Yesterday, Matt Harvey (5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 6.08) briefly held the honor of having the worst ERA of any National League starter at 6.08, which means Harvey is the only one happy with Shelby Miller this year.  It’s time we addressed the giant imaginary rabbit in the room, Harvey.  The Mets thought that Harvey’s problems were mental and considered burning all of his locker’s contents to rid him of the bad juju.  Can you put his “animosity for Terry Collins” in the locker too?  How about his “bitterness at not being the star pitcher anymore?”  Does that fit in a locker?  What about “brooding?”  Does brooding fit in a locker?  Someone needs to salve Harvey’s ego with some Jergen’s lotion because you can see his buttsoreness (totally a word!).  His velocity looked fine yesterday, but his slider is not being located with precision.   Also, check this:  1st time through the order facing Harvey:  .241/.292/.373; second time:  .301/.326/.518; third time:  .509/.563/.764.  What does that tell me?  He’s having a hard time keeping his pitches fresh the 2nd and 3rd time a hitter sees him, which goes back to the slider.  I don’t think his problems are unfixable, but he may need a trip to the Disgraceful List with a mysterious ailment to clear his head and figure out his slider.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Eric Campbell – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer as he played first base for Duda, who is out with a stress fracture of his back, which is being made into the sure-to-be hilarious movie, Duda, Where’s My Coccyx?  Campbell is the MetsBrett Wallace.  I feel like every team has one of these last resort backups to step in once their starter goes down.  The last resort backup that isn’t ownable for fantasy should have a glossary term name.  Please suggest in the comments.

James Loney – With the loss of Duda, the Mets have “some curiosity” in Loney.  Sounds like the Mets are the apes in 2001: Space Odyssey, but that can’t be because Loney has no stick.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, has a hit in seven straight games, hitting over-.300 in that time, and has three homers and zero steals on the year, so I might not break out the noise makers.  I do always wear a party hat, though.

Stephen Strasburg – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.79.  I saw someone compare Strasburg’s early season struggles last year to Harvey’s this year.  Might be something to that; Stressbird was an ulcer last year for April and May, then turned the whole ship around. I.e., Trust in Inverted W and M too.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  He now has three homers in the last nine games while hitting around .240 in that time.  Zimmerman:  We Can’t Have Too Much Nice.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer, hitting .254.  I looked at peripherals and I found he’s not even getting unlucky, this is who he is, which is weak.  No idea what happened to 2014 Rendon, he must’ve been like Keyser Soze.

Ben Revere – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 1st homer and 5th homer in his career.  Keith Morrison from Dateline sticks his head in, “OR WAS IT DENRD SPAN?!”

Wilson Ramos – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .336.  Ramos pulls off his face and it’s…Joey Votto!

Alex Rodriguez – Played in a rehab game in Trenton.  After the game, he stayed at a Bed & Breakfast-slash-crackhouse and dined at a lovely diner-slash-strip club.  Trenton, the Sacramento of the East.

Nathan Eovaldi – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.95.  I swear to you, if you picked him up, he would’ve gave up 5 ER.  I’m not blaming you for his struggles, but I am.  Look in your handheld mirror you keep on your desk.  You do this to Eovaldi.

Carlos Beltran – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .275.  He’s been quietly noshing on pitchers’ brain custards as a Zombino does, and productive for about a month now.

Angel Pagan – Hit the DL due to his hamstring.  Doode’s injured more than he’s healthy.  He should go by the name Pa-gone.  Right?!  C’mon, high-five the crap out of my hand.  C’mon!

Hunter Pence – Out again due to his hamstring.  He said, “This Gangly Manbird will flap-run again!”

Jeff Samardzija – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.54.  Bit disappointed with this result vs. the Padres but then I think about how he made me eat turd stew for six months last year and I’m not disappointed at all.

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-3, 1 run, 4 RBIs, hitting .256.  Having a decent season thus far and hasn’t gotten hot for more than a few games at a time.

Andrew Cashner – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K as he was activated from the DL.  He looks like he’s a background extra from Kingpin.

Jon Jay – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer.  The Federalist brings liberty and freedom to all fastballs down the middle of the plate!

Jordan Zimmermann – Will play long-toss on Friday.  Due to his groin or with his groin?  Does he have a jai-alai-shaped penis?

Ian Kinsler – Scratched with flu-like symptoms.  Sounds like someone needs some chicken soup!

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA down to 4.02.  This was vs. the Phils at home, which is about as cushiony as a bounce house.  Stream-o-Nator does like his next start, but I’m less enthused.

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  Just leave your fantasy team password in the comments and I’ll pick him up for you.  If your password is Greysmellslikefarts, we’re not cool.

Michael Wacha – 4 IP, 8 ER, ERA up to 5.04.  When you say Wacha, it sounds a bit like you removed your dentures.  You have dentures, because you’ve repeatedly punched your face for drafting him.  I told everyone to not draft him in the preseason, now I’m saying you shouldn’t own him anymore.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .206.  This is about the only time Soler shined all year.  Maybe it’s been that dark hole acting as an eclipse overshadowing him.  You know the one, goes by the astrological name of Janus Heywouldyoublowme, who went 0-for-5 with his 6th steal in his return to the lineup.  By the way, non-science fans, it’s pronounced J-anus.

Mike Moustakas – Didn’t start again due to his knee contusion.  Rub some Windex on it and get out there!

Lorenzo Cain – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs, hitting .296, and stole his 6th base.  *screaming through Buy Low window*  Sorry, I can’t hear you, it’s shut.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Steadily climbing in the catcher ranks on our Player Rater.  Next stop, Lucroy!  Oh man, I just woke, JB, didn’t I?

Jarrod Dyson – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his brother from a different mother and father, Paulo Orlando went 2-for-4, 1 run.  In related news, they’re playing every day!  That’s good.  Hence, the exclamation mark.  Dur.

Brian Dozier – Still on the bench in a slump.  Can’t be easy for Molitor to bench him.  I mean, if he were going on production, no one would start for the Twins.

Robinson Chirinos – Could return on June 9th.  He’s recovering faster than expected from his broken ulna.  Too bad I don’t have a Ulna Injury Recovery category in my league.

Rougned Odor – 0-for-4 as he had his appeal heard yesterday.  Bautista will have his appeal heard on Thursday.   Too bad they didn’t schedule them for the same time, so one could pass the other in the hallway while they were talking to Mean Gene Okerlund.  By the by, Mean Gene is at least ten years younger than you thought.  How old was he in the 1980s?  In his 30s?  He looked so old then!  Is he Benjamin Button?

Yu Darvish – Will throw 85-90 pitches in his Saturday start, and they will be the most glorious 85 to 90 pitches anyone will have ever seen.  Okay, 82 of them will be.  Three to eight will be jackhammered into the seats.  Foul!  Don’t worry, Cousin Sweatpants, we’re all good.

Nomar Mazara – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .317.  No one likes a show off, and people like it even less when you hit well after I trade you away.

Martin Perez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.13.  His BB/9 is 4.48 and his xFIP is 4.57.  At some point, the Regression Fairies are going to sit on his birthday cake.

Ian Desmond – 3-for-4, 1 run and his 9th steal, hitting .287.  See, I told you the Rangers centerfielder would be good this year!  *slowly backs out of the room, slowly backs into a room filled with men who drafted Deshields, gulps*  Hey, fellas.

Andrelton Simmons – Was cleared for baseball activities.  So he can scratch himself and spit through his finger.

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.57.  Okay, you win.  Teheran getting a dozen strikeouts is all I need to see.  Though, according to the ownership numbers on the Stream-o-Nator, I’m the last one to come around, as it appears Teheran is owned everywhere.  So, last one in on Teheran is first one out?  As every tourist to Teheran has asked immigration.

Jimmy Nelson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. Braves.  I streamed him for this start, then dropped him before games even began, but it’s a shallow league, and in deeper leagues, Nelson has a 2.92 ERA and has done enough to go full Nelson.

Daniel Wright – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks as he was called up by the Reds.  He had a 6.4 K/9 in Triple-A, is 25 years old and I just burned seven witches and none of them told me to pick up Wright, so stay away outside NL-Only leagues.

Adam Duvall – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  This is you in October, “Wow, Duvall hit 27 homers?  Hmm, I guess I should’ve grabbed him in May.”

Trayce Thompson – 2-for-4, 2 runs.  Who is the hottest schmotato in the land?  Trayce, of the Iron Islands.

Yasiel Puig – Left the game after an awkward slide.  He slid into 2nd and said to Cozart, “How’s your dog, Rudolph?”  And Rudolph passed away in December.

Chris Sale – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 2.26.  Not him too!  Fantasy Baseball Overlord, leave pitchers alone, they did nothing to you!  “But they did,” the FBO points to a poorly crayoned picture of himself, “My feet are not that big!”  “Wait, this is about pitchers, not pictures.”  “Come again?”

Adam Eaton – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  I’d now say something snarky about Jose Abreu not hitting, but he had three hits yesterday.  Of course, I don’t pay him for hits!  (Technically, I don’t pay anyone.  Ask our writers!)

Jose Ramirez – 0-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd steal.  Lots of Indians hitters had better games, but Ramirez moved up in the order and had two homers the previous two games.

Mike Napoli – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal.  Okay, hold up, Napoli’s stealing bases?  Dude runs with cigarettes in his mouth.  Worth remembering when you see Alex Avila starting for the White Sox.

Josh Tomlin – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.35.  He has only 6 walks in 51 innings.  Yay!  And only 36 Ks.  Lowercase yay.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer.  C’mon, 38 more homers and I will remove you from my freebie list.

Alex Colome – 2 IP, 0 ER and his 12th save.  He has a 0.81 WHIP, 1.29 ERA and 28 Ks in 21 innings.  In other words, even if Boxberger takes the closer job back, Colome will be worth owning.  In other other words, word.

Brad Miller – 2-for-3, 1 run and 2 steals (3, 4).  He’s now hitting over .350 in the last week with 5 HRs on the year.  Does it sound like I’m struggling to get excited about him?  This will be how I sound about DeShields in two years.

Logan Morrison – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd steal, hitting over .400 in the last week with two homers.  I’d say hot schmotato, but it seems like the hotter a hitter gets, the more Kevin Cash platoons said hitter.  It’s almost like he coached under Joe Maddon while secretly wearing earplugs.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.46.  He’s been almost exactly as advertised in the preseason.  Solid, 7.5+ K/9, 3.50-ish ERA starter that will struggle to get wins.  Pitching as advertised for anyone but a top 20 starter is real yawnstipating.

Pedro Alvarez – 1-for-5 and his 3rd homer.  Finally, Hitter-Tron‘s erotic overtures to metal and Alvarez makes sense.

Luis Valbuena – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He’s hot garbage under a large man’s ass, but he does tend to get crazy hot at times, so he’s worth cyclops’ing.

Carlos Gomez – Says he’s ready for a rehab stint.  Um, okay, but did he really have an injury or was he just hitting so bad he was DL’d?  Or maybe the Astros did some hypnotherapy on him to make him think he was really hurt and that’s why he wasn’t hitting.  Very sneaky, Astros!

Nathan Karns – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.53.  Yesterday’s matchup vs. the A’s at home seemed like a solid streaming opportunity, so what went wrong?  I streamed him.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Not even two months into the season, so 25 homers is more than doable.  Anyone taking odds he actually gets to 25 homers?

Leonys Martin – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, a game-winner.  Where have I read Leonys’s name before?  Oh, I know, here, for the last two weeks saying pick him up.

Coco Crisp – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, and has raised his average twenty points in the last ten games (hitting .248).  Looks like Coco Crisp is heating up.  Cerealiously.

