There’s nothing better than an April Fools’ prank that is so sly it’s barely perceptible as a prank.  You don’t even know if it’s a gag.  One year, I had a sound engineer friend make a recording that said, “This call is being recorded.  A copy of that recording is available automatically to the police and the prosecutors.”  Then used that to call my mom and tell her I was in jail for accidentally running down a family of four.  “But mom the light was yellow!”  Apparently, I overestimated how funny she’d find that phone call, and twelve years later, she still calls me the night before April Fools’ to remind me not to pull any pranks on her.  This year the best prank I saw was one done by Major League Baseball.  It was so slight, if you blinked you’d miss it.  For their prank, they scheduled a half day on a Sunday.  Since 1908, MLB has played a full schedule of games on Sunday.  What a great joke!  Well done, MLB.  But, seriously, this is a joke, right?  Any hoo!  Know what’s not a joke, the love Trevor Williams has for Razzball, apparently:

Yesterday, Williams wasted no time to prove to me that his love for us is as strong as my love for him.  He went 6 IP, 0 ER with zero hits, but he failed to locate as well, and walked five guys, while racking up only one strikeout.  I believe his love for Razzball is only growing so this is just the beginning of great things to come.  Notice spelling of ‘come,’ you sickos.  On the reals, I like Williams for this year, and wrote a Trevor Williams sleeper for him this preseason.  Anyway, here’s what I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Starling Marte – 1-for-3 in the 1st game, and 1-for-4, 2 runs with a slam (1) & legs (1) in the 2nd game.  Dilly! Dilly!

David Freese – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Freese should change his last name to, “Stop, collaborate and listen.”

Felipe Rivero – 2 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks and two saves.  Felipe Rivero was mad:

Michael Fulmer – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Okay, okay, but how about Trevor Williams?!  Well, they all can’t be TW-Yay, but Fulmer has a great next matchup on the Stream-o-Nator.

Delino DeShields – Has a broken hamate bone.

Joey Gallo – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Statcast said the home run travelled real far and left the park super fast.  Man, Statcast is getting lazy this year!

Mike Minor – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Keep going that deep into games, Minor, and you could have a job starting for the Rays.

Lance McCullers – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  He was able to beat back the Rangers in a battle of Texas.  This is the only battle of Texas I can think of.  Feel like I’m forgetting a Texas battle though.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Whenever Cole looks good, my first thought is, “Don’t worry, he’ll disappoint at some point.”

Ian Kinsler – Hit the DL with a groin strain.  Watch out, Kinsler, or you will go blind.

Ryan SchimpfAngels acquired him from the Braves for Carlos Perez.  If a trade happens but no one cares, is it still a trade?  Damn, Plato up in here!  RIP Dana Plato.

Shohei Ohtani – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Ralph Lifshitz will be along later today with an Ohtani pitching profile.  You can hardly wait.  No, you!

Blake Parker – 1/3 IP, 1 ER and the crazy fast hook from The Sciosciapath to remove Parker.  “Hey, Parker, park it on the bench!”  That’s me with a mouth full of chewing tobacco.  Coming in for the save was Keynan Middleton (2/3 IP, 0 ER), who I grabbed two days ago in one league because Oaktown Steve has been pushing him for a minute.  That’s an Urban Dictionary minute, by the way, which is a long time.  I do think Parker is on the hot seat.  “Hey, Parker, maybe you don’t park it on top of a hot ember!”  But Middleton isn’t necessarily the answer.  He could be, but Cam Bedrosian was already used in the 7th inning yesterday, then again the 7th inning isn’t confidence building either.  For the next save, the Sciosciapath could go with any of the above to spite Montgomery Brewster.

Matt Chapman – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer.  April 22nd, that’s the target date for Chapman to be hitting homers from the five hole in the lineup.

Aaron Hicks – Hit the DL because:  Aaron Hicks.  His replacement, Billy McKinney, hit the DL the next day because Aaron Hicks infected him.  Then the Yankees called up, Miguel Andujar.  Stay away from Aaron Hicks, he’s the contagion!  I own Andujar in one deeper league, but obviously we need to see playing time before going crazy.  I would likely grab him in all leagues, just in case, he plays every day, and hits.  Yesterday, he went 0-for-4.

Sonny Gray – 4 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Sonny Gray had a sunny and grey line.  What kind of idiot has an oxymoronic name anyway.

Kevin Pillar – 3-for-4, 1 run and three steals on Saturday.  If we can just get Gibbons to stop scratching his butt, and move Pillar up to leadoff.  Either way, Pillar’s a hot schmotato!

Justin Smoak – 3-for-4, 6 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer.  Smoak!  Evidently, the spirit wasn’t the only holy thing yesterday.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 2nd homer, and went 5-for-5 with his 1st homer on Saturday.  It’s “chewing up the scenery,” but Eaton works.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer.  He’s on pace for 121 homers.  LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL–Oh, wait, that seems possible with Commissioner Manfred’s bouncy balls.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Not bad, even though he’s Goldilocks’ing Trea Turner’s bed.

Daniel Murphy – Took grounders on Sunday.  Where did he take them?  Hmm.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  But that xFIP’s gonna catch up to him, amiright?

Sal Romano – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Not bad for a type of cheese.

Jake Faria – 4 IP, 1 ER.  Can I just do a blanket reversal on anything nice I’ve ever said about the Rays starters for as long as they’re in a four-man rotation?

Carlos Carrasco – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER vs. James Paxton – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  This matchup was billed as, “I can’t believe how excited I was to own both of these guys a week ago.”

Trevor Bauer – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Who’s the greatest pitcher of all-time?!  Hmm, gotta say Sandy Koufax, being a Jew and all, but Bauer with the decent effort on Sunday.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer.  The only thing in question is whether he’ll hit 35, 36, 37 or 38 homers this year.

Mitch Haniger – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  At least someone on my RCL team is hitting bombs.  Yes, this is all about me!

Dee Gordon – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Damn, back on the PEDs already?!

Kyle Gibson – 6 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 5 Walks, 6 Ks.   Following Gibson was Pressly, not sure if he was introduced by Ed Sullivan.  Obviously, no hits is a great sign, but five walks is less so.  I’ve put Gibson on my watch list to see if he can find command with his no-hit stuff.  My guess is I’ll just spend ten minutes trying to figure out how to take Gibson off my watch list, then I’ll give up, and he’ll be watched all year.

Jose Berrios – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Berrios pitches so well against the Orioles that they might offer him a contract two Marches from now with a 40% chance he passes the physical.

Brian Dozier – 2-for-5 and his 1st and 2nd homer.  Wow, and it’s not even the 2nd half yet.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer, homering in back-to-back games.  Still early but one of my biggest regrets is not getting Sano anywhere.  He was going so late in drafts due to possible #metoo ramifications, but I was never able to pull the trigger.  From what I hear, pulling the trigger is what gets one in #metoo complications.

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  Likely available in shallower leagues, and, with Jorge Polanco in the basement with Bubbles trying to get clean for 80 games, Escobar is a solid add.

Kevin Gausman – 4 IP, 6 ER.  Aight, but just wait until he pitches in August!

Christian Yelich – 5-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, as Ryan Braun was benched.  Okay, Braun has nothing to do with Yelich, but Braun is integral, essential, thesaurus to my fantasy teams, so excuuuuuuuse me.  Did you hear this rumor this weekend that the Brewers were trading Braun for Kemp?  That’s helpful to no one.

Joakim Soria – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  Some people seemed surprised Soria closed out Saturday’s game, but I always assumed he was the closer.  Maybe those other people thought I was Joakim.

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 1 K.  Yeah, Quality Start, right.

Kenta Maeda – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Appizzarently, Maeda was not the guy I should’ve dropped off my RCL team.  Point *pinkie to mouth* Maeda.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Bellinger 1, Judge 0!  Okay, I prolly shouldn’t do that, because it may not be a game Bellinger can win, and we want to set him up for success.

Rich Hill – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.    After the game, Hill said, “How’s dem beans?”

Chris Stratton – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Not exactly butta, but against the Dodgers, I’ll take it, assuming against the Padres home/away and Rockies and Diamondbacks at home it is a bit more butta.  I just want that spreadable goodness.

Yasmany Tomas – Was placed on waivers.  Then the Diamondbacks pulled their team bus to the side of the road, threw a bag of sweet plantains into a roadside ditch, waited until Yasmany ran after the plantains and drove away.  Hopefully Yasmany lands on an AL team that could use a DH.  B[ioqb11&–Sorry, my fingers are crossed.

