ideal closer tools IMO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: 1. Could be, Hader is a multiple inning guy, so if they want to pitch him in the 8th and 9th every lead, then he’s the closer, but I doubt it unless they want to ruin his arm 2. Doubt it 3. Fields

  45. Cole Trickle says:
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    Add Villar and drop Beckham? If so, do you think that’s enough of an upgrade to use my #1 waiver spot or should I wait and try to add in the early morning? TIA!

  46. formrchildmodel says:
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    Great stuff as always, Grey.

    Looking forward to a ‘One Man’s Trash’ piece by Son featuring a Teoscar the Grouch reference.

    Anyways, is there any reason I shouldn’t trade away DeJong for Choo? 12 Team Standard H2H Cats.

    On the suface, my only hesitation is giving up the team name “DeJong and the Restless.”

    I have plenty of position flexibility to cover for DeJong in the IF, especially when Kingery gets SS & 3B eligibility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @formrchildmodel: Haha re: Son — I’d want DeJong, Choo will get hurt and miss 50 games at some point…

  47. David says:
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    Picked up Teoscar the other day, thanks.
    In a dynasty league where holds is a category, which side would you want: Merrifield/Mancini or Hader/Kingery? Thanks

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      @David: Kingery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: Agree with Mann

  48. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    Drop 1: Snell, L. Castillo, J. Grey, Chase Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Anderson

  49. Natty Boh says:
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    Trade Adam Jones for Alex Colome in AL only 10 teams? I have the handcuff in Romo and roster one closer in A. Chapman.

  50. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 7×7 keeper league with extra hitting categories being OPS and total bases. Which 2 as UTL’s moving forward (and can you please put those two in order): Alonso, Andujar, Choo, Teoscar.

  51. Bill says:
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    Whats up Grey,

    Piscotty or C. Santana ?

    Also, drop Newcomb for Hendricks, Mikolas, E. Rod or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: Carlos — Hold for now on SPs

  52. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great pod this week. Completely agree with the Hader love – that said, is he ownable and/or startable in a 12 team weekly roto league?

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I have been a Hader owner/lover all season in the RCL. He’s been a blessing for me. Everyone’s roster is different, of course, but I really love the piece of mind I get having him in the lineup every day. He keeps my strikeouts up, gets the occasional save or win, and can help smooth out my ratios if a starter has a bad day. He’s the only “non-closer” reliever I have, and it’s been a help to me.

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @GrassyKnollRedding: Haha, piece of mind. Well, I guess I did just break off a piece of my mind there. But Hader’s brought me peace.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks both of you! I have a $6 FAAB bid on Devinski in this league per our last chat (rolling with 2 closers currently) . . . where do you think Hader fall in FAAB terms given the $6 Devenski bid? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          $11

  53. RICE says:
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    I would never ask a catcher question!

    … So if someone could please ask the specific catcher question I have in my head, that would be great. Thanks.

    • Cram It says:
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      @RICE: Maile

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @RICE: Barnhart.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RICE: Severino

    • William Hung says:
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      @RICE: Lo Duca

    • RICE says:
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      @RICE: Perfect!

  54. Jhohnnhy says:
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    I drafted Zunino ready for big things. When he hit the DL I grabbed Grandal. Now Grandal is mashing and Zunino is coming off the DL. What should I do?

    Also, my OF is stacked. Is there any point for me to grab Teoscar? Yahoo 12 team h2h roster below:

    C) Grandal
    1B) Votto
    2B) Villar
    3B) Moose
    SS) Dejong
    OF) Harper
    OF) Marte
    OF) Ozuna
    UT) Pham
    UT) Han-Ram
    BN) Christian Villanueva

    SP) C-Mart, Porcello, Corbin, Velasquez, Mikolas, Odorizzi, Streamer

    RP) Allen, Doolittle, Iglesias, Osuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jhohnnhy: Drop Zunino… Forget Teoscar for now

  55. jose says:
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    How much discretion do you use with the Stream-O-Nator? Triggs and Matz absolutely wrecked my ratios yesterday and SON was pretty high on both of them. A couple of great first time pick ups using SON. Dang that hurts.

    • Cram It says:
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      @jose: Matz had a 1.00 WHIP on the day. Hardly wreackage. You leave him alone! It was Triggs…Triggs and Triggs alone wrecked your ratios.

      How much did it like them?

      • jose says:
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        @Cram It: Your right about Matz, I’t was just a bad start from Triggs early enough in the season that man it hurt. I want to say He was like $12-$14: 5 1/3, 4-5 hits, 5 Ks, 2 ERs. He was listed as the 3rd or 4th best option on the day.

        I got burned on my first pick up so it feels worse than it is. I know Triggs is no top prospect, but I thought a home start vs. a fellow AL central team would be pretty safe. Maybe next time.

        • Cram It says:
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          @jose: I hear ya. SON ain’t always right, but Triggs seemed reasonable there. It happens.

          • jose says:
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            @Cram It: The real problem with my team is Darvish and Quintana. Just blaming other pieces so as to not have to blame myself….

            • Cram It says:
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              @jose: Right, if those guys were performing, you probably wouldn’t even be streaming this early in the season.

        • Slappy Jack says:
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          @jose: Triggs was my first stream of the year too, man he was awful

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: I wouldn’t start Triggs anywhere, but can understand why SON liked them both — Home starts, should’ve been smoother, shizz happens

  56. Play Ball says:
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    10-team, season-long standard roto. My team is losing key players to injury. Only have two DL slots. I have Schoop, Knebel, Buxton who are on the DL already. If Freeman’s wrist is broken, I’m going to need a producer. Thinking I need to drop Knebel for a bat. Agree?

    1B Freeman (DL) / Abreu
    2B Schoop (DL) / Merrifield
    3B Moose
    SS Bregman
    OF Trout / Ozuna / Springer / Pollock / Buxton (DL) / Acuna (Minors)

    SP Kluber / Severino / Bauer / Godley / Corbin / Weaver / Quintana
    RP Rivero / Allen / Doolittle / Knebel (DL)

    • Cram It says:
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      @Play Ball: Knebel definitely the drop.

      • Play Ball says:
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        Grey,

        Do you agree too that I need to make a move for a bat NOW and drop Knebel?

      • Play Ball says:
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        Planning ahead…if Freeman goes on the DL and I have Schoop, Buxton and Knebel also DL with only two DL slots…what do you think I should do?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait to hear on Freeman

          • Play Ball says:
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            Just read on Rotoworld there are no fractures. It’s as if The Grey Matter knew! :)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              LOVE IT

  57. Hug says:
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    The staff I drafted: Ray, Castillo, Quintana, Gausman, Lynn.

    My team era and whip: 5.85 and 1.50 and that’s because of some very good Streamy streams.

    My only question is whyyyyyyyyyy?!

    • Hug says:
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      @Hug: Colome as my first closer ain’t helping.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Hug: Because baseball. It will level out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hug: Agree with Cram

  58. 3mango says:
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    Brinson or Teoscar Hernandez?

  59. Dave D says:
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    How about we call the Brewers closer and his cohorts “Fat Albers and the Cosby Kids”…

    • Dave D says:
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      Or even “Fatt Albers and the Cosby Kids”…

  60. Matt says:
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    Someone dropped iglesias. Should I grab him or hold on to Middlebrooks at closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Middlebrooks? Wil?

    • knucks says:
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      @Matt: Grab Iglesias, drop Middleton? Or your catcher.

    • Mex says:
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      @Matt: Iglesias

  61. Alex says:
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    Would you trade Reynaldo and vv for either rich hill or shark in a H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Both? Meh, guess depends on league

  62. chris says:
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    10 team h2h keeper where we have a rookie spot, I have JP Crawford as my rookie. would you drop him for teoscar?

    My only hesitation is i don’t really NEED hitting, id like to use the spot for rookie pitchers but there aren’t really many that have really caught my eye. any suggestions?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: Yes, Teoscar

  63. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey Grey & Co…

    Drop Brett Garder for Teoscar? He’s been alright thus far, but he’s not running. Other options include Villanueva and Jordan Montgomery. I have too many bats already so I hesitate to drop a pitcher for another, but would like to stockpile as many possible difference makers early on offense to see how they shake out.

  64. Terrence Mann says:
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    Perusing ESPN’s fantasy page, I see that AJ Mass wrote an article this week where he warns not to pick up hot players and if you can’t refrain from picking someone up you should pick someone up that was hot two weeks ago and is cold now.

    I’m pretty sure he and Karabell sit around taking shots of Malibu challenging each other to publish the biggest nonsense.

