Welcome, prematurely balding men and five women who are married to prematurely balding men and decided if you can’t beat them, join them!  Make yourself comfortable, this is gonna be a long post.  Here make yourself some java.  Okay, you just poured rat poison into your coffee.  Don’t worry, it can’t be worse than owning Pablo Sandoval in the 1st half.  Oh, you owned him and that’s why you poured it into coffee!  Now, I’m following!   Hey, who’s leading here?  Well, whoever it is their taillight is out and I’m gonna have to make a citizen’s arrest.  Before we get into the top 100 for the 2nd half of 2015 fantasy baseball, let’s just be glad our 18-year-old selves can’t see us now, we’d get beat up!  But our twelve-year-old selves would think we’re the coolest!  So, as with all of the other 2015 fantasy baseball rankings, take this list with a grain of salt.  If you need a 2nd baseman, but an outfielder is above him that doesn’t mean you can’t trade the outfielder for the 2nd baseman.  Also, things change in fantasy baseball.  Daily.  I could put Au Shizz number two on the top 100 list for the second half of 2015 and he could pull a–Well, we won’t even mention an injury with Goldy.  Why soil a good thing, ya know?  This list is a road map for where I think guys are valued.  It’s not the Holy Grail in the Church of Grey, that would be my mustache.  This list is NOT (caps for emphasis, not aesthetics) where I see guys ending up if you were to take their first half and combine it with the 2nd half of their season. This is simply a list of the top hundred fantasy baseball players if you were to pick them up today.  So while Carlos Santana did not have the greatest first half, he will appear on this list because I still believe.  The projections are not their combined 1st half and 2nd half numbers; these are their projections for the 2nd half of 2015.  I also liberally used our rest of the season Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  That’s right, we have a Player Rater that tells you what guys will do.  It’s like that camera from The Twilight Zone.  Welcome to the future!  Anyway, here’s the top 100 for fantasy baseball for the 2nd half of 2015:

1. Mike Trout – For some reason, I’m picturing you and me acting out a stage play of a scene from the movie, Celtic Pride, and we’ve kidnapped Trout so our opponents can’t win our fantasy league and you’re Dan Aykroyd.  Well, you don’t expect me to be Dan Aykroyd, do you?  Projections: 52/16/42/.292/10

2. Paul Goldschmidt – Brucely, Au Shizz and my love of Goooooooooold should be number one, but I’m going safe and saying Trout.  If you were to flip-flop them, I wouldn’t hate, I’d procreate another city/state.  I’m a poet and aware of it.  Projections:  49/15/54/.312/8

3. Clayton Kershaw – I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.  I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.  Wait, not that part.  I rank pitchers higher in the midseason because you know by this point which pitchers are healthy and putting together terrific seasons.  In March, it’s much more of a crapshoot, which also happens to be Clayton’s gambling brother.  Crapshoot Kershaw has a real problem, and he’s colorblind, so how’s he ever going to win money betting on blue?  Projections: 9-2/2.20/0.93/115

4. Max Scherzer – You could take Kershaw, Sale, Scherzer and Kluber, put them in a hat and place them in any order.  Yes, you need a very big hat.  No, I don’t know where to find that big of a hat.  Stop with the semantics!  Projections: 9-3/2.49/1.01/122

5. Anthony Rizzo – 2nd half rankings need to balance what’s happened and what could happen in the 2nd half.  Rizzo (and all Cubs) will benefit from the nasty humidity in Chicago in July and August when balls fly out of the park.  Out of the top ten, Rizzo’s likely the one with the most upside.  Projections: 45/17/47/.289/6

6. Josh Donaldson – I wrote Donaldson and Arenado’s names on my wall and let my unicorn stab its horn into the 3rd baseman that would be ranked 6th.  You don’t like it?  You argue with a pissed-off unicorn.  Projections: 54/15/48/.284/4

7. Nolan Arenado – You know why you love me and my love for The Torenado this preseason, because in hindsight it looks so obvious, but no one else was saying it.  The ability to see the obvious through all the chatter is what really separates me from other ‘perts.  That and good hygiene.  Projections:  46/15/51/.301/1

8. Kris Bryant – Yeah, this could be around where he is ranked next year.  Deal with it!  Or deal for him.  Projections:  48/15/51/.260/5

9. Corey Kluber – Same as Scherzer.  Actually, nearly identical in all his peripherals to Scherzer, except Kluber’s been a tad unlucky.  Call him, Shizzlucker.  Projections:  8-3/2.61/1.05/124

10. Bryce Harper – Not sure how many home runs he has left in his bat.  Or is that how many “in the Harper?”  *reluctantly high-fives self*  Projections:  50/14/53/.309/4

11. Albert Pujols – In the preseason of 2014, I loved Pujols still and others had moved on.  Then I followed suit and left him this preseason, but I obviously got out of the Pujols too soon, which sounds like a problem I’d like to have.  Projections:  42/14/48/.267/2

12. Jose Bautista – The shoulder still worries me, but it hasn’t seemed to slow him down, which is just frickin’ awesome since I traded him for Stressbird two months ago.  Projections:  44/16/50/.251/3

13. Edwin Encarnacion – Another Blue Jay, another wonky shoulder, another cortisone shot, another home run hit.  This was “not a haiku” from my book, Not Haikus For Youse.  Projections:  41/15/47/.248/2

14. Chris Sale – As I said in Scherzer’s blurb (at least I think it was Scherzer’s blurb, my eyes don’t move up; I have a strange condition like Pete Yorn), Sale could be ranked up there, but I have slightly less faith in Sale’s ability to stay healthy.  Projections:  6-2/2.66/0.98/117

15. Andrew McCutchen – This is more of a “I can’t quit you” ranking.  Only it’s a little east of where we usually camp and we’re at Brokeknee Mountain.  Projections:  45/12/48/.306/7

16. Todd Frazier – Due to a clerical error by my receptionist (which is actually me on the phone pretending to not be me), he was accidentally omitted.  More like omitodd, amiright?!  Projections:  41/12/44/.281/8

17. Troy Tulowitzki – As I’m more likely to rank pitchers higher in the 2nd half, I feel the same about extremely injury-prone guys like Tulo.  I figure at this point, it’s worth the gamble more so than in March.  There is the other side of this coin that says, “He was healthy in the 1st half so his chances of getting injured go up in the 2nd half,” but how are you fitting that on a coin?  Projections:  45/13/44/.310/1

18. Carlos Gomez – Likely incorrectly, I’m ranking Gomez higher than he should be based on his 1st half, thinking he has more left in him than most hitters.  That’s perhaps the worst conclusion I can make and here I am making it!  Projections:  39/9/30/.277/14

19. Joey Votto – Between you and me, because there’s no way Rudy reads this whole post (or any of it, though there is a chance he does a “Find” on his name, in which case, “Hey, Rudy!”), I’ve had to hear at least once a week how he was going to draft Votto in the 2nd round of Tout Wars if Votto would’ve fell one more spot.  Projections:  37/12/40/.297/3

20. Manny Machado – Not a whole of the rankings here will match next year’s preseason rankings, but I could see this one holding up.  For some reason, I could see every other site saying something like, “Machado enjoyed a breakout 2015 season,” and then ranking him in the 50s.  Machado won’t be lower than 20th overall for me next year.  Projections:  48/12/39/.282/8

21. Hanley Ramirez – The Rest of the Season Player Rater hates Hanley like you hate pants without an elastic waistband.  Honestly, I have no idea why such hate.  I mean, he hasn’t been terrific, wonderful, adjective, but he hasn’t been as bad as the ROS rater is saying either.  Projections:  43/12/48/.285/4

22. Mookie Betts – Like how Hanley’s ranking went against the ROS Rater, Betts is actually due to it.  The ROS Rater just licked its fingertips and smoothed down its eyebrows.  Projections:  45/8/31/.279/13

23. Starling Marte –  I could be deluding myself, but I think he’ll be fine after the All-Star Game.  Please let that be true.  Projections:  38/9/39/.277/13

24. Yoenis Cespedes – He felt to me like a poor man’s Adam Jones but now feels like a rich man’s Adam Jones.  Call him Yoenis Jefferson!  Projections:  44/12/38/.282/4

25. Charlie Blackmon – In a roundup last week I said something like how I love Rockies hitters in Coors in their prime.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!  I.e., you can’t keep a good Blackmon down.  Yes, I should’ve realized this in the preseason and had Blackmon ranked higher, but I’m making reparations, now give him forty acres and a mule.  Projections:  42/9/30/.282/12

26. Madison Bumgarner – Can we count down the time until Bum becomes Lincecum?  345 more innings?  Over/under?  Keep in mind, before Lincecum became present-day Lincecum, no one foresaw it either.  Projections:  8-2/2.91/1.07/101

27. Johnny Cueto – I just gave you a Johnny Cueto fantasy.  It was written in sparkley dust.  Projections:  6-5/2.78/0.98/95

28. J.D. Martinez – One thing I don’t like in his peripherals is his HR/FB% is a bit high.  Yes, I had to work really hard to find something negative on him.  Projections:  37/12/43/.279/2

29. Brett Gardner – I love, love, lurve Gardner, but even I have to admit this ranking is a little bizzonkers.  Screw it, let’s live Rodney Dangerfield!  I joined Alcoholics Anonymous the other day, I still drink but now I use a different name.  *pulls collar*  Projections: 45/8/29/.279/12

30. Ryan Braun – Whoa, Bozo Bozostein, Gardner over Braun?  You’ve sat on your head and thought out your ass!  Yeah, yeah, I know.  We have Braun apologists out there, but just last week this handsome guy by the name of Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario, said to sell Braun, and I believe him.  Projections:  35/10/39/.275/8

31. A.J. Pollock – *shrugs* I really have no idea where to rank him.  He could be anywhere from a top 10 guy to a top 200 guy.  I think he’ll be closer to the top than 200, but there’s some risk here.  If nothing else, you could get him together with 1,000 other Pollocks and screw in light bulbs by turning the house.  Projections:  45/7/29/.287/12

32. David Price – I can see the end for Price and it looks like Sabathia, but don’t think we’re there yet.  Projections: 7-3/2.91/1.09/97

33. Adam Jones – If Yoenis is now a rich man’s Adam Jones, that makes Adam Jones a poor man’s Yoenis.  Call him Po’enis.  Projections: 38/11/39/.281/3

34. Prince Fielder – This is likely a best case scenario ranking.  I could see him easily being about as valuable as Moreland while Prince just took up more land.  Projections:  36/12/40/.290

35. Adrian Beltre – Hmm, this is like a tier of players that could be as valuable as a top ten guy or random schmotato off waivers.  Projections:  35/11/38/.295/1

36. Nelson Cruz – Yup, still this wonky tier, except unlike Beltre, Cruz’s better days are behind him.  Projections: 36/11/38/.261/3

37. Chris Davis – One of the few players that could hit 20 homers in the 2nd half or 10 homers and a .115 average.  Projections: 33/16/40/.235/1

38. Buster Posey – I don’t feel like cleaning my internet history to search for this, but there’s been a porn actor who’s used a slight variation on Buster’s name, right?  Projections:  35/9/37/.309

39. Jose Abreu – When I look at how high I ranked Abreu in the preseason, I also hear in my head Dark Helmet saying, “You fell for the oldest trick in the book, mon!”  In fairness (to someone, maybe me), Steamer’s rest of the season projections would still have him near the top ten.  Projections:  36/10/39/.297

40. Jose Fernandez – This is a wing and a prayer ranking, because I have no idea how many innings J-Fer will pitch this year.  Wing and a Prayer is also my favorite place to stop in Mississippi for fried chicken and to get right with Jesus.  Projections:  5-4/2.76/0.98/90

41. Adrian Gonzalez – Here’s what I said the other day, “He had eight homers in April and hit .383.  Guess who told you to sell him?  (Hint: It was me.)  In May, two homers, hit .274.  In June, 3 homers and hit .248.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Projections:  39/10/41/.274

42. Jake Arrieta – Lester and Arrieta are like the white boy pitching version of Denard and Revere.  If you can tell them apart, more power to you.  Projections: 6-3/2.91/1.08/92

43. Jon Lester – See what I said 1/8th of an inch above.  Projections:  7-3/2.98/1.12/95

44. Joc Pederson – This guy has me perplexed (Pedplexed?  That sounds like it’s bordering on being raided by the FBI.).  I’m perplexed because he has 20 homers in the 1st half and 30-steal speed in the minors and he’s 23 years old, yet I don’t get the sense people are as crazy about him as they should be.  Pederson could be a top five guy for all of fantasy next year.  All he needs to do is get his average up.  Projections:  42/10/30/.241/9

45. Felix Hernandez – I don’t want to scream fire in the theater of Razzball, but F-Her’s peripherals look terrible and if he doesn’t turn things around in the 2nd half, he could be a guy to avoid next year.  *wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo*  That’s your cue, Felix owners in keeper leagues.  Projections: 7-4/3.09/1.08/97

46. Justin Upton – Should be ranked up there with Marte, but Ups has been slumping and has an oblique issue.  That actually isn’t that oblique at all.  Pretty exact, in fact.  Projections:  35/12/38/.263/4

47. Brian Dozier – Man, the 2nd base position is a mess.  With that said (hold on, Grey’s turning this thing around!), Dozier has been solid.  Projections:  40/8/29/.245/7

48. Billy Hamilton – I look at SAGNOF at the midseason point similar to starters.  You know who’s getting saves or steals, and if you need those things, you should pay for them.  Would I have done a preseason trade of, say, Upton for Hamilton or Kimbrel or Aroldis?  Oh, heck to the fire to the no.  At the midpoint of the season, if you need saves or steals, you do what needs to be done for your needs…needs…needs…needs…Stupid broken record!  Projections:  31/3/22/.245/31

49. Dee Gordon – Same bailiwick as Hamilton which means they both have speed to burn, which might be a pun on bailiwick.  Pun kinda noted!  For full disclosure purposes — or porpoises if dolphins have taken over the world by the time you read this — I had Gordon above Hamilton prior to the thumb injury.  Projections:  34/0/17/.272/32

50. Aroldis Chapman – Same, same, same with Billy Hamilton.  I will also say this, Aroldis or Hamilton or Gordon or any SAGNOF guy could be ranked here or out of the top 100.  They are completely needs based like cartilage.  Wait, that’s knees based.  Projections: 2-1/1.95/0.99/51, 17 saves

51. Andrew Miller – Hey, if you don’t need saves, don’t pay attention to this ranking.  How’s dem apples?  Delicious!  Projections: 1-1/2.12/0.89/42, 17 saves

52. Kenley Jansen – Just another SAGNOF in the wall.  Hey, Maddon, leave those closers alone!  Hey, Mattingly, leave common sense alone!  Hey, Lloyd Christmas McClendon, leave Carson Smith alone!  Projections: 2-2/2.04/0.88/40, 16 saves

53. Jose Altuve – Altuve’s a weird one.  No, not because he’s four-eleven.  The Player Raters always love Altuve more than I do, so I went to see where he was ranked for the rest of the season, and it was lower than I had him, so I had to reevaluate everything I know in my life.  Hmm, maybe The Beatles aren’t corny to listen to.  Nah, that can’t be.  Projections:  34/3/28/.300/17

54. Chris Archer – This guy and Gerrit are on the precipice of being in the top five to ten SP conversation for next year if I’m using the word “precipice” correctly and using the word “correctly” correctly.   Projections:  5-4/3.03/1.12/93

