Sample sizes are everything, or so I’ve heard.  From other people.  Not about me.  I’m personally told sample sizes mean nothing.  Gently reminded, as I’m also reminded, it happens to everyone.  What is ‘it?’  Damn, that’s deep, which is not what I hear often when discussing sample sizes, but Tim Beckham (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) went deep twice yesterday (11th and 12th homer).  I’m talking about sample sizes more than a bachelorette party because Beckham had done nothing up until yesterday’s game.  At this point in the season, it’s not what has a guy done this month or past week, but what did he do yesterday and what can he do today?  Two homers tell me a guy is locked in.  *Beckham mimes being in a box* Perfect!  I’d grab him, sample size be damned.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Alex Cobb – Left after only four pitches due to a blister.  He ends the year with a 4.90 ERA, and is only in year one of a $57 million, four-year deal, so the O’s will have their ace back again next year.

Didi Gregorius – Likely done for 2018 with torn cartilage in his wrist.  The Gregorius D.I.D. was taken out as payback for White Sox pitcher, Michael Kupac.

Mike Foltynewicz – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.88.  He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, as the Braves clinched.  Faultynewsitch is supposed to get the Phils one more time, but I’d be shocked if he goes more than a few innings as a tune up for the playoffs.  He gave us all he had this year, and now it’s time to bid him adieu, as they say in Jeff Francoeur’s house.

Jake Arrieta – 2 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.94.  He’s broken.  He can be fixed, but it’s going to take a trade to the Astros and handful of George Brett’s pine tar.

Scott Kingery – 2-for-3 and his 8th homer.  Podcaster Ralph and I talk about Kingery on the podcast that’s coming on Tuesday.  You know what this season might’ve been for Kingery?  Mondesi’s 2017 season.

Tyler Glasnow – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.11 on the Rays.  If he goes 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER in his next start, he will have exactly the same number of innings and earned runs in Tampa as he had in Pittsburgh, at which point a UFO will land and request the return of Andrelton Simmons.  These are facts, folks.

Blake Snell – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 1.90.  Trevor Williams was solid; Patrick Corbin outperformed expectations; Eddie Rosario was good; Trevor Story was amazing; Tim Anderson was better than you thought, but my Blake Snell sleeper post?  I’m performing seances up in here, and my keyboard is the ouija board.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer, hitting over .400 in the last week.  Which is great until he will finds himself randomly on the bench this week.  Instead of a screw job, him getting scheduled days off is a Cron job.

Brandon Lowe – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .233.  Smart money will be on Lowe breaking out next year, too bad I deface all my money to make presidents look dumb.  “I call this one George Washingstunod,” as I place it in a tip jar with a wink.

Thomas Pannone – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.58.  If he starts his last game of the year, and I’m not sure why he wouldn’t, the Stream-o-Nator loves the start, and I could see rolling him out there, i.e., rollin’ wit Pah-gnomies.

Jake Junis – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.42 vs. Jordan Zimmermann – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.31.  Here’s an interesting pickle on both of their next starts, they both face teams that should be resting their regulars.  The Stream-o-Nator doesn’t love their next starts, but I can kinda see both of them as streaming options, if their opposing lineups are background extras to a playoff team.

Adalberto Mondesi – 2-for-5 and his 12th homer, hitting .287.   “…and with the first pick of his 2019 draft, Grey takes Adalberto Mondesi……and with the 2nd pick of his 2019 draft, Grey takes Raul Mondesi Jr…….and with the fourth pick of his 2019 draft, Grey takes Raul Adalberto Mondesi Jr.  That’s a bold strategy, Cotton.  Let’s see if it pays off for him.”

Brad Keller – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  Keller’s walk rate is above his ERA, which literally translates to:  even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

Chad Wallach –  3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  “Can’t leave one hanging,” signed Chad.

Trevor Richards – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.66.  I know I’m going to the Stream-o-Nator a lot right now, but so should you.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 0 walks, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.60.  As previously mentioned on the aforementioned tip, I will be recapping all positions once the season is done, so won’t go too much into this, but Verlander’s starter ranking on the Player Rater blows me away every time I think about it.

George Springer – Sprained his thumb and, according to A.J. Hinch, he “ran a little funny.”  Sounds like Springer has devolved 40,000 years.  Can we film his reaction to Fiers?

Charlie Morton – Pulled after one inning with shoulder discomfort.  No one would fault Morton if that made him salty.

Yuli Gurriel – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, third homer in the past three games, and hitting near-.450 in the last week, and Mr. Dan Pants went over him in Saturday’s roundup and, yes, hot schmotato alert!

Tyler Skaggs – 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.91.  I rarely write off a whole team, especially one in a pitcher’s park, but I’m gonna find hard to draft any Angels starters until they can prove their arms are not 60% torn elbow tendons and 40% PRP.

Jaime Barria – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.54.  After he left the game, “Feel pretty good about that stream.  Really he did more than is rightfully expected from him vs. the Astros.  Hmm…What’s this, Buttrey is coming in?  That sounds weird…OH GOD!  THAT FEELS WEIRD.”  In case you don’t own The Butt King, he shat on his owners on Saturday with 0 IP, 4 ER.

Marco Gonzales – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.12.  He got the Rangers this weekend, and gets them once more, in what is my Ride Or Die, Pick ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, Last Ditch To Dig Yourself Out, Pick of the Week.

James Paxton – Scheduled to return from pneumonia after missing a few weeks.  True Story Alert!  My grandfather, Joe, is 91 years old and went on a cruise in the Caribbean this past winter, and returned to the states with pneumonia.  He recovered in three days and was back to eating pasta and saying mildly racist things in one-fifth of the time as Paxton.  Now, you might be thinking, Paxton has to pitch.  Sure, and Joe has to bitch, you’re telling me one flipped letter and it’s three weeks longer recovery time?

Erick Fedde – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 5.24.  Fedde wop!

Jeff McNeil – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 6th steal, hitting .340.  With what we know about the Mets, do we want to try to guess how McNeil will disappoint us next year?  Mets trade for Sean Rodriguez and he’s called on to platoon at 2nd with Jose Reyes as McNeil backs them up?  McNeil gets the Mackey Sasser yips?  McNeil breaks his leg on Conforto’s collarbone?

Miles Mikolas – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.99.  Pretty bummed I didn’t draft Mikolas in every league, after liking him so much this preseason.  The one saving grace is I’ll just find more starters to love for 2019 (then ignoring my own advice in drafts).  The cycle of stupidity!

