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, enjoy some coffee.  Oops, you just drank rat poison.  I should’ve used different mugs.  Don’t worry, it can’t be worse than owning Byron Buxton in the 1st half.  Oh, you owned him and that’s why you drank the poison!  Now, I’m following!   Hey, I’m supposed to be leading!  Before we get into the top 100 for the 2nd half of 2018 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 2018 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 that outfielder for that 2nd baseman.  Also, things change in fantasy baseball.  Daily.  I could put Jose Ramirez number four on the top 100 list for the second half of 2018 and he could pull a–Well, we won’t even mention an injury with Jo-Ram.  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. This is simply a list of the top hundred fantasy baseball players if you were to pick them up today.  So while Bryce Harper did not have the greatest first half, he will appear on this list because, well, we have to believe in miracles — my 12-year-old self would want that, and to sleep with Cher.  The projections are not their combined 1st half and 2nd half numbers; these are their projections for the 2nd half of 2018.  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 players 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 2018:

1. Mike Trout – Since your mom is so old she used to gang bang with the Hebrews, why don’t you ask her how reliable Trout is?  If you were to ask her, she’d tell you, “Trout is better than that guy you call daddy who is really just someone who offered to pay for your diapers, and, after I went to med school, I was too busy to divorce him.  Also, clean up my basement and stop carrying so many starters!”  Your mom knows what’s up.   Projections: 43/19/51/.318/10 in 241 ABs

2. Mookie Betts – He is above Trout on the rest of the season Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  That’s pretty monumental.  But we’re tearing down monuments and the patriarchy.  For now, let’s leave the tools to Jim Bowden and the Property Brothers.  Projections: 51/17/48/.312/13 in 244 ABs

3. Francisco Lindor – I debated for longer than I care to admit Lindor or Jo-Ram.  Okay, I only debated it for 14 seconds, but it was a long 14 seconds because I was staring at a clock at the DMV. The rest of the season Fantasy Baseball Player Rater has neither with a huge edge.  But Edge, the wrestler, looked like Jayson Werth and he’s retired, so is that a good thing?  Hmm.  Meh, they’re obviously close, I went this way because Lindor is a little safer.  Their individual projections are crazy close though.  Projections: 48/16/41/.290/10 in 255 ABs

4. Jose Ramirez – Like some kind of liberal bed wetter who calls the Washington Redskins the Crabcakes, protests outside the Roy Cohn Community College and writes a strongly worded tweet to Chick-Fil-A for them to change their name to Cisgender-Fil-A, I refused to put two Indians together in the preseason top 20.  Who, what, where, when and How!  And I don’t care if How is the least bit insulting to Native Americans, we can not let our feelings stop us from espousing the virtues of Jo-Ram.   Matter of fact, I e-spoused him after taking an online course to marry people.  If you want I can marry you to any player you want, without their consent.  Projections:  41/16/47/.293/10 in 249 ABs

5. Trea Turner – I’m gonna start calling him Trea 3000.  Explanation:  Outkast is better as a whole, this is true.  Undeniable.  But neither Andre 3000 or Big Boi are guest spotters.  They’re legit on their own.   This isn’t EPMD trying to be solo artists.  Together, Outkast is better, but separate, they’re solid.  One is better without the other, Andre 3000.  Bryce and Trea are better together, but Trea can stand on his own, due to his speed.  Bryce Boi is solid, but Trea 3000 is always money as long as there’s steals.  I hope we feel like this forever.  Forever, forever, ever, forever, ever.  Projections:  56/9/31/.294/23 in 261 ABs

6. Max Scherzer – My 2nd half rankings depart from my 1st half rankings in one major way, I give more credence to top pitchers.  A few reasons A) Pitchers get hurt and are risky, but, at this point in the season, we know which pitchers are healthy and pitching well.  B) A top pitcher can make a huge difference still, whereas an upside flyer on a pitcher isn’t as valuable, i.e., if your ratios need help, a trade flyer on someone like Jameson Taillon is only going to get you so far, whereas Scherzer can make a difference in the final months.  C)  There’s no C.  Projections: 10-3/2.34/0.90/135 in 111 IP

7. Manny Machado – Reports are saying right now that the Orioles want too much for Machado.  Those reports are being leaked to the press by the Dodgers.  It goes like this:  Orioles to Dodgers, “Can we at least have a middle reliever?”  Dodgers meeting Olney in a dark parking lot, “Tell the world the O’s want too much.”  Later, the O’s, “Okay, we’ll take a compensation pick.  Please anything!”  Projections: 45/18/51/.303/5 in 256 ABs

8. Chris Sale – The most hilarious thing (not funny at all) is there’s Red Sawx beat writers talking about what a great job the Sawx are doing limited Sale’s innings.  Yeah, he’s on pace for 212 IP instead of 214.  Awesome!  Projections: 9-2/2.51/0.92/129 in 91 IP

9. Nolan Arenado – Before I write up the top 100 for the 2nd half of 2018, I’m going to rank them on paper.  First, I’m going to write all their names on the back of a fortunes from fortune cookies and place them by this open window–NOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!  Projections: 47/18/54/.307/1 in 259 ABs

10. Paul Goldschmidt – Was happy to see he started sleeping in one of those beef jerky dehydrators in June to counterbalance the affects of the humidor.  Hope he doesn’t mind if I dehydrate my fruit while he sleeps; I love fruit leather.  Projections: 41/16/48/.294/5 in 238 ABs

11. Giancarlo Stanton – I am being aggressive with my 2nd half Giancarlo projections, but he’s just so enticing.  *combs wig, places wig on Giancarlo Fathead wall mount*  So very, very enticing.  Projections: 44/29/62/.262/1 in 261 ABs

12. Bryce Harper – Well, the good news is at his absolute worst, on the Player Rater (what he’s done vs. what he could do), he’s around 50 overall.  So, the floor isn’t great, but it’s not that bad.  This is obviously a ranking for closer to the ceiling.  I do think if he breaks right, he’s the best hitter in the majors.  There’s no guarantee of that, obviously.  Oh, and, yeah, there was some hedging in this blurb, do you like my topiary?  Projections:  41/18/48/.256/5 in 248 ABs

13. Jose Altuve –  In the 2nd half last year, he stole 14 bags.  If he repeats that, he will finish with easily his lowest steals total.  Steals are down across the league, so if things are looking down it’s not that surprising to see Altuve.  Projections: 41/10/35/.346/15 in 265 ABs

14. Aaron Judge – Obviously, if you’re looking for safety, Judge over Bryce.  This is as obvious as being able to see Judge from outer space, and not just when he’s performing an off-Broadway production of Moonraker while playing the part of Jaws.  Projections:  48/25/44/.258/4 in 251 ABs

15. J.D. Martinez – I don’t care if he stays healthy.  Don’t.  I don’t own him, but I have Lindor, Betts, Benintendi and other guys.  There’s room for me to be successful if Just Dong stays healthy.  All I ever said is he struggles to stay healthy.  The great thing is when he is healthy, he produces.  But his injuries usually appear out of nowhere and he misses 30+ games.  Projections:  40/17/49/.303/1 in 248 ABs

16. Ozzie Albies – Some of these 2nd half rankings will be indicative of next year’s preseason rankings, and some won’t.  Albies’ ranking feels like one of those that will be indicative.  I guess if Albies has a huge 2nd half, he could move up a little, or if he struggles, he could move down a little.  I sound very Albies Sure!  (By the by, don’t look up current pics of Al B. Sure!  His exclamation mark, not mine.  He looks like the guy on Canal Street who has a great deal on a ‘Rolecks’ watch.)  Projections:  47/12/40/.282/9 in 266 ABs

17. Luis Severino – He’s great, we know this, but check out this:  in 2016, his line was 5.83 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 in 71 IP.  Yet — again with some stank — YET! people still disregard pitchers who don’t hit the ground running.  Projections:  9-2/2.67/0.98/105 in 88 IP

18. Corey Kluber – Speaking of guys who don’t hit the ground running…I was…In the previous blurb…You’re not reading all of the blurbs, are you?  You’re just skipping to ‘your’ guys, aren’t you?  Shame.  Projections:  8-3/2.78/0.92/110 in 97 IP

19. Charlie Blackmon – Chazz Noir is in the blaxploitation film, “Better B. Better.”  In it, Chazz Noir starts off blistering hot, then he cools when he meets a lady (hey, I didn’t write it).  That lady’s name, Cold Schmotato Jones, played by Eartha Mitt and she’s got cat-eyes and a wicked change that buckles a man’s knees.  If Noir can shake that cat-o-nine-outs and cough out that phlegm fatale, he could be a top five hitter in the 2nd half. Projections: 50/13/35/.282/5 in 252 ABs

20. Freddie Freeman – Do a lot of people call him Fre-Fre?  No?  They should.  Freeman does less for me in the 2nd half than in the 1st because I’m less concerned with counting stats and more with who can hit 17 homers in a month.  In the first half, I want everything.  In the 2nd half, I want someone who can light up the scoreboard for six weeks.  Projections:  40/15/46/.308/5 in 242 ABs

21. Justin Verlander – He’s still throwing 95 MPH at the age of 35.  We haven’t seen anything like this since Nolan Ryan, who was clocked at 100.8 MPH at the age of 35, but back then radar guns were a guy in the stands counting Mississippi’s, and some have said the guy who counted Mississippily wasn’t always consistent.   Projections: 8-2/2.73/0.94/106 in 88 IP

22. George Springer – He’s been hot garbage under the Toxic Avenger’s butt.  Not a 1st half to write home about, unless you have nothing else to write about.  Thankfully, this is about the 2nd half and not 1st half, and Springer is still capable of having one of the biggest two-month stretches.  There’s risk with him, due to his 1st half, but the reward could be huge.  Projections:  45/16/37/.274/7 in 238 ABs

23. Alex Bregman – Has easily outpaced Springer in the 1st half, but you’re looking at a coin flip for who will be better in the 2nd half, and who the hell still carries coins outside of refs in football?  Speaking of which (terrible segue), don’t forget to check out our 2018 fantasy football projections.  Projections:  41/12/43/.285/7 in 241 ABs

24. Javier Baez – For what it’s Werth, I tried to put Baez even higher, and, at one point, had him lower.  I feel like he could be a top ten player easier, then Maddon randomly puts him in the nine hole, and the Cubs win, and Maddon thinks Baez at the bottom of the order has the curative powers of pomegranates. Projections: 46/14/41/.271/12 in 253 ABs

25. Brian Dozier – Here’s what I said last year in the 2nd half top 100, “Nothing about this ranking makes sense, except that he hit 500 homers in the 2nd half of last year, so it’s a gamble on a guy that could the most valuable player of the 2nd half again.”  And that’s me quoting me!  He went on to hit 21 HRs and .304, after hitting 13 HRs and .242 in the 1st half.  Until he doesn’t do that in the 2nd half, this is who he is.  Projections:  44/17/47/.274/5 in 265 ABs

26. Anthony Rizzo – Ya know what’s happening here?  I’m coming to terms with Rizzo being really a top 50 guy vs. a top 15 guy.  Next year, Abreu or Rizzo?  Yeah, I don’t know, will depend on Rizzo’s 2nd half.  Projections:  40/16/46/.256/3 in 239 ABs

27. Kris Bryant – Samesies as Rizzo.  Is Bryant more of a top 50 bat vs. the top 15 one?  No idea for him either, but he really needs to git r’ done like Larry the Cable Guy and an employer of GitHub. Projections:  44/13/37/.282/4 in 247 ABs

28. Andrew Benintendi – In his rookie year, he went 20/20.  This year, he’s on pace for 25/25.  Next year, well, he’s taking the slow boat to 30/30.  Also, if my math’s correct, he’s going to be the oldest player to 75/75 at 33 years old.  Projections: 43/10/39/.287/10 in 238 ABs

29. Eddie RosarioBecause I am the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it).  Projections: 39/14/40/.281/6 in 249 ABs

30. Rhys Hoskins – This 2nd half is going to tell us a lot for Hoskins.  Is he a 18-homer, 2nd half player or will he hit 12 homers?  Doesn’t sound like a huge difference, but his end stats are going to look dramatically different depending on those six homers?  *intern tugs on my sleeve*  “Um, what if he hits neither 18 or 12 homers and hits, say, 15?”  Shut up and get me my boba!  Projections: 41/16/48/.260/4 in 241 ABs

31. Starling Marte – When I wrote this, Marte was ranked 30 on the Player Rater.  Feels appropriate that’s around what I expect from him in the 2nd half too.  If there’s one player who is who he is, Marte would qualify.  Projections:  40/9/36/.282/15 in 246 ABs

32. Clayton Kershaw – Bums me out a bit that I think Kershaw is never going to be again who he once was.  Speaking of Bums, woof, you have a while until you see him.  Projections: 7-1/2.57/1.02/75 in 71 IP

33. Jacob deGrom – You know what would be so Mets?  DeGrom ends the year with a sub-2 ERA and less than ten wins.  Projections: 5-3/2.34/1.08/103 in 90 IP

34. Trevor Bauer – I’ve talked about this in the past, but if I could literally toot my own horn this much in real life I’d never leave my house.  I ranked Bauer about 75 picks before everyone else in the preseason, and only didn’t write a sleeper post for him, because when I wrote my sleepers it was before everyone else ranked and I figured people would be smarter than they were.  Overestimated!  Projections:  7-2/2.78/1.11/104 in 89 IP

35. Nelson Cruz – I feel like I could give him a 16-homer projection and he could get that in either 55 games or 16 games.  Projections: 36/16/47/.265/1 in 234 ABs

36. Trevor Story – I just cackled thinking about how I’m almost assuredly going to rank Story way higher than everyone else next year and watch as he has the worst year of his career.  It’s that stupid camera again from The Twilight Zone.  Projections:  36/14/46/.269/7 in 239 ABs

37. Edwin Encarnacion – Member that Price is Right game where they give a span of possible prices and it highlights like 50 cents after and 50 cents before and as long as they’re in that margin they win?  I literally just named every Price is Right game, didn’t I?  Anyway, you should look at this top 100 like one of those games.  Think of a giant highlighter covering twenty picks, as it moves up it loses rankings below and vice versa.  So as it moves up from ranking 20, ranking 40 disappears.  What the eff does this have to do with anything?  That’s pretty much the tiers for the 2nd half.  Are Blackmon and Encarnacion really that different for a little less than half a season?  No, they’re not.  One is on the top of a tier, one is on the bottom.  Yes, that was the easier way of saying that.  Projections: 37/17/48/.242 in 229 ABs

38. Cody Bellinger – Because there’s a small contingent of people who like when I point out how awful I am at fantasy baseball even as they regularly read.  I goofed on Bellinger this preseason.  Not nearly as bad as that contingent would have you believe, but I was too aggressive on him.  A neutral luck 35/10/.260 guy isn’t terrible, but I had him in the top 20, which was a bit aggressive.  (That contingent will now say, “Bellinger wasn’t as bad as your (fill-in player name) ranking.”  Projections: 36/15/40/.259/5 in 229 ABs

39. Anthony Rendon – Father, forgive me for I have sinned.  I merely ranked Rendon ahead of Eugenio Suarez out of habit.  What’s that?  You’d like to see who out of their habit?  Father!  You should be confessing too!  Projections:  41/13/43/.287/1 in 237 ABs

40. Eugenio Suarez – I don’t completely buy the average he had in the 1st half.  That is the only strike against him. Projections: 38/15/45/.269/1 in 235 ABs

41. Joey Votto – Not to make this about next year, but I bet I’m going to be a lot lower on Votto next year than the big box sites.  You can almost feel ESPN ranking Votto in the top 25 still in 2019, right?  Projections:  47/12/39/.318/2 in 225 ABs

42. Edwin Diaz – Not sure if his 1st half has been talked about as much as it should.  Someone ping Smokey and have him drop some knowledge — Edwinowledge?  Edwience? Ed-101?  Diaz has more saves already than last year, and he wasn’t bad last year!  More about closers in the next blurb.  Projections: 1-0/2.42/0.94/40, 28 saves in 30 IP

43. Craig Kimbrel – Same thinking with starters in the 1st half as I’m using for closers.  The top ones are either way more valuable or useless depending on where you are in the standings.  If you need homers, no matter how great Kimbrel is, he won’t help.  Continued in next blurb.  Projections: 1-0/2.25/0.90/39, 27 saves in 30 IP

44. Kenley Jansen – And if you badly need saves, a guy like Eddie Rosario is just not going to help.  There will be similar shizz said in the Dee Gordon blurb when we get there.  Either crazy valuable or nearly worthless.  Orf course, they do get some other stats, so not completely worthless.  Continued to next blurb.  Projections: 1-1/2.28/0.93/37, 27 saves in 31 IP

45. Aroldis Chapman – Finally, if you need to make up saves, you pay for a top one and move in the standings.  Gambling on a guy like, say, Sergio Romo to make a difference isn’t as great at this point in the season.  Projections:  0-1/2.18/0.91/39, 26 saves in 29 IP

