Listen, the Padres gave Luis Urias a little over 100 at-bats. If a guy can’t hit major league pitching in that time, then he should be released. It doesn’t matter if he just turned 22 years old. He’s not cut out for a game of sewn-ball. Just the facts, ma’am/ma’an. Sorry. (Okay, it’s crazy what the Padres are doing with Urias. Jose Pirela got like 800 at-bats before he was deemed unusable, and they’re still giving Austin Hedges a chance to hit after about 1,300 at-bats.) On the opposite spectrum from Urias in the doghouse is Ty France getting a chance to show what he can do, after he did this in the minors this year:  Won AAA All-Star Game MVP, PCL Rookie of the Year and PCL MVP. Also, he has the best player pic:

France hit .399 in Triple-A this year (so crazy what hitters are doing across all leagues) and added in 27 homers in 296 ABs. Don’t think batting average will be there for France, but we’ll see along with someone’s underpants. He has power, though, for any park, and could be a short-term add, if nothing else. Just be careful if he ever faces any pitcher with the name German, because he will come to the plate with a white flag attached to his bat. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Travis d’Arnaud – From France to Le Terminator, oh no, we have a THEME! Parlez-vous, Travis, itchi gitchi ya ya da da mocha-choca-lata ya ya voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir? Jake Arrieta gentille alouette, wait, he’s out-a-letta. Run run run run run run run away oh oh, psycho killer, Curt Casali! Damn, that’s the wrong French catcher.

Mark Canha – Hmm, Canha isn’t French. Too bad, the French love baseball. That’s where the term home run comes from, because their best outcome in any competition is to run home.

Ronny Rodriguez – I know Ronny Rodriguez has been good recently, but I didn’t know what his stats looked like for the season, so I did a google. Then Google asked me, “Are you sure you want Ronny Rodriguez’s stats and not, say, anyone else?” No, Google, give me those stats, I replied to a blank computer screen and then my Alexa said, “Who exactly are you talking to? Are you cheating on me?” Then after I chillaxed all my AI, I found out Ronny’s stats and wish I hadn’t, but, hey, he’s been hot. “Told you you didn’t want to know.”  Shut up, Google, I said as I put my Alexa on a raft in the pool with a blended drink, and we spent the afternoon just sentiently being.

Matt Beaty – Not 100% sure he’s playing every day, but Batt Meaty’s been worth owning when he’s been in the lineup (just like every Dodgers hitter for the last three-plus years).

Hanser Alberto – The other day I briefly mentioned this, but it’s still got me confounded, I tell ya! Alberto is on the verge of winning the AL batting title. WUT?! Incredibly, his BABIP isn’t showing a ton of luck either. He might be a .300+ hitter. To quote an Italian listening to ABBA, mama mia!

Jonathan Schoop – He has a bit of Cron’s Disease. No, not explosive diarrhea every time you see your paycheck that is only exasperated when visiting a doctor because of how much that costs too. I meant C.J. Cron’s Disease, meaning he gets around 25 homers whether he gets 550 ABs or 300 ABs. Maybe I should rename that disease.

Starlin Castro – On our 7-day Player Rater, Castro is a top 5 bat over the last week. Stupid, Commie rater!

Josh Rojas – Went to look at the Friday-Sunday Hittertron and saw Rojas is sought after, like when the Hittertron seeks out a metal rod and toaster for a threesome.

Scott Kingery – This week is unlike any other week in recent memory. There’s about 17 2nd basemen to add, but very few 3rd basemen or shortstops.

Adam Frazier – He’s up there with Castro on the 7-day Player Rater and he seems like he can pull off that trick about three times a year, while magically disappearing the rest of the time. I will call him Adambracadabra.

Luis Arraez – I let out a small giggle when I saw Arraez’s career power numbers. In six years of minor league ball, he had six homers. He has three homers in half a MLB season. Not exactly a beefed-up Babe Ruth, not even a Beefeater’d-up Babe Ruth, but the balls on Manfred.

Gavin Lux – Already gave you my Gavin Lux fantasy. I wrote it while watching them close the factories in Allentown, and, out in Bethlehem, they’re killing time reading my Kyle Tucker fantasy.

J.D. Davis – Because Rajai Davis is on the Mets now, the back of J.D.’s jersey has to read, “Not Rajai Davis Davis Davis.”  Also, J.D. has nine homers and a .340 average in just-under 150 at-bats in the 2nd half.

Victor Reyes – Random prediction alert! Batting averages are going to come back in a big way next year. Seeing a lot of guys (Reyes included) who are young and can make a living off a .285+ average. Reyes also has 15/15 potential, which sounds like a throwback to 2014, like a poor man’s Cain. Call him, Angel Dust.