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @Terrence Mann: Ha! I read the same article and the gist of it seemed to be that we should all try and predict the future…? It reminded me so much of that Larry Sanders Show episode where the network told Larry he should only use the jokes that work. What a clown car that site is.

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @GrassyKnollRedding: The Shandling bio on HBO was great.

        • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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          @Terrence Mann: Yes, it was! I also didn’t realize until recently that he was a guest on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. It was so nice to see Shandling again (and so full of life, right before he passed). If you haven’t got it, there are lots of nice extras on the Not Just the Best Of… box set, with Larry interviewing people from the show. Very touching stuff.

  65. Fred says:
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    Is it worth getting Scott Schebler once hes off DL? If so, would you drop one of these for him…

    Byron Buxton
    Puig
    Andrelton Simmons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fred: Simmons

  66. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, I loaded up on offense and as a result want to trade one of my IF for a good SP. Haven’t made any offers yet, just considering who to go for. I’m not desperate to make a deal, but I currently have Acuna and Myers using bench spots with Myers back soon, and I don’t like to use two bench spots for hitters. Which of these starters, if any, would you take back in a trade where I’m giving up Sano?

    Sonny Gray, Ray, Paxton, Greinke, McCullers, Keuchel, Tanaka, Morton

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrm3711: McCullers and Morton would be sweet, if you can pull off too

  67. Play Ball says:
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    Moncada or Lowrie for counting stats?

  68. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Great post, as usual, sir! And thanks to you I held onto Teoscar yesterday and dropped Franchy to make a batty call on Granderson. And because the fantasy baseball gods like to keep us humble, I own Freddie and his detachable wrist. (For what it’s worth, this morning Bowman tweeted the Braves think Freddie avoided a fracture and he’ll be okay–which shows you how I’m scouring the Internet for anything positive.) Regardless of what happens with Freddie, I really hope from now on he wears a little wrist guard. Giancarlo got hit in the cheek and now he wears a face guard; A-Gon routinely fouls balls off his ankle and wears a shin guard; Barry Bonds used to wear full medieval armor! After two plunks in the wrist, maybe it’s wrist-guard time?

    Thanks to both sides of the Berrios/Carrasco matchup yesterday, I’m ahead in ratios and would like to stay there. Should I sit Luke Weaver today against the Cubbies at Wrigley? SON kinda likes him at seven bucks, but the Cubs potential for runs scares the crap outta me. Thanks a lot, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Great news on Freddie! Hope so! Agreed on wrist protection… I’d sit Weaver, don’t trust Wrigley at all

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Wow, that Weaver start got out of hand in a hurry. Really glad he’s glued to my bench. Thanks for that. And I guess I can delete those Weaver trade offers I put out there yesterday. Kinda was hoping to trade him before Cubpacalypse.

        PS: I don’t wanna tell the Yankees how to run a club, but Andujar finally getting hot should not result in him being benched today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed on Andujar, so frustrating

  69. Matt H says:
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    10-team, 5×5 mixed. Someone dropped Jose Quintana. How much of $88 (from $100) FAAB should I bid?

      • Matt H says:
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        @Grey: Many thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  70. Brian says:
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    Trade question. I’m in a weekly H2H league where Saves, Holds and IP are pitching categories and you have both RPs and SP; hitting includes both OPS and BA. In this league, I was offered:

    Nick Castellanos, Mike Minor, and Chris Devinski for AJ Pollock, Marcus Stroman, and Juan Nicasio.

    My general rule of thumb is that I like to obtain the best player in the trade, but I’m tempted to accept because Minor has RP eligibility, my infield is looking poor due to injuries (I have a 2B/SS eligible Javier Baez, an everywhere eligible Eduardo Nunez, the utterly useless Kolten Wong, and Carlos Villanueva, with both Jake Lamb and Elvis Andrus on the DL), because I believe in Castellanos, and because I have Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Kenta Madea.

    Should I trade Pollack away? For context, it would leave my outfield (start three) at Betts, Pham, Brandon Belt, Teoscar Hernandez, Tyler O’Neil, Lewis Brinson, and a soon-to-be activated Scott Schebler, with Nunez and Castellanos also having OF eligibility.

    I’m agonizing. A little guidance sure would be appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Pollock side

  71. Can not spell wRONg without RON says:
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    Yoan Moncada was dropped. I have Cesar Hernandez and Scott Kingery. Should I drop Hernandez for Moncada? H2H points, keep 5. Neither would be keepers.

    Thanks.

  72. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    RCL league

    Hold Calhoun (already holding Acuna) or drop for: Valbuena, Tucker, Cron…or just use it as a hitter/pitcher streaming spot?

  73. knucks says:
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    My Josh Bell/Haniger for his Javy Baez.

    I’m starting Scooter at 2B right meow, will slot Baez there. Already grabbed Teoscar who could replace Haniger in the starting lineup (until Acuna arrives). A batty call opening for my UTIL slot will open up where Josh Bell is. How badly am I overpaying for Baez? I’m just about ready to pull the trigger. Overflowing with OFs. I do value Bell in an OBP/SLG league like this… but Baez is lookin’ noice.

    10 team-keep 5 forever… OBP and SLG instead of AVG… 10 bench slots

    Catcher- Who cares
    1B- Hosmer
    2B- Scooter (Baez?)
    3B- Machado
    SS- Treat
    MI- Tim Anderson
    CI- Smoak
    OF-Harper
    OF-Bellinger
    OF-Mazara
    OF-Aaron Hicks
    OF-Haniger (Teoscar/Mallex until Acuna)
    UTIL- Josh Bell (replace w/ Batty call, league is shallow enough)
    UTIL- Michael Brantley
    Bench- Acuna, Teoscar, Mallex
    DL- Odor, Souza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Sounds decent for you

  74. Jason says:
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    Eaton or Domingo?

  75. Robert Schroeder says:
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    D Gordon for D Murphy & Bauer?

    • knucks says:
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      @Robert Schroeder: Bauer. Especially if you need a pitcher and/or are good on Speed.

  76. Turd Wendell says:
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    Any concerns with OZUNA? 2 BBS in 73 ABs, Possible sell? I know its early but it’s not easy to hit with a high average with a walk rate like that.

  77. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft

    Lose Merrifield for Ryan Zimmerman, Teoscar, or hold?

    I would slot Rizzo to 2nd if I made that move. Only other guy I could stand to lose is Aaron Sanchez to pick up Zimmerman or Teoscar–but then I would have 2 bench bats, which I like keeping the bench bats to 1. Thanks man!

  78. Chris M says:
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    Trade E. Encarnacion for O. Albies? Thanks for all your assistance!

  79. Nightmare! says:
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    Hey greylord!!
    The Americans was just meh last night.
    Freeman getting plunked is gonna kill me!!
    need to know who is the best first base add out of these fellas

    bour
    Olson
    Zimmerman
    Alonso

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightmare!: I hate to say it, but The Americans has been in neutral for 1 1/2 seasons… Zimm

  80. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Whenever I read “Triggs” in my head I hear Lt. Murtaugh saying “Riiiiggs”

  81. Blake says:
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    UTIL spot: Villanueva or Teoscar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blake: Push really, I’ll say Villanueva

  82. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey, you starting Chase Anderson in a shallow 10-team mixed league today where you don’t need the innings but just looking to cherry pick solid streamers? Start today is vs MIA though SON not loving it at $1.5.

  83. Would you drop Jack Flaherty, Senzel or Gleyber Torres for Teoscar?

  84. ERad says:
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    I watched the first inning of Robbie Ray’s start, then promptly turned it off. The D-Backs announcers kept insisting he’s going through some mechanical stuff, so fingers crossed he starts throwing more strikes.

    I own Tigers and Orioles position players – in other news, my offense sucks so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope that’s all it is

  85. William Hung says:
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    So I get the feeling drafting all Phillies would have your team near the top of the standings so far this season

    Glad I got in on both Kingery and Pivetta early – with serious consideration for VV to replace my streaming spot. Never would’ve guessed I’d think there would be more than 3 Phillies that are rosterable in shallow leagues this season – as a Mets fan I feel so dirty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  86. wudaben says:
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    12 team H2h Points league and I need to make a decision to release one of my pitchers at the bottom of my rotation. This league has transaction limits so streaming isn’t really possible so this is a ROS evaluation.

