Welcome, prematurely balding men and five women who are married to PBMs 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 Giancarlo Stanton 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 2019 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 2019 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 Cody Bellinger number three on the top 100 list for the second half of 2019 and he could pull a–Well, we won’t even mention an injury with Bellinger.  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 Aaron Judge 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 2019.  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 2019:

1. Mike Trout – For some reason, I’m picturing you and me acting out a stage play of a scene from the movie, Celtic Pride, and we’ve kidnapped Trout so our opponents who own him can’t win our fantasy league and you’re Dan Aykroyd.  Well, you don’t expect me to be Dan Aykroyd, do you?  Projections: 51/20/53/.294/9 in 233 ABs

2. Christian Yelich – If you were to flip-flop Trout and Yelich, I wouldn’t hate, I’d procreate another city/state.  I’m a poet and aware of it. Projections: 49/18/51/.303/12 in 267 ABs

3. Cody Bellinger – Like Dan Brown cracked the Da Vinvci Code, Bellinger cracked the Top Three Overall Code. A few less albinos were hurt in the process.  Projections: 47/19/52/.288/7 in 255 ABs

4. Ronald Acuna Jr. – Tildaddy makes you clean his pickup truck on your free Saturday!  Teaching you that nothing’s free in this life. Except Razzball. Though, if you want to buy our daily hitter and pitcher projections, we’d stop buying the generic ketchup. You don’t want us to have Heinz?  I got a 52-variety ketchup over here!  I want dem five extra varieties!  Projections: 55/16/39/.284/13 in 270 ABs

5. 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 flyer on someone like Brendan McKay is only going to get you so far, whereas Scherzer can make a difference in the final months.  C)  There’s no C.  D) Anime Grey goes over him in the video at the top of the page. Projections: 10-2/2.24/0.93/131 in 102 IP

6. Mookie Betts – Listen, PBMs, even Teddy Ballgame had a bad season here and there.  Of course, if your league had a category for German Pilots Shot Down, Ted Williams’s lesser seasons were still decent.  Projections: 55/15/41/.289/9 in 261 ABs

7. Nolan Arenado –  Hey, I found some IBM stock certificates from the 1950s.  Y’all, can kiss my ass, I’m rich!  They are a tad musty though, so I’m just going to air-dry them by this open window–NOOOOO!!!  Torenado!  Projections: 44/20/51/.307/1 in 271 ABs

8. Francisco Lindor – The top *counting with fingers* seven were easy-peezy, KFC just-right-type-of greasy.  These next few are not as obvious.  I could see Lindor falling to 17 and any of the next nine moving up.  Having a crap team around you and no reason to play sounds like a reason to ding Lindor, but, meh, it’s not entirely.  Guys can get their stats, especially when they have speed and power.  Projections: 47/16/39/.291/14 in 287 ABs

9. Trea Turner – I fully expect Treat Urner to go into SAGNOF Urner Overdrive, steal five bags a week and end with 50 steals on the year.  It can’t be true until you say it like it is true!  That’s Marianne Williamson.  Projections:  54/4/27/.284/24 in 293 ABs

10. Javier Baez – For those wondering, there’s a chance some of these rankings could be indicative of next year’s top 100.  It’s definitely the top 100 right now, so why not after two-plus months? Rhetorical!  Projections: 48/17/45/.273/6 in 288 ABs

11. Alex Bregman – Got the 10th pick in a redraft, draft-at-Break league?  Al-Bre sure to get me some. Projections: 47/17/48/.271/3 in 260 ABs

12. Freddie Freeman – He’s moved naturally into that role of solid power, great average 1st baseman recently vacated by Au Shizz and Votto.  You are the next generation, Freeman. But you can still get called for jury duty at any time, so how free are you? Projections: 41/16/48/.305/2 in 258 ABs

13. Gerrit Cole – You could take Scherzer, Cole, Sale and Verlander, put them in a hat and place them in any order.  Yes, you need a very big hat.  No, I don’t know where to find that big of a hat.  Stop with the semantics!  Hatmantics?  Projections: 9-2/2.76/0.98/127 in 98 IP

14. J.D. Martinez – Just Dong needs to Just…Dividend?  Thesaurus, you are failing me! I need a word for “return on investment.”  Projections: 39/18/47/.302/1 in 252 ABs

15. Charlie Blackmon – Fun fact! C. Thomas Howell told a friend that for Halloween he was dressing up as Charlie Blackmon, and that friend started screaming, “LET SOUL MAN GO!”  Projections: 53/16/44/.301/2 in 277 ABs

16. Adalberto Mondesi – You know why you love me and my love for Mondesi this preseason?  Because in hindsight it looks so obvious, but no one else was saying it.  The ability to see the obvious through all the chatter is what really separates me from other ‘perts.  That and a semi-healthy BMI. Projections: 38/9/41/.262/24 in 274 ABs

17. Trevor Story – Bit of a risk involved in Story, due to injury, but there’s a lot upside here to be willing to go in on that risk.  Upside like:  Twenty-five 2nd half homers and a .350 average, and the top player overall in the 2nd half. Projections: 40/17/44/.273/9 in 262 ABs

18. George Springer – On the Player Rater, Springer is a top 5 per game value, which means if he’s healthy the entire 2nd half, he’ll be a steal ranked this low. Projections: 49/16/39/.277/4 in 247 ABs

19. Justin Verlander – Has been easily the best starter in the 1st half, and it’s not particularly close.  Don’t really even expect him to fall off suddenly, since he hasn’t in the past 57 years he’s been pitching, but a lot of his value was coming from Wins, and you can’t count on them, even with the ‘Stros.  By the way, ‘Stros is the worst abbreviation ever. It’s the same number of keystrokes!  Projections: 8-2/2.93/1.04/126 in 100 IP

20. Chris Sale – I’m well aware of Sale’s iffy 2nd halves, which is why I ranked him here and not higher.  Why didn’t I rank him lower?  Injuries just appearing in the 2nd half feels arbitrary.  Projections: 8-2/2.97/1.02/119 in 84 IP

21. Anthony Rendon – See Machado’s blurb and all will be revealed! (Some!) Projections: 41/16/48/.294/2 in 252 ABs

22. Manny Machado – Let the debates begin!  Not between Mayor Pete and non-Mayor Petes, but between Stanny Machados or and Stanhony Rendons!  I debated which should be ranked first between these two longer than I care to admit.  Okay, 27 seconds.  And I could still see Machado over Rendon.  I ended up this way, because of Machado disappearing for months at a time while playing vs. Rendon disappearing for months at a time on the IL. Projections: 39/17/43/.278/4 in 269 ABs

23. Anthony Rizzo – Rizz Anking to the Izzo!  (That didn’t work, did it?) Projections: 44/17/49/.271/2 in 248 ABs

24. Jacob deGrom – *searches for Shruggy the Emoji, finds it, places it, Jason Vargas punches me for using an emoji*  OW!  Fine!  I don’t know what to do with deGrom.  He could be much better than this, but betting on Mets is like betting on public perception recognizing Phil Collins as the greatest singer/songwriter of all-time. Projections: 6-2/2.74/1.04/103 in 90 IP

25. Pete Alonso – Screw Mayor Pete, we got Major Pete!  Eat that D, Mayor Pete!  Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t say that.  Any hoo!  I’m almost to the point where I’ve wrapped my noodle head around Albombso being a top 20 guy next year.  Projections: 40/16/41/.259/1 in 255 ABs

26. Kris Bryant – Member when I said to sell Bryant and he got crazy hot and everyone was making fun of me and I called up my mom to console me and she said, “Who is this? Oh, it’s you.”  Member that? I don’t really know if Bryant has been that great. He hasn’t been bad, but he’s been about what was always expected of him.  Reminds me too of my Austin Riley, Paul Goldschmidt and Tim Anderson Sells.  You can pretend those weren’t great calls, but you’re lying to yourself.  Projections: 44/13/38/.282/2 in 255 ABs

27. Aaron Judge – Similar thinking to Story, Judge could hit 30 homers in two months and be the best player in all of baseball.  He could also accidentally sit on DJ LeMahieu, fart out just his hat, have a doctor say, “More like DJ LePew!” then need a colonoscopy to get the rest. Anime Grey also goes over him in the video at the top of the page. Projections: 42/18/44/.266/2 in 241 ABs

28. Rafael Devers – It feels appropriate that Devers is ranked in the 2nd half around where I ranked Yelich last year.  Devers feels like he could zoom up into the top 15 overall with a great 2nd half. Projections: 47/14/41/.291/5 in 261 ABs

29. Josh Bell – If I told you I was 100% convinced of Bell’s 1st half, I think there’s a case to be made that I should be committed to a santarium for ranking Bell this low.  Since I’m not typing this in a straitjacket, you should know how convinced I am about Bellaunoa19–Okay, I was typing in a straitjacket, but I still don’t know if I trust Bell completely.  Anime Grey also goes over him in the video at the top of the page. Projections: 34/15/42/.277/1 in 251 ABs

30. Juan Soto – I can’t remember a player I liked more than Sexy Dr. Pepper, who was less a huge fantasy threat.  Not saying SDP ain’t a gorge specimen, but, for fantasy, he doesn’t tick all the boxes.  Still, I love him. May your caramel bubbles refresh my tongue buds fo’ever mo’e. By the by, why didn’t old-time writers put in the R’s?  We think it’s stylistic but maybe their typewriters were flawed due to an R shortage of the eighteen-fo’ties.  Projections: 44/16/47/.293/4 in 251 ABs

31. Whit Merrifield – On an actual fantasy advice note, Merrifield is either worth a top 10 player value or not even a top 100.  Similar to SPs and RPs, you have to know how much you need average and speed by this point. Projections: 49/7/30/.305/12 in 277 ABs

32. Starling Marte – Did I put Starling next to Ketel just because they’re both Martes? Projections: 46/9/36/.278/12 in 267 ABs

33. Ketel Marte – Of course, it’s a Marte Party!  Projections: 42/12/39/.291/6 in 261 ABs

34. Rhys Hoskins – Some people pop in the comments here and there and ask about Hoskins being a Sell. He’s on pace for 35 HRs and a .250 average, and is currently doing almost exactly half of that.  I don’t get where this Sell got put in the ether, but Hoskins has been nearly exactly what he’s been for almost three years now. Projections: 38/17/49/.251/2 in 252 ABs

35. Gary Sanchez – How I ranked Sanchez:  I tried to decide if someone offered me Marte, Marte or Hoskins, if I’d want Sanchez over any of them, and if I wondered if those were two Martes or they were stuttering.  Still struggling with this ranking, but I have less faith in Sanchez staying healthy than some guys above him, and don’t love catchers.  What he’s done so far puts him easily in this area of the rankings, if not higher. Projections: 30/14/38/.261/0 in 198 ABs

36. Xander Bogaerts – Still believe Bogaerts has a top 15 year in his bat, but, ya know, one of these years, like, sorta, actually doing it would be good. Projections: 43/10/46/.283/4 in 254 ABs

37. Bryce Harper – Not sure how many home runs he has left in his bat.  Or is that how many “in the Harper?”  *reluctantly high-fives self* Projections: 42/16/47/.243/4 in 248 ABs

38. Jose Altuve – If he’s not hitting for power, not stealing bags and not hitting for average, well, he’s still’s got that ‘under five-foot half-off admission’ thing at amusement parks. Projections: 47/7/32/.294/6 in 258 ABs

39. Blake Snell – I’m reminded of Lucinda Williams’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Can’t find a damn starter that’s an ace….No one’s where I left them before…Starters are keys and I got Odorizzi as an ace…Blake Snell’s busting shocks like on a grave road… Snell’s peripherals are saying he should be much better, so have to trust he’ll get there.  Or not and avoid him.  Projections: 7-2/2.96/1.11/108 in 82 IP

40. Andrew Benintendi – I should’ve named this tier, from Altuve to here, “My fantasy team has been out of it for three weeks, let’s see what Razzball’s got for fantasy football.”  Projections: 39/8/36/.274/6 in 248 ABs

41. Josh Hader – See no SAGNOF, hear no SAGNOF, trade for no SAGNOF, unless you need SAGNOF!  Projections: 3-1/2.35/0.87/57, 17 saves in 34 IP

42. Aroldis Chapman – From Wikipedia, “The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare.”  Well, I’m here to tell you it only took three days for them to type up this post.  No banana for Ling-Ling!  Type faster!  Projections: 1-1/2.42/1.01/47, 17 saves in 30 IP

43. Trevor Bauer – Looking forward to his 2nd half complete game shutout when he throws 187 pitches with 12 walks and credits his offseason training. Projections: 6-5/3.47/1.12/117 in 101 IP

44. Kirby Yates – Similar shituation as starters when it comes to relievers.  You either need SAGNOF or don’t.  Projections: 2-1/2.44/0.94/42, 17 saves in 31 IP

45. Kenley Jansen –  See 1/18th of an inch above, or three inches if you’re talking to a girl. Projections: 1-1/2.59/0.97/38, 16 saves in 30 IP

46. Yordan Alvarez – “I want to see your dong dong dong dong dong dong dong dong.” — The Yordong Song, lyrics by Yordan Alvarez. Projections: 30/14/37/.291/1 in 231 ABs

47. Mike Moustakas – Moistasskiss has been a top 50 player with only, like, six non-fractured fingers.  Eat a D, Alfonseca!  Projections: 34/16/39/.257/1 in 238 ABs

48. Domingo Santana –   This is a super sexy tier here for me, because I own these next few guys and they were ranked so much lower in the preseason.  Well, except for Gleyber, who I goofed up like I was Donkey Teeth placing his chompers on Kikuchi. Sunday Santana illustrates a point I go back to time and again.  If a guy is giving five categories, it is very hard for him to not be somewhat valuable.  His steals aren’t exactly amazing.  Dot dot dot.  Or are they?!  Damn, Reversal Question, about to pop my eardrums with the screams.  Sunday’s steals, in today’s game, aren’t terrible.  Projections: 32/13/38/.263/5 in 242 ABs

49. David Dahl – You know one guy who is not dull at all?  Haha, I’m so fickle!  Wrap me inside a flag with a sickle and Putin me to sleep!  Hold on, I have a phone call.  “Hello, yes, this is Grey.  Do I want to work for a Russian troll farm? Well, I was always a fan of those troll dolls, but didn’t know they were farmed–Hello?  Hello?”  Weird, they hung up on me.  As long as Dahl doesn’t get injured — ugh, I jinxed him — he is easily a top 50 bat, which I’ve been saying since January.  Since I own Dahl everywhere, here’s a quick snapshot of how my teams are doing (see jpgs in tweet).  By the way, not one person from any of my leagues liked that tweet and they all follow Razzball.  Does any of this surprise you? Projections: 44/14/40/.283/3 in 259 ABs

50. Gleyber Torres – What’s funny in a not so funny way, I labeled Gleyber overrated in the preseason because I was afraid he’d struggle to play every day, due to the stacked Yankees lineup, and it turned out Gleyber is the only one actually playing every day.  Told you funny (not funny).  Projections: 43/13/39/.265/3 in 255 ABs

51. Eduardo Escobar – You know how people say borrrrrrring with extra R’s?  Why don’t we do that with other words.  I’m starting that.  Eduarrrrrrrrrrrrrdo is so underrrrrrrrrrrrated! Projections: 36/10/38/.262/2 in 251 ABs