46. Max Muncy – Let’s be real here, if he hits five homers and runs backwards around the base all five times, and five homers are then subtracted from his stat line, he still had a huge year for where you drafted him.  Unless he goes to the plate, spinning his nose on the bat handle, he likely won’t run backwards around the bases, so, like you’re playing ’94 Sega Hockey, it’s all icing.  Projections:  40/11/35/.267/2 in 231 ABs

47. Dee Gordon – Like Pablo Sandoval doing gymnastics, the splits have not been pretty for Gordon, but if you just need steals, you need to do what you gotta do.  SAGNOF runs both ways, and what I said for the closers applies for Gordon.  It’s almost why if I needed steals I could see trading for Billy Hamilton.  Almost!  Projections: 42/1/17/.295/20 in 267 ABs

48. Christian Yelich – He will have been worth owning by the time October rolls around, but Yelich is the type of player who you own for only one half and you yawn a lot and it’s not out of empathy.  Projections:  45/10/32/.290/9 in 247 ABs

49. Gerrit Cole – You know how every pitcher the Astros trade for gets exponentially better?  If not, ask Trevor Bauer.  With that in mind, you know within three years they’re going to trade for Jon Gray and Vince Velasquez and they will immediately be top 10 starters.  You know this, right?  I mean, it’s so obvious.  How about they up the stakes and sign Shia LaBeouf?  Yeah, goddamnit, turn Shia LaBeouf into a major league pitcher!  Projections: 8-2/2.92/1.05/80 in 70 IP

50. Aaron Nola – I just gave you my Aaron Nola fantasy.  It was written because, “I’m still crazy after all these years.”  Projections:  6-3/2.76/1.05/68 in 67 IP

51. Khris Davis – There’s maybe six guys that can hit 25 homers in the 2nd half.  So, as many guys that Antonio Alfonseca can count on one hand.  Davis is one of those guys.  For those who are counting on Alfonseca’s hand, Davis is the 2nd pinkie.  Projections:  38/19/45/.245 in 238 ABs

52. Lorenzo Cain – Whether you call him Lo-Cain, Runnin’ Cain, Cain…Sugar! or the Devil’s Dandruff, you sound like Keith Hernandez in the mid-80’s.  Projections: 43/8/22/.301/15 in 242 ABs

53. Noah Syndergaard – If his minor injury was really minor, it means A) The Mets were able to accurately diagnose him. B) A pitcher injury on the Mets can be minor. C) There’s no C.  D) The Mets aren’t saying Syndergaard will be fine just so they can trade him.  E) A thru D minus C with exclamations.  F) The Mets.  Projections: 4-2/2.43/1.06/71 in 61 IP

54. Blake Snell – This was funny (to me).  Some ‘perts went over their biggest surprises of the 1st half.  A few said Elvis Andrus as a bust (I called that), some said Blake Snell busting out (I called that), some said Muncy (I had no clue on that), a few even said Miles Mikolas (I own him and told all of you that I’d own him before Ohtani), someone couldn’t believe how good Trevor Bauer’s been (you know I was all over that) and one even was surprised by Mike Foltynewicz (I own him too and told you to do the same).  I guess what’s funny (not funny) is I can understand why we are one of the most popular fantasy sites.  I’m predicting months ahead of time what people are later shocked about.  Projections: 5-2/2.76/1.11/80 in 70 IP

55. Scooter Gennett – He needs a cool nickname.  How about Vespa Jones?  Sounds like a part Beyonce would play in an Austin Powers movie.  Or the name Andre 3000 uses when he’s staying at a hotel.  And what’s cooler than cool?!  Ice cold!  (Lots of Andre 3000 appearances in the top 100.  Comeback?)  Projections:  39/13/42/.289/2 in 241 ABs

56. Jesus Aguilar – I dipped my finger into an ashtray at my local pool hall, rubbed the ash on my forehead and kneeled in front of my waiver wire.  Jesus Aguilar did not appear to me, but Jesus Sucre did.  I will purchase a Pray Better kneeling pad from Joel Osteen and try again after the break.  Projections:  32/12/38/.271 in 219 ABs

57. Jean Segura – Means very little, but I went back to my preseason top 100 because I felt like Segura was ranked around here then, and, pretty close, at 56 overall.  Surrounded by Donaldson, Chris Taylor, Wil Myers and Puig, i.e, Woof, Dr. Woofenstein, Woofman Jackshizz and Wooferine.  Projections: 43/5/23/.304/12 in 247 ABs

58. Justin Upton – Want a guy who could be a top 10 fantasy guy in the 2nd half or not worth owning by August 15th?  Look no further!  Metaphorically!  Don’t shut your browser window!  Whoa, was that a Bronies subreddit in your other browser window?  All this time I thought you were simply a fan of The Outsiders’ Ponyboy.  Projections:  30/13/40/.251/3 in 239 ABs

59. Jose Abreu – He’s gotta lot of work to do in the 2nd half to make up for the 1st half.  But he could have one huge week and be exactly on pace for his preseason projections.  Yes, it would be a very huge week, but seven days never the less!   Projections: 34/13/41/.283 in 251 ABs

60. Didi Gregorius – Damn right I like the lineup The Gregorius D.I.D. live in so I went from negative to positive.  It’s all good, baby baby.  Projections:  37/11/41/.258/5 in 255 ABs

61. Xander Bogaerts – This is how I went about ranking the last five or six players:  do I want Correa or Scooter (Aguilar, Segura, etc)?  So, Bogaerts or Correa?  Yes, Xander, but I could see Correa returning by end of July and moving up.  Speaking of up, how about that new launch angle on Bogaerts?  On pace for almost exactly same number of homers this year as he hit two years ago.  At least he’s not swinging his bat towards the catcher like last year.  Projections: 38/10/45/.275/2 in 239 ABs

62. Carlos Correa – Someone should have a summit with Correa that goes like this, “Stop sucking.”  “Is that it?”  “Yes, wanna grab lunch?”  How easy is that?  Projections:  34/12/40/.279/1 in 202 ABs

63. Ronald Acuna – While he was on the DL, I stood outside The House Ted Turner Sneers At with a sign that read, “Tilde Come Back,” until Tilde came back.  Now I’m wondering if we might be a year early on him, but then I see him hit a ball 475 feet without any effort and run out an infield single quicker than 98% of players and I’m still in. Projections: 31/12/39/.273/5 in 239 ABs

64. Juan Soto – I’m stanning hard on Sexy Dr. Pepper.  This means a lot because I have never drank any kind of cola in my life — it’s one of my claims to fame; 27 more years and I get into Guinness; for now I’m just a dopey guinea.  Was difficult for me to put The Tilde in front of him, but Soto has 5-steal speed and Acuña has 20-steal speed.  You know I’m still Mr. Peepers on Sexy Dr. Pepper. Projections: 38/10/31/.292/1 in 244 ABs

65. Marcell Ozuna – This little sub-tier from OZUNA to Pollock could be ranked anywhere from top 25 to after the top 250.  OZUNA blushes from embarrassment for his play in 1st half.  OZUNA cheeks so red.  Coincidentally, OZUNA clowned you in the 1st half.  Projections: 37/13/42/.281/1 in 261 ABs

66. Gary Sanchez – Could be Alfonseca’s 2nd index finger, but could also re-injure himself and be useless.  Also, went over him in the video in Friday’s Buy/Sell.  Projections: 31/12/37/.264 in 212 ABs

67. A.J. Pollock – I’d move Pollock up fifty spots if he played every game wearing socks with flip-flops like every Pollock I’ve known in my life.  Projections:  30/6/32/.272/11 in 205 ABs

68. Jose Berrios – You know what we’re looking at with Berrios?  Under-ranked next year and will be next year’s Aaron Nola and the ace on our fantasy teams.  Don’t ask how I know this shizz when I don’t even know my wife’s phone number.  Projections: 5-2/3.51/1.07/61 in 60 IP

69. Nomar Mazara – I wonder if he’s named Nomar after Garciaparra or if his dyslexic dad’s name is also Ramon.  Projections:  33/12/41/.272/1 in 231 ABs

70. Whit Merrifield – To Whit, because no one else runs anymore.  Projections: 35/8/23/.297/16 in 249 ABs

71. DJ LeMahieu –  I call this area of the top 100, “Shrug, who DFK?  I certainly DFK.”  By the way, Google says DFK is Deep French Kissing.  Um, yeah, not using it to mean that.  It’s an Eff sandwich with Don’t Know bread.  Projections:  42/6/22/.308/5 in 246 ABs

72. Carlos Carrasco – If it’s not apparent, pitchers have issues at this point.  Not just with injuries or ‘can’t throw a full season of innings.’  Carrasco got old this year.  Age doesn’t have to be the death knell of one’s career, e.g. Verlander, E.G. Marshall, but Carrasco might need to become a different pitcher.  Projections:  7-3/3.67/1.17/74 in 70 IP

73. Charlie Morton – In case it’s not completely clear, I don’t love this tier of pitchers.  I liked Morton a lot in the preseason, told you to draft him, but now I’m seeing how he hasn’t thrown more than 160 IP in seven years, walks are up and has struggled a bit of late.  He was also the Sell in Friday’s video.  Projections: 4-3/3.35/1.15/69 in 61 IP

74. Lance McCullers – There’s a small bugaboo as far as McCullers is concerned.  He’s never thrown more than 125 2/3 IP in a major league season.  He was in Friday’s Sell too.  (Recurring Theme Alert!) Projections: 5-2/2.89/1.09/54 in 48 IP

75. Madison Bumgarner – I had Bumgarner ranked much higher than this, because I just assumed he was the ace he had always been, but then I looked at his peripherals and now I’m beginning to think I need to make him a Sell in this Friday’s Buy/Sell.  Wow, he is not the same pitcher anymore at all.  It’s appropriate he likes to ride dirt bikes, because his stats look like they were ridden hard and put away wet.  Projections: 6-2/3.65/1.22/75 in 83 IP

76. Zack Greinke – Actually, mansplainly, Greinke is safer than other guys in this tier of starters, but he’s also a bit of a bore, and nearly Rick Porcello for reliably ‘just okay.’  Projections: 5-4/3.54/1.16/77 in 75 IP

77. Nicholas Castellanos – The Greek God of Hard Contact presides over his booth in the Mt. Olympus diner carrying a baseball bat and wearing a glove, which makes it very difficult to open one of those little jelly packets that you have to tear the corner on.  “I am the Greek God of Hard Contact, could someone please jelly my goddamn bread?!”  Projections:  35/12/40/.297/1 in 239 ABs

78. Ender Inciarte – This little tier of players, from Ender to Corbin, I call “Guys you may not realize are doing so well,” which is different than “Guys you may not realize are doing so…….well…..”  Which is someone reading this while falling into a well.  Projections:  41/5/22/.282/17 in 248 ABs

79. Blake Treinen – Good as time as any to point out how quickly these rankings could change.  If Treinen goes a week while struggling or is traded, then his value could plummet, but his 1st half was an easy $12 Salad with extra Waldorf. Projections: 2-1/2.45/1.00/35, 22 saves in 33 IP

80. Odubel Herrera – In Google, ODB has recently switched from the top result of Ol’ Dirty Bastard to Our Daily Bread, a prayer site.  Both had conversations with U-God, I guess.  Projections: 37/12/42/.284/5 in 238 ABs

81. Patrick Corbin – Likely doing a half-assed job of counting, but Corbin, Mazara, Castellanos, Tim Anderson and Blake Snell were preseason sleepers of mine.  Legit just skimmed the post for guys I think I wrote sleeper posts on and might be missing someone.  This, Orf course, means nothing because I’m the one ranking them.  And it’s confirmation bias.  And I’m not even pretending to count well!  However, I think I did very well this year ranking.  I was higher than everyone on Jo-Ram, Lindor; some people freaked on Goldy, I didn’t; I liked Trevor Bauer and Mikolas more than most and I hated Correa, Andrus, Donaldson and Pham.  Only limb I was way out on that I goofed on was my hate on Judge.  Projections:  5-2/3.59/1.12/75 in 69 IP

82. Matt Kemp – If you feel like at any moment the bottom is going to fall out on Kemp, you’re not alone.  With everything else in life, you are alone.  Projections:  31/10/35/.292/1 in 208 ABs

83. Carlos Martinez – This is more about track record, because his peripherals could easily push him out of the top 100.  There’s something wrong under the hood, which sounds like a good tag line for a gynecologist’s business card.  Projections:  6-3/3.72/1.30/74 in 72 IP

84. Mitch Haniger – You could throw 15 players with 12-homer, .265 potential in the 2nd half into a hat and rank 10 of them and not the other five and then switch them all around and it could all be the correct ranking, i.e., Haniger or, say, Grichuk?  Haniger, but, honestly, that could be Grichuk.  Haniger is just safer and has been hitting third.  Projections:  37/12/40/.265/3 in 237 ABs

85. Wil Myers – Speaking of how quickly things change, Myers may not have made the top 100 two weeks ago.  Projections: 32/13/34/.273/6 in 226 ABs

86. Michael Brantley – Why do I feel like I just ranked my first guy who I’m going to be telling people to drop before August 1st?  Sorry, just no support for Mi-Bra.  Projections: 36/9/39/.305/4 in 217 ABs

87. Yoenis Cespedes – Honestly, has no business being ranked, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, which is similar but different than Sally Field’s kids who had the benefit of Doubtfire.  Projections:  28/12/36/.274/1 in 202 ABs

88. Tommy Pham – Funny (not funny) to be the defender of Pham now after I said he was way overrated in the preseason.  He has been disappointing, but he is hitting for power and stealing bases which boosts his fantasy value (Phamtasy value?).  Projections:  39/8/27/.261/9 in 238 ABs

89. Eric Hosmer – When he finishes his first year in Petco, he should fire his agent.  “So, I could’ve went to the Red Sox or Coors and I’m in San Diego?!”  Then, rethinking, “Weather is nice, though.”  Getting a lot of questions recently about dropping Hosmer, obviously I wouldn’t do that, but this ranking is about what he can do vs. what he has done.  By the way, “What he can do vs. What he has done” sounds like what’s written on the back of a “The Future is Female” t-shirt.  Projections:  31/12/38/.281/4 in 233 ABs

90. Josh Donaldson – Nothing says he should be ranked, but he could also be Alfonseca’s third thumb, though that could just be because he’s for extra sucks.  Projections: 28/12/32/.249/1 in 197 ABs

91. Willson Contreras – Yes, I’m suggesting you buy two catchers before the 2nd half even begins.  Within reason, Orf course, but Willson is not suddenly a 12-homer hitter.  More like a 12+ homers in the 2nd half.  Projections: 29/13/34/.273/2 in 212 ABs

92. Mike Moustakas – The Royals should trade Moistasskiss to whoever wants him.  *thinks about how he didn’t sign with any clubs even after he went around to teams at the Winter Meetings like Jerry Maguire*  Okay, so maybe no one wants him. Projections: 27/13/34/.260/1 in 239 ABs

93. Tim Anderson – In the preseason, I ranked him 102 overall; ESPN and Yahoo ranked Anderson 216 and 210 respectively.  Or disrespectively, what a jizzoke.  Projections:  34/9/29/.251/10 in 247 ABs

94. Stephen Strasburg – The Nats should have Strasburg pitch to Wieters like some kind of tap-out scenario where the first player to get hurt loses.  Announcer, “He’s on pitch 96 and..it looks like Wieters is grabbing his hammy!  Strasburg could win this–Wait, he is now grabbing his forearm!”  Projections: 4-3/3.62/1.12/64 in 55 IP

95. James Paxton – This is a Rest of Season Player Rater call and nothing else.  More than half of me is expecting Paxton to not throw more than 30 IP in the 2nd half.  53% of me expects it, to be exact.  Projections: 5-3/3.34/1.09/61 in 54 IP

96. Jose Martinez – Just talked about Jo-Ma in the last Buy/Sell/Hold video.  View it multiple times and make me lots of one-eighteenth of a pennies!  Projections:  36/10/39/.304/1 in 226 ABs

97. Matt CarpenterCardinals are really filling up the back end.  Hmm, bad choice of words.  Projections:  43/11/30/.257/1 in 235 ABs

98. Rafael Devers – Watch the Sawx trade for Machado and Devers goes into DH rotation with Steve Pearce and *raspberries lips*  However, I still believe in Devers — Delivers?  That doesn’t work.  Relyver?  Nope, that’s bad too.  That movie with Ed Norton and Ben Stiller, Keeping the Rafaithel.  That’s the worst!  Projections: 30/10/35/.261/4 in 230 ABs

99. Ian Desmond – These last few are essentially saying to you, “Put down the pumpkin spice, you basic snitch, and take a flyer on a guy who could be a top 25 guy in the 2nd half.”  Projections:  28/13/37/.233/5 in 224 ABs

100. Kyle Tucker – Will this list ever end?  Piscotty doesn’t know!  By the way, you wanna kill three hours during the break?  All of the rest of the season hitter projections and pitcher projections.  Those are via Steamer, so they don’t match mine, but I did consult them like you consult a diner placemat to figure out where Wyoming is. Projections: 22/8/31/.266/8 in 223 ABs

101. Whoever Helps You Win – Don’t get tied to projections and rankings and “I drafted this guy in the 8th round this year.”  Yeah, we all hate Justin Smoak, 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. VinWins

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    Fantastic! This is definitely my favorite All Star Game-day post so far.

