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Went over this a little this morning with my general September call-ups for fantasy baseball (clickbait!) writings/stylings/gibberish.  I’m not enthused by the guys headed to the majors this September.  Look at what happened this year with Yoan Moncada.  He had to be held down an extra month due to a September call-up.  Of course, if, say, Harrison Bader walks on water straight down Broad Street, grabs a Philly cheesesteak, burps in Rhysus’ face, hits a 885-mile turn to the Gateway Arch and wrecks havoc in St. Louis, then by all means I’m grabbing him.  With that said (finally!), Tyler Glasnow should be up any day now.  In Triple-A, he’s been pitching strictly from the stretch, and it’s made all the difference in his mechanics.  He’s compiled a 13.5 K/9 (!), 2.21 xFIP and he throws 95 MPH.  131 Ks to only 31 walks in 87 1/3 IP!  Sign me up pronto, Tonto.  Of course, in mixed leagues, I’m still viewing him mostly as a matchups guy for the final month, but I’d stash everywhere for (Glas)now.  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Welington Castillo – Boeuf’s been crazy hot, and should be owned in more places.  Business Idea Alert!  A restaurant that specializes in offal, organ meat and whatnot.  Call the place, Happy Entrails To You.  Then all the commercials are parodies of music videos with the Armenian restaurant owner singing.  Here he is doing Nirvana, “Here we are now, entrails and such!”  Think this idea has legs?  Nope, but it’s got guts!

Francisco Mejia – Went over Mejia this morning in a blurb that was one part Shakespeare and two parts other old dude who people respect.  If you click on Mejia’s name, you’ll be magically transported to all of his previous mentions.  Abracadabra!

Greg Bird – Like Magic Johnson, I feel wronged by Bird.  I loved in him in the preseason, and he pulled a Kotchman for five months.  I guess I’d own him now, but you have to platoon him.  (By the way, Pulling a Kotchman is, like, our 3rd oldest glossary term, and, unless Kotchman does something horrific in real life, I’m going to keep using it, even as people come to the site who were born after Kotchman played.  Some day in the distant future, I want Kotchman’s entire claim to fame to be he had mono for 18 months.)

Matt Olson –  Good for power, and giving Clark Kent scoops!

Howie Kendrick – Howie like me now!  The ripper will not allow!  *record scratch*  REMIX!  Pink cookies in a plastic bag getting crushed by Kolten Wong!

Kolten Wong – My need for MI sleepers is such a blind spot all I can think about is Wong for 2018.  That’s not what she said ever!

Wilmer Difo – Just think, you can grab Olson and Wilmer Difo and tell people you’re putting together a DC Comics/Marvel crossover with Clark Kent’s buddy and the Green Goblin in a road movie to lose Olson’s virginity called, The Last American Goblin.

Ian Happ – It’s a bit of a PITA to have to platoon Happ in and out of the lineup, but if your power numbers have falafallen, grab him.

Willie Calhoun – Our prospect and main podcast co-host, Halp, loves Willie Calhoun.  With good reason, he’s hit 29 homers this year in Triple-A, with power to all fields.  My main problem with Calhoun, and why I didn’t put him in the lede this week over Glasnow, do the Rangers bench Choo outright?  I mean, I’d like to see it, but will they?  Seems unlikely.

Luis Valbuena – The problem with Valbuena.  Dot dot dot.  Everything.  Though, he is hot.

Franklin Barreto – I got no love for Barreto.  Whether played by Robert Blake or not.  He looks like the makings of another A’s Mehburger.  In a September call-up, maybe he gets hot and steals a few bases and homers a couple of times.  I’m mostly looking at him in AL-Only leagues.

Jorge Polanco – I gave you my Jorge Polanco fantasy last week.  It was written all over your face!

J.P. Crawford – Phils are talking about promoting J.P. some time early next week.  *looks at his minor league numbers*  Well, at least he’ll get some playing time, so if you have a league with ABs as a category.  I’m more annoyed Galvis will be benched a bit now, but that’s a personal problem and you shouldn’t concern yourself.  Wait, you are concerned?  That’s so sweet!  Come here and sit on my lap.  Metaphorically!  Get off my lap, weirdo!

Harrison Bader – His minor league numbers are actually interesting (unlike Barreto, Crawford, and their ilk).  In Triple-A, Bader has 20 HRs, 15 SBs and a .283 average.  Unfortch, I’m not sure I see how he gets everyday playing time.