Ryan Madson – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and the 2nd blown save in the past three games.  Okay, now I’d be a little concerned.  I’d pick up Sean Doolittle in all leagues, just in case.  Even could see looking at John Axford, though in one league I admittedly looked at Axford and didn’t pick him up.

Ryan Vogelsong – Hitting the DL with facial fractures.  That sucks, shame, hate to see things like that, so when is Jameson Taillon being called up?

Gregory Polanco – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Beginning to think Starling Marte is a poor man’s Polanco, I will call him Po’ Polanco.

Francisco Liriano – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA at 4.30.  If you own Liriano, I mean this in the best way possible, you will never feel secure starting him, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

Jean Segura – Left after being plunked on the head.  “You owe me a nickel.”  Shut up, Eric Plunk.  Segura is showing concussion symptoms and went for more concussion tests, which is a series of, “How many fingers am I holding up?” tests done while the test giver doesn’t hold up any fingers.

Shelby Miller – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 7.09.  Every Diamondbacks fan said, “I’m going to get motel-parking-lot-balcony crunk and try to forget every trade our GM ever made.”

Charlie Blackmon – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .300.  Feels like a solid buy low moment for Blackmon, because in the summer, when balls are flying out of Coors, it’s a great time to own all Rockies.

Hanley Ramirez – Left after being hit on the toe.  I could go back and find where I said Hanley would have an injury before June 1st, but let’s assume I predicted. And that’s me lazily quoting me!

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting streak up to 28 games.  I’ve been avoiding talking about him for fear of a jinx, but I’d just like to say one thing, is there a spot in the lineup before the leadoff spot?  Cause that’s where JBJ should be batting.  Put him in the catbird seat!  Or on top of the Pesky Pole!

David Price – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 5.34.  *Price opens Microsoft Word, the cursor blinking in front of him, a thesaurus sits next to him, taunting him, finally*  “Dear Matt Harvey, it gets better.”

Carson Smith – Underwent Tommy John surgery.  Curt Schilling would’ve just put ketchup on his elbow and pitched through it.

 
  1. Ben says:
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    I can NA one pitcher and my pitching sucks. Right now I am NAing Urias.

    Who would you NA out of

    Taillon
    Urias
    Giolito
    Reyes.

    My closers are gregerson, k-rod, Madison, cingrani

    Giles and Doolittle are FAs. Do I pick them up? Can I have 6 relievers 3 of which are closers?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ben: Taillon for me. Doolittle over Cingrani

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Cram It: Taillon as Urias is likely headed to the bullpen, not the rotation, Giolito probably isn’t coming up til late if at all. Reyes I could someone kick and scream about, but Taillon’s numbers and control make him the more exciting pick JUST for this year..

        If you added Glasnow to this list, I’m still taking Taillon because of control and who will be called up first.

    • kenly0 says:
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      @Ben: I’d hold on Urias and drop Cingrani for Giles. Giles will be closing before the end of the season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Agree with Cram

  2. Piranhaman says:
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    Leonys smells like Carlos Gomez 2.0!
    or not hehe.

  3. pondfrogsplah says:
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    Would you pick up Danny Valencia or Nomar Mazara in an OPS league? Mazara is hot these days, but don’t rookies seem to slow down towards the end of their first season? Looking for homers and average.

    • Jason E. says:
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      @pondfrogsplah: Mazara should be owned in most, if not all leagues

    • knucks says:
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      @pondfrogsplah: Grab Mazara, if he slows down, replace him

  4. ragingson says:
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    Hey,

    which 2 closers ROS?
    H2H W SV K K/BB WHIP ERA

    KRod
    Boxberger
    Casilla
    Gregerson

    Thanks

  5. JakeTPE says:
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    Great stuff, Grey! I’ve got a hypothetical scenario for you (or skip to * if you’re pressed for time):

    Imagine there’s a life raft floating in the middle of the ocean. The raft’s occupants are Yordano Ventura, Nathan Karns, and Carlos Rodon. They are all hungry, so they decide to draw lots to see who will be eaten by the other two. Who draws the shortest straw and gets cannibalized?

    *One has to go to make way for Yu on Saturday (12 team league with QS+W, we roll with 8-9 SP): Yordano, Karns, Rodon. I’m kind of leaning Karns but he’s been better than Ventura. Uggh.

    Thanks for all the advice and entertainment, sir! Even when our teams are scuffling, we still have your daily notes to look forward to!

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @JakeTPE: I’d poke a hole in the raft.

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @CMUTimmah: Ha! But in the hypothetical scenario, you are not in the raft…

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Then Karns shall be cast back out into the stream! TY

  6. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    A last resort backup that isn’t ownable for fantasy:

    Failback Option

  7. crabman says:
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    Dark knight is looking more like Harvey Dent. What should I be offering in trade for this two faced foe?

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @crabman: I sent Jimmy Nelson for him as a joke and it was accepted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crabman: Hot bat you grabbed off waivers? Nelson type is good

  8. Bread n Mustard says:
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    Is Aledmys Diaz on a slump or is this the real Aledmys? 0/15 average is down to .336 which is not bad but I don’t want to wait til his average goes down to .270 to drop him.

    • knucks says:
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      @Bread n Mustard: He was playing out of his mind. Was never gonna keep that up. He’s not Altuve. Likely a PT crunch coming when Jhonny is ready. But Wong looks like a candidate to possibly even get demoted, so who knows. If you see any other options out there on the wire, I’d consider moving on in certain leagues.

  9. Razzinator says:
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    Club Med Camden…that’s the “last resort” I’d go to.

  10. Don says:
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    A last resort backup that isn’t ownable for fantasy purposes: friend zoned.

    And a tidbit of random trivia for everyone:. Excluding relief pitchers, since 1950 Josh Tomlin has the second best BB/9 of all time with a minimum of 500 IP, behind only Bob Tewskbury.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Don: Oh, no, Jorah Friendzone…. Crazy on Tomlin, and I like the term suggestion, will add it to the list

  11. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    I own Feariano. I will not start him next vs. Texas. We have bb/k as a category. He’s killing me. I’m looking to bench him and replace him with Matt Cain (after his next start in Colo). It’s a very deep league..only other real free agent choices are Nova, CC or Niese. Thoughts?

  12. scott steelers says:
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    I really wanna give up on upton and sano. They are killing me. Would you wait?

    • knucks says:
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      @scott steelers: What are your other options?

      • scott steelers says:
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        @knucks: trayce or duvall. Or an option to ride hot streaks. Probably just sano and give upton a little longer

  13. Murph says:
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    Been offered correa for villar and wade Davis. Got plenty of saves although I’m thin on steals. Should I do it?

    • Tigres says:
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      Sagnof!

    • Knucks says:
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      @Murph: yea get this deal done, quickly

    • Moneyball says:
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      Unbelievable.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Murph: Pffft

  14. Schwab says:
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    Dynasty offer. 8 teams H2H point based league where we all keep 15 each year. Was offered Glasnow for Rendon and Suarez. Do it? Thanks.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Schwab: Sure. Rendon/Suarez don’t feel 8-team worthy.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Cram It: Rendon actually isn’t terrible in point formats… it depends, if you think you can win it all this season, Rendon and Suarez might be better served on your roster. If you’re looking to the future, Glasnow could be an ace. Make the move if you’re not sure you’ve got a competitive squad this year. You’ll find replacement players that are close enough on the wire in an 8 team league.

        • Cram It says:
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          @CMUTimmah: Idk, Rendon is right next to Lawrie (currently ranked 13th) in my points league at 2B and 3b. Don’t see how you can’t find comparable on the wire. They’re both schmohawks to me no matter the type of scoring.

  15. Brett says:
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    With Gordon out do you think dyson will play vs left handed pitching?

    • Knucks says:
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      @Brett: yes! Also, grey mentioned this in the post too. Orlando looked foolish in RF yesterday btw. And he’ll prob keep playing too. I dunno who they are playing over either of those guys.

  16. Game 7 says:
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    Thoughts on my 5×5 yahoo, 10 team, 10 player keeper league

    O. Herrera was just dropped. I have Schoop/Castro and Odor filling up my 2b spot. Would you drop Schoop for Herrera? I realize that I have a lot of bench spots and can’t play everyone, but we have 29 spots within our league.

    Rest of team =
    C = posey
    1b – encarcion
    2b – odor
    3b – franco
    ss – boegarts
    of – jd, braun, bautista
    util – fowler, parra
    bench – heyward, castro, schoop

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Game 7: You don’t need Odubel

  17. Jesse says:
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    Archer’s killing me. Would you take Lackey, Castellanos (replacing Smoak at CI), and Pence for him?

    • Jason E. says:
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      @Schwab: Yes. 8 team leagues gotta have decent MI on waivers I’d [email protected]Jesse: Shoot, I may just accept Castellanos for him! I’d do the above trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jesse: Agree with JE

  18. Kam says:
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    What do we make of Mike Napoli? Will he continue to be a fringe top 100 the rest of the season?

    I want to add him but I just don’t trust him. I’d also have to drop Joc Pederson?

    Thoughts?

  19. Just Busted says:
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    Hi, Grey!
    For your suggestions on “The last resort backup that isn’t ownable for fantasy should have a glossary term name” how about: Baby Dragonheart after Sean Connery’s horrible movie. “I am the last one!” hahaha

    I LOVE the smell of mustache wax in the morning!

  20. Game 7 says:
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    I have a question for my 10 team, 10 keeper, 5 x 5 yahoo league

    O. Herrera was dropped. I need one of my 2b, pending the odor suspension. I have Schoop and Castro as bench players. I know that I won’t be able to play all of these bats, but we have 29 spots.

    Would you drop Schoop for Herrera? The rest of my team is:
    c -posey
    1b – encarcion
    2b – odor
    3b – franco
    ss – boegarts
    of – jd, braun, bautista
    util – parra, folwer
    bench – castro , schoop, heyward

    Thanks!

  21. Jonathan A says:
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    Can you rank the following players in a 10 team keeper:

    Baez, Lamb, Profar, Ketel Marte

    • Jonathan A says:
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      @Jonathan A:

      on a side note would you drop either of them for Ken Giles? He seems to be putting it together, will he get the closer job back?

      • knucks says:
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        @Jonathan A: They could possibly give Harris a chance first, but they did pay a lot to get Giles so they could easily skip over Harris too.

        The rank you have for the bats looks decent. Not sure who is on your roster or who your dropping for Giles, but if you need the category and are playing for this year, I would grab Giles. He could grab a hold of the role and keep it in HOU past this year. Not sure that he would be a potential keeper or anything like that in this league for you. Also, someone noted yesterday that the astros’ beat writer reported that it was a mechanical flaw for Giles, which he has fixed and looked good ever since, just a heads up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jonathan A: Lamb, Baez… Either who? Sure, drop Profar for Giles

  22. PB&J says:
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    Drop Burns for Martin?

    • knucks says:
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      @PB&J: Martin while he’s scorching, but likely Burns for ROS speed.

      • PB&J says:
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        @Grey: Thanks fellas.

  23. dude says:
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    Duvall or Trayce?

  24. Nightpandas says:
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    Last resort – James Loney is nothing more than a courtesy flush

    Would you dump Tomlin for JB’s new pet Guerra?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightpandas: Not bad, will add to the list… Sure, Guerra’s worth a gamble

  25. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: I must’ve had some voodoo magic going on when I asked you about Doolittle and Madson yesterday… also, I didn’t realize Wade Davis has a 4 BB/9 going into last night before he loaded the bases with nobody out before getting out of it with 2 Ks and a fly out.

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: For the record, you helped with your “he hasn’t been that bad” comment.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I screwed up

  26. Waiverzzz says:
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    Duvall or Paulo?

  27. jon says:
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    Hey Grey,

    A. Duvall or T. Shaw ROS? 12-team 5×5 h2h. thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon: Duvall

  28. scott steelers says:
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    Cmart is my first SP of the week vs cubs today… would you start or bench him?