      • FiveHead says:
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        @Grey: I’m pretty sure I know the answer to this, but gonna ask anyway. Give u Rhys, Andrelton Simmons and David Price and/or Honeywell to, for Muncy and Lindor. I’m gonna start with just the three and work up. All four for the two still seem good? It’s a dynasty H2H Points league. In the OF I have Rosario, Springer, Cargo, Acuna, Jimenez, Calhoun. At first I only have Myers and Rhys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lindor side

  2. VinWins

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    Looks like the ROS Player Rater now agrees with you on Paxton, dropping him to 238th and 35 IP.

    • Grey

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      @VinWins: Yeah, prolly because he’s now actually on the DL vs. just assumed he will be

  3. Simsbad says:
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    Great read. Thought I’d plug in my appreciation for the ROS Player Rater. It has helped me with trending bats all season, pitching it really doesn’t do much for me (maybe a tad bit). At least once or twice a day I update my notepad with a list of my bats, bats above a certain threshold, and other bats I want to keep an eye on for which way that player is trending. The ROS Player Rater has helped me catch trending bats before they pop off (for example: Brantley, Desmond, Gurriel, Odor, A. Garcia, and others). Almost every time I go against the grain and pick up a player not as high as others it usually never works out. FYI for others who read this, injured batters are usually inflated but have seen them stick or increase in value within a week of being active. I would 1000% recommend the ROS Player Rater.

    Props to Rudy and whoever else who helps manage it.

    • Kevin Jones says:
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      @Simsbad:
      In a keeper league where 11 players are kept per team and with a 10 player MILB roster. Have dropped to 2nd place and looking to jump start my offense for the second half. Our league is 6×6 wth OPS and Holds. Have had an offer of Eddie Rosario, one of his better holds pitchers, and Josh Naylor for Jo Adell and my 2nd round pick (since we keep 11 players per team, 132 players are off the board before the draft begins).

      Do you think this is a fair return for Adell and the draft pick? He’s been listed as high as #3 in mid-season prospect rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simsbad: That’s also, yeah, it’s Rudy…

      • Simsbad says:
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        @Grey: I’m so confused.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aren’t we all?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Simsbad: Meant the ROS Player Rater is Rudy

          • Simsbad says:
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            @Grey: I get ya. I meant a combination of what you said mixed with someone else starting a post inside my post. One last thing, the ROS player rater is the best tool I’ve ever used in fantasy. Makes me happy, I’ve tried reading Steamer straight up and it hurts my head. Thanks so much for all the effort ya’ll put in this site!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, no problem!

    • @Simsbad: Thanks. If you don’t already use them, the Hittertron daily/weekly projections are a great complement to the ROS Player Rater. That’s what I use for managing all my teams.

      Made some recent changes to try and throttle playing time estimates for injured players and demoted players. It should be that players bump up a bit right after they get activated as it’s hard to have faith on callups until it actually happens.

      • Roger Anderson says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Using Hittertron and Streamonator daily, and ROS to see how changes would affect the ROS against the other teams as they are at the time, I have moved from 5th to 1st. Thanks a ton to Rudy!!

        This past week hurt badly, but that happens, Only my Streamers did well. The data and the rankings are well worth the $ paid (even if Beuhler never returns).

  4. Rene De La Torre says:
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    Fantastic post Grey! ???

    I’m hoping I don’t regret trading encarnacion. Smoak has been disappointing for the most part but has picked it up as of late. He didnt make the list?
    ????????

    • knucks says:
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      @Rene De La Torre: He did not. But also… he did…? Whaa?? *insert exploding head gif*

      If you traded Encarnacion for Smoak than you are prob going to regret it, but I’m assuming that’s not what happened? Traded EE for something else and are slotting Smoak in at 1B now?

      Anyways, as you said, Smoak has been hitting of late and could be useful and help you win if he comes out of the break and stays warm. I own him too brother, fingers crossed. Best of luck the rest of the way, Rene.

      • Rene De La Torre says:
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        Exactly what you’re thinking. I traded EE for Cain. I had no depth in OF and also could use SB’s and avg. Smoak’s looked much better at the plate lately. Hopefully Donaldson can come back, stay healthy and give some protection (I have Donaldson in DL). He’s definitely capable of putting up big numbers. Here’s hoping. Good luck to you too bro.

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fab write-up, one of the best.

    a. Love this top 100 2nd half!

    b. On the run, so Mark Twain quote of the day for July 17

    A nation is only an individual multiplied. It makes plans and Circumstance comes and upsets them–or enlarges them. Some patriots throw the tea overboard; some other patriots destroy a Bastille. The PLANS stop there; then Circumstance comes in, quite unexpectedly, and turns these modest riots into a revolution.

    And there was poor Columbus. He elaborated a deep plan to find a new route to an old country. Circumstance revised his plan for him, and he found a new WORLD. And HE gets the credit of it to this day. He hadn’t anything to do with it.

    Necessarily the scene of the real turning-point of my life (and of yours) was the Garden of Eden. It was there that the first link was forged of the chain that was ultimately to lead to the emptying of me into the literary guild. Adam’s TEMPERAMENT was the first command the Deity ever issued to a human being on this planet. And it was the only command Adam would NEVER be able to disobey. It said, “Be weak, be water, be characterless, be cheaply persuadable.” The latter command, to let the fruit alone, was certain to be disobeyed. Not by Adam himself, but by his TEMPERAMENT–which he did not create and had no authority over. For the TEMPERAMENT is the man; the thing tricked out with clothes and named Man is merely its Shadow, nothing more. The law of the tiger’s temperament is, Thou shalt kill; the law of the sheep’s temperament is Thou shalt not kill. To issue later commands requiring the tiger to let the fat stranger alone, and requiring the sheep to imbue its hands in the blood of the lion is not worth while, for those commands CAN’T be obeyed. They would invite to violations of the law of TEMPERAMENT, which is supreme, and takes precedence of all other authorities. I cannot help feeling disappointed in Adam and Eve. That is, in their temperaments. Not in THEM, poor helpless young creatures–afflicted with temperaments made out of butter; which butter was commanded to get into contact with fire and BE MELTED. What I cannot help wishing is, that Adam and EVE had been postponed, and Martin Luther and Joan of Arc put in their place–that splendid pair equipped with temperaments not made of butter, but of asbestos. By neither sugary persuasions nor by hell fire could Satan have beguiled THEM to eat the apple. There would have been results! Indeed, yes. The apple would be intact today; there would be no human race; there would be no YOU; there would be no ME. And the old, old creation-dawn scheme of ultimately launching me into the literary guild would have been defeated.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  6. JakeTPE says:
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    Fantastic stuff, Grey!

    No Greg Bird? Just kidding. Love the post.

    Now let’s go win some Champeenships!

    • Grey

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      @JakeTPE: Let’s get dem champeenships!

  7. gc tacos says:
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    Surprised JT wasn’t the highest rated catcher.

    • Grey

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      @gc tacos: Meh, he’s like Yelich of catchers, little bit of everything

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    I just asked my mom. Your right, she loves Trout and Hebrews.

    Question of the day. I was just offered Goldschmidt for my Acuna and Nathan Lowe. In a keep forever H2H. Run and hit accept? Pause and try and get a little more? Or keep my prized youngin forever? Thanks fantasy lothario.

    • Grey

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      @Griff: I appreciate your mom for her honesty…. Think I’d hold Acuña

  9. foul balls says:
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    Great stuff as always

    • knucks says:
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      @foul balls: Agree w/ foul balls.

      • foul balls says:
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        @Grey: I’m the one that should be thanking you so thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  10. Crazy J says:
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    Just plugging in some numbers and Hector Rondon is ROS 0 saves… is there something I should know? I thought he was the closer for the time being.

    Awesome write-up! F Cespedes, and LOL Tucker!

    • Grey

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      @Crazy J: Thanks! Not sure I follow on Rondon’s question

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    Great article today Grey! I was oh so close last night to dropping Hosmer for Desmond but just couldn’t do it since you have been such an advocate for being patient with him. Hosmer’s track record is solid but his move to SD, not South Dakota, hasn’t exactly worked out for him or his team. ON the other hand it seems Desmond is so underrated since he’s been a free agent in my 12 team league for over a month and now that I just wrote this I’m sure he’ll be picked up later today. Keep the faith I guess is my mantra.

    • Grey

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      @Tony C: Keep the faith, Tony C!

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    Live and die by your words..

    Moving forward and looking to next year in a 27 round keeper league…

    Can keep 5:
    Max Muncy (27th round)
    Lamb (21st round)
    Acuña (24th round)
    Hoskins (24th round)
    Chris Taylor (23rd round)
    Nick Senzel (27th round)
    Eloy Jimenez (27th round)

    • Grey

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      @JAscher: Hoskins, Acuna, Eloy, Muncy — easy… Then last one, prolly go Senzel, but could change in the 2nd half

  13. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Nice list!

    Hey Grey – keep forever trade, balancing win now and building for 2019, which side do you like in a 12 teamer?

    $13 JDM $0 JoMa and $0 Mikolas

    Or

    $12 Bryant $0 Buehler and $20 madbum (with a chance that I can flip Bryant for a $30 betts).

    There’s a good chance I could swap Bryant for a $31 Betts (or Bryant and Buehler for Betts and a pitcher who will help me this year).

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: haha sorry for the redundant final line and typo – it’s $31 betts.

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: For what it’s worth, Rudy’s trade analyzer loves it for Bryant side . . .

      Bryant edges out JDM (36 to 34), then Bum + Buehler beat JoMa and Mikolas by a good margin. (51.60 to 45.60 in total, plus I assume we like Bryant way more than JDM in keep forever formats).

      Hence, why I’m stumped!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I would be most interested in the deal if you could definitely get Betts. JDM JoMa and Miolas for Betts, Buehler and MadBum is a huge win.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  14. Brett says:
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    Curious why Gleyber Torres isn’t in your top 100? Did he just miss the cut?

    • Cabby says:
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      @Brett:

      I was wondering the same. Must have just missed it.

    • Grey

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      @Brett: Dealing with hip and just missed, low in order, don’t dislike him tho

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    “Willy Mo says:
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    No chance am i drafting anthony rizzo over aaron judge.

    Too safe/boring

    Rizzo basically hasnt missed a game in 3 seasons and hes never once reached 100 runs in any season. 2 of the last 3 seasons he had under a .280 batting average, including .273 last year. He just seems to be a guy whos always going to battle with a low BABIP (career .283 BABIP!!). His home runs the last 3 seasons are 31, 32, and 32 so thats what he is there, not knocking my socks off with power.

    And im not saying its a bad thing that he plays every game obviously but if he were to hit the dl hes looking at maybe 27 homers? Its the reverse of springer, where springer missed time and still hit 34 dingers, so we can reasonably say hes got a higer ceiling than that if he doesnt get injured. With Rizzo he better play 158 games to get to the projections, which he prolly will but meh idk how you can have him over Judge when rizzo is so unsexy. Hes the anti sexy. Hes sex-less. Rizzo underperforms your ranking every year I feel like 3 years running. He was fun to draft when everyone thought he sucked but now im not interested. Im disinterested. His swing is so f*ing wonky. Id bet a lot of the money rizzo isn’t a top 14 fantasy player in standard leagues. OPS and OBP leagues sure, but not in RCL format no way.” thats me quoting me on your top 20 post this year.

    We also bet (and you accepted) who would finish higher on this year’s player rater judge or Rizzo. If you won I was going to wear a razzball shirt at every Yankee game I go to (about 10 a year) and if I won I was to get a spot on the podcast.

    So it took you 3 months and now you agree with me Rizzo is overrated. Let me go find some more quoted text

    • Stanton island says:
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      @Willy Mo: great stuff, what’s your website? Want to see all your rankings, projections, sleepers, who to buy, who to sell… Not just ONE player

    • Cram It says:
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      @Willy Mo: Hey, I’ve missed you since your awesome Domingo German takes. I didn’t read your comment but I’m sure it’s some garbage about Aaron Judge. Congrats, you were right about one part of Judge! You’re 1 for 1000!

      Don’t @ me.

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        @Cram It: yeah, not good. But soroka is injured garbage also.

    • knucks says:
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      @Willy Mo: Grey. Please put this guy on the Podcast. Would love to hear that play out.

      • Cram It says:
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        @knucks: Ha. I don’t want to see this guy get recognition for being a sped, but it would be fun to laugh at.

        • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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          @Cram It: Cram’s right. Plus you’d NEVER get him out of the studio.

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @GrassyKnollRedding: its a phone in bruh. I dont leave the shithole that is northern nj.

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @knucks: id do ralphs job standing on my head. U might actually like it.

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    Hey Grey,

    Good stuff, have had a quick look and am trying to work out whether I should try and make an upgrade or not. You have me a bit worried about my pitching with your blurb on Morton.

    13 team, 5×5, roto.

    C : Gattis
    1B : Hoskins
    2B: Dozier
    3B Rendon
    SS : Machado
    OF, Benintendi, Acuna, Bellinger
    UT : Rosario, Soto
    BN : Peraza, Nimmo

    SP : Severino, Bauer, Morton, Pivetta, Wacha (DL), Wheeler, V V (last 2 are streamers)
    RP : Hand, Diaz, Box, Sir Anthony, Trivino, Hicks, McHugh (last 2 are BN players, can be used as SP)

    What do you think ?

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    PS – searched your top 100 for ROS, couldn’t find Gattis, what gives ? surely he’s worth his top 30 CBS ranking ?

    • Grey

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      @Another Dan: Haha, no Gattis! Bauer and Severino should be enough pitching, but, yes, I am worried about Morton if you can trade him

  17. Willy Mo says:
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    Grey says:
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    Why the hate on Rizzo? He was the 23rd best player last year… https://razzball.com/playerrater/

    Willy Mo says:
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    @Grey: im not hating i just cant justify passing on a player like judge for him.

    Rizzo hit 273 with 32 homers in a full season. Hes boring. And to get his production you had to take him in the top 8 last year. I think hes a fine pick in the second round, but for me ill take a player with more upside here.

    Grey says:
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    Gotcha, fair enough

    Willy Mo says:
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    @Grey: can we side bet judge vs rizzo who finishes ranked higher on the razzball player rater in 2018?

    You win and i’ll buy a razzball shirt and wear it to every yankee game i go to in 2019. If i win i get a small non credited cameo on the first preseason of 2019 razzball podcast

    Greysays:
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    Deal!

    Willy Mosays:
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    @Grey: haha cool gl!

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      Damn your like Perry Freaking Mason…..LOL

        • Cram It says:
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          @Willy Mo: Maybe if you weren’t such a D-bag about it.

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            @Cram It:

            Yep Dou che-Baggery will get you no where :)……..

        • knucks says:
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          @Willy Mo: Its quite clear at this point that you should start your own Fantasy Blog and make your own shirts. Get on that.

          So I’m really looking forward to your upcoming guest spot on the Razz Pod in a few months. It will be great for driving traffic to your up and coming future Fantasy Baseball blog that people will TOTALLY be clicking over to. Because reading about how awesome you are is SUPER compelling. Keep up the great work.

          • Cold Day (In Hell) says:
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            @knucks: Cram it just called someone a D-bag. I’ve heard it all. Let em live Big Willy Mo Style.

  18. Kyle Tucker services will be with the BMFers until he proves he isn’t. Good thing I’m the BMFers. Also could you be so kind and tell Ozuna to quit effing around. Shits getting old, he teased me in early June and I havent forgotten

  19. TOGMAN says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 OPS QS (23)

    Who to drop for J. Hicks?

    Treinen, Rondon, Romo
    Bauer, Morton, Happ, Heaney, Bieber, Rodon, Pivetta, J. Gray

    • keith o branstetter says:
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      @TOGMAN: You would even think about dropping Treinen for Hicks ? Damn boi !

      • TOGMAN says:
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        @keith o branstetter: I was showing my team @keith o branstetter: I posted my entire pitching staff so Mr. Grey can have more information in order to answer my question.

        Obv I’m not dropping Bauer or Treinen.