Kevin Kiermaier – Now this guy has playing time up the wazoo!  By the way, if you ever say ‘up the wazoo’ in real life, someone should stick their foot up your wazoo.  Kiermaier is a decent contributor for five categories, with no standout cats.  Also, don’t abbreviate categories with cats in real life either.

Scott Schebler – Bit surprised to see him owned in so few leagues, but he did struggle with a shoulder injury for around six weeks (and still is going to get to 30 homers; yup, no juiced baseballs here!).

Shin-Soo Choo – Hey, it’s Willie Calhoun’s prospblock!  Hey, Willie Calhoun’s prospblock, say hello to your mother for me.

Jack Flaherty – As I said this morning, “Flaherty is must SCTV!  But he’s kinda more to do with matchups.”  And that’s me quoting me!  With that said, his matchups are tasty for at least his first two starts.

Luke Weaver – Love what Weaver’s done recently, but it’s that time of the year, and, well, it’s about matchups.  But no fear, Guinevere!  The Stream-o-Nator loves his next two starts.

Blake Treinen – For some reason, the A’s keep bringing Treinen into the 8th inning for 4-plus out saves, which makes me think they’re trying to catch Michael Lewis’ eye for a book about new ways to use a bullpen or they want Treinen to get hit hard.  Hoping it’s the former, but think it might be the latter.

Blake Parker – If you sent your mom to your fantasy draft, and your mom really liked the name Blake, you’d have more closers now than if you drafted Aroldis and Melancon.

Jake McGee – I drink a Boost for breakfast, an Ensure for dessert.  Somebody ordered pancakes, I just picked up C. Rupp.  Sorry, was just celebrating Yeezy’s 12-year-anniversary on Late Registration.  Twelve years ago, I didn’t know where I was headed.  Now, I’m begging people to signup for our fantasy football tools.  Ah, life choices!  Plus, segue!  Oh, and McGee is the Rox closer, until further notice.

Shane Greene – Getting the feeling that Greene is going to get relegated to setup duty next year by some terrible offseason acquisition, then that offseason acquisition will be as ineffective as everyone predicted and Greene will be the closer again next year by July.  Hey, my Magic Eight Ball is vaguely exact!

SELL

Rougned Odor – Headed for a 32 HR, 15 SB season, which is exactly what we expected from him.  That it’s coming with a .210 average is unacceptable.  I want to get Odor drunk, then when he passes out, put a Bautista jersey on him, so, when he wakes up, he punches himself in the face.  I hate Odor so much, I feel like a perfume tester that was wrongly terminated and now is in a five-year lawsuit trying to get compensation.  If I thought Odor eaters would eat Odor, I’d put salt and pepper on Odor’s head and let those eaters go to town.  Such a huge disappointment I might never want anything to do with him again (who am I kidding?  Of course, I’m going to draft him again).  I’m glad I have parenthetical blindness, because if that parenthetical says what I think it does, I will throw my computer out the window.

   
  1. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  2. RicoSuave says:
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    16 team H2H weekly points league… redraft

    Zunino, Boeuf Castillo or James McCann for the playoffs?

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: How about Odor, Albies or Villar for my 2B spot?

        Cheers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Villar

          • RicoSuave says:
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            @Grey: Thank you!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  3. Daze says:
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    Calhoun or Clint Frazier.
    12 team keeper league.
    Can keep for 3 years.
    Also
    Wong or Villar
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier…. Villar

  4. My Seven Rizzos says:
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    2 catcher 12 team points keeper… Drop Gattis for Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  5. Bolivian Zebras says:
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    beef or avila for playoffs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

      • Bolivian Zebras says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey enjoy the weeks end

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  6. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Hope all is well.

    In a 12 team H2h keeper league with OBP, I’m thinking of dropping Odor and Semien.

    My waiver wire has the following:

    Villar
    Baez
    Scooter
    Happ
    Kiermaier

    I’m leaning towards picking up Baez and Scooter. Let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar and Scooter

      • Bostero111 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man! Have a great weekend!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  7. NO PEPPER says:
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    Willie Calhoun’s Twitter account said he will not be called up.
    @11williecalhoun
    I

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not you, the Rangers

      • NO PEPPER says:
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        @Grey:
        I almost cried.
        Where do you see him going next year?
        Would you stash him no matter what in a 8 player keeper dynasty?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          When he’s called up in June?

          • NO PEPPER says:
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            @Grey:
            Hoping for spring.
            We will see.
            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure where he plays, even in spring… Is Choo out this winter?