55. Gerrit Cole – See what I said 1/8th of an inch above, or seven inches above if you’re trying to impress a girl.  Projections:  6-3/3.07/1.15/88

56. David Robertson – Do you ever have dreams where Wu Tang are singing about SAGNOF?  Hmm, maybe it’s just me.  Projections: 2-0/2.44/1.03/40, 16 saves

57. Mark Teixeira – See what I said about Lind in about 12,000 words.  It’ll all make sense.  Projections: 32/12/45/.247/1

58. Carlos Correa – Fly, icarlos, fly!  Projections:  29/8/31/.269/8

59. Zack Greinke – You know what you’re getting from Greinke, so let me take this time to say you should try to find and watch the Danish show, Borgen.  No, it’s not about pastries, those are danishes.  Projections:  8-2/2.87/1.10/83

60. Matt Harvey – I’m listening to Rakim rhyme about Juice (Know the Ledge) and that’s how I feel about Harvey.  As Harvey gets to September, his innings will start to get high and we’ll see if the Mets let him stand too close to the edge, let’s see if they know the ledge.  Projections:  6-2/3.18/1.09/79

61. Michael Pineda – Imagine peripherals are delicious candies, and Pineda’s filled with them.  Projections:  6-3/3.07/1.15/87

62. Jose Reyes – Some of the guys from this top 100 will bomb or get injured and produce no stats in the 2nd half.  My gut says one of those guys will be Reyes, but I just ate Mexican, so it’s hard to trust my gut.  Projections:  34/5/25/.282/10

63. Jacoby Ellsbury – Feels like this is a mini tier of Reyes and Ellsbury of guys that could give you about a week’s worth of stats.  Projections:  34/5/32/.279/15

64. Craig Kimbrel – See no SAGNOF, hear no SAGNOF, trade for no SAGNOF, unless you need SAGNOF!  Projections:  1-1/2.88/1.03/46, 15 saves

65. Jason Kipnis – I debated for two hours whether to rank Kipnis or Cano first, then took a nap, had a snack, totally forgot what I was doing and ranked them in this order without a second thought.  Projections:  42/5/29/.267/10

66. Robinson Cano – Some of the rankings here reflect what we’re likely to see next preseason, and five over-the-internet dollars says this about where Cano will land in ADP in 2016.  If not here, that means he has as horrendous of a 2nd half as he had in the 1st half and he falls even further, but I think we see a slight bounce back from him.  Still not a good year, just a better 2nd half.  Projections:  35/9/38/.278/3

67. David Ortiz – I feel like Big Poopie could retire for three years, come back to play and still do exactly the same thing he’s doing now and get ranked around here.  Projections:  32/13/38/.255

68. Michael Brantley – I haven’t mentioned this yet this year, and I figured what better place than to bury it among 45,000 other words, but I regret not labeling Brantley a schmohawk in the preseason and telling people to avoid him.  I knew I wasn’t drafting him and that he wouldn’t repeat his breakout from 2014, but I wasn’t as explicit about it as I should’ve been.  Regrets, indeed.  My thesaurus says I’m Rue McClanahan.  Projections:  32/7/37/.291/7

69. Carlos Gonzalez – If a guy can hit 9 homers in a month with five steals, he could be a top 20 hitter in the 2nd half.  If CarGo does that, I’ll eat my hat.  My giant hat with the top four pitchers in it.  Callback!  Projections:  33/12/34/.272/4

70. Carlos Carrasco – This will be the 2nd Dan Aykroyd mention (it’s a revival!), but Salazar and Carrasco remind me of The Festrunk Brothers.  Projections:  6-4/3.39/1.14/96

71. Danny Salazar – I figured I’d keep the two ulcers together.  Projections:  6-5/3.46/1.16/95

72. Freddie Freeman – I’ll admit that if he would’ve stayed healthy, he would’ve beat my preseason projections, but, here’s the thing, he didn’t.  Mess with the unicorn, you get the horn.  Projections:  28/8/34/.282/1

73. Cole Hamels – The teams he’s willing to get traded to include San Diego, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles because he doesn’t care about winning as much as he cares about a nice suntan.  Projections:  5-4/3.32/1.19/87

74. James Shields – There seem to be this little mini tiers forming all over this post.  Lester/Arrieta, Gerrit/Archer, Carrasco/Salazar and now Hamels/Shields.  Interesting (to me).  Projections:  6-2/3.45/1.21/92

75. Yasiel Puig – He had four homers and one steal in the 1st half, so instead of saying “When pigs fly” for the unlikely, we should say “When Puig shows fantasy value.”  Projections:  31/8/33/.292/6

76. Matt Kemp – I call this section of our program, “I Bet If You Owned These Guys In The 1st Half, You Would Prefer They Were Ranked Out Of The 100.”  We are happy to announce we recently won a technical Emmy for longest program title.  Projections:  35/8/31/.255/6

77. Evan Longoria – I’m gonna try to enjoy my midsummer break, so moving on!  Projections:  32/10/35/.269/2

78. Victor Martinez – You have to admit I once again nailed the guys you should avoid this year.  C’mon, give me my props, Black Moon!  Projections:  31/8/35/.282/1

79. Carlos Santana – I just gave you my Carlos Santana fantasy.  I wrote it with my toes.  Projections:  33/11/36/.239/2

80. Jacob deGrom – The Rest of the Season Player Rater hates deGrom, so even though I’ve been accused of being down on deGrom in the non-sexual way, I’m actually being generous with this ranking.  Projections:  6-4/3.27/1.10/77

81. Jordan Zimmermann – And the ROS Player Rater hates Zimmermann even more than deGrom.  I wonder if it’s confusing it with Ryan Z.  Projections:  7-2/3.29/1.18/76

82. Alex Rodriguez – You just can’t keep A-Rod down.  Only his super buff, manly girlfriends can do that.  Projections:  31/10/34/.259/2

83. Xander Bogaerts – Basically, I’m going to like Bogaerts until he breaks out.  It’s coming one of these years.  Projections:  34/6/33/.291/4

84. Dallas Keuchel – Still don’t buy his 1st half.  What can I say, I’m hard-headed like your coconut bank from Hawaii.  Projections:  5-4/3.33/1.18/74

85. Sonny Gray – Hey, it’s my boy!  Hey, boy!  Say hello to your mother for me!  Projections:  5-5/3.41/1.19/81

86. Lorenzo Cain – This might come off as daffy, but Cain could be a top 20 overall fantasy player in the 2nd half.  Really any player that can hit ten homers and steal 15 bases in a half could.  Projections:  35/6/33/.278/12

87. Matt Holliday – Another guy I said to avoid in the preseason.  I’m something like 30 for 31 in preseason schmohawk overrated posts in my career (and that’s my career as a jackass).  I think the only one I missed on was Cliff Lee the year he followed his breakout season with another great year.  Projections:  30/8/31/.272/2

88. Adam Lind – I’m pretty much walking away with my RCL with J-FoH flailing as Rudy starts to creep up.  I mention that now because I’ve dropped Teixeira and Lind in that league and still have a 12 in runs and RBIs, so your takeaway is…?  Fish and chips?  Are you British?  No, your takeaway is that you can make mistakes and still win your league.  Projections:  30/8/32/.273

89. Kolten Wong – When he gets married, does the official ask if the bride takes this Wong?  I’m trying to picture this.  Projections:  34/6/23/.261/7

90. Giancarlo Stanton – I still wear my Giancarlo tramp stamp with great honor.  Projections:  18/9/22/.255/2

91. George Springer – I call this portion of our program, “Hey, My DL’d Player Is Better Than Your DL’d Player.”  At a certain point, it pays to gamble on a DL’d player, but it doesn’t pay much since if they don’t come back until mid-August you’re not getting anything from them that’s any better than, say, a hot schmotato.  Projections:  16/7/12/.250/5

92. Miguel Cabrera – I can picture some people reading through these injured superstars and silently weeping.  Thanks for keeping it silent, no one wants to hear you moping!  Projections:  12/7/17/.325

93. Anthony Rendon – Could be the first injured guy to return, but I’m not convinced he’s much more than Yunel Escobar for this year.  That is the ultimate diss.  Projections:  21/2/19/.285/3

94. Corey Dickerson – I said back in April/May (Apmay?) that the Rockies won’t likely announce this until August/September (Augember?), but Dickerson will be shut down for the year.  So, you can gamble on him, but you might get stats comparable to Nadir Bupkis.  Projections:  16/5/14/.289/2

95. Ian Kinsler – Yeah, I have no idea how he got ranked here other than he was so bad in the 1st half, he’s gotta be better, doesn’t he?  Terrible logic points!  Projections:  38/4/28/.262/6

96. Eric Hosmer – I really wanted to squeeze Moistasskiss into the top 100 too, but I had to settle on one agita-inducer.  Projections:  35/7/34/.282/2

97. Jay Bruce – Okay, so I did manage to find another agita-inducer.  By the by, don’t, don’t, don’t say something like, “Grey, you are handsome, and I enjoy your mustache enormously, but Bruce’s projections look better than Springer if you count runs and RBIs, so why are they ranked like this?”  There’s more than stats involved in rankings.  Of course, you don’t want Springer in your active lineup, but if you can stash him and he comes back early, then he’s huge value compared to Bruce.  A lot more risk too.  Projections:  30/11/33/.237/3

98. Lance Lynn – You know how people say borrrrrrring with extra R’s?  Why don’t we do that with other words.  I’m starting that.  Lynn is so underrrrrrrrrrrrated!  Projections:  6-3/3.29/1.24/82

99. Kole Calhoun – Do you think he has a dog named Calhound?  Projections:  34/8/32/.260/2

100. Cameron Maybin – Because he’s healthy and I’m giving out some just deserts like I’m on Cupcake Wars.  Projections:  36/5/20/.271/10

101. Miguel Sano – Fo’serious, I could’ve ranked Ken Giles here due to Papelbon getting traded and it could work out that way in the 2nd half.  In the 2nd half, lots of things could happen.  I just put Sano here because who doesn’t like upside?  You don’t?  Wow, who are you?  Projections:  29/9/32/.245/2

102. Whoever Helps You Win – Don’t get tied to projections and rankings and “I drafted this guy in the 4th round this year.”  Yeah, we all hate Longoria, not just you.  The worst thing you can do at this stage is hold onto players just because of what they could do vs. what they are doing.  What they are doing is what wins championships and that’s what excites the ladies in your daydreams and your daydreams are real to you.

  1. Ben says:
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    You forgot Todd Frazier!!

    • Bread N Mustard says:
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      @Ben: Todd Frazier is in a tier of his own. There is even a show about him.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Ben: No doubt that people are sick of hearing about Frazier since last night.

    • Robert says:
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      @Ben: Just to add to this, Frazier HAD to be an oversight, right??? Making me nervous that there’s something I don’t know about his future.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut and paste error, fixed

  2. RaiderRob says:
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    Did you forget Todd Frazier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fixed

  3. Wilson says:
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    Thank to your great work! Grey
    by the way, no Hunter Pence?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  4. PancakeMaker says:
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    Has anyone else mentioned the absence of Todd Frazier?

    *looks up*

    Oh good.

  5. Eric says:
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    Worried about innings counts for Syndergaard and McCullers? Even in non-keeper, I can’t imagine preferring some of the guys you ranked in the lower top-100 over Synd and McCullers with their sick Ks and sick peripherals. I was expecting to see them make an appearance right after deGrom, or thereabouts.

    Related: I assume you don’t trust Tanaka to stay upright?

    Love your stuff. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No I don’t trust Tanaka, thanks!

  6. Kevin says:
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    Better watch yourself I heard the Toddfather is looking for you

  7. seph meier says:
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    The angry 3b unicorn killed Todd Frazier

  8. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    not exactly sure, but i think this exact post was when i was created last year.

  9. Brett says:
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    Down goes Frazier!

  10. greg says:
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    Surprised that you, of all people, didn’t have Maikel Franco there….you really then Longo outperforms him ROS?

    And really, you forgot Frazier? DOWN GOES FRAZIER! KO’d BY GREY HIMSELF!

    Damn….just realized someone posted that as I was typing…but not in ALL CAPS!

    G

    • Winthrop says:
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      @greg: On all the podcasts Grey has been saying how much he likes Maikel but that he doesn’t expect him to keep it up and that all rookies have bad months. I’m assuming he’s still following that logic here.

      • Scott says:
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        @Winthrop: To be fair, #100 could be “any late season call-up with upside”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

    • PeteRosesRevenge says:
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      @greg:

      Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier……classic!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

  11. jakeTPE says:
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    Nod, nod, nod….. That’s seven nods in the top 33. Add Frazier and it’s potentially *8* nods!!!

    People around me think I’m bopping to music in my head! No! They’re Grey’s 2nd half ranks. Music to my ears!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  12. Fastpitch says:
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    NL only. Nola over W. Smith? We start 10 pitchers and I have 3 other closers plus Giles. My SP are hurting after Coles, JZim,A. Wood, basically all streamers. I need to lower my ERA, and in a 3 team fight for saves and K’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Different things, I’d go with Nola

  13. Bread N Mustard says:
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    If Todd Frazier gets hurt in the first week of the second half it will be a confirmation that Grey is a prophet.

    • Scott says:
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      @Bread N Mustard: It’s the curse of the Home Run Derby.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  14. Benny says:
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    In a dynasty league where you can keep players forever, would you trade Joey Gallo for Polloack, Blackmon, or neither?

    • Hawk says:
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      @Benny:

      Pollock, yes. Blackmon, no.

      There’s a lot of swing and miss in Gallo’s bat. A lot a lot. Alot of power too but a lot of swing and miss.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, either, Blackmon first

  15. dave reinart says:
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    Loved the Carrasco/Salazar ulcer line. damn funny. I think i’m either going to drop them both, or start them both every start and never look at their results, except maybe once per month. Your mention of Wrigley humidity inspired me to grab Soler again, and made me fear all the Cubs pitchers I own. SP’s, not RP’s. I’m rondone with their pen for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, Soler could have a decent 2nd half

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @dave reinart: be careful with that though, STL is more humid and you don’t see Grey claiming Superfluous H or Crapenter are likely to hit more homers. Could help Wong though.

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: then you got ATL being more humid than either and nobody’s wetting themselves (or maybe they are, ONLY since they live in ATL) to add gomes/kelly jo. NOTE: i was wetting myself to add kelly jo in NL league when he came off DL, but “i think i got a (bed) wetting problem” (said in frank costanza “foot order problem” voice)

  16. Brett says:
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    Grey

    Dyson one deshields?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson

  17. Brett says:
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    Grey

    Dyson or deshields?

  18. Rumpelstiltskin says:
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    Offered Billy Hamilton for my Carlos Gonzalez. I’m at or near the top in most hitting cats except SBs. OPS roto redfraft. 12 team. Low in ERA and WHIP ranks but my pitching is coming around.
    Do I do this deal. Holds league which I’m low in too. I’m sitting in 4th about 25 pts back.

    2 C – Grandal, Jaso
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Kipnis
    SS – Correa
    3B – Donaldson
    MI – N. Walker
    CI – Beltre
    OF – CarGo, Colhoun, Hunter, C. Davis
    UTIL – Cesar HernandezL
    BN – Ortiz
    DL – Stanton

    SPs – Fernandez, Zimmerman, Pineda, Salazar, Samardzija, Gio, Ross DL – Matz
    RPs – Holland, Storen, Gregerson, C. Smith

    WW Power – K. Davis, C. Carter, Trumbo
    WW Speed – Dyson, Span (DL), Rajai, Gose, Delino, Leonys

    1. Do I take Billy for CarGo?
    2. Would you drop anyone for any WW bats?

    • Ron D says:
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      @Rumpelstiltskin: hold and grab delino.. Probly drop Caesar play Papi in ur until

      • Ron D says:
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        @Ron D: utility*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Depends on needs 2. Cesar or Carter are needs based

  19. Charles says:
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    6×6, OBP (no avg) and Ks for batters: who would you keep out of these two: Deshields Jr or Cesar Hernandez?