    Gray, Clevinger, Mikolas, T Williams or Wacha. The player rater and other preseason rankings tell me the drop is probably Trevor Williams but the more I compare the underlying numbers it looks like it should be Wacha with his velocity drop. How would you order the bottom 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mikolas, Williams

  87. Hurt Yoenis says:
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    What’s quality of 1b/3b should I try to fetch for corbin on a sell high? Hitting is worse off then my pitching. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Low on Rizzo? Prolly unrealistic… Myers maybe?

  88. phil says:
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    Which HR hitter best to have Schebler, Morales, K. Calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schebler

  89. Terrence Mann says:
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    Most underrated manager? Bud Black. As a Rox fan, I love this guy. When Iannetta played for Colorado previously he sat in the eight hole seemingly every night despite his obvious power and near .400 obp. Over the years I probably watched several hundred at bats where pitchers simply pitched around him. Black sees this and bats him 2nd vs. lefties. Who cares if he’s 35 and prolly pushing 250?

    Love this dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, he’s one of the good ones, but wish he’d move on from CarGo

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey: I think the CarGo situation has as much to do with Arenado as it does CarGo. Tulo’s and CarGo’s careers were handled so poorly that I think there’s some trying to save face there. CarGo took a team friendly contract despite having Boras as his agent. If you’re Arenado and you see how bad the team was while Tulo and CarGo were in their prime, would you sign long term?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Really? That’s why? Meh, maybe…I don’t know, I mean, they re-signed him!

          • Terrence Mann says:
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            @Grey: This is an organization that once sent Fowler down to Triple A because he was striking out too much even though his obp was almost .400.

            I probably shouldn’t try to explain on the internets any move they make. Just thank the Rajeesh at night Reynolds signed with the Nats.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What they’re doing to Tapia and Dahl is a crime….

  90. chris pierce says:
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    Grey, drop Ryu and Wheeler for Duffy and EROD.

    These would be bench players.

    Kershaw
    Strausburg
    Nola
    Bundy
    Tailon

    Gray, J is on the bench

    Reply

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler you can drop, but those SPs don’t instill confidence

  91. Lucky Dog says:
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    Bryan Price canned in Cincinnati – uh, so the GM didn’t know the team couldn’t pitch? Seems like anyone in basevall (or any of a million and 6 fantasy baseball managers) could take one look at the depth chart & know that. Great American Smallpark doesn’t help, but talent seems like the bigger issue here.

    What a mess this once storied franchise has become. I just don’t get the “fire a manager before April 18th” thing. I mean sure – maybe he’s an a-hole…but this firing seems relayed to their entirely predictable record.

    Ps – I was up all night with rosary beads, kissing them and saying prayers for Freeman like I’ve seen them do in the movies. What’s that you say? These are anal beads? Oh. Ew.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Lucky Dog: ps – just saw an update from Jim Bowden: “Freddie Freeman is having more tests this morning but #Braves think he’ll be ok….will know more this morning after cat-scan ……”

      Whew! I guess imma stick with these anal beads!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  92. JC says:
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    Please rank Stratton, Vince Velasquez & Trevor Williams..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams, VV

  93. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    16 team keeper …

    If the Philllies are to mix it up, competitive wise, in the NL East this year Nick Williams and Aaron Altherr will have to play better … so who do I shoe-horn onto my roster as a stash, Williams or Altherr?

    Or, do I pass on them?

    My outfield situation is solid, but Kiermaier going down means I don’t have a CF backup for Inciarte and Williams and Altherr qualify as CF in yahoo.

    I’m always trying to think a half-dozen steps ahead without overthinking, lol.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pass

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Grey: I appreciate your advice, you helped me win that league down the stretch in 2016 … thank you.

        My Plan C? Phillies prospect Adam Haseley is at the top of my minor league watch list.

        What can I say? Everyone needs a hobby, and this is way better than lifting heavy objects!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  94. los locos says:
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    Grey,

    Story, Frazier and Ender all been dropped in our league. Add them to my roster and who would ya drop?

    Iannetta
    Freeman
    Moncada
    Arenado
    Seager C
    Cain
    Haniger
    Jose Martinez
    Bellinger

    Bench
    1b Bell
    Brantley
    Mazara
    O’Neil
    Puig
    Souza – DL
    Schoop – DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender over Haniger if you needs runs and speed more than power, otherwise hold

  95. J-FOH says:
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    My name for Teoscar is Uncle Oscar, he’s a grumpy man, who was way overlooked on draft day because he didn’t have a spot even though he had the highest ceiling in the Jays outfield mix. I got him in the 18th round of my AL only this year which was two rounds before I got Davidson (yes thats a shameless plug of me) but really I give full credit to Ralphie Lifshitzky. He turned me on to him back in November when he asked me to look over his numbers to see if I saw anything and I walked away impressed with that ceiling. Now, let’s hope I stay happy and the Jays don’t do something stupid with that outfield. E) No, that’s it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, I hope he not only stays but plays (poet!)…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Poet! You’re a regular Edgar Albright Poe

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, why thank you

  96. JUSTIN says:
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    Rizzo for verlander my verlander fair or ask for more than rizzo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo side

  97. CM says:
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    Hey y’all,

    Very quick question…..hang on to Margot or drop for Teoscar?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  98. JC says:
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    Thanks as always for all your help, Grey,
    Please rank
    Teoscar, Calhoun, Senzel, Cron,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar, Cron

  99. Nico says:
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    Grey, thoughts on Ozuna for Robbie Ray? I have bats and he has arms. I’m somewhat worried about Ozuna’s walk rate (even though it’s early) and I’m trying to buy Ray at a lower spot than I see him finishing the season (although his walks are worrisome too!). Thoughts? I’d plug in Reddick in my OF, and I have Souza on the DL. My stud SP is Yu, and I have Wood, Nola, Pomeranz in the next tier. This is a 10 team league with teams that are stacked with SP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Ozuna

      • Nico says:
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        @Grey: Alrighty thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Nico!

  100. Josh Trader says:
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    Looks like I lost Freddie Freeman. Suddenly thin at 3B.

    I can trade Ozuna to get Anthony Rendon? Have some decent OF depth, but Rendon been hurt and cold. Would you take Rendon? Or hold Ozuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lost him where? Did they announce an injury?

      • Hader says:
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        @Grey: Well, no. I guess your right. Knowing what we know, pull the trigger?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No

          • BK says:
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            @Grey: Thanks, honestly thought you’d say Rendon. I’ll hold Ozuna.

  101. Curt C says:
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    D.Peralta or Teoscar for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peralta

  102. Baldy says:
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    Tim Anderson just hit our waiver wire, my current SS is Ketel Marte. Was thinking of droping Marte and picking up Anderson. Do you see Anderson with more upside?

    • knucks says:
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      @Baldy: Mos def

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  103. Willy Mo says:
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    Jeez i felt the exact same way, i literally turned off the d backs game out of anxiety that Ray gets shelled.

    Haha, mashed potatoes in Donaldsons lap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  104. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think Alex Colome is down to his last blow up. If in his next three appearances he has a massive blow up, multi-run mess, they’ll have to move him out of the ninth. I think they are desperately trying to salvage some trade value but at this point what MLB GM wants to trade for that hot garbage. The trade value is pretty much gone and they are about to round the bend to the point where he’s going to have to go lower leverage and “figure some things out.” Alvarado pitched a clean 8th yesterday. Not clear that they would give him the job but he’s the best option for sure. A closer change feels very very near.

    I feel like I can’t remember the last time the Cubs played a game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, maybe, I don’t buy the Rays move off him… They have a lot invested in making him work

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        It’s hard to believe he’s got any value right now. Like who in fantasy leagues even is looking to acquire him? I’m sure their first choice is for him to figure this out quick and start saving games, but if he keeps looking bad and then he lights another dumpster fire they’re going to have to get him out of view. Shut him down or something. I believe it’s pretty close to that point right now. He looks completely awful

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t disagree with how he looks, but how he will be handled… You might be right, can’t argue with everyone behind him has been better

          • Terrence Mann says:
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            @Grey: Friday’s comments suggest a term for a closer who is only keeping his job in hopes of building trade value?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

              • Terrence Mann says:
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                @Grey: Sadly, I’m not in the glossary yet and have nothing.

                FMFBL

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You’ll get there!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: false flag!

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Terrence Mann:

              Commemerative Closer. Like an Elvis or Dale Earnhardt plate, it’s bound to become valuable if you just hold on to the past long enough.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @OaktownSteve: hahaha, the old franklin mint collectible plates. I remember the commercials from the 80’s.

              • Terrence Mann says:
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                @OaktownSteve: That may be tough to beat.