  29. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Rock bottom on Harvey I think. That said in one league where I’m 5-2 I did move him. So other can get some sense of value on him. In my salary cap keep league, the deal was… Harvey $18 for 2 year and Melancon $12 for 2 years for Taijuan Walker $21 for 3 years and Hector Rondon $1 for 2 years. I’m in a dogfight with 3 teams in my division so can’t wait for Harvey to get right…

  30. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h
    who would you start today?
    Khris Davis @ SEA (iwakuma) $-2.5
    Adam Duvall @ LAD (kazmir) $-8.2
    Trayce Thompson vs. CIN (straily) $-5.6

  31. ThE sHiT says:
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    To start or not to start: Santiago @TEX?

  32. Neogonzo Mourning says:
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    A useless backup for fantasy could be a Cleat Filler

  33. Shark says:
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    Drop Gerardo Parra for any of the following? UTIL spot in OPS league.

    C. Carter, J. Harrison, L. Martin, K. Davis, C. Beltran

  34. Jack florida says:
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    14 team roto , maybin or L Martin?
    Great write up as usual

  35. Basement Artie says:
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    Can we get Chris Crocker to do a “Leave Harvey Alone” video?

  36. Joel says:
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    Hi Grey. Would you trade a struggling Justin Upton for a struggling Matt Harvey? I’m ok in hitting, with Duvall and/or Leonys Martin to fill in for Upton, but could use some pitching. BTW, it’s a QS league, not wins. Thanks!

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Joel:
      Was considering offering the same thing. I dont play Upton since i have Trout, Springer, Polanco, and Mazara, and we count Ks so Upton would be killing me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Sounds decent

  37. Wywyz says:
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    Orlando worth a pickup? Can he keep this up?

    • knucks says:
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      @Wywyz: Depends on league size and who your dropping. Likely better options if its not deep as hell. He’ll get a decent chance at full PT in the next month or so. He looked like a fool in RF a few different times. So chance that may cost him PT if that part of his game keeps up.

  38. Wywyz says:
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    Offer Dozier and Corey Dickenson for Blackmon? Would Dozier and Will Myers be too much?

    • knucks says:
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      @Wywyz: Not too much, likely not enough. I’d be happy if either worked. Get rid of Dickerson first. The average has been below the mendoza line and has shown no sign of coming back up

  39. JLindz87 says:
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    The last resort backup is a teams Ace in the Hole…or Ace Hole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JLindz87: Ha, I think we have better

  40. Elsie Gulch…as in “last chance gulch”,aka Brandon Belt

  41. Matt says:
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    Being offered Odor for my V-Mart. 12-team h2h categories. Currently streaming 2b, and it ain’t goin so well

    • knucks says:
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      @Matt: Take Odor. Not sure where you are playing V-Mart right now (1B? or Util?). Pretty good chance the guy misses a bunch of games at some point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Agree with knucks

  42. Warren says:
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    A little weak on pitching, have Schoop and Odor. Odor for Harvey a ok buy low?

    • DozierTheDozierian says:
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      @Warren: I’d hold, that would be a bad deal.

  43. jason bourne says:
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    Need SP. Who is a good replacement if I drop Waino? Got JGuerra, Niese, Andriese, Taillon, Glasnow and rooks staring back on the waiver wire.

    • Cram It says:
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      @jason bourne: I’d start Guerra today.

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: Agree with Cram, streaming Guerra myself.

  44. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS

    Drop Sano for K. Davis, Valencia, Thompson?

    10 team H2H 6×6 OPS

    Drop J. Upton for Ozuna? Maybin?

  45. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    whats your thoughts on Alex Bregman,with the Stros slumping,could get a call

    • knucks says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Reed will come first. Bregman could end up at third I guess, but I wouldn’t think that happens until late AUG at the earliest. I believe Grey said SEP but maybe that was Ralph.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @knucks: Yeah I’m sticking with August. Unless Bregman can pitch….

  46. Carlos says:
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    My main catcher is Y Molina. I picked up M Wieters to stream and haven’t been able to drop him. One of them has to go though. Who would you drop? Thanks!

    • knucks says:
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      @Carlos: Both

      • Carlos says:
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        @knucks:

        Unfortunately, “both” is not feasible, because every fantasy team must play a catcher. “Both” was also not an option in the question.

        I do thank you, however, for your well thoughout, reasoned, and argued analysis.

        • knucks says:
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          @Carlos: Hahah sorry Carlos, I realize it’s not an option. Just being a cheeky slag. Frankencatcher for life! Good luck ROS.

      • Carlos says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you sir

  47. Scott says:
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    Unfortunately, Teheran has a 10% win rate, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

  48. knucks says:
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    In case we aren’t keeping score, its 18-15…

    Jeanmar (18) vs. Villar (15) for SAGNOF man of the year

    Like Villar’s chances here, though Jeanmar has the edge right now on both the scoreboard and sparsity of category. Only 30 guys getting saves at a given time. Or 28 if you take out the twins and reds. Villar will move to third if Arcia comes up. But Neris will close if Jeanmar botches a save or three.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Agreed, I think they can share the prize even

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: No one is keeping score. Because nobody caught that I was looking at his K’s not his SVs! Idiot! Jeanmar broke a 15-15 tie with save #16 today. We’ll see what Villar has to say about that in a few hours!

  49. Scott says:
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    I have an open slot. Pick up Colby Rasmus or Joey Rickard?

  50. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    You gave the name yourself: “Have curiosity in James Loney” could be that last resort option.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I like Loney Island

        • K Dot C says:
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          Feeling Loney on the Bench

  51. Strolg says:
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    A. Kevin Millar called Blackmon ‘Chuck Nasty’ last night, which made me laugh.
    B. Owned Beltran in my RCL for the last week and I feel dirty. Wearing protection though.
    C.

    • Delino Dewitch & Dewardrobe says:
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      @Strolg: @Chuck_Nazty is his twitter handle. So give Blackmon the credit, not Millar!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strolg: What Delino said…

  52. Phil of the Future says:
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    Yo, BB.
    I’m losing my grip on the season in my main. Unfamiliar territory. I’ve written the commissioner asking to abolish pitching stats for the year. Will keep you posted….

    I was shopping Segura and he had to go get hit on the head. Hope he’s okay. What level pitcher you think is reasonable for him if he’s fine. Could i get a Kluber? or maybe a notch lower.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: You getting Kluber feels like a stab in the dark like OJ, but you can try it

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: I hear ya, bud. I got a guy ready to move Stroman but i have enough AL east pitchers I don’t want another. Maybe I’ll kick the tires on Lackey or Lester….
        I’ll get this figured out, BB. No matter even if I have to kill someone. Don’t even care.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s the spirit!

  53. Jurickson BROfar says:
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    Alex Reyes has decided to smoke fastballs instead of….. When are we adding him in 10 team-ers?

  54. Scott says:
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    What are some good “vulture wins” Middle Relievers?

    • knucks says:
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      @Scott: This is kinda like asking the bodega clerk, “Which one of these lottery tickets is more likely to win?”

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: 7th/8th inning guys. I hope you’re not looking for names.

    • tyler says:
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      @Scott: What about Erasmo?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scott: Today I’m streaming Bryan Shaw and Xavier Cedeno. Both have a chance at vulture saves, which means they could be in line for vulture wins.

  55. Lee says:
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    When Boxberger comes back I need to drop someone. I like all of my pitching,so thinking a position playter, which would bring me to only 1 bench. Are Dozier or Myers droppable at this point?

    • knucks says:
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      @Lee: In some leagues… Who are you playing over them? You prob don’t need anymore then one bench guy. But that can also depend on league size/categories/etc

      • Lee says:
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        @knucks: 10 team H2H using OPS instead of BA. Based on 2nd 1st and OF positions these 2 have: Using Diaz at 2nd. Agon at 1st, Belt at CI, Polanco, Martinez, Betts at OF, Castellanos and Pederson at Util. So Myers and Dozier are my 2 bench guys. Realmuto, Donaldson, Bogarts, Corey Seager round out my team. It’s either drop one of these guys or drop a SP: Odorizzi, Rodon Kennedy, Gausman, McCullers are my weakest, but don’t see any of them as droppable right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lee: Drop Myers

  56. boognish says:
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    My Corey Seager for His Carrasco? I have Bogaerts & Kang for SS, league doesn’t use MI position…10 team redraft 6×6 (OPS)

    Thanks!

    • knucks says:
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      @boognish: Yea I would do that deal in a redraft. Otherwise you are just wasting Seager’s value away on your bench. Xander B is gonna be on base all year, in the most potent lineup in baseball. You won’t miss Seager much.

  57. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    Weekly H2H, 10-team. I’m one of those knuckleheads who cashed in on Trumbo’s hot start and my return was Wacha (I was looking for a boring but dependable #3). He’s been meh, god-awful, and atrocious in his last three starts, respectively. Bench until he gets a couple solid starts and then try to move him? Or cut bait entirely and stream that spot?

    Second: Who do you like better ROS in a league counting both Wins + QS? Tomlin or Wisler? Underlying stats for both scream regression so it seems like a toss-up.

      • DozierTheDozierian says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man. Things are going to get worse before they get better with a start in Washington next!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  58. Z-Easy says:
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    In an OBP SLG league, considering the unknown with Yelich’s injury and a potential midseason trade out of Colorado for CarGo, who is more valuable ROS – CarGo or Yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Z-Easy: CarGo gets traded every year out of Colorado

  59. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    Sup Grey

    We trusting Nola @Detroit this afternoon? SoN doesn’t like it but Nola has had 6(!) straight quality starts.

    Also Parra, L. Martin, or Gallo ROS?

    Thanks again man. Really enjoying Hittertron and SoN so far

    • Cram It says:
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      @Here Comes the Pizza: I’m sitting him. That offense scares me at home.

      • Here Comes the Pizza says:
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        @Cram It: Appreciate it and yeah I’m leaning that way too. He could manage to get a win with how Anibal is struggling lately though

  60. Five-On-One says:
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    Hi all. I am looking for some help interpreting hitter tron outputs. There seems to be no relationship between adding up the daily values for the next seven days and the value for the next seven days. For example, I am looking at MIs. Brad Miller’s next seven day value is +$2.4, yet if you add up the daily values for the next seven days, the result is -$31.9. For comparison, Scooter Gennett’s similar values are -$2.1 (next 7 day value) and +$40.6 (sum of daily values for next 7 days). Can anyone (Grey, Rudy, anyone) explain this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: You should ask Rudy in the comments on Hitter-Tron, he will be pinged and answer you

  61. Colon Bartolow says:
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    Own Gregerson. Keep Will Harris as a security blanket or drop for Colome? Thanks!

  62. Chris says:
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    Grey,

    Best to hold Harvey?
    I got offerred Rodon for Harvey.

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I’d take Rodon there

  63. knucks says:
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    In Yahoo… Does anyone know the easiest way to look at the stats that players have given you thus far this season? As in when you start them only, subtracting stats accumulated on the bench… I know I’ve done it before, just can’t find the tool here.

    I know that Khris has a ridiculous number of homers and RBI thus far. But my bench is beating me, by a lot, if we were in a h2h matchup since Day 1. I just want to know what the score is.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: NM!!! Found the team log button.

      Also, if anyone cares, Khris is 6 for 53 with 1 homer and 1 RBI for my roto squad. My only bench bat. If this isn’t the prime example of how pointless bench bats are, I’d like to hear a better one.

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Wow, this is a really depressing chart to look at. I will be spending the ROS re-forgetting where the Team Log button is. Such bummer to look at. Though that could also speak to my early season mis-management. Eff you Trevor May!!!

        All the things that make me happy, I already knew. Everything that makes me sad, just makes it hurt that much more. Helpful to judge my streaming choices thus far though.