52. Hyun-Jin Ryu – He’ll either avoid all groin problems, while pitching so well, it’s going to give his owners groin problems, or he’ll be on the IL for all of August and September.  I’m flipping a coin for which it will be. This is also why he was in last week’s Sell.  Projections: 7-1/3.12/1.06/71 in 74 IP

53. Joey Gallo – What’s the highest batting average for someone with a 35% strikeout rate?  Because I think Gallo’s about to beat that mark.  I could research this, but muy lazito. Projections: 32/17/39/.249/3 in 230 ABs

54. Fernando Tatis Jr. – FTJ!  Fun the Jewels fast! Fun the Jewels fast!  Fun the Jewels should’ve been an All-Star.  I know, it doesn’t matter, but it still annoys me that he wasn’t elected as a reserve. Machado was even more worthy, but I would’ve taken Fun the Jewels instead.  Either way, it is a testament to the job Preller did that I am a full-blown Padres fan after trashing them for about a decade. It shows you that I don’t really hate your team; it’s just about fantasy with me. Projections: 40/9/28/.266/10 in 262 ABs

55. Jose Abreu – We’ve hit upon a very small tier of 1st basemen who are boring, but relatively productive.  They feel like they’re going in two different directions too.  Abreu moving up and Au Shizz is Droopy Dog’ing on an elevator.  Projections: 32/14/40/.264/1 in 281 ABs

56. Paul Goldschmidt – I won’t point out how awful Au Shizz has been since my sell of him early in April.  Feels pointless now to even mention it.  What do I gain from mentioning I said to sell him and everyone mocked me for saying to sell Au Shizz?  I don’t think I gain anything from saying it, so I won’t say I said to sell Au Shizz in April. Projections: 34/14/37/.252/2 in 260 ABs

57. Yoan Moncada – If I’m being honest, I still don’t have a full grasp of what to expect from Moncada.  He could be the .250 hitter he was in May or the .315 hitter in April or the .380 hitter in June. Okay, maybe not the last one, but who knows?  His power and speed really haven’t developed as profoundly. Projections: 34/10/37/.261/5 in 259 ABs

58. Jose Berrios –   I believe Berrios is the 9th starter in these rankings.  I’m not sure that’s a compliment for Berrios. There might be a case made next year to not draft any starters, and just figure that shizz out later.  Projections: 7-3/3.57/1.13/93 in 94 IP

59. Patrick Corbin – I’m feeling incalculably huh on where to rank Corbin.  His walks are up, his xFIP isn’t gorge and his Ks are down.  Still, he feels safer than most pitchers.  By the way, “incalculably huh” would make a great rock album if they still made rock music. Projections: 6-4/3.62/1.17/95 in 88 IP

60. Zack Greinke – Starters are terrible!  I mean, Greinke is good, fine, adjective, but dubya tee eff Greinke has a 7-something K/9.  Of course, it’s a pristine walk rate and he gets run support because he hits home runs. Projections: 6-5/3.29/1.07/81 in 93 IP

61. Matthew Boyd – Just gave you my Matthew Boyd fantasy after his last start. It was written three cocks to the wind, and a fourth cock that stayed in the barn. By the way, Boyd is on pace for 240 Ks.  *pulls on Flavor Flav plushie string* “Yeah, Boyd!”  Projections: 5-6/3.78/1.11/100 in 88 IP

62. Lucas Giolito – I juggled Giolito into a few different slots, and landed him here because he should throw 200 IP (a solid 200 IP).  By the way, there was eleven starters with an ERA under-3 last year. I know, ERA only tell us so much, but there might be seven starters this year.  Projections: 5-5/3.68/1.12/97 in 91 IP

63. Walker Buehler – This is a wing and a prayer ranking, because I have no idea how many innings Buehler will pitch this year. Wing and a Prayer is also my favorite place to stop in Mississippi for fried chicken and to get right with Jesus. Projections: 4-2/3.27/1.03/68 in 64 IP

64. Jose Ramirez – Was my schmohawk post about him being overrated in the preseason the greatest fantasy baseball post ever?  Seriously, did one single other ‘pert even hint at trouble for Ramirez?  I saw someone critiquing my post and saying I still ranked him 12th overall.  Yeah, and everyone else ranked him in the top five. There was no way you could’ve drafted Jo-Ram if you listened to me. This is also the greatest congratulatory blurb ever written.  And the greatest acknowledgment of the greatest congratulatory blurb ever written. Projections: 31/10/38/.236/11 in 264 ABs

65. Matt Chapman – Just found out the other day my aunt had lunch with John Lennon in the mid-70s.  Apparently, she helped him name his child.  I think my aunt might be the female Forrest Gump. Projections: 37/14/34/.252/0 in 253 ABs

66. Khris Davis – Let’s be honest, no one cares if he hits home runs, we all just want him to hit .247.  Projections: 31/18/40/.247 in 251 ABs

67. Jean Segura – Thought I liked Segura more than this, but he ended up ranked here.  Then again, I’m the one ranking him, so I guess I could’ve moved him up more if I really liked him more, so I guess I don’t love him, but I thought I did.  So conflicted.  His steals in the 1st half were awful. Projections: 41/7/29/.281/10 in 269 ABs

68. Eugenio Suarez – As good a time as any to point out how these rankings could change quickly.  If Suarez has a miserable month of July like he did in June, he’s going to not only be worth around a top 70 ranking, but maybe droppable in shallower leagues.  Projections: 31/14/38/.259/1 in 256 ABs

69. Max Muncy – Someone asked the other day if I want Muncy or Goldshit. It threw me a little, and I said Au Shizz, and I still think that, but are they that different?  Not to answer, but to ruminate. Projections: 32/12/37/.264/2 in 241 ABs

70. DJ LeMahieu – Due to a clerical error by my receptionist (which is actually me on the phone pretending to not be me), LeMahieu was accidentally included, when I really wanted to exclude him. Stupid Me, Frank Black.  I’m firmly in the LeMahieu is a sell in the 2nd half.  When a guy has iffy power, little speed and only gives value on average and runs, I’m rarely a fan. If his BABIP comes down, LeMahieu’s going to be indistinguishable from Kevin Newman. Kevin NewMahieu? Projections: 47/6/30/.296/3 in 274 ABs

71. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – We’re not here to talk about the past when I told you Glad Vuerrero Jr. was overrated and not to draft the Mini Impala in the preseason.  Nope, we’re not going to say that. Now it’s about what he can do from this point forward, and I think he can be a top 50 player, or about as good as Hunter Dozier. Projections: 38/13/36/.288/1 in 248 ABs

72. Eloy Jimenez – He’s going to tell us a lot in the 2nd half about what we should think about him next year.  Could see him exploding and being a top 25 guy next year, or disappointing and being, well, he’ll likely be around here next year even if he fails. So, he has upside and no downside. That sounds awesome!  Narrator:  It’s not awesome.  Projections: 28/14/35/.254/0 in 264 ABs

73. Austin Meadows – If his last month is an indication, Meadows shouldn’t be ranked in the top 100.  Maybe not even the top 200.  I still believe though, for better or worse, which was every grandparents’ favorite comic strip. Projections: 34/9/37/.272/7 in 248 ABs

74. Edwin Encarnacion – Another Yankee, another home run hitter, another non-Lemahieu.  This was “not a haiku” from my book, Not Haikus.  Projections: 32/16/42/.232/0 in 233 ABs

75. Carlos Correa – I call this portion of our program, “Hey, My DL’d Player Is Better Than Your DL’d Player.”  At a certain point, it pays to gamble on a DL’d player, but it doesn’t pay much since if they don’t come back until mid-August you’re not getting anything from them that’s any better than, say, a hot schmotato. Projections: 33/12/35/.280/1 in 216 ABs

76. Eddie Rosario – Up until the last moment before posting this, I checked on Rosario’s injury status, which means I looked once last week, he seemed fine for soon after the break, and ranked him here, but obviously injuries are tricky, unless you’re Houdini in a milk can. Then, they’re deadly. Projections: 30/14/35/.286/3 in 234 ABs

77. Jorge Polanco – If you’re wondering, I didn’t accidentally forget Corey Seager, so don’t ping me in the comments a’la, “Grey, I bow out of every room saying your name, so you know I respect what you do, but no Corey Seager? Wow, major mistake! You lost all credibility.” Projections: 44/7/29/.306/5 in 270 ABs

78. Aaron Nola – So, I haven’s mentioned this before, but Future Grey visited me in March and told me, “Hello, Past Tense Grey, I am from the future–” “Do cars fly?”  “No, let me speak–” “Oh my God, humans fly?”  “No! I’m only from three months in the future and I want to tell you about drafting Mike Minor.”  “Do planes still fly?”  “Stop with the flying!  Now I’m leaving you idiot!”  Now that I think back on that, it was a pretty inconsequential meeting. I mention Minor here because I was between ranking him or Nola here and didn’t want to rank both (though, they’re likely close).  Nola’s last few starts has moved him up, and I prefer a guy getting better than getting worse (Minor). This has more to do with the format that I wanted to rank Minor and just couldn’t spare the room. (Can mention Lynn here too since we’re talking about The Olds.) Projections: 6-4/3.61/1.13/96 in 92 IP

79. Stephen Strasburg – You know what you’re getting from Strasburg if he stays healthy, so let me take this time to ask you to please watch Dark on Netflix. It’s the best show where I have no idea what’s going on from episode to episode.  It’s like if you took the show Lost but put it in German and didn’t understand German. I’m schadenconfused!  So, please watch it and explain it to me.  Thanking you in advance. Projections: 6-3/3.71/1.14/95 in 89 IP

80. Luis Castillo – His stats look like they’re going to come down from the 1st half, but no pitchers are going to get better, so tomato-tomato said with a different emphasis. Projections: 5-4/3.76/1.18/89 in 82 IP

81. Dansby Swanson – On a more general note, anyone ranked around here and not ranked at all could be the same within a few weeks.  I.e., Scooter gets hot after the All-Star Break and Swanson goes cold, are they really that different?  No, homey, that’s what I’m saying.  Projections: 41/12/32/.266/5 in 259 ABs

82. Ozzie Albies – If Albies were to move up the order, he’d get a tremendous boost in value, but batting 8th is terrible for fantasy value. If he moves up the order, maybe he could renegotiate his contract too.  Say, $570.00 now and $300 deferred?  Projections: 32/10/37/.275/7 in 255 ABs

83. Shohei Ohtani – He was considered a unicorn because he was a one-of-a-kind player, but now there’s Brendan McKay, so there’s two. A unicorn with two horns is a ram, and the Rams play in Los Angeles, and so does Ohtani, so he’s a Ram.  The math checks out.  Projections: 29/13/31/.289/5 in 233 ABs

84. Willson Contreras – I don’t suddenly love catchers, but if catchers are hitting as well as, say, a top 5 bat at another position, then they’re worth owning. You, “Wow, Grey now likes catchers!” Projections: 29/11/39/.267/1 in 205 ABs

85. Clayton Kershaw – I’ll admit that if he stays healthy all year, he will beat my projections, but, here’s the thing, he won’t.  Mess with the unicorn, you get the horn. Or mess with Ohtani, and get rammed. (You’re reading every blurb so they make sense, right?) Projections: 5-2/3.34/1.05/74 in 83 IP

86. Michael Conforto – I expected a big uptick from his previous year, and, while he didn’t uptick as much as I hoped, he’s still been decent and there’s still room for the upticking.  Upticking sounds more like what we should expect from Jake Bauers. Projections: 36/13/41/.251/3 in 240 ABs

87. Charlie Morton – A few weeks ago I called Morton a Sell, and I still think he is one. However, with pitchers looking like they’re filing out of a clown car on the way to the mound, Morton still has top 100 value as of today, even if I think he might only have another 50-60 IP in his arm. Projections: 5-2/3.23/1.08/64 in 55 IP

88. Austin Riley – Would I really take Riley over Bieber?  Meh, apples vs. apples that are wearing an orange costume in a janky fruit salad remake of Eyes Wide Shut called Citrus Wide Shut.  Projections: 31/12/35/.251/0 in 236 ABs

89. Shane Bieber – This is straight goofy:  He’s allowed 21 earned runs in four starts and only 20 earned runs in his other 17.  Talk about going from lights-out to groping your way around in a lights-out room. Projections: 4-4/3.77/1.16/81 in 72 IP

90. Nelson Cruz – Almost didn’t rank Cruz, but he has the ability to have more homers in the 2nd half than any other player. He also has no eligibility and everyone hits home runs now.  Projections: 31/15/42/.262/0 in 241 ABs

91. Luke Voit – Full disclosure alert!  I had Voit ranked about forty spots higher before his injury.  If he’s back right after or soon after the break, then this might be a tad too conservative like Billy Joel’s idea of a Catholic School girl.  Dude, start too late? Not sure what Catholic Schools were near you. By me, Virginia was the one yelling come out. Projections: 38/14/44/.266/0 in 239 ABs

92. Paul DeJong – Could see this guy being someone who is droppable if he has another month like he did in May, i.e., if he fails to pass the mustard.  “Siri, it’s ‘pass the muster,’ not mustard.”  “Sorry, Grey, do you not want DeJong?”  “I do, but…ugh, forget it.” Projections: 39/13/34/.257/3 in 266 ABs

93. Keston Hiura – Travis MVPShaw is cosplaying as Keston Hiura, please don’t tell me different. This one is essentially saying to you, “Put down the pumpkin spice, you basic snitch, and take a flyer on a guy who could be a top 50 guy in the 2nd half.” Projections: 32/12/37/.267/4 in 241 ABs

94. Zack Wheeler – Wanted to rank Wheeler about fifty spots higher. Last year he was the best pitcher in the majors, even better than teammate, deGrom.  I need Wheeler to do it again, so maybe I’m chucking coins into a wishing well.  Sir, this is a D’Arby’s.  Projections: 5-4/3.64/1.15/93 in 91 IP

95. German Marquez – Samesies as Wheeler.  Give me a decent 2nd half and I will name my Cougar wife after you while I’m lovemaking.  Projections: 6-5/3.89/1.19/96 in 95 IP

96. Tommy Pham – This might come off as daffy, but Pham could be a top 20 overall fantasy player in the 2nd half.  Really any player that can hit ten homers and steal 15 bases in a half could.  Projections: 36/9/33/.274/5 in 242 ABs

97. Jorge Soler – I nearly ranked Daniel Murphy or Matt Carpenter here. I can picture some people reading about these old superstars and silently weeping.  Thanks for keeping it silent, no one wants to hear you moping!  I didn’t because, well, they’ve been awful. Projections: 32/14/41/.241/1 in 257 ABs

98. Elvis Andrus – The highest drop from the Player Rater to the 2nd half rankings.  Carlos Santana would be the 2nd biggest drop, if he were even ranked.  Wait, that might make him the biggest drop.  Hmm… Projections: 41/3/28/.288/14 in 277 ABs

99. Max Kepler – Might just be some power — Max Powers — and I’m not even sure he’s healthy — Max Well? — but, at this point in the rankings, some players who are not ranked are around the same in value as these back-end players. What’s this about then?  Max Imizedvalue. Projections: 41/12/39/.264/2 in 250 ABs

100. Jonathan Villar – I wanted to rank Jeff McNeil, Ramon Laureano and like two dozen other guys, but there’s only so much room when ranking 100 guys.  Roughly 100 guys, give or take one or two. Projections: 33/10/36/.260/14 in 262 ABs

101. Whoever Helps You Win – Don’t get tied to projections and rankings and “I drafted this guy in the 4th round this year.”  Yeah, we all hate Jose Ramirez, 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. Blue Devil says:
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    Freeman and M. Perez for J. Bell? Should I ask for another player instead of Perez?