  105. Ron Pridgen says:
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    In a Points league who gets dropped for Schebler from Kole, Bruce, Cargo, Haniger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cargo

  106. Slowmez says:
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    Permission to drop Stroman to grab Teoscar? 10 team, H2H 5×5, ESPN standard keeper.

    My other SPs: Scherzer, Yu, S Gray, C Anderson, Fulmer, A Sanchez, R Lopez, R Hill (DL).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Permission granted

  107. Hawk says:
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    Had Franchy Cordero.
    Saw the HR Teoscar hit
    Dropped Franchy.
    Saw Razzball headline
    Smiled while drinking my coffee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  108. Alex says:
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    Can you name a couple pitchers you would target if you wanted to trade Reynaldo and vv for one pitcher

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray?

  109. ryanoger says:
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    In a 10 team…with plenty of saves guys still up for grabs like:

    Neris, Greene, Norris, and Vizcaíno

    1. No brainer to give up Box or Hand for Archer right?

    2. Who you like better Box or Hand for saves?

    3. What RP above do I had if I could pull off this trade?

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      3. What RP above do I *ADD* if I could pull off this trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. Hand 3. Viz

  110. HanRam says:
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    OBP league, looking to move Villar for a SP what level should I expect?? Erod & VV type or is that too high?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try for VV

      • HanRam says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey I take it you like VV better than Erod?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  111. Chisoxx22 says:
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    10 team 5×5. Degrom for wood/hosmer, which side you like? I’m trading for degrom and have a abundance at 1b with bellinger, Hosmer, Carpenter, bell and Mancini oh and Hanley! Half were picked up off waivers but we have 2 util spots. My pitching is meh with strasburg, Gausman, Lester, Bauer, wood, Maeda, and Ryu.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      deGrom

  112. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Is it worth holding onto Trumbo? What the hell is going on with him anyway?

    12 team 6×6 league with OPS as the extra O category. Best on the wire right now looks like Pillar, Davidson, Nimmo, Moreland, Duda, Fowler, Belt, those of that shitty ilk….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he’s hurt, no? Fowler

  113. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Two final ones for ya!

    1. Totally agree on the pod about not getting the desire to drop Tim Anderson . . . despite hitting .232 right now, he’s 8-for-8 on SB (including a couple steals of third) and rocking an 11+% walk rate in the early going. If we play the fun game of “Prorate!”, he’s currently on pace for 32 HR and 86 SB. Cut that pace in half and it’s still beautiful. Hot take alert . . . projected AVG + lineup spot aside, what’s the difference between Trea and Tim, besides a history of doing this already in the MLB and the fact that Tim is a whopping 72 hours older?

    2. Completely unrelated to my Tim Anderson rant, I’m going to need to make some space for Delino and Schebler returning from the DL soon. What 2 guys get the cut?

    -Panik (primarily bench, to my taylor/kinsler/villar combo)
    -Longo (primarily bench – my corners are bellinger rhys devers)
    -David Peralta
    – Yonny Chirinos
    – Wacha (if he doesn’t improve against Reds tmrw)
    – Tropeano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      32/86! Yes! Haha… 2. Panik, Longo

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: It’s not going to happen, but how funny would that be. Ignoring proration, if he keeps the plate discipline when his average normalizes, it’s going to be pretty fun to see.

        Thanks on the drops.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup

  114. Play Ball says:
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    I have Brian McCann as my catcher in a standard, 5×5 season-long roto.

    Zunino comes off the DL soon as does Salvy. Both are FA in my league.

    Drop McCann for either of them? Which do you prefer for counting stats? Perez would be my guess…may also hit for better average.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  115. Filkarri says:
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    Drop Maeda for Stratton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  116. Jubaka says:
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    Would it be smart of me to trade away Votto, Giles, Andrew Miller, for k bryant and chapman.
    Or do you think I’ll need to add more like villanueva, or lamb, adsrubel, I mean if I can get that should I push it? he needs ave obp, really bad but he needs everything every categories really bad.. I’d think he needs this trade and for it to work out. He has 3 closers in a 12 team, and has Stanton with nobody else really, his best utility is reddick.

    • Jubaka says:
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      @Jubaka: it is a season long points league. Rotisserie style so everyday lineups.

    • Jubaka says:
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      @Jubaka: let’s say Votto, Giles, Miller, and either one of these adsrubel, villanueva, Lamb, Tim Anderson, Mazara, teoscer hern for K Bryant and chapman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try it

  117. hondo says:
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    1-
    For that last SP guy who might hang or get dumped for a streaming spot-

    Clevinger or Eduardo Rodriguez?

    I believe Christopher Walken had a quote about a future dead guy as “having the life expectancy of a housefly” in “At Close Range”.

    2-
    I’ve got parentheses,should I drop for commas and poor spacing due to eyesight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Clevinger 2. I would

  118. Humm Baby says:
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    You still like Rosario? Trying to be patient.. I assume hold Rosario over Teoscar or Schebler, who are both available on wire. My power has been non-existent so far with guys like Odor, Seager and Rendon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  119. Jubaka says:
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    Should I drop Trevor Williams or Pomeranz for stratton?
    I could keep Daniel Murphy on the dl and grab Stratton for now. It’s limited innings daily lineups season long points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, depends on matchups…Williams’ next one isn’t good

      • Jubaka says:
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        @Grey: you think Trevor would stay out there on waivers if I streamed stratton for a little while. I’m projected to go over the inning limit right now so benching Trevor once is fine, if it’s worth keeping him instead of getting Stratton. I mean Stratton is a streamer right? Trevor has the more potential and maybe better chance at better season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Likely, both are streamers

  120. Teufel v. Gott says:
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    12 team h2h redraft

    In a vacuum, Senzel or Sean Newcomb, which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Senzel

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Teufel v. Gott:

      Really good handle

  121. H says:
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    Would you start Aaron Sanchez today @Yankees? Tough matchup!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  122. Nightmare! says:
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    I need to drop one and i have a feeling i know what you’re going to say….

    Triggs, Skaggs, Liriano

    2) would u pick up CC Sabathia, tropeano, Estrada and drop one of the other 2 mentioned in question 1?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Triggs, Liriano — Trop, Estrada

  123. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    freeman is ok,should only miss a few games

    • Packers says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks, Al. My one team was just making a push when he got hurt. Hopefully he wears a guard of some type.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      THANK YOU LORDY!

  124. sdub says:
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    2 diff league questions

    a) Drop Franchy or Eduardo Rodriguez or another starter for Moncada? (5×5 roto – starters are Greinke, Ray, Bundy, Reynaldo Lopez, Stroman, Chase Anderson, Pivetta, Ed-Rod)

    b) Drop Matt Davidson for Moncada?

    c) Assuming I am holding Ed-Rod, do you play him tonight @LAA?

    thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Franchy B. Ok C. Meh

  125. Gotime says:
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    Eddie Rosario hit waivers, H2H weekly league would you drop any of Jo-Ma Conforto Giles Devinski or hold in this situation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  126. Matthew Lehman says:
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    what side in a 12 team 6×6 w/ ops

    Arenado + Peralta or Marte + Bregman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arenado

  127. vee says:
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    Freddie Phewman is okay. no fractures in the wrist.

    Free… that was a close one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES!

  128. Terrence Mann says:
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    Kris Bryant batting 3rd? Maddon out with the flu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  129. Jubaka says:
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    Haha I swear Yahoo writes there posts for the sole purpose of getting readers to make it come true from there faith. They can’t believe half of the crap they write. I mean some of these experts must have just the worst lineups.
    Pick up a guy because he was hot and is now cooling down.. or pick up a guy that only a 16 team would be looking at.. or ohh here’s a good one when a coach says something positive about a player that’s not doing well belive him.. I just always do the opposite of what they say and I do great because of it…
    like this kenly thing they say hes going to be fine, and stay there closer(which sounds a lot like what the Dodgers staff said). but then there’s always that chance.. to maybe pick up one of the 2 backups.. I find that laughable as advice. I picked up fields last nite! Watch because Yahoo said that I’m going to have an awesome closer for at least a month..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  130. Kyle Eberth says:
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    Trea Turner or Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea

  131. fletch f. fletch says:
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    Trade Mikolas for VV?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  132. Robert Glade says:
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    L Castillo and Miggy for W Myers
    which side?
    thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  133. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey,

    Are you dropping Senzel for O’Neil or Teoscar? Which one do you like most?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teoscar

  134. Wudaben says:
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    Looks like Happs heading to the bench to work on his swing. I’m going to have a tough choice to either drop one of Happ, Rosario or Mazara to pickup a replacement. I’m going to wait a few days to make a decision but who would you drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  135. Jubaka says:
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    What should I offer for a closer he has Doolittle, or Chapman I’m looking at.. you think villanueva, Lamb, adsrubel, or Mazara is a good deal for one…
    My only relievers, are Kela, Miller, giles,Madison, fields.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Jubaka: doolittle price will be cheaper,try villanueva while he is hot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Doolittle

      • Jubaka says:
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        @Jubaka: shite I can explain my question right.. maybe the 2 [email protected]Grey: What about the two worst players on that list for doo.. is that too bad. Who would they be? I need power most, he needs ave obp,really bad, and all other hit categories really bad but ave and obp more…
        I could add Giles on my side to sweeten the pot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure what you’re asking

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with AL

      • Jubaka says:
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        @Grey: thanks it’s scaredy though cause I’m almost getting attached to him.. lamb or v il as my first offer.