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        @knucks: hahaha, that Krush line is epic. that sucks bro.

  64. Branta says:
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    Glossary term for last resort back ups, which could also double as the website that teams find said back ups: Rotten Schmotatoes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Branta: HA, I like that, will add to the list

  65. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Uno mas:

    Last resort = Broken Heel. Set the scene…….it’s 3AM, after a long day of beating the kids and kicking the dog you just drank every wine cooler and the last of the peppermint schnapps the local Elks Lodge #734 had. As you put out that last Winston 100, you look across and see her; that single mother of 2 with mascara stains down her face, ripped pantyhose, and….one Broken Heel. You aren’t writing home to mother about it, you aren’t keeping her, but the needs of both parties are met.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I thought you were going to a place where Jake the Snake Roberts was doing crack in his hotel room, because he was broken and once a heel

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: The Brooklyn Brawler is the ultimate heel. Jobber like Al Snow. Head.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just realized you’re in Pittsburgh, you don’t need docs to depress you!

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Ouch! Don’t you know we have rivers, and sandwiches with fries, and bridges? Did I mention the rivers?!?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear there’s three of them… My cousin was a professor at Carnegie Mellon, I’ve heard good things about the city, tbh…Not great thihngs, mind you, good

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Oh nice. Ha, yeah it’s cool here. Did your cousin teach Girl Talk?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wish, I love his mixtapes… Triple Double off All Day is my jammy jam

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: Oh for real? I’ve only heard Feed the Animals.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah it’s off the chizzies

  66. Scott says:
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    Pillar or Duvall?

    • knucks says:
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      @Scott: Pillar for a mix of very light power/25-ish steal speed. Duvall for 27ish power by the end of the year, as Grey noted. Also, Duvall right now. Especially with Coors coming up next week. Pillar has been overvalued thus far. I used him as a throw in, in a trade, then picked up Dyson. Won’t miss Pillar at all. SAGNOF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with knucks

  67. Lucc says:
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    Hahahaha, seriously mean gene was 50 in 1988…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lucc: I thought he was 75 then

  68. Cram It says:
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    A Jerry-rig Hairston

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Ha, I like it, Rudy doesn’t like terms from players’ names

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I’ll take that, not a complete fail!

  69. Joe Cool says:
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    Leonys, Napoli, Saunders, and Lamb are available. Should I drop any of the following to pick them up and slot at of/util: Belt, Heyward, Cozart, Will Harris? It’s a standard 12-teamer. (My OF is JD, Odubel, Valencia)

  70. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    You starting Rubby tonight @Pit?

    Thanks

    • knucks says:
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      @Eric: I’m not, but I’ll be cyclopsing and trying to add him before anyone else if the first few innings go well

  71. Marc says:
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    Have Devon Travis on dl coming back this weekend
    Drop schoop, Leonys, villar for him or just drop Travis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marc: Drop Travis

  72. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have Upton languishing on my bench in two leagues where I am otherwise loaded with hitting. Should i just cut him loose, or is it worth continuing to stash him in hopes of an eventual breakout? In one league I’d use the spot for streamers, and in another I’d pick up a saves speculation guy like Doolittle. Not exactly sexy options, but is another roster spot to play around with more valuable than Upton at this point? Thanks!

    • Matt says:
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      @Matt: For reference:
      In league one I have:
      OF – Trout
      OF – Braun
      OF – Springer
      UTIL – Pujols
      UTIL – K Davis
      Bench – Saunders
      Bench – Upton

      and in league two:
      OF – Polanco
      OF – Marte
      OF – Just Dong Martinez
      UTIL – Votto
      UTIL – K Davis
      Bench – Freeman
      Bench – Upton
      So at this point Upton is only my second bench guy, meaning I won’t even really be playing him on full schedule days unless there are multiple injuries / bad matchups.

  73. CMUTimmah says:
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    The last resort backup that isn’t ownable for fantasy should have a glossary term name

    -Well Paid Jalopy
    -Ugly Bridesmaid – Nobody wants her, but she’s still part of the show.
    -A real Joe Biden (one death away from being president, but the Dems didn’t even consider him to run in 2016… therefore – good enough to backup, but not good enough to start.)
    -A Maxi Pad – They’ll delay a complete blood bath, however, you’ll still have one if you leave him in there too long (this might be better served for a 5th starter that shouldn’t pitch a third time through the order)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: I like Joe Biden, but could get dated once he dies, will add it to the list

  74. dizzystpizzy says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Given your comments about Rendon today, would you be rostering him in a standard 12 team roto over Schoop, Neil Walker, Lawrie, or J Harrison for 2B? Limited moves so can’t just stream 2B as I’d like to. Team is pretty even so not in need of anything special from this position.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dizzystpizzy: He wasn’t over Schoop in my preseason rankings, no way would he be today… In limited moves though, I’d hold

  75. Marc says:
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    Drop Leonys or villar if good on speed and pick up Duvall for series @brewers and @rockies?

  76. Marc says:
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    Starting guerra vs stl if he pitched well tonight?

    • knucks says:
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      @Marc: He’s facing the Barves… so not gonna tell us much (unless he looks like shit). Looked good against the Cubbies. Up to you and how you feel about what the SON (NOT JB) thinks. Hint-SON not a big fan. Doesn’t even really like the start tonight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marc: Agree with knucks

  77. Im Ron Burgundy??? says:
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    Mccutchen for Jose F was offered to me where I get mccutch. I feel like at the beginning of the season that’s robbery … But now I feel confused and afraid … Help me. Am I dumb not to accept?

    • knucks says:
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      @Im Ron Burgundy???: Its fair and I’d take him if I had a hole in my OF. I’d then get my stream on, but this depends on your league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Im Ron Burgundy???: Ha, I’d take Cutch, but agree with knucks, matters on your OF and pitching

      • Im Ron Burgundy??? says:
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        @Grey: He’s my best pitcher and I have guys like verlander/hill/ordorizzi … But no ace. And we count losses so streaming is tricky

        But I also drafted Justin Upton in

        So it’s a wash…

  78. Marc says:
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    Start rubby vs Astros if it goes well tonight for him?

    • knucks says:
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      @Marc: I’d ask this again tomorrow, if you don’t already have your answer by then.

  79. Reds Fan says:
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    Drop Valencia for Weiters? Have Grandal but doing nothing.

    • knucks says:
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      @Reds Fan: Don’t carry 2 catchers. Drop Grandal instead if you want Wieters.

  80. Dan says:
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    Oh Greyt Sensei, I am winning a 10 team 6 category Roto league by 4 pts and am 10’s across board in pitching (Kershaw, Strasburg, Cole big three) but am really struggling in most hitting categories except steals – was offered Bryant, Wisler, and Estrada for Franco, Lester, and Colome. Leaning towards doing it. Thoughts? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Take Bryant

  81. Jedimasters says:
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    Good stuff Grey. I have Segura and need a fill in until we know his status.

    S. Castro, Lawrie, Dozier, Russell, Schoop, Duffy (Giants get 3 games in Coors starting Fri) are the available 2B in my 10 team points league. Thank you.

  82. Jedimasters says:
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    Grey, SON does not like Matz today $-4.6 at Washington (Roark). Start him?

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        @Grey: So, that looks likes it was pretty decent call Grey :). Thanks for me too, I did a find on Matz in the comments just to make sure you were starting him today, so thanks for affirming that. Matz has been an absolute beast!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  83. Young Nastyman says:
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    I am still in the buy-low zone for harvey. I offered Franco/VV to a phils fan for Encarnacion and Harvey…thoughts?

  84. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Last resort backup = Papa Roach

  85. Hmmm says:
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    I have Joey Gallo and L. Martin on the wire are they worth a add or should I hold?

    People I could potentially drop for them:
    G. Parra (he is a bench bat, he sits behind JD Martinez, betts, polanco, and trout who fill up my of/utl spots)

    Glasnow( I also have Taillon but he seems like he will be coming up soon)

    Ziegler. (I have Jeffress, and papelbon as my other closers)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hmmm: Lose Glasnow for Martin

  86. knucks says:
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    Even the 7 Line Army couldn’t help Harvey pull his head out of his ass last night! They came down to DC with LGM chants. Left, tails between legs, muttering LGH. Lets Go Home :(

    The stuff about the 2nd/3rd time through the order is scary as hell as a Mets fan. Hopefully Matz can bring it tonight.

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: It was great to here the Mets constituency be louder than the home crowd thus far in the series. I like our chances in the case of Matz v Roark.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: I hope deGrom looks better because I have shares of him, but Harvey looked decent early then long unintentional fart

  87. Swfcdan says:
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    Why the hell don’t head plunkings get you a suspension!? Jose “no clue where the ball is going” Caminero plunked 2 batters on the head yesterday, finally getting tossed after the 2nd. Players could do it intentionally for all we know. Maybe Caminero wasn’t convinced that Segura would be concussed so made sure he hit another.

    Make there be a god damn penalty the same as a 7day DL concussion trip, 7 games for beaning someone above the shoulders MLB ffs (Segura owner of course…).

    Is Jon Gray ownable in 12 teamers? Thought he’d be a road only play but not after getting lit up last time out. Own Wisler of Oz over him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: I’d own neither, they’re streamers

  88. Dropping Dingleberries says:
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    Keeper league…

    Have an empty roster spot until Trea Turner is called up. Need a useful all category, slot him in kind of guy. Choices are Trayce, Leonys, Danny Valencia, Dannys Antana, Melky Cabrera? Not great options – but ones that are spoken of here often. Thanks as always!

  89. Tulowitzki To The Walls says:
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    Arrieta and Lackey for Arenado and Melancon?

    10 team 5×5 ROTO Non-Keeper, already leading in HR RBI…

    • knucks says:
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      @Tulowitzki To The Walls: I’d do this in a heartbeat, regardless of your lead in power. Its gonna feel like a dagger to a lot of your leaguemates. Rack up an even more ridiculous lead in those categories now, then trade some for pitching later if you want. Or find some cheap pitching on the wire, which shouldn’t be too difficult to stream in a 10 teamer.

      • Tulowitzki To The Walls says:
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        @knucks: Do you like Arrieta and Lackey for Arenado and Melancon or Arrieta and Jansen for Arenado?

        • knucks says:
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          @Tulowitzki To The Walls: That’s up to you and your situation with saves, would you rather give or get them? I don’t really care about Lackey, value wise. If it helps net me the Torenado, he’s good as gone. I’ll find a streamer instead.

          • Tulowitzki To The Walls says:
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            @knucks: I have the second to least saves, his closers are: Davis, Chapman, Melancon and Allen

            • knucks says:
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              @Tulowitzki To The Walls: The closer thing doesn’t matter. Except I don’t get why you would consider giving up Jansen, if you have a saves issue. Get Arenado now, before he pulls the plug on the deal.

              • Tulowitzki To The Walls says:
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                @knucks: Ok, thanks Knucks. Who do you like better: Melancon or Allen?

      • Tulowitzki To The Walls says:
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        @Grey: But isn’t Arrieta ( and Kershaw ((and Thor)) (((and sale))) ) irreplaceable for ratios and W’s? Especially in a season with such volatility in quality arms. He’s Automatic, I know in the Rankings you said last year was the year to own Arrieta, but don’t you think he’s having even a better year this year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A bat that plays every day is more valuable than a once a week SP, especially in a 10 team league

          • Tulowitzki To The Walls says:
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            @Grey: Melancon or Allen? Thanks for your help Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Flip a coin

        • knucks says:
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          @Tulowitzki To The Walls: Grey’s comment here is very important if your gonna be playing in Roto. If you are looking at the rankings, there is a reason why Kershaw wasn’t even in the first round. What Kershaw has been doing, is what we’ve expected.