        • CGR says:
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          @TOGMAN: Rodon is genuinely the only option

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: Could see losing Rodon, but in a QS league, prolly hold for now

  20. Cable says:
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    H/H points…need to drop one hitter from this group

    G Sanchez
    W Myers
    J Altuve
    E Suarez
    J Segura
    L Cain
    K Tucker
    J Soto
    M Moustakas
    J Gallo (R)
    D Peralta (R)
    T Pham (R)

  21. Jg says:
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    Greybeard-Jake Bauers? Winkler? These guys seem like solid bets to have strong 2nd halfs, but I don’t do anything without your blessing. What say you? Xoxo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jg: I like Bauers, prolly 6/6 decent counting stats… Winkler the fill-in for Vizcaino? Sure, SAGNOF

  22. Crime Dog says:
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    Are you still down on Shaw for his wrist or is he not top 100 regardless? I think he’s hit 3 or 4 homers since the wrist injury a few weeks ago.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crime Dog: Yeah, that thing starts barking and we’re all gonna be screwed Crime Dog…Hopefully he’s okay tho

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: Haha! Let’s hope not. I traded for him and the wrist popped up literally 2 days later.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  23. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Grey, I t know Buamgarner isnt the ACE any longer but in my league he put up 118 pts in 6 games for 19pts a week if you throw out his first two weeks after he came back where he was pulled early he is still putting up an avg of about 23 pts.

    I just wish i would have traded Paxton while he looked good.

  24. Dill says:
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    Fantastic work.
    In your Corbin blurb praising yourself, you forgot about Rosario, another one of your sleeper…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dill: That’s right, Dill! How could I forget?

  25. Stanton island says:
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    12 team – 6 keepers

    Judge, Devers, 1st Rd pick

    For

    Correa, Syndergaard

      • Stanton island says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks! Thought I might of overpaid for Judge. But couldn’t pass on having Judge and Stanton on the same team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You and the Yanks!

  26. formrchildmodel says:
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    You couldn’t just give Nola that 20th win, could you?

    PS Great write-up. Look forward to this one every year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @formrchildmodel: Funny you say that, I noticed that too when I was going through it

  27. Mr. Sweat Necklace says:
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    Thanks for doing these rankings!

    10 team 6×6 OPS QS
    SPRINGER, SEGURA, HENDRICKS
    or
    TREA, HOSMER, MORTON

    Keep up the great work.

  28. Jon says:
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    Thinking about trading Billy Hamilton for Heaney, Manaea, or Bieber. 5×5 scoring, keep forever. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I like it, I’d take Manaea, Heaney or Bieber, that order

  29. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    Gray or Hellickson ros?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Josh Freeman: Whether is Jon or Sonny, take a Gray ROS.

      • Josh Freeman says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: thanks. It’s Jon and do you still like him over Hellickson or Freeland??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try Jon, but ‘like’ is strong, hoping something becomes of him

  30. Joel says:
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    My best pitcher is Nola. The “down the stretch” is causing me to fear the SP situation a bit. Batters can only get me so in my 5×5 H2H so I feel a big 1 for 1 trade may be necessary.

    Fortunately my batters are mental!

    Trout
    J. Ramirez
    Lindor
    T. Turner
    Dozier
    Rendon
    Cruz
    Bellinger
    Ozuna
    Bellinger
    G. Sanchez
    Acuna Jr.

    For a Scherzer or Sale, who would you be most comfortable offering up? If not one of those, then Verlander perhaps? Again, 1 for 1 may be most enticing to those owners rightfully white-knuckling their ace(s).

    Thanks again!

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel: **get me so far

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Sounds solid for one of those three, you know my order… Send and receive…

  31. Old School Brother says:
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    Great list, will be trying to trade Kimbrel or Treinen for any bat that can help my 2nd half push

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: I tried adding Wash on Linkedin 4 years ago. Must’ve been groping a japanese reporter when i sent it, cause he never accepted my invite!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He is a sly devil!

  32. Jon says:
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    Who’s closer to this list – Brandon Crawford or DeJong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: DeJong

  33. chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Thanks for the rankings… they help a lot.

    For ROS, would you prefer for your UTL spot… Justin Turner or Daniel Murphy?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: No problem, Turner

    • knucks says:
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      @chris: Ahhh the one that got away. And also, the other one that got away…

      Signed,
      A disgruntled and embattled Mets fan

  34. Steve says:
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    Have: Gallo, Odor, Peraza and K Tucker for one UTIl and one bench spot.

    Would you drop either of the other two to stash Osuna?

    Other closer: Kela, Rondon, Trivino, Minter

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Can see losing Gallo if you never play him or don’t need power, otherwise can see losing Odor if on bench

  35. hankg says:
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    i have a big lead in most hitting categories (R, HR, RBI and OPS) but need help in ERA, WHIP, W and Ks. Would you deal Lindor for Scherzer and T. Anderson. Right now my starting pitching is Bauer, Greinke, Ray, Porcello, Wood, Peralta and Buehler. If I made the deal I would still have a lineup of Betts, Arenado, JD Martinez, Dozier, Hoskins, Encarnacion, Suarez, Haniger and Devers. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hankg: In a redraft? Yes, I’d take Scherzer if it put me over top

  36. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Hey All,

    12 team H2H

    ramos, goldschnidt, gorder, muchado, trea turner, Harper, Marte, Soto, Bellinger, Gleyber Torres, Kris Byrant, Encarncion

    Nola, archer, baumgarnder, heaney, alex wood, Diaz, Hand

    Flherety, Paxton

    It looks like Ramos is going to miss some time Gomes and Lurcroy are about all that is out there who would you drop for a temp cathers?

  37. Zain says:
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    i’m buying lots of shares of Rank 101!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zain: Whatever puts you over the top!

  38. American Troutfisher says:
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    I’ve got solid starting pitching—Nola, Bauer (thanks, Grey!), Buehler, etc.—but have been limping along with Hicks at C.

    McCullers for Contreras, fair or too much?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @American Troutfisher: I agree with Grey. Catchers don’t really matter unless you have Realmuto, Sanchez, or Contreras. I worry about McCullers pitching on a regular basis going forward as his IP’s are pushing his threshold.

  39. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    A guy has some guys he can’t keep and he might be ready to cash in his chips for the season. I have some guys he could keep…all at decent prices for next year’s auction. 14-team 5×5 roto. OBP, QS. I’ve moved up to the top half of the standings.

    Abreu, Gennett, Hicks, Chase Anderson, Sonny Gray, Greinke, and D.Price…all non-keepers.
    CJ Cron, Peraza, Kingham, MadBum, Musgrove, Fulmer…and I throw in Ohtani and minor leaguer Eloy Jimenez who can be kept for 2 years.

    Does his list (Abreu, etc.) make enough of a difference to give up those guys (I know it does) plus Ohtani and Eloy? (that’s the question)

  40. John Hobson says:
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    Ill pick up tucker to hold as trade bait for an arm if he takes off, make sense?

    • knucks says:
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      @John Hobson: Yes. He shouldn’t be on the wire right now. Pick him up and figure out what to do with him in a week or so. It sounds like no one else in your league is slobbering over him just yet. But they should be, based on upside. So I would just hope he starts hitting and then decide to Hold or Sell.

  41. Kevin Jones says:
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    In a keeper league where 11 players are kept per team and with a 10 player MILB roster. Have dropped to 2nd place and looking to jump start my offense for the second half. Our league is 6×6 wth OPS and Holds. Have had an offer of Eddie Rosario, one of his better holds pitchers, and Josh Naylor for Jo Adell and my 2nd round pick (since we keep 11 players per team, 132 players are off the board before the draft begins).

    Do you think this is a fair return for Adell and the draft pick? He’s been listed as high as #3 in mid-season prospect rankings.

    Sorry, meant to make this a comment, rather than a reply to a comment above……

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kevin Jones: I saw comment above, you know Ralph’s the person to ask about Adell, but I’d take Rosario

  42. JG says:
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    Greyus Maximus, Jake Bauers, Jesse Winkler, where do these two factor in the rest of the way? I think they could have big second halfs and out perform a bunch of the guys on the top 100, but forget about me, what say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JG: I answered this above, but not Winkler not Winker… Jesse Winker does little for me in non-OBP leagues, low power, no speed

  43. Mantle's knee says:
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    NL only .unlimited keepers 8 team OPS league with 280 salary cap.
    Grey, Would you trade Trea Turner at 16 dollars for Muncy and Aguilar both at 5? I am building for next year. What side has the most value? Do you think Aguilar and Muncy are for real long term? Thanks, Grey. Have a great day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mantle’s knee: I wouldn’t, I’d want Trea, that price is still solid

  44. fudgemybudge says:
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    k gibson or l weaver ros?
    are both a hold in 10 team h2h pts league or stream either/both spots?

  45. Dubs23 says:
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    CBS has Andrew Toles ranked 46th overall ROS yet I don’t see him on your list….hmmm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dubs23: Damn, they are off the beaten path

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Dubs23: CBS is dumb. Toles is only playing cause Puig is hurt.

  46. Doc Samson says:
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    I just got Justin Upton for Verlander straight up in a 5×5 roto league, but hear me out. I am so far ahead in pitching, that I could afford to give up Verlander. If Upton can just mirror your projections, I am in awesome shape.

    The Astros are also already talking about limiting Verlander’s innings in the second half to keep him fresh for the post season. But I totally agree with you on Upton being a “wild card”: he could be top 10 or top 110. Fingers crossed.

    • knucks says:
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      @Doc Samson: It sounds to me like you just need someone to nudge you to pull the trigger here. I’d do it if I were you, based off of what you’ve said about your pitching lead.

      It can’t go as horribly wrong as when I traded away Felipe for Sano about two months. I pulled that trigger in my 15 teamer because I was so far ahead in Saves/Pitching Ratios. At the time we were thinking that with the next pitch he throws, Felipe’s arm could detach and be flying into the dugout at C**nt’s head (middle finger held high of course). And Sano was just a fat disappointment. Not yet a fat, demoted, shameful disappointment.

      Anyways, good luck in the “second half” Doc!

    • knucks says:
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      @Doc Samson: Wait. Just re-read. Sounds like the deed is done. I think you did the right thing.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, he did the right thing, knucks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doc Samson: Sounds solid, think you did all right

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Doc Samson: Rumors of Justin Upton’s alleged inconsistency are greatly exaggerated. Over the span of the last 10 calendar years, Upton has hit less than .211 in a calendar month only three times (not counting one month in that span when he had only 8 at-bats) – two of them were back to back in 2015 and that is all anyone can seem to remember. Bryce Harper has had 6 such months since the beginning of 2016. For a lifetime .268 hitter, Upton has actually been remarkably consistent. Oh, and he has at least four home runs in 12 of his last 13 calendar months. I would not lose any sleep worrying about Mr. Upton.

  47. Rick Flair Drip says:
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    Just offered Goldschmidt for my Acuna and Nathan Lowe in a keep forever H2H. Is it a no brained or keep my prized prospect for the next mellenia?

  48. Mark says:
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    Looking at your fantasy projections, I am actually applying this to look at the real life MVP. In the AL, Betts and JD on the same team, may allow Jose Ramirez to win. Even though you have Stanton going crazy, I cannot see him out producing JD or Betts.

    The AL Cy Young is quite interesting. It looks like Sale/Cole/Bauer is a coin flip with the edge to Sale right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: I’d guess Jo-Ram and Sale

  49. Andre says:
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    Grey,

    Which of these pitchers do you have rated higher over the second half? I have an open spot due to a DL move and need some pitching help..doesn’t really matter if it’s SP or RP.

    10tm, H2H categories league

    Jordan Hicks, Roberto Osuna, Shane Bieber, Steven Matz, or Jordan Zimmerman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andre: Matz, Hicks, Zimm

  50. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Great list! This is typically one of my favorite posts of the year.

    Recently started In the Dark season 2 based off your rec and I’m hooked. Definitely reminds of me of the first season of Serial

      • Here Comes the Pizza says:
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        @Grey: If you’re interested in the subject, I highly recommend Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy. It’s very similar in that it involves a lot of death row inmates who received questionable trials. Had the chance to hear him speak in Providence last year and it was very moving.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks for the heads up! I will check it out!

  51. Coco Crisp's Fro says:
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    Grey, great write up! You should do stand-up my man. Always wonder how long it actually takes you to put clever themes and notes on each guy. Anyways, good stuff. Question: In a Dynasty 12 team H2H, have questions on Rich Hill and Brad Peacock. Is Hill going to be in the bullpen or rotation? Keep him or not. Also same with Peacock, I’m waiting for an injury to the Astro’s rotation for him to get a turn. Keep him for ratios or don’t waste your time with him. The league I’m in won’t trade for crap, but they’ll pick these guys up on waivers for free of course. What’s your take in these 2?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Coco Crisp’s Fro: Thanks, Fro! Think Hill will see some starts, prolly bounce back and forth depending on his health, Maeda, Kershaw, Ryu, Buehler, etc… I think McHugh gets in the rotation before Peacock, but maybe you’re right… I’d go Hill if I were looking for a potential starter

  52. knucks says:
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    I hate going into the NFBC boards. Does anyone know how the roster locks will be handled for the upcoming week?

    Both Pitchers and Bats Locking on Thursday maybe? It would make the most sense and make me happy if all Pitchers/Batters lock when their team’s GS on Friday (outside of the Cubs/Cards who should obvi lock Thurs) because we all know that at least one of those managers like that Pitts C**nt/Maddon/Sciosciopath is going to get cheeky about revealing their starters over the weekend for no good reason other than to make Fantasy Baseballers angry.

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: Yeah, you couldn’t tell if you SP was starting a game this weekend or not. I don’t remember how it worked in the past.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Doesn’t each hitter and pitcher lock individually depending on when their team plays and Cards/Cubs will prolly lock for one game then unlock for weekend

    • Cram It says:
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      @knucks: Actually it does appear that you can edit hitters and pitchers still, because technically with no games being played yet, the week hasn’t started.

      • knucks says:
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        @Cram It: I just checked and saw chatter on the NFBC boards about all Pitchers possibly locking on Thursday, but couldn’t tell if it was def true or not.

  53. 24-hour Bauer power says:
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    Great list Grey! I’ve got 13 players on my 25 man squad in the top 100… effin’ stoked!

    Just traded Dozier for Rizzo to bolster my CI, but now I’m stuck with Starlin or C-Taylor at 2B. Cano is out there… would you stash him now, wait a little bit, or stay away? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d stash him now if I had room

      • 24-hour Bauer power says:
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        @Grey: Is he still worth a pickup if I only have eight left?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hold your moves

  54. Cram It says:
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    Did you watch the HR derby? I don’t care what anyone says, I love it. Watching Bregman’s hit at the buzzer to tie it, just hit the wall…great drama.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I watched pieces of it, it’s fun, hoping Harper’s takes confidence from that into the 2nd half (so unlikely to happen)

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, after watching him hit absolute missiles to right field I was like “I need to go trade for him now”. He really has a lot going on in his swing though. Easy to see how his timing could get off. Hoskins on the other hand, he’s got a real minimal effort swing for a righty.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe he needs to imagine every pitcher is his dad

        • johnnyhobbes says:
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          @Cram It: Id like to see Hoskins take that momentum into second half

    • William Hung says:
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      How great was that Schwarber / Hoskins matchup?

      • Cram It says:
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        @William Hung: That was fun as hell too. Hoskins did not disappoint with his effort.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Cram It: Although Harper is a great fantasy player (maybe not in the 1st half this year), I just don’t personally like the dude. That headband was a clown move, bro. Also, his dad didn’t follow the rules of throwing the next pitch after the previous one landed. He was humming them in there as time was clicking down.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Slimcompoop: I don’t like Harper either. Seems like a guy I would NOT want to have a beer with. And yeah, I noticed that with the pitches and then saw the Cubs fans outraged by it. I don’t know if they did that on purpose but it adds to not liking him.

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @Cram It: I don’t need to hate anymore on Harper, but couldn’t agree with you more. The Home Run Derby was a lot of fun to watch, but given the slight of the rules, and that Harper didn’t immediately go celebrate with his dad (who pitched to him) after he won, confirmed my dislike of him.

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @Cram It: Harper is like that guy everyone knows from high school where you’re “friends” with him cause you interacted with him at some point (e.g., sports, he was Homecoming King, etc.), but you would never count on when things mattered.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, nice

  55. Blake says:
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    I have 5 pickups for the rest of the season. I am in a pts league (15pts for W, 7pts for S, 1pt for SO).

    My pitching staff:

    P: L Serevino
    P: S Manea
    P: R lopez
    P: C Archer
    P. J Gray
    P: J Musgrove
    P: B Hand

    B: M Estrada
    B: J odorizzi

    DL: S Miller
    DL: Yu Darvish

    basically darvish and archer are killing me! Cahill, Gibson, rodon and Harvey are available. Would you pick any of those up? if so, who? u have Rodon ranked highly but he has been all over the place the last couple of years

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have Rodon ranked highly? I’d take him over Estrada, Gibson is safest

  56. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Do you think Bauer over Cole is indicative of next year’s ranking?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, prolly a coin flip for next year, I like Bauer a lot tho

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        @Grey: It is tough. Going to try to keep one for next year but no clue which.