Jake Cave – I was looking for my Jake Cave sleeper from the preseason, so I could mock myself, and I started typing ‘Jake Cave sleep’ into Google and the first suggested autofill was ‘Jake Cave sleeping.’ Ha! He’s so bad, pictures of him sleeping are more likely googled. Any hoo! Cave has power to spare, but what’s his playing time like?

Seth Brown – Already gave you my Seth Brown fantasy. It can drive stick but not automatic. That’s weird.

Danny Duffy – This is the 2nd week in a row that Duffy’s a Streamonator call, like the call it makes to Dionne Warwick’s management office.

Sandy Alcantara – Here’s a Sunday Streamonator call. “She knows what friends are for, and so do I, so we should be friends.”

Rowan Wick – I got to about the W of Rowan while typing before I felt like I would regret suggesting you pick him up, but, with Kimbrel out, sometimes ya gotta not only SAGNOF but SAGNO-DGAF.

Mark Melancon – Between Fried, Soroka and Teheran, the Braves are having a charmed season with pitching. Then, they had a mess of a bullpen, went out and got Greene, who should’ve sucked and did suck, but they lucked into Melancon being one of the best closers over the last month. Like the tagline for a calculator salesmen convention, go figure.

SELL

Daniel Murphy – Usually I’d never suggest you drop someone about to go into Coors, but the Rockies have been in Coors in the last 30 days, right?  It’s a layup question, Cousin Sweatpants, just nod. On the 30-day Player Rater, Murphy has 2 HRs and a .239 average. Whee! In 212 PAs in Coors this year, Murphy has three homers. Did he confuse the Rocky Mountains with Brokeback Mountain?

  1. William Hung says:
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    first!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2nd!

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        101st!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          102!

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            Hey, mister, are you gonna see “It Chapter 2”?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hope not

              • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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                Yeah, it could make you poop your pants.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I prefer to avoid that

  2. Twins Peaker says:
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    So would you drop Urias for France in a points keeper?

    Do you recommend any of these for next season? Trying to evaluate September production.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How deep a keeper? Not for next year value

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        $1×2 as of 2020 in a 11 team 30 deep.

        I feel like he’ll be a post hype prospect but that ufa Dalbec and Kelenic will be a better 2020 option.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can’t drop Urias there

  3. knucks says:
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    I live in Bethlehem, PA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have an anthem!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, that is cool…

        • baby seal says:
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          I went to Lehigh, ’12! My dad used to belong to Saucon Valley CC too!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            What a Razzunion!

            • baby seal says:
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              What a Small Razzworld!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                …after ball

          • LenFuego says:
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            I went to Lehigh too – go Mountain Hawks! Year to be left as an exercise for the reader. Hint: It was waaaaay before ’12.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And I went to a French dispensary, Le High

              • LenFuego says:
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                When I was a senior at Lehigh, my parents were living in Northern Virginia. On one break when I was visiting, I met and was chatting up a girl who asked me where I went to school. I told her “Lehigh”, and she left shortly after.

                Some time much later, I ran into her again, and we realized that she thought I meant “Lee High” which was a local Virginia high school named of course after Robert E. Lee. It turns out she had been planning on totally humping me to death that earlier time until she supposedly found out I was still in high school. And then, when we figured out her mistake, she had a boyfriend. D’oh!

                After that, I always told people I went to “Lehigh University”.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, that’s like your Sliding Doors story… You’d be married to the hump queen of Virginia right now if you would’ve worded that different

                  • LenFuego says:
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                    Heh, now that I think about it, I think the precise way it went down was after quite a bit of witty repartee and some intelligent discussion, she got to her “OK, that is enough conversation, this one will do … just one litmus test to confirm” point, told me she was a junior at some local Virginia college and what about me, and the smooooooth phrase I used on her, delivered with a swarthy smirk and come-hither eyes, was “I’m a senior at Lehigh.” Which based on her interpretation, came off as the heighth of creepiness. Sigh, I really could have used that humping.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You dropped the hump ball!

                    • LenFuego says:
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                      The story of my life, Grey, the story of my life.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • baby seal says:
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                      Wow, what a great conversation got left off here!! All thanks to baby seal, of course.

                      Now, rule #1 to girl w/ a bf who wanted to hump you but didn’t: go in relentlessly.

                      Cheers!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

      • knucks says:
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        Oh and a 5 min uber to the LV Ironpigs too :)

  4. Gotime says:
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    1B problems for next week’s H2H playoffs, weekly lock Pick 1, forgot to mention this morning:
    JOC 3 @ Bal [email protected] Yankees
    Ford 1 @ Bos 3 @ Det 3 @ Tor
    Beaty 3 @ Bal 3 @ Yankees
    Rodriguez 3 vs Yankees 3 vs Bal

  5. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Didn’t realize how bad Calhoun has been doing until reading this morning’s notes.