              • NO PEPPER says:
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                @Grey:
                I think Choo stays,
                Maybe they move Gallo.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ya think? That would surprise me

                  • NO PEPPER says:
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                    @Grey:
                    With Beltre’s age and now he’s hurt.
                    Your probably right.
                    hmmm.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup

  8. Count de Monetball says:
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    Thanks for jinxing Odor into a hot streak. Since I’m out of it anyway, I’m rolling with him ROY!!!! Man I have wanted to drop that sucka for months… Oh well, at least he will be cheaper next year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope I jinxed him into a hot streak! It’s the least I can do for my own teams!

  9. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Is this the part where Odor now hits .300 ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes! Hopefully… Fingers crossed

  10. trogdor says:
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    Grey, thank you for finally pooping on that little douchebag Odor!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, long overdue

  11. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Been using Jose Ramirez in my 2B slot, Didi at SS and rotating Pham, Rosario, Inciarte and Bell in 3 OF slots and Utility. Have Kendrick, Wong and Semien on my bench. Looking to either grab a closer/holds guy (Greene, McGee, Devinski) or swap someone out for Happ, Margot, Brox or Hanley. What’s your suggestion for my best course of action going forward for the playoffs?

    Also, drop Avila for Zunino, McCann, Meijia or Ramos?

    Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Semien, Wong for Greene and Devenski

      Avila for Mejia if you wanna try it…

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Much appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  12. J-Hova says:
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    Thanks Grey, i too dropped Odor after having him for the past 3 years. That avg is a killer but i still feel like his HR’s and steals have really helped my team. Just too close in avg to too many league mates to hold right now. I’ll give Glasgow a shot though his start vs the Reds in April doomed my whip and ERA for a week…
    Thanks again, BUY SELL and your morning right up’s have me holding on to first place in my main league right now.

    It’s been a week but have you checked out the Grieves. Really good. I never really listened to him but am loving the album.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoot, no, haven’t listened yet… Thanks for the reminder!

  13. Bobby says:
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    Starting Brock Stewart @ Padres
    Gibson vs royals
    Cotton @seattle
    Leake vs Oakland
    Woodruff vs Washington
    Talion vs reds

    Need a couple starters for the rest of the week top 3 on this list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leake, Brock, Taillon

  14. mikestatic says:
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    Hey Gray, Do I even consider dropping Salvy for Beef wellington? I am lock for the #1 seed in the playoffs in 2 weeks, and can wait on salvy but dont want to miss out. Salvy hasnt done anything since the return from the DL which tells me he could be hurt still. Thanks! 12 team H2H standard 5×5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try Beef

  15. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Mcculers, Duffy, or Glasgow Ros in 10 team h2h? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

  16. dtbran says:
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    MA Taylor or Odor Grey, I know, ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  17. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Happy Friday to ya Mr. Grey! Zunino for Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Mejia

  18. Schoolboy P says:
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    Flaherty or Richards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try Flaherty

  19. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Beltre out for season – deshizz tome?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeShizz tome!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: I will gladly be a contributing writer to that tome. My chapter? When to call delino deshizz v deshit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  20. Benintendo64 says:
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    How long have you had that odor sell typed up and ready to go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      April 12th? Kidding

  21. DonnieB says:
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    Drop Zunino for Mejia in a keeper if competing for money now? Love him but… flags fly forever,right? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Zunino for Mejia

  22. Prog Nation says:
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    Lose any of the following closers for Jake McGee?

    Vizcaíno – pretty solid but limited saves

    Melancon – struggling sometimes holds

    Ziegler – similar to Viz.

    or Andrew Miller who may not be back in time for fantasy playoffs.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  23. Boy Wonder says:
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    Choose 1 for ROS

    Justin Smoak, Domingo Santana, Nick Castellanos, Shin-Soo Choo, Ian Happ or Greg Bird?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoak

      • Boy Wonder says:
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        @Grey: which 2 would you take after Smoak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo, Bird

  24. hal_incandenza says:
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    Nearing end of first of a 2-week H2H playoff round, I’ve been thinking of dropping Odor in favor of Segura for steals. Hard choice as Odor still brings more power, and who knows how that category might look in a week. Plus he’s not devoid of possible SBs. And Segura has been very cold himself.

    You have to be strong to Hold Odor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DoBY8M_bCg

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      @hal_incandenza: I’m only in 2 leagues, a shallow 10 team H2H and a 12 team 6×6. I’ve had Odor all year in both (drafted him early @ #28 in roto, made an April trade of G.Holland and Baez for him in the H2H).