    Also, how close was Hammel to making it? Or are you expecting him to suffer the Chicago humidity? 9 K/9, sub-3 era, sub-1 whip so far.

    • Ron D says:
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      @Charles: hammel Probably has some regression coming, but he has a Really good walk rate and ground ball rate… Probly around a 3.50 era 1.20 whip and a k/9 of about 8ish ROS or he could keep up what he’s been doing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cesar… Not that close, but he could end up with this kind of value

  20. tvators says:
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    I accuse you of being down on deGrom, way down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Word

  21. Patrick says:
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    I just gave JD Martinez for Corey Kluber in a 10 team head to headkeep 5 league in which Matt Harvey was my prior ace and I have an Outfield consisting of McCutchen, Puig, Kemp and Maybin. Did I kill my season? Currently in 5th place. Gulp.

    • Ron D says:
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      @Patrick: I’d have done it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Different things, depends on needs

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Patrick: Ask for advice pre-trade, post-trade advice often ends in tears.

      • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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        @Swfcdan: And this is an example of post-trade post (stutterer!) advice!

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Swfcdan: agree with this strategy of Spite Grenadier. Not doing it is negative freeroll, either you get a “good trade” clap on back, or “yikes”, and the “yikes” could’ve been avoided by asking first. nothing to lose that way. Although do do what johnny don’t does if the best trade you can make comes from a team above you, just take the best trade. All that standings crap matters for is if two trades are coin flips value-wise for your team then let standings decide.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  22. Wild Thing says:
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    Which side in a keeper league?

    Taijuan Walker and Schwarber or Buxton and McCullers

    Follow up question: how worried are you about Walker given his last two starts? You Empire State Building comment from you other blog post has me spooked. Thanks!

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      @Wild Thing:

      Buxton. Not close.

      • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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        @EnglishMetsFan: I’d take the Walker side. Schwarber’s a STUD.

    • Ron D says:
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      @Wild Thing: only one walk in those two contests just has been giving up some bombs, he was way too good during that streak and I think his 30 day splits are more like what u can expect 3.80 ish ERA and about a K per inning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty worried about Walker for this year, very up and down… McCullers side in trade

  23. Swfcdan says:
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    No Todd Frazier or are my eyes decieving me (damn eyes!).

    Loving the crazy rank of Blackmon, been a beastly 4th OF this year. Btw you didn’t tell us to avoid Brantley at all, you only kept that one in your head, no points for keeping things in your head yo!

    See you don’t like Ellsbury but it’s really an injury thing isn’t it, worth the risk if you can get him in a trade in a buyer/seller deal right?

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: And why so down on Rendon, should be back soon no? Or is it just risk of re-injury again, think thousands of computers will spontaneously be flying out windows if he injures himself again this year. Think of the rubbish and noise pollution you’d cause before you think about re-injuring yourself again Anthony!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Rendon played this year already and did nothing, could do the same when he returns, no?

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @Grey: In 10 games? He was putting together multiple multi-hit games before he went down, once the power returns we will be as happy as we were expecting to be minus the speed.

          • Peter Nincompoop says:
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            @Swfcdan: It’s going to be a lost season for Rendon…just one nincompoop’s opinion.

          • PeteRosesRevnege says:
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            @Swfcdan:

            I’m still hanging onto him because I am in first at the moment and my roster is doing well i can afford to sit on him and pence, Hopefully he comes back…i think the answer depends on if you have room for him. Same w/ Pence he lit it up first time back he may be great down the stretch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if the price is cheap enough

  24. Natty Boh says:
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    I’m loaded with pitching. Encarnacion and J-Fer for Goldy and Ian Kennedy?

    • danny almonte says:
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      @Natty Boh: Goldy for sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side

  25. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Drop Moreland, Dyson or Khris Davis for Sano? 12 Team H2H (R, HR, K, SB, OPS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs, Davis

  26. Dirt says:
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    WHERES FRAZIER???????

    • dom says:
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      @Dirt: DOWN GOES

  27. Matty says:
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    In a 12 team redfart h2h I was just offered Russel Martin and Brandon Moss for Chris Davis. I’ve been punting catcher all year.
    That seems like a bad deal. Worth it if I can get Chris Carter instead of Moss?

    • Chucky says:
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      Check out Carter’s stat line over the 2nd half of 2014, that will answer your question.

      • Ron D says:
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        @Chucky: moss and carter are basically the same player, I’d say moss lineup spot is a bit safer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  28. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    ‘Puter on the fritz AGAIN, so that’s that.

    Man, you are a very brave man. I love you as much as you love Giancarlo!

    a. Predicting an NL victory for the All star game. Bet you five over-the-internet dollars!

    b. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘The cosmic joke isn’t all that funny of a joke.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Deal! B. Ha!

  29. Malicious Phenom says:
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    No Frazier, cause every home-run derby winner sucks in the 2nd half..HA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  30. dom says:
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    I wouldn’t trade Harper for anyone not named Goldshmeat, but that’s just like, my opinion man. All year I’ve been loving the fact that I can record up to 6 shows at once thanks to …the Harpuh, only from Dish.

    I just traded Cueto, Freeman, Syndergaard for Keuchel, Votto, and Pineda.

    Was offered Tyson Ross for Lance McCullers, considering because I don’t know if there will be a limit on Lance’s IP and Ross may be more likely to actually be pitching when h2h playoffs come around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  31. Amolnar says:
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    So what about your boy Lucas Duda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is he my boy?

    • Scott says:
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      @Amolnar: I think he’s J-FOH’s boy.

  32. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    Good morning Grey, great rankings, thanks for all he help in the first half.

    15-team 6×6 (OBP, QS) roto league, non-keeper.

    We are having a one round draft and I am looking for the best value. The player I draft will be my 3rd Util player and I am strong in AVG and OBP, and middle of the pack in R, RBI, HR, and SB. Would you please rank your top 5 out of these schmohawks ROS?

    Aaron Hicks
    Thomas Pham
    Jake Lamb
    Eddie Rosario
    Clint Robinson
    John Jaso
    Cody Ashe
    Michael Morse
    Robert Refsnyder
    Eugenio Suarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lamb, Refsnyder, Suarez, Jaso, Morse

  33. Josh O'Neil says:
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    Grey – nice write-up, thank you. In relation to Rizzo, and your comment about balls traveling farther with the humid July/ August air my initial reaction was no, that’s not true…..warm dry air, yes, but not humid air. A quick Google search confirmed your statement….my apologies for questioning your wisdom. Who knew that fantasy baseball could be so educational. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ha

  34. dude says:
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    In a 12 team 5×5 roto keeper league and bats for my team are below.

    C – Ramos
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Wong
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Aybar
    IF – Machado
    OF – Braun
    OF – Marte
    OF – Harper
    OF – Pence
    DH – Pillar (OF)

    Bench
    C – Norris
    2B – Travis
    3B – Franco
    SS – Castro
    OF – Springer, Inciarte

    Right now I’m in first and can keep any of my players for We keep 15 players each year. I’ve been using Franco at my utility spot quite a bit with all the injuries my team has had, but with Pence and Travis back, and Inciarte coming back soon, I have more flexibility.

    Was thinking of offering up Franco for Seager as my weakest position is SS, and I’m loaded at 3B. Just don’t want to do anything to hurt my team this year. Should I think about doing that move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t see the point

      • Monster Gorilla Farts says:
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        Grey – Your holiness, I believe he is referring to Corey Seager, not Kyle.

  35. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Would rather have Choo, Myers or Parra for your 5th OF/U ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

  36. Wilsonian says:
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    I don’t know if anyone has said it, but where is Todd Frazier? I keed! I keed!

    Anyway, got an offer of his Marte for my Po’Enis Jones. It’s a 5 player Keeper where we keep one forever (who was Jones) and 4 players for 2 years.

    I’m currently in 1st place with this roster, do I make the deal?

    C – Vogt
    1B – Rizzo (1 year left, unless I Franchise him)
    2B – Kipnis
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Correa
    IF – Sano
    OF – Jones (Franchise)
    OF – Joc
    OF – Reddick
    OF – Burns
    UTIL – Longo
    UTIL – Wong
    BN – Trumbo
    DL – Myers
    DL – Stanton
    N/A – Rusney

    SP – Max (one year left), Kluber, Archer, Cole, Odorizzi, Wood, Streamer, Streamer
    RP – Miller, Soria, Ramos, Tolleson, Ziegler, Osuna

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Marte

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: so if I take Marte, I then have to make someone a Franchise player – who is it? If it isn’t Rizzo, then I only have him for one more year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why isn’t it Rizzo?

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Grey: Stanton and Arenado on the list, too. Rizzo is my first choice – just didn’t know if there was something I was missing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t think so

  37. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    25.5 Todd Frazier. A stella first half for the Toddfather, but there are certain factors to consider for 2nd half.
    1) The Reds are in turmoil, and Jay Bruce is getting traded. What the what…
    2) He just won the HR derby. Look at the last guys to win it.
    Cespedes has a silly name. And has more HRs post ASB than pre ASB in the last three seasons.
    Fielder has a higher HR/AB post ASB in the last three seasons.
    Cano. Well…erm….
    3)
    4) I am currently contemplating trading The Todd in my keeper league. Today would be his highest value, considering the shitfest of the past four weeks, where he has scored lower than Matt Duffy, Justin Turner and Cesar Hernandez.

    He is ‘on pace’ for 47 HRs / 15 SBs. This does not compute.

  38. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, Glad you finally got to see Jobu in person, he was well crafted! So every few days I wake up with a song in my head, this morning it was ACDC. After reading through I did what everyone else did and said “Where’s the Todd Father?” (did Pleasac really gave him that nickname?) Now ACDC went from Razor’s Edge to “Here Comes the Fraziers Edge”, damn you BFF! I don’t mind you left him off, I only have him one team. I was surprised Tomas wasn’t on here……. Checks Tomas’s stats…… I retract the previous statement. “If a guy can hit 9 homers in a month with five steals, he could be a top 20 hitter in the 2nd half” Hey, that’s me quoting you. Go listen to some Frazier’s Edge!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s amazing! I’m taking selfies with him left and right!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I love the eyes on Jobu, makes for great selfies! It’s like he’s as weirded out by us as we are by him if you hold him just right…

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: I got a black pug with crazy eyes, so I might have to get a pic of him & Jobu for my avatar. Meatball, the dog in my Avatar got adopted on Sunday so I need to update it.

            I’m trying to grab a couple guys with bigger upside for 2nd half:

            AJ & Soler for L Cain & Cargogo (I’ve been riding the AJ train for years, but I feel that shoulder injury may bog him down and you don’t even have him in the top 30)

            E5 & AJ for Bryant & Joc

            I also have Upton, but unless he gets hot it’s going to be tough to move him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Aw, must be bittersweet having a dog get adopted… Ultimately, it’s what you want, but still sad to say goodbye, right?

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Bittersweet is the perfect word. We had both the fosters get adopted this weekend so it seems so quiet with just our 3. Bug and I get attached to different dogs, but it’s cool to Foster cause you get a new dog every few months or weeks. We’ve been lucky, the longest we had one was 5 weeks and Meatball we only had for 9 days.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, Meatball was super quick, hard to resist meatballs in any form, I suppose

                  • Teddy Heater says:
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                    @Grey: He actually went to a home that had adopted from our rescue 2 years ago. I wanted to keep him because I lost my to Boston Terriers a few years back, but he couldn’t of gone to a better home. The wife gets to take both dogs to work everyday and other than our house you can’t beat that. Now I want a Meatball sub, you got me twice today! Damn you BFF, maybe I should blame my ADD instead of blaming you, curtesy of Deep thoughts with Teddy.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Telling you, meatballs anything is a can’t miss… Even the movie!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cain side…Bryant side

  39. jojo says:
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    need to fill a hole at 2B

    who’s the pick up:
    neil walker, panik, odor, devon travis

    thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @jojo: Travis and then Panik

    • Mike Scioscia's inflamed hemorrhoids says:
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      @jojo: Your hole needs to be filled with Odor. Ewwww

  40. Scott says:
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    I don’t think you’re using “precipice” “correctly”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly not

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey, I once used the word ‘nadir’ incorrectly in a job interview to describe the ‘height’ of my skills. Of course I didn’t get the job. Cosmic joke on me.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Oopsie

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: but then prolly would not be here with y’all so the joke’s on the cosmic joke. Lolol.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, take that cosmic joke!

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: what do you think of the mexican gang lord who “broke out” of his maximum security prison by digging a 3-ft wide tunnel under his prison cell. And they say he had inside help. Nah, say it ain’t so, Mexico.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  41. ShawnOfTheLivid says:
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    Safe to rank Frazier at 102? Or is your lack of ranking him an implication that he my die before the second half?

    First I joke, then I kid :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  42. Scott says:
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    “Rizzo (and all Cubs) will benefit from the nasty humidity in Chicago in July and August when balls fly out of the park.”

    Conversely, if I’m using the word “conversely” correctly, don’t start Cubs pitchers at home.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  43. Who Dat Ninja! says:
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    Thoughts on this situation?
    Wondering if my pitching can work for me, or do i make a trade? 12 team Keeper h2h:
    I’m thinking my OF needs some juice. I could drop Semien and use K Davis… Thanks guys

    C- Gattis
    C- Jaso
    1B- Frazier
    2B- Wong
    3B- J Donaldson
    ss- Cesar Hernandez
    MI- J Perralta
    CI- Arenado
    OF- Billy Burns
    OF- Adam Jones
    OF- Braun
    OF- B Moss
    OF- J Upton
    U- Morales

    Bench
    Maikel Franco
    Flores
    Hector Olivera
    Semien

    DL: K Davis
    d’Arnaud

    SP
    Corbin
    Brian Johnson
    Liriano
    Scherzer
    Erasmo
    T Ross
    A Wood
    Jungmann

    RP
    W Davis
    G Holland

    DL
    Jaime Garcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need juice and you’re dropping Semien? Ew…. I’d go Davis

      • Who Dat Ninja! says:
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        @Grey: yup, and it Billy Burns my Kolten Wong!

        thanks kid

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  44. Dr. Gorilla Farts says:
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    Nice list. I’m surprised by a few of the late list guys (Dickerson, Rendon, etc) but I guess the upside is there if they ever get back on the field for more than a week. I do like the bold ranking on Kris Bryant.

    Question for you…. how do you view Miggy’s general keeper value for the next 2 seasons? Is he still a lock for the top 10, or is he trending more towards top 30 at this point? Seems like he’ll continue to be an elite AVG guy for sure, but I’m a little concerned by this last season and a half of 25/100 production and not more 35/125 like in years past.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! He’s not a lock for the top 10… Think Pujols the last few years

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username, btw!