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      freeman by himself better than bell. yr lucky yr opp somehow came to you with this.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Lovitz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  2. Crazy J says:
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    Thanks for this! I didn’t see Peraza my first time through, but I will do a “find” tomorrow and check it out. Have a great ROS.

  3. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    12 team h2h dynasty auction with OPS, QS and K/9 added. next year we probably add total bases to balance the hitter vs pitcher stats. players go on 3 year cycles, anybody obtained in FA that wasn’t drafted start year 1 right away (unless they are prospects, those don’t start 3 year clock till they go over 130/50 at bats/innings). keep max 18 pre online auction draft, next year the pre online draft keeper max money is 269. the online draft we finish with 25 total players and max budget of 359. no penalty on drops. anybody drafted/kept then dropped if FAAB’d costs their drafted/kept price on same contract. anybody obtained from FA for more than 10 FAAB costs that going forward.
    C jansen (11, 1)
    1B freeman (47, 1)
    2B moncada (3B, 1, 3, his max bid in arbitration would be 30, we can match those like with freeman this year)
    SS kingery (3B/CF, 10, 1)
    3B rendon (26, 3, his max will be 39)
    LF k.davis (25, 1)
    CF robles (10, 1)
    RF cooper (1B, 10, 1)
    util (2): renfroe (LF/RF 10, 2)
    braun (1B/LF 9, 1)
    BN: galvis (2B/SS 10, 1)
    n.lowe (10, will likely be 1)
    DL (5): moreland (10, 1), pence (10, 1), stanton (LF/RF 35, 3,
    NA (10): all of these 10 and year 0 unless noted: brujan, kelenic, larnach, franco, kieboom
    SP: nola (22, 2), morton (5, 2), hendricks (10, 1), lynn (10, 1), lucchesi (6, 1), ed-rod (11, 1), paddack (10, 1), l.allen (being dropped shortly, 10, 0)
    RP: yates (13, 2 ), chapman (10, 1), treinen (7, 2), henricks (10, 1), leclerc (10, 2)
    DL: peacock (3, 1) kopech (1, 0)
    NA: puk (10, 0), reyes (10, 1)

    so my likely keepers are: paddack, kopech, nola, morton (if no retire), lucchesi, yates, chapman, treinen (or henricks RP but not both), hendricks, freeman, moncada, w.franco, rendon, kieboom, robles, stanton (probably, but if rendon/moncada both get max bid i’d only have 39 total left and 2 spots max left to keep. from his injuries though maybe he doesn’t get bid up this time. maybe moncada doesn’t get maxed. it certainly doesn’t look like i can keep any other prospects here for sure with freeman/rendon/moncada all more expensive than they were before this year)

    trade puk for d.murphy (10, 2) here? don’t know if starting murphy is much better than cooper or n.lowe or braun though in one of the utils.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take Murphy

  4. Mordacious Levator says:
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    NL only with QS over wins. have these for SP: stressbird, gallen, wainwrong, castillo, lester, mahle, lucchesi, matz and pab lop in DL slot. 10 team h2h. drop matz (possible he sticks in bullpen) for vargas (just dropped). vargas boring, but gets QS’s.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Eh, think I’d just hold Matz there

  5. lubey says:
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    No Brantley somewhat baffles me. Love the content brotha!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ralph and I discuss Brantley on the podcast about the top 100

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the top 100!!!

    a. You got it wrong on Freeman. Is he ready for INjury duty is the question. Hasn’t been injured all year that would be a first if he makes it to 150 games and no injuries!

    b. ‘Stros is better than Lastros.

    c. Kudos to the max on JoRam. I’ve witnessed many a CLE game this year and from my perspective at least 25% of his plate appearances are of the infield pop fly variety. Can someone check quickly what his IFF% is? Grey? DT? Y’all there? Roofied again.

    d. Signed up The Candy Man for his second half potential. Who are his equivalents at

    1. starting pitcher?
    2. closer?
    3. relief pitcher?

    e. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for July 9

    From Keep ’em Flying, 1943

    [Still at the Kill the Umpire stand at the carnival where Costello is the umpire (the big boss) and Abbott makes the money from the proceeds of the stand.]

    Abbott: Here. There’s a protector. Put that on. When the ball hits the protector, it bounces off.

    Costello: This is a protector?

    Abbott: Certainly.

    Costello: And the ball bounces off the protector?

    Abbott: Certainly!

    Costello: Did you ever figure out what makes the ball bounce off the protector?

    Abbott: What?

    Costello: My head!

    Abbott: Will you listen? See that bat?

    Costello: Yeah.

    Abbott: I have absolute control over it with this button. I press the button, they throw the
    balls, the batter hits the ball.

    [Abbott shows Costello the ‘fool proof’ way that the batter swings the bat with the button.]

    Costello: Somebody throws, you press, and the bat hits the ball?

    Abbott: That’s all.

    Costello: Don’t forget. Push the button.

    Abbott: – Okay.

    [Lou stands in front of the batter facing Abbott as Abbott is facing way from him. Abbott pushes the button and the batter hits Lou on the back of the head.]

    Costello: – Ooh! Wait until I say “ready. ”

    Abbott: What’d you say?

    Costello: I said, “Wait until I say ready”!

    Abbott: Okay.

    [This time Lou is standing between the batter and the umpire and Abbott pushes the button again, Lou getting hit with the batter’s back swing.]

    Costello [to the batter/mannequin]: What’s the matter with you? Put your shirttail in! Who do you play for, Brooklyn?

    Abbott: Get back there!

    Costello: Not until I say “prepared. ” You thought I was going to say “ready. ”

    [As Lou says ‘ready’ Abbott pushes the button causing Lou to get hit once again in the back of the head. That’s three head shots already if you are counting.]

    Abbott: All right, folks, step right up.! Kill the umpire! Knock his brains out.! That’s the idea of the game.

    [Meanwhile, Lou gets angry with the batter/mannequin, kicking him repeatedly in the shins. This causes the batter/mannequin mechanism to repeatedly hit Lou over the head with the bat. The count is up to at least 20 by now.]

    Costello: [To Abbott] Never mind that.

    Abbott: Wait a minute! That’s enough. Take it easy. What’s the matter with you? Stay back there where you belong.

    Costello: That’s enough. I’m through.

    Abbott: What’s going on? What are you beefing about?

    Costello: Don’t push me. Don’t tell me I can’t quit. I can quit.

    Abbott: That’s the boss.

    Costello: What do I…Hello, boss. This guy’s using my head for a baseball.

    The Boss: I’ll use it for a football if you don’t get back to work!

    Cheers,
    Ante

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      Love your posts Ante but little perspective for ya, Freeman played in 162 games last year, is on pace to do it again, only missed time 2 years ago due to a fluke HBP, and played in 158 the year before that. He’s a rock!

      • Yes says:
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        There’s always one in the group…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why ya gotta try to jinx Freeman?

      B. Ha

      C. Yeah, he’s hitting everything in the air to his detriment

      D. Maeda, Pagan, Moronta

      E. Nice!

  7. Cat says:
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    Lose two (H2H points)

    Hiura
    Olson
    Laureano
    Eloy
    Cruz

    • BadFantasyManager says:
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      Nice write up Grey! I am happy that I have 6 batters in the top 30, and mostly thanks to follow this rankings and your opinions. But let’s get to the bad side…. the pitching….

      I have Wheeler, Marquez, Gallen, Caleb Smith, Heaney, J.A. Happ, and Lyles (P. Lopez and Glasnow are in the IL, Robertson is the last DL). We have Wins, Loses, ERA, WHIP, K, BB, QS, and K/BB. Weekly H2H. I have many pitchers because….. just try to have a miracle or something

      Pineda, Alex Young, Luzardo, Salazar, and Urquidy. Should I drop one of my pitchers for some of this players.?

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Not a pretty group to choose from there but I’d try Pineda over Lyles

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I hear ya, the good news is everyone’s pitching sucks — Sure, try Pineda over Lyles

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Laureano & Olson

  8. Mondo says:
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    Was offered my Bryant and Olson for his Nola and Carpenter. While it sounds a little lopsided, I could really use the pitching help, and I already have Trout and Belly so hitting wise I’m not missing out. What do you think? Should I try to get something better than Carpenter as the 2nd piece of the trade?

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      Here’s my lineup pre-trade

      Jansen, Bellinger, Hiura, Muncy, Bryant, Segura, Mondesi, Trout, Dahl, Domingod, Eloy
      Bench: Olson, Laureano

      Flaherty, Marquez, Wheeler, Cease, McKay, Gallen, Luchessi
      CMart, Diaz, Doolittle, Robles

      I don’t know about you, but I think Nola just the right piece to help round out my team.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Yea I’d try to get something better than Carpenter as the 2nd piece. Or just trade Bryant straight up for a pitcher?

        • Mondo says:
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          His other tradeable pitchers are Minor, Clevinger, and Morton. If I were to do Bryant for a pitcher straight up I think Nola would still be the guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola straight up sounds fair, you can see what I think of the guys above, obviously Bryant over Nola

  9. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    *Stands up and claps*
    *Sends dirty shame- looks at the other audience members for not creating an ovation*
    *Claps harder, and stands harder if that’s even possible*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, don’t stand too hard, it’s leading cause of plantar fasciitis

  10. JC says:
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    My team finally playing well and has climbed into 6th place in our 12 teamer, h2h. Team listed below. Two upgrades available.

    1. Khris owner willing to trade for Laureno, Maz, Eloy or Soler. Who goes?

    2. Would you trade for Sale giving up either Segura or Albie and Ramos? If so which one goes as Albies is hot and could reclaim #2 spot in Braves lineup and Segura is finally stealing a few bags.
    Replacement for Ramos would be Omar or Vazquez.
    Replacement for Albies/Segura would be one of Gardner, Yandy, A Cabrera, Marwin, Reddick. Who do you prefer?
    I imagine Yamamoto goes if Sale added??

    My team
    Ramos
    C Santana, Moose, Bryant
    Trea, Segura, Albies
    Hoskins, Acuna, Eloy, Maz, Laureno
    Util: Soler
    SP: Morton, Castillo, Bieber, Berrios, Paddack, Yonny, Lucchesi and Yamamoto.

    • JC says:
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      Khris question still in play.

      Sale owner pulled the deal as he decided not to go for Ramos or any catcher. Dang it. He now wants two of Albies, Segura, C Santana, Moose for Sale. Thoughts given my team and wire options?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Mazara

      2. Santana with Albies for Sale works. Could give Segura with Santana also.
      Yandy for the replacement, Yamamoto for the drop.

  11. zombie says:
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    Thanks for this thorough and progressive list, Grey. I think it’s Grey. A PITCHER in the Top 5? Did a quick website check. Yup, it’s my go-to. Credence to Top Pitchers in 2019? Scherzer is Grey’s Fortunate Son? I think that I agree; but excuse me while I question everything else that I’ve been taught. Grab a top catcher and closer early next draft! Say it ain’t the way Anime Grey!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Grey always values pitchers more in the second half

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anime Grey agrees with Written Word Grey, almost always

  12. Jaca says:
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    Morning Grey, great post!

    Any suggestions on who to drop when I need to activate Rosario and Ozuna? I think Gallen is the first to go but I dont want to end up carrying 3/4 bench bats… I am in first in my league by 19.5 points, so no one wants to trade with me. I guess I could give away a lot to try and get another SP? not sure anyone would deal with me though.

    Basically asking who should I drop bat wise to activate Rosario and Ozuna or who could I potentially package for Snell or another under-performing SP?

    My Team – Yahoo 12 team 5x5avg roto:

    C. Jansen
    1B. Olson (only 1B on team outside Voit, dont wanna drop if Voit injury lingers)
    2B. Mondesi
    3B. Baez
    SS. Tatis Jr.
    OF. Dahl
    OF. Yordan
    OF. Puig
    UT. Ohtani
    UT. Hiura
    B. Riley
    B. Voit (on IL but taking a bench spot right now)
    (IL). Eddie Rosario
    (IL). Ozuna

    SP. Bieber
    SP. Clevinger
    SP. Wheeler
    SP. Paddack
    SP. Lucceshi
    SP. Marquez
    SP. Gallen (would drop him to activate Rosario or Ozuna…dont wanna carry 3-4 bench bats tho)
    RP. Yates
    RP. Hand
    RP. Hader
    RP. Smith

    Thanks for the help Grey!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Make the Snell trade or something similar…

      • Jaca says:
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        Hey there DT

        Any 2 specific bats you would sell high on to the Snell owner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Voit and Puig? Voit and Riley? Trade your bench bats

  13. Thundergunn says:
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    When is MIKKEL??? I honestly don’t know where to begin with how convoluted that show is..

    Story for Xander and Devers??

    Should I hold Senzel for upside or grab someone like Rojas, Candelario, r. nunez to play 3B?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Devers side.

      I’d hold Senzel.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      When is MIKKEL?! Please someone explain this to me! I think he’s in every time line, tbh

      Agree with DT

  14. Chud says:
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    Below r my 10 pitchers for ROS. We only start/roster 10. Any of these that u DON’T have confidence in second 1/2 not included in top 100? I could look to flip 1 for a Morton /Strasburg/ Grienke type. It is a dynasty league but going for title this year.

    Sale
    Marquez
    Paxton
    DGerman
    C.Smith
    Woodruff
    Bieber
    Castillo
    Yates
    Neris

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d give any of Smith, German or Woodruff, in that order, for a Morton/Stras/Greinke type.

  15. Rocket says:
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    Awesome post!

    Biggio or Chavis ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d try Chavis, but coin flip

  16. William Hung says:
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    Would Travis Shaw make the Top 500 of the 2nd half?

    • William Hung says:
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      On another note, I hope the 5 cat contributions from Kingery holds down my 3B spot ROS

    • Grey

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      Yes, but only bc it would go to 750

  17. Going to activate Corey seager, do I trade Buehler and andrus( he will be drop anyways) for Snell. Whip, wins, loses and k’s. Worried about inning limit on Buehler. Thanks as always.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Meh, I prefer Buehler to Snell, they’re close though.

  18. Fancy Sauce says:
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    Upton or Carpenter ROS

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Toss up, Upton

  19. ty says:
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    Nice list dude!….12 team roto, pick 2. Senzel , Scooter, Hiura

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hiura, Senzel for me

    • Grey

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      Thanks! Agree with DT

  20. Bum Gardener says:
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    Grey,

    I have an agonizing trade deadline decision that I’m hoping for your opinion on. I am in contention in a H2H keeper league and someone is trying to pry Juan Soto from me. This is keep by round, and Soto can be kept in the 19th round next year, with the number creeping up each subsequent year.

