The national budget isn’t the only thing that’s strained in DC, Ryan Zimmerman is headed to the DL with an ab strain.  This was an injury that originally happened in Spring Training and now it looks like the ab has taken out a *pinkie to mouth* restraining order.   Zimmerman always seemed like such a good boy, who knew he had a bad side?  For those baby boomers in the audience, Robert Zimmerman is Dylan and Ryan Zimmerman is illin’.  For those housewives reading on, Ryan’s owners whine of choice is Zimm-for-DL.  Yeah, that pun is a worse strain than his.  So now that this strain has resurfaced, it makes me think the Nats are going to let it heal for a lot longer than 15 days to make sure there’s no more relapses.  Worse, if they don’t play it safe and rush him back in two weeks, he could reinjure himself and be out for another few weeks.  (Something that could, unfortunately, happen anyway.)  All in all, it’s a good day to not own Zimmerman.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Alexi Ogando – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  A…O…A’ight!  BTW, do you know Tony Danza’s blood type?  It’s AO.  Watch out, Catskills, here comes Grey!  Another great start for the converted outfielder.  It’s been a while since the Rangers let an outfielder take the mound (see Jose Canseco) but it’s paid off big.  Looks like Tommy Hunter has been Pipp’d!  Ogando did leave in the 8th with a recurring blister.  It’s something to watch.  Not literally, unless you’re in the same room as him.

Justin Verlander – 9 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Rudy’s Cy Young pick held down the dangerous Texas offense.  If the Tigers could’ve scored a few runs and Verlander had more than 4 Ks, it would’ve warranted more exclamatory punctuation.

Andrew BaileyA’s said he should be back in a few weeks.  So his ETA for getting hurt again is approximately a few weeks and a day.

Rajai Davis – To the 15-day DL with an ankle injury.  You never hear about cankle injuries.  You goofed, God, cankles are more durable.

Sam Fuld – 4-for-6 with two doubles, a triple and a homer to complete The Hungry Man cycle.  The 30-year-old AAAA Cub OF has become a Bear since he moved to Tampa.  He’s now stolen 5 SBs on the year and hit his first bomb today.  Don’t drop anyone too valuable for him, but you’ve got to ride his hot streak.

Jeremy Hellickson – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (5 walks), 1 K.  Hellickson didn’t have his ‘A’ stuff.  Wasn’t quite his Triple-A stuff either.  Didn’t matter since the Rays bats finally made it through customs.

Matt Joyce – 1-for-6, batting third.  Would’ve been nice if he had a big game to justify him staying in the lineup, but that’s A Portrait of the Unqualified Hitter in the Three Hole from Joyce.

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-2 with a triple and Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a triple as the grounds crew at Fenway moved third base on top of second.

Edinson Volquez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks with more first inning shenanigans.  The Reds might consider letting Volquez pitch batting practice to the Reds before his starts.

Chris Heisey – 1-for-4 with his 1st homer as he hit leadoff.  Dusty thinks Oh-Bee-Pee is that movie theater candy that stick in your teeth, but I still wouldn’t be surprised if Stubbs sits a lot more if he doesn’t start hitting.

Jonny Gomes – Now has a homer in back-to-back games.  Not quite as hot as Jennifer Connelly going back-to-back in Requiem for a Dream, but not bad.

Jonathan Herrera – 2-for-4, now 7 for his last 10 with steals in back-to-back games.  Shouldn’t last but in deep enough leagues, I’d definitely take a look.  (Note: As I wrote that, WordPress told me, “You do not have permission to do that.”  Take that as you want.)

Seth Smith – 3-for-4 with a steal.  Right now, The Lisper’s Nightmare is playing every day vs. righties and hitting .367.

Mike Pelfrey – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Probably the last time I’m going to repeat myself on this topic so head’s up to those of youse who weren’t paying attention for the last three months.  Ixnay on the Elfreypay.

Mark Buehrle – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 1 K.  Isn’t it funny — which naturally means this is completely unfunny — how Buehrle throws a perfect game or near-perfect game a few times a year then is totally mediocre the rest of the year?

Matt Thornton – 1/3 IP with the blown save, but the tying run was unearned, so there’s the junebug on the duck’s back or some other yokelism.  BTW, Juan Pierre has blown the last two Thornton blown saves.  He’s like the anti-DeWayne Wise.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Homer yesterday, now has 4 homers on the year.  A’la Cher from Clueless, “As….DRUBAL!”

Mitch Talbot – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Talbot has a 1.46 ERA on the year, Indians are 8-2 and a pig just flew by my window.  And the pig was wearing a lovely Hawaiian muumuu from Talbot’s.

Tyler Chatwood – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Did they promote him from an Indiana high school?  (Hey, Hoosiers fans!)  He’s super young/raw/adjective and his last name sounds like a website you don’t want your significant other finding in your browser history.  I wouldn’t touch Chatwood at all this year in non-keepers, until he strings together a few weeks of quality starts.

Starlin Castro – 3-for-5, a steal and hitting .364.  He’s no As…DRUBAL!  But he’s doing his thang.  Or is it thing?

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  It’s time to worry that the extra innings last year are emphasizing the first syllable of his last name.