    Drop him for Canha; Reyes; or Santander?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any of them… Franmil

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        I meant Victor Reyes (Detroit); Franmil not available. Of my list, I thought Canha would be top but wanted your insight.
        – I need to include 1st names more often.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Canha

  6. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Pick 2 for next week:
    Sano – vsWAS @CLE
    Santander – vsLAD @DET
    Didi – @DET @TOR
    France – vsCHC @COL
    Wong(STL) – @COL vsMIL
    Dejong – ” “

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeJong, Wong — I mean those matchups

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        load up on Cardinals for next week, check. lol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, think so

          • Russ says:
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            even Matt Carpenter?

  7. Chet says:
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    Hey, Grey.

    Where do you see yourself ranking Carrasco next year?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea, depends on his healthy…Maybe around 20th SP if he’s 100% healthy, maybe around 70th SP if he’s not

  8. RestorativeSchticks says:
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    How we feeling about Dinelson tonight? The robot lurrrrrrrves him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t imagine not starting him

  9. hal_incandenza says:
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    My current H2H playoff round goes through Sunday. I am hoping to capture at least one of HR or RBI (down 1 in each). With Max Muncy on the IL and Moose not playing, I’ve been filling 2B short-term w/Ryan McMahon. That was one thing when McMahon was in Coors. Now, not so much.

    I might need to use one or two of my three remaining moves to stream for QS & Ks (I’m well enough back in the ratios that I don’t consider those viable targets, which will give me some stream liberty). If Moose comes back I’d be happy to stick with him. If not, I might want to try for something better different 2B.

    Hold or replace McMahon with:
    Jonathan Schoop (vs. CLE) (the bot likes Schoop today, but his PT seems to have been cut.) Josh Rojas (@CIN)
    Starlin Castro (vs KC)
    Hanser Alberto (vs TEX)
    Ronny Rodriguez (@Oak)
    Kevin Newman (vs STL)

    This is what the bot says over the next 3 days (sorted descending total):
    Player 9/6/2019 9/7/2019 9/8/2019 Total
    Josh Rojas 6.2 1.9 18.4 26.5
    Jonathan Schoop 17.2 5.8 -15.6 7.4
    Ronny Rodriguez 5.5 -4.3 0.9 2.1
    Hanser Alberto 3.7 -4.9 -4.7 -5.9
    Kevin Newman -3.5 -1.4 -13.5 -18.4
    Starlin Castro -9.3 -11.8 -6.1 -27.2

    Of course, if Moose comes back over the weekend I could play him, so I don’t know if I want to put too much value in the totals here. But I also don’t know if Moose will play. (Sidenote: I own Stanton on this team and took 1st in the regular season.)

    I might also try to hold until lineups start being announced before making the move to confirm a guy is active before I add him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait for lineups to get announced

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop if playing tho seems like obvious choice

      • hal_incandenza says:
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        Thanks Grey. Moose is still absent and Twins have Schoop on bench. Go for it with Rojas (confirmed in lineup) or just save the move and roll with McMahon at the keystone?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Save the move and go with McMahon

    • Jerry Battier says:
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      Drop Mitch Keller for Nova? Some tasty matchups on the way. Standard 5-category pitching. Thanks for all you do!

  10. florida jack says:
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    hope all is well

    would you drop daniel murphy for hanser alberto?

    H2H categories, 12 team true dynasty

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good to see you! I’d hold there

      • florida jack says:
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        thanks—i am on here everyday, in the process of moving, still in florida, most times when i have a question, someone else asks it first.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, have a good weekend!

          • florida jack says:
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            you too

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

          • florida jack says:
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            you too

  11. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Just want to say thank you for your impeccable call to start Max Fried yesterday *all hail emoji*

    To continue my praise, like most everyone who visits this site, I’m a huge fan of Grey Albright Fantasy Master Lothario (DAI), and sometimes I’ll copy down some jokes I really like. So to say thank you for yesterday (and for the whole year of laughs) here’s one of my favorites…

    Grey Albright is so butter I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter can’t tell the difference between him and butter, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’s “butter or not butter” radar is as fine-tuned as you’re going to find.

    Enjoy the weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks, appreciate it!

  12. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Holding Folty and Webb for the two start week next week. Folty has two bad match ups but has pitched decently, Webb looked like shit last time out but gets two great match ups. Which one am I dropping for Wick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I can’t trust Webb

  13. Jerry Battier says:
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    Sorry, think I accidentally posted this as a reply, so let me try again.