    In return, I am being offered: Trevor Story (5th round), Eloy Jimenez (26th round), Justin Upton (not keeping), Kenta Maeda (not keeping), Caleb Smith (not keeping).

    I love Sexy Dr. Pepper, but I have to do this right? Sparing you a list of my entire team, the trade does fill needs, its the trading Soto in a keeper that is the obvious holdup.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, do that deal

    • LenFuego says:
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      Look at it this way: From a long term perspective, getting Eloy alone is probably fair … neither are stolen base threats, Soto probably better for average, Eloy maybe for power, and Eloy is 7 rounds lower in keeper value. And on top of that, you are getting a whole bunch of help for your championship run this season. So, yeah, that is a deal that has to be done.

      • NJW says:
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        Thanks to the 3 of you!

  21. Slowmez says:
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    With increased power everywhere you look it feels like speed should become more valuable. What do you think Puig and Mallex accomplish this 2nd half? Any specific reservations?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mallex feels like he has a flimsy grasp on leadoff, but maybe 35/2/15/10/.270

      Puig feels like every other outfielder who could be great or just whatever — think Upton

  22. saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 Team H2H 6×6 OPS QS Redraft

    I have Bell and Voit to cover 1B and UT

    My SP staff includes Verlander, Wheeler, Woodruff, Heaney, Flaherty, Gallen, Musgrove, Pineda, Weaver IL.

    1) Is Bell for Scherzer enough?

    2) If not, what one other pitcher should I package with Bell?

    3) Is my staff decent enough to get through the second half and hold?

    Thanks again for your thoughts

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1) Probably need more for Scherzer
      2) Any of Heaney, Musgrove, Gallen, Woodruff, in that order
      3) Might be fine, but Max would go a long ways

      • saint says:
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        Thanks DT

      • saint says:
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        Hello again Grey and DT,

        Not sure if you will be responding day after but here goes:

        Scherzer owner says his bats are set, but would be willing to deal for two of my SP’s. Not sure if that even makes sense for me. He knows Verlander can’t be one of them.

        Am I gaining anything by offering Wheeler/Musgrove, Flaherty/Woodruff or any combination of what I have or should I look at other top 10 options such as DeGrom, Cole, Corbin etc?

        Thanks again for your thoughts

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, you are gaining… You’re gaining an SP who is more trustworthy and better

          • saint says:
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            Thanks Grey. I will offer a few options for a 2 for 1 SP swap and hopefully land Scherzer.

  23. Alex says:
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    Thanks for writing, Grey.

    Paxton and Benintendi too much to give for J.D. Martinez?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      No, that’s fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  24. Chucky says:
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    Do I have enough pitching to trade Nola in a 12 team Dynasty? Verlander, Nola, Bieber, Ray, Luchessi, Archer, Gallen, Pablo , Erod and Milone . I would be getting Altuve and Odorizzi.

    • bigbear says:
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      Sure. You can do better than Altuve though.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d probably do that deal

  25. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    What am I missing on Morton? It’s not keeper rankings, it’s the next 2.5 months rankings. Why are you so sure he will get hurt? He’s a top 5 starter if he doesn’t get hurt no?

    • Ivanmakebasket says:
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      So far on the razzball player rater he’s the number 16 overall player and number 3 pitcher. for him to be ranked 84th overall for the second half you have to be pretty certain he’s going to get hurt

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        Boom…roasted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Look at his top IP counts for his career and see where his IP count is now

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        I get it. I think baking in that much injury risk in the projection for someone who’s currently healthy makes a lot more sense in February tho rather than mid July.

  26. crimedog says:
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    Great stuff Grey. Question for Grey/DT. Thinking into the future as I might try to make some trades here soon. If you had to assign keeper contacts to these players today how would you assign them out of Eloy, Meadows, voit, Ohtani, hiura, kingery, Corbin, j polanco.

    3 years-?
    2 years -?
    1 year-?

    Are any of them interchangeable? Meaning I would think Eloy is a no brainier 3 year guy over anyone else, but if you say Meadows for 2, is there also another player you would be happy with at 2 years? This will help me identify where I may have room to deal a guy. Thanks in advance, sorry for the long question. 14 team h2h daily league. Ohtani is one player, SP and DH

    • bigbear says:
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      3 year guys – Eloy, Voit, Hiura, Ohtani
      2 year guys – Kingery, Corbin, Polanco
      1 year guy – Meadows

      I like Ohtani better as a hitter only. But with your set up he could still be a 3 year guy.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      3 year – Eloy, Ohtani
      1-2 year – Hiura, Voit, Meadows, Polanco, Corbin, Kingery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they could all be 3 year guys, Eloy, Hiura and Ohtani feel like only slam dunks tho — 1 year could be any too, but prolly just Voit who’s fairly replaceable

      • crimedog says:
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        Thanks everyone. These are great answers, helps a lot.

  27. knucks says:
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    My takeaway from the DJ LeM blurb… not the negativity but what I choose to see as positivity about Newman! Hoping that Frazier stops swinging a hot bat and that Newman sticks in the leadoff for most of the ROS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Newman could be DJ if he stuck at leadoff, which I don’t trust Hurdle to do

  28. baseballbanter says:
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    Hoskins is doing what Hoskins does but I was hoping Hoskins would do more than Hoskins likes to do.

    That being said, whos is a fair trading partner for him?

    Think I could land Judge? Nola? Gary? Rizzo? I am having a hard evaluating Hoskinssssssssss.

    Thanks Old Grey Man.

    • knucks says:
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      This comment really bothers me. He just took all the time and effort to literally rank players. Only you know your league. Try and reach out to the owner of all those players and ask them yourself. Otherwise, maybe try a 1:1 trade for the 5 players that are ranked directly above Rizzo.

      • Yes says:
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        You shouldn’t be on the internet if literally one comment can bother you

        • No says:
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          Ok

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All seem fair for Hoskins… Depends on needs

  29. jayhann says:
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    Great write up. Got a tough decision to make – hoping you can help. I’m in contention in a keeper league (6×5 w/ OPS). My rotation is Buehler, Boyd, Caleb, Soroka, Paddack, McKay and two streamer spots. Obviously worried half of them will get whacked with innings caps. Guy in first place is offering me Vlad Jr. and Canning/Lester (plus a 4th rd pick). Would you pull the trigger, or does this totally demolish my rotation? What if I could swing CMorton+Vlad instead? Thanks!

    • jayhann says:
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      Would prob help if I told you who the other guy wanted. He’s asking for Buehler. Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      If you can get Vlad and Morton then do it for sure. I’d probably do it anyway, tough for me to pass on Vlad in a keeper league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, I see now, Buehler — I’d take Vlad/Morton, assuming Vlad is keeper

  30. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    If Gallen gets sent down
    Who would you pick up
    Slim pickings from waiver wire
    Marco Gonzales
    Ed-Rod
    Anibal Sanchez
    Bassitt
    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try Ed-Rod

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None? Agree with DT

  31. bigbear says:
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    1. Grey, I mean this in all sincerity, thanks for not hating my team!

    2. Still no love for Ohtani… Even with limited ABs, he scratches an inch. And that’s what ballers do! Love that he’s taking some bases too. (I saw your blurb about pitching some, I don’t think the Angel’s will do that this year.)

    3. I feel like Eloy is primed for a huge second half. His early numbers were a real drag on his totals. If you take out the Gurriel bros, he’s the #8 HR hitter over the past month.

    4. Where do you have a guy like Kingery? Woodruff? Paddack?

    5. Just Dong needs to Just… Deliver!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2. I hope not

      3. I hope so!

      4. Meh, could be top 100 guys, but Paddack will be IP count, Woodruff could tire and Kingery has been batting low in the order but that could change

      5. YES!

      • dave p says:
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        Kingery has been leading off for a couple of weeks now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For about a week-plus, in late June he was hitting 7th

  32. Cheez Whit says:
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    Was Scott Kingery close to top 100? Eligible at multiple spots. Been mashing, top of a potent lineup. Trying to access his trade value rest of season.

    • knucks says:
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      I’ll give him…

      35 / 9 / 30 / 6 / .279

      …with a chance for more!

      He’s ranked #101! But seriously, he’ll most likely bat at the top of that Phildo’s lineup for the remainder of the year if he doesn’t cool off. We like him, but are you buying or selling?

    • knucks says:
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      Should add, he is at $17/per Game on the Season to Date Player Rater, sandwiched between Muncy and Moistakas (and just below guys like Bregman and Carlos Santana). See the Springer blurb to understand why that could mean great things going forward, especially now that he has lots of job security, with Odubel being a POS and also having been the only consistently good bat in that lineup that past month or two.

      • Cheez Whit says:
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        Its a keeper league so teams that are out are making moves to secure keepers for next season. I like him a lot and received some decent offers but can keep him next year too.

        • knucks says:
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          I don’t really do any keeper leagues that are deep enough to be considering a guy like him. So I’m not gonna be helpful. But Grey, DT, etc will be very helpful if you phrase your comment differently.

          Post the league specifics and the deals, etc and you’ll get more of an answer as to how to handle the situation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

  33. Webelos Willie

    The Dawg says:
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    No Matt Olson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, Dawg

      Would’ve been around 120 prolly… Think some HRs and .240

  34. normgi says:
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    Would you drop Verdugo for Pollock in a 14-team H2H league? My fear is Pollock’s injury history.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold

  35. Dude at Dudes says:
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    My Charlie Morton ($25) for his O. Albies ($14) 12 man keeper $260 budget, salaries rise $5 per season

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Depends on team and situation. Morton if you’re contending and need the pitching, otherwise Albies.

  36. The Terminator says:
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    12 man keeper league, $260 budget. Cut Alonso salary from $20 to $1 or Snell $25 to $5 or W. Buehler from $16 to $12 & M. Chapman from $17 to $15?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Alonso. Snell works too though, close….

      • The Terminator says:
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        Thanks Donkey! I am leaning Alonso

  37. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    You really think Harper is on that much of a decline?….i’m always the optimist but i think he will bust out second half.

    I heard on the radio the mets we discounting tickets up to 85% with some of the cheap sets going as low as $5 per game if you but the entire second half. They would be better off donating the tickets to charity than selling that cheap.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go to every Mets game if they were $5 just for the laughs

      I’m concerned about Harper, he’s going on two years now where he’s a .245 hitter and doesn’t have a ton of speed to make up for it, and everyone’s hitting HRs

  38. Strikouts DO NOT count in this 4×4 league …

    drop T williams or S Anderson for Lamet R.O.Y. ?? (I’m holding and hoping w/ Pivetta)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose Anderson

  39. Justin Ralph says:
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    This post is a huge help in getting through the All Star Break. How are you feeling about Hunter Dozier, Scott Kingery and Ian Desmond for the second half? There are a few teams that are out of it and those are my bottom three hitters.

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      Soler is a lot like Iris in Can’t Buy Me Love. More rides than Greyhound but currently on the waiver wire. Drop Desmond for him?

      • knucks says:
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        Soler over Desmond. But its crazy that Soler is available at the moment, so maybe you can hold Desmond through the break, since the Rox have a homestand starting on Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        Thanks Knucks and Grey. How are you feeling about Kingery and Hunter Dozier? Solid starters in a 10 team mixed? I was loving Dozier pre injury but he has cooled since then.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, still solid but Dozier’s moving towards droppable for a hot bat

          • Ralphy says:
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            Ok thanks. Which pitcher would you prefer for the second half? Lester or Syndegard?

  40. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Cut Stripling or Gallen?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Stripling

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I prefer Gallen, but Stripling has better chance for IP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow! That’s crazy! Thanks for researching it!

  41. jayhann says:
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    Villar or Hello Newman ROS in an OPS league?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Villar

  42. jose says:
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    Think I saw Wheeler mentioned as a top trade candidate for the Mets. Do you value any of that into his ranking or is it too much of an unknown.

    Looking at rounding out my keeper team for the second half. Would you replace Eduardo Rodriguez with Pineda or Cashner?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully Wheeler goes to the Padres then

      Agree with DT

  43. Puigs on the Wing says:
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    No Puig? Surprising. He’s 44 on the player rater in standard 12 ESPN leagues. Also, last month of the season who’s been more valuable Puig or Trout? It’s close.

    • knucks says:
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      Nice nick! I also figured we would see him around where Eloy is in the ranks. I’m holding/buying him if I can.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love Puig too, but Puig or Upton? Puig or Olson? Puig or any OF who could get 14/6/.255? I hear ya tho, but when you cut off at 100 you miss some guys

  44. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Better dynasty player Huira or Albies?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’ll take Hiura but could really go either way

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Hiura has more power upside, esp when home park factored in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, likely true

  45. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Those Vlad and Eloy 2nd half projections are whack!

    Are you expecting them to use 2015 baseballs or something??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vlad was using 2015 baseballs in the 1st half so figured it would continue

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        HAHAHA!

  46. Kelley says:
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    Hey Grey, Please rank S.Gray, Means, D.German. ros, h2h. Thanks

    • knucks says:
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      Gray, German, Means

  47. Jedi says:
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    Grey,

    Two trades I think I could pull off; which should I offer first?

    1. My JT Realmuto and J Bell for their W Contreras and F Lindor

    or

    2. My J Bell for their JD Martinez?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Lindor — but fair

      2. Sure

      • Jedi says:
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        Which should I offer first (which would be better for my favor)?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Feels most different — You’re trading apples and apples in both trades

          • Jedi says:
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            Just trying to improve my roster based on your 2nd half rankings and what other teams may go for. This day is like trade offer Christmas for me.

  48. Danny Almonte says:
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    Surprised at no Lourdes

    • knucks says:
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      He’s been crazy hot. Even if you buy it (I do to a certain extent), you should package him up to a believer for something that has a much higher floor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I like him too… But I don’t know if it was a crazy 6 week streak or it’s real… I think and want to hope it’s real but bit more unknown there

      • LenFuego says:
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        Everybody keeps looking at Lourdes like he is just a one or two hot streak guy, but he now has 444 career at bats and is hitting .291 with 27 HRs, 72 RBIs, 66 runs and 4 SBs. I fail to see how that level of production over three-quarters of a season’s worth of at bats can be chalked up as fluky or SSS. And he is a 25 year old hitting third every day in an improving lineup, and appears to be getting better, not worse.

        I have said it before, but I find it mystifying that fantasy baseballers (<—- Grey’s mom’s term!!!) are not falling head over heels in love with this guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, we’ll see but in April he was also demoted he was so bad, so maybe, but maybe not is an option here too

          • LenFuego says:
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            The main reason he was demoted was to learn to play outfield. He had already shown signs of coming out of his slump, but had a case of Steve Sax throwing disease at second base — it was only two errors, but he just looked shaky there apparently in general

            He went down for six weeks to concentrate on LF, and then was brought back.

            By all accounts, he is playing a very good left field — no errors, six outfield assists (and I mean, some really nice ones), and has shown all the instincts and athleticism the position requires.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like Lourdes too, but is he as good as Trout as he’s been or in a hot streak?

              • LenFuego says:
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                Heh, I am certainly not expecting him to be the long term equal of one of the greatest baseball players of all time. It just seems like a lot of people are talking themselves out of him because of SSS and lack of a big prospect pedigree … I just think there is enough track record now to overwhelm those concerns.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      He’s hard to peg, even after writing an post about him LOL. It’s hard to fully believe it until goes into and then climbs out of a slump due to the underlying numbers.