        PS you owe me a quarter for the one I just flipped and landed in the toilet

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sent via USPS

  57. BillieJak says:
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    What are your thoughts on a (my) Healy for Desmond trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  58. Ron Swanson says:
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    Low on Cano for ROS? Hes due back soon in a hot Mariners lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      M’s have said he might not play every day on his return

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Ron Swanson: The M’s lineup is hot?

  59. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited moves (budget for season)

    C Grandal 1B Bellinger 2B Albies 3B Suarez SS Anderson OF Betts OF Hoskins OF Acuna UTL Carpenter BN Haniger

    DL Correa DL Cervelli

    SP Nola, Snell, Cmart, Mikolas, Archer, Pivetta, Price
    RP Trienen, Iglesias, Britton, Greene

    1) How would you rank the top 3 options from this group of SP for the second half: Castillo, Kingham, Gausman, Gibson, Matz, Rodon, German, Wheeler, D Rodriguez, Lucchesi

    2) Was offered Thor for Correa…

    Currently have Anderson at SS with Correa on the DL and the likes of Peraza, Simmons, De Jong, Crawford, Semien available on the waiver (to give context of available talent). How close is this? How much more would they need to offer? Maybe someone like Buehler or a closer like Doolittle or Allen?

    3) Similarly, offered Belt and Taillon for Bellinger

    I declined this and asked for K Davis instead of Belt, thought this was closer to fair, but was declined.

    Would you accept Belt or any of these other hitters in addition to Taillon for Bellinger: Odubel, Schwarber, Hicks

    Thanks Grey and enjoy your short break!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Matz, Gibson, Rodon, streamers 2. Works for me if you need pitching 3. Nah, not good I’d take ODB, Schwarber or Hicks, that order

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        So you would trade Bellinger for Taillon and any combination of ODB, Schwarber, or Hicks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope, not what I thought you meant — Bellinger is way above these guys

          • bossmanjunior333 says:
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            @Grey:

            haha I’m glad I got clarification. Just to further, further clarify

            1) You would trade Correa for Thor if my offense is strong and I need pitching?

            2) You would not trade Bellinger for Taillon and one of Schwarber/Hicks/ODB, right?

            Thanks!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d take Thor… I’d want more for Bellinger

  60. Luke says:
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    Which side do you like here?

    Bellinger/Berrios for Stanton/Arrieta

    Thanks a lot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  61. JP says:
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    HxH Keeper league:

    Trade my Yuli/Stripling for Bieber/Gennett? (all players can be kept for $1 next year)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  62. Jammer McSlam says:
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    How do we rank Bauers, Nick Williams, Piscotty, Winkler?

    For the next month and ROS?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jammer McSlam: It’s WINKER! Why can’t anyone get that right? WINKLER pitches for the Braves.

      • Jammer McSlam says:
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        @Cram It: Whats funny is I typed Winker and then went back to add the ‘L’…. took the L in the end as well.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Jammer McSlam: Ha. Arbitrary ‘L’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty, Williams

  63. Robert says:
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    Do you think Anibal Sanchez will hold some value in a 10 team h2h league for the 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubtful, but I’d own him

  64. William Hung says:
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    I’m leaning hold, but want to know if I should swap out Travis Shaw for Eric Hosmer – this is for my UTIL spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold, Shaw is right outside top 100

  65. PK says:
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    Great work, as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  66. CGR says:
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    Got an offer of my Nola and Starling for his Sale, 14 team QS and I’m in 4th to his first. I’ve never owned true elite SP before and am wondering if losing such a dynamic bat is worth the upgrade. Marte’s last week does not make my decision easier lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, depends on team needs, in a 14 teamer I’d likely hold

  67. Kcc26 says:
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    Hasn’t been a great year over here in my H2H keeper league (12 team 6×6 w/OPS and QS included, keep 6 players). I could still make the playoffs but currently in 8th out of 12.

    Been offered a $10 Judge and $3 Devers for $24 degrom, Cruz (not keepable), and Treinen.

    Fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

  68. SallyCips says:
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    I’m gonna admit, Grey, for now I read only about my players and the intro. BUT I will use this in the coming weeks as trade reference (multiple hits!). THANKS SO MUCH!

    Also, I was about to drop Tucker, but 99 is higher than a lot of the other dud(e)s on my team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem… Hold!

  69. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey!

    Fantastic post! I should rename my team the 101ers in honor of you (and Joe Strummer). With anyone who might help me in mind, in an RCL would Bauers, JBJ, Kole C or Mondesi give me more bang for the buck going forward than any of J Winker, STL’s JoMar, Gallo or C Santana going forward? My tightest stat battles are in Runs and Avg. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Haha, nice name! Bauers over Gallo for runs and AVG

  70. Sam says:
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    I’m facing a huge dilemna @grey…

    Receive Kershaw for Aguilar and Muncy
    Receive Correa for Conforto and Boxberger.

    The Correa deal destroys my cap and would have a very hard time making another move after.

    What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Correa deal, but I’m not sure of the ins and outs of your cap

      • Sam says:
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        @Grey:

        I wouldn’t be able to pick up players in the playoffs and if someone gets hurt I may need to play short.

        I could also do a 3 team swap where I give Aguilar, Donaldson, Deshields, Conforto and Boxxy and receive Correa and Kershaw and be in the same cap situation. Do I finish much farther ahead? Kershaw would be paired with Bauer, Nola, and Ray in a 16 team keeper. I’m in 1st by 12 games.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But what does the cap situation mean? Can not pick up players?

          • Sam says:
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            @Grey:

            In September free agent prices increase to $20 from $10. So if you have less than $10 in cap space you effectively can’t pick up players in the playoffs without dropping a star. Last year I had to play a man short since someone got hurt.

            How would you like the above swap with Donaldson if the cap wasn’t an issue?

            Thank you for the reply I appreciate it!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If the cap wasn’t issue, it sounds fine to me… but I wouldn’t hamstrung myself by not picking up players

  71. John Holden says:
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    Hey guys, was just offered Stanton for my Kershaw and Soto. 12 team 5×5 7 player keeper. My team Sal Perez , Rizzo, Baez, Trea, Rendon, Hoskins, Blackmon, Polanco, Soto. Kershaw, Severino, carrasco, Pivetta. J. Gray, luttesci, wacha, Rondon. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Stanton

  72. uncle ernie says:
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    Hey Grey great read for the break. Thanks! Swap Ozuna out for Brian Anderson or Kyle Tucker? Frustrated Ozuna owner in 8 team roto. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • uncle ernie says:
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        @Grey: how about swapping Ozuna for Piscotty? Still hold Ozuna. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Ozuna

    • hondo says:
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      @uncle ernie: He plays on Thursday and has a double header over the weekend FWIW.

  73. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Nice top 101! I have had to use a good many 101s this year already as with a ton of early injuries I was in 3rd at the end of May and the 101s (Stripling, Heaney, Montas, Zobrist, Mallex, and by far my best FA pickup so far has been Jesus A!) have me in first at the break!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  74. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    In a hypothetical Correa/Thor swap, if I were to demand a throw-in piece, how would you rank the top 3 options: Buehler, Hill, Bieber, Doolittle, Allen, Familia

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doolittle, Allen, Familia

  75. Anodyne says:
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    Not buying Lowrie’s first half, eh?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Anodyne: Lowrie’s been great, but he’s so meh. He’s probably right outside the top-100…like #117:)

      • Anodyne says:
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        @Slimcompoop: I understand. It’s just that he’s carried my team for most of the first half, and I can’t bear the thought of his slipping back into mediocrity. Besides, wasn’t there some sort of launch angle buzz that was supposed to make his first half performance sustainable, or something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  76. Launch Angle says:
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    For counting stats in a standard 5×5 roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG) do I want Contreras or Molina for my catcher ROS?

    • Launch Angle says:
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      Old man Molina’s hard hit % is 46.2% to Contreras 31.7% and ground ball % of 40.7% is lower than Contreras at 48.6%. Kind of weird. I expected big things from Contreras this year.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Still early!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Launch Angle: Contreras all day, everyday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Willson

      • Launch Angle says:
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        @Grey:

        All right, I’m going to try and trade Molina for Contreras for better counting stats in the catcher position. If you’re wrong…well, there’s nothing I can do about it. :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  77. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    thanks for the rankings Grey!

    Kyle Tucker hit the wire – drop carlos santana, schoop or jordan hicks for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santana

  78. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? As always, appreciate your write-up’s. I picked up Corbin Burnes (who?) for $0 as he was called up by the Brewers. I think he’s being showcased by the Brewers for a potential trade, and if so, should be a starter on whatever team he’s going to.

    That being said, and complete conjecture, I currently have 4 closers on my roster (e.g., Treinen, Hand, Allen, and Rondon). Three questions for you…

    (1) Out of Treinen, Hand, Allen, and Rondon who is the most likely to NOT be a closer by the trade deadline?
    (2) Should I drop Burnes/streaming slot for Jordan Hicks as insurance?
    (3) There isn’t a 3rd question.

    XOXO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ‘Poop! 1. Hand (and Allen) 2. Yeah, Hicks 3. Great!

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Ha! on #3

  79. 2BorNot2B says:
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    Hello, Oh Grey One! Love this list, Thank you for all your work, was hoping to See odor in the last 90s though lol smh
    In a 12 team 5×5 Head2Head

    As the 2nd Half nears, I find myself in 11th (out of 12) place. Only 1.5GB from a playoff spot.
    I feel like my bats are good but definitely need some Pitching help.

    C -Zunino (should be back after all star break)
    1b -Jake Bauers (Thanks to you) I. Desmond
    2b -J. Lowrie, Odor(Feel like hes on the verge of his best 2nd hALF), Villar
    3b- Kyle Seager
    SS -Machado (soon to be a Dodger)
    OF -Harper, Yelich, Mazara, Gardner, Dickerson
    SP -Severino, Mikolas, Tanaka, Jon Gray, Pivetta, Gausman, Weaver, Flaherty, Mahle, Borucki, German
    RP – Vasquez (Formerly known as Rivero), S. Dominguez

    Can you pick 3 guys I need to just drop and stop waiting on?
    Also, Maybe 2 bigger names not exactly worth keeping ROS but worth trying to move for an Ace/top 20 Starter?

    Again, thank you for all that you do. I sit at the bottom of the pack due to my lack of homework/following up on here.

    Cheers to a “Dont call it a comeback, Ive been here for years” moment!
    Peace and Love

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mahle, German, Gausman — maybe trade Dickerson and Yelich for an ace? Or maybe Bauer? Verlander? Or someone? No problem

  80. Random Collmenter says:
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    Can you please rank these guys ROS for a QS league? Thanks!
    Clevinger
    Heaney
    Skaggs
    K Gibson
    Bundy
    Porcello

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clevinger, Porcello, Skaggs

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. Keith Holland says:
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    forever keeper. conflicted about Bryant and Corey Seager. Would you combine those two with Muncy if I could get back Lindor and Bregman? I already have Trea and Tim Anderson, but also have 2 utility spots in our league. Thanks. I’m fully enjoying my season of Bauer and Anderson after reading your advice, especially after being laughed at during our draft!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a second

  82. knucks says:
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    The roller coaster ride of Philly sports talk radio today has been so entertaining.

    These people who are calling into this station saying they wouldn’t give up Sixto for at least 2 months of Machado baffle me. Sixto is a few years and prob a TJ away from pitching in Philly. I wouldn’t let that be the holdup. I’d do that shizz in a heartbeat, but what do I know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally! Do that all day, let Baltimore ruin his arm

  83. DonnieB says:
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    Are you guessing Minter or Winkler as closer for Vizcaino? Thanks and great write up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minter… but could be Winkler

    • LenFuego says:
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      @DonnieB: I will not be surprised if they share the role, especially since MInter is a lefty. I have noticed that managers often spread the saves around when a regular closer is out on a temporary DL stint – they do not want to create a closer controversy with the DL’ed RP gets back , so they share the wealth of saves.

  84. Justin Ralph says:
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    Dynasty league where we can keep five players (limit of three hitters).

    The best team that is out of it has a lot of pithing (which I need) and Trea Turner and E Suarez.

    My pitching staff is Strasburg, Carrasco, Bauer, Wood, Godley, Flaherty and Rodon.

    He has C Mart, Bumgarner, Cole.

    I need power so I am thinking I go after Suarez instead of Turner. I need pitching so I’m thinking Mad Bum and Cole. I will have to give up a high draft pick to make it work but its what I think I have to do. Which pitchers would you send back? I’m thinking Rodon and Godley. Do you agree. I also have Will Smith and Dominguez as closers so I could also include one of them.

    Thanks for your help with this!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you can with Rodon and Godley, go for it… I’d throw in Smith too

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Who would you prefer to keep. Rodon or Godley.

        Also would you go after Turner instead of Suarez? I need power but….well all of your followers love Turner so?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rodon… Trea is way over Eugenio if that’s what you’re asking

          • Justin Ralph says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  85. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    My Jewish mother is unfamiliar with Trout, however she did ask if Trout is kosher. Yes mom, okay to eat with Matzah.

    Speaking of Matzah, Yoenis has managed to heal after two months of lower body “issues”. Can see him crumbling a week after his return.

    Looking to trade Otahni before Sciopath announces him needing Tommy John and will miss 2019.
    Any idea of what to ask for in return? (16 team Dynasty keeper league).

    Great write up thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… it’s smoked trout then… I don’t know if you can get anything, maybe someone like McCullers? Eugenio if someone doesn’t believe? Hard to say

  86. Acuna Matata says:
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    I get Stanton for Soto and Kingery in forever 10-keeper league?

    My other keepers are Scherzer, Kluber, Kershaw, Chapman, Machado, Correa, T Turner, Blackmon, Acuna, Rendon, Osuna

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton side

  87. BornTooLate says:
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    Cron or C. Santana ROS? Need HR, AVG, and RBI. Feeling like its pretty close, except for Cron having more pop and more swing and miss vs. BB.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

  88. A-Ram Baller says:
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    No Lester? Where is the playa-haters ball this year? At your house?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, party’s closed!

  89. Josh C says:
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    Guy in my league looking to move Folty. I’ve got batters to trade… Who would you suggest is fair? 13 team mixed keeper OPS, QS.

    Dozier
    Marte
    Yelich
    G. Polanco
    Puig
    Jo Mart

    thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco or Puig

    • Josh C says:
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      @Josh C:

      One more…. I need help at SS (Andrus). Do you think it’s fair to trade my C-Mart to get Gregorious? Same question re: Baez.

      thanks again

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I do for both

        • Josh says:
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          @Grey:

          much appreciated my friend

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  90. Rob says:
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    Nice write up! I see Devers just barely cracked the top 100. Where would you rank him in a keeper league? I’m out of it this year and traded for him last week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 60-75

  91. Ralph Lifshitz

    Not Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    How dare you make jokes in your blurbs! This is serious biz-nass! We want meaningless exit velocity numbers littering the page!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, Ralph Lifshitz is so much more generous in feedback than Not Ralph Lifshitz

  92. ryan says:
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    I traded Trea Turner (4th round keeper next year) and Teoscar for kershaw / champman /billy hamilton

    its 12 team 5×5 H2H league.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Trea, hopefully it works out

  93. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for this awesome update Grey!

    16 team h2h weekly points league. Redraft

    I got offered Bryant for my Strasburg and currently have Andújar at 3B

    What do you think?

    • RicoSuave says:
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      @RicoSuave: sorry for the double post… !

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. I’d take Bryant

  94. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for this awesome update Grey!

    16 team h2h weekly points league. Redraft

    I got offered Bryant for my Strasburg and currently have Andújar at 3B

    What do you think?

  95. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Awesome post as always. I think I remember last years as having a similar intro ;) Are you taking this trade? And is it close? I’d be able To grab another batter off the waiver wire (piscotty is there amongst a few)

    My: Chris Taylor and Matt kemp
    For his: Andrew Heaney and Brian dozier

    My team: standard 5×5 redrafted league
    C: realmuto
    1B: Desmond
    2B: altuve
    3B: freeman
    SS: Tim Anderson
    IF: muncey
    OF: khris Davis, kemp, springer, marte
    UTIL: acuña, Chris Taylor, Smoak
    Bench: Kyle tucker
    DL: avisail

    SP: Gerrit Cole, Severino, Morton, Freeland, Zimmerman, bundy, ryu
    RP: will Smith, Vasquez, Norris, knebel, rondon, Rodney, kela

    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Dozier in a second

  96. Shrute Farms says:
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    Would you trade Bryant for degrom in a keeper? 12 team keep 7 at years end. Ops and qs are extra cats.