          And not only is he a bat that plays everyday… Did you look at last years numbers? 1st round talent that plays at Coors. Make this happen for yourself, please!

  90. jdub01984 says:
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    Is Jason Heyward going to ever remember what the big wooden sick he carries up to the plate is for, or should I be looking to drop him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jdub01984: I’m concerned about his wrist, tbh

  91. Jay says:
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    @grey, How much Does Giancarlo Stanton’s value drop in a league that has OPS and K’s as offensive categories?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: OPS drops his value?

  92. Tony C says:
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    Grey I’m literally sitting at my desk reading your article and laughing out loud. Which cares what people think? I loved the password reference in the Cam Maybin blurb!

    So while I’m here, I offered Moustakas and/or Lamb for Segura which was quickly rejected. He countered with Segura for my Starling Marte which I rejected. Would u trade any of these OFs for Segura: Marte, Ozuna or Mazara? I currently have Pearce and Travis for 2b on my roster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks! Segura could be out for a while with a concussion, I wouldn’t mess with him now

  93. Rbglade says:
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    15 team mixed roto 6×6 ( 5 standard offensive cats with OBP added for 6th one

    Who has the most value going forward?
    CJ From, J Dyson, D Santana, P Alvarez, Goeddel…

    Thanks in advance

  94. Chris says:
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    My Trumbo & Sam Dyson for Harvey (and pick up Mazara?)

    12-team Yahoo 5×5 with OBP, picked Trumbo off waivers in early April and he’s been in my Util spot (Miggy @ 1B) most nights, though I rotate him with Parra/Gattis.

    Been trying to sell high on Trumbo for a while but no one is biting in my league. Not even for someone like Rodon. Best offer I got is Rich Hill.

    I am dead last in SV and Dyson is my only closer. My SP is not good. Carrasco/Smyly/Gausman/Iglesias/Karns/VV/Eickhoff/Snell/Taillon (obv. hoping for second half surge). I think I am toast in SV.

    I think it might be worth the gamble to pick up Harvey now for 2 guys that were essentially free to acquire… I can pick up Mazzara/J. Turner etc. to replace Trumbo on offense. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I think Trumbo should get you a safer SP

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey:

        The Trumbo hate is strong in my league… The guys who have pitchers in the tier I want to target (Greinke, Scherzer, Kluber, etc.) have full hitting and aren’t dealing. I rejected this trade anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

          • Chris says:
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            @Grey:

            Rejected based on your advice, I might add – always appreciated!

  95. a bag of sand says:
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    Give JFer for Harvey & Carrasco?
    10 team h2h pts

  96. Big league choo says:
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    10 team h2h 6×6 OBP / QS

    Starling marte/jo-Fer for trout/hendricks

    Starling marte /jo-fer for trout/rich hill

  97. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Grey! You starting A Nola today at Tigers…team .Innings cap of 1400 Ip…thanks

      • JohnnyBeGood says:
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        @Grey: Yea i went that way…thanks bud

  98. G says:
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    Hey Grey. Would you drop Wei Chen at this point for any of Tropeano, Rubby, or Karns?

    • knucks says:
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      @G: I’d hold until after his start against the Barves on Saturday if you can. Those arms aren’t gonna make a world of a difference over Chen. But right now, Rubby would be my choice if I did make a move (depending on how he looks, health and performance wise tonight).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Agree with knucks

  99. Reid says:
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    Great entry Grey! I read every morning and smile. Amazing insight, comedy, and camaraderie on this site.

    Have a great Wed- Oh God the camel arrived. “HUMP DAAAY!”

  100. So true…how does a professional GM look at Miller and get excited, and say let’s plug him into Coors South…that’ll work…oh yeah, how could none of these other stupid GMs see my genius!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: But it’s Dave Stewart, kung fu master!

      • @Grey: I can see how he went for Greinke…even though you and I see that move and immediately say, well I’m avoiding Greinke this year…but Miller, not one guy I know is even remotely surprised…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What he gave too, oy

  101. Steve says:
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    Son ranks streaming:

    Peavy, Folty & Guerra (negative)

    Trust any of them today?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Don’t know matchups

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey:
        Peavy v SD
        Folty v MIL
        Guerra @ ATL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m starting all of them in different leagues

  102. Richard says:
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    First you say Teheran is a dumpster fire so I drop him and he turns into an ace, now you say wacha is droppable. I’m gonna give wacha some rebound opportunities for sure. I should have more faith in my draft picks.

  103. I have no idea what you are looking at with Rendon???

    Since I said here that he was my top Buy candidate:

    27/100 19R 3HR 13RBI 4SB .800OPS

    Good for a top 100 hitter, that you could plug into MI, that you could’ve bought for a signed copy of your 2013 draft sheet…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Bleh, he’s so whatever, and I own him in a league

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: I agree with Wake Up… guy was the best hitting prospect of his draft, hit will in the minors when he didn’t destroy his ankle, and has seemingly turned it around of late.

        He’s hitting gaps… eventually some of those balls will start hitting seats. I understand the blah feeling because of that 3 HR number, but he’s capable of .290 the rest of the way and qualifies for 2B/3B in every format. Nobody drafted him high, so his floor feels better than hoping another guy reaches his ceiling. We shall see, it’s a long season… we’re all speculating at this point to some degree.

        In leagues with a MI, he has value IMO, but I can see where so far he isn’t causing blood to flow south.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s been about two-thirds the player of Josh Harrison

  104. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    Taillon is having his next AAA start skipped… just call him up already Pirates!!! stop toying with us.

    • Coolwhip

      Todd25 says:
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      @Todd25: “General manager Neil Huntington said Taillon is healthy, and this is just part of the plan to allow him to pitch later in the season.”

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Todd25: He’s only getting skipped because I planned on watching Glasnow this weekend in Pawtucket. Now Glasnow is going Friday night. The whole world revolves around slighting me. It’s a curse.

        Taillon pitches Sunday, so I should be able to catch his start.

    • B the Esq. says:
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      @Todd25: Preserving innings….June 1 is probably the call up, or shortly thereafter. Unfortunately they may skip some starts through the season to preserve him as well when he is up.

  105. ty says:
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    Dropping Chen for either of these 2 start pitchers for next week…
    Gausman ,Tomlin or hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ty: List matchups

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey:
        Tomlin is at home against Tex and KC
        Gausman is also at home vs Bos and NYY

  106. Danny.... (with two N's) says:
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    ROS
    Duvall, Soler, Mel Upton, Leonys for my 4th OF spot (to take place of Heyward).

  107. JWRAY says:
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    I’ve got Darvish coming off the DL and I need to drop someone. I’ve got Rodon, Martz, Salazar, Walker, Gio Gonzalez, and Harvey. I’m thinking of dropping Gio and hoping that Harvey gets his shitzzz together soon. Or should I look at another to drop instead? Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JWRAY: Losing Gio is fine

  108. Dropping a Duda says:
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    Last resort player = hooknasty.

  109. ThE sHiT says:
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    Thoughts on Jarrett Parker for a 12 team h2h with deep bench? The drop would be either Gallo or Mahtook

  110. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    crappy backup = King Tommen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd25: Ha, but I think we have better

  111. Jonathan A says:
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    Liriano for Matz?

  112. I only use Grey Poupon because of Razzball says:
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    Just picked up McCullers off waivers with my streamer spot, now looking to free up space. Thoughts on flipping Conforto/Liriano for Cain? My remaining starters would be Strasburg, Quintana, Matz, Hammel, Rodon, McCullers, [Streamer] Iglesias (DL). 12T H2H

  113. Roger Anderson says:
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    For some. Reason I find myself with. An excess of 2B players. 10 team H2H league.
    Who to droop
    Jed Lowrie (was great last year before DL, just coming off DL today?)
    R. Odor
    N Walker
    Brock Holt (love his multi-position eligibility)

  114. GoodWood says:
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    Please pick a side. Or is it just moving around lawn chairs?
    Thanks and have a great Memorial Day weekend

    Ortiz & Lackey or VMart & Archer

  115. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I’ll be at the Dbacks/Pirates game….want me to deliver Polanco a love letter or anything?

    “Oh shit, there’s stickers”

  116. Andy says:
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    Who would you want at 3B rest of season? Kang or Valencia?

      • Andy says:
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        @Grey: Really? Good. That’s who I have. Thanks again.

  117. JoeG414 says:
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    Harper sitting today , Thank Goodness .

    • knucks says:
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      @JoeG414: That’s great news, I don’t own him and also LGM! Now if only Murph would take a chill pill…

  118. JoeG414 says:
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    Weather Issues in Minn and Stl this early afternoon.
    Anyone have updates ?

    • knucks says:
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      @JoeG414: Stl doesn’t look like an issue. Maybe a delay, but with the game so early in the day, they’ll get it in. Just a matter of if they start and stop if you care about Arrietta/C-Mart.

      Can’t speak to the MIN one.

  119. Tio says:
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    Grey,

    Can we get some commentary on some of the Royals new players?

    Cheslor Cuthbert & Whit Merrifield. Sounds like names from Game of Thrones. Is George RR Martin the GM of KC? No wonder his book is delayed by 7 years.

    I bet you own them in your AL-only leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tio: Currently filling in for banged up Royals, not much here outside of AL-Only leagues

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

    Yikes SON really changed its tune on these guys since I last asked you about starting them! Up by 28 in my H2H Points match-up so should I start or sit these guys today?

    Guerra @ATL (-3.4)
    Matz @WAS (-2.8)

  121. Mike says:
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    Rangers called up Gallo to sit on the bench in back to back days. Forget our fake baseball, that seems like really dumb thing to do to a kid in real baseball.

    Back to fake baseball, hold on to him, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Ha, I know… I’d hold for another day or two

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: if you could ship him for Taillon, would you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who

          • Mike says:
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            @Grey: Gallo for Taillon?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sure

  122. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Last Resort Option = Scrubber Duckie
    In honor of Pretty In Pink’s famous friend zone banished scrub. Billy is always picked last, that benchwarmer is such a Scrubber Duckie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I like it, will add to list

      • Bill Lumbergh says:
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        @Grey: I like Scrubstitute – great choice! Do I get an assist for being the one to introduce Scrub?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

          • Bill Lumbergh says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey! I’m targeting the Magic Johnson Award for most Razzball Glossary assists! Although perhaps an award with that title would best be bestowed upon either Tehol Beddict or frequent commenter Nick The Dick for a completely different accomplishment…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Snap!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wait, is that an AIDS crack?

  123. scott steelers says:
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    Duvall or sano?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  124. Segura can’t have anything nice…I want to root for this guy so much, and he just has the worst luck…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At least his own teammate didn’t boink him on the melon this time

      • @Grey: True…

    • Coolwhip

      Todd25 says:
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      @Wake Up: Agree 100%. I’m rooting for the guy big time. As an Angels fan, like him as a prospect and was pissed when we shipped him out for Greinke, and then proceeded to let Greinke walk out the door to Dodgers for simply more money. So basically gave him up for nothing. Yet Moreno and the office was totally cool with making it rain for every other aging star. Wish the GM had the foresight to bring him back for pennies-on-the-dollar to play 2nd instead of Giovatella/Pennington, the blehtoon.

  125. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Term = Fat Ferderline

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think we have better

  126. Dawg says:
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    A weird “DL Swap-like” trade, but would you trade Tyson Ross for Logan Forsythe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  127. Jedimasters says:
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    Polanco or Cain ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  128. JimmyJackJames says:
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    Grey, keep up the good work man, appreciate what you do.

    Would you deal Iwakuma for Shelby straight up or you think he’s totally broken? Deep roto with QS instead of W.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  129. Btdrnks says:
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    Good stuff as always Grey! What can I expect as a reasonable return for King Felix in a 12-team keeper points league where we keep 10 forever? Pitching is a horded by any and all in this league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe a low #1 OF?