Pat Burrell – 2-for-2 with his 4th homer.  It’s Pat the Bat and he’s swinging, ladies.

Chone Figgins – It’s one thing when someone like Ryan Howard doesn’t hit their weight, but when it’s someone like Figgins it’s another thing.  Figgins left Monday night’s game early with a thumb bruise – early word is that it’s day-to-day but he probably warrants a stint on the Disgraceful List.

Matt Kemp – 1-for-2, 1 RBI and his 7th steal while batting .441!  New coach Davey Lopes is like the SB whisperer.  BTW, a friend went to Kemp’s party after the Dodgers opening night win at a club here in LA.  Two hours after the win, Kemp was standing on the bar with two champagne bottles flipped over, pouring into his mouth like he was a fountain.  I like it!  He’s playing loose!

Rafael Furcal – Broken thumb and he’s contemplating retirement.  Sounds like his dream of being a movie reviewer isn’t going to happen either.

Jon Rauch – Yesterday, Shawn Camp got to blow the game for the Jays.  Okay, not sure where Rauch was.  A pickup game with Mets pitcher, Chris Young?  Saving a kitten from the top of a skyscraper?  Picking coconuts?

Mat Latos – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Actually, he didn’t look that bad, but I still wouldn’t buy into him because of the excess innings from last year.  Also, I find it weird how I loved him last year and this year I watched him for about two innings and thought he was such a douche.  “Ooh, I’m Mat Latos and I’m yelling for Gomes to run faster on a home run.”  Perhaps if you stop giving them up, it won’t be a problem.  How’s dem apples?  Sour?

Orlando Hudson – 2-for-4, 2 steals.  He stole 4 bases in April of 2009 and only stole 4 more the rest of the year.  Yup.

Corey Patterson – 2-for-5 with a homer as he filled in for Rajai.  Looking for a guy that can give you an 0-for-35?  Look no further!  For a limited time only, Patterson might be a worthwhile fantasy add.

Milton Bradley – 2-for-4 with his first homer.  He’s still batting third and batty, in general.

Lance Berkman – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and 2 homers.  Welcome to the Cardinals, Guy Who Looks Like He Could Be the Host of Man vs. Food’s Father.

Kyle McClellan – 6 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  For my next trick, I will resurrect Steve Howe’s corpse and turn him into a Hall of Famer.  That’s what Dave Duncan said after yesterday’s game.

  1. Urban Achievers says:

    you were on point with this post, Grey. Third on top of second, LOL!
    ROFL. ;D

  2. ‘morning, Grey. I enjoyed the waiver post from yesterday – these one-off general advice posts you do occasionally are always helpful. Have you ever done one on the factors you take into consideration in setting a daily lineup? Do you look at who is hot? Who is playing in a friendly (or unfriendly) park? A player’s history against the opposing pitcher or team? Lefties vs. righties? Anyway, if there are any open column dates that might be worth posting.

    Now for a more traditional question: Who is worth more of a short-term flyer between Fuld, Herrera, and Patterson? This is in a 20-team roto league where SB, followed by AVE, are weak points.

  3. Juan Pierre is Fast says:

    Grey, which end of this trade would you take?
    Roy Halladay, Robinson Cano, Ryan Howard and Miguel Montero or Albert Pujols, Ben Zobrist, Josh Hamilton, and Victor Martinez.

  4. Jrock says:

    I bought into your Aaron Hill love and drafted him in 3 leagues as my starting 2 bagger, should I be worried yet or start saving up for your thank you present?!

  5. jordan says:

    I need another P and these are the top choices in my league as of today:

    Duensing, Carmona, Buehrle, Francis, Chen, Crow and Niemann.

    I could also take an RP, with Sipp still available.

    Any ideas?
    (Also, if I pick one of these guys up, who do you suggest I dump among P. Burjous, R. Raburn, K. Kia’aihue or R. Brignac?)


  6. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    I love what Asdrubal is doing, makes me proud to share the same first name *tear*

  7. jsp2014 says:

    I think the Jays were saving Rauch given that they burned through 6 RPs trying to protect a 7 run lead. if they went into extra innings, they might have had to pull a Scoscia and put Romero in there.

  8. Joe F says:

    I’m starting to give up on salty, what catcher can I pick up off the wire?

  9. Gambler says:

    Grey, how worried are you about Travis Snider after his 5-34 start? He hasn’t really hurt my team that much, because he did get a HR and 2 SB’s, but I’m in a hole to start this week. Would you should start Ben Francisco over him, or do you think Snider is still a good start?

  10. HldOnMgnolia says:

    Do I want Avila, Posada, Martin or Wieters at backstop?

  11. Steve says:

    And after all that, Volquez’s WHIP was but 1.00. Crazy shizz.

    And no mention of Dice-K? For Fantasy Razzball purposes of course.

    He’s the new Porcello. Yeah, I own him…

  12. Steve says:

    One more thing, Grey – you like Esmil Rogers @ the Mets?

  13. WDE05 says:

    Wow, I really lucked out on Furcal this weekend. Both he and Delmon Young were available on waivers. I put claims on both, but gave Young priority and landed him and missed on Furcal.