    Hitting is grandal Jo-Ma gleyber Lindor Bryant castellanos benentendi Rosario k Davis Chris Taylor

    Pitching is verlander wood lester gio weaver freeland fulmer anderson Britton Norris Allen. Luchessi in our NA slot wacha in one of my Dl slots.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  97. Ciwa says:
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    14 team keeper league
    Would you trade Strasburg for Dozier?

    Thanks for the incredible work you do for us

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would, thanks!

  98. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Keep 2 – Bieber, Flaherty, Eovaldi, Zimmermann.

    I would expect to pick up Weaver and Jonathan Gray for the others. Agree?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Zimm, Eovaldi

  99. big league choo says:
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    10 team h2h 5×5 obp dynasty

    1) freddy peralta/matt olson for starling marte

    2) mikolas/freddy peralta for inciarte/c seager

    3) mikolas/sano/freddy peralta for blackmon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Marte 2. Ender 3. Blackmon

  100. Gotime says:
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    Great write up Grey, lots of work! And yes, I read every player..
    If Grey were to have my password would there be any changes you’d make to this team.. it’s a 12tm redraft H2H cats weekly league… in 2nd place and should have no issue making playoffs. Obviously an ace would help but this league would rather draft Scherzer at $50 and allow Jo-Ram to go for $20. All top 100 are owned… Let the team ride?

    Molina (Grandal is on the wire)
    Freeman
    Rizzo
    Rendon
    Asdrubal
    Trout
    Stanton
    Springer
    Benintendi
    ERosario
    Bench: Kyle Tucker

    Carrasco
    Archer
    Knebel
    Minter
    Maeda
    Wood
    Folty
    Pivetta, Eflin, Newcomb, Flaherty, Vizcaino DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Let it ride, and you just need to manage your pitching off waivers… Unless you can trade someone like Asdrubal for a decent arm, but seems unlikely…

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Yup unlikely, I’ll fish around. Asdrubal was part of a trade that got me Trout without giving up an arm, and no better on the wire right now. I’ll save the rest of my moves managing the pitching. Thanks again Grey! Enjoy the break.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

          • Gotime says:
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            @Grey: Didn’t start fishing and I see this offer for the above team. My Rendon and Folty for his Machado… take Manny or hold? I have 15 moves left for waiver wire pitching.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Works for me

              • Gotime says:
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                @Grey: Think it`s close? Or just take the top 10 bat and worry about an arm replacement as the season goes along…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not that close for Machado

  101. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. looks like wilson ramos is heading to the dl. take a goose egg from ramos or grab one of the following (would probably drop beiber):

    elias diaz – 3 @ cin
    hedges – 3 @ phi
    barnhart – 3 vs pit
    gomes – 3 @ tex

    HT like diaz.

    Thanks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hedges

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Actually if HT likes Diaz, just try him

  102. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Seeking advice from Razzball Nation…..as Grey mentioned it is very difficult to “be first” to hear the news of a trade. In our league, you have limited roster spots so you can not effectively just grab closers in waiting. You would have to drop players who are already producing.

    What sources do you all use to get timely alerts when trades are executed. Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear from the comments here usually first

    • Herschel says:
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      @DodgerWindowClosed: @mlbtraderumors on Twitter is pretty good.

      • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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        @Herschel:

        Thank you

        • knucks says:
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          @DodgerWindowClosed: I built a Twitter list that just includes all of the MLB beat writers and MLB trade rumors and then it spiraled from there. Helped me a lot the last few years. I can’t figure out how to send a link to that twitter list to subscribe to so that you don’t have to build your own. But I would def recommend doing something like that.

          • knucks says:
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            @knucks: if you find me on there you can click on lists and subscribe though. I’m @knuckss88

  103. Launch Angle says:
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    Reports indicate Dodgers are the likely winner of the Machado sweepstakes. Assuming this is the case, does Machado in the lineup help Bellinger or no real effect on his stats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t hurt

  104. hondo says:
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    Avisail or Tucker?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tucker

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Thanks.I just wish they were playing,I need to see him do something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  105. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Which SS should I drop? DeJong; Chris Taylor; Matt Duffy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy

  106. William Hung says:
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    Devers over Ryan Zimmerman for a DL stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  107. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Newcomb has looked like a turd his last 3-4 outings….would you trade him for Taillon, Domingo German, Rodon, Rich Hill, Luke Weaver or Godley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Taillon, Rodon or Weaver, iffy on the last two tho, i.e., they might be as bad as Newcomb

      • Andrew Mellars says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks Grey! Do you like one of those guys more than the other? It’s a H2H category league.

        My other pitchers are:
        Degrom
        Snell
        Archer
        Quintana
        Buehler
        Flaherty

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Taillon

          • Andrew Mellars says:
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            @Grey:
            Thanks again for your advice, Mr Mustache ! I almost value it as much as the ass clowns from ESPN and CBS.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks

  108. prescriptionnugs says:
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    i am not feeling the cher attraction

    is blake snell going to help me the last few weeks of my fantasy playoffs? any concerns about longevity?

    thanks for the perspective

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      re: Cher — How dare you!

      Snell will be shut down mid-Sept, be my guess

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @prescriptionnugs: the witches of eastwick could change your mind about cher

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  109. Justin Ralph says:
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    Ok one more question for you…and its a long one.

    Ive been offered Rizzo, Springer and Morton for a very high draft pick. He’s willing to trade Bellinger in place of either hitter. I have Hosmer who is killing me in that league and Tim Anderson at SS and Baez at 2B. I have Mookie Betts who I can’t keep after the season because his contract ran out. BTW its Yahoo so Rizzo qulifies at 2B.

    Heres my question. Should I take Bellinger and Rizzo for great IF and OF flexibility? Or should I take Springer and use that acquisition to move Mookie? Evreryone is after him and he could bring back a lot. I hate to miss out on his second half though. What do you think Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Rizzo, Springer and Morton for a high draft pick if it helps you win now

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Would Machado going to the Dodgers change your outlook on Bellnger very much?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  110. Jonas says:
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    So….Buxton is a drop? No magical fantasy run with him rising from the dead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you can lose him

  111. steve stevenson says:
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    Man, I like Blake Snell as much as the next basement-dweller who owns him in multiple dynasty leagues, but watching him get clowned on his first ASG pitch was hilarious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It was

  112. Perfect Game says:
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    In one of your replies to my recent post, you said you would take Verlander or Cole over Thor in a standard season-long roto league using – K, QS, ERA, WHIP and you said would take Cole over Verlander. But, you have Verlander ranked over 20 spots higher than Cole in your mid-season ranking. Why is that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, Verlander is above him

      • Perfect Game says:
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        @Grey:

        So, do you prefer Verlander over Cole then? Just want to make sure before I pull the trigger on a trade – Strasburg for Verlander. Would you do that deal? Standard, season-long roto (QS, K, ERA, WHIP)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Verlander

          • Perfect Game says:
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            @Grey:

            I have a second deal in place if I want to take it where I receive Cole and give Thor. Cole hasn’t been racking many QS of late and been walking people. I’m a little concerned about his ratios going forward. But, I’m concerned about Thor’s durability.

            Who do you take?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d lean Cole over Thor in QS

  113. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    ROS how do you rank Piscotty, Jake Bauers, odor, Dietrich Brian Anderson .. thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty, Bauers

  114. hal_incandenza says:
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    The ladies in my daydreams that daydreams are real to me are telling me it’s okay to drop Lamb. But it’s hard to not wonder if they are just sirens guiding me to shipwreck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, damn sirens

  115. Wormhole says:
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    I s my Gary Sanchez and Morton for his Thor too too much to give or fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fair

  116. Mike

    Mike says:
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    I want Matheny mic’d up from his living room…ten Freedom Reserves deep.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now THAT would be interesting!

  117. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    I am crushing it in a 12 team, H2H league that has holds and saves as separate categories. I lose steals, holds and saves every week. Gotta fix that for the playoffs. With the squad below,

    1. I think Tim Anderson is gettable. Is that a word? With Dee not stealing at all right now, would you go after Timmy and part with an OF? If so, who?

    2. My starters are rock solid. My RPs blow. I need to be competitive in Saves or holds. Would you trade Parker or Osuna for Devenski or Ottavino punting saves but looking good on holds? Or trade a everyday player for another saves guy? God, I hate trading for relievers but….

    Question one hitters: Gattis – Freeman, Eugenio, C Santana – Bregman, DeJong, Dee
    Trout, Rosario, Mazara, Haniger, Peralta – Cruz as DH. Jo Ma bench bat rotates when Peralta sits etc.

    Question two relievers: Parker, Osuna, Bear Claw (could be traded as set up guy?), Alexander (9 holds in 30 days for my D’s don’t laugh)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure, Peralta? Jo-Ma? Haniger? 2. Sure, either for either

      • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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        @Grey:

        Nice! Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  118. Trade says:
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    If I’m offered Trevor Bauer for Nelson Cruz in a keeper league I have to take it if I’m out of it this year, right? How about Corbin or C-Mart with a high pick in the next draft? Seems more borderline.

    • knucks says:
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      @Trade: Without knowing how many keepers or if there are any weird keeper rules, I would want Bauer for sure. This is a tired view at this point, but Cruz will be 39 in July of next year. He’s gotta slow down eventually…

      But maybe C-Mart and a high pick is better. Will be interested to hear Grey’s answer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer trade works for me w/ Cruz — Corbin or C-Mart with a high pick for Bauer? That works for me more

      • Trade says:
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        @Grey: thanks guys, Grey for the second part I meant would you send Cruz for either Corbin or C-Mart plus a high pick? 12 team keep 10, I would expect to keep Corbin or C-Mart but definitely wouldn’t deal for one if keeping one seems like a bad idea.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, for Corbin, sounds fair, not as good

          • Trade says:
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            @Grey: cool, thanks again

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  119. Harley Earl says:
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    I think you’ve under-rated Benintendi for his overall effctiveness and under-rated Story for the monster second-half show he’s about to put on. Benintendi just gets it done in every category. Story is getting better and stronger and is playing in Coors. This may be his career year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope you’re right on both

  120. Packers says:
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    Can only start one in my weekly lineup, J. Hicks or B. Norris?

    Thanks, enjoy your break.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks

  121. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey,

    1. Long term (keeper forever leagues), do you like Bryant or Bellinger more?

    2: Toying with a 3-way trade in my keep forever league, looking to contend for championship this year without sacrificing future too much. What do you think of this trade for me? Here’s what it would look like:

    I get $12 Bryant (give $3 Bellinger)

    Team B gets $31 Betts (gives Bryant to me and $0 Beuhler to Team C)

    Team C gets Bellinger + Beuhler (gives Betts).

    Obviously I’d prefer Betts but I’m giving up less than Team B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Cody 2. Bellinger for $3 is a great keeper

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: thanks! Good point. I have a different offer out looking for that $31 betts in exchange for Bellinger – I feel like that would be closer (with obviously salary tradeoff).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  122. Hankg says:
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    In my long term keeper league I can only franchise one of Betts or Lindor. Who would you choose? The other player I may try to move before the deadline to upgrade my team for this season. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  123. Joel says:
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    Commander:

    Give Trout, Lindor
    Get Scherzer, Machado, Albies —–asking before I propose (prob a reject but who knows?)

    • knucks says:
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      @Joel: It seems fair, without knowing the league type, what your pitching looks like and who you would pick up off waivers to fill the empty roster slot… But I’d want Trout.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Trout

  124. brett says:
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    12 team can keep 5 260 budget

    Is cleviger $2 keeper for 2 years and Moncada 15 for 2 years overpaying to get Nola who can’t be kept and is on the 11th place team and is looking for keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      To win this year? It sounds fine

  125. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    My Haniger and Parker for his Peraza and Trivino? I need steals and holds. He likes power and saves. Fair or is Peraza just riding a hot wave and should be avoided?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t love it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Right

  126. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h OPS/BAA
    Which one is the least offensive options when the matchups are right? What order would you rank them?
    Gausman
    Harvey
    Hellickson
    Kingham
    Dereck Rodriguez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman, Kingham, all coin flips

  127. papasmurf says:
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    Very nice rankings sir. Good call on Lindor/Ramirez etc.

    My smurfs are 22 pts behind the leader in 2nd. It’s looking like a loooong shot and their leader is inflicted with a case of Costanzaitis, but still gotse ta play.

    Need your sleeper picks like Corbin and Morton to go down for the 1st place team for my team to have a legit chance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Good luck, Papa Smurf!

  128. Dazzleman99 says:
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    Currently I own Norris, but was wondering if you think picking up Hicks would be a good option. Do you think Hicks will ultimately take over the closer role? My other closers include Dominguez, Boxberger, Rondon, and Iglesias so I’m not hurting for a closer at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Hicks took over the closer role, at least sharing it

  129. Joe says:
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    Blackmon or Albies dynasty league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies

  130. SOK Enterprises, LLC says:
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    Grey,

    Love your work.

    Was offered Gallo and Jon Gray for my tatis in a roto league. I am rebuilding and tatis is super cheap… worth the risk for gallo’s upside or still with tatis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold Tatis

  131. Milarky says:
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    Total speculation ask, but what do you think the chances are that I will be protecting Story over C. Seager heading into next season? I’ve got both, and since I’m largely out of contention, I’m thinking of using one of them to improve my keepers at another position.

    Long way of asking which one I should hang onto for next year if you were to guess now…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why Seager would be over Story

  132. Cubjet says:
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    Have to drop one of the bench bats.
    Jose Bautista
    Mark Trumbo
    Justin Turner

    Who would you get rid of?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bautista

  133. FrankGrimes says:
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    ‘Young children need you to give them milk.
    Grown up children need you to give them trust.’”

    https://imgur.com/a/vsIdCKi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES! I’m going to start it from the beginning with Cougs, then she’s gonna fall asleep midway through 1st episode and I’m gonna watch the whole thing again by myself

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Haha. Season four is only a year away…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wanna watch 1st 3 seasons at least twice more before season 4 drops

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: What show is that?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gomorrah! It’s the best! On Netflix

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: It’s subtitled? Ewwww

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh cmon! Plus, I think you can get dubbed on netflix in language menu

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Ha. I’ve watched subtitled movies before, but how do you follow all of the action, the subtle nuances of interactions, if you’re reading the whole time?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You need to read real fast then look up at the screen quickly, or quickly glance at the actors then read real fast… Gotta choose one… Tricky, but doable

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Haha. I suppose it’s a learned skill.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Of course, if you can focus one eye on the actors and one eye on reading, you can do both simultaneously

  134. brian says:
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    16 team dynasty 6×6 h2h with k/bb and QS, and ops for hitters. looking to spec on some saves for ROS. current RPs are vazquez, treinen, hector rondon, peacock, and melancon. i have strickland on the DL. Gsellman and jared hughes are out there on the wire

    for this year can you rank gsellman, hughes, melancon, strickland for who you think has best chance to get saves? how would you rank them for next year?

    also have a strategy question. ramos is hitting the DL. i could pick up a C (narvaez is the most appealing who is available) or just roll with getting 0 stats from ramos while he’s on the shelf. i’m in 1st by 9 games so have a little cushion. I have Strickland and ervin santana on the DL. I could move ramos to the DL in place of one of them, and drop strickland or ervin to pick up narvaez. Or i could drop one of (or both) strickland or ervin to pick up another CL candidate.
    My other SPs are verlander, madbum, wood, stripling, clev, price, teheran, duffy, sonny gray, domingo german, gausman, quintana. (i spot start teheran, duffy, sonny so they have some value in a 16 teamer).

    bottomline… of melancon, strickland (on DL), and ervin santana (on DL), who would you drop? And of gsellman, jared hughes, and narvaez, who would you pick up?

    Thanks grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strickland, Hughes, Gsellman — Maybe Melancon for next year, who knows for next year, unclear who of these will be getting saves in two weeks — I’d just hold and get no stats from Ramos for 10 days — if that doesn’t appeal to you, drop Melancon for Narvaez, who’s pretty useless

  135. Jesus! Aguilar says:
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    How do you like my Aguilar, Ray, and Donaldson for Kershaw and Moustakas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  136. ERad says:
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    Gotta give props when props is due my mustachio’d friend – the sleeper posts were on point this year!

    Out to breakfast with the wife this morning – “You seem depressed, what is there no baseball on tonight?”

    Sigh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know, super sad

  137. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    thanks for the great content during this awful time of year.

    dumb to drop gausman to stash Osuna in 12 team H2H points league? Gausman is one of 5 bench SP that I stream so I’m deep-ish in that department, and I’m worried that Bearclaw and/or Hand get moved at some point. grazi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, no problem… Not dumb, stash Osuna

  138. Jr says:
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    In an OBP dynasty league which side you like?

    Goldy, Edwin, Kkuber and Jansen
    Or
    Freeman, blackmon, verlander and Devers

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side

  139. Junkmastah says:
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    Who are your top 5 (in order) out of these pitchers ROS?