Rich Hill – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  That seems likely his last major start before the playoffs to not risk his blisters and him getting pussy.  Wow, that sentence took a weird turn.  That’s pussy as in with pus, i.e., Hill’s fingers get in trouble with–Okay, this isn’t getting better.

Matt Kemp – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Hey, it’s 1st half Matt Kemp!  Say hello to your mother for me!  (Who is likely super hot.  I’m picturing an alive Roxie Roker.)

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.00.  He’s solid, this was against the Padres, yadda3, but I had a completely unrelated thought (like the rest of this shizz is related).  If the Rockies and Dodgers face each other in the playoffs, does Kenley go to Coors?

Joey Lucchesi – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.14.  After that start, Lucchesi will need Witness Protection.  He should come back as Schax Merzer.

Mike Fiers – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.31.  After owning Fiers for the last few months and his 2.67 post-All-Star break ERA, I can see why people become pyromaniacs.

Trevor Cahill – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.91, as he returned to the A’s rotation.  Hmm, can it be a rotation with two starters?  Only rotation with two people is in a game of tetherball.

Matt Olson – 3-for-4 and his 28th homer, hitting .246.  This is funny (not funny).  Look at what expectations have done to Olson.  He could hit 30 HRs and .250 this year, and feel like a disappointment.

Kyle Gibson – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.68.  All about the last start at this point, and Gibson’s final one is a fist pumper.

Antonio Senzatela – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.52.  I’m completely on the fence for Senzatela’s last start.  His opponent, the Phils, definitely won’t be playing for anything, and Senzatela will be trying to prove himself to the Rockies.  However:  in Coors.  Crazy tough call, might just Rochambeau myself.

Kyle Freeland – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.84.  You know how you feel a special affection for guys who have been on your team and done well?  I’ve owned Freeland for two months, and I feel nothing towards him.  Zero connection.  I’m on a stage, Montel brings out Freeland and I shrug, “This is your reveal?”

Mookie Betts – 4-for-6, 2 runs and his 31st homer, hitting .344.  Mookie Ballgame!  The ‘game’ part is pronounced GAH-may.

Trevor Williams – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.04.  And you laughed at me when I called him a sleeper in the preseason!  You mocked!  You called up your friends and pointed and your friends said, “You’re on the phone, mate, I can’t see you pointing,” so then they mocked you and you slowly started to realize mocking isn’t nice, then, like an outed Bert and Ernie, you felt worse when Williams put up the best 2nd half of any starting pitcher.

Joe Musgrove – Was shut down with abdominal discomfort.  I’m no doctor, but lay off the dried fruit.

Nick Kingham – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.23.  Now I know why all my black girlfriends keep telling me to Kingham to the curb, girlfriend.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (32) and legs (21), hitting .322.  This was the year to draft Yelich.  You are never going to get value again from him.  You might draft him in the 1st round next year and get 1st round value, but that’s about it.

Travis Shaw – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer.  Look at that year, then think about how the Brewers traded for Moistasskiss instead of a pitcher.  That’s like getting one of those monkey banks from Hawaii and filling it with Saltines, because they got crackers in their coconut.

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer.  Moistasskiss!  (Brewers still didn’t need him, you coconut cracker head.)

Kris Bryant – Out with shoulder fatigue.  He should try shouldering himself this year in fantasy.

Kyle Hendricks – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.49.  With his excellent 2nd half, he is setting us up for a 2019 kick in the head.

Carlos Rodon – 2 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.61, and his ERA has bumped up from 2.89 in three weeks, because he doesn’t want us to point and laugh at people drafting him next year.  I guess we’re left with laughing at drafters of Kyle Headkicks.

Lucas Giolito – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.81.  Giolito showed a bit in August what made him exciting, but, as Earth, Wind and Fire would sing, “Say do you remember?  Giolito’s now wincing in September.”

Jose Abreu – May not return from his ingrown hair problem.  This is like an episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta that has a commercial teaser of, “Are you sure we should be using a bikini wax place that soaks their fingers in the blue water meant for hair combs?”

  1. RV says:
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    First! Old school lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RV: Haha

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic write-up, pretty much your season’s best.

    a. On Arrieta, he has been the third most unlucky pitcher in MLB. I think DeGrom is the most unlucky. His FIP is a full run lower than his ERA. He has been killed by infield defense and has one of the highest differences between runs and earned runs. He would be good in Atlanta.

    b. On Buttrey, there is a team of Indian math nerds in Northern India still calculating his ERA.

    c. Send Abreu my onion trick, anonymously of course!

    d. Still in first. Signed up Beckham, Alfaro, Robles, DJ Stewart – some because Coors and some because they have a pulse, are hitting HRs AND have PT – the MLB triple threat in the last week of the season!

    e. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 24

    Circumstances make man, not man circumstances.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

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      @Ante Galic: This was the season’s best? I thought top 3, maybe! A. His Ks are way down, walks are up, no trust in him anymore B. Buttrey…ly? C. Great idea! D. Let’s do this! E. Nice!

  3. Mike says:
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    As I begin to lock in my 4 keepers for next year, I’m looking for your take.

    My sure picks are trout, Harper and Kershaw. The following were my standouts this year. Who do you go with:

    Verlander, madbum, Thor, Springer, gleyber, Ozzie A., Soto.

    I lean Ozzie.

    • Grey

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      @Mike: Albies

  4. Succos Baseball says:
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    Grey,

    Won my H2H championship and just wanted to say thanks for all your help and feedback this year. Can’t wait to keep Blake Snell in the 16th and Acuna in the 10th for the next 2 years.

    Thanks again!

  5. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Grey –

    Setting my final H2H lineups for the year and I have a couple quick lineup questions:

    1. I’m competing hard on Ks and QS. If i have one open pitcher spot, do you prefer 2 starts from Holland v. SD and LAD or one start from either Marquez v. Phi or MadBum v. SD?
    2. SON seems to like Glasnow v. NYY, you on board with that Thu start?
    3. Need to fill my UT spot and debating between 2 hot bats: Palka or Piscotty? Palka gets 3 Cle, 4 @ CWS while Piscotty has 3 @ Sea, 3 @ LAA

    Thanks for another great season!

  6. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Thanks for the great advice all year (currently winning my championship round, 10-2).