      • LenFuego says:
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        He has gone into and climbed out of a slump several times already. E.g., 7 for 44 with zero HRs to start this season, 11 for 62 with two HRs last April and May, and 13 for 77 with one HR last August and September.

        • knucks says:
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          Where would you stick him on Grey’s list, Len?

          • LenFuego says:
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            That is a good question … when you are talking top 100, they are all pretty good players and most have a much longer track record of success. I am not necessarily arguing it is an injustice he is not included … I just think he is underrated in general and I would be looking to get him if I did not already have him.

        • knucks says:
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          I moved Lourdes + Jeff McNeil for Bregman yesterday. Your thoughts?

          My point is that he has been incredibly, but from reading your comments, it makes it seem like I got the wrong end of the deal. I think he kinda falls in that #101 area.

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            i would say the #101 area is about where he should be right now. If he has a good July then I’d move him into the 60s area. I went in the details on him in the post this last weekend.

          • LenFuego says:
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            I think you did well in that deal. Bregman is a guy with a proven track record of being a top 20 hitter, and he has always hit better in the second half.

            I like McNeil fine, but unless and until he adds a bit more power to the package (and I think he might at some point), he does not move the needle much in that kind of trade.

  49. toolshed says:
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    Where would you expect soto to be in your ranks if this was obp vs avg?

  50. hal_incandenza says:
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    11-team roto 6×6 with OPS and Holds, QS instead of W.

    My batting is top-notch, but I’m last in QS and mid-pack in ERA and WHIP.

    I’ve been offered Verlander for Rendon. This feels a little steep in this league format, where Rendon is a 5-cat everyday guy and Verlander a 4-cat every fifth day guy.

    My current roster (sorry for the name repetition):
    C Willson ContrerasWillson Contreras
    1B Anthony RizzoAnthony Rizzo
    2B Max MuncyMax Muncy
    3B Anthony RendonAnthony Rendon
    SS Trea TurnerTrea Turner
    IF Eduardo EscobarEduardo Escobar
    LF Domingo SantanaDomingo Santana
    CF Mike TroutMike Trout
    RF Yasiel PuigYasiel Puig
    OF Joc PedersonJoc Pederson
    UTIL Lourdes Gurriel Jr.Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
    Bench Hunter DozierHunter Dozier
    Bench Jorge PolancoJorge Polanco
    Bench Delino DeShieldsDelino DeShields
    Bench Empty
    IL Marcell OzunaMarcell Ozuna

    PITCHERS
    SP Patrick CorbinPatrick Corbin
    SP German MarquezGerman Marquez
    SP Kenta MaedaKenta Maeda
    SP Joey LucchesiJoey Lucchesi
    P Wade DavisWade Davis
    P Shane GreeneShane Greene
    P Greg HollandGreg Holland
    P Pedro BaezPedro Baez
    P Heath HembreeHeath Hembree
    P Aaron BummerAaron Bummer
    P Sam DysonSam Dyson
    P A.J. MinterA.J. Minter
    P Michael LorenzenMichael Lorenzen
    IL Kyle BarracloughKyle Barraclough
    IL Nathan EovaldiNathan Eovaldi

    There are 9 active P slots, so we tend to fill those with relievers as much as possible with the Holds category in-play. I have an empty active roster spot. Sounds like Barraclough might be off the IL after the break so he would fill that.

    Accept Verlander for Rendon or make a counter? Thanks for any help with this one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair and sounds like you need Verlander more than Rendon, so do it

      • hal_incandenza says:
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        Done deal. Thanks!

  51. FrankGrimes says:
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    I am Uhtred, Son of Uhtred.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watch Dark so you can explain it to me

      Is Uhtred back?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Haha is Dark is Netflix?
        No Uhtred yet….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, watch Dark and explain to me

  52. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Brandon Lowe is available in two of my leagues. Why is he rated so mediocre (by Razzball tools and other sources)? MLB.com (which I don’t generally trust!) indicates he may be activated by end of week.

    Please rank: Lowe; Hiura; Kingery.

    • knucks says:
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      Prob cause he is a bit mediocre, doesn’t have a gigantic track record and isn’t a highly touted prospect. But also the Rays shuffle the lineup more than any other team in MLB. Could see Brandon having to stay hotter than Wendle to hold the 2B job to himself the rest of the way.

      Hiura, Kingery, (gap) then Lowe

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Good answer. I’m probably biased because he peformed great the week I faced him. And 16 HRs in limited ABs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks — he’s fine for bat who could get hot, but no track record makes him unknown

      Hiura, Kingery

  53. Screaming Viking says:
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    Need a new CF for the second half —
    A. Hicks, Gardner, Laureano, or JBJ?
    Thanks!

    • knucks says:
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      I’d ride Laureano right now. But Hicks could be more valuable if he stays healthy.

    • Gary Z says:
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      Hicks, and its not close for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Laureano

  54. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Thanks for the top 100 second half, very cool. This article answered alot of questions about my squad moving forward.

  55. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. I’ve got someone who really wants TreaT but not necessarily looking to trade him unless it’s an offer I can’t refuse. TreaT/Flaherty for Machado/DSantana/Corbin? Refusable or take it?

    Thank you for making ASB not so boring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems like an offer I’d do especially if I didn’t need SBs

  56. Stumanji! says:
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    I know thinking about keepers for next season is a bit premature but I want to either 1) flip one of my guys for a big package or 2) flip two of these guys for an even better keeper. I think #1 will obviously give me a better chance of winning this year (currently in 4th). Also, most of the keeper “upgrades” (Bellinger, Acuna) I see are owned by the guy in 1st, so I don’t really want to give him a clear path to winning. The only other guys I really see as possible upgrades are Mookie $8 or Story $21.

    10 tm H2H with OPS, keep 5, $260 auction budget. My top 6 keepers are:
    Albombso $1
    J.Baez $14
    T. Turner $5
    Yelich $41
    Trout $52
    Scherzer $17

    Which of these guys would you recommend trying to shop? Or should I just stand pat and try to win with these guys, knowing I’d have to let one of them walk after this season?

    Thanks for the rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try to win or Trout for Mookie

  57. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limited moves (35 per year), no streaming.

    Having a hard time making trades happen and over the last couple weeks some awful one sided trades have gone through making my two top competitors very good. So, I will try to make some trades closer to the deadline when people are really out but for now…

    A) Can you break apart my team below, weaknesses who you’d try to trade away before playoff run ? I scooped up some rookie pitching hoping to turn them but there isn’t much interest in them.

    B) I picked up Lamet when he was DL’d but now that he’s back I will need to drop someone to bring him off the DL, whos the drop?

    C) Any swaps you see on the wire (below)?

    Waiver Wire:

    HIT – F. Galvis, R. Braun, A.J. Pollock (INJ) A. Gordon, B. Gardner, N. Markakis, J. Bradley Jr, E. Sogard, A. Frazier, J. Soler, J. Heyward, D. Santana, G. Cooper, K. Schwarber, J. Aguilar, E. Longoria,

    PIT – T. Roark, J. Junis, D. Bundy, T. Mahle, H. Bailey, J. Chavez, L. Allen, M. PerezC. Richard, D. Duffy, A. Cashner, M. Pineda,

    RP – G. Holland, S. Greene, L. Jackson, T. Rogers, L. Hendriks, I. Kennedy, S. Romo,

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – E. Suarez
    SS – J. Polanco
    CI – C. Santana
    MI – T. Turner
    LF – J.D. Martinez
    CF – C. Yelich
    RF – D. Santana
    Util – C. Blackmon
    BN – P. Goldschmidt
    BN – H. Dozier
    BN – L. Urias (NA)

    SP – J. Paxton
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – W. Buehler
    RP – K. Jansen (RP)
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    P – K. Giles (RP)
    P – A. Heaney
    BN – Z. Gallen
    BN – D. Cease
    BN – B. Mckay
    DL – C. Kluber (10-DL)
    DL – D. Lamet

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Goldy still has a decent name, I’d try to trade him for upgrade on arms — Should get you a top ten arm easily I’d think… B. Can lose Cease C. Meh, Gallen or an SP off waivers only thing that I can see even remotely worth considering, but I’d like to see what the Marlins do with Gallen 1st

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        awesome, thanks Grey.

        Would you then accept this trade offer:
        My: Goldy, Gallen, McKay, 1st round pick (12th round)
        for His: Stanton, Giolito, (one of Minor / Flaherty), 10 round pick (22nd round)

        thanks again

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That doesn’t sound awful… Lean Flaherty, but would take Minor

  58. JakeTPE says:
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    Thanks for the ranks Grey! I shall pore over these for the next couple days. I was hoping to see Buehler ranked higher. I kept waiting for him to get shut down last season when my opponent had him and he never was I believe. So fingers crossed for him (and us) this season.

    Enjoy your break. And good luck to you and all of Razzball Nation in the 2nd half!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we’re a year early on Walker before we see the Cy Young year

      Thanks! You too!

  59. Keeks says:
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    Thanks for doing these ranks Grey!!

    10 team H2H, pitching categories: QS, era, whip, K/9, and S+H

    Is my rotation good enough to win or do I need to go get one of those top 4 aces? Your projections are low on IP for most of my guys. I’ve got the ammo to make a trade if necessary, but would prefer not to mess with my lineup.

    Buehler, Bieber, Paddack, Marquez, Flaherty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re gonna struggle for QS, but should be solid in ratios and K/9

      • Keeks says:
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        Thanks! Is there someone you like just outside the top 100 who gets a bump up in QS leagues?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Any of those old decent arms — Minor, Lynn, Tanaka, etc

  60. KrazyIvan says:
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    In a H2H league 12 team league that counts runs, hits, doubles, triples, Home runs, strikeouts, walks, batting average, on baser average and slugging. Please rank these players in order of best ROS (pretty sure non of them are the two dozen #101’s Grey had in mind).

    Garrett Cooper
    Cavan Biggio
    Willie Calhoun
    Joc Pederson
    Justin Smoak
    Bowie Kendrick

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cooper, Calhoun, Kendrick

  61. toolshed says:
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    Do you like Pollock or polanco better in the 2nd half? And would you cut Jackie Bradley for either of them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock — I’d try him over JBJ

  62. Rabbit says:
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    Grey, why the dislike for C Santana in the second half? He seems comfortable back in Cleveland, and was still hitting OK heading into the ASB (particularly for my OBP league).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He seems just so bleh, I considered him, he’s fine, prolly no different than Cruz or Chapman, but can’t fit everyone in 100

  63. Cracked Alfred says:
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    Hmm, so Bauer’s K-rate is down, his walks are up, and he’s outperforming his (lousy) xFIP by almost a full run and you’re more worried about Corbin? I dunno man, I own both but I feel like Corbin has been better this year.

    I’m assuming Bauer gets the nod (in his ranking here) due to strikeout upside and a weaker division?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fair points, but Ks upside moves him up for me

      • Cracked Alfred says:
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        Makes sense to me, thanks for the reply! They have both been roller-coasters in their own way this year, but Bauer works deeper into games and wields a more well-rounded repertoire. Definitely gives him a leg up, maybe even an arm too!

        I can’t wait to limp into my league’s playoffs and lose in the first round — cheers to Razzball for holding it down all season!

        • LenFuego says:
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          Plus Bauer might be the most scientific pitcher ever … Consequently I kind of trust him to figure things out.

  64. KevinB says:
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    Where do you see Nomar Mazara in relations to the Top-100? What do you feel will be his second half projection?

    • KevinB says:
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      RCL league …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 175 maybe, no faith in Mazara anymore 27/8/34/.265/1

    • LenFuego says:
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      His profile has been remarkably consistent throughout his career, and that profile is essentially just a step above replacement level as a .265 20 HR guy. The Rangers used to have faith that he would break out and kept him in the three hole or cleanup … but lately they have been sliding him down to 5 and 6, and that worries me .. that will lose him RBIs and Rs.

  65. Spilt season format 5X5 12 Team – took 3rd in 1st half but need a fresh start, especially Turner, Snell, Flaherty, & Marquez. Recommend streaming Marquez away from Coors?

    • knucks says:
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      Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

  66. willie says:
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    Hi and thanks. Mercado or Laureano, ROS?

  67. Let's Play Two says:
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    What line do you see Lourdes putting up ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We have ROS stats for every player – He could be anywhere from 35/14/40/.290/5 to waiver wire guy — lots of upside, and downside

      • Let's Play Two says:
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        I’m going to go off your gut instincts, since I don’t trust mine. :) What does your gut tell you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he tails off a bit, personally… He was demoted to the minors earlier this year he was such a mess… But he could be totally corrected, hard to say

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          Agree with Grey. He’s a hard one to peg. The last 30 days he’s been at a Troutian pace, which is highly unlikely to continue for someone other than Trout. He could be 60-80% real. It’s hard to fully believe him until he’s forced to adjust a little.

      • Let's Play Two says:
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        The projections aren’t look out of whack. They show only 107 AB with 12/4/ 14

        • Grey

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          Cause track record is so small

  68. Bloop says:
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    I think Bauer is going to be a Yankee and Frazier is going to be an Indian.

    • knucks says:
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      Hah! I would absolutely love to watch Trevor Bauer meltdown in Yankees stadium. That would be enjoyable to watch. I’m sure he would handle himself post-game better than Frazier did…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be, Yankees are rumored with every player moving

  69. stuey says:
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    Thoughts on my Altuve and Ryu for his Scherzer? Hiura would slide into 2B for me…

    H2H league where I could use another ace. Just can’t decide if I’m selling too low on Altuve.

  70. Harley Earl says:
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    Won’t argue most of your rankings here. Kinda think you’ve got the majority right. But I do wonder why so low on Muncy? His first half was no different from last year, and in my league, he’s a top 35 player with those stats.

    I think Muncy deserves more respect but nobody seems willing to give it to him!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was only one giving Muncy respect in preseason

      • Harley Earl says:
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        No love for Muncy!

        You did love him preseason. Just wondered why you dropped him to 69. No way would I take Jose Ramirez over Muncy in the second half. A few steals aren’t worth that much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, prolly close

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Even your projections for the second half have Muncy out-doing Ramirez in every category minus one RBI, which makes no sense, and steals, which I get.

            I’ll take Muncy. Piss on JoRam. You were right about him preseason but seem to backing off that stance now.

            • Grey

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              Backing off? I have him ranked 60 spots later

              • Harley Earl says:
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                Yeah, you’re right, LOL. My bad!

  71. Art of Bat Flipping says:
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    Didn’t expect to see Eddie Rosario’s projections to be identical in R/HR and Yordan a couple more RBI and AVG 5 pts. higher.

    Looks like I would lose nothing by trading Rosario and keeping Yordan to shore up any weak areas I have. Rosario could get be a better haul since owners will be looking at his current stats.

    Who would you trade?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosario is safer, Yordan is riskier with more upside

  72. hitman004 says:
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    Hiura over Senzel ROS?

    • knucks says:
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      If you skipped the article, at least Ctrl + F and check which one is ranked. Do you expect him to say Senzel, after ranking Keston instead of him?