  130. knucks says:
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    And just like that Ned leaves Dyson out of the lineup in favor of Whit.

    Whit the eff Ned, Duffey is a Righty! He must really not care about how guys are doing defensively.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Def ugh. This is the kind of game where I swap Dyson out for some other clown and Dyson pinch runs and gets three legs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I had to go with Orlando

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Yea, did the same. Not happy about it at all.

            But in the same league, I just added/DL’ed both Wilmer Flores and Duda in a league of half Mets fans. Pretty satisfied with those stashes in a 12 team roto. Could pay off well if Wilmer plays for a month at 1B, but can be started at SS in Yahoo.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Now I see Lindor is out, and I have no more maneuverability to fill him in

  131. Dominc says:
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    Maybin Martin Beltran

    Please rank in an OBP lg. Thanks for all the feedback G!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin, Belt

  132. I just posted this on my message board…

    “I’m going to dominate soon! I’m close. Doubt me if you want… We’ll see. “

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You like Atmosphere? Not oxygen, CO2 and shizz, the rapper…

      • @Grey: Just a ten letter word…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, liking his new album (that is actually two years old)

          • @Grey: I remember liking “The Waitress” too…(not just cuz of my boy Charlie)

            What else should I listen to?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Have We Ain’t Gonna Die Today on repeat

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: So you have his older stuff too then?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, had all of his older stuff, loving the new album, surprised I didn’t know about it

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Cool, you’re caught up then.

                Ha. Yeah, I definitely walked around randomly singing “we ain’t gonna die today” when I first heard it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s my new jammy jam!

                  • @Grey: Thanks I’ll check it out.

                    Just in case you didn’t see it…

                    Justin Verlander Verified account
                    [email protected]

                    I’m going to dominate soon! I’m close. Doubt me if you want… We’ll see. #gotigers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, well, in that case!

  133. Chris says:
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    Possibility of acquiring Cole Hamels for my Jason Hammel in a h2h points league. Seems like a no brainer?Jason Hammel has scored alot for me in our point setup but I think his value is elevated by playing on the Cubs. Should I take Cole Hamels and is this close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s close, apples for apples

  134. Ricky D says:
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    12 team 6×6 (Holds and Saves) weekly HTH 5 SP and 3 RP slots

    I’m thinking about dropping a mid tier pitcher (Chen) and picking up D. Phelps to focus on trying to win Saves and Holds every week (Essentially punting wins tho I have Tanaka, Maeda, and Nola as SPs) I already have Colome taking up a SP slot along with my RPs Miller, Harris, and Casilla. How viable a strategy is this? Makes sense in my mind, but wanted to see someone punch some holes in it.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t punt SPs

    • knucks says:
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      @Ricky D: Agree with G for whatever that is worth. However, pretty surprised to hear that Phelps is available in a Saves/Holds league like that. I’d find room another way if I could. Any bench bats?

      • Ricky D says:
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        @knucks: Fielder, Heyward, Semien, Park, and Holliday

        Maybe Semien? I have Bogaerts as my other SS.

  135. Aaron Sorekin says:
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    I am trying to figure out why Iwakuma is the #1 ranked pitcher on the stream-o-nator…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good matchup @home

  136. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Heyward or Khris Davis? League counts R, HR, RBI, BA, SB, OBP, Ks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Mazara or Davis?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maz

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: Maz has been chilling on the wire for like a month now – I don’t think I can ignore him. I was going to make fun of the guy who dropped him, but he had dropped Maz for JBJ, so he came out ahead.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  137. Garbage Day says:
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    Pederson or Robert Duvall, now, ROS and forever they both shall live?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joc

      • Garbage Day says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man! One more…

        Rank em: Duvall, Park, Valencia, Fat Adams

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Valencia, Duvall

          • Garbage Day says:
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            @Grey: Thanks again. It’d be toit if Duvall could get 1B designation. He’s played there a few times, and used to be one.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed

  138. OdubelBubble says:
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    My Votto and Segura for his Bogaerts. If I do it I’m committed to Pujols at 1B. Would have to wait for Segura to not be dtd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Xander

  139. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Next up in way of delayed comment installs:

    In yesterday’s article you commented that you were tempted to put quotation marks around Hugh Jackman’s “wife.” If this is because you think she looks a bit manly, I’m surprised you didn’t mention her surname. Seriously! I don’t think it means she hot; that’s a furnace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pics of him holding her hand, looks like he’s with his grandmother

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: Ah. I guess she’s his cougar! I shall call her Scar to embed the advanced age and possible relation connotation.

        The first thing I thought when I looked for pics was, “Who do we blame for the hats?”

  140. The Tucker says:
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    Great stuff Grey!

    R HR RBI SB TB AVG OPS

    Which side do you like ROS?

    Betts/Xander or Correa/Springer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  141. Do you still have faith in Heyward in a 14-team roto league? He’s been so frustrating to own, but it’s also still May and he was a fourth-round pick.

    Obviously it depends who I’d replace him with …. the candidates are Beltran, Grichuk, Granderson … or to create a roster spot for a hot hitter.

    He’s basically a fifth OF/UTIL for me at this point behind Polanco, Saunders, Khris Davis, and Belt and I have Sano and Valencia eligible at 3B/OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, no faith, but I’d hold him

      • @Grey: OK … thanks. At least I had him rostered for his one homer….

  142. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey. I am giving no context, but simply put am i giving up too much if i deal my Salazar for C Seagar? I need the hitting more than pitching, and SS has been my black hole all year. I offered Taijuan for Seagar, but the A-hole rejected it and wont budge on Salazar. I dont like it, but I feel forced. Thank you as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  143. knucks says:
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    Better late than never Yahoo… but you should at least get his name right.

    “Closing Time: No worries about ‘Leonis’ Martin”.

    Nice try.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  144. Pita pan express says:
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    These Harvey owners are as stubborn as the mets keep rejecting my trade offers! Should I try with J Upton or just move on grey ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try Upton

  145. Great White Noth says:
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    @Scott: Evaluate the following trade: My second waiver slot for Matt Harvey on the wire?

    • knucks says:
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      @Great White Noth: Might be the best wire flier chance you have ROS. If it doesn’t work out, that sucks. But don’t overvalue the waiver slot.

      • Great White Noth says:
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        @knucks: Thanks! Ima do it.

        • knucks says:
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          @Great White Noth: Good luck! He’ll likely hit the DL or get a start skipped. Hopefully he gets it together within a month or so.

  146. Marc says:
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    Duvall vs Davies, Anderson, and Nelson in Milwaukee

    Or Leonys vs Phil Hughes, dean (lhp) , nolasco in seattle

    • Marc says:
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      @Marc: or punt holds this week down 0-3 was going to drop peavy to pick up Nate jones since I need holds to beat the guy next week. Pretending like every weeks the championship. Will easily beat the guy in steals just don’t want to drop Leonys.

      Drop Leonys for Duvall don’t need the steals his team all power.
      Drop peavy for Duvall, or drop peavy for Nate jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leonys

  147. Big Al says:
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    Good morning Grey, thanks again for all the morning thoughts & laughs & answering all of our catcher questions.

    Got offered Posey for Shark today. 14-team weekly-set H2H, 6×6 OPS & QS.
    I have Vogt at catcher now. Rest of my pitching staff is Lester, Smyly, Gausman, Corbin, Eickoff, Fiers, with Britton & Gregorson closing. I am getting Carrasco back in a week or two, otherwise Conley or Finnegan or some streamer like Locke(ugh) would fill in until then.

    Trying to go back with EE & Samardzija for his Rizzo & Posey, but should I just take the first deal if he doesn’t bite on that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Posey

  148. Fungazi says:
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    Would you have hesitations in dropping any of these schmucks for hot schmotatoes in a 12 team league?

    Myers, Moustakas, Calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is this an essay question?

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Alright how about Tracey Thompson over any of those guys mentioned?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Which guys?

          • Fungazi says:
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            @Grey: Thompson over Wil Myers, Moustakas, or Calhoun. Moustakas might be going DL for the second time this month, leaning that way.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Myers

  149. Great White Noth says:
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    Oops, not sure why my question about Harvey went to Scott. His opinion would be nice too, though.

  150. Marc says:
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    Starting Nola?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      List matchups

  151. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you like Moustakas or Yasmany ROS?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose if healthy

  152. Big league choo says:
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    10 team h2h 6×6 OBP/QS league start 3OF one util looking to drop kemp for either prospect stash or streamer spot

    OF J.D./Marte/Heyward/Kemp

    Just stashed taillon, should I grab one of snell/urias/aj reed….or pick up nelson/wisler/corbin/hellickson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream

  153. alps88 says:
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    I agree The Mets and Harvey should put us out of our misery and put him on the DL already.
    He needs to figure things out and get his head on straight.
    That being said, I was offered 2 trade options for Harvey
    Wainwright for harvey
    or
    Conley for Harvey ( i already passed on this one but can still make the trade)
    The guy that has Conley likes Harvey
    You think if I offered Harvey and Franco for Salazar that its fair for both sides
    Or should I hold
    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are not good

      • alps88 says:
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        @Grey:
        so basically I am stuck with Harvey
        I cant drop him
        His value is at an all time low
        What pitcher do you realistically think I can trade for that’s fair for Harvey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe Ian Kennedy type?

  154. oneclap says:
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    The last resort backup that isn’t ownable for fantasy = Papa roach

    • knucks says:
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      @oneclap: I’d clap, but the guy in the dress beat you to this

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone said above

      • nick the dick says:
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        @knucks: @Grey: To me it’s no good anyway. I was going to make some snide comment this morning about how you worded it, so here comes the Papa Roach suggestions. I get it. Their song named last resort. The band’s name as the term doesn’t mean much in itself. Or maybe i’m just an asshole. Distinct possibility.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @nick the dick: You are both right and an asshole…. You’re a dick too….

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: They’ve done studies ya know…that’s the case 60% of the time, everytime.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think we’re going with scrubstitute

  155. Dan says:
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    Do you think Aledmys Diaz eventually loses his job?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  156. K Dot C says:
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    How about:
    Feeling Loney on the Bench or
    Only the Loney

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think we have better

  157. Dan says:
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    What do you think here…

    Hamels/K-Rod for Franco/Estrada

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

  158. Gregarious says:
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    Grey/Cram…which side….votto/j.upton vs. freeman/yelich? Thanks guys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grey, Votto

      • Gregarious says:
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        @Grey: Lol. Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  159. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I think we need to work on a nickname for Gregory Polanco. I’m just not feeling El Cafe. All I got is Polanc-a-Donk, which I don’t find terribly inspiring. Any ideas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      El Cafe? Who calls him that? Why?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: The Pirates announcers refer to him as that. I think they watch a lot of old Pam Grier movies subtitled in Spanish.

        • knucks says:
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          @Fred Garvin MP: Already been used with Placido and too easy to really enjoy, but there has to be something with “Polly” seeing as how he is a Pirate….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t get it, reason?

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: his twitter handle is @El_Coffee. I assumed it was because he gave his teams the runs, but this is from somewhere else online:

        So, how did you get the nickname “El Coffee”?
        GP: I got the nickname from a coach I had when I was about 15 years old. It has nothing to do with drinking coffee. There was another player in the Dominican Republic who my coach said I looked like. People called him “El Coffee,” too, so my coach started calling me “El Coffee.” I’ve had that nickname ever since.