    I’m in a 2-keeper league that counts standard categories + BBs. I’ve got Judge and Trea (my carryover keepers), Soto and Mondesi. I’m having a hard time with this set.

    I also have to mention that if I win this season, it will be my second straight win in this league. This is also my second year of reading your blog.

    Happy last week. Please ditch Fantrax!

  7. Fantasy Freak says:
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    1. Start Paxton vs. Oak?
    2. Dahl (All games at Coors) or Piscotti for The week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fantasy Freak: 1. Needs basis for everyone, do you need to start him? He might throw 3 IP 2. Dahl

  8. Dr Y says:
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    Had a comfortable lead going into Sunday in a h2h playoff. Just needed Keller Morton and my 4 rp to grab some Ks and I have a layup Championship. I was up 2 Ks going into Sunday night baseball and opponent streamed Plutko. Was the best sweat I’ve had in awhile, thanks for the championship help Grey.

    Couldn’t have done it without you

    • Grey

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      @Dr Y: Nice! No problem

  9. Bobby Bailor says:
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    Won my 16 team H2H, thanks to your solid advice !
    Now I have to decide on keepers…
    Mookie (Rnd#1) or Lindor (Rnd#2) ?
    Morton (Rnd#11) or Ryu (Rnd#17) ?
    Thanks again, Grey

  10. The Situation says:
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    @Grey, @Rudy,

    Echoing the sentiment of others above (and I’m sure below as well)- thanks for the excellent work again this season. Won both of my leagues this year and you guys were a big reason why.

    Looking forward to another great season next year! Thanks again!

  11. Savoy Special says:
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    14 Team H2H auction redraft league. 6×6: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    This is it. The Championship H2H matchup. I have $1 FAAB left.

    1) Drop Willy Adames (vs NYY, vs Tor) DTD with an illness for Jason Kipnis (@CHW, @KC) or Cesar Hernandez (@Col, vs Atl) or hold?

    2) Do not drop Willy Adames and drop an RP instead for Nate Eovaldi vs Bal, Jose Quintana vs Pit, Sean Newcomb @NYM, Kevin Gausman @Phil, Tanner Roak vs Mia, Chris Stratton vs SD

    3) do not make a move and save my $1 FAAB?

    4) do you like my team this week? I know that’s a loaded question.. I’m just hoping the fantasy baseball gods are on my side one more time this year..

    5) is Scherzer 2 starts this week?

    C: Kurt Suzuki
    1B: Wil Myers
    2B: Willy Adames
    3B: Matt Chapman
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Aaron Hicks
    UTL: Ramon Laureano

    P: Max Scherzer (vs Mia)
    P: Craig Stammen
    P: Jose Castillo
    P: Greg Holland
    P: Scott Oberg
    SP: Clayton Kershaw (@Ari, @SF)
    SP: Blake Snell (vs Tor)
    Bench: Mike Foltynewicz (@Phi)
    Bench: Miles Mikolas (@ChC)
    Bench: Matthew Boyd (@Min)
    Bench: Josh James (@Tor)

    Thank you as always. This one is for all the marbles.

    • Grey

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      @Savoy Special: 1. Cesar 2. Nah 3. Meh 4. Looks decent, hope you win it! 5. I don’t see why not

  12. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    Start Keuchel (@TOR) or Eovaldi (vs. BAL) tonight?

  13. Robert Polin says:
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    Where do you see ranking Mike Fiers in 2019?

    Thanks!

  14. Doc Samson says:
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    Who do you like better as a third keeper for 2019? V. Robles or Tattis Jr. (both are $0.)

  15. Wally Pipp says:
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    Woke up to a text from my opponent who i now face in the finals if I wanted to chop the prize ($100 entry, 12 teamer -only paid places first and second). I took the offer. Bricked my other league but whatever.

    • Grey

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      @Wally Pipp: Nice, at least you got something — be interesting to see who wins now

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: i didnt like my matchups and this week is weird. Lots of tune up starts and bleh, it shoulda eneded last week.

        • Grey

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          I hear ya

  16. mrbaseball says:
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    Grey deep 16 team dynasty keeper league

    Which 3 in order best to worst would you keep here

    Alex Verdugo LAD – LF,CF,RF

    Ryan McMahon Col – 1B,2B,3B
     
    Danny Jansen Tor –

    Lewis Brinson Mia – LF,CF

    Greg Bird NYY – 1B

    Austin Hays Bal – CF,RF

    Bradley Zimmer Cle – CF

    Brandon Lowe TB – 2B,LF,RF

    Daniel Palka CWS – 1B,LF,RF

    Adam Eaton Was – LF,CF,RF

    • mrbaseball says:
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      I know you would want to keep them all man

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @mrbaseball: I’d bump up Lowe, but not sure if he makes top 3. I’d also watch COL offseason moves closely re: McMahon – you know how they can be with their strong young talent. He’ll probably be fighting Dahl, Tapia, Rogers, Hampson. plus Desmond, for 2B / OF / 1B spots, even if they don’t go and sign a crusty veteran.

    • Grey

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      @mrbaseball: Top 3? Palka, Lowe, Brinson — none really jump out tbh — maybe Hays depending on offseason O’s moves

  17. TEC says:
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    Houston says they are pitching Morton this week, and the start is against Baltimore? Do I bench him anyway? Shoulder issues in his last start, Houston won’t need to win the game, they’ll save him for the playoffs and maybe only give him a few innings at most, right?

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      @TEC: I’d be shocked if he throws more than 3 IP

  18. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Successfully defended my title in the H2H finals of my 12 team obp/ops (qs/w) league. Thanks again for all your and Razzball’s help throughout the year!

    Up next: holding onto my 4.5 point league in my other keeper (that one is the 12 team weekly roto that I’ve made a 12 point push in over the last 3 weeks, going from 3 to 1st).

    In the meantime, for the keep forever league I just won (H2H – 6×6 OBP OPS and QS W), who are your way-too-early initial picks for your 5 keepers?

    $9 Nola
    $5 Buehler
    $4 Suarez
    $8 Rhysus
    $4 Vlad Jr.
    $11 Albies
    $5 Mondesi Jr.
    $45 Machado
    $44 Treat Urner

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Yeah – good problems to have in any event. Will try to trade my lower guys and turn them into a nice high end one – we’ll see.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Albies is sexy too

  19. AdamH says:
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    16 team H2H yahoo auction league, $280 cap, players are signed for up to 4 year deals.