    Drop Mitch Keller for Nova? He’s got some tasty matchups on the way. Standard 5-category pitching. Thanks for all you do!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      Yes. Keller is garbage.

  14. Art Vandelay says:
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    Hey Grey, thoughts on starting Pablo Lopez tonight at home against KC? Looking to pick up a one-start streamer in my H2H playoffs. SON likes it, and the peripherals are pretty nice, even though the results have been spotty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I almost started him and can see it

  15. lwomack58 says:
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    Currently playing JD Davis at 1st. His playing time has started to be reduced. Looking at adding Cano or McMahon(Coors Field next week).

    Which would be the better add for my playoffs next week?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McMahon

  16. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    I’m in a reaaaally tight battle to make it to the semis and dropped Kyle Seager two days ago over Dannys for a pitcher stream, after seeing Tron hated Seager for the series against Hou (2 solid lefties and JV and Cole…I thought that was reasonable cuz Dannys @ BAL! instead of Kyle vs two Cy young guys and he hits .167 AT HOU). I currently want to cry and stick my head in a box of lit fireworks, but at least I have Ramon laureano *eye roll*

    Start this mf Dannys Antana v Bundy (0-3) or Conforto v Eflin? (6-24, 2 homers)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya… Conforto

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        Would you have said to drop Dannys over Seager even though they had totally opposite matchups in terms of probable production? I thought I was doing the responsible thing lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  17. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,
    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. I have enough for 3 moves per week in the playoffs but I only have 1 move left for this week.

    I asked you this earlier in the week but wanted to ask again based on Nova’s bad start, thinking of dropping Roark (2 start week next week but his first is in Houston). On Monday I will drop M. Montgomery for a second pitcher. I was going to grab Cease and get his sunday start this week with decent start next week and Monday grab Nova if still available

    available pitchers:
    D. Cease LAA – 8 @SEA – 14
    I. Nova KC – 10 @SEA – 15
    R. Dugger MIL – 9 @SF – 14
    E. Hernandez MIL -10 @SF – 15
    C. Anderson @MIA – 10 @STL – 15
    L. Webb PIT – 10 MIA – 15

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – E. Suarez
    SS –T. Turner
    CI –P. Goldschmidt
    MI – S. Castro
    LF – J.D. Martinez
    CF – C. Yelich
    RF – C. Blackmon
    Util – H. Dozier
    BN – C. Santana
    DL – G. Urshela (10-DL)

    SP – J. Paxton
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – W. Buehler
    RP – K. Jansen (RP)
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    P – F. Vazquez (RP)
    P – K. Giles (RP)
    BN – Z. Gallen
    BN – D. Lamet
    BN – A. Heaney
    BN – M. Montgomery
    BN – T. Roark
    DL – C. Kluber (60-DL)

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

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      None of these are ‘great’ but Nova and Webb seem okay, don’t really trust Webb now tho, and Nova only a little… But you need to lose Roark, and both are better than him

  18. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    I’ve noticed how several managers (e.g., Boone wrt urshella) plan on resting their players more this month. I think this makes it wise to keep a 2nd bench bat (if a good FA one is available). I never did this before; do you agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  19. Ellis says:
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    Hi GRey, JD DAvis isn’t playing today so I need a fill-in for when Callaway sits him, would you recommend Adam Frazier, Victor Reyes, Anthony Santander, Chris TAylor, Garrett Cooper, Justin Upton or Kevin Pillar

    thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve had Upton for a few weeks and he’s been decent

    • Ellis says:
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      Canha also available, leaning twards Santander, need power and avg

      thank you again

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d lean Canha, but tomato-tomahto likely

  20. krazyivan says:
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    Pineda vs Indians
    Bailey vs Tigers
    Lamet vs Rockies

    Would you start all 3 in H2H?

    Need one bat for tonight:
    Canha vs Turnbull (hopefully not benched with Laureano back in the lineup)
    or
    Solak vs Bundy

    Which one would you start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start them — Canha, assuming both are starting

  21. OddBall Herrera says:
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    I’m more about Nimmo ROS than Davis. The latter I think will be screwed by the Met’s insistence on playing Panik and Cano occasionally, pushing McNiel to an outfield spot and stealing ABs from Davis.