        • Fred Garvin MP says:
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          @herschel: So, to truly get to the genesis of this nickname we need to get in touch with an obscure Dominican ballplayer? I propose that we empanel a team of razzballers to make this happen. Not it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s the worst nickname ever

  160. ivebeenupthreedaysstraight says:
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    ina vacuum: my george for kenley and odubel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Springer

  161. Random Dude says:
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    Gallo riding pine again today. Drop Gallo or Trayce for Valencia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valencia

      • Random Dude says:
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        @Grey: Prefer to keep Trayce over Gallo at this point?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  162. CodyJorge says:
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    Glossary term – “Phil-in” in honor of the last resorter Phil Plantier.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I think we’re going with scrubstitute

      • CodyJorge says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, that’s good.

  163. Sideshow says:
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    Eaton or Fowler ROY? Pujolos over both?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols, yeah, but apples/oranges

  164. GusPike says:
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    5×5 keeper league
    I’m worried about McCutchen holding up this year and beyond (he’s one of my five keepers). Thinking of trying to move him as:

    McCutchen for Stanton

    or

    McCutchen for Blackmon plus a closer

    Thoughts on if it’s worth it this year or going forward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton, Blackmon

  165. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Gas Station Sushi ….. As in the last resort for nosh

    “The Mets started Eric Campbell at first, but he’s worth ignoring as he’s just gas station sushi”

    Sandwiches would work too, but you’re from Jersey and technically Wawa is a gas station with sammies, and they are good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, Rafy, I think we’re going with scrubstitute

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: R-a-f Ralph, I think you said my name about a dozens times.

        Let JB know I’m working on a track with Junior Guerra…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Phenomenal!

  166. Dr. Sauce says:
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    What side you got on the following buy low attempts;
    Vinnie Velasquez for Harvey
    Aaron Nola for Harvey
    Tijuan Walker for Harvey
    Appreciate all your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Harvey in Velasquez one

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks; was leaning that way myself … considering innings limit and all. Promising start for Nola through 2 innings against Tigers … 3 k’s, no hits, 1 walk!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  167. mauledbypandas says:
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    I humbly submit… the Polished Turd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think we’re going with scrubstitute

  168. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    NL-Only H2H 5×5 ($280 Cap)

    For next year, would you rather have a $4 Strickland or a $9 Vizcaino as a keeper? I’m trying to figure out which guy to offer in a deal that would include Familia and/or Ramos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viz

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  169. DonnieB says:
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    Hi Grey….can you rank Wainwright,Corbin and Kyle Hendricks for ROS? If Segura goes on DL,is it time to grab Turner for a next week call up? Thanks,my man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks, Corbin… Sure

  170. Slimbo says:
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    Hey buddy

    8 teamer with 14 keepers

    Can I drop baez, danny v, burns or schoop for leoyns Martin or Maybin

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez for Martin

  171. Bobbo says:
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    12 team 5×5 h2h
    Khris Davis for Yu Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  172. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto redraft. is tropeano anything more than a streamer? could swap him for guerra, leake, wisler or kelly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  173. Jonathan A says:
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    Josh Harrison or Devon Travis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harrison

  174. Awesome Auger says:
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    If my password was “Greysmellslikefarts” would we have quarrel?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup!

  175. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    Mazara another bomb… the summertime power surge has arrived.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • knucks says:
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      @Todd25: Absolute bomb. Might be one of the longest HR this year?

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        @knucks: his longest for sure i think, 447 ft

  176. the tone ranger says:
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    I have Harvey in a league targeting offense…would you trade him for any of these guys? I think I could get any of them but is that a good deal for me?

    eaton, mazara, franco, Trumbo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them

  177. Moscowitz says:
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    Why did you actually call up Gallo? To bench him?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So weird

  178. Cram It says:
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    Freaking C-Mart. Reaching unownable territory. I know you don’t like him, but c’mon, where’s the progress?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He had shoulder concerns shut him down last year, it’s not good

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Oh yeah, I remember that now. Haha. I guess I chose to completely ignore that potential issue…the velocity is there. So annoying.

        • @Cram It: New hairdo is prettay, prettay good too…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  179. Kratos says:
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    colome, dyson or gregerson?

    • knucks says:
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      @Kratos: Dyson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson

  180. Chester says:
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    Could you see dropping Longo for Mazara?

    This is a pretty shallow points league, Longo is kinda just meh.

    • Chester says:
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      @Chester: @Chester: Or would Crush and Longo for someone like Abreu be a better option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  181. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    Colby Lewis getting beat down by regression fairies today. Ironic that its the Angels.

    • knucks says:
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      @Todd25: Had talked him up regarding my QS league yesterday or Monday. Someone also put in a waiver for him and got him over me. So happy about that!

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        @knucks: nice. yeah i think i warned you about him yesterday.

        • knucks says:
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          @Todd25: You def did. It wasn’t my proudest attempt at an add for sure. Making a play for the QS isn’t ever gonna be a smart decision. There is seriously 2 QS separating the guy that has 12 roto pts and the guy that has 1 roto pt from the category. After realizing that there is no need to chase the category, I’ll just stream against the Braves rest of the year whenever I feel like it.

  182. Matt says:
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    Goldschmidt for Cabrera, rest of this season only?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  183. web says:
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    Leonys over Parra Or Devon Travis utility spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Travis

  184. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    WHAT A BOMB BY NOMAAAAAHHHHHHH

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Todd25: For some reason I like to think you’re the real Bronson Arroyo.

          • Coolwhip

            Todd25 says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: LOL. Well, i do like to wear a red hoodie, only mine has an Angels logo on it. But don’t let me stop you from believing.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Todd25: Whatever you say Bronson. Remember that night we drank aquavit in the Northeastern dorms, after you visited that smoke?

              • Coolwhip

                Todd25 says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah bro, hahaha, you were wicked hammered. You remember that chick Jenny??? totally shoulda smashed that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: FML (Fantasy Master …see what I did there?) take solace in the fact that Wade Davis is on your roster and not Tolleson, or Tazawa or whoever you would have replaced Tolleson with…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, small victories

  185. Sock it to me says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H, 4 keeper league right now and my lineup is the following

    C – Lucroy
    1B – Miggy
    2B – Odor
    3B – Y. Escobar
    SS – Desmond
    OF – Braun
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Fowler
    UT – Big Papi
    UT – JBJ
    Bench – Herrera
    Bench – Saunders

    Pitchers
    Strasberg
    JRoss
    J Garcia
    Verlander
    Hendricks
    Tanaka
    Guerra
    Gio Gonzalez
    Haap
    Gausman
    Jameson Taillon

    Relievers
    Roberto ozuna
    Francisco Rodriguez

    One of the teams is in dead last and is unloading their roster to get next year draft picks. I was thinking of getting Jung Ho Park from him for a possible 3B spot to either replace Escobar or switch back and forth between them in that position. Is there anyone worth trading off my team to get Park? I’m in first place (hopefully for the rest of the time). I’m looking to keep at least Taillon for next year if he does well this year with the callup. He doesn’t care who I give him because he gave up for the season (he’s doing that bad). Thoughts?

    Sorry for the long essay! Love your articles and advice Grey!

    This guy in my league is in dead last

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guerra? Odubel? Gausman?

      • Sock it to me says:
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        @Grey: Oh right! I was gonna get rid of Guerra after his outing with the Braves tonight, but is Park even worth having?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not really

  186. Moscowitz says:
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    Matz is flat out dominating the Nats

    • Cram It says:
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      @Moscowitz: Been listening on the radio. Seems like the Nats hitters and Roark have been pretty vocal about the strike zone on both sides. I’m not complaining! LGM

      • @Cram It: Ehh, Matz would be dominating with CB Bucknor out there…

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wake Up: Maybe it’s the Nats asshat broadcasters looking for an excuse..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  187. Don says:
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    Punt holds this week to hold Travis on dl see how it goes, or drop him so I can win holds and can add/drop people.

    Schoop is 2b
    Villar util
    Seager ss
    lindor if

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Travis

  188. Nightpandas says:
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    Which side ya got:

    Shark Walker

    Vs

    Tomlin Beltre

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker?

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Grey: of the Neil variety if you weren’t sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shark, it’s fair

  189. Dirty it's says:
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    I see your saying Devon is below everyone now. If he has 4 doubles by next week is he ahead of everyone: don’t want to drop a potential stud from my lineup

  190. SteveNZ says:
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    I can’t be the only one sonavabenched by Grichuk. It’s Arrieta FFS.

    • Cram It says:
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      @SteveNZ: Can’t be. I went so far as to bench Piscotty.

    • Moscowitz says:
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      Matz is flat out dominating the [email protected]SteveNZ: That ump is fucking up Arrieta though…several good pitches called balls

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  191. Funscombe says:
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    Great stuff Grey! Especially loved the “hot garbage under a large mans ass” comment.

    Someone may have asked this but I am on my phone and can’t ctrl+f to see. Someone straight up dropped Harvey in my league.

    I would need to drop one of the following:

    Ryu, Tomlin, Roark, Ross, Corbin,

    Replacement starter who isn’t star able in fantasy:

    • Funscombe says:
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      @Funscombe:

      Damn, a double post. Wasn’t done typing. See below if you don’t mind <3

      • Funscombe says:
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        @Funscombe: also- no way. Just saw someone else said gas station sushi. What the hell!? Lol. Scrubsitute is better though anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Drop Corbin for him

  192. Jim says:
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    Nomar mazara for Pomeranz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nomar

  193. Funscombe says:
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    Great stuff Grey! Especially loved the “hot garbage under a large mans ass” comment.

    Someone may have asked this but I am on my phone and can’t ctrl+f to see. Apologies in advance!

    Someone straight up dropped Harvey in my league.

    I would need to drop one of the following:

    Ryu, Tomlin, Roark, Ross, Corbin, Wood, Nola, Carrasco

    Could also drop street, whom I stashed yesterday and just roll with Jeffress and Madson as RP’s.

    Replacement starter who isn’t star able in fantasy:

    “Gas station sushi.”

    It’s there, it’s an option, it’s available to everyone….but is it ever a good idea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone actually said gas station sushi

  194. dem ribbies says:
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    Putting together a deal for Harper.

    Who would you rather keep between Cain or Blackmon?

    • knucks says:
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      @dem ribbies: This might sound ridiculous to most, but I wouldn’t trade for Harper right now. No one is gonna pitch to him. For me, the price will just be too high in my leagues. In fact, I wish I had him so that I could move him myself. Good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  195. ebudz says:
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    10 team (3 keeper) ESPN H2H Points (weekly 12 start pitcher limit)

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

    (4) SP: Scherzer, Salazar, Matz, Walker
    (3) RP: Osuna, Jeffress, Betances
    Bench: (Hill, McCullers, A. Wood, Odorizzi, Guerra)

    (1) DL: Carrasco

    Probably a stupid idea and the dude probably won’t accept but I’m thinking of offering Odorizzi for Harvey? The Harvey is owner is about to be 1-7 most likely and also has deGrom, Lester and MadBum … would you target Harvey there or maybe package two of pitchers for 1 of those other guys?

    Available SP (% owned): Ventura, Volquez, Iglesias*, Chen, Happ, T. Ross*, Latos, Fiers, Gausman, Corbin, Rodon, McHugh, Conley, Bauer, Eickhoff, De La Rosa, J. Gray, Guerra, Straily, Ray, Manaea..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it

  196. SteveNZ says:
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    Of course as soon as I drop May he actually does something useful.

    • knucks says:
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      @SteveNZ: Hah! God I hate that guy.

      I’m starting the Abad train. Think he has the role this time tomorrow. Sneaky pick if you want three saves from a guy from now until late July.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • knucks says:
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      @SteveNZ: A Jepsen save!! Lengthen the leash, call off the dogs on Abad. I’ll go back to pretending the twins don’t exist.

  197. Jim says:
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    Franco for Odorizzi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Though he just got pulled, sprained his ankle :(

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who?

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Maikel

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, was it bad?

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: FWIW he was just saying in post game radio that I was listening to that he plans to play on Friday (Phildo’s are off tomorrow).