      • thehitman004 says:
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        Thanks for the great feedback lol

  73. crimedog says:
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    Thank you for ranking Vlad and Eloy close to each other. I’ve seen a lot of people have huge deviations for ROS and dynasty ranks between vlad and Eloy with Vlad always being way higher. I don’t think that makes sense when I see it considering Eloy has been no worse than Vlad possibly has even been a bit better. Vlad’s peripherals may look a little better but not enough to warrant more than 10 spots separation.

    • crimedog says:
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      Which brings me to my next point. I really want to like Vlad a lot, I love his style of hitting, but other people are making it hard to do so because they love his name.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Vlad Jr. seems like a ton of fun (every definition of ton)… So far he hasn’t made it super easy to love him while he’s been hitting, but that will change, he’s crazy talented

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They seem like nearly identical guys to me at this very moment in time

  74. Dancin Homer says:
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    White Sox to promote AJ Reed…anything to see outside of very deep/ AL-only leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, deep leagues for now

    • LenFuego says:
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      Should hit for some power but struggle to keep the average up … kind of a Justin Bour profile.

  75. knucks says:
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    Am I filling in for Cram here today? Is that what’s happening??

    Grey, I see you ranked Player A ten spots higher than Player B. But wouldn’y you rather have Player B though? Explain.

    • Grey

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      Haha, Cram Jr.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Shove? lol

  76. Licketty Splits says:
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    I see Candyman sitting out there calling my name . This is a 30 player roster that includes 5 NA slots in 12 team Yahoo essentially dynasty league ( we keep 25 players). I currently have Chapman & Arenado but I might be willing to trade one of them later if Jeimer works out.
    My drop would be one of the following 4 pitchers Alzolay, F Peralta, Newcomb, or Plesac.
    Seems like a no-brainer move to add talent & worry about the details later …esp since these guys love to trade.
    Which pitcher to drop in a dynasty?? ( I realize most of not all don’t make the 25 keepers next year but which has the least upside?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, can lose Newcomb

  77. Gary Z says:
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    Whats up Grey & DT-

    10 team h2h 45/100 pickups used currently in 2nd, is there anyone I can feel free cutting or any area you feel this team lacks? THANKS IN ADVANCE!

    C Vasquez IL Correa SP/RP Barnes, Britton, Oberg, Dyson
    1B Olson IL E. Rosario SP Buehler, Corbin, Ray, Marquez, Darvish,
    2b Murphy C. Smith, Gallen, M. Perez, Lamet, IL Odorizzi
    3b Bregman RP Hendriks, Kennedy, Parker, Kelley, Eovaldi
    SS Lindor
    IF Kingery
    LF Yordan
    CF Laureano
    RF Betts
    OF Soler
    UT H. Dozier
    UT Mallex

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez and Lamet are kinda whatever in a 10 teamer

      • Gary Z says:
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        Sounds good…thanks again for the help!

        -g

  78. Buns says:
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    My Olson for his Caleb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d prolly lean Olson, but could go either way

      • Buns says:
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        How about Stroman for Olson?

  79. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Manfred, “Baseball has done nothing, given no direction for an alteration in the baseball… there is no evidence from scientists that the ball is harder…” but he acknowledged that “the drag of the baseball is less.”

    uh huh, sure… why do you lie, liar.

    “…pitchers have raised issues particularly about the tackiness and seams on the baseball, and we do believe those could be issues.”

    so everyone knows something has been changed, but nothing has been changed. ok, now tell me that this all a dream. pay no attention to the man behind the curtain (or in the baseball factory template room).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, such BS… I 100% agree with Verlander

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Manfred is full of it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Manfred is full of juiced balls

        • Coolwhip

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          LOL, he’s full of helium. just like his juiced balls.

  80. Gerald says:
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    Grey, wanted to say love the podcasts with you and Ralph. Always a good laugh. Like how you guys go on your hip hop rant every so often. I myself am more of a Nas J cole Lupe fiasco, OLD kanye, Biggie,Big Sean Logic fan. Don’t listen to much of the new stuff. What are some new school albums you recommend a listen?

    OBP Runs Slugging percentage,AVG HR, RBI Stolen base Runs league

    Where would you rank guys like Buxton Robles and Desmond And Hunter dozier?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I really love the new Tyler the Creator album, IGOR… not quite hip hop, but more singing but it’s solid, best album of year I’ve heard… Buxton, Robles, Dozier…they’re all close to top 100

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Tyler the Creator is brilliant. Can’t recommend an album, but Rich The Kid has a handful of good tracks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Flower Boy is solid too

  81. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I appreciate the rankings as always.

    Not making the case for Bryan Reynolds to be in the Top-100 for the 2nd half (as he shouldn’t), but where do you see him being drafted next season?

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      Also…Chavis or Murphy for the ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poop! Seems like a 190-220 overall guy

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        I’m not one for predictions, but I got two for you.

        (1) Reynolds will be a Top-75 player in 2020.
        (2) Ohtani will be a Top-25 player in 2020 as he turns into a closer and still continues to rake at the plate.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither would be totally crazy, but I think Ohtani’s is more likely if still improbable

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            I would love to see Ohtani turn into a closer. It would be more sustainable than throwing him out as a starter. In fantasy baseball, it would be amazing!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally agree, it would be awesome, don’t think there’s a real chance it happens tho

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            Not “totally crazy”, just kinda crazy?

            • Ha says:
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              I think he could play the field and close. That’s my ultimate fantasy

  82. Smashed Pertaters says:
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    Enjoyed the top-100! Are you a believer in Woodruff 2nd half and in future? Would you deal away Dahl for Woodruff and K.Giles in an 12-tm OBP keeper if you’re competing and need Ks? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Woodruff but not for Dahl

  83. cg says:
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    Great rankings. I def expected to see Ohtani waaay higher, but maybe the risk of him rehabbing pitching was a concern? Ever since he came in the MLB he has been on apx a 50hrs 20sbs pace for a full season worth of at bats, and crazily enough I don’t know why it isn’t sustainable. I sure hope the Angels wise up and turn him into a rp/dh or rp/position player, but I highly doubt that happens.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m concerned about the Angels sending him down to get him some IP

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        I would be shocked if he pitches at all this season outside or bullpen exercises, or simulated pitch counts. Angels org has stated several times they are going to be extremely cautious in bringing him back to pitching in live environments. I think all parties involved are focused on 2020.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Interesting… I hadn’t heard that yet but could be

  84. Lonny says:
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    Hi,

    Do you prefer John Means or Gallen in redraft 6×6 QS league?

    Thanks!

  85. Cram It says:
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    Pete. Beef.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      I began watching the home run derby, then took a nap. Woke up for the playoff between Pederson and Guerrero Jr. That was good TV. Didn’t pay attention to the final between him and Alonso as it was a given he was going to win due to Vlad Jr. being exhausted.

      Is anyone else worried that Vlad Guerrero Jr. is HUGE? I hadn’t watched him live in a while, but that dude is BIG! Like Cecil Fielder big.

  86. Vun says:
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    Romo or Hendriks for saves ROS

  87. Cory J Iler says:
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    Lets hope the second half is better for me than the first half…that’s a trick question because it literally cannot get worse.

    Trade question. 10 team Roto keep forever league. 6 X 6 OPS.

    My Mookie Betts for his Springer, Rizzo and Whit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… I hear ya… I’d take Springer side

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      If you need a Rizzo and Whit then for sure. If you’re just doing a move to make a move, then nah.

  88. krazyivan says:
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    Thanks for the fantastic ROS writeup.

    I assume since Marquez and Wheeler are ranked so close that trading Will Smith for either one would be a good swap. How about Will Smith for Syndagaard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! Yeah, I’d send Smith for one

  89. Beastman says:
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    Count me worried about Benintendi. His k-rate is up a full 7% from last year–17% to 23% and yet BABIP is 20 pts higher–.328 to .348.

    Crazy to consider trading him for Lorenzo Cain and Smoak? It’s partly a move to gain some salary cap space.

    • Beastman says:
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      P.S. It’s an OBP league. And the diff is 6% in K, not 7%. Me no good at math.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bit crazy, I think… Cain looks more dusted and Smoak is super replaceable

  90. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I never thought I would ask a catcher question but who do you like ROS out of Christian Vazquez, Danny Jansen and Omar Navraez?

    Also, I have Laureano at CF but had Pollock stashed to be a backup and bench bat but Hicks is out there and has been hitting. You think Hicks or Pollock ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vazquez — Prolly Hicks, but could be either

      • Alex says:
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        Thanks man!

  91. ProcessOverResults says:
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    Grey the type of dude to have 19 in black jack, say hit me, and then brag about it being the right call when he gets the 2.

  92. ProcessOverResults says:
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    Also, is it still worth watching dark if i can speak German? Or should I just watch Lost instead?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Watch Dark and explain it to me, thank you!

  93. Coolwhip

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    hahaha, this is rich. there’s rumblings that the Astros “are among the most interested” in trading for Trevor Bauer. how great would that be if he went to the Astros? lol. please baseballs gods, let this happen. “So Trevor, how do you feel about the astros pitching approach now?” … “no comment”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, that would be amazing!

  94. ThE sHiT says:
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    If i were to send Kris Bryant, do Nola, Snell, Berrios, or Castillo seem like fair returns?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They seem okay if you need arms… Obviously bat over arms in vacuum

  95. DonnieB says:
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    Sounds like I should trade my Dahl,Kingery and Senzel for his Albies and Springer. Hunter dozier would enter my lineup.

    • DonnieB says:
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      Posted too fast. Should I make that trade to get Springer?

  96. krazyivan says:
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    In a four game series @ Coors, if you had to choose between Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria which would you side with? Ugly thoughts I know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo was crazy hot pre-break

  97. pugs slugs says:
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    NL-Only, 10-TM, H2H, 5×5 (OBP) – $280 Auction (Keep 5)

    Thanks for the Top-100 Grey! I always appreciate the time you put into your rankings along with the commentary.

    Looking to get my team ready for the second half. I’m currently out of 1st by only 3 games, but I really need to dominate for the next 8 weeks. The best team in the league plays all the same teams (1 week later) than I do, so we basically have the same competition from here on out. Their team is stacked, although they are relying on youngsters (Albombso, FTJ, Sexy Dr. P, Baez, Reynold’s, and Renfroe). They also have MadMax and Nola anchoring their staff along with Hader, Davis, and Holland closing. It’s going to be really close. Our match up in 4 weeks could be the deciding one.

    My batting roster has 3 iffy guys starting, but the other guys stack really nicely. I lack speed, which will be important as I am now ranked as one of the lower teams for SBs. I have Inciarte that might help some if he gets some playing time back or is traded to an NL team.

    I am sitting on the #1 WP ready for an AL stud to come over. I’d like Merrifield, Abreu, or Castellanos. If I knew for sure one would be over soon, I’d try to trade Escobar ($13 keeper) for a stronger arm.

    CA Wolters
    1B Rizzo
    2B Hernandez
    3B Rendon
    SS Escobar
    IF Hampson
    OF Acuña Juña
    OF Harper
    OF Hoskins
    OF Slater
    UT Robel Garcia
    B Inciarte
    SP Ryu, Corbin, Musrove, Eflin, Mikolas, Richards, Stripling, A. Young
    RP Yates, Kimbrel, Jackson
    IL Wood

    A) I was thinking of trying to swap out Hiura for Hampson. OR… Would you suggest trading Hampson for one of Quintana/Ray to get a stronger arm and just pick up Muñoz.

    B) If (A) above doesn’t happen, would you drop one of Garcia/Slater for Y.Muñoz? I like the upside of Garcia’s power and that covers more categories than just speed. Slater has some speed and pop. PT for both could be spotty, but Muñoz’s PT might also be squeezed when Carpenter gets back.

    C) Drop one of Richards/Young for Trevor Williams?

    D) If/When Alex Wood comes off the DL, who would you drop? I know you don’t like him Grey, but you’d keep him over one of Young or Richards, right?

    E) Finally, if you don’t like Alex Wood at all for this year, I could put Inciarte on the IL, and just pick up Williams.

    I appreciate your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. I’d take Ray or Quintana for Hampson and pick up Munoz B. Yes, Slater C. Meh D. Lose Young for Wood E. See D

      • pugs slugs says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        The Hampson deal doesn’t look like it will happen. I went ahead and picked up Jose Iglesias for the series in COL.

        Slater will be in COL beginning Monday, so I will probably hold, and drop Iglesias for Muñoz.

  98. Jon says:
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    Christian Vazquez or Jorge Alfaro for the second half/potential 2020?

  99. FantasyLand says:
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    Do you think Betts remains a 1st round pick for 2020?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, unless it’s an 8 team league

  100. tigersharkz says:
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    I am an xStats ‘ho. I’ve probably checked out the xStats for every player of note in MLB. NO ONE EVEN COMES CLOSE (yes, I’m interwebz yelling) to out-producing their xStats #s as much as Eduardo Escobar. (someone please find a player so I can stop looking) His average exit velocity is a full mph below the MLB average; the average distance of his HRs is 387 ft vs. the MLB average of 401. The list goes on…for anyone interested…

    I am officially on Unicorn Watch with the underrated EE.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I know on Eduardo, he’s been goofy lucky, but great park, hits third and can coast into a top 50 season… I will be wary next year on him, 100%

  101. Quill says:
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    If you absolutely, positively, in dire straits, had to drop one of these guys, who would it be? Points league

    Laureano
    Olson
    Hiura

    • LaRockakis says:
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      Laureano or Olson.

      Hiura is the Sultan of Swing.

  102. JC says:
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    Hiura over Benintendi ROS?

  103. JC says:
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    Our defending league champ just dealt Scherzer for Altuve straight up. Redraft league. Maybe his wife got to his phone and is punishing him.

  104. aardvark says:
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    Just traded Ryu and Ramon Laureano for degrom. How did I do?

  105. Cano Soup For You says:
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    Turner & Hader
    Or
    JoRam & Nola

    Thanks!

  106. Daze says:
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    Who you like better 2nd half
    ED-Rod or Barria
    Thanks

  107. herschel says:
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    @Grey: if im looking to trade yates for a starter, would boyd be the right target range?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you might be able to do better, but I’d take Boyd

  108. The Other JC says:
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    Have two spots to fill after completing two 2-1 deals.

    1 Best 2 short term?
    2. Any chance either could stick on a 12 teamer, 14 hitting slots?

    A Jones, Reddick, Yandy, Marwin, JBJ

    3. Best stash on IL: Carrasco, Salazar, Peacock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. JBJ, Marwin 2. Seems unlikely 3. Salazar

      • JC says:
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        Thank you. Looking at my trade offer through this lens, it becomes:

        Sale JBJ and Marwin for

        Albies Maz and Lucchesi

        Still Sale side?

  109. Ellis says:
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    Hey Grey, no question just huge thanks for the rankings and the great advice!

  110. Ellis says:
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    Hey Grey, no question just huge thanks for the rankings and the great advice! throughout the season!

    • Ellis says:
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      Meanwhile, I can’t believe how bad the rankings are on other sites, Rotoworld is in a bizarro fantasy alternate universe, just useless

      thanks again!