    Nimmo, though, needs some ABs before the season ends, and there is much less competition for starts in CF. He was great last season, and with his injury at the start of the year I don’t think we’ve fully seen what Nimmo can do in the rabbit ball environment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be, but Nimmo’s less interesting in general even with ABs

  22. toolshed says:
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    The Mets have been doing Mets-like things with davis lately. He is sitting for the 2nd time in a week. They have players back now like cano and nimmo. I lost jram, davis was my 3b fill in. Would you add beaty, France, longoria, s Castro, Alberto, moore from seattle (sb help) or w myers? I need someone to throw into my lineup (daily) when davis is sitting. I keep losing out on games played. Obp league. I could use sb and obp the most.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro’s been insanely hot

  23. Screwballs says:
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    Grey,

    How do you rank Tucker to Sano, Benintendi, Urshela, and Escobar as the last 1-2 bats in a OBP keeper league? With his promotion off the NA list, he has frozen my roster in the middle of play-offs.

    Other definite keeper bats include Acuna, Bregman, Arenado, Soto, T Turner, Springer, Rizzo, Bogarts, Mondesi and Hoskins.

    Are you still in the desert? It’s hot enough in town this week. Stay cool and thanks for the advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s so freakin’ hot and I’m in the desert, he-haw!

      How many keepers do you have? Benintendi, Escobar, Tucker…

      • Screwballs says:
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        Ouch! That heat sounds unbearable.

        We have 15 keepers, I plan to keep 3 SP-Cole, Snell and Bieber. Will have to drop C Smith and Paddock.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, you got some good ones… Smith’s out before Tucker

  24. Game Of Throws says:
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    Currently on a Bye in first week of playoffs. Is it crazy to drop Caleb Smith (vs MIL and @ARI next week) for Jakob Junis (@CHW for his first start) then stream for the remainder of the week?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy

  25. southside dom says:
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    Thankfully got a bye this week, but playoffs round 2 begins on Monday.

    -Who should I drop first of Stanton, Dahl, Glasnow?

    -Which SD bat you like better for next week : Renfroe or France?

    -I’m seriously debating putting D’Arnaud in my 1B slot and grabbing Hedges at C, waiver wire is that bad (assuming Muncy is still hurt). Other options include: Ronny Rod, White Walker, Brandon Belt, Profar, and some other assorted garbage.

    -Do I dare start Bauer @SEA, @ARI?

    Thanks G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glasnow

      France

      Profar’s been fine, Walker’s been okay

      I’m starting Bauer @SEA, I’m sure it will end badly

  26. baby seal says:
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    Grey!!

    My team is testing my patience end of season w/ these DTDs! Moose is still out, Pham IS out, and Polanco (Twins, can I get a posted lineup??) looks likely to be out -_-

    I have Berti to help cover all over the freakin diamond. Dropping our boy Plesac to help w/ some hitting. 12-team H2H, 5×5, playoff time, AKA WIN OR GO HOME!! (sry my caps lock got excited there)

    Who ya got for the weekend? Think McMahon in @ home next week might be the move if I’m still alive.
    – Robot: LOVES Calhoun and Odor vs O’s [insert pondering emoji], Mercado vs Twins (meh), Didi vs Sox (OK, interesting, Mr. Robot)
    – You: Castro, Arraez, Frazier, Meaty (not sure I want to trust the Dodgies)
    – Last 30/15 games: Castro(!), Frazier, McMahon, Franmil, Longoria (lol, please, no), Fowler (?)

    Am I really going to rely on two Marlins, Berti and Castro, to keep my chances alive?!? How does this happen!?! *looks up into the rainy sky with tears*

    BTW, winning 6-4 this week. Dude hit 10HRs the last two days (on a Wed and Thurs., can u believe that!, the calendar is funny like that on a Fri), and I lead the league in homies this year!!

    I can make up ground in runs (21-26), need to hold on to steals and Pham is out… (4-3), HRs and RBIs look like a lost cause (8-14 & 22-37), and AVG is going to be tough too (.278 vs .321). He’s got steals from Kingery, Realmuto, and Donaldson. BREATHE!

    Pitching looks a lot better. I should win Ks and have more guys left (46-30), up in Ws (3-1), SVs (3-1), ERA and WHIP also comfortable (3.18 vs 5.74 & 1.16 vs 1.53).

    Thanks and have a good weekend!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why won’t the Twins post a lineup? Castro’s been crazy hot — Didi seems fine too — McMahon if you get to Monday, sure — but you have to win now!

      You too, BS!

      • baby seal says:
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        Polanco is in!!!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s an early Xmas miracle!

          • baby seal says:
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            hahaha

            so Castro it is *sad face*

            We only get 4 moves per week, so this leaves me w/ 1 for the weekend if desperate

            Separately, why doesn’t the robot get more hyped when doodes are hot? Would Rudy say to go w/ the hot guy, or the robot guy? For a short stretch

            PS, when did the Sox get Chacin?? LOL!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Robot keeps a level head about things, unlike us….