    Manaea
    Skaggs
    Maeda
    Gibson
    Heaney
    Gausman
    Eflin
    Flaherty
    Bieber
    Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could change every week, these are streamers… Skaggs, Manaea, Heaney, Eflin, Rodon

  140. 24-hour Bauer power says:
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    Does Chris Taylor appear to be a platoon player with Muncy at 2B if the Machado rumors are true? If so, still worth holding as a bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor will become a utility bat

  141. Snafu Dickface says:
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    Saves/Holds league…Carl Edwards or Hildenberger?

    • knucks says:
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      @Snafu Dickface: I say CJE. Every time I add Trevor, he drops a GIANT Hildenberger on my ERA/WHIP. Then he proceeds to throw 5 or 6 clean innings on the waiver wire, I add him again, same story. I will def end up dropping him the day before Rodney gets traded prob. Hildenberg has just been that kinda guy for me for the past month. Numbers look fine. But he only sucks when I add him.

      Okay I feel better now.

      • Snafu Dickface says:
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        @knucks: Same thing has happened to me…but there is the lure of him closing that is keeping him on my team…someone just dropped Edwards…and I used to have Edwards but had to drop him when he was on the dl (too many guys on dl).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hildenberger

  142. Peacecoast says:
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    Maybe I am the only one hoping the ASP will me a nice break for all my slumping hitters.

    Sup G.

    I recently discovered Cardi B. ya ya I know do I live under a rock. I kinda like her crazy stuff tho.

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @Peacecoast: I meant ASB (blow me)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cardi B? You like to twerk?

  143. Zim says:
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    Correa and Yelich, or Benintendi and Soto? I’m in a keep forever league where steals don’t count.

    Thanks! I enjoy your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Benintendi

  144. Bk says:
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    I love Trevor Bauer.

    I’m really deep at saves; just traded Chapman and Madbum for Bauer. Don’t think I overpaid, Bauer is a rare arm. Him and Rosario are clearly your best calls this season!

    Awesome work as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Nice trade!

  145. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP limited season moves (budget)

    Yesterday you had indicated that a Correa for Thor trade was fair and I just had 3 follow up questions (big money league, so just trying to leave no stone unturned)…

    1) I had mentioned I was going to ask for an addition piece in the trade, and of the options I gave (Doolittle, Allen, Familia, Buehler, Hill, Bieber), you indicated that asking for one of the closers was the best tactic. Considering I already own Tim Anderson, would you rather ask for one of those pitchers or would you ask for Eduardo Escobar (his current SS)? Where would he fall among those pitchers as a targeted return?

    2) You had also mentioned that you would do the trade if I needed pitching. With the way this team is constructed, would you say this is a good or unnecessary move?

    C Grandal
    1B Bellinger
    2B Albies
    3B Suarez
    SS Anderson
    OF Betts
    OF Hoskins
    OF Acuna
    UTL Haniger
    BN Carpenter
    DL Correa
    DL Cervelli

    SP Nola, Cmart, Snell, Archer, Price, Mikolas, Pivetta, Gibson
    RP Trienen, Iglesias, Britton, Greene

    3) Which of these two trade constructs would you prioritize for my team?

    A) Correa for Thor and Escobar/closer

    B) Bellinger for Schwarber and Taillon

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d ask for a pitcher, just play Anderson 2. Looks like a decent trade for you 3. A, closer

  146. Alex says:
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    Would you drop Musgrove or Gausman to speculative pick up gsellman? 16 team league H2H, those two guys are my least valuable starters at the moment

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  147. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Who should I drop? Bieber or Gibson>

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber

  148. Zach says:
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    Love this stuff Grey! For an 8 team H2H league with no keepers. My bats are solid and I’m looking to add an ace:
    1. What one player or two players would be a fair trade offer for a Scherzer or Sale caliber compared to a trade offer Kluber or Kershaw?
    My bats consist of Altuve, Bryant, Machado, Bregman, Encarnacion, Tucker, Stanton, Muncy, Benintendi, Donaldson, Bellinger, Myers, Perez.

    2. Is Donaldson worth the wait and re-injury risk, or should I try to deal him?

    3. In a combination of 2 trades, Should I give up Kris Bryant, Bregman, Muncy, Tucker, Andurus (and maybe Encarnicion) FOR Kluber, Rizzo, and Dozier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to trade a top 10 bat for Scherzer or Sale and top 20 for Kluber or Kershaw 2. Deal him if you can get anything worthwhile… 3. Sure

      • Zach says:
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        @Grey: Would you trade Verlander for Dozier and Rizzo?
        My remaining pitchers are Snell, Tanaka, Taillon, Weaver, Archer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would

  149. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Rondon or Hicks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rondon

  150. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Eduardo Escobar or Tim Anderson ROS in a OBP league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  151. Brian says:
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    Who are the most likely pitchers to inherit closing jobs after trade deadline deals? I’ve picked up Robert Gsellman and Trevor Hildenberger in a few leagues, guys like Kirby Yates and Jared Hughes are available too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yates, Hughes

  152. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Buehler or Hill ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prolly try Buehler

  153. Mike says:
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    Drop one… or hold Gray is in my NA spot and isn’t eligible there anymore

    Nick Williams or josh reddick could be a drop but that would put me at 0 bench bats

    I have Bauer, sale, Nola as my top end so gausman,pivetta, Maeda, Jordan Zimmerman, mchugh are my other options

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  154. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    wow is it completely asinine that
    1. it somehow took MLB what 6-7 years to notice hader’s twatter flub
    2. they think it’s anything but stupid to retroactively discipline him for stuff he hadn’t done in that many years, while THEY themselves didn’t notice it either (or more likely DID notice it but for some reason thought they covered it up) till somehow now

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: it’s also quite asinine that we even hear about this without actually knowing what he in fact said.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think MLB ever noticed it, someone else did, right?

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: how weird it is that “somebody else did” just now?! sounds much much more believable it was covered up by MLB TILL somebody leaked JUST NOW. people at very low level jobs get caught and fired from facebook/twatter stuff ALL THE DAMN TIME but we’re to believe somebody as high profile as a superstar in MLB wasn’t noticed for this stuff for 6-7 years! okey dokey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If MLB noticed it, wouldn’t they discreetly had told the Brewers that he needs to delete them… BTW, how crazy it is that he forgot what he tweeted and should delete them? Why was it found now? Who found it? Whole thing is crazy

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: exactly, and i didn’t even KNOW you COULD delete stuff from twatter (figured it was like facebook and once it’s there it’s there). how F’ing stupid is hader to have left this stuff up, and MIL to have not made him take it down by now? this is really really weird. this would make good short story

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How crazy must he be to not think he should delete this?!

              • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                @Grey: we might have a
                massive ego + big time bigot
                thinking “i do what i want (cartman voice)”
                yeah but odd his agent/family/MIL team couldn’t convince him on this. honestly doesn’t sound like that much bad is going to happen to him on it though, so maybe he “won” here. clearly we’re in a much worse situation than just a kid being an ignorant assbag though.

                • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                  @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: now that i think about that “family” part it’s fairly likely they’d be about this stuff as well, it’s not common a bigot comes out of a family of non-bigots.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    It’s just wild to me that he would’ve ever said this stuff, but I guess I’m naive

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not saying I don’t think there’s bigots in this world, but to post it online, how dumb can someone be?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I do what I want! Haha… Yeah, no repercussions really other than he might not get local endorsement deals (except for maybe bed sheets)

                  • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                    @Grey: the ego on some people goes right into “i say what i want”whenever i want, regardless of money lost.

                    – i’d guess nazi plates/other stuff are quite in vogue in these times.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, yeah, totally

  155. Jtb says:
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    Kike, reddick, Flores, Duffy, Duvall, Jackie Bradley, happ, Calhoun which one

    12 team h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  156. Perfect Game says:
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    Currently in 1st place and leading in nearly all categories in my standard, season-long roto league.

    Consolidating my roster while trying to make minor pitching improvements where I can for the stretch run. The K, QS and ERA categories are fairly competitive.

    My current SP are Severino, Bauer, Kluber, Nola, Cole, Pax, Stras

    1. I traded Thor and an expendable player to get Cole today. How did I do?

    2. I have another deal where I trade Stras and an expendable player to get Verlander. Do I do it?

    3. The durability concerns with Thor and Stras is the reason for moving two of them. I also think Cole and Verlander are better than Thor and Stras ROS. Agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sounds fine 2. Yes 3. Yes

  157. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Grey!!

    Based on your rankings I know the answer, but I still want to see your opinion because I don’t have many droppable players so you may tell me to stand pat.

    5X5 Yahoo 12 Team redraft league with OBP in place of AVG. I am in 2nd and not far from first. Between 1-3 we’re pretty much way ahead of 4-12 place.

    Anyhow, I am going to put a waiver claim in for Kyle Tucker. I believe I am going to drop Schoop for Tucker, but I want to see if you suggest someone else or if I even need to.

    My hitters are as follows:

    C – Molina
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Baez
    3B – Gurriell
    SS – Machado
    OF – Harper
    OF – Benintendi
    OF – Acuna
    UTIL – Rosario
    UTIL – Kemp
    B – Hosmer
    B – Schoop

    Won’t name SP.

    My team is extremely deep as I drafted well as you can see.

    What do you think?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, that’s the move for you

  158. herschel says:
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    @Grey: SON likes Stroman at home vs bal. Know youre not a huge fan of Stro. You buying against the machadoless O’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream him

  159. EG says:
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    Piscotty, Odor, A Hicks, CarGo… Pls rank for H2H 5×5 12-team… Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty, Hicks

  160. Jon says:
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    Who do I drop to activate Strasburg? 5×5 scoring + OBP

    DeJong, Daniel Murphy, Peraza, Godley, or Jon Gray

    • Jon says:
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      @Jon: or Fulmer. He could go, too.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d lose Fulmer if needed those bats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are these bench bats?

  161. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    1. Saves and holds league. Best bet to contribute in playoffs come September. Please rank top two in order:

    Robertson, Herrera, Parker, Hicks, Hildeberger, Alvarado, D Castillo, Fields, Strickland, Gsellman.

    2. Which side you prefer….Kluber and Robertson for Morton and MadBum. Close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Your rank is fine 2. Kluber

  162. carter says:
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    How does your season to date player rater work? I.e why does it show up as different than the leagues actual rankings do? I.e for a 5×5 on yahoo they show Jram, Betts, JD, Lindor, Trout, Baez, and you show Trout, Lindor, Jram, Betts, Jd, Baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yahoo specifically accounts for 3 OFs vs. 5 OFs and 2 UTIL vs. 1 UTIL… ESPN is 5 OF… Player Rater’s are fueled by Steamer projections, regularly voted best projections for baseball — can google Steamer projections accuracy if you want to see… My rankings are projections by me

  163. a says:
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    Also love the write up, but Bryant is waaaaaaaaaaay too high. Guy is literally below average across the board in every single qualify of contact category. Below average max velo, below avg distance, below everything. He traded power for contact. Not saying he couldn’t trade it back…but that would not be an in-season thing

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, potentially too high on Bryant, hoping launching pad that is Wrigley in August helps

  164. Alex says:
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    If I wanted to package Newcomb and Quintana for a SP who would be a couple good targets? It’s a H2H keeper league

  165. Alex says:
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    Trying to upgrade SP. I’m looking at C Mart because he’s on one of the few teams willing to make a deal.

    Give Whit/ Barraclough and get C Mart
    Give Whit/ Brad Hand and get Cole

    These are both fair, right? Which would you prefer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Cole, I’d do either

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Dang, first offer was Whit/ Hand for Carlos Martinez. Trade analyzer showed that as giving too much earlier. Wish I would have taken that since Hand will likely set up in Cleveland.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh well

          • Alex says:
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            @Grey: Is giving Whit for Folty too much?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A bit

  166. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Trade K. Davis and E. Hosmer to get J. Abreu and W. Merrifield?

    Thanks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  167. Tinman95 says:
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    I currently own 5 closers (including Norris). Out of this list who would you pick up in place of Norris

    Jordan Hicks
    Cano
    Bauers
    Goodrum
    Winker
    Danny Duffy
    Heaney

    • William Hung says:
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      @Tinman95: Hicks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks if you need more saves, otherwise Bauers or Heaney depending on needs — if all bench guys, stash Cano

      • Tinman95 says:
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        @Grey: I currently have Rodriguez, Paxton, Darvish, and Eflin on the mend. I know Paxton and Eflin are going to be back soon. I’m not hurting for hitters at the moment but I’m interested in Cano for the long term. Would you recommend this based on my situation or pick up one of the pitchers mentioned and/or Freddy Peralta?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stash Cano

  168. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Who would you rather have in September…..

    1. Morton or MadBum
    2. Hendricks or Wood

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Bumgarner is likely going to be pitching and Morton won’t 2. Wood

  169. Steve says:
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    Harper or Machado, obp 14-team keep forever?

    Splitting hairs or does Machado get a boost from shift to NL?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado

  170. Keith Holland says:
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    ESPN just released new dynasty list. People are using it to start to offer trades, which makes me cringe. Will there be any dynasty/keeper list updates here soon to keep me sane?

    Also, just for laughs, which of their top 50 are the most egregious IYO? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t plan on looking at their list… Let me ping a few people to see if we can get a dynasty list

  171. Joel says:
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    Fluffing up my SPs. Attempting a trade before your BUY/SELL/HOLD this FRI

    Ozuna for Bumgarner then pickup J. Soto off F.A.?

    Seems decent, ya?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  172. Boomer19 says:
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    Good morning. Was offered Trea Turner and Soto for my Dozier and S. Marte in my 13 team keep for 3 year roto league. Both Marte and Turner’s contracts expire this year. Soto can be kept for two more and Dozier for one more. I am battling for first this year and want to know your thoughts if I should make the trade. All hitting categories are really tight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Trea to win this year

  173. Scuffy Mcgee says:
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    Kirby Yates or Kela for saves ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yates

  174. Bk says:
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    Grey,

    I’m really strong at average, so I can probably trade away Votto. I’m a little shallow at starter, and an owner who wants him has all of Morton, Lance, and Madbum.

    1. Would you trade him for any of them? I know there’s like a 20 or so difference.

    2. I’m assuming you stand strong on what order you’d take them in (Morton, Lance) but would you not do it for like Madbum? Or all are fine? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I wouldn’t 2. I’d want more

      • Bk says:
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        @Grey: If he threw in Hosmer, would that help?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fair

          • Bk says:
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            @Grey: Ok he’s gonna do it, but I have a choice of either of the 3. Should I take Morton I assume?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If you want, I do think Morton is going to have problems in the 2nd half

              • Bk says:
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                @Grey: I sorta agree, a part of me trusts Madbum a little more. Plus, the volume on innings helps. Maybe I should just do Madbum.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Bum is safer for IP not near elite numbers

  175. Ty says:
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    Would you drop Cron or Franco for Mejia? Hold?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  176. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Drop Shane Greene for Kirby Yates?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  177. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h OPS
    Which two utility/bench bats of this group?
    Steven Souza
    Brian Anderson
    Kole Calhoun
    Niko Goodrum
    Jake Cave
    Ian Happ
    Max Kepler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza, Happ

  178. Gonzo says:
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    Souza or Trumbo ROS? deep 10-tm 5×5 roto. of course the O’s are miserable but does Machado leaving help or hurt Trumbo’s outlook?

    • Gonzo says:
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      @Gonzo: I would roll with one of them as my 5th OF but have my doubts about Souza’s health and the depth in AZ’s outfield, he’s sat twice since returning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure why it would help… Souza

      • Gonzo says:
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        @Grey: heh, I figured but I’m one insecure fella, you don’t even know… Thanks for the sage advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  179. Jake says:
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    Pick one for ROS – R. Zimmerman, E. Hosmer, M. Trumbo, M. Olson?

    Pick one for ROS – W. Buehler, K. Gibson, J. Musgrove, A. Heaney, N. Eovaldi?

    What to do with C. Allen? Hold or drop for K. Herrera, R. Tepera, V. Arano?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer… Musgrove… hold Allen

  180. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Any idea if Hand closes in Cleveland? I’ve been looking, but haven’t found anything.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly vs. heavy lefty 9ths

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Ugh. Timeshares stink in real estate, and in fantasy baseball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know!

  181. Trade says:
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    Would you rather have Bauer, Hoskins, or Verlander next year? About that order?

    Is sending Cruz and Cespedes for Bauer in a keeper a drastic overpayment, or not terrible if I can get something else added in?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins, Bauer — Sounds fair for next year

      • Trade says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, would Corbin slot in before or after Verlander in my list?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          After

  182. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In AL keeper, Marwin or Palka?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marwin

  183. Brett says:
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    Can you rank in a QS league:

    Flaherty, Bueller, Skags, Wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs, Wood

  184. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Which side do you like in the below? Keep forever, 12 team roto.