Zack Greinke – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Looks like Greinke’s healthy again.  From the neck down at least.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-4 and his 2nd and 3rd homer.  Who said Blackmon can’t hit for power again?  Seriously who said it, because I wanna check them for racism.  I have a racism decoder ring.

Vince Velasquez – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  Though, he kept his pitch count to 69.  Nice.

Michael Wacha – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  Wacha Wacha Whatta.

Paul DeJong – 2-for-3 and his 1st and 2nd homer.  A double dip of JeDong!

Yadier Molina – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer.  When you think he’s done, he just keeps going.  Guess it’s appropriate that baseball’s Energizer Bunny would do something on Easter.

Jacob deGrom – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  So far it hasn’t bit you in the ass by prenaming your fantasy team, Flawless and deGromit.

Brandon Nimmo – Out with the flu.  Guess he was sneezing, I thought he was ordering a Givenchy handbag.

Michael Conforto – Traveling with the team, and sounds to be headed for activation on Thursday.  Unless he’s traveling with the team to keep an eye on Matt Harvey, and make sure he doesn’t sleep with his wife.

J.T. Realmuto – Expected out for three weeks.  Sounds like Jerry Tomato Realmuto will be tossing salad for the next few weeks.  In the most non-pornographic way possible.  The no-hitting, Chad Wallach will be filling in for him.

Brad Ziegler – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER on Saturday.  Kazaam!

Dillon Peters – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He’s a low strikeout, solid command guy that I’d struggle to grab in an NL-Only league, i.e., Dillon McOkay.

Yu Darvish – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Hey, Darvish, it was vs. the Marlins, so it definitely wasn’t the playoffs.

Jose Quintana – 6 IP, 6 ER.  Cubs starters need to be careful in South Florida right now.  Miami is being very antagonistic.  First, Miami brought in a Castro, then they promoted a Chad.  Wait until they bring up Double-A pitcher, Johnny Versacekiller.

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, so good, so much goodness! Merci beaucoup!

    a. Day 6 of our trip to Athens! Going to scope out and get the intel for our trip to Delphi tomorrow. Have been enjoying it.

    b. Mark Twain quote for April 2

    Mark Twain Quote of the day for April 2

    IN COMPLIANCE with the request of a friend of mine, who wrote me from the East, I called on good-natured, garrulous old Simon Wheeler, and inquired after my friend’s friend, Leonidas W. Smiley, as requested to do, and I hereunto append the result.

    From – THE NOTORIOUS JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. It’s all Greek to me! B. Awesome!

  2. CrazyJ says:
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    Should I be ready to throw in the towel on pitching after 4 days? Brutal…

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @CrazyJ: It gets better.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @JakeTPE:
        I have a feeling pitching is only gonna get worse this season, MLB and commissioner Rob are hell bent on every player having at least 20 homers in 2018..

        • jakeTPE says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: If Schoop and Story would hit a couple of those HR that’d be nice! Oh, and any Red Sox player, too. Thanks! It’s super early so we can’t overreact to one start by pitchers we drafted. Give them 3-4 at least.

  3. Ray says:
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    Rivero saved both games of the doubleheader on Sunday. Probably great for his arm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ray: Oops, typo, yeah, I saw that

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    I think this title will show just how old your readership skews.

    • Cram It says:
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      @VinWins: I didn’t get it. Did some googling…that’s some obscure shizz.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Cram It: Esther Williams? Rudy really reaching on this one.

        • the jerk store called…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Haha, or how old we are

  5. edietrich1962 says:
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    Okay don’t laugh too hard at me.

    I am stuck choosing 2 of following for ci and util spots in weekly 5×5 roto league:
    Evan longoria, Ryon Healy, Ryan McMahon, Miguel Andujar.

    I know they have like maybe 2 hits combined so far this season. I know this is probably not possible but please help me decide who it should be and may the force be with me, lol.

  6. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H redraft league:

    Which side?

    Yasmani Grandal/Jake Lamb or JT Realmuto/Matt Chapman.

    Thanks!

  7. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H redraft league. Saves+Holds and K/9 are stats.

    1) Please rank for Saves+Holds: Dominic Leone, Adam Ottavino, Jacob Barnes, Pedro Strop

    2) with 6 K’s in 2 innings so far, Ottavino is a good pitcher now. True or false?

    Thanks again!

  8. Racehorse says:
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    *** Unofficial Razzball Scott Kingery Position Played Count ***

    GS
    3B = 1
    SS = 1

    G
    LF = 1

    Game # 2 of the season

    The faster Gabe Kapler can get Scotty Jettpacks to qualify for 3B in yahoo (and SS ain’t chopped liver, either), the faster my dynasty team can dominate.

    C’mon Kap, stop over managing your bully and focus on me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse: I don’t think Kapler knows what he’s doing

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Kapler has no clue.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s so lost

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Grey:
        I’m keeping my fingers crossed that before Kapler gets fired he’ll have Kingery qualified for 3B.

        I can always hope!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What does he need 10 games there? I think they’re even odds

          • Hawk says:
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            @Grey:

            Kapler will probably get Kingery 9 games at every position and then send him to the minors. Dude’s so hyped and jacked up I wonder if he’s snorting the foul lines.

            • Grey

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              Haha

  9. Sheep Boy says:
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    Andujar or Peraza? Asking for a friend. F me! I don’t have any friends. Elsewhere Nick Senzel is waiting by the phone listening to Lionel Richie. Hello…

  10. Maverick says:
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    Hey Grey
    In an 18 Team POINTS League. Offered this trade:
    Hosmer / Morton for Yonder Alonso / Trevor Bauer

    Seems like a move to accept Homer / Morton but just want to be sure. I know @Grey you love Hosmer and I have bought in so anyone with feedback I’d appreciate! Thanks!

      • Gerry Randell says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! I pulled the trigger…I get a Morton Double Dip this week as a bonus – lol!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. Will says:
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    SF Giants two big offseason additions off to a great start: Longoria 0-for-15 and McCutcheon 1-for-16. Too soon to “Panik”? Also is Peraza (0-for-12) ever going to get a hit?

    • Grey

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      @Will: I hope so

    • Earl says:
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      @Will: I hear you Will. I have Longo and Peraza on the same team and they are killing my start for sure.

      Have already dropped Peraza as I did not need the speed as much but really need Longo to hit the ball!

  12. kwoox says:
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    love these…..if you picked up Keynan Middleton a few days earlier can you help out the roto simpletons and tell us about that……we need GREY’s Help!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kwoox: What more is there to tell?

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: Ha! I think he wants you to tell him immediately when you make a move.

  13. Paul says:
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    Not sure who to drop when conforto comes back, I have too many guys on offense and for some reason I can’t catch a trade right now

    This is a 12 team league

    C: Castillo
    1B: Hoskins
    2B: Kipnis
    3B: Rendon
    SS: Lindor
    OF: Blackmon
    OF: Buxton
    OF: Puig
    OF: Polanco
    UTL: Zimmerman
    BN: Kingery (been switching with Kipnis)
    BN: Willie Calhoun (grabbed when deshields went down)
    DL: Conforto

    SP: Wood
    SP: Hill
    RP: Kimbrell
    RP: Chapman
    P: Greg Holland
    P: Bauer
    P: Morton
    P: Momtgomery
    BN: Gausman
    BN: Cobb
    BN: Harvey

    I have daily roster changes so I can cycle in pitching when they start.
    What is the worst case senerio guy I should drop or should I try harder to make a trade? Suggestions?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Paul: Harvey, Cobb or Gausman seems easy enough.

    • Justin says:
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      @Paul:

      Slick Willy or Harvey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Agree with Cram

    • Paul says:
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      @Cram It: @Paul: is kipnis droppable, I know gausman blew up but I still need pitchers to keep up with the league

      • Cram It says:
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        @Paul: You need bad pitchers? Sure, if Kingery plays every day.

        • Paul says:
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          @Cram It: there are no pitchers on the wiaver wire, i’m currently trying to move an OF for a pitcher

    • Hawk says:
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      @Paul:

      Gausman sucks.

  14. Crime Dog says:
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    I’m an official razzballer, can’t wait to use these fancy tools to win all my leagues.

    Also love when you get the double, double dong days with smoak and dejong.