  45. Roger Dorn says:
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    Kyle Hendricks or Aaron Nola ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks

  46. Scott says:
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    Just had my trade of Upton for Pollock accepted last night. Good to see your rankings today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  47. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    great list grey

    but personally i’d have hammel over lynn at this point, ive said this before but hes the new adverb

    • Harry Hardenberg says:
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      @Harry Hardenberg: I mean we’re talking about .34 points in WHIP differential the first ahlf, thats really significant

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe if he didn’t just have a hammy issue but even then, prolly not

  48. Jr says:
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    nice list! I’m curious, I know you have Gomez ranked ahead of Braun, but would you trade Braun for Gomez? As crazy as this sounds, I feel like Braun is a lot less risky.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would if I needed speed more than power

  49. Another F'ing Jeff says:
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    I know a bunch of people have already mentioned the omission of the Toddfather and I believe I have an answer. After he won the derby last night there is obviously going to be a Bobby Abreau effect.

    P.S. – I really hope I’m wrong since I own him in two leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  50. Nate says:
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    Any chance I can get some help ranking these SPs in the second half?

    Velasquez, Corbin, Gausman, E. Rodriguez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      E-Rod, Gausman, Velasquez

  51. Grant says:
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    Who are the top minor league call-ups that could help my team win this year? I want to stash them and be ready,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kris Bryant, Correa, Sano

      • Bro Jackson says:
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        @Grey: Wieters.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wieters

      • Grant says:
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        @Grey: Who are the top ones that haven’t been called up yet but will soon?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should ask Mike, he’ll have a top 50 post of call ups

  52. the swinging says:
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    Sup King! I liked your recco to offer Chris davis for Pineda in the latest podcast. Not sure if i can pull it off but I offered it.

    Situation: The free agent pool is thin, Im abundant on bats, need a solid sp and I also worry about davis’ value ros.

    How low would u go on the list of starting pitchers you’d be willing to trade Chris Davis for?

    Thank you King

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go to Salazar, Carrasco area

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: agree, before I even posted I had the carrasco offer denied :(

        Push lower? I’m bearish on c davis, gulp.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, go to Lynn

          • the swinging says:
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            @Grey: Yeah for sure. I’m looking to sell this guy. Thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

              • the swinging says:
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                @Grey: still have some offers pending but few quick rejects..

                I know you don’t love tanaka caus of health but there’s only need him for really 2 more months.

                How bout I trade davis for tanaka and roll the dice?

                • the swinging says:
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                  @the swinging: or is there anyone else below Lynn that’s not on this list you would recommend I try and trade for?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You should look at the Player Rater and sort by SPs

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wouldn’t go near Tanaka

  53. KevinB says:
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    Hey Grey!!

    10-team 5×5 Roto Dynasty league (keep 40) … no restrictions
    I am trying to evaluate a trade offer but would like your opinion on a few prospects. How would you rank these prospects?

    Michael Conforto
    Clint Frazier
    Jon Gray
    Christian Walker
    Bradley Zimmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should ask Prospect Mike

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @KevinB:

      Conforto
      Zimmer
      Gray
      Frazier
      Walker

      Conforto and Zimmer are pretty close. Frazier could be a monster (if he figures it out).

  54. Skeezix says:
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    Yo Grey, apologies for the repeat questions, but in your last blog, I asked who you’d prefer rankings wise out of a list of rookie pitchers ROS. I’ve dropped the dead wood, but added a few other newbies in there – let me know if they’re also dead wood or if you like them in the same mix.

    Heaney
    Jungmann
    Montgomery
    Brian Johnson
    Vincent Velasquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re all streamers in some leagues

  55. Scott says:
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    Ugh, not feeling good. I’ve got 3 guys on your list, and 1 is Sano.

  56. Scott says:
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    Ironically, in my NL-only league, I traded Harper for Rizzo because Duda was sucking, and I was ahead in HRs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  57. El Boss says:
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    Billy Burns, C.J. Cron and Jeff Samardzja!! I think they deserve top 100 ROS.
    Do you think Cron will keep his playing time going forward?
    Always love the posts, thanks grey.

    And of course Todd Frazier, your fans are so cruel hahaha!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hope Cron plays every day but I hoped that in April too and it didn’t work out… So hopefully

  58. J-FOH says:
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    Looks like we both fell victim to the old cut and paste in the tailpipe gag

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I cut out Gordon when he was going on the DL then had to reinsert him when he didn’t go to the DL so I figured that was the problem with yours… I’ve done enough of these… Cut and paste always gets ya

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I can’t believe they may hold him from the DL. Either way a thumb injury to a hitter scared me off. I bet he barely squeezes in to the top 10 at 2nd ros. I leave off the DL for two reasons.

        1) when and will they perform when returning is hard enough to predict.
        2) I get names on the board that should be owned in their absence.

        With some major power out till end of august/September I feel power is scarce to a degree. If you lost Giancarlo then a guy like valbuena or byrd become more valuable for you. Hell trading for soler would be your hail mary

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2) the other side of that coin is if would you trade Cameron Maybin for one month of Giancarlo? So Giancarlo does have value, and should be ranked, he just doesn’t have as much value

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: obvious my list differs, and yes I agree. But Ive done it that way all year as I navigate this as a rookie ranker. Maybe post trade deadline I include the hurt studs in my list. We can talk about that over lunch…?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You should just continue the way you’ve done it all year at this point… I would change for next year, DL’d and minor league guys are relevant… Look at it this way, would you have traded Cuddyer for Correa a week before Correa was due up? Then Correa should be ranked… Lunch is always good…I’m in Seattle for a few days during the break…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: visiting Tehol?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Does he live up here?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: hahaha. Yes. He was there on the tour stop. And makes references on twitter.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, I don’t go on Twitter

  59. G says:
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    In my 12 team category head to head keeper league that counts obp and average im struggling in the average and obp department and can use a slight boost in steals, all without sacraficing too
    Much power. Im listing below players I’m willing to sell based on your list and their keeper round for next year and a list of guys im targeting in my league who may be available for trade. Do you see a match. I was mainly trying to move Joc because I think for people who havent owned him, they don’t realize how little he has hit the last month and want to capitalize on the big power numbers he out up early. I think the two owners who have blackmon and bryant would be willing to take joc straight up.

    My players
    Joc Pederson (8th round if kept)
    Upton (cannot be kept)
    Marte (2nd rounder next year if kept)

    Players in targeting
    Kris Bryant (4th round next year)
    Machado (5th round next year)
    Blackmon (9th round next year)

    Player position is not an issue. Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bryant or Machado

  60. Cohen says:
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    Grey,are there any SP that are ahead of Hammel that are not on your 2 nd half list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What?

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: Any Starting pitchers out there that u would rank ahead of Hammel that are not on your list?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should look at the ROS player rater for SPs…

          • Cohen says:
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            @Grey: thank u

  61. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, Member I asked you about Dozier (two months ago), you said he was just lucky last year.
    And , how do you think of him now? A real top 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he looks legit…

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Wilson: he had about 1.5 years of what looked very much like luck (b.miller was better than dozier in their respective minors careers). now we’re at 2 + seasons spread over 3 seasons, so looks really realer.

  62. slimbo says:
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    Are you drinking the Refsynder kool-aid?

    Drop grandal for him with Martin as my catcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  63. C says:
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    Grey – great write up, have enjoyed reading ALL of your posts this year (my first year doing so). I am in a 12 team 6×6 (OBP, NSB, QS, Holds) redraft and am currently in third place (leading in ERA/WHIP, lagging in NSB/OBP, middle to upper of the pack on the rest).

    I would love to to know what the ONE move you think I should try to make via trade is (i.e., should I upgrade one of my bats, deal a pitcher, etc.) going into the break. Here’s my roster:

    C B. Posey
    1B J. Abreu
    2B J. Altuve
    3B J. Donaldson
    SS M. Sano
    LF S. Marte
    CF B. Revere
    RF K. Calhoun
    Util K. Morales
    Util J. Dyson
    Bench J. Turner
    DL B. Buxton

    SP G. Cole
    SP C. Archer
    SP J. deGrom
    SP N. Syndergaard
    SP. T. Walker
    RP D. Storen
    RP. J. Motte
    RP. R. Osuna
    P J. Smith
    P. D. O’Day
    Bench J.J. Hoover
    DL S. Matz

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You can’t trade for more steals, you already have too many… I could see Calhoun and Morales for an upgrade, maybe a Chris Davis type?

  64. Nelson says:
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    You have Gardner at 45/8/29/.279/12. But how much worse is Yelich? a bit worse on runs and rbis?
    Im considering trading a cheap yelich for an expensive gardner in a keeper, but im not sure its worth it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich’s not close at this point… In a keeper, depends if you’d keep Yelich

  65. Your Mom says Hi says:
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    Grey!!! I just traded Rosie and Brantley for Chapman and Betts. How’d I do!? 12 team H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  66. Ty says:
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    Thanks for this. Its a nice gauge to have for ROS. I’m trying to go after Cespedes, which of these pitchers are fair to offer?

    Kluber
    Carasco
    Zimmerman
    Salazar
    J.Garcia
    McCullers
    Wood

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Ty: I would start with Wood and Jaime, 2 for 1..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anyone below Kluber

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks fellas. Am I still holding on dropping Burns for Yelich? Seems like Yelich is starting to regain his luster.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yelich over Burns, sure

  67. joe says:
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    a little concerned about Walker, two stinkers in a row. go with a quick hook and drop him for the likes of Gibson/E-Rod/Fiers?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @joe: I’d see a couple of more starts from Walker, before making a move..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him, E-Rod

  68. Jacob says:
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    Dallas and DeGrom are down on the list…shocker. Since you can never put your initial bias aside…ever, try this: pretend DeGrom and Dallas and all their glorious numbers (peripherals included) are really Peacock. Then we can see them ranked in the top 5 :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It wasn’t just me, I looked at the Player Rater too

  69. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    No questions, just a heartfelt THANK YOU on behalf of we commonfolk for taking to time to write something as killer as this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, thanks!

  70. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Harper or Frazier in a 10 team standard daily roto keeper..for next year & beyond.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harper

  71. Bryth Hawpor says:
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    Braun for Pederson straight up? Keeper league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson

  72. PhrasingBackInTheMix says:
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    In a competitive 12-team H2H keeper league, I am in 7th — very close to the teams in 3rd-6th, but a country mile behind the leader. My best hitter is Giancarlo.

    Could it make sense to trade Giancarlo TO the leader, who will almost certainly finish first and is planning for the playoffs, for a package of something like: Tulo, Sano, and Carlos Martinez? The idea being that it makes my team a little better now AND in the future (would likely keep Sano and C-Mart)

    Roster:
    C Molina
    1B Pujols
    2B Wong
    3B Longo
    SS Alcides
    OF Marte
    OF Soler (K)
    OF Heyward
    U Moss
    U Burns
    Bench: Souza
    DL Giancarlo

    SP: Kluber (K), Cole, McHugh, Yordano, Heaney, filler

    Tulo is a big injury risk and Sano may bust, but it seems like maybe a worthwhile gamble. Crazy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy

      • PhrasingBackInTheMix says:
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        @Grey: Cool, thanks for the reality check! So much fun reading your stuff every morning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  73. Sgt. Mahoney says:
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    Pardon me kind sir. I’m in a deep 5×5 and need a boost in all pitching categories(W, K, ERA, Whip). Can you rank these options ROS please?
    Peavy, Rodon, Nelson, Vogelsong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ranked them

  74. Kevin says:
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    Would you make a trade in a 10 team league, 8 keepers that would be Bumgarner & Braun for Kershaw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw side, it’s fair

  75. Fungazi says:
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    How come some pitchers on the rest of season number have more quality starts than game starts?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Fungazi: I meant the player rater stats, not your list.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You should ask in the comments on that page and Rudy will answer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t know what you mean

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: Well if you type in Shawn Tolleson for example. His ROS numbers are estimated to be 4 Game starts and 5 Quality starts. Maybe its just a glitch on converted relievers or something.

    • @Fungazi: I’m fixing it now. It happens with relievers as part of the QS calculation uses IP/GS and their IP is inflated because of relief appearances.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great movie!

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: Ralph Fiennes is so good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          In everything

  76. Steve from St. Louis says:
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    Would you trade Lester or Richards for Arenado??? 12 team H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, both

      • evilplan says:
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        @Grey: how about Lester and Sano for Arenado? redraft league

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, make it happen

    • Bro Jackson says:
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      @Steve from St. Louis: Both and my left arm. Is this question serious?

  77. Funny Name says:
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    Trade Arrieta for Carrasco and Jansen? 12 team, 5×5, h2h. I have 3 closers and Giles already so assuming Pap gets traded Kenley would be my 5th closer, so I’m not hurting for saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure I understand why you’d trade for a closer if you’re not hurting in saves

      • Funny Name says:
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        @Grey: It’s h2h so I’d be trying to dominate saves in the playoffs more or less, plus Kenley’s good ratios and K’s. Zigler and Castilla are 2 of my closers so who knows if they will implode. Basically a depth question because Arrieta has been so good and Carrasco, who I know you like, has been so inconsistent.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The trade’s fair, could go either way… Carrasco could kill you in the playoffs if he has one of his bomb starts, that’s not bomb as in good

  78. Paul says:
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    My injuries are Freeman, Stanton, Strasberg, Buchholtz, and Matz

    I already dropped Matz for another pitcher

    Do I also drop Buchholtz for another pitcher or closer

    My pitching staff is Price, Keuchel, Galllardo, Quintana, Fiers, Jon Gray, Beachey,

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: and I have Hendricks

      My closers are Ramos and Tolleson

      I could either stream pitchers with Buchholtz spot, pick up peavy, or grab Giles or Soriano for CL

      • Paul says:
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        @Paul: I only have one DL spot so all my other injured players are sitting on my bench, currently in 5th place of 12 team league very close standings so idk if I could wait on Buchholtz or not

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Grab Giles for a few days, then you can stream

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  79. the swinging says:
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    R.o.s. marlon byrd or avisail garcia?

    6×6 with ops.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd

      • the swinging says:
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        @Grey: agree. What’s up with avi? I liked him a lot comming in he’s been mush.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hasn’t put it together yet

  80. Kiss a Bum says:
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    Would you trade jason heyward for lance lynn? 20 teams thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  81. plasmaj says:
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    Just looked at ROS projections for Altuve and they seem a bit harsh. Only 28 runs and 21 RBIs? Is there some assumption of an injury there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Deflated due to previous injury, but, yeah, harsh

  82. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, where are Soler and Pence ranked? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soon after the top 100

  83. I am the Walrus says:
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    I’m thinking of offering S.Castro for Desmond? Your thoughts please?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  84. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10 team H2H, SV and Holds.

    transactions are getting very important as they are limited and i have only 14 left for ROS. I am in first in that league.

    I am worried about Walker and i own him. I have dropped Ross twice this season as he was killing my whip department with all those hits and walks allowed. Now whenever i dropped him, the guy came up with his best two games of the season. Now i am thinking about grabbing him again. would you drop Walker for him or just be patient and save the move? I mean i also have Velasquez but i am not gonna drop him, i like his stuff and i think he only needs to calm down to settle and get it done. This is the one guy who will have a long leash on my team.

    My pitching looks like this:

    Samard, Archer, McCullers, Walker, Velasquez, Pineda, Odorizzi and Matz (DL).

    Soria, C.Smith, K-Rod, Lowe, Miller

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t keep using transactions on these kinda of moves, I’d hold

  85. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Semien , Panik or LeMahieu at 2b?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Panik

  86. Bart Scott says:
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    Grey, you must have forgot Hunter Pence right? Over Bruce, Calhoun, maybin, etc. Or do you seriously not think hes top 100?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t forget him, he’s fine, I don’t expect anything that great from him

  87. phenomenot says:
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    Any sneaky picks for a ss for the second half?
    I’m stuck with Ian Desmond in a keepr, and need someone to fill in until he gets it together.