    If I could acquire Gary Sanchez, ($23 in ’19, $23 in ’20), for literally nothing, should I do it? All else equal.

    Thanks in advance.

  20. Llango says:
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    Grey,
    (12 Team H2H keeper league. )
    My season has come to an end and i need to decide what 10 players i should keep. I have 9 guys but am having trouble with the 10. Thoguhts? and also, what do you think of these off season trades –

    Belinger*
    Moncada*
    Trea*
    Donaldson*
    Mazara*
    Upton*
    Cruz*
    A. Hicks*
    Snell*

    My 10th options are:
    Ray
    Corbin
    Sano
    Newcomb
    Tanaka
    Escobar (arizona)

    My off-season trade proposals I’ve already received –
    Snell 4 Carasco, Paxton, Segura (i dont care for)
    Upton, Cruz 4 Altuve (this on is interesting but would lose all my pop)

    • Grey

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      @Llango: Tough call, I’d likely go Newcomb, but things could change in offseason… I’d want Snell in that offer and the Cruz offer is just ok, really opens you for another keeper which you don’t necessarily have

  21. AdamH says:
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    16 yahoo H2H auction league, $280 cap, almost all players are typically signed to 4 year deals at auction

    If I could acquire Gary Sanchez, 2 years remaining at $23/year, for absolutely nothing, should I?

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    In a vacuum; 12 team dynasty/keep forever league with no innings limits (roto 5×5);
    would you trade away OF S Marte and SP K Hendricks for SPs T Bauer and W Buehler?

  23. Dave Funnell says:
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    On the last day of the season, I like to drop and add players going into 2019. In our league, we can drop expiring contracts for anyone we want. I have Puig and Arenado. I was thinking of dropping the following players:

    Bumgarner $55
    Puig
    Arenado
    Schwarber $11
    Rizzo $80
    S. Perez $11
    C. McHugh $1
    C. Edwards $1
    T. Rogers $1
    Daily streamer #1
    Daily streamer #2

    I also have Goldschmidt at $68 amd Altuve at $67, both of which if kept, would be at about market value in next year’s draft. I have $25 Abreu too.

    I’m loaded with $1 talent: Acuna, Hoskins, Benintendi, Bregman,*, Piscotty, Merrfield, Tatis, Clad, Rodgers, Berrios

    I have some expensive pitchers too, like deGraom $40, Kluber $37

    Here’s my plan…..keep Altuve and Goldschmidt, play Abreu at 1B and Goldschmidt at Util everyday….if I need to make a deal, I can. $80 for Rizzo is nuts, but I paid that much because of this yea’s 2B eligibility.

    How does this sound?

    Also, can you name some 2019 sleepers that are probably widely available in most leagues? Here are some 2019 names I’m thinking of:

    Dakota Hudson, Zach Eflin

    There are some prospects I could add too that are available:

    Kiriloff
    J. Sanchez
    C. Kieboom – though I have Tatis and Rodgers too.
    L. Robert
    K. Lee
    Mountcastle – though I have Vlad.

    Now, as I type this, my internet on my phone doesn’t work so I can’t check my list for more available players…..and my break is up. Any advice on players would be great. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: Lot to unpack here, Rizzo at $80 is insane, though I’m only guessing it’s a $260 league — Goldy and Altuve seem like guys you can prolly get back for that price, so why keep? Who’s available for 2019 sleepers? I don’t even know how many teams are in your league

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks. I know it’s a ton to take in and it’s rather vague.

        It’s a $300 league. These weren’t the most expensive players at the draft. Harper, Trout went for $87, Scherzer for $70 and Kershaw $70. There were a few others in the $60’s. So if this is about the value they would go for in the draft, why NOT keep them? Just wondering if that was what you meant in your reply or not. I got a mixed message.

        I guess for the 2019 reference, I was looking for a more general response of players you’re excited about making a big jump in 2019. Even if they’re already gone in my league, just a general statement. We’re an 11 team roto Pts league. I’m in 2nd with a week to go, with a small chance to win it all. I’d like to keep the momentum going if I could (obviously).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I didn’t even know it was a $300 league, most leagues are $260 — I guess keep them

  24. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Didn’t make it to the finals this year. I hate all my players and everyone else’s.

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. We’ll get em next year. It’s already on my 2019 to-do list: Win all fantasy baseball leagues.

        More ranks! More mailbag videos!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, definitely!

  25. Luigi says:
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    In the finals for second year in a row (H2H), high five a paesano!

    In 5×5 league:

    Drop Mancini for Palka or Cargo (concerns over playing time)?

    Drop Dee Gordon for Cesar Hernandez or DJ LeMahieu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luigi: Let’s see you win it now! Drop Mancini for Palka; Dee for DJ

  26. zzelasko2 says:
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    Grey!! You’ve been a lifesaver all year. Going for my 3rd championship in a row, but it’s a tight one. I’m in an 8 man league H2h category league with OPS and Holds. I only have 5 more waiver moves and my opponent has 6. and it looks like it’s going to come down to the pitching categories.

    1. What pitchers would be the best adds for the week? I’ve leaned on the streamonator, but I’d love to hear your input.
    Holland vs SD and then LAD
    Archer vs Cubs and then Reds
    Marquez vs Phillies
    Gray vs Phillies and then WSH
    Eovaldi vs BAL and then CWS
    Ryu vs Giants
    Eflin vs COL and then ATL

    2. Which relief pitchers would you add for holds this week?
    Richard Rodriguez
    Venters
    Robertson
    Jusin Wilson
    Greg Holland
    Taylor Rodgers

    3. Is Tyler White or Kris Bryant worth using up one of my waiver drops to add a better performing bat?
    Some guys on the waiver are Beltre, Wendle, Gurriel jr, Robles, Amed Rosario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zzelasko2: 1. Holland, Archer, Eovaldi, Ryu, Marquez 2. Venters 3. Nah, use moves for SPs

  27. curiousgeorgespringer says:
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    Hi Grey and everyone else in here who might be able to help me out on this. Maybe Aaron Boone reads Razzball, IDK.

    I’m seeing a lot of conflicting information regarding the Yankees’ rotation this week. SON has Dillon Tate starting tomorrow, the MLB app has their SPs as TBD, ESPN has TBD in one place and Tanaka in another place. Yahoo! says Tanaka is starting tomorrow.