  14. seank says:

    @Enrique i’d take Herrera. he’s got a great approach and batting second in the rockies order. fuld is a matchup play. his home run was a Pesky’s Pole one. so if you need OF it’s fuld. MI it’s herrera

  15. knighttown says:

    Fuld, Seth Smith, Jonny Gomes or Milton Bradley in a 12 teamer?

  16. Tony says:

    Volquez- I love how he walks the bases loaded, then hits a batter to send in a run…. come on dude! you’re killing me! I will take the QS win tho… why does it take this guy an inning of shalacking every outting to get settled in!

  17. barker says:

    20 team league

    would you drop penny for lohse or wade davis ( both are coming off waivers ) which would u make the higher priority ??

    and i have the # 2 waiver spot obviously i should try to use it on freese ( who was inexplicably dropped ) before the pitchers — would drop dan johnson or joyce — current 3b is the craptastic cuddyer

    crossing my fingers for freese

  18. JT says:

    Hey, Grey:

    Would Kyle McLellan qualify as a must add in all leagues at this point? I missed out several good SP seasons from Cards junk before, and I kinda sorta want to enjoy that now.


  19. pubscout says:

    grey-trade werth for dunn? snider comes off my bench to fill in behind werth…

  20. Trick dad says:

    Please rank best 3 for the rest of the season: Rogers, beachy, zambrano, bumgarner, mcclellan, Ogando, masterson

    12 team h2h keeper, thanks!

  21. bensomi says:

    Grey…. Lisper’s Nightmare… I spit out my coffee this morning when I read that. You owe me a white dress shirt.

  22. Wilsonian says:

    Would you play Tabata over Bruce for the time being? Bruce Bruce needs the Ying Yang Twins to teach him how to “hit it” again…

  23. Jeff says:

    12 team, 5×5 roto keeper league. Big benches, but very limited FA pickups. We have 2 FA pickups to start the season and get another one every 3 weeks.

    Furcal was my SS. I have Brignac as my backup. Do I start him or do I use one of my FA pickups on one of these guys?

    Available SS’s – A. Sanchez, OCab, Janish, Carrol, Peralta, Bartlett

  24. Joe says:

    I’m in an OBP league and I have an extra bench spot for a hitter. Would you go with: A. Gordon, T. Hafner, or B. Fransisco?

  25. McBainus says:

    @Grey: I am torn with indecisiveness…help. I am carrying Thornton and Sale (as well as Broxton, Sean Burnett and Jon Rauch…as well as Frank Frank on the DL).
    I want to pick up Narveson. Do I drop Ryan Dempster or Sale to pick him up.
    Josh Johnson, J. Sanchez, Marcum, D. Hudson and I. Kennedy are my other 5 starters, btw.

  26. SwaggerJackers says:

    Gotta love waking up to see F-Her got pounded.

  27. Is Motte a better grab for saves than Peralta or Venters? I have Peralta but someone just dropped Motte (I’d use a waiver claim for him) and Venters is a free agent.

    It’s for a 20-team roto league where saves are at a premium.

  28. Dude says:

    Grey, another great column. Thanks.

  29. Grey, I’ve completely bought into Tabata, but the asking price from the owner is ridiculous (he’s asking for Ubaldo as part of a 2 for 2 trade). Do you think Abreu and his hot start will have similar numbers to Tabata – aka ~.300 AVG and 30+ SB?

  30. DKong says:

    Did you see the Sox Rays game? The strike zone was about 8 inches wide a 4 inches high. I’m surprised there weren’t more walks in the game. Hellickson didn’t look to bad just no where to throw the ball and get a strike call.

  31. Jake says:

    Hi Grey,

    A lot of ‘perts who will remain nameless have been voicing concerns about Gallardo’s K rate so far this year. I, for one, am just happy that he’s making it out of the 5th in fewer than 120 pitches. Time to test the waters or just a blip on the radar? I’m all in on YoGa this year.

  32. Wilson's Beard says:

    Sean Rodriguez or Danny Espinosa?

  33. Just Another Steve says:

    Sadly, death is not an option: Garland or Carmona?

  34. Joel says:

    Grey: 6×6 h2h league with ops. for the rest of the year, would u rather have Torrriii Hunter or Granderson?


  35. Commish Cauda says:

    Pick one…H2H-Points

    Harang @HOU (Happ) or Pineda vsTOR (Romero)?

  36. Ian says:

    The ass-to-ass scene in Requiem for a Dream didn’t really do it for me (not that I could look away or anything). Now Mila Kunis going down on Natalie Portman? Yes please. Smart man that Darren Aronofsky.

    Need a middle infielder to replace the crappy/kinda injured Bartlett. Tejada, Theriot, Alex Gonzalez, O-Dawg and about a dozen other awful schmo’s are out there. Tejada is the pick right? Is Angel Sanchez (Houston) work owning during his hot streak?

  37. Ian says:

    *worth, not work

  38. Scott says:

    How about Braden? Ok, he didn’t get the W b/c he let that HR go, but 6 innings pitched, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 7 Ks. Not horrible.