  15. Zeus says:
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    Isn’t Matt Chapman a little too close to Mark Chapman? Didn’t his parents think about this? Like naming your kid Len Oswald

  16. yo says:
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    Was offered the below trade, we use the standard 5 hitting categories plus OBP andTB

    I give:
    Charlie Blackmon

    I get
    George Springer
    Marwin Gonzalez

    Rest of team
    C – Chris Ianetta
    1B – Josh Bell
    2B – DJ Lemahieu
    3B – Freddie Freeman
    SS – Xander Boegarts
    OF – Charlie Blackmon
    OF – Matt Olson
    OF – Eddie Rosario
    UTIL – Yonder Alonso
    UTIL – Jonothan Villar
    BN – Miguel Andjular
    BN – Matt Davidson
    DL – Michael Conforto
    NA – Ronald Acuna

    It doesn’t feel like enough but Springer could hit 40 HRs, and Marwin would be an upgrade over a couple of those guys

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yo: Sure

    • Kevin says:
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      I’d keep Blackmon…

  17. Zeus says:
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    I am in a league with QS and I used the changing game as a reason to switch back to wins as it basically makes good middle relievers useless. Luckily I have Giolito and got to make sarcastic comments about his start and Kenta Maedas.

    They seem reluctant to straight wins. I’m fine with wins. Your valuation should take into account a teams offense, managerial style and bullpen strength. What would you suggest as an alternative to wins or QS that would allow us to use Middle relievers? I hate holds too.

    • Grey

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      @Zeus: I use MRs and I don’t have Holds, they help with ratios

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: I guess we don’t have the same MRs.

      • Zeus says:
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        @Grey: yeah but without the possibility of a vulture win in diminishes their value in a QS league

  18. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    After a rough sp “week” 1, I’ve got a ton of interesting but risky 2x sps going this week (Morton, Taillon, Clevinger, Ryu, Mikolas). Which 1-starter would you pair with those guys with your final SP spot for the week?

    Go with Robbie Ray and SON ($5.4 @STL)?
    OR one of Castillo ( $3.8 @PIT) or Hendricks (neg $5, @MIL)?

  19. Cram It says:
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    Happy overreaction Monday!

    I watched VV pitch because I thought I was slick and started him a couple of places. Threw his heater at 95 consistently but….absolutely…zero…movement. Not up or down, nor side to side, just dead straight. Everyone was teeing off on it.

    Kevin Gausman – LOL!

    • Five-on-One says:
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      @Cram It: I started him as well, and regretted it immediately. HOWEVER, SON has him at $9.0 v MIA and then 2.0 v CIN. And I am tempted to start him for the 2-start week (my league goes Wed-Tues). Am I that daft?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Five-on-One: Fortunately he’s not in a weekly, so I don’t have you problem, but I’m rolling him out there for Miami, then reassess.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: Gausman Still Sucks!!

      My home league where I have

      Rizzo
      Goldy
      Arenado
      Votto
      Kershaw

      Dead Last Place. Maybe I should give up now and trade them all awawy.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @The Great Knoche: You said it. Dee Gordon’s going to top all of those guys in HR + Kyle Gibson will def. outpitch Kershaw.

        Still hurts to start out that way though! Ray, Castillo, and Wacha have me dead last in ERA and WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: *inhales* It’s the smell of guys being worthless after ten at-bats, and needing to drop everyone

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Can’t say I’m not guilty of overmanaging this early. That smell right now is Odor…again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Man, I know… I’ve used 15 moves on catcher alone

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Ha. I hear ya. I wasn’t worried about the move limit before the season, but I’ve got an eye on it already.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wasn’t worried about it until I realized I can move players after games have started, now I’m moving everyone who’s not starting

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I don’t follow. Do you mean you can add players for the same day after the first games officially start but before your guy’s game starts? Like 7:00s kick off but you find out later that your 10:00 guy isn’t playing….you can swap him out same day?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh yeah! Been doing it like a madman so far… So if Pillar isn’t playing at 7 PM today, I can drop him for someone whose game hasn’t yet started

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: Oh damn! Did you find that out by accident?

                    Please drop Pillar.

                    • Grey

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                      So far “by accident” is 90% of my Fantrax experience

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Grey:
                Is this a setting, being a commish in one of my leagues, we need this, how do I do it?

                • Grey

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                  t’s how the leagues are

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    @Grey:
                    In my one league, I added Ianetta after DLing Sal Perez on opening day and I was not able to use him until the next day.

  20. Shitwolf says:
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    I own smoak on 2 teams because he fell to me late. I wasn’t excited about drafting him but I thought at this price I have to… he is in the same realm as Dozier and needs a name face lift…

    Brian Bulldozier let me introduce you to the newest member of the shitwolves… Justin Fiare….yes way better. Rebrand Success!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shitwolf: Haha, you should be in PR! (Not Puerto Rico, public relations)

  21. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H redraft league.

    Who’s the better DL stash? Eduardo Rodriguez or Luiz Gohara?

    Just watched some video, they both look legit.

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Savoy Special:
      Gohara is better and doesn’t pitch in the AL east.

  22. Earl says:
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    Talk about a no win situation. For a weekly 5×5 roto league, I have to pick from following for my CI and UTIL spots (must pick 2 for the upcoming week):

    Evan Longoria, Ryon Healy, Ryan McMahon, Miguel Andujar. Dont’ think any of them have hit yet this season.

    Any suggestions (besides giving up until I can do waivers next Saturday for following week)?

    • Earl says:
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      @Earl:

      You can disregard this post as I see my previously post is now appearing up above. Sorry about that.

  23. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey! Welcome back.

    Pick 2 out of these 3:
    Trey Mancini
    Jose Martinez
    Mitch Haniger

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Not Jo-Ma

  24. Cram It says:
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    So Fantrax…your team page always shows season stats. In order to see today’s stats you have to pick the ‘current period’ from the stats drop down. That’s on desktop. On mobile you have to cllck on that blue circle on the bottom right, then apply the ‘period’. I guess there’s no way to default to today’s stats instead of season stats?

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Cram It: There is. Click on the Gear thing above your roster – General Preferences – Default timeframe.

      Thanks to Mr Grimes for pointing this out!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Cram It: @VinWins:

        Same prob here Cram and thanks Vin and Grimey.

      • VictoriaB

        VictoriaB says:
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        @VinWins: A thousand billion thank-yous.

    • MattH says:
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      @Cram It: if you go to your “Alerts & Preferences” (under Team pull down), or click on the settings widget, you’ll see the option to change the default stats for your team-page. Under default Timeframe choose “period”. Thanks to Big Yuba for that nice nugget. Makes a huge difference.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @MattH:
        Thanks for the extra info, Matt!

      • Cram It says:
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        @VinWins: @MattH: Awesome, thanks guys, and guys who told you guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Yeah, massively confusing, but agree with Vin

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @VinWins: @Malicious Phenoms: @Cram It:

      Click the “automatically submit lineups“ box too
      Saves seeing the annoying submit button after changes.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        This is great! Man, that bugged me

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wait, where is that?

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Grey: Automatically submit lineups is just above the select timeframe option.

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @VinWins: Yes! Beat Grimey to answer that one.

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Grey:
          Team > alerts/preferences > Automatically submit lineups

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Holy Jesus this is confusing… So what is the time period we want on live look? Period? Date?

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: Yeah this period stuff is confusing. Like they’re trying to use NFBC lingo.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Or hockey… What the eff is a period?

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Cram It:

                So in July it’ll be period 111
                Um why?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                So far “by accident” is 90% of my Fantrax experience

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Grey:
          General preferences, team roster screen

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thanks!

  25. Shin Soo Choo Train says:
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    “Kevin Gausman – 4 IP, 6 ER. Aight, but just wait until he pitches in August!”

    I mean, this is serious advice at this point, right?

  26. OaktownSteve says:
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    Hey Albie, you have to admit Middleton looks like a pretty good call at the moment. When a guy gets the hook and another guy comes in and locks it down, that second guy is your closer.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Just added Middleton. Sound advice Oaktown, thanks, Oaktown.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: He’s only on game away from being held for the ninth to becoming closer, so yeah would be a great call if it happens, hoping it does, since I lost Claudio in the league where I got him

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: this said, Middletown or O’Day (assuming you’d speculate with Middleton over Bedrosian)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Middleton

  27. JC says:
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    Mikolas, Flaherty or Trevor Williams? Trying to fill my last SP slot….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Williams

  28. Nathan says:
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    DeShields is down! Should I stash him or scoop up a replacement for steals like Tim Anderson or Jarrod Dyson? My DL spot is already occupied by Justin Turner

  29. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft

    Parker or Soria?

    A Sanchez, Wacha, and Guasman–who’s the weakest link? Lose any of those 3 SPs for Trevor Williams or hold?

    Hope you had a good Easter–loved the Buy….Sell…………………….Hold on Friday and today’s write up as well thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryanoger: Soria… Gausman… Thanks! You too!