              Sox fixed their whole team with that move, how dare you, baby seal

  27. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, h2h pts: playoffs start next week, start Miley, ( OAK, @ KC) ?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t trust him

  28. Rafi says:
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    Hanser Alberto is scheduled for so many lefties too. I’m counting on him.

    On another topic… pick up Rojas or Lowe for overall contribution in an obp redraft? I’m thinking Rojas.

    And are you watching McBroom in KC? Tiny sample size but looking good. I’m not rostering but just saying.

    I am back to rostering Fowler, esp with Coors coming up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rojas — Can’t wait to get eyes on McBroom, haven’t seen him yet, but his #s do look good

      I own Fowler already for Coors and Wong and anyone else I can get my hands on

  29. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. who do you like for 2b for next week? im in a land of confusion since hiura has gone down….need avg and rbi most.

    france – 4 vs chc, 3 @ col
    profar – 4 @ hou, 3 @ tex
    newman – 4 @ sf, 3 @ chc
    nola – 3 vs cin, 3 vs chw
    k wong – 3 @ col, 3 vs mil
    edman – 3 @ col, 3 vs mil

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them? Wong

      • herschel says:
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        ha…yeah, i know. kinda like throwing darts. thanks….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • herschel says:
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            any big off season plans yet?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cougs wants to go to Europe…

              • herschel says:
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                awesome…if you guys like eating, basque country in spain is pretty amazing….

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That would be great, but prolly London, Paris

                  • DonnieB says:
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                    Stay at George V in Paris. You will never forget it. Also, do the drive to Normandy. Have fun.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nothing’s planned yet, but if we do go, appreciate it!

  30. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    I like Arraez. You don’t see many good banjo hitters these days and he has ultra competitive at-bats like Brandon Nimmo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He seems like Astudillo without the fun factor

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        Maybe Astudillo is more fun, I guess. Little walks or Ks with that guy and he is rotund.

        Arraez has good ABs. Fouling off pitches, left and right. Not many Ks with him either. OBP is nice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But is he rotund?

          • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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            No and also his helmet falls off less often.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  31. Curious George says:
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    Fair warning if you have any of the hitters on my team you may want to reconsider. I must have upset the baseball gods.
    Rizzo 0/2
    Berti 0/3
    Bichette 0/3
    Guerrero 0/3
    Acuna 0/3
    Soto 0/1
    S. Marte 0/2

    0/18 with 9 Ks in a league where Ks are a hitting category

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What did you do to the Fantasy Gods?

  32. Curious George says:
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    Soto 0/2*

    No clue. Something bad though. Unsure how to fix it. Send prayers.

  33. William Hung says:
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    Thank god for the bye week – JD Davis getting benched and looks like I might be able to swap him out for Gio Urshela who is coming back Sunday – timely additions FTW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, insane with Davis

  34. Dodger Blues says:
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    Travis demerritte is the most quad A player of all time don’t waste your time with him ever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, okay

  35. Alex says:
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    Berrios still maintains SON’s good graces at home vs. Nationals. Are you starting him?

    How does Luzardo’s AAA playoff pitching affect his call up? Is he worth holding?

    Drop either Berrios or Luzardo for:

    Trevor Williams @ SF
    Chase Anderson @ MIA
    Pablo Lopez vs. MIL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not owning Berrios anymore

      Forget Luzardo

      Lopez, these are not good starts

  36. Alex says:
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    Got an offense question too… drop Voit or JDDDavis for Kyle Tucker, Wong, or France?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Alex says:
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        Eh, may have been reckless but I dropped Voit for Williams. Dropped JD for DeJong, which feels better.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  37. Ben says:
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    Mr. Grey- would you start C. Smith at KC today? Royals are not very good, but Smith hasn’t been impressive either lately. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t trust Smith anymore

  38. DonnieB says:
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    Hi GREY…would you drop JD Davis based on his new “stupid” playing time? If so, would you go Profar,Edman or Franco? Thank you.

    Also, you trusting Quintana ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edman

      I own Quintana

  39. DonnieB says:
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    One more…which two would you start next week…

    Bauer @SEA and @ARI
    Matz home v ARI
    Soroka @Wash
    Lucchesi home v Cubs

    Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz, Lucchesi

  40. Hip Hip Jorge says:
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    Is JD Davis officially relegated to a part time role with the return of Jed lowrie?

    If so which outfielder should I swap him for: upton, Edman, Frazier, Santander, Yastrzemski, or brown?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, swap…Upton

      • Hip Hip Jorge says:
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        Of course he is in the line up today… thanks grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Please pick two.
    Urshella (back tomorrow); Ryan McMahon (8-day homestand starts Tue); JD Davis (playing time?); Hanser Alberto (4020 guy).