  111. aardvark says:
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    I have an open roster spot. Should I give Pineda a shot in a 10 team quality start league? I’m not hurting for pitching. Or should I grab a bench bat like Soler or jay bruce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try Pineda, but seems like a headache waiting to happen… A bench bat is pretty useless tho

  112. SuicideSqueeze says:
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    12 team AL only keeper league, R+SB-HR, RBI, OBP, SLG and QS, 2xS+H, ERA, WHIP.

    Chirinos*
    Moncada*
    Bregman
    Lindor*
    Bauers
    Betts*
    Bruce* (we get to keep NL trades through end of season)
    Adames
    Vlad
    Urshela*
    Rosario
    Stanton*

    Verlander
    Fiers
    Dfffy
    Lynn
    Pineda
    Tanaka
    Boruki
    Chapman
    Brasier
    Jimenez (DET)

    44 QS – 1st (tied)
    112 2xS + H – 1st, (101 is 2nd)
    3.55 ERA – 3rd, (3.36 is 1st)
    1.10 Whip – 1st (1.14 is 2nd)

    426 RBI – 8th (507 is 1st, 488 is 3rd)
    314 R+SB-HR – 12th (419 is 1st, 411 is 3rd)
    .325 OBP – 8th (.354 is 1st .336 is 3rd)
    .455 SLG – 7th (.493 is 1st, .470 is 3rd)

    So, with such a potent lineup on offense, why are my hatting stats so low, you might ask… Well every asterisk is from a recent trade, all within the last 3 weeks or so. I lucked into Fiers and Lynn from the waiver wire, so my pitching was better than expected, so I traded all my prospects for current talent to make a run at the title. Question is, am I too late?

    Two more trades in the works: I get Encarnacion for Fiers. I think I will gain more in hitting than lose in pitching.

    The harder one is whether to trade Vladdy ($6 OY 2020. $5 per year extension.)

    Offers are:
    T. Hernandez ($3 OY21)
    Seager ($8 OY 1)
    Y Chirino ($8 OY21)

    T. Hernandez ($3 OY21)
    Seager ($8 OY21)
    Bieber (&20 OY21)

    Pujols ($2 OY21)
    Seager ($8 OY21)
    Bieber ($20 OY21)

    Pujols ($2 OY21)
    Seager ($8 OY21)
    Y. Chirino ($8 OY21)

    Will Harris
    Carrasco
    Hicks ($19 OY20)
    Jo Ramirez ($22 FA21)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, your pitching stats are dope considering how it looks which is just kinda okay… I’d take Edwin there to try for the title, I wouldn’t trade Vlad Jr.

      • SuicideSqueeze says:
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        Thanks. Nice to have an unbiased look at things. I can get attached to my players sometimes. Note that until about 3 weeks ago I had Stanek and Osuna pumping up (down) my ratios.

  113. Play Ball says:
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    I’m going to go for gold and make an offer for Trout. Don’t want to insult the owner. Is Eddie Rosario and Hoskins fair? Is anything fair for Trout?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, prolly doesn’t get it done

  114. Charlie says:
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    Riley/Castillo/Hand
    Or
    Woodruff/Vlad/Flaherty

    Could switch Riley for Meadows if need be.

      • Charlie says:
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        No love for Woodruff?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ve been loving Woodruff

          • Charlie? says:
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            More than Castillo?

  115. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Two deals-

    1. I get Blackmon for Eddie Rosario and Lourdes.
    2 I get Soto for Yordan and Lourdes?

    It’s a 10-team standard root redraft league. I need to drop or trade 2 for 1 to activate Rosario. Your ROS projections show Rosario and Yordan almost identical so. I could use the higher average Blackmon would provide over Rosario or Lourdes.

    C Sanchez
    1B Bell
    2B Baez
    3B Rendon
    SS Story
    OF Yelich, Acura, Hoskins
    UTIL Mondesi, Lourdes
    BENCH Yordan
    IL E. Rosario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure 2. Okay

    • knucks says:
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      This was really funny to read through. Gonna go out on a limb and assume that those comments there are littered with people that are below me in all of my roto standings. TBQH, I love that people are dumb enough to think they should be using a site other than Razz.

  116. Baxton says:
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    Who has the highest trade value out of Flaherty, Marquez, and Wheeler?

    • Yes says:
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      Marquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who the other person wants, right? I’d guess Flaherty just bc of his 1st start, but I’d prefer Wheeler

      • Capt says:
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        My Wheeler and Olson for his Nola?

  117. hondo says:
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    I picked up Danny Jansen to stream in a 1 catcher league where J.McCann is my regular C.It looks like Boeuf will be of the DL soon,maybe cutting down on the AB’s for McCann.
    So ROS-McCann or Danny?Need to drop one when Voit gets off the IL.

    • Yes says:
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      Grey would say Jansen but I’d say McCann…his breakout seems to be legit and trending upwards. Jansen was highly touted preseason but if you take away his name his profile is ugly this year. Think McCann is overall ahead, albeit a few less homers as compared to Jansen.

      • hondo says:
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        Thanks boss,tough call.

  118. lwomack58 says:
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    Is It best to drop somebody like Greg Holland who continues to blow up my ratios for the few saves I get. Should I take that spot and add a reliever with better ratios who might be a next up or stream the spot.

    Do you hold out hope that Holland can become a better closer?

    Currently I have Hand and Rogers as closer. D. Castillo is available.

    Thank you

    • Yes says:
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      Holland is trash. Pick up Eovaldi if you can.

      • lwomack58 says:
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        Eovaldi not available. Have him on few other teams but not quick enough for this team

        • Yes says:
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          What are some of your better options?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Holland

  119. JC says:
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    Which of these two teams would you prefer moving forward in a h2h league, 12 teamer. Currently tied for last playoff spot but I have finally solicited my team and it is playing well. The trade that leads to this comparison is his Sale and Omar for my C Santana, Maz, Ramos and P Baez. I like the value but hitting wire is awful to backfill. I guess it comes down to do I need Sale to win the league? Thank you.

    RAMOS OMAR
    C SANTANA, Moose, Bryant. Hoskins, Moose, Bryant
    Trea, Segura, Albies. Trea, Segura, Albies
    Acuna, Hoskins, Maz. Acuna, Laureno, Soler,
    Laureno, Soler, Eloy. Eloy, MARWIN, JBJ

    Morton, Castillo, Berrios. SALE, Morton, Castillo,
    Bieber, Paddack, Lucchesi, Berrios, Bieber, Paddack,
    YAMAMOTO, , P Baez,Dyson. Lucchesi, Dyson
    Strop. Strop, BUTTREY

    • JC says:
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      Well I see that spacing did not work. Sorry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale, these trades are not close

      • JC says:
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        Good cuz I completed them this morning. Yahoo!

  120. Mplax28 says:
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    In a SV+HLD league. Choose 2 ROS.

    Petit
    Colome
    Hendricks
    Ottavino
    Treinen
    Romo

  121. baby seal says:
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    G,

    Has anyone complained in these parts about how ESPN is handling H2H 1.5 week this year? If not, thought you’d appreciate a quick rant, because they’re being major c**ts.

    Want to make some major roster moves once ESPN stops d*cking me over. Already used 4/4 pickups for this “week’s” matchup… pretty sure they did this differently last year where this week was the start of a 1.5 week, rather than the back-end of the previous one. It really makes no sense if u think about having half a week POST-ASB with a PRE-ASB week. Do it the other way around, Kevin! No one’s happy about it!!

    /Rant end

    2. Anime Grey crushes it again!

    3. Initially shocked, but makes total sense where u put Sherz. Tienes cajones grandes, mi amigo.

    4. Love the obvious comment vs other ‘perts!

    5. I have Muncy & Mous. Thinking I could trade one of them, Cruz, even Soto to upgrade pitching and still be able to pick up a Soler, Hiura, Franmil, etc… 12-teamer. Sounds pretty… obvious?

    -baby seal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Major Clints? Like Hurdle? That doesn’t make much sense, agreed… ESPN sucks

      2. Thanks!

      3. Mi sealito!

      4. Ha

      5. Sure, if you can get a top arm

      • baby seal says:
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        hahahaha SEALITO!!!

        Made my day

  122. Cable says:
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    h/h points redraft….12 team weekly lineup set
    Was offered K Bryant & S Gray for my E Andrus,E Suarez & Do German…..or I can get K Bryant for Suarez & Andrus
    Note……I don’t use Andrus at all because I have F Tatis & T Turner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bryant, seems like a no brainer for you… No reason for Gray

  123. Travis Hafner says:
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    Pitcher questions:
    1.) I see your point on Marquez as to why he could have a good 2nd half. However, I really think this whole “juiced ball” thing has been drastically enhanced in COL; for whatever reason. Therefore, I cannot start him in Coors. His next two starts are in Coors. So I’ll basically be benching him at the least until July 20th or so. I’m at a point where I almost wanna take pennies for him.

    2.) Rather own Yamamoto or Pineda? Both upcoming starts are OK (Yama -SD, Pineda -NYM) and I could potentially get both, but Pineda does scare me a little.

    3.) Should DCastillo be owned in 10 teamer looking for saves? I own Poche in one (he blew a 1 run lead vs NYY for save) and the TB bullpen seems to be up for grabs (Pagan obv best bet). Dyson a potential grab too.

    4.) What about Lamet? Ideal hold in 10 teams? Pineda our there too.

    • Yes says:
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      Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yeah, maybe, bit of an unknown with that

      2. Yamamoto

      3. Sure, if scrounging for saves

      4. Meh, hold

      • Travis Hafner says:
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        Seems you don’t have any confidence in piñata. Don’t blame you. Hate that he’s looked good, but he’s such a trap.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He is exactly that, a trap

          • William Hung says:
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            bigger trap – Pineda, Means, Fiers, or Cashner?

            I’m legit looking at picking up Fiers in my H2H 10-teamer… he’s rolled off like 10000 straight QS

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Pineda is always the trap

              • William Hung says:
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                from your mouth to general ackbar’s ears

  124. The Other JC says:
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    1. Will Gardner be an everyday starter in the foreseeable future or platoon?

    2. Same question on JoMa.

    3. Best for holds and ratios: Buttrey, Minter, Newcomb, Kolarek, Morgan

    4. Please rank these three trades.

    A. Scherzer for Altuve
    B. Bauer for Harper
    C. Sale for C Santana and Maz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Platoon

      2. Platoon

      3. Minter

      4. The 1st part of each… If you have Altuve, the trade is Altuve for Scherzer, not the other way around

  125. Buster Moon says:
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    ROS – Pollock or Thames?

      • Buster Moon says:
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        Thanks – I’m with you on Thames having a big 2nd half!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hopefully!

  126. Mplax28 says:
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    In a SV+HLD league. Choose 2 ROS.
    Petit
    Colome
    Hendricks
    Ottavino
    Treinen
    Romo

  127. Mplax28 says:
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    SV+HLD choose 2 ROS

    Petit
    Colome
    Ottavino
    Treinen
    Romo

    • William Hung says:
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      Treinen, Colome/Romo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Now there’s no Liam?

  128. William Hung says:
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    Friday starts the Betts and Benintendi revenge tour circa Votto/Dozier 2016 2nd halves (though to be fair like you said in the podcast, Betts hasn’t been bad just hasn’t been up to “his standards”)

    Are you starting Lance Lynn v. Hou tomorrow? I’m leaning towards benching him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      From your mouth to Giancarlo’s ears!

      I’d bench him

      • William Hung says:
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        sonnavabench!!!!!

  129. Mike says:
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    Please rank these speculative post-deadline closers. Thanks!:

    -Daniel Hudson or Biagini (which one would close)?
    -Jimenez
    -Watson
    -Anderson
    -Diekman
    -Any I’m missing??

    • knucks says:
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      Keep an eye on Bummer

  130. Basement Artie says:
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    Heard Cano wanted to be in the HR derby when he found out you don’t have to run.

  131. hankg says:
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    In a keeper league where my team is falling out of contention, would you deal Lindor, Hoskins and Ryu for Bellinger and either Correa or Swanson? Only Hoskins and Bellinger (and possibly Swanson) have keeper eligibility for next year. If so, which of the two SS would you add to the deal? Thanks very much and love the rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I’d lean Swanson for safety

  132. Thomas Petrone says:
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    better DL stash ROS for SP – Pablo Lopez or Danny Salazar?

  133. ElTri says:
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    Grey,
    trade proposal. 12 team Keeper league. We keep 10. H2H.
    Currently in 9th. 13 games from the 6th spot.
    Current Roster (* keeping for next year)
    McCan
    Abreu*
    Hiura*
    Torres*
    Moncada*
    Alvarez*
    Upton
    Mazara
    Riley*
    Hicks
    Kingery
    Andrus
    Goldy*
    Gurriel

    Sps
    Buehler*
    Snell*
    Soroka*
    Minor
    Price
    RPs
    Martinez
    Elias
    Jackson

    Ive been out pitched all year. ERA is good but I lose in QS, Ks, and Ws.

    I trade Upton, Andrus, Riley for Meadows, Cole.

    Thoughts on the trade?

  134. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    My Buehler, S. Kelley, H. Dozier for Devers is a GO…but I’d like to get one arm back in this deal.

    My staff without Buehler & Kelley: Nola, Marquez, C. Smith, Ray, Stro, Ed Rod, Quintana, C-Mart, Raisel, L. Hendriks

    Do I add Hiura to the deal above to possibly get Tanaka or Kyle Hendricks or play it safe? My other 2B are: Gleyber, Mondesi. I have Macho and Tatis to play SS and Conforto would be my only Bench bat if I trade Hiura. Thanks G!

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      Pitchers to scoop instead of trading (Can take 2): Cashner, Salazar, Hill, Peacock, Leake, Merill, Roark, Happ, M. Perez . So much meh

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        None are going to be difference makers… Maybe Cashner, Roark

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Tanaka, he’s about 100-120 ish which is same diff as Hiura, more or less

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        I was leaning that way I like Tanaka. thanks G!

  135. Have to drop 1 – Mercado, Sano, B. Lowe, Chavis. Looking forward to 2nd half, Thanks Grey!

  136. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Laureano or Pollock?

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Thanks. Laureano also available in another league — drop Vogelbach for him?

  137. avogt555 says:
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    Are you worried about Scherzer DTD with back tightness? I want to trade for him but worried about his health.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, he just didn’t want to throw in the All-Star Game and who could blame him

  138. herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto redraft. you back in on Framber? drop any of heaney, pineda or peacock for him?

    hope youre enjoying your vacay wherever you are….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Peacock, his shoulder doesn’t sound great

      Thanks! I’m in Portland

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: oregon or maine?

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: re: Peacock, thought i read this morning he was making a rehab start and then returning to the rotation on Monday. am i missing some news?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, no, I might be missing news… Lose Heaney then

          Oregon

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: nice. only been once. so are you returning to LA with your mustache handle barred?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I have to wax my tips up

              • herschel says:
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                read very quickly and thought you said something about waxing your nips and was like, alright cougs….enjoy!

  139. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 OPS/QS
    Trade Clevinger for Hoskins?

  140. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Hope you’re enjoying a couple days off.