      I won the H2H regular season, and I’ve been running a distant 1st in the roto (recently dropped from 130 to 120). So if Odor was killing me, the rest of my teams didn’t let me know it. Of course I see the bs .avg., but I think there was something to the sentiment that he hasn’t been a King Slayer.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, I’m winning leagues with Odor too, but he hasn’t been pleasant recently and it’s towards the end of the season when you can go to a hot hand

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura hasn’t been good either

  25. Wilson says:
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    Is it safe to start Jon Gray vs ARI (Corbin) tomorrow? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not safe

  26. Mike says:
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    Drop Odúbel Herrera for Margot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  27. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Need runs and sbs. Drop Parra for Albies or Keirmaier? Happy long weekend….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep him in Coors for now, you too!

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: was thinking more for next week. Parra has 3 at home vs sf and four at lad.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, then go Kiermaier

  28. Hanklongball says:
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    Would you take Villar over Carpenter for a bench bat? Team is as follows:

    C: Lucroy
    1B: Hoskins
    2B: Rizzo
    SS: Nunez
    3B: Suarez
    OF: Betts, Cruz, Marte
    UTIL: Adam Jones
    DL: Harper

    As always, thanks for your help!

    • Grey

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      I would

  29. Grey, thanks for answering on my other posts, I didnt get a chance to tell ya,
    So of the following who would you ride out ROS? 10 team roto sitting 2nd overall
    Already dropped s marte and considering dropping cutch
    Devers
    judge
    buxton
    gallo
    peralta
    hoskins
    j turner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Who would I keep from this list? All of them, Judge def

      • Word, have a great weekend!!!!! thanks again!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  30. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team h2h OBP

    1) Which hitter do you like best for my two week playoff schedule (with projected starters):

    Moustakas

    CHW Lopez
    CHW Rodon
    CHW Giolito
    @CLE Merrit
    @CLE Carrasco
    @CLE Clevinger
    @CLE Kluber
    @TOR Stroman
    @TOR B Anderson
    @TOR Happ
    @CHW Lopez
    @CHW Rodon
    @CHW Giolito

    Gallo

    SEA Miranda
    SEA Gallardo
    SEA Albers
    SEA Leake
    @LAA Heaney
    @LAA Schribner
    @LAA Bridwell
    @SEA Albers
    @SEA Leake
    @SEA Erasmo
    @OAK Graveman
    @OAK Manaea
    @OAK Cotton

    Each hitter is projected to face 5 lefties which I think might give the edge to Gallo since he he has a 130 wRC+ versus LHP compared to a 80 wRC+ for Moustakas, each with a comparable wRC+ versus RHP (127 versus 130). Gallo has also been much hotter this past month plus.

    2) Who do you like better for the stretch run:

    Flaherty CIN, @CHC, @PIT
    Glasnow n/a ([email protected], [email protected],3 MIL, 3STL during 2 week playoffs)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Gallo 2. Glasnow

  31. Josh says:
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    drop Avila for Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it

  32. hondo says:
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    Dropped Odor for Villar.Man that felt good.

    That same team’s 3 worst players in the last 30 days are now Story,JD Martinez and Springer.Why even draft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  33. msh2404 says:
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    Through the wire… Props

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  34. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    wait why are YOU disapointed in odor? i know the fantraph twats would want to say that, but he’s on pace for exactly what you said he would be. in OBP’s he’s worse of course, but your rankings/projections aren’t for those. BABIP luck badly affects him of course. he’s fair hitting .251.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The big picture HRs and SBs are fine, he’s hitting .080 in the last week and it’s the time of the year where you need people doing something immediately

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: that’s true, really bad lately.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  35. Ben says:
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    I asked you the other day but I’m asking again to be sure…

    I just dropped Chapman to bring Kershaw off the DL yesterday. I need to drop someone to bring Lester off the DL today. Gausman, Ryu, Britton, Godley are my candidates. Gausman and Ryu are pitching pretty well and I don’t want to drop a closer but Britton is all like “I”m hurt, wait no I’m not… I’m healthy but I’m never going to actually pitch… I’m elite but I just sit here… huh?” You still going with Gausman as the pitcher to drop?

    Other pitchers I have are R. Ray, Verlander, Samardzija, Doolittle, K. Herrera, A. Vizcaino

    Some additional context… it’s a keeper league I could keep Gausman and/or Ryu at $10 for next year. Britton cannot be kept.

    I’m first place in saves by 4 so it’s relatively close… I could drop a closer but there’s a lot of season left to lose ground if I drop one.