    I picked up Odubel, and have Javier Baez lying in wait

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s available in your league

      • phenomenot says:
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        @Grey: guys i was considering

        semien
        danny santana
        flores
        HoKang
        Hardy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Semien

          • Scott says:
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            @Grey: That’s what she said.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              When?

              • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                @Grey: hopefully often.

  88. ScottyB says:
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    Damnit, Grey. Sucked me back in with Kemp. I’ll bite.

    And dude, you forgot Toff Frazier :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, not Toffee!

  89. Sky

    Sky says:
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    You get out of here with your ‘too high HR/FB%’ nonsense and love Just Dongs Martinez. He’s got a higher FB% than Giancarlo and is second only to him in Hard%! Either way, I’m glad you’re finally throwing some respect his way, albeit begrudgingly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is it Jew Don or Just Dong? Yeah, he’s put on a show (for three weeks of three months)… How dare you put him in the same breath as Giancarlo… Tsk, shame, boo you, nudge, wink, kazoo…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        I call him Just Dongs because that’s what he does. You can use Dingers if you need a PG rating. All numbers say that Martinez isn’t that far removed from the reasoning for your Giancarlo love. I’ll admit JD is probably not a guy who can hit 50+ in a season like Stanton but Giancarlo did hit .185 in May if we’re gonna talk about ‘putting on a show for 3 weeks of three months’. He entered June hitting .228 and then heated up. In a 2016 draft, I’m still taking Giancarlo in the 1st but I’m taking JD in the 2nd or 3rd without much worry.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t sound like we’re too far off when you say 1st for Giancarlo and 2nd to 3rd for JD… At this point, don’t see how can’t trust in JD… As long as he’s not the 2nd coming of Steve Pearce

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Yeah, Steve Pearce was a miss I fully admit. He looked horrible to start the year, made no adjustments to it. Now just tries to pull everything he sees no matter where it’s thrown. JD has enough ABs at this point you can’t be doing that, though, unless of course you’re trying to jab which of course you are so Ima just leave this right here. XOXO

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ugh, I have a ton of misses… I didn’t put it together you were pro Pearce, forgot about it… I’ll never forget Jfoh dropping Pearce and begging to pick him back up though…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Yeah we all do; I thought Pearce would hit .260, hit about 24 HRs. Still could turn his season around but I’m not wasting my time to find out. I think you as the commish should force add him back to JFOH’s roster at the end of the year for S’s and G’s.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, we should’ve made it a stipulation he had to hold him all year… Live and learn!

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    True dat, Joe Public

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: I also refer to him as Just Dongs and he was my number 10 hitter ROS, now where were you on Sunday to high five me for all the love I gave him?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            I wrote the Nicholas Sparks novel for JD Martinez last year. Where MY royalties at?!?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Was it “Just Dongs For Lonely Women?”

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                ‘Just Dongs To Remember’

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I like it! Just Dongs Under the Tuscan Sun…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    You’ve got me googling bad romance novels…so I gotta get classic on ya! ‘Just Dongs With The Wind’

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Just Dong of Ice and Fire…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: hey that’s the name of my escort service for cougars

  90. Sabo Goggles says:
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    Great write up as per usual. Thanks for the great material!

    Can you rank ROS –
    Morrison
    Moreland
    Morneau
    Lamb

    • Sabo Goggles says:
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      @Sabo Goggles:

      Sorry, I somehow missed Moreland at 68

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moreland, Lamb

  91. SICK McNASTY says:
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    Bum to Lincecum? You shoulda gone with what felt right….in the name of brevity if nothing else!

    Nice write up as always brother….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Sick!

  92. I am the Walrus says:
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    S.Castro or Segura for 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro, flip a coin

  93. Chris says:
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    H2H Points League – Choose one of the following for ROS

    Quintana
    Ventura
    Fister
    T. Walker

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quin

  94. Old School Brother says:
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    Dyson over De Aza or Grichuk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Grichuk, depending on needs

  95. Swfcdan says:
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    Just wondering why the heck would B-Ham be ranked above mini flash gordon given the projections you gave them? Dee hitting for higher AVG, 1 more swipe, AND MI eligability. Not to mention lead off vs 9 hole (triggers dirty thoughts). Doesn’t seem close imo, and I own Hamilton and agree with your projections.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s explained in the post you’re commenting on

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Swfcdan: i’m guessing the thumb injury is the main thing unless you find it above.

  96. Gareth says:
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    I have 6 top 100 players on my best team for the second half.

    Trout (1), Scherzer (4), Votto (19), Price (32), Chapman (50), Altuve (53).

    In the first half I ended up trading Hamilton (48) for Chapman (50) – Lateral Sagnof.
    Then Carrasco (70) for Perkins and Storen (unranked) – More Sagnof!

    Ultimately, what’s a good number of players in the 2nd half Top 100 to have and make you feel good about your team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take none if my team was in first

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: Ah that’s true. A team of hot schmotato’s could technically win you a league. And just think of the bragging rights!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly!

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: I’ll see your Evan Longoria and Billy Hamilton and raise you a Justin Turner and Cezar Hernandez!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Gareth: i would think an average team would just have the 8.33 basic math would spout, but that’s not written in stone, and of course you’d rather have top end guys than lower. you actually have 6 over 54, which is probably very good.

  97. Lance

    Lance B. says:
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    Tickle my fancy on some DeGrom love cause I don’t understand fully why the player rater hates him….

    First it really doesn’t even hate him, 29th pitcher overall isn’t bad, pull out relievers and hes top 20.

    The masses didn’t think he could repeat his rookie campaign? Well he is, same wins through 5 less starts, a slightly lower FIP (on pace with last year), better ERA, better control (3.5 K/BB last year and 5.5 K/BB this year.

    Don’t get the negative talks about him, sure maybe he’s not a ~2.13 ERA guy but I don’t see any way he finishes over a 2.7 ERA for the season MAX.

    Am I taking him over harvey? You bet, simply because theres a better chance that Harvey gets his innings limited in my mind. Shut a guy down cause he’s a rookie? or shut a guy down cause he’s coming off TJ.

    The kicker…

    Would I take him ROS over Fernandez?

    If i’m in a H2H non keeper, confident in making the playoffs, I think I would. I’m pinning it on the fact that I think the mets will be more in it than the Marlins come September, espcially if conforto comes up. And if they’re in it, they’d be crazy to shut degrom down, especially with matz out. Fernandez? Why on earth pitch him in September if you’re 15+ GB of 1st or a wild card slot.

    What do you think about my little rant?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think it’s fair points, be hard to turn down deGrom for J-Fer in a redraft H2H league… But J-Fer looks fine and I haven’t heard they’re going to shut him down early…

  98. Swfcdan says:
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    Some good buy low pitchers for the 2nd half? Any posts coming up for buy low guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Friday

  99. sniff test says:
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    keeper trade i give felix and bautista for kluber and bryant?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  100. J-FOH says:
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    you made the top 25 overall in todays Update

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, cause I’m the bomb dot gov

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: come in and show the love

  101. Johnny Holmes says:
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    If Kolten married the daughter of 50’s Cub slugger Dale Long and she hyphenated……..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Kolten married Laura Bush and they decided to hypenate their kids and their child was transgender…

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: Or just shorten it to Merkin

  102. Greys bum hair says:
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    Who do you like better ROS

    Mccuthers or Quitana

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana, toss up really

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username, btw

      • Greys bum hair says:
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        @Grey:

        Ha. Heaney or Bauer doesn’t change things here either right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It doesn’t… Bauer

  103. White Rabbit says:
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    I trade Felix and Adam Jones (think both have some kind of injury they’re hiding) for Trout and middling closer ( i have plenty of pitching).

    Verdict?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout side

      • White Rabbit says:
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        @Grey: word

  104. jonathan says:
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    hey Grey – would you pick up Refsnyder for either Kang or Castellanos in a keeper league?

    thanks much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Kang

  105. Kiss a Bum says:
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    Thanks grey. You have Rendon at 93 and Lynn at 98. Would you trade rendon for lynn straight up or ask for a token more? I’d be trading with 1st place team so this deal will be heavily debated since im in 15th out of 20 teams. Its a super highly competitive league full of egos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d take Lynn, you might be able to get more…

  106. mzyptlk says:
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    Guy offered Uribe, Hardy, Scherzer for Donaldson, Miller, Ramos. I’m countering for Scherzer/Kipnis….fair deal? It leaves me virtually punting saves and Bogaerts at 3rd. My pitching is Co!e and streamers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, it’s fair

  107. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Grey likes Blackmon more than Iggy Azalea.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  108. Lee says:
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    Where do Gattis or Vogt fit in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soon after the 100

  109. Whiskey T says:
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    In a 10 team redraft points league… What do you think of this trade? Send J Bautista, justin upton, and McHugh. For Adam Jones, Degrom, and Soria? I’m in need of a closer and solid starter. My other OFs are braun, Gomez, marte, and maybin. I appreciate the help man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  110. Gareth says:
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    Seems like you and J-FOH are both down on Jose Altuve for the second half.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rather is as well… I’ve never really liked him…

  111. Smell The Glove says:
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    Lost Grilli and want to pick up Giles. Drop Motte or Quintana to do so? My other RP’s are Uehara and Soria.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

  112. O Bulging Grey Matter!

    Please don your X-Ray Spex and please, please rank the following:

    1. ROS, pitching: H. Santiago, U. Jimenez, R. Ray, and C.J. Wilson

    2. ROS, batting: J. Bour, M. Moreland, K. Pillar, and M. Teixera?

    Two Big Thank-Yous in Advance!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hector, Ubaldo…. Tex, Moreland…

  113. the swinging says:
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    Ros danny epinosa or brad Miller at middle infield?

    6×6 w OPS

    Also I can platoon Miller with valbuena on days Miller sits vs lefties. Miller’s like 840 ops vs righties with 9 steals on the season.

    Espinosa or miller?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller… Platooning with Valbuena works for me…

    • the swinging says:
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      @the swinging: actually pick 2… valbuena, espinosa, miller.

      • the swinging says:
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        @the swinging: …6×6 h2h woth ops….

  114. ERad says:
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    Man, I read this post as slow as possible – so now what?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… A Friday Buy/Sell!

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @ERad: me too, hahaha, i’m feeling the ontological dread of not having more posts in a three day window.

  115. Thanks, Grey!

    Hey, did you notice that you have Todd Frazier ranked #16 in your above list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  116. Gareth says:
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    I’m Curious as to where you’d rank some other guys on my team who are out of the Top 100.

    Vogt
    Franco
    Duda
    Cron
    Pence
    Span
    Moss
    Byrd
    Travis
    Zobrist

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moss, Vogt, Pence, Duda

  117. Jose says:
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    Thank you for all that you do Grey! These are always as entertaining as they are informative and that’s not to say they aren’t informative.

    Going to just give you my roster and see what you think. H2H points keeper league with no restrictions for keepers.

    C. Streaming The Boeuf while I wait to see what d’Arnaud may do off the DL
    1B. Goldy
    2B. Flores
    3B. Bryant
    SS. Segura
    LF. Yelich
    CF. Pederson
    RF. Tomas
    UTIL. Betts
    UTIL. Burns
    UTIL. Polanco
    Bench. Soler
    Bench. Russell
    SP. Cole
    SP. Arrieta
    SP. Salazar
    SP. Lester
    SP. Rodon
    SP. Syndergaard
    SP. Richards
    RP. Melancon
    RP. Smith
    RP. Capps
    RP: Empty
    Bench: Hendricks
    DL: Rendon
    DL: Myers
    DL: d’Arnaud
    DL: Matz
    DL: Stroman
    Bench: Haren

    Our league penalizes guys -2 for striking out so it makes choosing and letting go of power bats a little more difficult. I’m 3rd overall and second in my division. A playoff spot looks like a lock at this point, but my weekly totals aren’t quite at the same level as the top 2 guys. Should I just hold for the second half and play for next year or is there something you would try to do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t see why you can’t win this year… Your outfield looms weak but I don’t know the size of the league…

      • Jose says:
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        @Grey:

        12 team league and this is the first time we’ll have no restrictions on our how many guys we can keep. Before this year we could keep 8. The first place team holds Machado, Arenado, Harper, Trout and Cabrera along with a laundry list of above average guys and a staff that headlines Kershaw and Archer. I inherited this team 3/4 of the way through 2013 and finally figured (somewhat) what I was doing about this time last year. The -2 for strikeouts has hurt me on a few occasions with Pederson, Soler and Bryant. I traded for Lester at your suggestion and am hoping I can pair him with an OF to flip if Lester comes out of the break strong.

        Anyway, always appreciate the advice and am glad you agree the team shows some promise.

        • Jose says:
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          @Jose:

          Would trading Soler and Tomas for Bogaerts be good or should I hold on to Soler and Tomas for the power upside?

          • Jose says:
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            @Jose:

            He also throws in Francisco Rodriguez

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How many teams is one of the most important things… Yeah, can see how those guys would hurt on Ks, maybe trade a Pederson for a different piece?

          • Jose says:
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            @Grey:

            I know one of the teams wants Pederson, but his biggest power bats are Cespedes and Posey. He does have Greinke as well. Would Pederson and Matz for Greinkebe a good move?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Greinke, the deal is just fair, no slam dunk

  118. Wild Thing says:
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    Which side of both deals in a keeper league where all teams are out of it?

    1) Joc Pederson and Strasburg or Jose Fernandez, Taijuan Walker, and Avisail Garcia

    2) JD Martinez for Gregory Polanco, Taijuan Walker and Joey Gallo

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stras…JD…

  119. Steve says:
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    Should I drop Rubby? I’ve held him all season but he seems too prone to giving up give games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lose him

  120. Seph Meier says:
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    Braun and Franco for Machado in a keep forever league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  121. booya says:
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    I offered Encarnacion, deGrom, Wacha, Ross and Ziegler for Rizzo, JoFer and Carrasco. Fair enough offer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo side

      • booya says:
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        @Grey: But is it fair?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  122. Buge Hoobs says:
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    Holt or Aybar at SS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar

  123. Kiss a Bum says:
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    Two questions: Renon and roberto Osuna for matt harvey?
    — when negotiating with multiple teams, is it smart to divulge the terms of an existing offer to the other team you are negotiating with, or is it better to keep it vague by saying “i like another offer i have on the table a bit more.”
    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends if it helps your case to say another offer… Harvey side

  124. jacque jones says:
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    Last one before my head explodes….im not used to fighting for a money spot or a money shot for that matter. I need one sagnof guy and one bat ros.
    (I feel really good that none are on this list but hey when life throws you “DLemons”..set your lineups and just play DKINGS).
    1 from this list for sagnof. Deshields, Dyson,
    gose, raj, Inciarte(back fri)
    2 just a bat from these schmos
    Fowler, Plouffe, D.Peralta, jung ho, Grichuk, Headley.