  39. People liking Fausto or Narveson going forward?

  40. ScottyM says:

    @Jake – It is called improvement as a pitcher for YoGa. He will mow em down soon enough. He didn’t lose the velo or movement.

    @Joel – Grandy has way more upside & the best home park for lefties. Especially if you are in a daily league & can sit him vs the occasional LHP.

  41. bobbo says:

    Jennifer Connelly comment made me lose it… gotta love a little Grey in the morning.

  42. Josh says:

    Grey, I’m streaming starters this week due to being up against a lot of 2-start pitchers. Which do you take today:

    Esmil Rogers @ Metco
    Clayton Richard @ Petco

  43. papasmurf says:

    Grey, admit it, you are Latos-intolerant. I kind of wanna keep him on my DL as I dunno who to drop right now. I feel like punting Bedard since M’s are terrible even if he stays healthy enough for 160 innings, but I also wanna give him a couple more starts.

    Since my entire offense has 6 homers… (none from Stanton, Bruce, or Hill, my supposed power bats) pitching’s not the reason my team’s near the bottom of the dog pile.

  44. Wilsonian says:

    I would also like to bitch at Mr. Zobrist for throwing some shizz back in my face. After his inept start to the season, I dropped him for Beckham. Beckham’s first start for me had him going 0-4, while Zobrist hung out in waiver land going 3-5, 2R, 2RBI. Thanks, dick.

  45. Jamal says:

    Trade: Getting Latos giving Maybin and Beckett

    I know Grey says to not buy into Latos but that is too good to pass up or do i need to be even more worried about Latos.

  46. phorts says:

    Leave Fuld on FA. Cheapest HR in baseball around the Pesky Pole (and only cuz that fan reeled it in) and he was taking BP off Dice-K for most of the game. Kid shoulda stopped at first on his last hit cuz he’ll NEVER get the chance for the Cycle again…

  47. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Walden or Nathan

  48. Hit Bull Win Steak says:

    Like Sands thru the hour glass….
    Anyhow, I have a minor league spot in a large 12 team league. I have M.Minor in that spot now…Do I drop him and pick up the hot hitting Jerry Sands?

    Thanks and awesome website. Informative and funny.


  49. Wake Up says:

    Random facts:
    Big Sloppy has had at least one triple every year since 2000.

    Last year was the first year A Gon didn’t have one.

    Sen. Kyl has had at least three three-ways with at least three three-year-olds for the last three years running.

    (Third random fact not intended to be a factual statement).

  50. Salty Balty says:

    Herrera or Freese to fill in for R. Zimm? I need help in both SBs and AVG.

  51. Art Vandelay says:

    What’s your read on the Raburn/Boesch situation? Think they basically continue to split ABs in the LF spot? I’m starting to think Raburn is a waste of a roster spot if he’s not playing full time. Would you drop Raburn for an ailing Torres or Maybin or give him time to win the full-time job?

  52. Classy or stupid that Fuld collected a double instead of stopping at first for the cycle?

  53. Trevor says:

    So I had no 3B depth and Zimmerman went down. Who should I pick up off waivers in a 12 team mixed points league?

  54. brettj72 says:

    Pick 2 for vulture saves: Motte, Romo, Downs

    Is Furcal worth picking up and stashing on my DL if I have an open spot or do you think hes done?

  55. CT Old School says:

    “Not quite as hot as Jennifer Connelly going back-to-back in Requiem for a Dream, but not bad.”

    I just don’t think there’s ever going to be a hotter back-to-back than that!

  56. Dough Boy says:

    Stubbs just got dropped in my leak for fuld, So me thinks that i should be dropping A. Gordon to pick him up. SOund good?

  57. A Hill O' Beans says:

    Grey – With Furcal out, any chance the Dodgers call up Dee Gordon, or more precisely, what are the odds they call him up?

  58. supernova says:


    need a 1B until Dunn gets back

    Overbay or Smoak?

  59. Kendrys Cart Off Home Run says:

    @Grey: Would you ask for more than Roy Halladay in a keeper league if trading away Carlos Gonzalez?

    I need W, ERA, WHIP but also HR, RBI.

  60. Pooch says:

    Wow what is Ron Washington doing. Napoli and Kinsler both sitting today. According to ESPN, they are a combined 6/13 with 5 HRs off Penny. I know people need a day off every now and then, but WHY today?

    I believe his moustache is a commenter here. Maybe he knows.

  61. ichirosan says:

    Started Justin Verlander, Dice-K and Jesse Litsch in my 20 teamer… somehow, my ERA is only 4.76!!!!

  62. Johnny Drama says:

    Who is the best option to fill in for Zimmerman?

    Chris Johnson


  63. Wake Up says:

    Who should I pick up in my leak?

  64. Snag says:

    Napoli not starting AGAIN today, injury or stupidity?

  65. Wilsonian says:

    Ron Washington, you are really starting to piss me off with this Scosciapath bullshit…

  66. Caleb says:

    Brett Gardner’s .233 PASB batting average from ’10 worries me. Is this normal worry?

  67. nick m. says:

    drop glass chipper, panda, (youk is my 3B as of yesterday) or markakis for ogando?