    • Norman Ginsberg says:
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      I didn’t mean to stack the deck with this wording; Urshella is also a severe playing time risk. And I think McMahon may be the least reliable in the group (196 BA in past 15 days).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McMahon, Davis

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Is Urshella below Davis down solely due to playing time or because of Regression risk?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Davis is better hitter

  42. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  43. FrankGrimes says:
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    With will smith shitting the bed who you like weekly league championship?
    Molina or Travis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Molina

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        He gunna be in Coors too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who? Smith? Then hold him… I have him in my RCL and am not dropping him unless he’s hurt

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            No yadi @Col then Mil

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That sounds like money for Molina

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                Smith is an icy 5-for-33

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  If Molina’s going to Coors he’s a no brainer there

  44. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Great write up! Had a devastating loss with Báez and the playoffs start for me next week (this Monday). My team has been slumping and I was wondering what moves you’d make.

    (Standard 5×5 categories)
    C: grandal
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Mondesi
    3B: Kingery
    SS: story
    CI: Olson
    MI: Lux
    OF: acuña, Soto, judge, benintendi
    Util: Voit, Laureano

    I figure I’m good with SB since I have mondesi and a few others who steal… I definitely need some power.

    benintendi, Lux, Voit are cold as ice right now. Not sure how I feel about Kingery either…

    Players who are available:
    -Willie Calhoun
    -Kevin Pillar
    -Kyle Seager
    -Starlin Castro
    -Hanser Alberto
    -Ryan McMahon
    -Kyle Tucker

    1) Should I make any moves or hold? Please keep in mind position eligibility when making determinations since ill have to plug that player into my lineup. If you say to hold, I’ll just pray to the fantasy Gods.

    2) grandal or Christian vazques?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So, you already dumped Baez? I don’t even see him

      Voit, Laureano for McMahon, Calhoun

      2. Grandal

      • Sandman says:
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        Didn’t dump Báez – he’s there forgot to add him – consider him on the bench. Does that change anything ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, doesn’t change anything, was just wondering where he was

  45. Metric Man says:
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    TIme to drop Baez? Was going to pick up PIT’s Reynolds to take his place it the UTIL slot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, go for it

  46. Russ says:
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    Alright Grey don’t get mad at me for these options but this is what I’ve got left available to me. Pick one for the best shot at a W and Qs please

    Mike Leake @ CIN
    Rick Porcello vs NYY
    Dylan Cease vs CHW

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cease

  47. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Limited start point league (I have decent starts next week and 9 remaining starts through next Sunday). Would you invest in Schertzer vs Atlanta (tomorrow)? Since Schertzer is now pitching deep, I hate to bench him; especially since last time I did this, Giolitto pitched a gem in an iffy match vs Minnesota. I realize next week’s starts aren’t definite (e.g., Pineda won’t be starting for me or anyone else).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Scherzer in every matchup until further notice

  48. Ty says:
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    Hi. Can we trust wheelers 2 starts next week? He only does good when he’s on my bench. Also, is Maeda strictly bullpen ? CBS keeps listing him as starting twice next week but I thought I read that Roberts is keeping him in the bullpen. Thanks G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s he pitching against?

      Maeda is in the bullpen

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        Dbags and Dodgers at home

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t sound bad at all

          • Ty says:
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            10-4 on that. Looks like Kyle Hendricks has 2 starts also @SD and Pirates at home. That looks pretty doable

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Very doable!

  49. William Hung says:
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    Anyone know why Willson Contreras is out again tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

    • hot corner says:
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      Caratini is Darvish’s personal catcher.

  50. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Frazier (2B,OF) or Newman (2B,SS) — any offensive difference?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Newman

  51. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: 12 team weekly roto. Like any of these guys who should be coming off the dL next week? Rich Hill, Cueto or Kyle Gibson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  52. Pete says:
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    Is Tapia a good play at home in Coors next week in a points league? 6 games (2 vs. left, 4 vs. right). Hittertron isn’t all that favorable and has him slated for only 3 and change of those games. Not sure if that’s a lag in his usage since he was hurt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems decent to me

  53. lwomack58 says:
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    Would you stream R. Lopez vs KC next week SON has him at +28.2 making him the top pitcher for that day.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fine

  54. krazyivan says:
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    Need one of these hitters to start today:

    Canha vs Tigers (Norris)
    Dickerson vs Mets (Thor)
    Sano vs Indians (Clevinger)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canha

  55. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Great write up!