    SOMEBODY pat themself on the back bc I Read on this site in Jan, and im paraphrasing “paying for brantley is paying for last yrs stats”…don’t remember who wrote it but it was on here fo sho… sagnof is permanent noon tomorrow spelling will be correct. Thanks for this write up ‘preciate youse guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice saying! Dyson..Plouffe… Yeah, I definitely didn’t love Brantley but I wasn’t emphatic about it

  125. ashtray says:
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    Awesome content as always. You taking a (well-deserved) break until baseball starts back up again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There will be a Friday Buy/Sell

  126. John says:
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    How do you rank some these interesting arms second half, or maybe top 3-4 thanks much
    Jungmann hendricks gibson latos Ray chavez smyly(august return on track)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez, Hendricks

  127. Seph Meier says:
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    ROS Byrd or Stubbs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd, but Stubbs at home

  128. Filkarri says:
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    Would you trade J Upton for Marte, then?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  129. Dommattingly says:
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    Semien, Rollins, Jace, Flores, or Desmo ROS?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? Rollins

      • Dommattingly says:
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        @Grey: ha! Thanks! goddamn Desmond, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  130. I did search for my name! Yeah, on Votto. But it was my 1st pick, not my 2nd pick. Could’ve had Votto/Donaldson!

  131. Speedy McGreedy says:
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    Kind of an ominous comment there on David Price. Based on your projection it’s clear you like him for the second half, but is it time to sell in a dynasty league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think I’m gonna be out on him next year, still early to say definitely

      • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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        @Grey: yeah, but he never had the fat or injury issues to claim he’s on the c.c. see food and eat it diet and career path.

  132. J-FOH says:
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    You have Blackmon as your #21 hitter, I have him at 19. You get showered with love and I get nadir bupkis. Love to be in your shoes right now….damn these things are uncomfortable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll shower you, what?!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Loofah? You are calling in esmerelda arent you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We had to fire her, she made us insecure with all her name dropping

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Im sure name dropping grey albright was not raising any hollywood eyebrows.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No one raises eyebrows in Hollywood, too much Botox

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: good point, who is the new cleaning lady?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  A guy and ladies… Gilmer and his hoes

  133. Milarky says:
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    Howdy Grey! Do you consider any of these guys an upgrade over Zobrist at 2B ROS?

    Justin Turner
    Jace Peterson
    Brock Holt
    Danny Espinosa
    Rob Refsnyder

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, not really

  134. Matt says:
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    You think with Alex Gordon being hurt for most of the second half Alex Rios can make an impact or is he a bum?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worth a flyer, I don’t have much faith

  135. Skeezx says:
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    Are you a believer in what Matt Duffy is doing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, looks pretty legit

  136. Jake Taylor says:
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    Grey

    You rankings where better without Frazier then where you put him… Dude is a beast.

    Great job other then that. Thanks for all your hard work and time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  137. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    #102 is my favorite. Thanks for the write-up and the time you put into it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  138. Kiss a Bum says:
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    Rendon and grichuk for harvey 20 teams thx thx thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey

  139. ashtray says:
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    Rosenthal sitting out of All-Star game due to soreness. How high should this be on my “oh shit” meter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not very, just rest prolly

    • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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      @ashtray: in hockey everybody who’s anybody sits out of all star game, why risk any injury, the rest is way more optimal to do.

  140. Hern says:
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    Would you drop a struggling Chavez for Heaney!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Hern says:
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        @Grey: thanks! What about Ervin Santana?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

          • Hern says:
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            @Grey: thanks Grey, you da man!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  141. Speedy McGreedy says:
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    What do you think of Michael Taylor long term? A possible star? Love that power speed combo. Not sure where the power will land next few years though and I wish he were running more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s a 4th outfielder, will be Souza once he finds room…

  142. birrrdy! says:
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    Did my best to scroll the comments, but no love Jason Heyward (nor protests from the gallery). He’s got second half written all over him and is already on pace for close to 20-20 season. On the right upward trend, too.

    Also thinking Duda is a big second half play. He’s got 12 HRs and 40ish R/RBI after absolutely sucking in the first half. Not unrealistic to put him at 50/50/15/.280 for the finish which seems mighty tasty.

    I throw Pence into the mix and only 3 names I feel were omissions. Dare we pray Strasburg proves us wrong and makes #4?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those are all fair calls, all of them were in the running for the end and if I didn’t squeeze in the DL players they would’ve been there

  143. mzyptlk says:
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    Scherzer/Matt Duffy/Iwakuma for Donaldson/Ramos/A Miller……which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson, it’s fair

  144. The Big Yabu says:
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    5×5 roto, dynasty league where all players are kept indefinitely —
    (A) Cody Allen or Jeurys Familia?
    (B) Neil Walker or Erick Aybar?
    (C) there is no C.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Familia…Aybar

  145. Buge Hoobs says:
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    First off, much obliged for the All-Star break tuning up advice.

    Last one:
    I need to drop one of these to make room elsewhere:
    Harper, C Davis, Parra, K Davis, Cron or Holt
    (stashing Stanton and Souza on DL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holt

  146. mzyptlk says:
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    Colabello or Fowler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

  147. Cohen says:
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    Grey , Ender when healthy or Eaton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton

  148. stumanji says:
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    I own Puig for $4 in my keep forever league. Thought he’d be the cornerstone of my OF forever but I’m in 2nd place trying to win now, and he isn’t giving me much. Most of the expensive OF trade rentals (e.g, Harper, Bautista) are owned by the top 4 teams, so the best available targets are really OF2. Hold Puig and hope for a better 2ND half or sell low for help now pieces?

    Related, better keeper: Puig or Sano? I’ll probably have to let one walk since my other keepers are Goldy, Rizzo, Correa, and Harvey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig over Sano, Puig could have a solid 2nd half, but I don’t know who you’re trading him for

  149. Dommattingly says:
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    Is moustakas and Desmonf for Jose Reyes a fair trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes side

  150. Greg says:
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    Wow, Grey, with ASB look at all the responses you’ve gotten. By the way, your namesake, my cat (he was named before I got him however), sleeps all day. Do you take after him? Nah…how could you, answering questions all day?

    1) I have Franco, and Sano (could plug in different ss later on). My starting pitching is stellar, but we all know how quickly that can change. injuries already deprived me of Matz and Buch…How do you rate this trade: My Longo for Carrasco? If ever to buy low, it better be now….

    2) We both probably have fallen in and out of love with Brad Miller (having read your columns over the years)….but he’s starting to be very consistent….getting HRs, steals, and avg…batting .280 for a whole month even, with 4 dingers and 4 steals. What’s your feeling on him now?

    3) Rank ROS overall value: Miller, Lindor, Ahmed, Odubel, Eugenio Suarez, Hardy, Gung-Ho Kang
    …if you don’t mind!

    Enjoy the game tonight! Should be fun. And thanks for all you do.

    4) Oh, one last question, for fun…: what was your WORST drop this year? I am unbelievably ashamed to say that mine was AJ Pollock back when he was in this 4-way platoon and driving me crazy…oh, what a different story had I not. Love to hear who else people have dropped/regretted.

    5) Might as well make it 5…not like you have anything to do… ;) …I know you dropped CMart…have heard talk of “innings limits” for him….but how can they when they’ll need him in playoffs? Early chain in games? Sit him after they clinch? Could make a lot of difference come playoff time…..fantasy playoff time that is.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What if I were your cat? Your cat me? I’d take Carrasco if I really needed pitching which it doesn’t sound like you do… Lindor, Miller, Eugenio, they’re all kinda meh… I mentioned two terrible drops in the post your commenting on…

      • Greg says:
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        @Grey: So I gotta go look to find the other one? Ha…you are getting me to get your “visited” up, aren’t you?

        Well, you could be a shape-shifter. It’d sure be convenient…could ask you questions directly instead of here.

        When I ask my cat anything, he stares at me, squints, and goes back to sleep….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Now I’m convinced I am your cat…

          • greg says:
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            @J-FOH: Well, guys….I dropped him, too….but was quick to snag him back when I saw his walks went way down….been riding him ever since….

            Hey…you ever take new writers? I have an interesting idea for a different type of fantasy article….any way to reach you guys offline?

            [email protected]Grey: LMAO

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ping JayWrong, our editor… He’s at jay @ razzball.com

  151. thesportsguy says:
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    10 team AL 5×5..which SP to fill back end of rotation?

    Bassitt
    B Johnson
    M Perez

    Already have Nolin on my bench if that influences…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  152. Knucks says:
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    Give kinsler
    Get Xander

    11 team roto

    Can move kipnis from one of my three util slots into 2B, Xander to SS, and Wong is at MI… Basically will allow me to drop lindor and get the upgrade at the SS spot and open up a Stream spot for a RP or a bench spot for an extra Utility bat off the wire (prob K. Davis)

    As I mentioned we have three utilities slots and I will end up having these guys to rotate in those 3 slots:
    Lind/Byrd/K seager/calhoun

    I am in first place and in first in all hitting categories except for Avg (7th) and steals (6th)

    Make this deal right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  153. Dirt says:
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    just traded away Adam jones and Chris Davis for Edwin Enca… Hate it? like it? Love it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  154. Steve says:
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    I’m in a 8 team keeper league that allows us to keep 8+1(a player that made 25 or less appearances, you recommended Buxton). I have (I’ll only list relevant players)

    Freeman
    Arenado
    Correa
    Machado
    Pederson
    JD Martinez
    Dickerson
    Franco

    Sale
    Cole
    McCullers

    Who would you keep after Freeman, Arenado, Machado, Correa, Pederson, Cole, Sale?
    Martinez, Franco, Dickerson, or McCullers?

    Also, what range do you see yourself ranking McCullers next year? If you think he will be worth me keeping I can obviously trade Sale or Cole much more easily for something decent in return.

    Lastly, is there anyone I should keep in mind (a player who will have 0-25 appearances this year who will be a likely contributor at least part of next year and a potential long-term value) besides Buxton as my +1?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco… I’m think McCullers could be anywhere from a top 30 SP to 70… Lots of risk with him as of now… Maybe Aaron Judge

  155. Greg says:
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    I looked, I really did…but I am dying to know, who was the other drop you are kicking yourself on besides CMart? I need to feel better….

    And, what do the Cards do with CMART down the stretch? Keep hearing talk of innings limit, but in contention, don’t see how they do….didn’t help Strasburg much, did it?

    Yeah, everyone post your worst “drops” of the year. I hate that I dropped Pollock. Don’t care that Calhoun has picked it up, don’t regret that, nor Desmond, who dragged my team down horribly….

    Greg

    • Greg says:
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      @Greg: Oh, and when it seemed McGee got his job back….Boxberger…that has hurt me more than Pollock…sigh….hurry up Giles…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See Adam Lind’s blurb… I dropped him and Tex…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Greg: we all dropped Carlos in perts. If he is talking perts it has to Tex

      • greg says:
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        @J-FOH: Well, guys….I dropped him, too….but was quick to snag him back when I saw his walks went way down….been riding him ever since….

        Hey…you ever take new writers? I have an interesting idea for a different type of fantasy article….any way to reach you guys offline?

        Greg

        • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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          @greg: makes me feel better having dropped heyward in multiple leagues right before he became useful.

  156. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    NL only with no Ratios, only Earned runs/hits/IP over WHIP/ERA/AVG
    1.drop pham for piscotty, i’m assuming holiday is back soon and pham goes to bench
    2. drop which of bolsinger/c.anderson for ray, i just dropped nelson for vizcaino, since i have no closer. Also could drop w.perez but he should be back soon and he was pretty good before.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. Bolsinger

  157. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Grey-

    Thank you for Arenado….and damn you for Brantley. Trading Braun for Betts, you on board? You are my mustachioed Fantasy Leader. Please proceed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Betts, it’s simply fair

  158. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Pollock is going to be $16 next year in my NL-Only league. Trade him Pollock and two of (Wily, Heston, and Peavy) for Braun, Greinke, and Wood (All too expensive to keep)?
    Seems like a no-brainer, but my team is already stacked. However, Greinke/Braun’s owner will deal them away to another team that is already stacked for Polanco?

    What to do????

    • Pugs&Slugs says:
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      @Pugs&Slugs: @Pugs&Slugs: I ended up not doing the deal. Not worth the loss of a keeper when my team is already so strong and speed/run producing players are hard to find in my league since most of them are keepers.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Okay, trade wasn’t exactly lopsided anyway

        • Pugs&Slugs says:
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          @Grey: Thanks for the response. Our non peer review deadline was at 5pm and the deal came out of nowhere 20 minutes before. I didn’t want to just jump on it because I’d be giving up a great keeper option that might hurt me next year.

          Just talking to the guy put up a smokescreen, and it distracted him from dealing with one of the other owners with a stacked team, so you could say I was still successful Hehehe.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, that’s still a win!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, to win now… Wily and Peavy

  159. M says:
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    Out of this group of hitters- who do you see sustaining/having a better/worse 2nd half assuming good health?
    Grandal
    Papi
    D.Gordon
    Machado
    D.Travis
    Chris Davis
    J.Reyes
    Zobrist
    Blackmon
    Puig
    CarGomez

    • M says:
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      @M: compared to their respective 1st halves

  160. Ulysses says:
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    h2h category league, currently in first by 2 games.

    trade altuve and jansen for tulo and harvey? I would pickup lamahieu or walker for 2b. I have 4 closers including jansen. Segura is my current SS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  161. Ulysses says:
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    Also I’m looking to make a trade to go for it this year.

    nl only roto 10 team league. currently leading all pitching categories but middle of the pack in Offense. i just traded arrieta for franco and since another team made a big trade for big bats I feel like I need to get another pitcher now.

    Keeper prices for next year are listed below.

    I give
    BE Christian Yelich 16
    BE Jorge Soler 11

    i get

    UTIL Justin Upton 35 or BE Billy Hamilton 20
    +
    P Jacob deGrom 24 or P Lance Lynn 23

    • Ulysses says:
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      @Ulysses:

      Don’t mean to be a pest grey but I would really appreciate your input here! You’re the bet man.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I don’t know what you’re asking all I see is this last comment

        • Ulysses says:
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          I’m looking to make a trade to go for it this year.

          nl only roto 10 team league. currently leading all pitching categories but middle of the pack in Offense. i just traded arrieta for franco and since another team made a big trade for big bats I feel like I need to get another pitcher now.

          Keeper prices for next year are listed below.

          I give
          BE Christian Yelich 16
          BE Jorge Soler 11

          i get

          UTIL Justin Upton 35 or BE Billy Hamilton 20
          +
          P Jacob deGrom 24 or P Lance Lynn 23

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Trade sounds good for you, thanks for reposting

            • Ulysses says:
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              @Grey:

              You like Lynn over degrom ROS?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nope

  162. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: 12 man h2h $$$ : Kolten Wong or Panik @ 2b ? Panik has better numbers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong

  163. OtisNixonLovedRaines'Rocks says:
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    Shalom and a waddup @grey

    Quick question

    Do I waste my waiver wire in a keeper league for Refsnyder?

    Would have to drop Wilmer Flores/Bour who I am playing for Wet Tail Duda/Niese/Graveman

    What say youeth?

    Side note…I hope you noticed the Expos FINALLY being mentioned by MLB tonight….AND Pete Rose in the same ceremony?

    GOLD!