  30. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Would you rather have CC Sabathia or one of these other options:

    Dillon Peters
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Eddie Butler
    Ian Kennedy
    Kyle Gibson

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey,

        Someone is interested in Lester. I asked for Corbin. Would you make that deal?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine

  31. Zubaz says:
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    So glad to be back in the Greyness.

    Would you drop Faria and roll the dice on Mikolas today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zubaz: Thanks! Sure

  32. Blaster says:
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    Lose Leone for Middleton due to Holland stealing the saves or wait it out?

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @Blaster: I asked the same question last night and he told me it was a push.

  33. DonnieB says:
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    Parker or Middleton in LA? Or could it be Cam? We need to know and Rhett gif you manager won’t tell us or doesn’t know. Can you help us?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: I’d hold Parker if either or

  34. Zubaz says:
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    BTW yankees rays ppd for snow today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  35. Hot Rod

    Hot Rod says:
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    Triston McKenzie to DL with “forearm” injury, boooooo. Hope it is not another top SP prospect off the map for a year+, Puk and now maybe this? I already have Urias Espinoza jamming my DLs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hot Rod: That sucks… Good to see you tho!

  36. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Would you drop any of my guys for Soria? (Margot? Ziegler? Someone else?)

    12-Team, Yahoo, H2H, 5×5 Redraft League
    C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Kipnis, 3B – Machado, SS – Anderson, OF – Stanton/Cain/Cespedes, Util – Sano, Bench – Margot, DL – Murphy

    SP – Darvish/Berrios/Corbin/Duffy/Fulmer/Richards/Roark; RP – Davis/Morrow/Ziegler/Strickland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ziegler

  37. DonnieB says:
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    Let’s try that again. Parker or Middleton or Cam in LA? That goofy manager there named Mike won’t tell us or doesn’t know. Can you help us?

  38. bball says:
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    Hi there- H2H points league where SP and RP (closers) get roughly the same amount of points over the course of the season. I have to bench one of the following guys this week:

    Carlos Martinez @MIL
    Luis Castillo @PIT
    Mikolas (2 starts) vs. ARI, @MIL
    Quintana @MIL
    Boxberger (6 games vs. LAD and @STL)
    Hand (7 games vs. COL and @HOU)

    Thanks a lot!

    • Cram It says:
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      @bball: Mikolas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does SON say? I’d guess Mikolas

  39. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi there- H2H points league where SP and RP (closers) get roughly the same amount of points over the course of the season. I have to bench one of the following guys this week:

    Carlos Martinez @MIL
    Luis Castillo @PIT
    Mikolas (2 starts) vs. ARI, @MIL
    Quintana @MIL
    Boxberger (6 games vs. LAD and @STL)
    Hand (7 games vs. COL and @HOU)

    Thanks a lot!

    • Cram It says:
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      @asdfasdf: Castillo

        • asdfasdf says:
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          @Grey: Lol sorry about the double post

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No worries

  40. sdub says:
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    What are your thoughts on Josh Harrison and/or Brandon Drury? I’m a little weak at 2B and sort of looking to dump Peraza from the end of my bench lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sdub: I’d go Harrison, pretty even

  41. jc says:
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    Grey
    Thx for the write-up
    He was available so late, I have Wacha on every team.
    Where possible, should I drop him for Trevor Williams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  42. The Great Knoche says:
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    NFBC – thinking oh well, Deshizz is hurt at least they’ll bring up Calhoun.

    Wait they aren’t bringing up Calhoun. Shit, who else I got?

    Drew Robinson, that’s all I Bleeping have is Drew Robinson? Aren’t the Rangers saying this internally!!!!

    Making the choice shortly between Paulo Orlando and Drew Robinson. Sweet.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: True. Ended up moving Castellanos to OF, and slotting in Headley. Following Hittertron, and it says Headley is the least worthless of those three this week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Great Knoche: I have JoRam, Benintendi, and Story gracing me with a combined 1/35 thus far. So, at least you don’t have that.

  43. Willy Mo says:
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    darvish and quintana really get hit up back to back games in miami? so brutal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know

  44. FrankGrimes says:
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    this story is one
    where realization of is
    that you’re trash trevor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re starting to talk in haikus

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        must be PTSD from all my starters getting shelled

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I feel the same way
          It hurts so much, very
          Make it stop, oh please

  45. dude says:
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    I have a spot for 2 of the following 2 start pitchers, who do I go with?

    Renaldo Lopez – @TOR, vs DET
    Lance Lynn @PIT, vs SEA
    Mike Mikolas @MIL, vs AZ

  46. sportznutt says:
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    It’s only been a few days, and I’m capable of waiting, but in the meantime, some good, usable players are being scoooped up. I have the following guys I have in the minors:

    Hays, Acuna, Vlad, Tatis, Rodgers

    I have the following bench players:

    McMahon, Ohtani (batter)

    I like the talent I have, but I don’t like sitting guys on rest days, and would like the depth to slot someone in. That said, these guys have huge upside, and Hays/Acuna should be called up in May, right?

    Should I just hold as is, or should I make some moves?

    11 team points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t own Ohtani the hitter

    • The Harrow says:
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      @sportznutt: vlad/tatis/rodgers while probably eventually being awesome aren’t coming up till earliest like september more likely not even that.

  47. Gotime says:
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    1. Corbin vs Dodgers or Wacha vs Ari (SON prefers Wacha)
    2. Once Conforto comes off DL Would you drop Jose Martinez or Peraza for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gotime: 1. Wacha 2. Peraza

  48. Gotime says:
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    @Gotime: or for 1. Stick in extra closer (Vizcaino)

  49. phil says:
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    Should I pick up Trevor Williams or Kyle Gibson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phil: Williams

  50. Nightmare! says:
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    Greylord!!!! Hope you had a solid Easter Sunday my dude.
    12 team cbs points league

    1) would you drop Dickerson or inciarte for Haniger?

    2) who’s the drop for Williams? Folty, sabathia, brach (currently have box and Herrera for RP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too! 1. Dickerson 2. CC

  51. KarlJ says:
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    Drop Perraza for Addison Russell for MI spot while I wait for D Murphy to return?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  52. That's What Speed Do says:
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    Looking forward to another season of great reads like this, Grey!

    12 team H2H standard categories; up to 5 keepers (draft position doesnt matter)

    Hedges
    Abreu
    Schoop
    Arenado
    Story
    Hoskins
    Rosario
    Mazara
    Encarnacion
    Santana
    Mancini
    Kingery

    deGrom
    Gray
    Nola
    Wacha
    Morton
    Gausman
    Wade Davis
    Archie Bradley
    Betances

    I’m set on power, hurting on speed and my pitching scares the hell out of me… Being offered Dee Gordon and the guy says he wants either Abreu or Encarnacion. Would you take that or counter with any of my other guys?

    Part of me wants to decline this trade and look to deal one of my power bats for a solid SP… but part of me also wants to go for Dee since he would solve my steals issue. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why do you want Gordon? Not a good trade

      • That's What Speed Do says:
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        @Grey: Agreed. Gracias for the reassurance

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          De nada

  53. ERad says:
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    Did you see the clip of Kapler making a pitching change without having anyone warm in the bullpen? At this point, I expect to see him driving around the Phillies parking lot this week with their 2008 WS trophy tied to the trunk of his car.

    I hear ya on Sano – kicking myself for taking Sunday Santana over him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That clip was the best, that should be shown at his firing…

  54. sdub says:
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    H2H league – IP, W, L, Saves, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    Need to bench two of these guys this week:

    Luis Castillo (@ PIT)
    Bauer (vs. KC)
    Wacha (vs. ARI)
    Mikolas (2 starts) (@ MIL, vs. ARI)
    Jordan Montgomer (was originally scheduled 2 starts but today is postponed) (home vs. TB will likely be only matchup)
    Andrew Miller (6 games @LAA and vs. KC)
    Archie Bradley (6 games, LAD, @ STL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mikolas, Jo-Mo

      • peacecoast says:
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        FAAB day, drop Choo for Gurriel [email protected]Grey: benching JoMo versus TB?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure…And why?

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: sorry browser crashed, incidentally clearing cookies and all that shizz does make the site run much faster.

            I was wondering why you would bench JoMo vs TB.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: sorry browser crashed, incidentally clearing cookies and all that shizz does make the site run much faster.

            I was wondering why you would bench JoMo vs TB. oh nvfm you just like the start less than wacha vs ARI ( I would take Jomo tho cmon!)