    I have one two many OF’s after a recent trade in my 6×6, 12-team, keeper league (e.g., Yelich, Santana, Benintendi, Robles, Reynolds, and Schwarber). I think that’s how I’d rank them going forward. Here’s your multiple choice question:

    (a) Cut Schwarber and hold onto Benintendi.
    (b) Cut Reynolds and hold onto Benintendi.
    (c) There is no c.
    (d) Trade Benintendi for a middle-tier SP and hold onto Schwarber and Reynolds.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poop! D or B, but depends on needs on Schwarber or Reynolds

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        I agree…just not sure I want to cut Reynolds. If I can get a good return for Benintendi, I’d prolly opt for that. Thanks Grey!

  141. Big Al says:
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    Which side of the trade is better off for this year and going forward in keeper league if you have to keep either Stanton or Correra ?

    Stanton, D Jansen and Mazara for Correra and G Sanchez.

  142. Immaculate Inning says:
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    I’m looking at trading for Will Smith, because Diaz has been awful and worried he might not be able to turn it around even though his peripherals looks good.

    My hesitation is will Smith end up being a set-up guy to add depth to a bullpen or a closer if traded? Maybe wait until after the trade deadline to make a move then.

    Thoughts Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could end up a setup guy but I’d imagine he’s a closer in Boston by August

      • Immaculate Inning says:
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        I’ve got a solid offense. Yordan is a bench bat in my shallow 10 team league. Worth trading Yordan for Smith to cover for Diaz? At worst, I could always trade Diaz or Smith for another bat for a closer starved team.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems like an overpay but if you really need a closer, go for it

          • Immaculate Inning says:
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            How do you feel about Diaz’ outlook ROS?

              • Immaculate Inning says:
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                Well, crap (pun intended). All the more reason to make a deal for Will Smith. I need three good closers to keep pace. I’ll move Diaz for a bat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Great! I hope so!

          • Immaculate Inning says:
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            Wait…instead of trading Yordan for Will Smith would you drop Diaz for Hendriks and take the risk Melvin sticks with him?

  143. Carlos says:
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    Thoughts on Marcell Ozuna rest of season? Did he not make the cut because of the broken fingers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was dropped out of the top 100 bc he has a fractured middle finger

      • Carlos says:
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        I figured he was having a good season too. To replace him I’m starting Nick Senzel, do you think I should try to acquire a better replacement or stay put? I imagine Ozuna will be out for at least a month.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly need a better replacement

  144. KarlJ says:
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    Just traded Bauer for Soto
    Do you think this rotation is good enough the rest of the way (11 team 5×5 roto)?

    Giolito
    Wheeler
    Lynn
    Paddock
    Chirinos
    Stripling
    Lamet

    IL: Glasnow, Severino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks okay, but might struggle

      • KarlJ says:
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        I have a nice little cushion in pitching stats (1st in pitching points in the league)
        Just traded Berrios for Byrant and Bauer for Soto
        Figured I would take advantage and make a big push for offense in 2nd half

  145. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    I’m thinking of taking an offer of Soto and Liam for Lourdes and Yordan. It was originally just Soto for Lourdes and Yordan, but I turned it down. He came back to include Liam.

    Liam would be helpful, because I can slot him in a P or RP spot. If he ends up closing based on the article one of the above posts, it would allow me to play 4 closers at a time. Our league has 2 RP slots; 1 P slot and 4 SP slots. It’s a 3 team race for saves and ratios in a 10 team league.

    Do you like this deal for me?

  146. Stat Man says:
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    First 73 AB’s –

    P. Alonso 16/7/18

    Y. Alvarez 12/7/25

    Both had a great minor league season before being brought up.

    Including his AAA stats, Alvarez has 36 HR / 96 RBI / .340 in 75 games. He’s in a better lineup than Alonso too. Excited to see what his 2nd half brings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Love it Stat Man!

  147. Stat Man says:
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    Correction -30 HR in 75 games. He sucks!

  148. RIghty says:
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    Rank ROS overall value:

    C Seager
    Didi
    Dannys

  149. krazyivan says:
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    In a league that counts Holds who do you like better ROS?
    Lugo or Dyson?
    Would it change things drastically if Dyson gets traded to a contender?

    Thanks

  150. Charlie says:
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    Castillo/Riley/Meadows
    or
    Flaherty/Kluber/Vlad

  151. avogt555 says:
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    Are we ever going to start Marquez at home again? It seems hard to value him even in the top 100 if half of his starts are voided. Decreased Ks and QS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him YOLO

  152. Steve says:
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    If you knew at the start of the season that Stanton wouldn’t play until after the ASB, what round would you draft him in a 12T redraft? I know it’s pure speculation, just curious. 5th round or closer to 10th?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe 75-100… he’s not back until August at least, not right after ASB

      • DonnieB says:
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        Rudy still ranks him 12th in rest of s Aston rankings if I am reading it right. Severino at 92?

        • DonnieB says:
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          Rest of season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Question for Rudy, if you comment on the ROS rankings, he’ll get back to you

  153. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Sorry to bother you again on your vaca Grey, but Devers guy says he wants to keep him and upped the price. Since his Lindo is too expensive for him to keep I offered:

    Buehler, Dozier, Hiura for Lindo.

    Don’t care too much about Hiura, only for injury insurance and I’m not keeping him in 2 man keeper. Again, my only bench bat would be Dozier. Gonna go pull the trigger just wanted to say thanks for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Lindor

  154. cable says:
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    h/h points..12 team redraft weekly lineup set….

    these SPers just streamers or are any worth a pickup

    Pineda
    Plesac
    Stroman
    Hudson
    Wacha

  155. Trader says:
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    Best chance of this group to find regular playing time and perhaps even contributing a bit. Please pick 2:

    Yandy, A Jones, Reddick, A Cabrera, Marwin, Galvis, Thames, Nunez,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marwin, Thames

  156. Ellis says:
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    May be able to swing a deal for some SPs, I really like BIeber, which 2 should I target, cognizant of your rankings above: Bieber Snell Strasburg
    Also, would you start Sonny at Coors

    thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like all three SPs… The order they’re in the rankings… I wouldn’t start Sonny at Coors

  157. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h OPS/QS
    Goldschmidt for Cruz?
    Sale and Goldschmidt for JD Martinez?
    JD Martinez, Cruz, F Vazquez for Altuve, Goldy, Sale, Holland?

    • bobbo says:
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      Would still leave me with Verlander. Bieber, Strasburg, Clevinger and some lesser types.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These don’t sound good, except I guess Sale one if you need SP

  158. Ellis says:
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    May be able to swing a deal for some SPs, I really like BIeber, which 2 should I target, cognizant of your rankings above: Bieber Snell Strasburg
    Also, would you start Sonny at Coors

    thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  159. Cohen says:
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    Grey, please pick top 2 streamers?
    Yu vs Pitt
    Lamet vs Atl
    Waino vs Ariz
    CC vs Tor
    Canning vs Sea
    All at home

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      would think canning is one of them. SON doesn’t seem up to date yet but probably grin and lamet is the other.

  160. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need to start one of the following:

    hiura – 3 vs sf
    benintendi – 3 vs lad
    riley – 3 @ sd

    who do you like?

    • jason batteiger says:
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      TRON’ll say tendi

  161. JC says:
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    My team and the wire listed below. 12 teamer. H2h. Been on a nice roll lately so now tied for the final playoff start after a miserable start. My customary patience and building toward September is on hiatus! Need to win now. Trying to trade pitching for an OF. Suggestions welcomed as I think Bieber, Berrios, and Castillo are held in high regard.

    1. Which of these three has the best trade potential? Or maybe the better question is who has the most risk to hold see them as fairly even per your rankings?

    2. Paddack will be harder to deal but about what kind of litter would be fair?

    Omar
    Hoskins, Moose, Bryant
    Albies, Trea, Segura
    Acuna, Soler, Laureno, Eloy, JoMa/streamer spot
    Util: Yandy
    Sale, Morton, Bieber, Berrios, Castillo, Paddack, Yonny and Lucchesi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d guess Castillo has best trade potential

      2. Trading Paddack for someone? I don’t know, maybe Eloy? Laureano?

  162. Gotime says:
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    Own Robles Rodgers Raisel and Workman for SAGNOF – H2H weekly cats any reason to drop one of these guys for DCastillo or hold

  163. Nicholas M Pieroni says:
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    2nd place in dynasty league but I have grown tired of Meadows. Got offered Brantley, Lance Lynn, and Brennen Davis for Meadows and Kikuchi. Think maybe I can get Neris as well. Feel like Im giving up on meadows and kikuchi too soon but I need assistance gentleman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Meadows more than all of those guys, but to win this year Brantley/Lynn is fair… Not great for dynasty tho

  164. LaRockakis says:
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    I CTRL+F’d “Mancini” and found no mentions. He’s on pace for .295/34. What am I missing?

    • i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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      apparently he’s picked up a nickname based on that x-force character boom boom. but then some others claim his nickname wasn’t based on a cartoon, which is certain, as x-force was a comic book in the x-men universe, not a cartoon anyway.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His ROS are around 12 HRs, .265 on a bad team, so not great counting stats… So meh

  165. Hypothetical Questioner Person says:
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    Grey! Do you ever think about doing a video stream of your podcast for the fans? Are you too mysterious? Oh shit…..

    GREY MYSTERIO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We used to do video streams

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        that one year with the nick’s traveling road show tv on the radio. that was first time i found out you actually DO look like yr avatar, which i assumed was just a made up face as a joke. with rudy i’m pretty certain i was right on that.

        -nick had a daily short everyday and i think once a week a full similar to podcast length show, but they were all videos.

  166. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    SON not showing dates as of now. it was before, almost certainly this caused by mostly unknown upcoming starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Question for Rudy on SON comments

  167. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    20 teamer redraft with QS and innings as categories. h2h. somebody dropped peacock (due back not long from now). i have these: bailey, junis, kelly, paddack, corbin, kikuchi, gibson, lynn. drop which of junis, bailey, kelly, kikuchi here for peacock? 80 moves a year, i have over half left.

    2. use a #2 waiver on peacock here?

    3. same league, with j.jones and stanton out i nabbed fowler (who was doing well lately) for last OF slot. added cats hits, slugging, total bases, OBP, OPS. hold fowler or go a.jones, santander, yazstremski?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Kikuchi 2. Sure 3. Fowler’s been ok recently, I’d hold for now

  168. Crazy J says:
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    Is there a top 20 starters for 2nd half? I know Fried tops the list, but I am curious nonetheless.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      there are 21 SP in that list above though, so you already go it.

  169. aardvark says:
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    encarnacion and meadows were dropped. Which one should I pick up?

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      like any other add it’s about who you’d be dropping too. E5 probably in general here unless you need steals more.

      • aardvark says:
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        I have an open spot after a trade

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          pretty shallow league if E5 was dropped though.

  170. BBHHI says:
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    Grey;

    Why do I feel like Clevinger should be in top 100? Any chance you overlooked him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clevinger’s been so iffy, and I don’t trust his back… I’d slide Tanaka in before him

  171. Justin Ralph says:
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    I need to drop someone to make room for Albaderto. Gallen or Senzel. Its a 10 team league with thin pitching and my hitting is stacked. Tried to leave Mondesi on IL until someone else got injured but it hasn’t happened. Its a league with a 50 move cap.

    • William Hung says:
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      I’d drop Senzel

  172. Cohen says:
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    Better streamer?
    Cc at home vs Tor or
    McKay at Balt

  173. Trader says:
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    Best hitter to add to this team? Ten hitting categories: runs, singles, doubles, triples, hrs, rbi, bb, ks, sb, ave.

    Omar
    Hoskins, Moose, Bryant
    Trea, Segura, Albies
    Acuna, Soler, Laureno, Eloy, JoMa
    Util: Yandy

    Options: Wong, Reddick, M Gonzales, Nunez

  174. JC says:
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    Thoughts on adding Oracock with bad shoulder v adding Salazar in a flyer?

    • The Harrow says:
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      guessing he means peacock here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try Peacock

  175. fausto

    fausto says:
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    avisail garcia or k.calhoun?
    d.jansen or c.sisco?

    in a 14tm keeper rather have j.bell($3) or m.olson($14)? thinking about selling bell high. and could get m.olson, plus a $1 l.gurriel or a $2 b.mckay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail

      Jansen

      I want Bell there

  176. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 5. yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    I need help in ERA/WHIP in order to win.

    give- Luke Voit.
    get- Noah Syndergaard.

    question is will Syndergaard improve enough to make an impact in ERA/WHIP or not. if not then I would be better to target a different pitcher.

    MY TEAM
    CA- Grandal. 1B- Encarnacion. 2B- Merrifield. 3B- Champman. SS- Andrus. IN- CSantana.
    OF- Soto. OF- Alvarez. OF- McNeil. OF- KCalhoun. UT- Voit.
    BN- Newman, Aguilar, DeJong, Dyson, Gardner, Grichuk, Hampson.
    SP- Buehler. SP- Clevinger, Keuchel, Musgrove, ASanchez.
    RP- Doolittle, Kelley, Robles, Buttrey, CGreen.
    IL- RHill. IL- Manaea. IL- Strickland.

  177. Jimmy Suitcase says:
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    Need help with a trade offer. 14 team, standard 5×5, roto, yahoo

    Sitting in 5th overall

    Pitching: 2nd in WHIP & ERA, 4th in W, 8th in Ks, 28 innings behind pace
    Hitting: 11th place in AVG and Steals; Top 5 in R, HR, RBI

    Need the AVG and Steals – plenty of opportunity there.

    I’ve been offered Jose Altuve for my Corbin and Kingery… Here is my squad

    C: Alfaro; 1b: Gallo; 2B: Schoop; SS: Machado; 3b: Bryant; OF: Laureano, Kingery, Conforto; UTIL: Bogaerts and Mercado

    Bench: Chavis, Jose Martinez, Franklin Barreto

    DL: Inciarte

    SP: Corbin, Clevinger, Gray, Woodruff, Lucheschi, Streamers
    RP: Hendricks, Colome, Trenien, Barnes

    Make that deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kingery could outperform Altuve himself

      • Jimmy Suitcase says:
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        Point taken.

        Corbin for Altuve str8 up? Would pitching depth hold up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think that’s fair, but I don’t think you have the arms to do it

          • Jimmy Suitcase says:
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            Yeah – I agree. Thanks!

  178. fausto

    fausto says:
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    id want corbin/kingery esp in a keeper. altuve doesnt run like the days of yore and kingery prob nets you the same or more sb and a decent avg.

  179. sgamby says:
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    Good afternoon, who are some good 2nd half starting pitchers (stars or sleepers) to target that won’t be shut down and can help in all categories? Do you have faith in any?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who aren’t listed here? Caleb Smith, Woodruff, Tanaka, Bumgarner

      • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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        I was surprised to not see Clevenger.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s been a mess for weeks at a time or unable to pitch… You really putting him in the top 20 of SP?

          • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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            Yeah – he had back to back bad starts, but was lights out his last start, albeit against the Royals. I’d have him at Ryu – but I’m a Clevinger fanboy.
            Hope your summer’s been rad, I’m swamped with new dad stuff

  180. Ralphy says:
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    I’ve been offered Rizzo, Ryu and Hader for a first and third round pick next year. It’s a keeper league where we keep five. Those three would replace Soler, Urias and Hunter Dozier. Do you think it’s worth it?