    Does anyone know who the eff the Yankees are going to start tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @curiousgeorgespringer: My guess is Tanaka — SON merely guesses by using past usage, until someone is announced, which means no one is announced

      • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey. I guess we will find out today or tomorrow.

        • Michael DePinto says:
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          @curiousgeorgespringer: I know the Yankees are using Holder as the Opener tonight in a bullpen game. Amazing how a team can be fighting with Oaklnd for home field and have no starter to pitch tonight. Milwaukee is doing the same against St. Louis tonight.

          Baseball in 2018 I guess.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. jose says:
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    After getting value out of guys one year, I always find it difficult to pay full price for them, even if it’s the right price. JoRam, Edwin Diaz, Blake Snell, Jose Peraza, David Peralta and Charlie Morton have been the biggest value contributors from my draft in winning my RCL. Betances being dropped to waivers with his early season struggles was huge as well. This was my first year in Roto and RCL and I don’t think I’ll ever have a better team/year. Eyeing a top 25 finish, top 50 for sure, and throwing Hail Marys trying for that top 10!

    Probably last streamer question of the year…Pena today vs. TEX or Leake tomorrow vs OAK? Both are more or less $13. Looking for Ks and potential Ws.

    Thanks as always!

    • jose says:
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      @jose: And actually Heaney is available too (who SON loves) but his last two starts have been evident of the 70/30 cartilage/prp ratio you alluded to earlier…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Same here! It’s so hard to get excited for guys at full price after getting great value… Pena

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. DonnieB says:
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    Who is the best start this week? Bauer who may get 2 shorter starts? Chapman who may or may not be healthy enough but Yanks have 7 games? Or Minter who may share closing duties with Vizcaino? Only need one. I lean Bauer but only a little. You call will rule. Could be for title. Thanks and no pressure. You are the best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: I’d go Bauer but I don’t know if you ned saves or starts

  30. Fogimon says:
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    Last 2 weeks of September baseball is such garbage. I went from 2nd place 1 pt down in my 10 team Roto last Monday to 7 pts down and in 5th place today. All without having a terrible week!

    Some categories only separate me by 1 HR or 1 Run, so there are pts to gain and this weeks selections are crucial.

    Currently starting;

    Molina, Ramos, Rizzo, Altuve, Machado

    3B – McNeil )3vATL, 3vMIA)
    MI – Villar ([email protected], 4vHOU)
    CI – Encarnacion ([email protected], 4 @KC)
    OF – Cain ([email protected], 3vDET)
    OF – Franmil ([email protected], 3vAZ)
    OF – Conforto (3vATL, 3vMIA)
    OF – Mancini ([email protected], 4vHOU)
    OF – Hoskins ([email protected], 3vATL)
    U – Aguilar ([email protected], 3vDET)

    Would you make the switch for any of;

    Odor ([email protected], 4ASEA)
    Pollock (3vLAD, [email protected])
    Shaw ([email protected], 3vDET)

    I can gain 1 pt in BA, but also lose 1. I can gain 2 pts in Runs (down by 4), 1 in RBI (down 1), and 1 in HR (down 1). SB’s are a stretch, I am 7 behind the next guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fogimon: I lost two leagues in the last two weeks, it’s the worst! I’d try Pollock over Mancini

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fogimon: Sorry, I’d actually go Pollock over Franmil

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Grey: Not worried about AZ shutting Pollock down?

        The runs are so crucial I can’t have another week of what happened to Cain last week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why’s he getting shut down? Did I miss an injury note on him?

          • Fogimon says:
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            @Grey: The injury note is just his career.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  31. Peacecoast says:
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    sup G
    been distant lately, I apologize
    season almost over, fighting to stay in second, again, third year in a row.
    what’s that expression? no one remembers who finishes second

    season recap:
    KBryant kinda sux now
    KDavis is awesome, where you rank him next year?
    Mallex might steal 50 sb next yer
    Never take pitching early, I am second in pitching and have had guys like Mikolas, Taillon as my aces all year.
    Carpenter was awesome, but I don’t trust him next year (8th round pick anyway not worth a keeper right?)
    Dee Gordon tremendous let down this year

    My first three picks were KB, Abreu and Dee. No wonder I ain’t winning.

    sup any plans next week? taking a break?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: I’ll be recapping all positions starting next week — Davis is around a top 30-40 pick, his .245 average brings him down a little — Mallex seems like he’ll be overrated

  32. Steve says:
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    Are you starting Taillon today? His matchup with the Cubs seems risky. This he has 10Ks or 10ER? SON is mildly positive on the start. Follow up, think Marte’s done for the season?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: I think Marte might be done, but have no idea — I’d start Taillon

  33. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Thanks Grey for getting me this far, one more week in my points league final and I’ve gotta make up some ground. Can you rank for this week please?

    Goldy (3 v LAD, 3 @ SD); Marte (4 @ CHC, 3 @ CIN); Judge (4 @ TB, 3 @ BOS); Olson (3 @ SEA, 3 @ LAA); Voit (4 @ TB, 3 @ BOS); Amed Rosario (3 v ATL, 3 v MIA); Jeff McNeil (3 v ATL, 3 v MIA).

    Goldy has been cold for a couple weeks, and Marte left yesterday’s game with calf tightness.

    Thanks again for everything this pre and in-season!

      • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you! Gotta figure out my last OF spot, then I’m done. Pick 1 pretty please for points this week:

        Piscotty (3 @ SEA, 3 @ LAA); Judge (4 @ TB, 3 @ BOS); Palka (3 v CLE, 4 @ MIN); Bader (3 v MIL, 3 @ CHC); Renfroe (3 @ SF, 3 v ARI); Laureano (3 @ SEA, 3 @ LAA); Robles (3 v MIA, 3 @ COL).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Palka

          • AllThePrettyStantons says:
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            @Grey:

            Nice, and sorry I need one more from that list please. a little bleary this morning. thanks in advance

            • Grey

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              Tough call… I’d try Judge, hope he plays most of the games

  34. AP says:
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    Looks like it’s not going to be my year this year in my leagues. Gonna finish a disappointing 3rd. Thought my team was going to mash this year, started my draft with Goldy, Rizzo, Freeman, Rendon, Marte, Benintendi, Bregman in round#9, Nola in #10, Segura in #13, Bauer in #14, Jerry Tomato in #21……finished 2nd last in HR’s by like 100 Hr’s. 2nd last in both pitching ratios. Just not my year…..thanks to Razzball for being as entertaining and informative as any place out there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: That sucks, sorry! No problem

  35. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- final weekly lock. Looking for avg, steals and RBI. I need two of: Quinn, Mancini, Schwarber and Chris Taylor. Quinn may be interesting as he has 4 at COL. Schwarber I guess is back full time. Who knows with any of the 4, though.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schwarber, Mancini

  36. jose says:
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    Trying to make a full hitting lineup. Drop Peraza (KC and PIT rest of week)or McNeil (ATL and MIA rest of week) on their off day today?