  55. Joe Beisbol says:
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    Would you drop Margot for any of Gurriel, Yonder, Chapman, Grichuck, or Dietrich? It’s a 5×5 h2h non-keeper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  56. Hawk says:
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    Riddle me this:
    The Rays are going with a 4-man rotation which puts additional strain on the bullpen. Why does this mean Rays starters will go shorter?
    Shouldn’t that mean the 4 starters should go longer into the game to avoid over-taxing a bullpen already strained by having to start every 5th day?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everyone goes 3-4 IP, vs. 6-7 and 1 and 2 IP

  57. Old School Brother says:
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    Drury Harrison or Lew Brin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give Brinson another week

  58. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Finally had my draft over the weekend. 12 team 5 x 5 weekly roto. Initial thoughts?

    C – Wellington
    1B – Smoak
    2B – DeJong
    SS – T Anderson
    3B – Bregman
    OF – Harper
    OF – Springer
    OF – Benintendi
    DH – Beltre
    SP – Darvish, Nola, McCullers, Wacha, Gray
    RP – Chapman, Boxberger

    Bench Bats – Acuna, Story, Gurriel, Calhoun, Guerrero Jr,
    Bench P – Flaherty, T Williams, Felix, Ryu, Soria

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks solid on hitting and pitching, you look a little light on speed

  59. Jose says:
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    First year in an RCL or Roto. What was I thinking…

    Haha. Good times ahead! Hopefully…

    Thanks for the rundowns everyday. Loved the Raisel capper at the end of the post Friday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  60. Jimmy says:
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    Grey,

    12 team H2H league.

    A guy in my league has put Arenado on the block, he would consider my Bellinger and Luke Weaver for him. If proposed would you jump at that for Arenado?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Arenado there

  61. Cohen says:
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    Batty call: John Jay or Soler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soler

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: Sorry just saw Winker leading off. Winker or Soler?

  62. Blah says:
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    So is that Dan pants dude going to be doing the Friday night write-ups this season or will there be no such thing? I enjoyed reading that shizz on Saturdays. Thanks so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He will be, just wasn’t able to this past Friday due to holiday

  63. Mike says:
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    Hey Grey! Looking for QS and K/9. Who’s the add?

    Fairly shallow league, so these are available:

    J Gray, Fulmer, C Anderson, A Sanchez, Morton, Odorizzi, Felix

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Mike:

      I like Anderson with the QS cat. His Ks are enough and he gives good consistent games.

  64. OaktownSteve says:
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    How bout that Charle Blackmon?

  65. Big league choo says:
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    10 team H2H 6×6 QS

    Have huge lead in Era and solid lead in whip would you start either of these two? I have 11 starts remaining including these two and he has 12.

    Harvey vs phils
    Mikolas @ brewers

  66. Chucky says:
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    Already have an eye on Next week, 4/9. Scott Schebler has 7 games, [email protected] 4 home v St L. 7 games, 6 v RHP. The two best SP they’re facing are CMart and Weaver. Better start over Polanco, Alonso, Davidson and the best under the radar hitter Avi Garcia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Davidson prolly, but I’d want until next Sunday, who knows what will happen by then

  67. Jon says:
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    Add Kyle Gibson or Trevor Williams?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  68. DonWonFlan says:
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    Margot or Mancini for U this week?

    12 h2h

  69. DonWonFlan says:
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    Margot or Mancini for U this week?

    12 h2h

  70. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey!

    Hope the first weekend went well for your teams. I made my first trip to Safeco for the game on Saturday. Beautiful park. Can’t believe Cruz twisted his ankle going down the dugout steps after he mashed that dong. Watching Herida try to bunt his way on in Cruz’s lineup spot with the go ahead run on vs Andrew Miller was painful.

    Any way, I am trying to not overreact, but every SP I had except Bauer shat their pants. Your thoughts on losing either Gausman or Wacha for Manaea or Trevor Williams? Or both?

    Thanks, Homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman for Williams

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: I drafted Gausman in the 28th round in 1 league…the last pick. Glad I saw this post. He’s gone.

  71. Fred says:
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    Play Ian Happ vs. CIN or J-Mart vs. MIL (Davies pitching)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ, but I’d look at Hitter-Tron

  72. DonWonFlan says:
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    Panik or Margot for U this week?

    12 team h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Margot

  73. citizen5 says:
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    After what we saw over the weekend, would you move Faria to the bench for Taillon? I only get 5 pitching subs a month. Quality Starts League.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Taillon

  74. Synyster says:
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    Good afternoon Gray! Remove Puig to start Braun in my OF spot today? Braun is at home vs Miles Mikolas. Ramirez hasn’t done much yet can also slide Braun into my util over Ramirez.

    OF – Trout
    OF – Puig
    OF – Cain
    Util – Jose ramirez

    Ty sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, over Puig

  75. Sky Burnsz says:
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    Joe Panik is on a 80 HR pace, legit power uptick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s an easy 80 homer guy

  76. chris pierce says:
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    Grey,

    Too early to make C adjustment?
    Drop Alfaro for Iannetta?

    Also, drop Gausman for Odorizzi, Skaggs or Williams T?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Iannetta — Williams

  77. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Hey Grey, would you drop Andujar for Winker? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  78. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Which one in a weekly league:

    J Montgomery v BAL
    P Corbin v LAD

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corbin

  79. Jon says:
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    Stash Bedrosian or Steckenrider first in a 5×5?

    Also do you like Trevor Williams over Ryu?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bedrosian — Hold Ryu for his starts this week

  80. Cram It says:
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    So on the flipside of these same day adds, Grey…if you want to stream a guy tomorrow, you have to wait until the player you’re dropping for him has started his game, not just the earliest game of the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s a PITA

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Yeah it is. Someone can beat you to the guy you want to stream because you had to wait 3 hours for your droppable guy’s game to start. Ah well, same rules for everyone!

  81. Primetime says:
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    Grey, drop wacha for Lyn?

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: wtf

        • Hater Bell

          Grey says:
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          @peacecoast: It’s Hater Bell’s profile pic, it’s coming up on my new browser I’m using, not sure why but it’s hilarious to me

  82. The Sportsguy says:
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    Nelly Cruz injury? How can we go 2 days without an MRI report? Should we worry?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sounds headed to DL

    • Cram It says:
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      @The Sportsguy: Why worry? Doesn’t do you no darn good to worry, that’s what I say. Ain’t nuttin’ you or the Lord can do ’bouts it anyhows.

      • Hater Bell

        Grey says:
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        @Cram It: Haha

  83. Jiggy Nits says:
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    nl only roto trevor williams vs chris stratton

  84. Dv says:
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    Start ryu @arizona and vs giants or sit

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him

  85. OaktownSteve says:
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    One of the problems with taking top ranked pitching might be the fact that because 50% of the categories that SPs impact are rate stats. With hitting it’s only 20% in standard 5×5. What that means is that the contributions of those top starters is proportionately diluted by poor performance at the bottom of the pitching staff. If a guy hits a home run, it can’t be taken off the board by another player performing poorly. I have always felt that the best way to have a consistently strong pitching staff is to spend a lot of time getting SP4-6 right. The secret to good pitching is the depth. In the NFBC format I have had really good luck with starting pitching. And it usually comes pretty cheap.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I’ve been saying different variations of this for years

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey: Cuz April Fool’s came on a Monday?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Cram It says:
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      @OaktownSteve: For sure. Doesn’t much matter how good your 1-2 is if your 3-6 are garbage. Half the fun for me leading up to draft day is identifying those middle round SP’s that will perform like a 1-3.

  86. your mom says:
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    Hi. 20 team keeper

    Blackmon/cano or kluber/dee?

    Thanks

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      @your mom: Kluber

  87. Cram It says:
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    @OaktownSteve: For sure. Doesn’t much matter how good your 1-2 is if your 3-6 are garbage. Half the fun for me leading up to draft day is identifying those middle round SP’s that will perform like a 1-3, so you don’t have to spend on top pitching.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Cram It: Me too. That’s where I spend most of my time and I try to see as many guys pitch as I can. Who did you end up with this year as sneaky pick guys. For me it was Chase Anderson, Jordan Montgomery, Mike Clevinger, Jack Flaherty, Jake Odorizzi, Snell, [email protected]Cram It:

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Richards/Clevinger/Snell/Manaea/Stratton/ Eduardo Rodriguez/

        I hate how many AL names are on here though.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @The Great Knoche: I have ERod and Richards as well.

      • Cram It says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I have a couple of shares of Odorizzi and Richards as well. Some of the other sneaky guys I found myself drafting multiple times were Manaea, Morton and Price, who I feel like has been severely overlooked coming into the season.

        I have a couple of shares of Newcomb too and thought I’m benching him tonight, I’m very much looking forward to watching him against that Nats lineup.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Cram It:

          Price looks like he might have been a good buy.