  68. Johnny Drama says:


    Should I try and get M. Young or Sandoval for Chacin?
    Or ride the hot hand at 3rd.

  69. Shrute Buck says:

    I have no idea why people are freaking out about Stubbs. If he had hit 4 more hits (to his total) his AVG would raise from .236 to .342. People need to settle into their teams and give it some time. Until then, I’ll be the fantasy Gordon Gekko trying to acquire Pujols for pennies on the dollar.

  70. RonWashington'sStache says:

    I need a replacement for Zimmerman. My best options are: J. Lopez, C. Johnson, Betemit, Peralta, Freese, D. Johnson, Encarnacion, Headley.
    I’m leaning toward Betemit. He was solid last year and so far, so ood this year.

  71. 3FingersBrown says:

    RCL team is taking a beating with Ubaldo and now Zim on the DL. Damn ESPN and their 1 DL spot. I’m already wasting that on Utley…

    @Grey: 14 team 5×5 Roto with OBP instead of AVG. You already commented on my awful OF, which I’ve been trying like mad to upgrade – Pat T. Bat check, Suddenly Sam Fuld check, Michael “Don’t Call Me Jeff” Brantley uh huh. UGLY stuff.

    So dood offers me Edge (Werth) for Marcum and Co Co Cordero. That would leave me with a ‘pen of Brox, Chapman, Bal(l)four, Madson and Bastardo (best name ever). Obviously I ain’t getting many saves with only Brox with a regular 9th inning gig.

    Would you do Edge for Marcum and Co Co? I’m going to respond by offering Marcum and Chapman. To be honest, I’m not high on Edge in D.C. and I like NL Marcum even though his arm could fall off any time. Of course Co Co is a bleh 30 saves – which are hard to come by in 14 team. Watch me trade him Chapman and the kid get the job next week…

    Losing Marcum would leave me with a rotation of Weaver, Hudson, Lewis, Big Z and Beachy. Probably pick up Esmil, Correia or Talbot with the empty slot.

  72. Kruk's Man Boobs says:

    Can we talk some more about Connelly?

  73. Steve Stevenson says:

    Holland or McDonald?

  74. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Grey: He has Bruuuce too. Bruuuce > Edge

    Bruuce wins with outside interference from Votto who tossed him a roll of quarters in a sock.

  75. Anyone know what is up with Hughes? I haven’t had a chance to watch him pitch, but everything I am reading says he is looking pretty Done-Zo, velocity down, can’t get swings and misses etc….

    I am going to hold onto him obviously just didn’t know if he is worth starting tomorrow or waiting to see if he gets one start right…

  76. RonWashington'sStache says:

    I need to replace Zimmerman at 3B. My best options are: J. Lopez, C. Johnson, Betemit, Peralta, Freese, D. Johnson, Encarnacion, Headley.
    I’m leaning toward Betemit. He was solid last year and so far, so good this year. Thoughts?

  77. scalez says:


    epic level of props for combining Doug E. Fresh and Tony Danza references.

  78. Donnie Baseball says:

    Any reason to hold on to either SRod or Madson?

  79. Steve Stevenson says:

    Is it worth dropping Furcal outright for Asdrubal in a league with limited moves, or would you look to DL Furcal and drop another asset? Basically, how comfortable would you be with Asdrubal ROS?

  80. Jack says:

    Grey, I’ve got Rollins and Andrus on my roster right now. Asrubal is available. I’m considering picking him up and dropping SeanRod. I already have a backup OF (Tabata), and a backup 3B (Alvarez) on my bench. The obvious problem is how I come up with playing time for him, but even if I don’t maybe he becomes a valuable trade asset. Y/N?

  81. Kazmere says:

    Need to replace Zimm. Chipper, Jose Lopez, Callapso, Hannahan, Nix, Bill Cosby…..?

  82. Kazmere says:

    I’m more of a set and forget person with my catchers, but Posada blows. Is he worth dropping for any of these guys, or just wait it out. Sure like him in that lineup.

    Alex Avila, Hundley, Ruiz, Hanigan

  83. Scout says:

    @Grey. This week I am starting Sean Rodriguez at 3B because of Longoria’s inconvenient DL trip and Jeff Baker at MI (since I had to move Rodriguez to 3B). Is Luke Hughes worth picking up since word is that he will get the majority of starts at 2B until Nishi comes back? I would drop either Baker or Rodriguez.

  84. MeanMachine says:

    BigUps Grey! Need the good docs advice on my Figgy problem. Calaspo, Peralta and Angel Sanchez are availaible. Would you drop him for any of those guys? Much appreciated!

  85. bogbert says:

    Hey Grey, I see G. Floyd is higher in your 2011 pitcher ranking than T. Wood. Ditch Wood for Floyd? Thanks..

  86. scalez says:

    Open to the field…which SP to add

    AJ Burnett

  87. Up in this Mug says:

    Some fool with a lot of injured players just dropped Kendrys Morales.

    Is Kendrys a no brainer pick up off waivers? When will he start producing, and what should I expect?

    I kind of like him less because of the “s”.

  88. Euroalien says:

    Riding in first right now – 12 Team 5 x 5,, Roto – Should I grab Ogando or Masterson……. and drop Minor? I could get both by dropping Capps, Storen or McDonald as well…. (If yes, which one do I drop?)