    • jose says:
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      @jose: Peraza has an off day Thursday and McNeil plays the rest of the week. Pitching matchups are about equal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop for who?

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: Whoever hitter-tron says is hot today. Best available option looks like Tyler White for today

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          @jose: White is looking pretty sexy against TOR and BAL all week

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go for it

          • jose says:
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            @Grey: But McNeil or Peraza?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Drop Peraza

  37. m says:
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    drop desmond for Dahl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  38. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Great stuff as always! Looking to 2019, which player would you keep to join Harper and Betts in a three-keeper league: Rizzo, Marte, Albies, or Mondesi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies

  39. Robert Schroeder says:
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    In head to head playoffs this week would you start @ DH Ohtani or Meadows?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ohtani

  40. Bob on the Lam says:
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    Somehow I made it to the finals despite my indecisiveness. Now I need to pick 5 pitchers to trust this final week. Which 5 would you start in a weekly lineup? (W, L, BB, K , ERA, WHIP):

    Severino @TB, @Bos
    ^ R Hill @SF
    ^ H-J Ryu @SF
    C Hamels v PIT, v STL
    * T Bauer @CWS, @KC
    M Mikolas @CHC
    G Marquez v PHI
    * C Morton @ BAL

    * I’m hesitant to start Morton or Bauer given one is returning and possibly limited and the other is having shoulder concerns.
    ^ SF has the second worst wOBA against lefties at home in the second half. So I feel like Hill and Ryu are safe starts.

    My opponent also only has 5 starts so having better stats might be better than simply getting starts.

    • Bob on the Lam says:
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      @Bob on the Lam: Also, Marquez is pitching in Coors so there’s a risk despite his recent breakout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! They’re not safe starts bc the Dodgers are going to the playoffs… But you don’t really have 5 safe starts…. Hamels, Mikolas, Marquez, Ryu, Hill

  41. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!! Happy Monday. So i took your advice and split the money with the other guy. It’s a good thing cuz i lost by 20 points. Insert sad face. Here comes end of season rapid fire….

    1) thank you for another year of advice. Your expertise is always appreciated and i want to make sure you know that.

    2) what did u think of the sinner finale?

    3) happy Holidays!

    4) GO CARDS!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. No problem, doesn’t matter you lost, you split $ anyway, so that’s good! 2. Garbage… Didn’t like the 2nd season 3. Mazel! 4. Nice!

  42. bigbear says:
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    Much thanks to Razzball Nation. Grey, writers, and comments (ok, most of you schmoes – kidding, you guys rock too). I won my championship this past week!

    Guys like Ryu, Mondesi and Piscotty were late season adds. And guys like Bauer, Escobar, Acuna, Mikolas, and Manaea were drafted because of how high you were. Because it’s legal is some places. I also survived drafting Kingery, Donaldson, and C-Mart. Giles, Strop, Box, Bearclaw, and Yates for the SAGNOF!

    Looking forward to the year-end review and the off season shenanigans. Oh and maybe the actual playoffs… I’ll be pulling for the Braves as it stands now.

    • bigbear says:
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      @bigbear: Meant to add that I went against conventional Grey wisdom by drafting JD Martinez (that lineup) and Whit Merrifield (2nd/3rd rounder next year).

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I don’t think I disliked JD in preseason… Or Whit

        • bigbear says:
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          @Grey: You weren’t down on either, more of a ‘draft here at your own risk’ type disclaimer with them. I think you (rightfully) dinged JD a bit over health concerns. I was willing to take the risk with that lineup. Wasn’t there concern with Whit’s lineup heading into the season? And that the Royals weren’t going to hit him leadoff?

          • Grey

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            I don’t think so on Whit bc I own him, JD’s always got those injury concerns…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! Go Braves!

  43. flashingrob says:
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    Great work, as always. Thank you! I am in a H2H 12 team keeper league. Keep 2:
    Stanton (3rd – 2017 – kept)
    Judge (6th – 2017 FA – kept)
    Bellinger (6th via trade)
    Mondesi (8th – 2018 FA – new rules)

    I’ve finished top 3 in 5 of the last 6 years due in large part to your advice. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Judge, Stanton

  44. Dave D says:
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    Well Grey, the good news is most of my starters are going to the playoffs (Morton, Bauer, Folty, Hendricks). The bad news is most of my starters are going to playoffs. I’m doing great in ratios, probably will go with a bullpen week. Might dip a place or two in K’s and W’s and hope for a bump in saves while preserving ratios. Protecting a ten point lead in one NFBC league, out of it by far in the DC anyway. Good luck to you in the final week. Pray for Butt-man of Anaheim (not me).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too! Butt King killed me on Saturday

      • Dave D says:
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        Yeah, he pretty much negated two great starts for me by Folty and Fiers. He pretty much bumped me out of first in ERA. We got an expensive save last week. Fingers crossed for him this week!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m starting him, but I have nothing to lose at this point

  45. Cram It says:
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    How’s NFBC looking? Cruising to victory?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish… What’s crazy is I’m top 50 overall in master standings, but in 2nd place by a half point and person in front of me is not even top 120 overall… I saw you were near me in top overall standings (last I checked), you must be doing good, huh?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Still going back and forth with first place every day. I’ll be ahead 3 points one day, then he’s ahead 3 the next. I need a strong SP week to pull it out.

        But I was going to say the same thing! That guy is currently 2.5 points ahead of me in the league, but in the Master Standings I’m 55 spots ahead of him. Weird!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, yeah…. I need Bauer to do something — Maybe 6 IP total… I need all my hitters… I’m up against it to win this league, tbh

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I hear ya. My total offense leads the field by 8 points and I can’t make up any ground there. I wish friggin’ Bradley was getting saves, I could make up a few points in that cat. I don’t know if I should deploy him in the off chance he vultures one. But I need my P’s to have a stellar ratio week.