  88. peacecoast says:
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    @Grey: wtf you change your icon? without warning us?

  89. Dave Funnell says:
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    When someone says “Name your price”, do you reach for the moon or go logically so as to not end he conversation there.

    I have Hoskins and Benintendi locker up for 2 years at $1. Owner wants one or three other, maybe even both. The only players I see as at least equal value or helping me are: Trout $90, Harper $81, Severino $4, Taillon $1, I. Happ $1, Arenado $47. I can keep Trout and Harper for 3 years but those prices are too high. Potential trade bait of in out of it in August. Severino and Taillon are great, but with deGrom, Kluber, Ray, Corbin and MadBum, I don’t necessarily need pitching though I could amass points now and trade later. Arenado is tempting but I lose him regardless after this season.

    Should I just hold? 11 team points league.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      @Dave Funnell: I’d take Severino for one of them if I needed pitching, otherwise I don’t see these other guys as much of a great deal

  90. Reece King says:
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    Start Ryu and Mikolas on 2-start weeks? Weekly lineup league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  91. FrankGrimes says:
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    “The official start of the shooting of Gomorrah 4 is scheduled for April this year and will last until the end of 2018 and then finally start on Sky atlantic in early 2019”

    ….so long to wait

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, when I first started reading that, I thought it was being released in April… Damn!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Ha. With all this baseball going on did we even talk about S3 ending?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m still devastated about the ending on S3

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Ciro, the Immortal!
            I love the pace of the show but it moved way fast S3.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, feels like they have an endgame in mind… They want to be somewhere at the end of S4 when series ends, and they were motoring in S3 to get to it

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                One day Genny had nothing… next day he had millions
                And his kid is the worst frign actor amiright haha.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, I love Genny! He was struggling early on being a punk, but I think he’s gotten better

        • Hater Bell

          Grey says:
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          @FrankGrimes: I hope it was a dream, trying to avoid spoilers for people even though I don’t think anyone’s watching

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            a dream? Come on man Haha no way.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know, I’m sad tho!

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @ERad: @Grey:

                I was able to trade Lester for Polanco on opening day eve. All good so far.

                • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                  @Malicious Phenoms:
                  Put this i the wrong place..

  92. ERad says:
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    I’ll be really upset if this is the year Gregory Polanco finally breaks out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too!

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey: I don’t know if there is a glossary term for this – but there’s nothing worse than when the guy you’ve drafted the last few years finally breaks out the year you give up on him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There should be a glossary term for a guy that waits until his team is absolute garbage too to break out

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            How about a Dangerfield?… for the late great Rodney!

            My psychiatrist told me I’m going crazy. I told him, ‘If you don’t mind, I’d like a second opinion.’ He said, ‘OK. You’re ugly too!’

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hahaha, good ol’ Rodney

  93. Scott Dalton says:
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    Need a DH, who would you pick: Chapman, Ramirez, Candelario.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jose Ramirez

      • Scott Dalton says:
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        @Grey:
        I wish it was Jose, I should have specified its Hanley. Oh was just watching Pirates game, so I’ll add Moran to that list. Could he bust out this year? On side note PNC Park looks amazing I really got to make it there some day. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Worth it to try Moran, but not over all those guys

  94. FrankGrimes says:
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    Lance Lynn can eat a D!

  95. peacecoast says:
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    wtf is colin moran

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stop, you know him!

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: uh, yeah, yeah oh that guy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  96. Uncle Ernie says:
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    Great write up as usual. Love this stuff! With Peraza’s current lack of perduction when do you think the shitstorm brings a change and Senzel comes up to play 2b.Anytime soon. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June

  97. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team keeper league, need another OF. Thinking of adding Choo. Who would you drop: Matt Davidson or Andrelton Simmons? I’m pretty balanced in speed and power. It is also an OPS league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davidson

  98. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    did the thames deal here

    NL only 10 team h2h with OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, QS over wins, holds added. total bases added. keep 3 at previous season’s ADP’s.
    C pina
    1B freeman (3B)
    2B harrison (3B/OF)
    SS peraza (2B)
    3B longo
    MI wong
    CI r-zimm
    OF (4) hoskins (1B), marte, harper, joc
    util b.anderson
    BN suzuki (will drop for pitcher soon likely, already had grabbed him over flowers)
    BN thames (1B/OF)
    NA (1 slot) senzel (so i have my peraza handcuff)
    SP (if i had the at bats i’d prefer 8 SP here): wacha/ryu/marquez/stratton/richard/weaver/darvish
    RP (4) boxy/alexander/hand/minter
    DL straily/gohara (3 slots)

    i tried moving stratton or marquez to the guy who has fowler and all of these that sit on his BN but he can’t play them, and eventually he’ll either have to drop/trade them or literally never have SP depth. fowler/belt/kemp/desmond.
    he came back with offering fowler for wacha, but according the OPS and QS/holds rater this isn’t enough for wacha. am i good enough now with thames/joc at OF #4 or try to get brocktune for wacha. this would possibly leave my SP pretty weak. if did this i’d just drop joc for a SP streamer.

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        @Grey: also, just dropped suzuki for r.flaherty who starts and thusly doing quite well. i’m many many innings up on opp (my 7 SP are more than him) and probably stand to gain more from at bats here. wong (benched 2 days in a row, that’s half of the games now) peraza (similar) at MI are looking weak.

      • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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        @Grey: snap, i didn’t realize this was grey till right now, see above and below your avatar is changing to this espn guy who i would guess is klarabell and your normal one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah

  99. steve stevenson says:
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    H2H limited moves, 19 left for the year. Was planning to go without a C for the first week until Realmuto came back. Should I just stick it out for another 2 weeks, or use a precious pickup on a dang catcher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  100. peacecoast says:
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    taillon’s having a ball out there today!

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @peacecoast:
      Brilliantly crafted sir.

  101. Paul says:
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    really not sure if i like this but im being asked Polanco and Kingery for his Mad Bum?
    I countered Polanco and Kipnis for his Mad Bum,

    but I dont even know if I want to give polanco for Bum,

    my OF is Blackmon, Buxton, Puig, Polanco, Conforto, Caloun
    and i dont have an ACE pitcher

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: He also has verlander i could try to counter ask for

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Why do you want Bum?

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: My pitching staff sucks
        Wood, Hill, Bauer, Morton, Montgomery, Gausman, Cobb, Harvey,
        no real ace type of pitcher

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trading for a starter who’s not back for 2 months isn’t gonna help

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: isn’t that a little personal Grey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Please, excuse Paul and I, we’re talking about Bum

          • Paul says:
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            @Grey: Ya makes sense

  102. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? When you finally do a lede on Mitch Haniger can it be titled “Mitch Please”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Indeed!

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Or “Mitch don’t kill my vibe”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I feel like I’ve done that before

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @Slimcompoop: In other news…another owner in my league LOVES Polanco and I drafted him early in my 12-team keeper league. He’s dangling Pollock out there. Next 3 years…Pollock or Polanco?

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Slimcompoop: Also…what do you think about Kyle Freeland? I know Colorado pitchers are scary, but I’m thinking his higher velocity + 1st round draft pick pedigree is going to equate to a breakout season.

  103. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, need your opinion in a H2H points league where QS are worth 3 points and wins are worth 7. Which side do you prefer: team A would get Severino and Strasburg, Team B would get Price, Hendricks, Tanaka and Alex Wood. Team B needs more depth, Team A needs more quality. Thanks

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Ryan741: Quality starts are worth less than wins? That’s bogus.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Slimcompoop: even worse than that they are less than half, for a stat that isn’t even determined by a pitcher.