      • Jubaka says:
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        @Grey: I meant he looks desperate and anyone of these guys is way better then waivers.. He has a great team but needs something to fill in until his guys heat up, plus he needs a utility.. outfielder too.. That’s why I said vil.. But for the better deal in my favor to get could get doo doo little you’d still say v il. Nah right.. Mazara if I can push it right.. or lamb. They get r.b.i but the homers I need most. You say I should try getting doo and dump the worst player or 2 players on that list for doo.

  136. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    giles back has been hurt and is getting worse

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s so frustrating

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Time to up my Devinski bid!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  137. Bebop says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Who do you prefer Mallex Smith or Michael Taylor?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor

  138. H says:
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    How would you rate these guys? V Velasquez, Newcombe, Skaggs, Matz, Stratton? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on matchups — Newcomb, VV

  139. Oppo Taco says:
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    F-Her/Justin Turner for Greinke? Is it close? 5×5 roto
    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke

  140. Fogimon says:
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    Drop JMontgomery for VV or Stratton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      VV

  141. Fogimon says:
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    Y.Gurriel, R.Zimmerman, or Teoscar ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

  142. OaktownSteve says:
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    Trade Albies, Acuna and Miggy Cabrera for a top 5 closer, high end OF2 (maybe in the Upton range) and a CI who ranks below Cabrera. Trade got rejected. Pieces are fit for both teams. Is the talent close here?

    • Fogimon says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Really difficult to evaluate a trade without having names

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Fogimon:

        I didn’t think it would be that hard. Just didn’t seem cool to out the other owner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, is there only one side here? I don’t follow

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I would trade Acuna, Albies and Cabrera. I didn’t give the actual names of the players in the return but they are (were) a top 5 closer, an OF2 and a CI who is a 4-5 round drop off from Cabrera.

        • Fogimon says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Your top 5, Grey’s top 5, CBS’s top 5? OF2 according to who? 4-5 rounds in whose draft!?

          Are you afraid of not getting your Chinese food delivered?

          “He name name!” -Seinfeld

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Fogimon:

            Maybe you’re over thinking it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agree with Fogimon, hard to follow without names… I’d personally love Acuna and Albies for a closer and a Lorenzo Cain type, then Miggy to lower Miggy sounds like whatever

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            See you followed it. I felt like it was lopsided against me but it fits my roster really well. But no go.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Anything to get Albies and Acuna…I might give someone a top 20 bat for that combo

  143. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H auction redraft league. Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    Drop Shane Greene, Hector Neris, Trevor Williams, Miles Mikolas, or Michael Wacha to pick up Cesar Hernandez?

    C: Yasmani Grandal
    1B: Josh Bell
    2B: Chris Taylor
    3B: Matt Chapman
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Eddie Rosario
    UTL: Tim Anderson
    DL: Jake Lamb

    P: Brad Boxberger
    P: Fernando Rodney
    P: Shane Greene
    P: Aroldis Chapman
    P: Hector Neris
    SP: Clayton Kershaw
    SP: Max Scherzer
    Bench: Sean Manaea
    Bench: Mike Foltynewicz
    Bench: Miles Mikolas
    Bench: Eduardo Rodriguez
    DL: Luiz Gohara

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need a bench bat? Mikolas I guess

      • Savoy Special says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: maybe. I’m thinking to roster an additional 2B for when Rosario faces a LHP or if Chris Taylor faces the Scherzers of the world.

        Also, Cesar’s BB/K rate 15/18 is ridiculous right now while Chris Taylor’s BB/K rate is 3/22. What is up with Chris Taylor? =/ I know he’ll heat up but the 3 walks is concerning when you think about how often he’s K’ing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a sample size of 2 weeks

      • Savoy Special says:
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        @Grey: I might drop T Williams. he’s @ Philly next and then the Cards at home.

        I’m a fan of Mikolas a.k.a The Lizard King. I love the strikeout-to-walk ratio, command mixed with the 96 MPH heat, I think his best is yet to come and he has the Reds up next this weekend

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine

  144. Fogimon says:
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    Smell the Odor as soon as he is activated, or open an window & wait until it starts smelling good?

    Cesar Hernandez currently filling in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  145. crimedog says:
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    Man, my decision to go with Alvarez over Leonys Martin looks DANDY!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  146. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    DeJong and Timmy Anderson are neck-and-neck in horrific plate discipline. And I own both! Who do you like more to improve as the year goes on? I can’t justify both on the same team. Am I DeWrong to drop DeJong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  147. ERad says:
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    Detroit scores 12 runs – checks box score – Castellanos 0-4. FML.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  148. Jack says:
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    Gleyber ETA? Hold him or drop for Teoscar?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Jack: anyones guess,none of the coaches will tip thier hat on him Acuna,Senzel or others,could be tomorrow,could be a month or more if anyone is struggling

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe 2 – 3 weeks

  149. Terrence Mann says:
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    On the plus side for Cobb, he brought his ERA down over a point and a half today.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Terrence Mann:

      That leg kick looks particularly stupid when you’re getting pinataed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  150. jon says:
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    Kyle Seager, Matt Carpenter and Dylan Bundy for Archer and devenski,… 10 team QS Keeper league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer

  151. vee says:
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    patiently waiting for STL to pinch hit Tyler O’Neill.. expecting a dinger

    dude is hyoooooge

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jacked!

  152. Joe Beisbol says:
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    I only have one add left this week. Who is my add and who do I drop to make it happen? I can add (and thanks!):
    A) A blah 2B like Villar, Peraza, or Flaherty to replace Zobrist
    B) Teoscar
    C) Tim Anderson for steals (despite being meh overall)
    D) Velazquez

    12-Team, Yahoo, H2H, 5×5 Redraft League
    C – Ramos
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Zobrist
    3B – Sano
    SS – Machado
    OF – Stanton/Dickerson/Cespedes
    Util – Cain
    Bench – Gurriel, Murphy (DL)
    SP – Darvish, Berrios, Corbin,Richards, Roark, R.Lopez, Samardzija
    RP – Davis, Morrow, Soria, Strickland, Hader

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      VV over Lopez

  153. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    A couple interesting trade offers in my keep-5 12-team H2H (obp/ops) league that I’m looking to repeat my championship in . . .

    1. His non-keeper Thor for my non-keeper Marte or $13 Upton
    2. His Thor for my Acuna ($15) and Deshizz.

    Given my team roster (below), I have a surplus of legit bats that I won’t be able to all start, so I’m leaning towards finding a way to get Thor if it makes sense. I love my current staff, but it’s a huge benefit to have more SP starts in any given week than your opponent, so I usually only try to hold 1 bench bat.

    C – Grandal
    1B – Rhys ($5 keeper)
    2B – Albies ($8 keeper)
    3B – Machado
    SS – Tim Anderson
    OF – Trout
    OF – Upton ($13 keeper)
    OF – Marte
    UTL – Gallo ($5 keeper, should be great in OBP format)

    Bench: Acuna ($15), Hanley ($5), JoMart ($5), Deshields ($5)

    Pitching – Severino ($4), Nola ($5), Morton, Godley, J Gray, Lopez, Junis, Streamer, 3 closers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are fair, I’d do 1 if I needed pitching which it does not seem like you do

  154. OaktownSteve says:
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    There is a very strong possible that peak Happ occurred on the very first pitch of the MLB season.

    Great to see Baez in the coveted two hole. Good to see Rizzo in any hole.