            • Grey

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              I think I need a miracle to win my league… Have so few points to gain

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        I noticed that oddity last year or the year prior: the guy who won the NFBC DC overall “lost” hi actual league. A $50k winning loser!!!

        • Cram It says:
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          @Dave D: Geeze! I don’t get it. Maybe it makes sense in an algorithm when they use your exact stats, instead of league standing points. But that’s insane, winning the overall prize without even winning your league.

          • Dave D says:
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            @Cram It:

            Yeah, its points in each stat category based on your overall standings in every one individually. Your place in league has zero influence on overall standings. Its like a shadow league with 1200 points available each cat or whatever. I’m not good enough with excel to put together a winning combo.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Dave D: Yeah that makes sense. It’s like a separate league with over 1000 teams, like you said.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That you can win the whole thing but not win your league is crazy tho

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: Agreed! I mean, could you finish 3rd in your league and still win the whole thing? 4th? How crazy can it get?!

                  • Grey

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                    What I don’t get is how can I be doing that well in the overall standings, and be losing categories to someone in my league who is doing worse? That really doesn’t make sense

        • Grey

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          Really? Wow, hadn’t heard of that… Wonder what goes on with that

  46. Citizen5 says:
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    What are your thoughts on Conforto as a ‘keeper’ next year?
    12 team league, 6th round (61-72 overall)
    Thanks in advance,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like him, but that’s no huge bargain

  47. btristan55 says:
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    I won my Championship, 3rd time in 8 seasons, but only the 1st in the last 4 seasons. Was in a rut, and decided to get the Roto Deluxe subscription. Thanks to you guys and the tools, I pulled out a 17-4 season, and won it all last night.
    Grey, especially, thanks to you I drafted immaculately. Your preseason lists had me ahead of everybody else on guys like Snell, Bauer, Bregman, and while guys were drafting catchers and closers, I kept getting good hitters and starting pitchers and ended up drafting the injured Realmuto late in the draft, and then got SAGNOF closers on waiver wire thru the season.
    Thanks again, can’t wait to do it all again next season!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Congrats!

  48. CloudTown says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Rolling into the last week of the season, gonna be a tough one as I am approaching start limits at almost every position. In first but hoping to hang on as #2 is charging. Thanks for all the help this year, I have been rolling most the year until the last month when my team has sputtered out.

    Looking to get a charge at 3B, Healy has been pretty dismal lately, grab Beckham for the hotness? That’s the one position I’m not worried about blowing out for starts.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, grab Beckham

  49. jmjoseph says:
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    Hendricks’ next start is scheduled for Fri vs Stl – there’s a strong chance he only pitches a few innings with the cubs headed for playoffs, right? Start Gibson (v Chisox) or LeBlanc (v Tex) over him in weekly H2H?- lineups lock today.

    Thanks for all you do Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on Hendricks… I’d start Gibson

  50. Steve says:
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    Anybody knows who will eat innings after Holder for NYY today? Looking for non-starter innings for IP category.

    Thanks

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: Sheffield?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Justus, not Gary

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Sheffield? What’s Sonny Gray up to?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: gray hasn’t pitched in almost 2 weeks (9/11), he’s got to be rusty at this point, right?

        • Grey

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          He’s been garbage all year… I wouldn’t start him, just guessing who might pitch for them… Sheffield could surprise

    • Raider says:
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      @Steve: My guess is justus sheffield might eat some, hasnt thrown in a few days

  51. herschel says:
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    @Grey: thank you as always for a great season. last question, need to start one of the following. no idea how much bos/hou will rest the first two guys.

    beintendi – 3 vs bal, 3 vs nyy
    springer – 3 @ tor, 4 @ bal
    mcneil – 3 vs atl, 3 vs mia
    tim anderson – 3 vs cle, 4 @ min

    Also, you think Story plays this week?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McNeil — no on Story

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And no problem of course!

  52. JP says:
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    Which 4 from this group for this week?

    Puig, Cruz, Voit, Dahl, Aaron Hicks, Josh Bell

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Bell, Puig

  53. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    First, I wanted to say thanks to yourself, Rudy, and the rest of the Razzball team for all of your DOPE ASS work. I was able to successfully defend my title in my H2H league for the 4th consecutive year, you guys are such a great resource. Just had to say thank you.

    Second, how much do you love Mondesi right now? Is he Trea Version 2? The way he is wrapping this season is very reminiscent of how Trea wrapped the 2016 season.

    Third, peep this; https://youtu.be/iIWwrBsk2tc

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome, congrats! I love Mondesi, but he still does K a bunch — listening to link now!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey:Thanks, my man.! Pretty killer jam, huh?

        • Grey

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          I love it!

  54. Michael DePinto says:
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    Grey:

    I just wanted to thank you and the staff for all of your help and advice this year. I won my H2H league for the 6th time in 7 years and it appears that I will finish 2nd in my Roto league.

    You gave some great advice (Mikolas…I still don’t know who he is or where he came from?) and not so great advice (Castillo) but what I appreciate the most is that you guys are always there writing articles or answering questions us maniacs post in the comments. Most sites discontinue their coverage around 4th of July because it is so difficult to write about a sport whose fantasy season last 13 weeks.

    Thank you again. This was my second year following Razzball as I was late to the party but I promise I won’t be leaving anytime soon.

    I pray that Cougs doesn’t make you retire and go off the grid. :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome, congrats! No problem, I think Cougs secretly loves that she loses me for 6 months

  55. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Meadows is starting tonight.
    Meadows or Bader?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For just tonight? Try Meadows

  56. Ellis says:
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    Who sits?

    Bumgarner v Padres
    Happ v Red Sox
    Greinke v Dodgers

    need k’s and era, all set for wins

    thank you for your help this year, especially Mondesi over Adames a few weeks ago when they were profiling very similar, battling for 1st!