  104. Ryan741 says:
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    Grey, need your opinion in a H2H points league where QS are worth 3 points and wins are worth 7. Which side do you prefer: team A would get Severino and Strasburg, Team B would get Price, Hendricks, Tanaka and Alex Wood. Team B needs more depth, Team A needs more quality. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Severino

  105. Gb says:
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    Joc or Zimmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmer

  106. J-FOH says:
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    The JT in Realmuto should stand for Just Trade (already)

    Im seeing a similar line of thinking for Yasmany as we did Kemp. Can we just call him Young Man Kemp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yup…. Kemp prolly has another 3 seasons in him, surprised he’s being wasted…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’m not sure baseball knows what to do with these guys. Tomas could be the king of Tokyo if you know what I mean.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’d have a pack of 14 year olds following him around there

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: which would be hard to distinguish from the 30 year olds.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, Yasmany would be huge in Japan

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: HUGE…in a lot of ways

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha — SALAMI TOM!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: we need more players named after deli meat. Wouldn’t you love to revisit your Jersey roots on a regular basis by calling someone Pork Roll

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Too bad Mike Trout isn’t fat, he’d be perfect

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      When he signs with the Phillies we’ll call him pork roll philly

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Should’ve been Greg Luzinski’s nickname… I feel like Greg Luzinski is the kind of comment Prospect Mike gets a Google Alert for…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Ah, Prospect Mike. the ghost off Razzball’s past

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He commented last week

  107. Lucky Dog says:
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    I did name my team “Smoak & Mirrors” just before yesterday’s explosion, which I was hesitant to do after last year’s “Made in Correa” jinx debacle derailed my fantasy season. So far so good (knock on Kerry Wood)

    Let’s see – I was mad this morning because Polanco was red X’d out of my lineup too late for me to swap him, only to see him in the game on CBS sportsline with an RBI double & a run. So now I’m mad that Yahoo is jacked up & not scoring anything or showing who’s playing.

    Not like I pay to use their stupid site, but they could at least take down 1 ad for every time they jack things up. It’s only the 1st week of the season FFS.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @Lucky Dog: aaaaaandnow all my players have a red X, and Domingo “why did I draft you?” Santana is not in the lineup. Gah!

      I had ample time to make the swap. Killin me Yahoo (smalls)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s the worst!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hate that crap from Yahoo….

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: I don’t get why if a game is Postponed, you can’t take the player out of your lineup – the game isn’t being played!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hate that!

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            @Grey: samesies. It’s ridonkulous that they lock a lineup for a game that will never start, 5 minutes before it didn’t start. WT(actual)F?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed, I don’t get it

  108. Huggle Bunny Makin' Money says:
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    After Lynn’s 5 earned runs and 6 walks SO FAR today, I’m pretty sure I’m going to honor Trevor Williams’s Razzballness by moving him into Lynn’s spot in my rotaish. I’ll take his upside over Lynn’s WHIP-destroying floor anyday. Am I wrong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not wrong

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Grey’s Trevor Williams sleeper post is gem!

        • Robpopp says:
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          @Slimcompoop: I’m all for T Will but don’t drop Lynn, $12M contract ain’t for nothin’. Make room for both

  109. Bananafactory says:
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    My Iglesias for McCutch in a league where I have Miller, Chapman, Osuna, Hand ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jose Iglesias? Sure

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: raisel silly

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fair then, I’d take Cutch

  110. Swfcdan says:
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    Help me out here. What’s worse: Joe Kelly’s tan, or K Middleton’s hair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everything about Kelly is worse

  111. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    hits and OPS added 16 teamer. 2 utils. have franco as my worst hitter i have one BN hitter. hold or grab any of: thames (dropped recently), dietrich, sparkakis, duffy, chisenhall. rest of hitters look like this:
    C chirinos
    1B goldy
    2B nunez (SS, 3B, OF)
    SS segura
    3B torenado
    OF (3) pollock, puig, gallo (1B/3B)
    util (2) choo, peraza (2B/SS)
    BN franco
    NA (1) senzel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thames is a solid bench UTIL bat in OPS

  112. Lucky Dog says:
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    I’m feeling all star trekkie up in this bizzle.

    CAAAAAAAAAIIIIN!

    For where I took him, that dude might be my best pick so far. Hittin, stealin, slammin, leadin off..

    He’s gettin biblical with this shiz, cuz Cain is Able!

    (You can have that one for free)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, off my Mikolas tho

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @Grey: as a Lynn owner I offer zero sympathy. It’s a dog eat dog world.

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @Grey: your boy Mikolas just went yard, uh, there’s that? Hahahaha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Lovin Lo Cain so far

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Cain Sugar gettin it done

      Not sure about Mikolas bat missing-ness, hard throwing but not seen much else.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Lucky Dog: Make him hit and pitch! Otani who?

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        @Swfcdan: right? And why Othani & not the OG dual threat MadBum?

        The way yahoo handled this was such a cluster.

  113. Terrible Ted says:
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    Have you considered doing a 24/7 chat box somewhere on the site where users can log in and shoot the shizz with each other? Kinda like those illegal websites one uses for streaming.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, haven’t thought of that

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Terrible Ted: Anyone who watches illegal streams (who me? never!) knows that those chat boxes get EXTREMELY annoying and close them within minutes.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Swfcdan: you guys get that you can read/respond to other people’s posts on here already right….

  114. Old School Brother says:
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    Watched Gladiator last night for the first time in a long time, It’s apparent Game of Thrones ripped so much off of it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a throwback, haven’t seen it in so long

  115. peacecoast says:
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    I hate how if a reliever let’s a run score on a wild pitch it is still charged to the prior pitcher. Just happened to Taillon, marring an otherwise excellent line for the day.

    • peacecoast says:
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      @peacecoast: and there goes my first W of the year, still waiting for it

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I got one I think from a reliever at some point, it’s a faint memory

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that scoring makes no sense

  116. GregJeffries says:
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    Great stuff, as always!

    Would you grab VV or Skaggs ROS? And is it close?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Skaggs I guess

  117. peacecoast says:
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    mikolas for the win!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  118. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Mikolas with the Slam! I think the wrong pitcher from Japan is available as both a Pitcher and a Hitter…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Truth

  119. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Dozier! Mr Underrated strikes again. This one was a cheapie, I’ll admit. Looked like a routine fly ball that somehow snuck inside the foul pole. It looks like a 450 footer on the stat sheet though.

    Grabbed Tyler Mahle on a couple of teams as a cheap double-starter this week. Had a sub-2 BB/9 at just about each minor league level with just under a strikeout per inning. Generally did a good job at keeping the ball in the park too. Pretty risky, but I’m taking a shot. Please don’t destroy my ratios.

    You forgot to mention the most impressive thing about the first few days of the season – Odor drew walks off of Verlander and Cole. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for him moving forward.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so on Odor

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Super small sample size, but he’s swinging less often so far. That approach could pay dividends later on.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hope so, without trying my patience too much

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @Big Magoo: Wow, you’ve got balls of steel starting Mahle against the Cubs, Magoo! Then again the Cubs haven’t been so Cubby lately. Gotta say the kid looks great so far, keeps poised and pitches out of trouble. Throwing filthy stuff.

      • Big Magoo

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        @GrassyKnollRedding: I like the pedigree, raw stuff, and command. Actually liked his start in Pittsburgh later this week more than the one today, but the Cubs haven’t gotten going yet and have just travelled from Miami to Cincy. Pretty good spot. He does look sharp so far.

    • Cohen says:
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      @Big Magoo: Magoo, any streamers u like this week?

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Cohen: At this point of the season, I’m still trying to identify the best teams to stream against and the ones to avoid. The Rays, Padres, Royals, Marlins, Orioles (away), and Giants look like some streamer-friendly opponents at the moment. Jordan Montgomery vs the Rays tomorrow is a good one. Most of the pitchers in the Rockies/Padres series at Petco look interesting. Marco Gonzales at San Fran is a somewhat risky, but sneaky stream in deeper leagues.

  120. Stumanji! says:
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    Re: Trevor Williams: I mean I’ll take the QS, but no concerns over the fact that he threw more balls than strikes? Seems extremely lucky to get through that game unscathed with 5 BBs. 5.89 x FIP.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Stumanji!: I think you should take what you can get with him and be happy. He wasn’t pegged to be a stud or anything. Just a guy who was going virtually undrafted who could be solid overall.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that seems concerning

  121. Turd Fergusons says:
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    First, we had Span and Revere. Now, I posit that Kiermaier and Pillar are the same person. They were lazy and kept the same first name for each identity!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  122. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Easy way to my heart as a pitcher? Debut with tons of K, no walks, and pitch slap the other guy.

    In other news, Taillon looked prettyyyy prettyyy great. Only 1 ER was his, the other was thanks to his reliever blowing the inherited runner. Anyway, this start looked very much like his spring stats.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Though I watched briefly, he didn’t “look” impressive. Wouldn’t be shocked if he starts getting lit up when teams get a book on him or a second look.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Cram It: Oh I was talking about Milosh, not Taillon.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Cram It: you called it!

          Still like the Ks, but tons of HR that he hopefully reins in….considering this start was against MIL in HR central, I’ll take it.

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: he looked great! Drives me crazy when weak bullpens screw it all up. Wild pitch really?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally!

  123. aaron says:
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    Gray, i’ve used your Paul JeDONG nickname today over text with my buddies..thanks! he has so many 2 HR days, last year i just texted a photo of a double pronged dildo..DOUBLE DONG DEJONG. any other irritating DeJong texts after a HR i’m in…thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  124. The Great Knoche says:
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    So much for that Zach Davies 2 start week going well.