    • crimedog says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Good to see Rizzo playing and not sitting on a bench in a park feeding pigeons talking to the air about how he use to be able to hit a ball over dem mountains.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: we need to get that kid a copy of max dugan returns and Charlie Lau’s Art of Hitting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope not

  155. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Candelario giving me the batty call of my dreams in many leagues today…Pedro Alvarez, not so much.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @MattTruss: Nice. I thought about Candy in the FCL, but left him for you because I liked Moreland’s BVP. Also picked up Chris Davis on a couple teams.

    • Cram It says:
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      @MattTruss: How about Candelario AND Martin. Boom. Oh but Luke Weaver :/

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Amazeballs…I played Luke in a league too, wind blowing in, figured I was safe, oh well, just a H2H league.

        • Cram It says:
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          @MattTruss: Yup, had him on the bench until I saw a 13-15 MPH wind blowing in. He got singled to death.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice batty call!

  156. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I own Acuna on (mumble) teams. Decided to lose 1 share. Offered him to 1 team for Baez and another for Mikolas. Both rejected. My offers are never accepted unless I overpay (like Cano and Cespedes for EE).

    The one did counter with Mikolas and Wacha for Bryant, but I managed to resist.

    Earlier someone did offer me Cruz, Rendon, and Godley for a couple of closers. I felt bad about this, so I threw in Moustakas, who has hit .436 with 4 homeruns in the 9 games with his new team. My guys, not so much.

    I might have to stick to no-trade leagues in the future.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Damn, someone rejected Mikolas for Acuna? That’s crazy talk!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @MattTruss: Yeah, some people don’t play the prospect game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I’ve been there… I traded for Tanaka and he couldn’t pitch vs. Marlins

  157. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Double dipping today. I need a short-term fill-in for Murphy at 2B. Thinking I should try and sell high on Roark, given what you said above (and I agree, his BABIP is way low). Which of these do you think I should offer Roark for as a fair trade: Cesar Hernandez, LeMaheiu, Kinsler, Merrifield, C.Taylor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Merrifield, better make it fast

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey: Just in case Merrifield owner says no, any others you’d trade Roark for?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ask again after it’s declined

          • Joe Beisbol says:
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            @Grey: Yay! An excuse to bug Grey! (Again). I’ll even make it rhyme next time. Hey!

  158. H says:
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    I’m thinking of cutting bait on Albers. I’m wanting to take a chance on a RP that will possibly take over closing duties. Who do you think will take over sooner? Thank you!

    Romo, Minter, Reed, or Fields? Or other???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albers is best bet for saves out of those names

  159. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Freeman starting today

    • Cram It says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Hear comes Matt Harvey, up and in!

    • Cram It says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: *Here comes Matt Harvey, up and in!

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Cram It: honestly with the velocity increase from 85-90 to 93-100 over the years batters number one set up with thier elbows in the strike zone,and number two they start thier swing way earlier to compensate for the velocity ,today people love offense,thats why we all turned our heads during the steroid era and now days if a pitcher does what Bob gibson did,by drilling a guy crowding the plate or cheating on his swing they kick the pitcher out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  160. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Just checked lineup. Freddie Freeman is starting today. The thought of possible months missed to the relief of a few games missed… to him only missing a couple of at bats. What a difference 14 hours makes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  161. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey Grey and Razzballers,
    I’m not smart enough to stay on top of all the fancy hitting analytics, so I’m glad you are!
    There’s nothing to be scared of with Bellinger, right?

    The avg and runs look great. a safe buy, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buy

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Worm Burner: i would,obviously the power is there

  162. Jubaka says:
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    I screwed up my comments up there.. I’m just not sure how the reply works..
    So can you list 3 guys you like best from this list best to worst..
    Villanueva, adsrubel, Mazara, Lamb, Tim anderson, Teoscer.
    I may offer the better for doo little, or the worst and Giles for Doo. Or the two worst for doo, it is a keeper league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson, Mazara, Lamb

  163. Happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team, H2h, 6×6. Who you got ROS between Odor when he comes off DL or Teoscer?

    • Happyharry says:
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      Also, Your expert opinion on ROS Odor or Cesar Hernandez?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Odor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  164. Ben says:
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    Move limit, keeper, Roto 5×5 OBP league.

    I have Owings filling in at OF. Would you drop Owings to grab JBJ or L. Martin?

    Too early to pick up W.Calhoun in a keeper league and stash him? He may not come up until June, eh? Crazy considering the state of their OF I’m surprised he isn’t owned in my league I kind of want to jump on him before he’s gone.

    Also, drop either Ketel Marte or Eduardo Escobar for Almedys Diaz or hold? Also have Senzel who I could drop for any of the above mentioned players… ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t waste moves on these — Not too early

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: Yeah… all pretty marginal moves. Offense is doing nothing and they’re probably not going to help much haha. Itchy trigger finger. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  165. BigMoonThugPanda says:
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    Drop Yonny Chirinos for…

    Matz, Newcomb, Triggs or Hold.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Newcomb

  166. Nightpandas says:
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    Gray,

    The Franch man or Bader?

    Heaney or Stratton?

    Thanks boss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither oF is going to play full time…Bader…. Stratton

  167. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Leonys with another homer today. Scored three runs and knocked in four. Still trying to hit everything out of the park, but he has enough pop to make it work. 15-20 homers, 20-25 steals, .260ish average seems like a possibility. At least one of my late round targets looks like it’s working out.

    Really dodged one with Freddie, didn’t we?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, thankfully on Freeman…

  168. Swfcdan says:
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    Got Votto as part of a monster trade, so wouldn’t feel too bad selling low on him. Really worried though, as don;t see him getting anything to hit to allow him to come around in that train wreck lineup.

    Flip for E5? Any lower, Myers?

    • Jubaka says:
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      @Swfcdan: are you insane?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you want

  169. Keystone Blues says:
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    Desperate for a second baseman in OBP LG with not much to choose from. Harrison gone for 6 weeks and need to fill that spot with one of the below. Better sit down bc this is baaaaad

    Hernan (lefty’s only), Walker ( Torres on horizon and a log jam), Robertson ( does he have a job)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Keystone Blues: tthey get Sauerez back get Senzel up and Schebler coming back today might change things quite a bit,either way thats not a good move especialy in aveage and obp leagues

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: THIS IS FOR QUESTION ABOVE ABOUT VOTTO DUMP

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  170. Terrence Mann says:
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    Steamer seems to like Matz quite a bit more than you do. I thought Steamer went off Razzball projections. You just not like him as much as Rudy? What gives?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steamer does projections but not playing time… So Razzball/Steamer projections are taking Steamer and putting playing time to them… Then incorporating matchups for tools…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No correlation to my projections, I do my own

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey: Gotcha, thanks. Real world question, then. 2 start stream @STL and @ SD next week?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who?

          • Terrence Mann says:
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            @Grey: Matz

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Those matchups sound like push, one good, one bad

    • steamer is the skill foundation of the razzball ros projections. i like matz’s talent. if he’s healthy and can throw all his pitches, he could be great. got super burned by him last year (both his IP and how he pitched) so no shares this year but can see him as the high-upside last SP on my roster.

  171. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    The Cards have scored on a wild pitch, an error, a fielder’s choice, a bases-loaded HBP, and a bases-loaded walk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taking what’s given to them!

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      @VinWins: Sounds like the answer to a shizz trivia question.

  172. Alex says:
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    Just offered Hanley and Polanco for Starling Marte. Needing runs, OBP, and steals.

    Thoughts on fairness?

    I have Rizzo at first, and Blackmon, Davis, Benitendi as 3 starting OF. Hanley and Polanco were FA pickups who have been rotating in and out of my lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally fair

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Alex: It’s fair, but if you need runs and steals, why would you deal Marte?

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Big Magoo: Sorry, misread. If you’re looking to acquire Marte there, that’s a good move.

    • Jubaka says:
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      @Alex: I got Drafted matte for $20 and it looks like he is on pace to repeat history. Twas the best $20 I ever spent in a 12 team… 20 homer 40 steals is a bit of a stretch to hope for, but not really it just might happen… long term affect marte side has better value.

      • Alex says:
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        @Jubaka: Thanks everybody. We’ll see. I really think I’m dangling a nice carrot.