    Love me some Man-Fred.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! I didn’t notice… Refsnyder over Wilmer

  164. J-FOH says:
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    I didnt read the Lind blurb earlier….I did now. “flailing”…..f**king flailing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Was waiting for a reaction…haha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’m not going to say you got lucky because you have a great team and everyone drafted. But I will say you dodged a potential threat from me to come from behind and upset you. I’ve been praying to the fantasy gods every night that Sano and Santana make me forget I lost Miggy and Springer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, it’s still early, I’m just messing with you and Rudy…Sky’s team, on the other hand, yikes! Kidding, Sky…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: no your team is redonk. My holes were starting to surface before I lost miggy and springer. I’ve almost caught sky in dongs but he passed me in steals. I can’t believe I had the last waiver and got Sal perez. Holding Schwarber for a moment to see what comes of montero thumb.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, someone else should’ve claimed Sal Perez, but I didn’t need him… Honestly, I think you won the trade with Mike in a slam dunk, but that trade actually hurts you in unforeseen ways because it clogs up your staff… You were better when you were streaming MRs and SPs

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: unless I can trade them, shields and richards will be dropped

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, and it’s not crazy to do that in an RCL… Just way too many SPs to be too precious with them…

  165. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. better stash for this season only, shwarber, olivera, gray or nola?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray’s up, so not exactly a stash, can grab Nola if you like…Olivera from the bats

  166. primetime says:
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    Grey, rank my team for the 2nd half and if I need to upgrade.. 10 team keeper league 5×5 0BP

    Starters
    Martin
    Rizzo
    Dozier
    Seager
    Peralta
    Cespedeses
    Upton J
    Calhoun
    Gardner

    Bench
    Hosmer
    Rendon DL
    Duffy
    Desmond
    Buxton DL
    Cain
    Burns

    Starters
    Scherzer
    Hamels
    Gray
    Hammel J
    Salazar
    RP Miller
    RP Perkins

    Bench
    Sanchez
    Cain
    RP – Ramos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Team looks stacked, where are you hurting in categories? Where are you too strong?

  167. AJ says:
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    Sup Grey is Reyes/Lucroy/Puig/Carlos Martinez too much for Price/Buster/Jose Fernandez? thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yum?

  168. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    16 team league with K/BB, K per 9, holds, net saves and holds, QS, OBPA,
    1. drop which of parnell/hoover along with montgomery for
    2. which two of ray/corbin/m.perez/vince V

    I’m currently holding walden in active BN slot since buxton/gordon/harrison in DL slots and it seems walden is back soon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parnell../ Vince, Ray

  169. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I just wrote about Blackmon a few days ago, and was pimping him all offseason. Don’t make me post links!

    How’s everything going? Just checking out some recent comments, and I see that you’ve been to Seattle and Palm Springs recently. Quite the jet setter!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m a baller! I’m in Seattle now until Saturday… How you doing?

  170. What's a Drexl? says:
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    20 team redraft with Slugging/OPS/total bases/BB’s.
    c-sant
    bour
    forsythe
    suarez
    franco
    bruce/yelich/grichuk
    util panda
    BN rasmus/lomo
    DL stanton/souza
    drop bour or lomo for refsynder? could use some steals with this team.

    • What's a Drexl? says:
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      @What’s a Drexl?: oh, for anybody new to 20 teamers, that roster is in first. it’s a h2h league. it was in 3rd when stanton went out. the pitching is solid of course with kluber/keuchel/fiers/hendricks, but also with such sometimes abominations as c.anderson/mchugh/bolsinger and a pretty good 20 team bullpen of koji/axford/mcgee/hoover/a.miller. holds and QS. probably about 8 times asked to drop mchugh for somebody or not but it’s just too risky to do it in a depth league.
      while i’m here

      2. drop any SP for peavy/wisler/eovaldi? (it’s probably ballslinger at this point)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lomo

  171. Fawn says:
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    Need some 12 team h2h advice. Steals/net steals. Saves/net saves
    Drop any guys for Nola, Giles, will smith, pomeranz,Jesse Chavez, Jungman, bolsinger, gausman,refsynder

    Pitchers are
    Carrasco, Thor ,Ventura, e-Rod, Hendricks, fiers
    Axford,holland,Ziegler

    C- Lucroy,
    1B – Encarnacion,
    2nd – Odor,
    3rd -Arenado
    If – pujols
    Ss – alcides
    Of – upton , yelich , soler, bruce,
    Util – choo
    Bench Khris Davis, dyson, deshields (3 game series in col on Monday),cron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Cron for Giles and Chavez

      • Fawn says:
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        @Grey: which one if you only have 1 move?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Giles, depends on needs… Don’t carry so many bench bats

  172. SF says:
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    Puig and Upton for CarGomez and Billy Hamilton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez, it’s fair

  173. Matt says:
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    Where is Pedroia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t make it

  174. John coakley says:
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    I recently traded Liriano for Ramirez cuz Desmond is killing me and I felt he value was there. Now trying to backfill that rotation spot. Lynn for Calhoun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  175. John coakley says:
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    I have made a living trading SPs for hitters this year and then getting wire guys like Burnett and Hammel (early in year) to fill in. But the wire seem thin now. Of these, who are the two most likely to contribute over the balance of the year?

    Hendricks, Montgomery, Moore, Ventura, Haren, Chen, Latos, none of these guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks, Chen

  176. Chad says:
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    12 team H2H 5X5. Guy really wants Harper and just offered Carlos Gomez, Mookie Betts and Carlos Martinez. I should def do this, right? Would drop Alvarez and Rubby.

    Then, (I have Alexei at SS) should i shop Devon Travis or one of my OF (Upton, A. Jones) for SS help. Can play Mookie at 2B or OF. I figured Devon could maybe pull a decent SS and other two a top SS.

    • PeteRosesRevnege says:
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      @Chad:

      That is alot but I have the same pair of Carlo’s and the have been up and down all year, constantly hurt. Harper is banging it every week. I think/hope Gomez kills it the second half but i’m hedging my bets

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redraft league? Sure

  177. Thestrangler says:
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    Looking to make two big moves at once in my keeper league, considering the keeper aspect but wanting to win now. Was thinking of making these two offers to two different teams. If i can pull it off would you do this? If so, what offer do I make first in case the other doesn’t get accepted.

    First offer
    My wong and segura/moreland for his gardener? (I have correa and Chris Davis at first and short – I’m a tad low on speed and have Cesar Hernandez and refsnuder to take over 2nd if second deal isn’t accepted – there’s no keeper implications in this trade)

    My upton and pederson for his votto and Kipnis (I could keep pederson in 8th round next year, upton has no keeper value, and only one of votto or Kipnis could be kept at 4th round value next hear even if I get both).

    To give you sense of my offense its Chris Davis, wong, correa, arenado, upton, marte, pederson, Moreland/segura/Cesar

    Basically trying to increase my average and obp without giving up speed.

    Thanks for the feedback

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1st deal: solid; 2nd deal: not great

  178. Mikes says:
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    Drop cron (Boston, Minnesota, Texas, Houston) Or Khris Davis (pit, Cleveland, Arizona, sf, cubs)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  179. Steve D. says:
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    Been hemming and hawing over dropping Anthony Rendon in my 10 team redraft… he’s currently on the pine next to Giancarlo Stanton and George Springer, and I’m playing with an empty UTIL slot, because I don’t want to drop any of my pitching.

    I was able to scoop up Kipnis earlier this year when someone dropped him jut before he got hot. And I have Alcides Escobar at my middle “infidel” slot, so I’m not totally hosed there.

    I’ve been trying to deal Stanton, but so far no takers (current offer is for Beltre, who the guy has on his bench as a spare 3rd baseman).

    Should I just cut bait on Rendon and move on to a hot schmotato like Cron (really need some power with Stanton and Springer both down)?

    Or should I cling to Rendon and hope for the best?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Rendon

  180. Boomer19 says:
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    Do you think Cmart will be on an innings restriction? His previous high is 120 innings. How many innings do you think he gets this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, he likely will be, maybe 150-160

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: Just traded C-Mart for Reyes, if anyone is wondering about the current C_Market. Needed speed, pitching is still solid. Like the deal if Reyes holds up (duh).

        Is Grey going to be mailing homemade scones to the top 50 RCLs at the end of the year? Curently sitting 60th overall. Not bad for a nube.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Top 15 get scones… Btw, I made kouign Ammon… Amazing!

          • Great White North says:
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            @Grey: Goggled it. Looks awesome.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m mother effin Paul Hollywood!

  181. Clint says:
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    Just dealt Upton/Liriano for Adam Jones/Pineda in my h2h points keeper league. Yay, nay, or meh? Trying to see if I can then swap AJ/MP for a younger bat & arm like Arenado or Abreu and Hamels/Cole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds okay

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:
        One rankings query: you ranked V-Mart but not Franco or Tomas. I currently have the following in this same h2h points keeper league:
        1B-V-Mart
        Utilities: Franco, Moreland
        DL: Freeman

        I thought when Freeman returns, I’d drop Moreland but should I also look into getting Tomas on my team for 2016 somehow, slotting Freeman at 1B and dropping one of Franco/V-Mart? I could deal someone but trades are extremely hard to get done in this league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t drop those guys at this point… Things change though…

  182. Craig says:
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    Would you tradel Melancon and Edwin for Kershaw and Moreland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  183. Atlas says:
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    Hey G, thanks for getting to some baseball talk during the break.

    Jay Bruce just cleared waivers in my league; I can swap Kemp for him free of charge right now. What do you think ? Kemp or Bruce ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  184. Atlas says:
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    Also wanted to ask if you agree with this second half doom and gloom forecast for Vogt ?

    Would you trade Vogt for Grandal ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think Vogt’s as good as he’s been…. I’d hold in that trade

  185. Jon says:
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    I’m looking for SP and have Lawrie to deal to a team who needs a 3B. Which guys would you deal Lawrie for in a keep forever?

    Tyson Ross, McHugh, Quintana, Vincent Valasquez, Aaron Nola, Daniel Norris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them… Ross, Quintana, Velasquez, McHugh

  186. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Been making some trade offers, guiding myself by this post. Realized Strasburg and Carlos Martinez weren’t on here. What’s the reasoning?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martinez will be shut down, Stras hasn’t been good and is hurt

      • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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        @Grey: he was good for the one start he was healthy in. but that’s not me arguing for him to be in top 100, as that also means he’s been hurt around nearly entire season.

  187. I Love You Wong Time says:
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    Whats your take on Desmond this year in a keeper league? Is it time to cut him lose with a last round keeper value? Hoping he finds whatever hes missing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends if you’re playing him and how deep the league is, sounds like you picked him up off waivers already

  188. I am the Walrus says:
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    H2H I’ve got Polanco on my bench but would like to use him in my lineup if he could pick it up and use the bench spot for SP. It’s also a keeper league in which you keep 2 and also one from the 12 round and after. I was offered Polonco for Buxton. So this is a deal for this year and beyond. I think I should take the deal. Your thoughts please?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  189. I am the Walrus says:
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    Also do you think young SP E. Rodriguez will be shut down or not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’ll be shut down at some point

  190. Nitro says:
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    I get Sano for Franco and Wong. I have Zobo at 2b. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  191. J-FOH says:
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    Call me a softy for Steve if you want…Yesterday, I was wondering how Steve was doing and if everything is okay with him. Today I woke up to see he traded Encarnacion to Cram for Chris Davis and Jason Kipnis. Question answered, he is doing great after that deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cram must’ve felt softy for him too, huh?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I have no clue what that was all about. I though Davis and a chip should of sufficed to land EE. Maybe cram will come in and talk about it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe Cram and Steve are in cahoots!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Hey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hey yourself!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Prefer it was softy as opposed to hardy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Likely for best, agreed

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @J-FOH: Been on vacay and busy at work. Lurking, rather than commenting or blowing up the message board (you know, like I do) at the mo.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        At the mo!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Since I can’t grow one, I need to reference them every chance I get.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Any update on your NZ tour plans?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’m trying! Maybe I’ll softy Cougs up with some clothes shopping…

  192. TJ says:
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    I know Wong made the top 100, but you seem to be pretty down on him compared to your obvious love in the preseason. Why the change of heart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No change of heart

  193. John says:
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    Grey. Just traded degrom and billy burns and I receive Lester. Your thoughts on this?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @John: I wouldn’t of done that deal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  194. John coakley says:
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    Price for Archer and Seager on the table. I would pick up Plougfe off the wire so inclined to do it. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, its okay

  195. What's a Drexl? says:
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    drop any SP for peavy/wisler/eovaldi? (it’s probably ballslinger at this point). from above 20 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy

  196. Control Towers says:
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    Love it Grey – keep up the great work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  197. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    gio gonzalez or cashner and grichuk?

    which side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gio

  198. los locos says:
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    Grey, with the 2nd half upon us. Can you rate my team, let me know where I need help or make a trade? I am currently in 2nd place, i would say i struggle with consistency of RBI/R and SBs. My pitching is up and down as well. So maybe you can point out my needs?

    10 team keeper league (OBP QS)

    Lineup
    Martin
    Fielder
    LeMiehu
    Arenado
    Hanley
    Brantley
    CarGo
    JD Mart
    Pence

    Bench
    Duda
    Hosmer
    Pedrioa DL
    Buxton DL
    Revere
    Ethier

    Pitching
    Kershaw
    Chavez
    Quintana
    Salazar
    Bauer
    RP- FROD
    RP – Miller

    Bench
    Hendrick
    Strausburg DL
    RP Boxberger
    Darvish DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like you know your weaknesses, maybe trade Pedroia, Duda and Hosmer for Dozier? Kipnis? Something like that to upgrade and make extra room on your team… Maybe those three for Arrieta?

  199. jacque jones says:
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    SAGNOF tattoo DONE…. side of palm. Pics in
    J-fohs twitter messages. Spelled correctly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You da man! Awesome, love it… Just texted pic to Rudy… I’ll have to get a SAGNOF shirt sent out to you…

  200. Robbie Mack says:
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    I was just offered a trade (points league head to head), which side, keeper league and I’m in a pretty good spot for making the playoffs. Do I forgo my future for short-term gain?

    I give: Nolan Arenado
    I get: Derek Norris (Hundley is my catcher), Zack Greinke (would be my number 2), Evan Longoria (Carlos Santana is backup) and Glen Perkins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Terrible trade

      • Robbie Mack says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you sir. I was considering countering with Norris, Greinke, Michael Brantley, and Perkins, but in my heart of hearts I knew the right answer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  201. ashtray says:
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    What’s the better strategy: pick up Jeffres/Vizcaino/Tazawa/Hoover/ Strop in case a trade gives them a closing job or grab Siegrist/Capps/O’Day to back up the closers I already have (Rosenthal/Britton/Ramos)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Jeffress for now…

  202. Phil says:
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    My Kipnis and Hosmer for Edwin, Panik and Kyle Hendricks.

    • Phil says:
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      @Phil: And would you do it without Hendricks?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin side

  203. ScreechOwl says:
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    I just wanted to point out that I have a history of trading Cy Young Award winners for guys who go on to be the MVP or who would have been the MVP if Ryan Braun were all-natural. For example, last year, Kershaw was an important part of a series of dastardly machinations that ended in both Bryce Harper and Paul Goldschmidt joining my team. Which one is going to be MVP this year? That’s like asking which Stooge is funniest. That’s like asking whether chocolate or strawberry is the best part of neapolitan ice cream. That’s like asking whether cream or sugar is better in my hot chocolate.

    This year, the alchemical recipe for future greatness involved losing Corey Kluber and (heh heh) Jason Grilli and gaining Joc Pederson (among other returns). This obviously means Joc is going to be a 30/30 guy instead of just being Indiana Jones’s pilot.

    Oh, and my magical curse powers mean that whenever I trade a reliever, he gets hurt and loses his closing job forever. Take note, John Axford owners.

    You’re welcome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… Nice!