                Happened off camera, so I didn’t get a very good look at it. Watched him call time at 2B and then hobble off the field at the end of the inning.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, gotcha, doesn’t sound bad

                  • knucks says:
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                    @Grey: Well… I’m sure that you can relate. I traded Frazier for him (and Sam Dyson) two weeks ago. So I’d like this to be as “not bad” as possible!! He was starting to hit a bit.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I still have faith in him

  198. Brett says:
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    Grey,

    12 team daily 6×6 with OPS and holds as the extra categories.

    My staff: J Fer, Salazar, Matz, Nola, McCullers, Rodon, Taillon, Dyson, McGee, Neris, Will Harris, Colome. I have Street and Box on the DL.

    Would you trade McGee for Joe Ross? It would mean I would need to cut Taillon to activate both Street and Box.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  199. Hey-oh says:
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    Nice article Grey!

    What do you make of Saunders batting 4th for the Jays? Any chance he sticks in the middle of that lineup or is this just an extension of the Bautista leading off gimmick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, Travis will return pushing everyone down

      • Los Putos says:
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        @Grey: Travis activated today, slotted 8th in lineup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, yeah, Tulo’s out though too, guess we’ll have to see

  200. dem ribbies says:
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    question inspired by kuncks comment.

    would you be buying or selling Harper shares right now?

    • Cram It says:
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      @dem ribbies: Neither. You’ll have to pay out the arse to get him and he’s not a sell high candidate. You should always be open to trades though, you might get a huge haul.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

    • knucks says:
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      @dem ribbies: I’d sell him for someone like Marte/Mookie and an SP1/2. Could likely pull it off in most leagues, but not sure how many owners have those kinda guts. I can pretend I do, as a non-owner though :)

      • knucks says:
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        @knucks: Should note that this is coming from a guy who is in 8th of 12 in a roto league where we are 1/4 of the way through the year. Would consider taking a decent hack at climbing up the standings if I had him. Sometimes I put the blinders on about other leagues. I wouldn’t take that kinda swing if I were in the top half of my standings.

  201. JP says:
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    Altuve/Chris Carter for Goldy/Panik?

    Could play Addison Russell or Panik at 2B and then Russell or Suarez at SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy

  202. Great White Noth says:
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    Kudos to your articles and the active commenters they attract. My RCL waiver wire acquisitions this year because of reading: Villar, Mazara, JBJ, Sam Dyson, Jeanmar Gomez. It puts some lipstick on the pig I drafted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  203. Chris says:
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    Feel crazy for asking this but…..Justin Upton or Mazara in a H2H points league. I’ve tried to trade Upton but no one will bite. Most say ‘Upton sucks why would I trade for him’ but I know if I drop him everyone will line up on waivers to get him. Mazara is available…..will he be more valuable the rest of the way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  204. Another Dan says:
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    Great stuff as usual Grey. I usually read it about 8am here brightens my start to the day.

    Belt got dropped in a 12 team H2H Dynasty. He’s eligible for LF, he’s got to be better than Napoli right ?

    In the same Dynasty I have Gallo on my farm team, what are the Rangers doing ? They just keeping him on the bench so he doesn’t hit the DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yes, better than Napoli…No idea on Gallo, but don’t bring him up

  205. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    I’m so torn right now, Mazara is killing it today… yet against my Angels. Fantasy Baseball Overload, you cruel soul-sucking mistress!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  206. DonnieB says:
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    Grichuk available and starting to hit a little. Would you drop Eaton or Heyward for him? Heyward keeps looking awful despite lineup. Or just hold? Would you Lawrie for Trea Turner–assuming next week call up? Thanks Grey..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  207. GMoney says:
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    Can anybody tell me PLEASE…wtf with Prince Fielder????

    Dont want to just drop him…because he will become productive again(LOL)
    Maybe I should drop for the good of the world. (its all up to me) LOL …again!!!
    Can’t trade him…no body is interested….Just boging a roster spot!

    Any thoughts or insights
    PLEASE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s on waivers?

      • GMoney says:
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        @Grey:

        Many options on waivers… since Prince is so bad

        12-team H-to-H league
        He is just dead weight taking a roster spot

        Does waiting for comeback make any sense… or take a flier…?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, can prolly move on, no reason to be tied to him

  208. Moscowitz says:
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    Man….Tolleson is so toast

  209. Well I wouldn’t want to be a Pirates hitter (especially the SP) today, from the sound of it someone’s going to the hospital tonight. Maybe more than one. Dbacks basically came out and said they have no choice, albeit with some sliver of plausible deniability. There was already bad blood…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Pirates tried to soften it by DL’ing Caminero

      • @Grey:

        I noticed…I am guessing MLB gave them a call…La Russa had a long interview on the radio and the gist of it was the Pirates were trying to take ‘their manhood’ and either they fought to keep it or turned into ‘Dandelions’ I believe was his word of choice. It was pretty mild and clinical on the surface but the cold, calm way he talked about baseball being a zero sum affair was scarier than if he was angry. Nope not angry, just business. But deadly serious business.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          La Russa should have a serious business conversation with Dave Stewart

  210. Cohen says:
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    Grey, i got a feeling Matt Adams will be in your buy column Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BBW column

  211. Sneaky Pete says:
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    Grey, I drafted Matz based on your preseason ranks and am enjoying the benefits. Thanks for that! Today, I just got offered Degrom for Matz. I have to do that deal right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  212. Mr glass says:
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    Move pomeranz for Harvey if you can?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  213. GMoney says:
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    Grey, you clearly the best!!!
    I posted a few minutes ago and need to repost same …as to not get lost in responses
    BECAUSE… I NEED TO KNOW!!!

    Can anybody tell me PLEASE…wtf with Prince Fielder????

    Dont want to just drop him…because he will become productive again(LOL)
    Maybe I should drop for the good of the world. (its all up to me) LOL …again!!!
    Can’t trade him…no body is interested….Just boging a roster spot!

    Any thoughts or insights
    PLEASE HELP!!

  214. Puigy Smalls says:
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    Pulled off a trade yesterday that felt like highway robbery to me, but surprisingly nearly everyone in my league is dogging me for getting screwed in the deal. Just curious of your thoughts:

    My G Parra and B-H Park for his McCullers and D Peralta. Picked up L Martin to fill in peralta’ DL void. Thoughts?

    • GMoney says:
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      McCullers is still TBD

      Any thoughts on Prince Fielder???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers side

  215. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited moves ($100 budget: $1 before trade deadline, $3 after trade deadline, $5 playoffs)

    Only made 10 moves so far

    C Grandal
    1B Rizzo
    2B Odor
    3B Franco
    SS Lindor
    OF Betts
    OF JDong
    OF JUp
    UTL Belt
    BN Puig
    BN Gallo

    SP Archer, Smyly, Stroman, CMart, Wacha, Hill, Wood, Sanchez, Iglesias (DL)
    RP Jeffress, Colome, Boxberger (DL)

    Would you mind giving me a mid season progress report? My team has been shitting the bed lately and I’m in 7th place. My offense has been ok (middle of the pack) but my ERA/WHIP has been garbage.

    The only notable moves I’ve made have been trading Kuechel for Smyly and McGee for Boxberger and Puig. Didn’t really need Puig, but dude was pretty much giving him away for free. I’ve been trying to trade Puig for a closer/ace type to no avail. Unfortunately with this format (only 9 offense spots), there is a ton of hitting on the wire and everyone overvalues pitching, so nobody wants to part with any and the waiver is thin.

    Offensively, none of my hitters are off to torrid stretches and most are off to slow starts. I feel like my only choice is just to be patient and hold, hoping guys like Grandal, Puig, Upton, Franco, Rizzo get it going. Belt has been kinda mehh but he’s also one of the league leaders in OBP and my team has been awful in that respect.

    I have a few pitchers you said to avoid so I’m well aware of that. Still feel like all my guys have the ability to take a step forward, but so far, outside of Hill, Sanchez and Smyly, everyone else has been garbage.

    Please help advise me on what direction I should go. Anyone that strikes you as an obvious drop, players I should trade, or just be patient. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice trades, Gallo’s likely not gonna help in a league this shallow… You also have 2 SPs that I wouldn’t own (C-Mart, Wacha), don’t think they’re gonna be fun to own… Your hitting will be fine, I’d be worried about your pitching… Puig for Carrasco? Walker? Harvey?

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah been trying to move Puig. Already talking to an owner about Carrasco and trying to motivate him to do it.

        Only picked up Gallo with Upton out for a couple days. Plan on dropping him for a 2B when Odor serves his suspension.

        Thanks for the feedback.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, get Carrasco now, cause when he returns his price is gonna go up

  216. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Drop Starlin Castro For Devon Travis?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  217. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Probably addressed above, but is it safe to assume Gallo isn’t going to be playing everyday?

  218. muskysmell says:
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    not to Harp too much but it’d be nyce if Bryce would start hitting again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  219. GMoney says:
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    STILL THE BEST SITE…. for attention and response….

    UNFORTUNATELY.. I still cannot get a response (even from Great Grey)
    about any real insights about Prince Fielder(he sucks)

    LAST CALL

    • Coolwhip

      Todd25 says:
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      @GMoney: honestly, if it was me i’d drop him. As Grey says, fat don’t age well, and he didn’t like him in preseason. So far, his BB% is lowest of career, K% highest since 2010, ISO is .090, his BABIP is low for even him at .230 but could be due to fat, slow and the shift. Additionally he’s swinging at more outside the zone than ever, and less inside zone than ever, and highest swinging strike % since the season he was called up… not encouraging.

      • GMoney says:
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        @Todd25:
        thanks Todd

        INTELLIGENT INSIGHT

    • muskysmell says:
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      @GMoney:

      calm the eff down…grey always gets to the questions…it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t get to it immediately…he ain’t your show pony

      • GMoney says:
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        @muskysmell:
        ok batch

        any intelligent insights about Fielder?
        C’mon rookie…

        • muskysmell says:
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          @GMoney:

          I just looked up your original question. LOL he did answer it you nimwit. You just provided no info. UGH, you’re the worst kind (how many teams? who’s on waivers??). Is your real name Scott Kimmel by chance?

          Drop Fielder.

          • GMoney says:
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            @muskysmell:

            You stink!!!
            its me Scott Kimmel….
            now what gaf???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I asked you who’s on your waivers, doesn’t matter if Fielder will come around if you’re in a 20 team league and Cheslor Cuthbert is the best guy available or if it’s a 8 team league and Khris Davis is available

      • GMoney says:
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        @Grey:

        Prince is just a High Draft DH to my team… Frankly don’t need him as a bat.
        ALWAYS, looking to pick up a great Sleeper pitcher.

        Sorry about confusion
        Thx
        GMoney

        • GMoney says:
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          @GMoney:

          Or maybe just drop Prince for a DL pitcher???B

          BOTTOM LINE: Just Drop Prince for any potential???

  220. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey, huge potential trade!

    An owner in my 12-team OBP keep five league is fire selling.

    He wants my Arenado (8th round in 2017) for Machado and Scherzer (none can be kept).

    I think it’s a good deal, right? I’m in 2nd with a need for SP.

    BUT!

    He also offered Machado, Scherzer, Cespedes (can’t be kept) and Conforto (10th round in 2017) for Arenado (8th) and Springer (16th in 2017). I’m more hesitant in accepting this because it cuts into two of my five keepers for 2017.

    Better to just take the two for one with Machado/Scherzer for Arenado, right? Or should I say screw it, give me all you got and take the bigger deal?

    For context: next year I was planning on keeping Mookie, Arenado, Springer and probably G.Polanco and a first round Kershaw. If I lost Arenado and Springer, I might have to shift to a ninth-round A.Russell and his 10th round Conforto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid deal