    Thanks Grey

  89. scalez says:

    Kendrys is an add for sure

  90. GTS says:

    Start Lilly @ SF tomorrow in 10 team H2H?

  91. Joel says:

    Grey: ive gotten the following offer in my 6×6 h2h league: I get Morneau and halladay and give Dunn and hamels. should I do it?

  92. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Grey: I’m surprised you’d take Callaspo over Chipper in Kazmere’s case. I know you’re no fan of the glass one but I think he’s got a little left in the tank.

    I like Callaspo too – I have him in two leagues (just picked him up in RCL to replace Zim) and have fond memories of his ’09 season. I think he can be like a good Freddy Sanchez if that makes sense.

  93. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Good afternoon “Grey”.

    2 QQs (quick questions, obviously): Have a UTIL spot I use just for a speed guy. Can put Sam Fuld in there now, or pick up Rajai Davis (who wont stay available past tonight) and stash him in that spot until he’s healthy.

    Also, which of these would you drop first: Gregg, Lyons, Walden?


  94. SwaggerJackers says:

    I shouldn’t be considering dropping Soto for Martin in 10 team league with OBP, should I?

  95. Stinky Cheese Man says:

    Just had a spot open up.. which of these SP would you take?

    McClellan, Beachy, Narveson, Hughes

  96. GTS says:

    Hamilton injured again.

  97. Stinky Cheese Man says:

    sprained shoulder

  98. Stinky Cheese Man says:


  99. Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi says:

    Picked up Sam Fuld Sunday for his steals in a 16 team roto. Moved up to second place because of Sam. Britton, Beachy and Walker have helped the pitching staff.

  100. xopchipili says:

    Only Hamilton could manage to get hurt while DHing

  101. Hi Grey — As per your earlier suggestion, I’m going to make a waiver claim on Motte in my 20-team root league on the chance of getting some saves down the line. My pitching staff follows:

    SP: Chacin, Beachy, Volquez, Coke, Scherzer, Liriano
    RP: Broxton, Putz, Peralta

    Who should I drop? I automatically thought to drop Peralta, but if I get lucky and both Motte and Peralta end up with closer gigs I’d have some serious trade bait in a league like this. What about dropping Coke?

  102. Mike D. says:


    Is Brett Cecil worth anything? Any upside? I have him at $2 in a 12-team mixed keeper that is very competitive. I can keep him at close to that salary for another 2 years.

    Seems like a great 1H SP who fades (hard) in 2H. Former college closer – maybe he just doesn’t have the stamina to give 180+ IP?

    Thanks Grey.

  103. Shawn says:

    Hi Gray. I play in a H2H-one win with offensive stats as follows: R, SB, 3B, AVG, OBP, K, GS and two UTIL spots

    Should I drop Posada for Arencibia since neither one will play all 7 days and Arencibia has more clear upside?

  104. mauledbypandas says:


    I’ve got Furcal and Asdrubal for SS and MI right now. Drop Furcal for Espinosa? I realize there is a talent drop, but 4-6 weeks is a long time. League settings are RCL style.

  105. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Hey Grey, who you liking better Narveson or Ogando?

  106. SS says:

    Looking for a replacement for SS. Is Maicer going to see regular at-bats this year? Can you rank Maicer, Theriot, Infante for: Who is better short-term? Who is better long-term?


  107. RichardPryor says:

    @Grey: Is the Kemp anecdote a true story?

  108. Shawn says:

    @Mike D – see Grey’s post about Cecil touching your naughty parts and burning you. I tried him the other day and he crapped on my ERA and WHIP. I watched him pitch and he does not have the stuff to fool batters. He nibbles on the corner with his curve and then leaves stuff up in the zone and gets crushed.

  109. Chris says:

    I gave a chance for Pelfrey considering his history against COL. 5 of his last 6 starts, he had given up 0 ER. I’m staying away from him now.

  110. SS says:

    For your info, League is Standard 10 categories, H2H. Also available

    Also, is Murphy going to see regular at-bats if Hamilton misses time?

    Is Callaspo worth picking up for Chone missing time?


  111. trick dad says:

    drop bumgarner for beachy?

  112. The Burghler says:

    posada or russell martin going forward? 7×7 with ks and ops

  113. Carlos Z has slurpees says:

    Need a bat with Zimmerman out in a H2H OBP league.

    Who should I pick up of: Travis Snider, Adam Jones, Brett Gardner or Logan Morrison? (I do have Ellsbury already, so Gardner is less attractive)

    Would love to grab another of those guys for a bench bat too–worth dropping Volquez, Beachy, Jordan Zimmerman, or Hellickson though???

  114. Buge Hoobs says:

    My weekly deadline is Saturday night, so I miss out on the two-start report and the end of everyone’s Q & A’s on who to start.

    Is there a web site out there that anyone would recommend for projected pitcher dates and opponents? Yahoo sux, but it’s what my league uses. You get what you pay for, I guess.