  173. Jubaka says:
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    #1 do you think offering Mazara, and adsrubel for Chapman is too much to offer or not enough..
    #2do you think Mazara and Tim Anderson is too much for chapman..
    Keeper league.. and my guys can be kept for whatever the Yahoo or ESPN auction prices were at this season’s start. I think $5 For each maybe $10 for mazara. Which is cheap if he doubles his runs scored and ups his average compared to his last seasons.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither are enough likely

      • Jubaka says:
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        @<a yeah I didn't think so it's really dumb how hard he's holding on to doolittle.. with the situation at hand… if you could see the league and our rosters it would give you ulsers.. He's on pace to lose after the first 30 days. He could turn it all around by getting some players at least a player to fill in and then as a quality utility player.. his pitching is awesome but sell one Kelvin, Chapman, Doolittle. Especially when you will lose all because you think Stanton and whoever else I saw Ramirez , santana.. if you keep starting them with no waiver options and no bench options… you have to sell doo doo, or one of them for Mazara, Anderson, vil, adsrubel, teoscer, Lamb a combo of them something.. it's insane.. I'm good I just need a closer and I'd be set until I lose a closer.. But I'm so well off I'm not scared of being 5th in saves.

  174. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Ohtani is in the lineup and hitting 6th today. Against a fairly tough lefty in E-Rod. With a pretty significant blister on his pitching hand. The Sciosciapath strikes again.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Big Magoo: ha,go figure

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: Scioscia is such a boob

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that…50/50 odds it opens his blister completely and he can’t pitch for a month

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: The Angels might make the wild card game, and even the ALDS in spite of their manager. Feel bad for their fans. Wasting Trout’s prime away.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If they make the Wild Card it’s in spite of their team minus Trout

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Upton, Simmons, Kinsler, Richards, Ohtani, Calhoun, Skaggs, Cozart. Even Maldonado is one of the better defensive catchers in the league. Pretty strong roster outside of the bullpen, even when excluding Trout. They’re spinning their wheels with Scioscia though.

            • Grey

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              Mileage varies on some of those guys, but I can’t imagine anyone saying, the Angels are gonna be tough to beat in the playoffs with Skaggs and Richards, and how about that Kinsler and Calhoun

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: Kinsler’s a borderline hall of famer who was still pretty good in a down year. Richards has some of the best stuff in baseball. Legit top of the rotation arm. Calhoun would be the 2nd best outfielder on a lot of teams. Think you’re selling some of these guys short. As a fan of the game, I’d just like to see Trout on the big stage in October.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hear ya, I would like to see Trout on the big stage too, anything that helps baseball is good with me… Ohtani in October would be cool too…

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Big Magoo: some LAA “writer” inferred that otani’s “blister” was just them trying to save face for him being shitty in most recent start. not saying this is true, but there’s some LA press at least going that way.

      • Big Magoo

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        @The Harrow: It’s possible. I believe that something was bothering him though. Watched his start against the Sox, and his velo was perfectly fine, but couldn’t throw any of his secondaries for strikes. Splitter was especially off.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Big Magoo: yeah heard the splitter was completely off AND his high heat was all over the damn place (near heads in some instances). the blister actually makes objective sense (or some other injury)

  175. Mr. Peabody says:
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    Donaldson and Solarte for Aroldis. Which side ya got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aroldis

  176. Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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    this site right here is the best shirt site ever, has a billion pages of just simpsons shirts. other stuff too, if this company was out in the 90’s they’d be billionaires.

    https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirts?query=simpsons

    they’re on sale for like the next 9 hours and it appears you get 15% off your first offer as well. i’m getting at least the “no one suspects the butterfly (bart)” and nuke the whales.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  177. nick the smooth dick says:
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    Hmmm what should I make for dinner tonight. Thinking meatloaf cuz I’m sure in the mood for some Ground Chuck!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, takin’ it to the grill, baby!

  178. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hey, Greg Holland made it into a game in a Save situation! Yeah, for the Cubbies. When does this guy turn things around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May?

    • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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      @Yankee My Wanky!: looked fine today, if he keeps doing that it’ll probably be like grey said due to matheny, but he’ll actually be fine if he gets another 2 good innings in a row.

  179. Corey says:
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    Blake Treinen or Bud Norris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Treinen

  180. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey et al,
    Still looking to upgrade 1B. Couple of potential deal. Which one do you like better for me? Pretty sure I can land Smoak for Jose Martinez. Guy is a huge cardinals fan. Other one would be Thames/Devenski for Myers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoak is fair other deal is not good

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Not good for me or the other guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You

          • Dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            Sorry. I meant if be dealing Thames/devenski for myers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, I’d take Myers

  181. cyler8 says:
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    I have up to 2 spots open to stream tomorrow. Here is who is available. Thoughts?

    Sonny Gray vs Toronto
    Jake Junis vs Detroit
    Wacha vs Cincinnati
    Lance Lynn vs Tampa Bay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is anyone home?

      • cyler8 says:
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        @Grey: Gray and Wacha are home. Other 2 are away.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wacha, Lynn

          • cyler8 says:
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            @Grey: Ok sounds good. For my knowledge. I have a subscription to stream o nator. Normally I would pick the highest dollar value. Thus Gray and Lynn. Is there something I am missing in stream o nator to not pick Gray? Or is it more of a gut thing for you?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s been a little wonky and in Coors is scary, I’d sit him for that start

              • nick the smooth dick says:
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                @Grey: Sonny Gray, son. No Coors….but still fuck Sonny

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, my b

                  • nick the smooth dick says:
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                    @Grey: Going up to Yankee tomorrow to watch him ruin my night. Calling a Giancarlo dong for us tho!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Get two dongs for us, please

                  • nick the smooth dick says:
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                    @Grey: double penetrate the stands

                  • cyler8 says:
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                    @Grey: So still a no for Sonny

  182. Play Ball says:
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    Standard 5×5 season-long roto. Possible trade in play where I give up Ozuna and Weaver for Judge. I think Weaver is replaceable. Also, there’s a 200 games started max in my league and having seven starters has me above the pace. Do you like this deal?

    Current roster

    C B. McCann
    1B Freeman / Abreu
    2B Schoop / Merrifield
    3B Moustakes
    OF Trout / Ozuna / Springer / Pollock / Buxton / Acuna
    SP Klubot / Severino / Bauer / Quintana / Corbin / Godley / Weaver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

      • Play Ball says:
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        Good…does it improve my roster/stats?

        Would you trade Ozuna/Weaver for Judge if you were me? I seek Grey Matter’s wisdom.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  183. Nightpandas says:
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    Kershaw Smershaw

    Charlie Morton….SP1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Nightpandas: agree,love him,have him in 2 keeper leagues

    • Robpopp says:
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      @Nightpandas: note though that he’s faced, in runs scored so far, the #18 padres, #20 mariners, #21 rangers, and #22 orioles

  184. Syllogism says:
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    Hey Grey one …

    I’m late to the comment party – par for the course though. Liking your twisted take on things, once again.

    Dynasty league … H2H …. 6×6 (OBP, SLG, HR, R, RBI, SB) (W, SV, K, WHIP, ERA, K/BB). 12 hitters, 11 pitchers, 7 bench. Keep 26, draft 4.

    I’m 1B-choked … miggy, morales, gurriel (stifling of groans, appreciated) for 2 slots (1B, CI … lots of options which keep UTIL crowded).

    My MI … Asdrubal, Dixon “Beast” Machado, Merrifield, Asuaje to fill 2B, SS, MI.

    My only 2 3B options … Longoria, Asdrubal. (ok .. and panda … but .. panda).

    2 possible trades I’m pursuing …

    1) my gurriel for his zach cozart (essentially straight up)
    2) my gurriel + danny duffy + 3rd … for … his cozart + alex wood + 4th

    Both offers seem pretty fair. In my position would you prefer the 1:1 or the 2:2?

    Advice gratefully appreciated. :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1. Nah 2. Meh… I don’t like Duffy or Wood, but I like Wood more (hey now!)

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Grey: lolz … we all like wood more. :P

        He’s asking for gurriel + ?? for cozart.

        I like cozart, the trade would unblock 1B for me, but cozart’s 2017 sticks out from the rest of a pretty well established MLB career like … well … a wooden thumb.

        I see regression from 2017 in my opaque crystal ball. ‘m pretty sure give the grandfather corps I have at 1B, one will like be out/resting/DL/napping for stretches over the course of the season.

        Do you see cozart really worth a gurriel plus more stuff? I

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gurriel for Cozart is a push, sound be just that if you want him

      • Syllogism says:
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        @Syllogism: @Grey: @Grey:

        My other SS-chasing option might be my Adam Eaton for Eduardo Nunez.

        Good? Bad? Indifferent?

        merci

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Indifferent

  185. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. goldie/taylor for springer/smoak?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer, fair tho

  186. Pb&J says:
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    I’m still hunting for a 2b. What do you think of my Tanaka for his Schoop? This league is OPS with Ks as a negative category.