    Who gets the axe?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Ryu

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Enjoy the weekend :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  36. Nevik Rowe says:
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    Drop Longoria for Polanco, right? Keep Segura around and pray for a September turnaround or dump for anything on the wire ?Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  37. joemorganhair says:
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    You like Bird over Devers? I’m able to platoon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  38. Ben says:
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    Starting Stratton at home vs STL today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  39. lwomack58 says:
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    K. Herrera hurt again-replacements/handcuff’s
    Barraclough, Maurer, Alexander or Minor. Those are some slim pickings. Who would you pickup?
    Thanks and have a great weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maurer

  40. joemorganhair says:
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    Pujols or Abreu to finish out the year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Abreu

  41. Alex says:
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    Glasnow and taillon or E-rod and manaea ROS? Who do you drop first E rod or manaea? Have glasnow stashed and gonna put in a claim for taillon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop Ed-Rod

  42. ebudz says:
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    (Max Acquisitions per Week: 6)

    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    (1) C: Lucroy
    (1) 1B: Rizzo
    (1) 2B: Odor
    (1) SS: Lindor
    (1) 3B: Rendon
    (3) OF: Springer, Myers, Souza
    (2) UT: Abreu, D. Santana

    (2) DL: Harper

    (3) SP: deGrom, Severino, Lynn
    (2) RP: Knebel, Ramos
    (4) P: Hand, Betances, Ryu, McHugh
    (6) Bench: Morton, Corbin, Chacin, Weaver, Snell, Flaherty

    (2) DL: McCullers

    Probably not a good sign that I’m losing 6-7 to a team who hasn’t set their lineup since 6/20 … one more week left after this one and trying to clinch a 1st or 2nd seed bye week…

    Got 2 adds left for this week so trying to decide best usage of them:

    1) Could swap out some bats? If so, over who?
    Available (by current ranks): LeMahieu, Choo, Shaw, Gennett, Reddick, Markakis, Peralta, Mancini, etc … plus like everyone in your BUYs except for Castillo and J Polanco…

    2) Or I could also stash Glasnow now? or grab Bauer now since he’s got the best two starts lined up @CHW (13.4) & vs. BAL (13.1)… If so, over who?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DJ over Odor… grab Bauer

  43. For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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    AL only. leake or graveman? SON likes leake for upcoming games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leake

      • For an Armenianless Vacation come to Akron says:
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        @Grey: what about b.phillips vs escobar? currently have goins/escobar at MI/SS(correa back tomorrow too). but in case correa doesn’t play everyday i might be best off with 2 BN bats for a bit to see, and hold correa/escobar and add phillips

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go BP

  44. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Bird over Souza in OBP OPS H2H? Or stick with Souza? His ratios have been eh but nice HR and SB count over last 30.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stick with Souza

  45. Nevik Rowe says:
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    Playoffs in our league = no drops in case of innings shut down, only for injury (so no streaming).

    Drop 2 for CC and Clevenger.

    Conley, Newcomb, Bridwell.

    Thanks as always Grey!

    • Nevik Rowe says:
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      @Nevik Rowe: or hold two and just add one? Don’t like any options here but shallow pool.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Newcomb, Bridwell

  46. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Would u start corbin or Grey in COL toinght?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  47. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: need to drop McGee or Oh? Sagnof? Gracias!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McGee

  48. eastsidebk says:
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    First time subscriber…long time reader. 2 questions for you in my NL only points-based very deep 12 team league:
    1) Have Avila at C. Maddon doesn’t seem to play him much. Would you drop him this week (he has 7 games vs righties) for Hundley (3 games in COL and facing three lefties)?

    2) Need 1 more starter. Would you start Cole (vs Cubs-Hendricks), Maeda (vs AZ-Greinke) or Montero (2 home starts vs PHI and CIN-vs Stephenson)?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Meh I’d hold 2. Are these all home?

      • eastsidebk says:
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        Sorry…yes. All 3 pitchers have all their starts at home. Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Maeda, all close

  49. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- in my keep forever I offered S Marte and Thames for Scherzer. I’m out this year (no pitching) and this is a play for next year. Good trade?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Scherzer

  50. Mike says:
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    Dropping Odor for Albies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  51. gl3 says:
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    Taillon tn?

    His Batter vs Pitcher match up isnt really good.
    1-6 are hitting .329 vs Taillon.

    Streamonator really likes him.