  115. Grey, which trade would you prefer:

    Trade 1- You trade Ubaldo and Narv-dawg for Tabata and Markakis.
    Trade 2- You trade Kennedy and Jeter for Rollins and Abreu.

    If you HAD to make one of those, which would it be?

  116. the kid says:

    Need replacement for 3B. Standard Head to Head. Collapsed-O, the Infant, Christmas Carrol, or Mace her. If Carrol bats lead-off do you think he out-runs the rest? Will he bat lead-off?

    Need R and AVG.


  117. Wake Up says:

    This real cork soaker in my league is about to gift away Pujols to my main rival.

  118. ScottyM says:

    Ron Washington is the reason I did not draft Nelson Cruz this year. I swear he hates him on a personal level. He always bats him 6th. I mean WTF? I get the lefty/righty/lefty thing, but really M. Young in front of Nelly everyday and even worse is Beltre gets the nod for cleanup over my boy. Pish, puh-lease. I quit me some Ron Washington last year when he kept batting Nelly behind Daniel Murphy everyday.

  119. ScottyM says:

    Oh yeah, and who had 11 games in the Josh Hamilton injury pool?
    Out with strained shoulder.

  120. joe from point pleasant says:


    Better start…

    Francis @ Minn(Duensing)
    Hochevar v Sea(Bedard)

    What do you think?

  121. brian recca says:

    nice write up grey.

    quick question, in a 5×5 h2h league would you drop Brandon Belt for Travis Hafner?

  122. nick m. says:

    Ervin Santana or Ogando?

  123. the grate one says:

    grey, i have longo and (jp) howell in my DL.

    worth it to stash furcal and drop howell, or keep howell and drop furcal?!

  124. Buge Hoobs says:

    OK … maybe I missed it as it was my birthday (honest).

    I guess I’m mainly looking for matchups for my one start pitchers. I’m always going to start my first two P’s (Lester & Oswalt). I’m mainly looking for a quick easy “forcaster”, like ujoh says, to help pick from my other starters (Scherz, Ed Jax, DHud, & Kennedy).

  125. Tom says:

    Grey – I have napoli on my team as my catcher on a 12 team h2h league. Should i be worried that hes not getting to much playing time?

  126. royce! says:

    Dunn’s back in the lineup today.

  127. Wilson's Beard says:

    My pitching staff looks pretty dire at the moment, and I’m looking to grab some FA fliers (or flyers). Here are some pitchers of interest: Narveson, Masterson, Guthrie, Holland, Rogers, Young, Floyd, Baker, Vazquez, McDonald, Davis, and A. Sanchez. Who are the top four SP’s from this group (please rank) going forward? Thanks!

  128. Wilson's Beard says:

    Bedard was also just dropped, if that makes any difference….

  129. Wilsonian says:

    Question about my lineup in my 16 Team H2H. I’m really liking my team, but with the Hamilton injury, it’s forcing me to put a struggling Snider into my everyday OF position (assuming Hamilton is out for awhile). I don’t want to drop Snider right now, but I could use a hotter bat in the lineup. I also have Kimbrel, Hanrahan, Burnett, Walden, and League at RP and can only play 4 of the 5 at any given time. My question is:

    Would I be better suited to drop someone like League for one of these bats, or should I drop Snider and hang on to the arms?

    Available bats: Gomes, Frenchy, Pat the Bat, S. Smith, Boesch, Damon, or Bradley

    Or do I stand pat?

    Categories: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP

  130. Wilsonian says:

    Buccos/Brewers game postponed due to rain.

  131. fitz says:

    You live in LA? Ouch, that’s rough.

  132. Steve says:

    I’m shocked that Napoli has only played in 4 games so far

  133. Stophe says:

    Kemp must have been recreating last October – no, wait, those would have been members of the SF Giants.

  134. aj says:

    I have to waive a pitcher to pick up a Hamilton replacement
    Who should i drop?
    Brandon Lyon, Joel Hanrahan, Kyle Drabek,Zach Britton, Frank Francisco*, Chris Narveson, Brandon Beachy

  135. Whiskey Diet says:


    Masterson or Esmil Rogers?

    And Seth Smith or Bourjos?

    Big ups

  136. xtremehulk says:

    owning Napoli is killing me already.

  137. Black Beard says:

    Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with a small fracture in his shoulder.

  138. Lubey says:

    Yo Grey. Just started reading your site and it’s waaaay better than that d-bag from espn Christian Cock. Quick question-someone in my league just dropped Phil Hughes. Would u add him?

  139. AmishT says:

    I’m surprised the Rangers let Hamilton slide at all, you’d think they’d know better by now..

    That third base coach just made a bunch of “friends” Bartman-style

  140. Hennessey says:

    I traded Asdrubal for Kennedy. Win, lose, or draw? (Just for the record, he owned Furcal, and I own Andrus.)

  141. aj says:

    i need steals. who do you like 5×5 roto 14 teams 5 of spots per team.
    Peter Bourjos
    Tony Gwynn,
    Jason Bourgeois,
    Jarrod Dyson,
    Jeff Francoeur,
    Milton Bradley,
    Willie Harris

  142. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Grey, thanks so much for ranking Hamilton so low! I was really dieing to get him this year too but i followed the rankings. you’re the man

  143. Whiskey Diet says:

    Pick the best one:

    Morton, Niese, Masterson, schwag Chris Young

  144. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey/All : Util spot tonight, Youk or S. Drew…OBP league?