  204. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h limited moves

    1) Should I hold onto Matz and Buchholz until further information is provided? I have one DL spot, so one of these guys is taking up a active roster spot. The rest of my staff is strong (Hamels, DeGrom, Carrasco, Arrieta, Salazar, Kuechel, Heaney). I’m facing a guy with a ton of starters this week (10 starters compared to my 7), and with a 10 day long h2h week due to the allstar break, each starter is getting 2 starts, so pretty much 20 starts compared to my 14. Even if I drop Buccholz and maybe a guy like Joe Smith for a couple starters, that still only gets me to potentially 18 starts, likely lagging behind in K’s and Wins. Might be best concede K’s and Wins and focus on winning the other 3 pitching cats.

    2) Hold Joe Smith or drop for Giles ? Haven’t heard an update on Street’s injury and obviously he isn’t on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz is droppable, and Buch too prolly

  205. Rich says:
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    Big trade just went down. Abreu, Arenado, and Upton for Bautista, Bryant, and Harvey in a 5×5 OBP league. Who won the deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant, it’s fair though

      • Rich says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate it Grey. I won this league last season about 35% because of you, 17% because of me, and 48% because the fantasy baseball karma gods smiled upon me after Jose Fernandez went down a week after I traded for him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice

  206. Dommattingly says:
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    Landed Reyes in a trade, now I need a backup SS. Rollins, B Miller, or what’s up with Suarez? Do I skip the backup SS and add Byrd? Or skip and add Jesse Chavez?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez

  207. Dommattingly says:
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    Who’s a better DL hold Zimmerman or Span?

  208. Ty says:
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    Was hurting in the OF. B.Hamilton, Pederson, Moss, Para and Yelich. Sorely needed RBI’s so I just traded Salazar (picked up on waivers) for Cespedes. How’d I do? Now i’m thinking about grabbing either Gibson, Verlander ,Quintana or Santana off waivers for Para or Yelich. Who would you drop for which pitcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solid trade

  209. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 tm h2h limited moves

    C McCann 1B Tiexera 2B Kipnis 3B Donaldson SS Desmond OF Trout OF Marte OF Cespedes UTL Ortiz BN Soler

    Second in the league in HR but near the bottom in SB and BA. Looking to possibly trade some power for speed and BA.

    1) Try to trade Ortiz first, then Tiexera?

    2) How would you rank these targets for what I need: Gomez, Ellsbury, Brantley, Gardner

    3) Are there any of those guys you wouldn’t trade Ortiz for? Tiexera?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ortiz for Gardner

  210. Wilson says:
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    Trade J Upton for Betts or Blackmon if I need some speed ?

    • Scott says:
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      @Wilson: If you can swing it, yes. I had to settle for Pollock, myself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  211. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    following up from above….drop Smith for Giles or hold? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  212. agarthered says:
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    Erasmo or Yordano ros?

    Yordano, on my last nerve.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

  213. Me says:
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    you trade Freeman for Santana, Beltre, Rosenthal if you’re in a keeper but in contention?

    • Me says:
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      @Me: Carlos Santana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  214. John says:
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    JUST a HEADS UP braves saying first week of AUG now fro Freeman, with a wrist injury id be selling or not counting on him to change your season around.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  215. Scott says:
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    Pedro Alvarez is on the wire. Drop Khris Davis for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  216. Atlas says:
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    Hey G, what about Sano or J. Bruce second half ?

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      See the post you’re commenting on

  217. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great writeup as always… I’m in a 10 team, standard 5×5 league… pitching on the waiver wire is like a desert wasteland.. I already won regular season most likely with a 17 game lead over 2nd, thanks to your help, and looking for guys that can shine in the playoffs. Please pick 2 of the 4 SP:

    Jungmann, Vince Velasquez, Yordano, Kyle Gibson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yordano, Gibson

  218. TarmanGotHim says:
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    I was gonna ask you for advice in advance, but I needed to pull the trigger when it was offered to me.

    I traded Abreu, Betts, and Shelby Miller

    For

    Frazier, Dozier, and Lester

    Who wins?

    • Greys #1 Fan says:
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      @TarmanGotHim:

      Id say Frazier, Dozier and Lester

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds very solid

  219. Harry Hardenberg says:
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    edwin and panik or hosmer and kipnis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  220. Flunkie says:
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    I’m in contention this year in a 12 team 5-player keeper… what are your thoughts on these two trades (I need SP more than anything but they’re expendable):

    1. Freeman for Beltre/Carlos Santana/Rosenthal

    2. Harvey, Wong, Parra, Corey Seager for Correa, Rendon, Shields

    I know I’m trading for my need and doesn’t make sense if I’m in it this year, but it’s not every day you get a chance to trade a pitcher and pieces for Correa and Rendon…

    My keepers as it stands are something like Edwin, Braun, Freeman, Harvey, Xander or Dee

  221. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    Anybody hear who’s getting the next LAA save opportunity?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly Street, but no official word that I heard

  222. hondo says:
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    Since Miller is back,Tolleson or Ziegler have to go,I can’t make a trade in a 10 team league,who is the drop?Thanks,hope you’re enjoying the break.I feel like I’m cutting class in junior high.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ziegler, ha, thanks!

  223. Dr. Nick says:
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    Trevor Bauer or Tyson Ross for the 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

  224. John coakley says:
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    Can I possibly take on another DL? In second place in 12 team league. The offer is Freeman to me for Seager. My team:

    Grandahl
    Gonzo
    Kendrick
    Arenado
    Desmond
    1b/3b….Seager
    2b/SS……Forsythe
    Gardner
    Ramirez
    Calhoun
    Brantley
    Byrd
    Span DL
    Utility….ARod
    DL Stanton

    P: Ramos, Britton, Storen, Davis
    SP: Archer, Burnett, Hammel, Kendricks, Salazar, j. Garcia DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • John coakley says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you. Guy is really trying to trade Price for hitters……just received two offers:

        Price for Stanton

        Price for Hammel and Hanley

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Redraft?

          • John coakley says:
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            @Grey:

            No. Start fresh each year.

            Also just re-read your comments on not “hoping” or relying on draft position etc versus what they are doing now. Given that, I guess I should dump Desmond for a Inciarte or Plouffe? Ouch!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Plouffe

            • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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              @John coakley: desmond was a drop for players of that caliber in 12 teamers quite a bit ago.

  225. Penny says:
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    I am wondering what to do with my final roster spot. I have 4 closers (Ziegler being the expendable). Also, I have Soler, Chris Davis, Tomas, and Reddick as my Outfield. Franco is in my utility spot. Bogaerts is available….I would play him in the utility slot and he would he be insurance for Tulo. Thanks

    Would you drop any of the above for Bogaerts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would lose Reddick

  226. Robbie Riles says:
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    Been offered Kris Bryant for ARod/Syndergaard/AJ Burnet.

    My SPs are:
    Sale
    Fernandez
    Pineda
    Strasburg
    Syndergaard
    Burnett
    Eduardo Rodriguez

    Think I should pull the trigger? I could really use the extra roster spots as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take it

  227. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    if v-mart is still labeled 74th overall for 2nd half i’m sure it was still a good idea to draft him around 120th or so in an OBP/OPS league.

  228. kii says:
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    sano or panda ros 10 team h2h points?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  229. papasmurf says:
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    I think Pederson’s 2nd half will be worse than his first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, prolly, but it’ll still be ownable and decent

  230. Viva el Pujols says:
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    In a 10-team NL-only h2h league, would you drop Kelly Johnson, Bour, Kang or Ozuna for Inciarte? I could use his speed but am unclear on his playing time potential.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

  231. Pyne's Pine says:
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    Who’s the better keeper… Active or Wong in an obp, ops league?

    • Pyne's Pine says:
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      @Pyne’s Pine:
      *Altuve
      Dang autocorrect

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong

  232. Skeezix says:
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    Yo Grey, not sure you’re still checking this thread, but here goes…I’m trying to determine my optimal roster at OF and DH. Here is what I have to choose from (I’m leaving out the super-obvious starts) – please help me pick 2 guys to SIT from this list, keeping in mind that I think I’d like to have at least one of the SAGNOF guys in there for a SB boost.

    HanRam
    Pence
    Burns
    Dyson
    Avisail Garcia
    Sano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit Burns if Dyson is in the starting lineup, bench Avisail

  233. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    FYI, I love the opening sentence of this post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! All downhill from there!

  234. J-FOH says:
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    Can we talk about MC? Not sure if you watched it on vaca

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, won’t watch until Sunday

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: then my fingers are sealed

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  235. henncoop says:
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    1) Trade offer in a 12 team (18 keepers) 5×5 roto
    was offered Prince, Donaldson & Carasco for my Goldy, Kazmir, & Kipnis
    Looks fair enough but I’d really hate losing Goldy especially in a keeper format.

    He really wants Kipnis …is Kipnis for Carasco a good deal for me? Am I better off if I simplified the trade?

    2) Same league different offer
    His Gattis & Mchugh for my Syndergaard & Hundley … I think I like that offer even less.

    What’s your take Mr Grey? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) What difference what he wants, what do you want? Kipnis for Carrasco is fair 2) Not good

  236. G says:
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    Hey Grey. Posted this on Smokeys page today since it included closers in a potential trade but would love to get your opinion as always. 12 team h2h category league. My current closers are kimbrel, clipped, and axford. Want to upgrade on saves (unless you think otherwise) and thought of following trade. Pederson can be kept as an 8th rounder next year so that’s the kicker but could use a boost in speed, average and obp also.

    My pederson and one of axford/clippard for gardener and Kenley Jansen.

    Another team has indicated he would probably give me either dozier or votto straight up for pederson, which would def give me a boost in power and obp, and speed if it’s dozier. Votto could be Kept as 3rd rounder next year and dozier a 4th.

    So I guess question is, hold all together, or one of those trades. Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These don’t seem great, trade for a cheaper closer

      • G says:
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        @Grey:

        So you basically wouldn’t trade pederson for gardener straight up although you have gardener (and even votto and dozier) higher in your rankings?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Could Gardner be a keeper?

          • G says:
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            @Grey:

            Yes, sorry. I would be able to keep gardener as a 6th rounder next year. My other keepers would then be arenado as my 11th rounder, harvey as my 9th, and correa as my 10th rounder.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hold

  237. Cory says:
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    Got an offer of giving harper for heyward and kuechel is it worth it

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Cory: NO!

  238. Lorenzo says:
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    Trade Lorenzo Cain and Salazar for Kluber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  239. Kid A says:
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    Schwarber back up.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: Vogt for sale

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  240. PeteRosesRevnege says:
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    “Welcome, prematurely balding men and five women who are married to prematurely balding men and decided if you can’t beat them, join them!”

    my wife says you certainly know your audience…………….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  241. endershadow says:
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    Dynasty 6×6 w K/BB, QS instead of W

    Erasmo or Chase Anderson?

    • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      @endershadow: with lately performance that’s gonna be eraser.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Erasmo

  242. Sange76 says:
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    12 team head to head points keeper league
    10-4, 3 seed, one game out of first…

    C. Perez
    1b pujols
    2b d. Gordon 8th r keeper
    3b Seager
    Ss Wilmer Flores
    Of Brantley
    Of marte
    Of a jones
    Utility c. Santana
    Utility. Sano
    Bench c. Seager
    Bench y Tomas
    P scherzer
    P Arrieta
    P carrasco
    P g Richards
    P Teheran
    P verlander
    RP tolleson
    RP c. Allen

    Got offered Jose abreu(r 4 keeper ) joc pedersen (r8 keeper), and Cody Anderson for Brantley r 9 keeper, and carrasco. While I like abreu and joc, my says no on the carrasco end, but what does the mustache say? Is there a better offer that can land me those two or is it it even worth it?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good to me

      • Sange76 says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, poor editing. It’s abreu rd 4, pederson r 8 and Cody Anderson for Brantley r. 9, Carlos Santana, and carrasco….still a go or now a hold?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine to me

  243. Alan says:
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    If you have Lind, E5, Ortiz at 1B, CI, UT; R Martin and B McCann at C; Correa, Howie and Wong at SS, 2B, MI, which one do you cut among these 3 (10 team 5×5 roto)? Sano, Desmond or Schwarber?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCann, Kendrick for Sano and Schwarber

  244. I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    schwarb’s back up, this time i got him in more leagues than last time, or at least more important ones, 2 keepers where he’ll likely be good enough to keep (my only espn leagues, he’s yet to count as OF there though), the NL only again and a 20 teamer where i missed him last time. had to drop piscotty though.

    In 20 teamer with slugging/total bases/OBP i’m guessing dropping rasmus before bour/refsynder/forsythe/c-sant was the way to go. he’ll go in util or OF in this one, unless C-Sant has an off day, or both forsythe/bour do, and then sant can go to 1B with schwarb at C.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  245. henncoop says:
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    Currently in 3rd place 3 points out of 1st in a 12 team 5X5 roto with weekly lineups. 1st in HRs & RBIs, 5th in SBs, 4th in Runs & 8th in Avg.
    Current team is Ramos, Rizzo, Wong, Arenado, Rollins, J Up, Soler, Tomas, Crush (4 OFs) , E5 & Cron ( 2 utility spots)
    1) Hundley, Wellington, Realmuto or AJ are available @ C
    2) Iglesias, Kang, Alexi, Santana, Hardy & Elvis @ SS
    3) Parra, Peralta, Venable, Colabello, Blanco, Rasmus, or Pagan in the OF …(also who to drop)

    Pitching is not as good: 8th in Ks, 7th in ERA,2nd in Ws, 8th in Saves & 3rd in WHIP
    Just picked up Johnson to add to Motte, Tolleson, & Ramos so hopefully a boost in Saves.
    SPs are Arieta, Carasco, Odorizzi, McHugh, Wacha, Milone, & Hutchinson
    4) Haren, E Ram, Chavez, Hughes, Ray, Leake, Estrada, Jungman & Bolsinger are out there. Only start 7 pitchers total per week & currently 4 closers to try to catch up in Saves
    Any advice to give me a better shot at finishing 1st??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez, Erasmo over Milone and Hutch

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • henncoop says:
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          @henncoop: Actually forgot I have 2 bench bats currently Gose ( who I picked up for potential SBs) & Eaton. Not sure if either of those would be droppable for the above mentioned hitters??

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: Actually forgot I have 2 bench bats currently Gose ( who I picked up for potential SBs) & Eaton. Not sure if either of those would be droppable for the above mentioned hitters??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These bats are really nothing special… If you want, go Parra over Gose

  246. The JoGarza says:
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    Whom do you like more the next two years in an OBP league: Arenado or Bryant? Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant, pretty much toss up

  247. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    G – I have Santana @ Catcher but Schwarber is also eligible @ OF in Yahoo.. I was hoping to hold Avisail (bench bat) for a resurgent 2nd half, but I should probably drop him for Schwarber…….right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  248. John says:
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    Gave up Lackey/Pence and got Lester in return. Have Byrd/Fowler to fill in at Last OF spot. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  249. Great White North says:
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    I don’t know why, but Schwarber reminds of Q-tips.

    Speaking of catchers, I now have two in each of my RCLs and I have no regrets. I can use Vogt and Posey at 1B or util whilst Q-tip and Lucroy man down the C, respectively. I rarely have a bad day out of my C (that’s what she said). As everyone else runs from catchers, I embrace them. The other positions are much easier to stream.

    Two catchers: this will be my thing.

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      Ha, as long as the catchers are doing better than the next available bat, I guess