    At least we have another JeDong!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JeDong!

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: I dropped him on opening day for Tim Anderson #Gloops

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gloops, OSB, did it again!

  125. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diary of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    20 team roto with QS. woodruff now used as a RP twice already. only need 1200 innings max here and woodruff is my #6 SP (we also start 5 RP). drop for either of gibson/stratton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stratton

  126. Primetime says:
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    Grey, watching Tyler mahle straight deal vs Cubs. 6 k through 3. I’m ready to take a flier on this guy. You know anything on this kid?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looked great, grab him!

  127. beardcrabs says:
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    who you taking, Standard 12 team yahoo roto:

    A: My Jean Segura for

    B: Story and Margot/ or Kiermaier

    C: There’s no C

    D: My team’s light on speed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B with Margot

  128. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    1. Shane Greene or Barraclough for saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greene

  129. Fantasy Phein says:
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    QS LGE. Back end starter who ya like mike minor, Trevor Williams, Skaggs?? Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

  130. Slimcompoop says:
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    Need your advice Grey…would you give up Haniger and Sonny Gray for Ohtani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Just did it. Uh oh!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh no!

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: I’ll be good. Ohtani is a legit SP.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, will be fine

  131. Peacecoast says:
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    brinson or pillar ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give Brinson another week

  132. msh2404 says:
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    Drop one of Jose Martinez, Bour or Lomo?

    Better option for saves: Ziegler, Soria, Claudio?

    Semien, Peraza or Solarte for SS?

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bour — Soria — Peraza

  133. OaktownSteve says:
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    The home plate ump in the Jays/White Sox game is a giant. He made Jose Abreu look like a little kid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, Cards’ ump was rather large too… Mahle seemed to actually be in the zone for Ks

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I like Mahle. I own him in a keeper. His pitch mix is pretty complimentary. He seems to be able to use them all effectively. Humps it up at 95 when he needs to. Showed really good command in the minors. I read last year that when he came up he found the strike zone to be a lot smaller than in MiLB and his BB rate spiked. Looked really good today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He was wild early, but he settled in nicely… I watched him a bunch while recording pod

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I watched about three innings but I fell asleep periodically.

  134. Cram it says:
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    We need to look into this Trevor Richards pitching for Miami. Impressive minor league numbers and looks good so far against Boston. And go!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Cram it:

      Average velocity on the FB but has a little late life to it. Seems to be able to locate it. Definitely working around the box. The slowmo showed what looked like a circle grip on the change. Supposed to be his best pitch. There’s good gap between the change and FB velocity. Some downward tumbling action and armside movement as is typical with the circle change. Looks like a change that will induce weak contact more than get any swing and miss. The breaking ball looks like a tight slider. Looks like it does have some late break deception. Could be a good pitch against right handers with chase issues. He’s got a few Ks in this game, but I doubt there’s much K upside in his game. He does look like he’s got an idea what he’s doing out there and not just throwing. The lack of a real plus plus swing and miss pitch will also mean he’s going to be a bit luck dependent. Could be worth grabbing in super super deep where SP is at a premium.

      • Cram it says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I’m not as enamored with big arms with straight fastballs. Dude looks like a pitcher, can control his pitches, move em around, keeping guys off balance. I’ll keep my eye on him. If Rick Porcello can be fantasy relevant…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Cram it:

          Yeah he looks like he can mix pitches, locate, stay competitive. Even without a big arm, it helps to be able to miss some bats with something. I see a lot of contact being inevitable. Seems worth keeping an eye on him, though. There’s something to work with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds like a made up name

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I bet he speaks with an obviously fake British accent.

  135. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Class of Newcomb High was very lucky to escape that first inning with only one earned run.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      About time I got lucky with something

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Umm… Don’t check the box score now, Grey. Don’t do it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too late!

      • Cram it says:
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        @Grey: You started him???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sigh

  136. OaktownSteve says:
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    Benintendi doesn’t have a batting average yet. He got a 2-0 fastball at 92 that got a lot of plate. He got another one on 2-1 and he fouled them both straight back. Boston just looks kind of sluggish in general.

    • Big Magoo

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      @OaktownSteve: JDM should help, but they’ve really missed that lefty, middle-of-the-order slugger since Ortiz retired

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh I know all about that!

  137. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Newcomb was really staring Harper down after that homer. Might be some bean balls coming soon.

    That Mahle stream worked out better than I could’ve hoped for. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Newcomb, what a mess

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Big Magoo: Magoo! Our OBP darling, Lucas Duda, is already hurt. Damn it!

  138. FrankGrimes says:
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    And Correa is hurt.
    Why was I so excited for this season to begin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, how about Newcomb?!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Haha Seriously!
        Add him to the long list of my pitchers getting slammed.
        Crazy bad luck so far.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, is that what this is?

  139. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Assuming Conforto comes back healthy this week, where does he rank overall in your OF list ROS?

    Preseason you had him at 46 but mentioned he was 17 spots higher before the injury. So top 30 if healthy? That would put him around Mancini/Pham.

    • Lucky Dog says:
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      @SwaggerJackers: I’ve got him too 20 with an injury risk caveat. Look at his numbers last year before the injury. MVP type numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds about right

  140. Alex says:
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    Drop Gausman to stream pitchers in a 16team H2H league. Have 8 starters currently

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  141. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    12 team Roto 6×6 (BB and HDS) How do you like this team?
    Boxburger is on the wire (we use weekly bids that close Sunday) Drop anyone for him and bid how much ($200 for the year)

    C Chris Iannetta, Col C S
    1B Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B
    2B Chris Taylor, LAD 2B, OF
    3B Kris Bryant, ChC 3B
    SS Jean Segura, Sea SS
    2B/SS Tim Anderson, CWS SS
    1B/3B Anthony Rendon, Wsh 3B
    OF Marcell Ozuna, StL OF
    OF Lorenzo Cain, Mil OF
    OF Jose Martinez, StL 1B, OF
    OF Michael A. Taylor, Wsh OF
    UTIL Shin-Soo Choo, Tex OF, DH S
    P Alex Wood, LAD SP
    P Blake Treinen, Oak RP
    P Charlie Morton, Hou SP
    P Chris Devenski, Hou RP
    P Chad Green, NYY RP
    P Patrick Corbin, Ari SP
    P Juan Nicasio, Sea RP
    SP Yu Darvish, ChC SP
    RP Raisel Iglesias, Cin RP
    Bench Shohei Ohtani, LAA SP, DH
    Bench Sonny Gray, NYY SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nicasio, $12

  142. Lucky Dog says:
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    First game of the year I’ve had a catcher start (thanks Zunino) and Wellington goes beef twice. Love that guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, I’m still waiting for a catcher start, thanks Alfaro!

  143. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Longoria or Chapman ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  144. WinterIsComing says:
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    Hey Grey as my backup 3B in 10 man h2h points I picked up Davidson and dropped Franco. Currently Matt Chapman, jp Crawford, Todd Frazier, Dietrich and Anderson (both Mia) are all available as well. Holding Davidson or rolling the dice on one of the others? It was basically the last pick of my draft so it’s not going to kill me if it doesn’t work out back up plan is to just wait for Senzel to get the call since it’s keeper league. Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman

  145. LeftCoastYankee says:
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    Would you drop David Robertson for flyer like Trevor Williams in a standard 5×5 league?
    If not T-Dubs, what some other high risk/high reward SPs you recommend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, try Williams

  146. Alex says:
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    Reynaldo Lopez looks good might drop Gausman for him since streamonator loves his next start

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I did

  147. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Chapman or Franco ROS

    • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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      @ROTO OVERLORD: panik or simmons ROS

  148. Donny Simms says:
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    New to fantasy baseball, just looking for a general idea of what I need to strengthen on my team, as I am currently getting smoked by all teams lol

    8 team – h2h – points –

    C- w. Ramos
    1- bellinger
    2. Dee Gordon
    3 Machado
    SS turner
    1/3 Rendon
    2/ss c Taylor
    OF Stanton
    OF buxton
    OF Yoenis Cespedes
    OF b Hamilton
    OF mazara
    Bench – inciarte, m Taylor

    P Yu Darvish
    P Nola
    P Bauer
    P McCullers
    P L Castillo
    P Boxberger
    P treina
    P neris
    P Kela
    P a miller

  149. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    @ROTO OVERLORD: panik or simmons ROS

  150. Crazy J says:
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    Jake Junis was an interesting streamer last season. This Jakob Junis seems even better!

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