    • Grey

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      Happ

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And of course no problem

  57. southside dom says:
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    Final push. Pick one of the following starters (chasing QS and Ws):

    -Carrasco (@KC, $7.3)
    -Greinke (vs LAD, $11.8)
    -Eovaldi (vs BAL, $16.7)

    And then in the OF, which one would you sit? It’s tight in pretty much all categories, particularly AVG, HRs, and SBs

    -Palka (CLE3, @MIN4, $16.9) – doubleheader with MIN
    -Mallex (NYY4, TOR3, $9.8)
    -Desmond (PHI4, WSH3, $26.5)
    -Springer (@TOR3,@BAL4, $14.9)
    -KDavis (@SEA3, @LAA3, $10.5)

    Thanks G! Trying to finish in the $!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi — Springer

      • southside dom says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks G. You think they take it easy with Springer? He’s starting tonight FWIW

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I saw he’s starting, but he has a sore everything and I bet they bench him some

  58. Steve says:
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    Need R in roto, is it crazy to sit Benintendi for Ender? Beni’s part of the reason I’m now in second…

    Also, UTIl for weekly championship run: Joc, Devers, Beni (if Ender is answer above)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy, I’d go Ender — Beni in 2nd group

  59. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Made the final!

    Hard to be certain of anything at this time of year, but do we trust The Shoe tomorrow?

    • Stephen Lyon says:
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      @Stephen Lyon: SON certainly likes him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I don’t trust him necessarily, but would start him, if you need it, doesn’t seem awful

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: My opponent’s pitching is pretty good, and he has plenty of arms. I have basically no one, so have to stream but only have 10 adds for the week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cobbler over Gomber

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: You like Gomber v MIL better?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not better

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            @Grey: Fair enough.

            Elsewhere, the ol H2H is looking to replace Wins with Quality Starts next year. What’s your view on that?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I prefer wins, neither are perfect… wins at least add the fun of vulture wins, though that obviously make more luck

  60. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Mornin’ Grey!

    I want to punch Strasburg in his face.

    That is all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, me too!

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: I can’t see the game, so I couldn’t figure why Strasburg was walking so many guys. Just checked, and the home plate ump is Angel Hernandez–who is notorious for having the worst strike zone in the league. Abbreviated outings, paternity leave, switched starts, shitty umps… the final week of pitching is a field of land mines. I feel like a short-timer in ‘Nam, just waiting for the whirly bird to come down and take me back to the world. Get me outta here, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, look up in the sky, that chopper is me!

  61. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team 5×5 (OBP) league.

    Looking at some possible keepers for next year in the OF.
    Acuna, Bauers, Brinson, Renfroe, Trout, and ______. Who should fill in the blank?

    FA list: Cave, Wendle, Ervin, Calhoun, C.Stewart, Adduci, Adrianza, Kemp, Goodwin, Grossman, DeShields, DJ Stewart, Holt, Bruce, Altherr, O’Brien, Martini, Culberson, and Heredia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin, Wendle or Cave appear hottest

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, for next year? Stewart

  62. lwomack58 says:
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    Made the finals in 4 out my 7 Yahoo teams.

    With Marte hurt might need to add an outfielder.

    Puig(who sit vs lefties and is facing 3 this week)
    Bader who is playing daily
    F. Reyes, Laureano

    Who would you choose

    Also who do you like best Voit or T. White

    Thanks for your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bader — Voit

  63. Cohen says:
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    Goodrum or Adamses?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goodrum

  64. branta says:
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    Not sure you’ll see this, Grey, but it’s happened. I finally won my Keeper League Championship. And I owe major thanks to you and Ralph for your help. Seven years in the making.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Congrats!

  65. Alex says:
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    Thanks for all the help this season, Grey and fellow Razzballers. I only played in two leagues this year—placed 3rd in a 12 teamer and cruising toward 1st in a decent 8 team. Either way, in the money.

    I’m looking at three 2019 keepers for the 12 teamer. Who would you keep? I’m leaning toward Mondesi, Mikolas, Whit or Leclerc. I think I’ll let the big dollar guys go.

    A. Mondesi ($6)
    Mikolas ($6)
    Pivetta ($6)
    Leclerc ($7)
    Ryu ($6)
    Charlie Morton ($7)
    Semien ($7)
    Merrifield ($20)
    Blackmon ($39)
    Rizzo ($38)
    Benintendi ($27)
    Bregman ($32)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, congrats! Bregman, Benintendi, Mondesi

  66. mets3145 says:
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    I went from having 3 guys getting 2 starts this week to just 1. Originally had Severino, Gausman and Holland – now I’m just stuck with Holland.

    There is no start scheduled for either Severino and Gausman either! Hate playing this week.

    • mets3145 says:
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      @mets3145: oh and Aaron Hicks is probably out the rest of the week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This week is the worst

  67. Stephen Lyon says:
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    I’ve kinda lost track of what Andrew Miller’s been up to, though his recent record isn’t exactly sparkling. But he’s available in my league. Worth grabbing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab him

  68. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Morton.

    Ha, ha….you win.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  69. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Nate Jones is ruining everything.

  70. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    20 team dynasty where i need at least 9 TEX players at all times (NA slots don’t count, DL would though). probably losing beltre (of course thought that this last offseason too), always have a chance they dump choo. this team actually was the best team for over the 2nd half of the season. league has a bunch of extra stats (holds, QS, K/9, K/BB, complete games, defensive stuff (so catchers and infielders in general have more value, esp 1B)
    C uh oh (and he only starts half the time now, that might partially be a function of them being out of it)
    1B desmond (LF man he really turned to shit right when he moved to COL, still useful though)
    2B odor
    SS andrus
    3B box wine (1B, all OF)
    LF mazouza (RF)
    CF blackman
    RF stanton
    util (1) whit (1B/2B/CF/RF)
    BN (normally in season (playoffs we get expanded rosters) it’s 4 BN slots total with at least 3 having to be hitters, and 13 MAX healthy pitchers: astudillo (3B/C), brinson (CF/LF), choo (LF/RF), big willie (LF)
    NA (10), varsho, jp martinez (TEX), leody T (TEX), yordan alvarez, eloy, i.diaz (SS)
    SP: (5 starting slots): urias, f.valdez, morton, pivetta, ryu, V2, archer, skaggs
    RP (7 starting): giles, kela, c.martin, alexander, steckenrider, pressly, willy P
    DL (5): buchholez, darvish, morrow, fister (only to make TEX mins when their bullpen was all being traded away)
    NA: duplantier, greene, m.baez, graterol

    got a trade offer of my giles for buttrey + profar. it’s looking like i might NEED profar next year, if/when beltre retires, TEX has a large budget but refuses to spend any of it (or at least the amount needed) on good SP (didn’t pay darvish, nor sign ANYbody good, and i’m not trading for the guys they have. literally rostered NONE of their SP’s this year even once, and if i did i probably wouldn’t have been in 1st place for months)

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