    (Standard 5×5 categories)
    C: grandal
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Mondesi
    3B: Kingery
    SS: story
    CI: Olson
    MI: Lux
    OF: acuña, Soto, judge, benintendi
    Util: Voit, Baez
    DL: Laureano

    1) Time to drop Báez if the playoffs ends on 9/22? I still have Laureano stashed on the DL and I will need to make a move in order to get waivers tonight.

    2) Yesterday you mentioned I should drop Voit and Laureano for Calhoun and McMahon… Is this still the case? Lux, Kingery, benintendi, Voit and Laureano were all people I was thinking of replacing. Here are the guys who are available… I was wondering what you think the moves will be. If you like multiple guys over any of the drop candidates, please let me know so I know how to set waivers =)

    Available guys:
    -Kevin Pillar
    -Kyle Seager
    -Starlin Castro
    -Hanser Alberto
    -Shohei Ohtani
    -Justin Upton
    -Brett Gardner

    3) Do you still like benintendi over Laureano?

    4) I currently have: Gonsolin @NYM on Sat 9/14

    Do you like one or more of these guys over his start? If you can help me with how to set waivers if you like a few of these, that would be more than appreciated!
    -Davies @MIA on Wed 9/11
    -Houser @STL on Fri 9/13
    -Trevor Williams @SF on Mon 9/9
    -Desclafani @ARI on Sat 9/14

    About to jump into the second round of the playoffs!!! Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes

      2. McMahon, Upton

      3. Laureano is hurt again

      4. None are great, I’d try Williams

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        A’s are saying he’s just got a cramp, but he’s not supposed to play every day either way, so no time for Laureano

  56. Matt says:
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    Do I dare start Tanaka tonight? Just been abused at Fenway this year….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  57. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    SOM loves Wheeler’s Tue start vs Arizona ($31). Arizona has been hot; do you concur?

    Is Minor droppable (Points league? He’s been OK but strikes out no one (his next two starts are vs Oak).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Wheeler

      Sure, can drop Minor if you have better options

      • Norman Ginsberg says:
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        Wheeler.

  58. slew says:
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    Susan Slusher is saying Luzardo is on his way up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      To do what? Middle relief?

      • Slew says:
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        Unclear as of yet.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, ownable in deeper leagues, but streamers in shallow leagues are just as good

  59. Alex says:
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    Would you drop Benintendi or Berti for McMahon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berti

  60. ebola24 says:
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    Are you starting Plesac @ LAA on Tuesday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not

  61. krazyivan says:
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    Are you starting any these guys next week?

    Musgrove vs Giants (Oracle)
    Bassitt vs Rangers (Arlington)
    McKay ca Rangers (Arlington)

    Not crazy about the first (unless Searage stays home for the trip) but like the ballpark
    Like the next two guys better, but a little scared of the ballpark their pitching in.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove

  62. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Would you trust (blister- threatened) Robbie Ray even a little?: His next starts are Wed @ NYM; Mia; and @ SD.

    He’s a FA abd my cost would be minimal; my choices to drop:
    Cole Hamels: Wed @ SD; Cin; and StL
    Soroka: @ Was (would skip this start); Phil; and @ KC.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way, he has a blister

  63. ebola24 says:
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    Luzardo going to be called up. He’s projected to start Wednesday against the Astros. Fire him up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems unnecessarily dangerous, but if you need it

  64. saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 Team H2H 6×6 QS Daily (3 weekly moves)

    Thanks for helping me get to the finals. My SP staff includes the following:

    Verlander, Cole, Flaherty, Heaney, Wheeler, Gallen, Houser, Gonsolin. Dropped Pineda.

    I only have Gallen and Wheeler with 2 starts so I’m a few starts behind at this point versus my opponent.

    Please rank the best 3 potential streamers for the upcoming week.

    Lyles @ Mia 14.4
    Folty @ Phi -3.8
    T. Williams @SF -1.7
    Eovaldi @Tor -15.1
    P. Lopez vs. Mil 12.7
    Mahle @Sea 14.2
    D.Rodriguez vs. Mia 5.8
    Webb vs. Mia 11.7

    Thanks again for your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lyles, Lopez, Webb…not great…

  65. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team OBP H2H…11 moves left

    Current line up:

    C W Smith
    1B Votto
    2B Danny Santana
    SS Lindor
    3B Chapman
    CI Olson
    MI Polanco
    OF JD Martinez
    OF K Davis
    OF Puig
    UTL Encarnacion
    UTL Laureano
    BN Lux
    BN Franmil

    Hold or drop anyone for available bats: Newman, Santander, Canha, J Upton, Eloy, Eaton, Kingery, Senzel, Rojas

    Thanks!

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