    A. $13 JDM or $21 Freeman

    B. $13 JDM + $5 Peraza + $1 Bearclaw or $21 Freeman and $16 Dozier

    JDM side in either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. JD B. Freeman

  185. Gotime says:
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    Glad to see baseball coming up. ASB had me making trades out of boredom, Grey.
    So in a 12tm H2H weekly redraft after 4 trades over the break this is how it ended up…
    I give up: Albies, Rendon, Ozuna, Moncada, Bauer, Folty
    I get: Machado, Stanton, Springer, Archer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds solid for you

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Figured I’d go for it… poolside Mai Thais and flipping trades… since it’s a weekly league not doing many bench bats but might need a bat that’s MI eligible in case Rizzo goes down (2B).. would you spend a move to pick up Happ who is 2B/3B eligible or hold until I need it

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like you’re living the life!

          • Gotime says:
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            @Grey: Ha! I don’t know Grey…someones in Aspen hitting up Mansions.. Buy some shares in the Pacers! You buying Happ or hold for now

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Buying

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I am living my best life, this is true

              • Gotime says:
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                @Grey: Enjoy! And safe travels

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thanks!

  186. Josh C says:
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    Are we starting CarMart at Cubs tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you have to

      • Josh C says:
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        @Grey:

        He better perform! I need to trade his ass.

        thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  187. henncoop says:
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    Great stuff …definitely look forward to 2nd half rankings. A bit surprising that the very steady Freeman is ranked after Goldy but I guess he maybe makes up for the slow start & ends up with his usual numbers

    1) I got offered a trade just minutes ago & rejected it in a 12 team 7X7 with OPS dynasty league.
    His Dozier & Mikolas for my Schoop & Bauer. Reject was the right call??

    2) The robot seems to hate Cardinal SPs (C Mart & Mikolas) vs Cubs in Chicago …agree??

    3) Currently using Adams in my CI which hittertron does not like for the weekend at -12.1
    Others available are Bell 13.5; Moreland 7.5; Morales 8.2; B Anderson -0.2; Bautista; & Flores 9.7. I am near the top in Runs & SBs & mid pack in HRs but near the bottom in RBIs & Avg
    Your call for the weekend?? ROS??
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sounds fine to reject in a dynasty 2. Wrigley is not an easy place to pitch, I am starting my Cards pitchers tho 3. I’d go with the machine, try Bell

      • henncoop says:
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        @Grey: When C-mart is on & not walking 4 or 5 hitters he can be very good. He had a couple of decent starts then was pretty erratic again last time out (I think)….hope we get the good C-mart.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

  188. Brett says:
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    I’m in a daily league with a category for holds and another one for saves.

    My current pen is: Hader, Yates, Cody Allen, Box, Kela (I also have seranthony in a SP spot) Would you swap any of these relievers with carl edwards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I see, you’re heavy on saves and light on holds? Then switch Allen with Edwards

      • brett says:
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        @Grey: I didn’t mention I also have Osuna stashed. Would you rather have Allen now with hand there or Osuna? I’m in second in saves and ratios and k’s are most important to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Allen, but maybe Osuna in a few weeks

  189. jaone says:
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    Hi Grey, who should I pick up?

    Piscotty, Cron, Olson, or Bird, or stash Cano,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson

  190. Molina Bros BBQ says:
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    12 team 5×5 obp keeper league.

    Was just offered Freeman (not keepable), Mccullers (keepable at $17 for next year) for my Rendon (keepable at $19 for next year) and Kingham (keepable at $10 next year then $13 year after)

    My first instinct was to press accept immediately, but looking at Freeman and Rendon they aren’t as far off each other as I thought in their projections and I could keep Rendon next year at a decent price. I’m in third this year and the offer came from the 4th place team who is trying to trade with either me or the 1st place team to sell for the year.

    Which side? Should I do the deal?

    Thinking about countering trying to get Freeman and Kluber for Rendon, Kingham and another pitcher or two I have who are keepable (Bieber, Folty, Pivetta).. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try that counter

      • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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        @Grey: Which of the three pitchers would you include in the initial counter offer?

        Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bieber

          • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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            @Grey: My Folty $5, $10, $13 Kingham $5, $10, $13 Rendon $15, $19, x for his Freeman Kluber (both $35+)

            Do the deal? Hurts a lot because those are all potential keepers I like…and guys who could help me ROS. I don’t feel there’s a huge difference between Freeman and Rendon. Kluber and his knee worry me.

            my squad:
            C E.Gattis ($13, x, x)
            C R.Martin ($5, $10, $13)
            1B M. Carpenter ($13, $16, $20)
            2B B. Dozier ($22, $27, $33)
            3B A. Rendon ($15, $19, x)
            SS T. Story ($10, x, x)
            MI R. Odor ($9, $13, $16)
            CI E. Escobar ($5, $10, $13)
            OF G. Stanton ($29, $35, x)
            OF J. Upton ($22, $27, $33)
            OF C.Bellinger ($31, $38, $45)
            OF A. Eaton ($13, $16, $20)
            OF M. Taylor ($4, $9, $13)
            DH N. Cruz ($13, $16, $20)

            DL Y. Puig ($10, $13, x)

            P J. Verlander ($16, x, x)
            P M. Mikolas ($1, $6, $9)
            P N. Pivetta ($5, $10, $13)
            P S. Bieber ($5, $10, $13)
            P N. Kingham ($5, $10, $13)
            P J. Jimenez ($5, $10, $13)
            P M. Foltynewicz ($5, $10, $13)
            P K. Yates ($5, $10, $13)
            P S. Dominguez ($5, $10, $13)

            BN J. Gray ($8, $12, $15)
            BN A. Heaney ($5, $10, $13)
            BN S. Doolittle ($10, $15, x)

            DL H. Strickland ($5, $10, $13)
            DL J. Nelson ($1, $6, $9)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              This doesn’t sound like a deal you need to do

              • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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                @Grey: Thanks Grey. Appreciate it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  191. henncoop says:
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    Pick up Yates over Norris?? I also have Seranthony, Knebel, Treinen, & Hector Rondon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  192. Justin Ralph says:
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    Need to drop a pitcher to make room for Strasburg tomorrow.

    Drop Flaherty, Rodon, Godley, Alex Wood or Seranthony Dominguez? I could also keep Strasburg on the DL until someone else replaces him there. I’m not very excited about dropping any of these guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Godley

  193. Cohen says:
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    Grey,
    Trumbo,Winker, Piscotty. Whos the drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winker

  194. Cohen says:
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    Pick two streamers please
    Eovaldi at home vsMia
    Gaviglio at home vs Balt
    Stroman at home vsBalt
    Velasquez at home vs SD
    SON likes all of them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi, Velasquez

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank tou

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  195. The Great Knoche says:
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    Next seasons Nola is Berrios? Who is it that likes to point out you were wrong? I’m just here for the $1 Bets we never pay off.

    I bet Berrios is ranked higher than Skaggs and Folty next year, and those are the two guys that anchor your staff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be, Skaggs can’t stay healthy and Folty has command issues tho, but don’t dislike them

  196. Let's Play Two says:
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    Standard 5×5 season-long roto using QS, K, ERA, WHIP for SP.

    Please rank in order you prefer that will provide the best counting stats without killing ratios:

    Wood
    Heaney
    Kuechel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  197. curiousgeorgespringer says:
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    12 team keeper. players inflate by 3 rounds once they are kept. I’m tied for first right now, and could use help at SP. What do you think about this trade?

    Acquire deGrom — could be kept in round 3 next year

    trade away —

    Alex Reyes — can be kept in round 12 next year
    Jack Flaherty — can be kept in round 23 next year

    Seems like an obvious deal, but giving up those two guys for all that time is tough.

    rest of my staff:
    Berrios
    Tanaka
    Clevinger
    Rodon
    Pivetta
    Gausman
    Mahle
    Castillo
    Jimmy Nelson (though it looks like he won’t be useful TY)

    Cats are IP, QS, ERA, WHIP, Sv, K/9

    Thanks!

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @curiousgeorgespringer: I forgot that I also have Rich Hill on this team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take deGrom quickfast to win this year

  198. Cohen says:
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    Ohtani or Trumbo util spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  199. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Appreciate you answering questions on your two days off, if “days off” really exist for you?

    So I’m “fortunate enough” to have both Hand and Allen. I’m assuming Hand goes into middle relief, but I can also see where Francona plays match-up’s in the 9th. I’m thinking don’t be reactionary and hold onto both. Thoughts?

    I currently have Hand, Allen, Treinen, Rondon, and picked up Hicks (per your suggestion…thank you). Yates is on waivers, but I don’t really want to bid an exorbitant amount on him as I think he could get moved (i.e., he’s older and doesn’t have a proven track record) in the next couple weeks. I also don’t want to drop Hand or Allen if they’re going to be the one closing. I get it’s a round-a-bout question, but any advice would be appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s good poop? I’d hold both for now, Hand is likely taking a hit tho… and Allen… they might share duties

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Ugh. Appreciate the feedback!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, ‘poop — No pooplem?

  200. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I have 5 players that should be coming back soon from the DL: Correa, Sanchez, Braun, Thames, and Torres. Would you drop Braun and Thames along with B. Hamiton E. Gattis and J. Pederson ot make room for other three (Correa, Torres, and Sanchez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        ok thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  201. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    wellsy this hand shake (up) is GOOD for me in NL only where i had TOO many closers not enough holds in sera anthony, hand, minter, boxy but everywhere else it isn’t good. missed yates in league #1 due to missing train (where i WOULD’VE been awake and at interwebs). hopefully yates is flipped too and i can nab stammen or maton.

    1. 14 teamer with saves only, have hicks/jimenez/greene/rondon/romo drop jimenez for the sire of sandwich (CUBS) or cishek (or hicks drop)? comes down to some factors:
    1.a is cishek CUBS closer now (probably), for how long
    1b. how F’d up is norris
    1c. how likely is it greene gets traded

    2. 12 teamer with saves only, have treinen, hand, norris, chapman. drop hand for which of these (also lost yates here due to same as in 1): hicks, cishek, gsellman. this is auction budget league and next year i won’t have chapman, will have treinen, hand is a good price but little use if no closing (some use K/9 here too).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Hold 2. Hicks

  202. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    more hand/morrow caused situations:

    3. 14 teamer where we keep 2 RP per year and holds added. so hand is still elite no matter what his role is. have 5 spots and kimbrel/hand/bradley/kelly/alexander. for the first time all year i’ll shortly be saves weak. drop which of kelly/alexander for one of: (due to holds and saves there are a decent amount of closers out here, probably too many): greene, tepera, soria, gsellman, cishek, w.smith, w.peralta

    4. AL only with holds and saves where i’m saves weak. have 4 spots for j.anderson, brach (hope givens is also traded with britton, givens is owned), kelvin (had him when closing on KC), romo. if we didn’t have QS (or i had a completely horrible SP but i’m pretty ok) i could put romo in SP slot and nab a 5th RP here. d.castillo might close later and i could nab him. guessing hand isn’t worth 20/100 here as while he’s better than brach/j.anderson for sure probably not THAT much better. might be best served holding my money for a hitter who might get traded to AL.

    i’d ask smokey too but he’s been out for about half a week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3. Kelly, I’d try Greene, but all varyign shades of who knows 4. Meh, I’d hold

  203. Alex says:
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    Would you give Travis Shaw for Kyle Hendricks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  204. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    I received an interesting offer… my Snell and Brantley for his Blackmon and Godley. My current OF is Harper, Betts, Brantley, Acuna and SP is Bauer, Snell, Pivetta, Mikolas, Bieber and Duffy.

    Thoughts?

  205. CP says:
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    Couple of questions:
    1) Does Strickland jump immediately back into the closers role when he comes off the DL in a month? Stash him now?

    2) Do you think the Machado signing squeezes Joc on playing time with Bellinger and Taylor playing more center?

    3) Who do you like better for speculative saves between Stammen and Steckenrider?

    Thanks

    • Grey

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      1. If the Giants bullpen looks like it does now in a month 2. Yup 3. Steckenrider

    • The Harrow says:
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      @CP: why wouldn’t it just squeeze taylor more, joc (against righties, already is BN vs lefties) has actually hit well. taylor, not really at all.

      • CP says:
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        @The Harrow: Taylor definitely won’t be an everyday player going forward but just thinking there will be times now even vs righties when they will want to get Taylor/Kike/Muncy/Bellinger/Puig some ab’s and Joc could be the odd man out on occasion

  206. VinWins

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    Somehow the Matheny firing didn’t improve our fielding.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or Jose Martinez’s playing time

  207. VinWins

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    @VinWins: Or our baserunning.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @VinWins: yeah but this guy DOES take out a SP even if it costs him a “win” for pinch hitters that might, ya know actually help the team score runs, and even (gasp) explains his thinking about those decisions after the fact. oh yeah, and this new guy actually managed baseball teams BEFORE getting the STL job, matheny coached i think, what, 10-12 year olds for a total of like 2 years before getting the STL job. new guy has progressed from the low minors to the high ones (doing well at all of them) the way you’d think coaches actually would be before getting an MLB job.

      and my guess is he’ll run a bullpen better than a monkey throwing darts at a wall with the names of his RP on it (something for at least 2 consecutive of matheny’s years couldn’t be said of him). why not just let maddux run that stuff i have no clue though.

  208. hondo says:
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    DeJong or Chris Taylor?

  209. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    yuck on carmart, for a sec thought he just got porcello’d in the 5th inning, but then looked back, the K’s are gone (unless CUBS changed this year they used to be like a top 4 K’ing team for a few years), today TONS of linedrives (so maybe those multitude of non-field singles deserved in the 5th), good luck on those till the 5th. at least he got rid of his crazy BB’s the last 3 or 4 starts, but man those K’s have gotta come back up, and groundouts over lineouts.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: the cutter and changeup were both getting hid the hardest, and for some reason even though he in the earlier innings had good velo on the 4 seam (see recent article here on the control on that being his main issue since back from DL) he just stopped using it later. changeup was left too high in zone, and if you aren’t using your fastest pitch high (4 seam) it’s not a good idea to throw the slow one high.

  210. Martin says:
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    Is Beltre droppable in like….all league?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Martin: he’s probably quite good in points leagues, hits for average, doesn’t K much. super deep leagues also, as he’ll probably have a much higher rate of staying healthy now that he DH’s most of the time.

  211. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    holy crap, is that the “bass” RP that was part of the rizzo trade to CUBS in the first place years ago, it was the (horribly stupid on SD’s part, pre-preller they were run VERY badly) bass and cash (cashner) for rizzo trade. back when rizzo couldn’t hit lefties at all but still that trade looked bad.

    – and with all the pretty good RP options CUBS have, WHY IN THE F is bass getting the 6th inning in a holds spot when at least 5 guys better here. all of which are well rested.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: i checked, there wasn’t a bass + cash trade, but bass and cash DID pitch on SD at same time and there were innings that went cash to bass, and this was right when SD got cashner for rizzo.

  212. The Harrow says:
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    so it’s not cishek then anyway. might be the sire of burger sandwiches, or strop. the waiting sucks.

  213. The Harrow says:
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    hehehehe, heyward, who doesn’t really steal anymore, decided to off molina (not often a good idea, but molina, likely having some memory of heyward’s speed, didn’t see this coming or him doing it successfully). zobrist though, is a bit more outside of his speed years and that didn’t work.

    anybody else in STL or CUBS towns have the idea that
    – fowler (outside of last year) and heyward (for his first 2 full years on CUBS along with the first few weeks of this year) are/were actually moles, sent by their previous teams to mess them up with horrible hitting? i can’t be the first to have thought this.

  214. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    tepera or strop? nabbed cishek hours ago but it ain’t him babe. tepera probably set till osuna’s back though. hicks also out there and am a norris owner.

  215. IrishMike says:
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    Where do you see Miguel Andujar vs guys like Longoria 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      120 range

  216. Jon says:
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    Am I nuts to think that Jack Flaherty ROS could be as good as Carrasco? I’m holding up a trade for Carrasco because of this, FYI. Flaherty’s xstats look fantastic as does his Contact%, Soft%, & Hard%. I play in a 12 team, H2H keeper league (keep 8) with 6×6 categories (W, K, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9). Flaherty is $6, Carrasco is $31.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

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      Not nuts, but seems like a long shot… At $6 tho he’s a better keeper, obviously

  217. Ted Schnuck says:
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    One more trade option in a keep forever dynasty with escalating annual salaries. 6×6 with OBP and HRA as extra categories.

    I give: Kris Bryant ($13)
    I get: Luis Severino ($4)

    While I don’t have much 3B depth (Lowrie would slide into Bryant’s slot), I am otherwise hitting rich and starting pitching poor. Seems like a good deal with pretty even value, but with the $9 swing in salary to my benefit and my roster composition in addition, it should be strongly in my favor. Agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

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