  145. 3FingersBrown says:

    FYI Mets vs Rockies called. Will be made up in a (single admission woot!) doubleheader on Thursday.

  146. Jo says:

    @Grey: what do you think about trading away Brett Anderson for Billy Butler? I have a good 1B, but could use him in the UTIL slot…

  147. chata says:

    yay … there’s a 50 year old blonde getting her drunk on , and sitting in the 1st row @ fenway , right behind homeplate .
    could be something to watch , if the score gets out of hand .
    the guy to her immediate right seems annoyed already .

  148. 3FingersBrown says:

    Chris Davis just got called up to Texas. Not sure how he finds at-bats thought with a team full of DHs.

  149. John says:

    Grey: Help me Obi Wan, you’re my only hope.

    I’ve never used the $$ waiver system before, so I’m a bit lost, but in a 15 team 5×5 roto league that has $100 budget, someone just dropped Jay Bruce – not quite the Prince Fielder scenario you laid out the other day, but damn it feels close. We start 5 OF/1Util.

    How much of my budget should I blow?

  150. donnie baseball says:

    Hey Grey, do you think Sands will be the starting LF for the Dodgers on June 2nd?

  151. dingers says:

    Hey Grey- Niese or Braden? Sean Rod or Espinoza?

  152. Steve says:

    Yoooouuuukkkk gets a hit.

    Something worth mentioning.

  153. paulzone says:

    who would you go with for 5th and 6th starters? We count gidp and loss in addition the standard cats.

    please pick two out of:

    chris young, chacin, d hudson, lilly, carmona, harrison

    (current sps: sabathia, hamels, oswalt, ogando, d hudson, lilly

  154. paulzone says:

    i had a feeling you were gonna pick those two…i thought chacin might sneak in there but oh well!

    you having second thoughts about aaron hill yet? Soto?

  155. royce! says:

    I was offered Dempster for Kimbrel, and countered with Kimbrel for Daniel Hudson. Now he countered with Travis Wood for Kimbrel. Is it just me, or has this negotiation process gone awry? I know Wood has been pretty good so far, FIP-wise at least, but Kimbrel should land me a top 40 starter, right?

  156. Tom Emanski says:

    Grey, would you pick up Juanny Damon in a 18 team ESPN league? I have Jennings stashed and I’m wondering if Damon is the safer bet.

  157. Steve says:

    Come on E-Jax – this is not what I ordered.

  158. Steve says:

    Interesting. Peralta comes in with two outs in the 8th. I wonder who will come out in the 9th…

  159. Howard says:

    I dropped David Murphy this morning in two leagues due to a lack of playing time. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!

  160. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Dunn or Pence?

  161. Fletch says:

    Please rank for the year: E. Jax, Narveson, Ogando, Wood, Marcum, D. Hudson and Chacin…

  162. dja says:

    drop vernon wells for berkman? i hated wells when i drafted him and 4 for 44 makes me want to pee on him. 12team h2h

  163. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Grey: Pick 2 of these 3 OF: Bourjos, Fowler, & Murphy. Thanks!

  164. Howard says:

    @Grey, well I hope Sam Fuld can do more than hunting wascally wabbitts!
    On a more serious note: 12 team roto, need for speed. I have J Upside, Krispie, Werth, Bruce, Murphy and Cargo Lite. Is it werth dealing one of those guys for Gardiner or Ellesbury?

  165. Donnie Baseball says:

    A. Hill looks lost at the plate. Time to panic or just slow start from missing most of spring?

  166. Steve says:

    Langerhans – WTF?

  167. Fletch says:

    Do you like McClellan over Ogando and Narveson?

  168. bogbert says:

    Grey, looking at your top 300 for 2011, and Wells is at #112 with a projection of 60/21/70/.280/5, while Markakis as at #142 with a line of 85/17/80/.305/10. Looks like Markakis would be the better pick, yet he’s 30 spots behind Wells.

    Pick up Markakis for now, stay put, or take Murphy and see what’s going on in 6-8 weeks?

  169. Howard says:

    @Grey Replacement for Furcal? Brignac, Janish, OldCab?

  170. Tom Emanski says:

    What are people doing with Wieters? Anyone seen him hit? How does he look for the rest of the season?

  171. nick m. says:

    need a hamilton replacement. bruce was dropped, so i put in a waiver claim. if i don’t get him, should i go after berkman, david murphy, fuld, gomes, derek lee, byrd, or willingham assuming bruce is the top pick out of this group?

  172. McBainus says:

    @Grey: Drop Pena for Berkman? Puma seems to be getting hot and is in a great spot in the batting order for the Cards.

  173. Steve says:


    He really should play for the A’s so he gets to wear that patch of the little elephant holding the baseball bat on his shirt.

  174. chata says:

    of course it had to be corey patterson .

  175. chata says:

    lot of good baseball being thrown tonight … haren

  176. chata says:

    anyone have the link to the baseball weather channel site ?
    thank you .

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