    Thanks, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop side

  187. The Fifth Girl says:
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    @Grey:

    Damming. Again posting too early and accidentally using my name. Gah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exposed!

  188. Nathan says:
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    First year playing fantasy baseball, and thanks to this site I feel like I have an excellent chance at winning. Recently, some questionable trades were accepted and I was wondering what the etiquette was for vetoing ones that are too one-sided. I don’t want to make it into a big deal, but I don’t think its fair to dump all the good players a team has to someone else with little in return.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bad trades suck, but I don’t believe in vetoing…

  189. Mr. Peabody says:
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    Jupton for Aroldis. Who ya got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  190. Jubaka says:
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    Can you pick 2 for possible saves.. Gregerson,fields,nishek,leone, Arano, romo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fields, Romo

  191. Syllogism says:
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    @Grey:

    thanks muchly for all da responses amigo!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  192. bobbo says:
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    Think Manaea is a sell high? Thinking of trying to bundle him with a decent bat to get more power. Just curious if you think he’s destined for a major correction or not. Obviously can see him coming down to earth a bit but I guess the question is how much. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you can get

      • bobbo says:
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        @Grey: fair enough. You think he’s a top 40 SP rest of the way? Top 20?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could be

  193. Peter Rabbit says:
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    Trade Matt Chapman for clevinger? I have rendon, Bregman , Villanueva and lamb as other 3b already on my team .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  194. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    With Ohtani DHing, Pujols should gain 1B eligibility on ESPN tonight! Hanley got it a couple days ago and Dee now has 2B and OF. Very useful.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  195. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I gotta admit – it’s nice to see hot pitchers that you don’t own, like Weaver and Taillon, come back down to Earth a bit. Still waiting for Morton’s supply chain to get cut off though.

    • nick the smooth dick says:
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      @Big Magoo: How dare you Magoo! Ground Chuck don’t serve no meatballs!

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @nick the smooth dick: Something stinks. Morton’s has substituted rat meat for cow and nobody’s caught on yet.

        • nick the smooth dick says:
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          @Big Magoo: *sniffs, checks for color oxidation* Eh, looks prime choice to me.

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @nick the smooth dick: Averaging 91-92 throughout his 20s to averaging 95+ well into his 30s. It’s like combining some McDonald’s patties and transforming it into a prime filet. I’d like USADA to do some sniffing…

            • nick the smooth dick says:
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              @Big Magoo: Ha yeah always had that curve and sink, now with 95-97 and limiting walks dude looks grass fed….or hormone injected

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, little schadenfreude, eh?

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Lil bit

  196. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. who do you like between schoop and dejong? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  197. Ben says:
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    Do you like Leonys, Cron, or Panik for a util spot? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  198. philip lutz says:
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    You have to be effing me man! Teoscar is going back to minors after the praising and recommending? Holy beejeezus!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

  199. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Zimmerman or Matt Chapman?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

  200. Gotime says:
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    Getting trade offers for my Albies in a H2H 5×5 weekly redraft (QS not wins).
    Is Ablies and one of my: Carrasco, Bauer, Wood, Corbin too much to give away to get Bellinger? I own Freeman / Rizzo at 1 / 2B.. feels like I’d take a hit. What you say Grey…

    • Gotime says:
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      @Gotime: Albies, thanks keyboard…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  201. Brett says:
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    Grey

    You think Torres comes up soon? Do you see the yanks that concerned about super 2 they always have $.

    Thanks

  202. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h with OPS and BAA
    Scherzer for Bellinger and C-Mart (or Lester)?

    • Bobbo says:
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      @Bobbo: basically I need power. I have Castillo, Ray, Manaea, Taillon, Gausman, E-Rod, Montgomery, and some streamers. I think I can spare scherzer for a keeper level power bat. Who should I target besides Bellinger if that’s not a decent option?

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Bobbo: Stanton

        • AL KOHOLIC says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC: i like C Mart and Bellinger

  203. Lucky Dog says:
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    Brinson’s 1st two extra base hits of the season.

    Gotta love baseball.

  204. Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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    it’s son of brin recollection time, and he’s been dropped in many many leagues by now (even i did in one, for andujar (a dynasty))

  205. Robert says:
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    Drop Alfaro for Cervelli?

  206. Barker says:
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    12 team h2h

    I give hamels and gyorko
    I get ryan Zimmerman and grandal

    My C – hedges
    My 2b,3b,1b – gordon, abreu, chris taylor , rendon , maikel franco, baez, gallo,
    My sp – bauer , c martinez, lucchesi, stroman , luis castillo

    Would drop hedges for another starter or reliever?

    • Barker says:
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      @Barker: would pick up melancon, wacha , ed rodriguez, domingo Santana or foltyniewicz

      Leaning santana

  207. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    I like them all but I need to drop one of the following: Zimmer, Choo, Teoscar, Villanueva, Gurriel, or Kepler.

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: also could drop Happ or Cozart.

  208. LeftCoastYankee says:
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    Vince Velasquez or Miles Mikolas?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @LeftCoastYankee: matchups unless Mikolas gets hot

  209. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    1. Saves and holds league. H2H league so immediate impact not a concern. Long term focus. Would you drop any of these folks for Holland who surprisingly hit the wire:
    Devenski, Treinen, Brach, Strickland, Melancon

    2. Semien, Odor, Diaz, or Delino? My team hits for average, steals bases but lacks power. Ks are a category so a bit worried about Odor and Semien’s strikeout ratios. Who would you count on to contribute long term?

  210. Dau Tranh says:
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    Hader or Ottavino?

    • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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      @Dau Tranh: hader

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Sinkhole Demayo: if saves your after hader might get a few but even if knebels comeback gets derailed he probably will only get 6-10 saves rest of year,And if knebel comes back good Hader only gets 3-4 rest of year but if something happens to davis then you get a top 5-10 reliever in ottavio,,you want to gamble or not either way u get great numbers

  211. john says:
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    Need to make room for Pomeranz off the DL tomorrow. In a 12 team, H2H league. Looking for suggestions on who to drop. Current closers are Giles, Hand, Green — relevant because I have two other bullpen guys but my league doesn’t count holds (only a save league). Anyways, who should I drop?

    Addison Reed, Carl Edwards Jr, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Mikolas, Wacha

    • The Harrow says:
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      @john: green or edwards, or wait and see if/when giles gets his DL

      • john says:
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        @The Harrow: Thought about that but the issue is I’m trying to match IP with my opponent. Letting Giles hit DL means I lose Pomeranz’s start.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @john: then green

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @john: Edwards and Wacha for me

      • john says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: Yea, I ended up dropping edwards. It hurt though, 18Ks in 9 innings…ugh…I’ll probably pick him back up if Wacha or Mikolas blow their next start

  212. Regan says:
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    I heard Rich Hill hurt his finger while digging for gold in his own butthole. May be just a rumor, who can say..sounds plausable to me! All my starters are killing me except my boy Verlander. I have a serious man crush on that hunk of awesomeness! I wish i would have gone all in with on Bauer and Corbin. The worst part about this game is the second guessing! The only thing i got right this year was anchoring my teams with Verlander and drafting the tripple MR combo of Green, Hader, Edwards. But like you said, it’s just 3 weeks, or more like 2 with all the rainouts and off days, so stay the course and don’t do anything stupid, like drafting Giles, Parker and Melencon on most of your teams. Who’s rankings were i using anyways? Some really high guy? No wonder you leave that part to someone else. FCk closers! But to end this self therapy wahfest on a positive note, TEOESCAR is the shit! Whoever wrote that last article on the FAAB pickups that convinced me to go hard on him i am eternally grateful. Great call! Rotowire said to bid 0 on their FAAB report. I guess that’s why they suck and Razzball Rules!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Regan: giles hasn’t been bad nor had you any reason to know he was injured when you drafted him. melancon, yes you knew that, parker was cheap enough anyway such that you shouldn’t be worried about it.

  213. john says:
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    New question: Sano vs Villanueva going forward

    (Sano is murdering me in Ks and OBP. Villanueva won’t sustain his pace but will Sano stop missing everything?)

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @john: sano’s batting line suggests nothing weird about his average. his BB’s could go up, and that would help of course. we’re just lucky somebody got intimidated enough or paid off enough so he’s not suspended or in jail.

  214. Chris B says:
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    Lindor, C arlos Santana

    for

    Votto, Swanson, Filler

    16 team ROTO, thoughts?

  215. Dan mansoor says:
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    Who would you rather have ROS in a H2h points league. Swanson or teoscar. Could drop Trevor Williams kela Jordan Montgomery jack flaherty cargo aswell. Thanks!

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