    Whats your take Senor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with him, he’s been bad for a few months

    • The Harrow says:
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      @gl3: the way these baseball players always seem to skip games from breeding it’s possible he’s just depressed to have half his sperm now. which is an empty fear, people have accidental pregnancies with one ball all the damn time anyway.

  52. The Harrow says:
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    when compared to how awful desmond’s power has been not taking enough time off (in yr face certain razzball writers claiming he’d be just fine in late may or even earlier) freeman is doing pretty ok with his coming back too early with wrist/hand injuries, but here’s a funny one:

    “Freddie Freeman feels like the wrist he broke in May is getting weaker as he continues to play.
    “It feels like I’m swinging a wet newspaper,” he said Saturday. Wet newspaper wouldn’t seem to bode well for his power production, and if it gets bad enough, the Braves might decide to have him shut it down and get ready for 2018.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds terrible

    • Mike in Busan says:
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      @The Harrow: suboptimal, especially as I’m also an Odor owner. Last thing I need is to lose Freddie, too.

  53. Potent SKittles says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I’m currently sitting atop my 16 team league. H2H points/Auction draft with 6 keepers.
    Inset Matt Holiday back into my only bench spot and drop Willie Calhoun? I’m making a run at the championship this year. (Left a nice 3 run HR in that DL slot today)
    Hold to see if Willie gets called up, and if he does drop Holliday?
    Also can cut bait on Keon Broxton ($6 keeper next year) or maybe Kintzler? (We count holds, I have Lyons, but neither seem to be grabbing holds currently.)

    Im caught between going for it and being competitive again next year. Stud keepers are league winners and I like Calhoun. I already had to cut bait on Crawford and Villar this year chasing pitching. Am I being greedy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Kintzler…. If you have to have Holliday

  54. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. sorry to ask, but drop wilson ramos for any of chirinos, vasquez, zunino or gomes?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, can try Zunino

  55. Mike in Busan says:
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    Hey. I did my part. I benched Odor this week. Not my fault he forgot his cue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  56. peacecoast says:
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    Deshields gonna get regular PT now with Beltre gone and Gallo at third? He worth a pick up? I am dropping shitty Revere since you reminded me that they picked up Upton. Also got Schebler on the wire but I really need speed.

    • peacecoast says:
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      @peacecoast: nvm I just read this was already answered above. I love you with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could grabbing DeShields

  57. peacecoast says:
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    schebler or flores ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schebler

  58. Wilson says:
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    Gomez is good these 2-3 days. Gomez or Granderson in coming week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez

      • Wilson says:
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        Then, Gomez or Desmond ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Desmond

  59. peacecoast says:
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    drop O arcia for villar or h perez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: both?

  60. peacecoast says:
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    start chacin at home tomorrow versus LAD?
    do you ever go to ball games? I’m going to see the Red Sox Monday with my daughter for my birthday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m going to the Dodgers’ game next Friday…. have fun! I’d start Chacin

  61. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 (QS/ops)
    Start Heaney $-6.3 @ TEX?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  62. Steve says:
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    Starting Fiers home vs Mets or Urena home vs Phillies? If you’d start both, who’d be your preference? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urena

  63. FrankGrimes says:
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    Odor!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  64. Andrew Edenbaum says:
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    I own Archer on my Ultimate team in NFBC, with a 3d place finish and $7500 at stake. Yes, I love Archer and he was my 2nd starter taken (thankfully Sales was there at #19), but seriously, he’s a drop at this point, right ?
    I mean, yeah, Odorizzi, Betts, Chacin are ALL better candidates for a drop, but with 4 weeks left, I need all the arms I can get. Rodney/Iglesias as closers. Then Sale, Nola, Bauer, Duffy. McHugh, Ed Rod. and those previous mentioned. Scibner has already been designated. But if Archer has thrown his last pitch of 2017, or will be out until the final week (that was my feeble attempt at a joke), then I’d rather have a live arm for the last 4 weeks.
    Thanks and Happy Labor Day.

    • Norm Ginsberg says:
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      @Andrew Edenbaum: I have a similar dilemma. Need to drop a starting pitcher (and playoffs start tomorrow). Should it be Archer (injury = ?) or Chase Anderson (who actually starts tomorrow vs Cincy).

      • Josh-NYC says:
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        @Norm Ginsberg:

        Mind you chase Anderson is a 2 start pitcher next week and if archer is to start next week it’ll be on Friday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know his matchups, Chase that is — but prolly lose Archer

        • Norm Ginsberg says:
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          @Josh-NYC: N/a. 2-week playoff round. Key is Grey’s opinion to safely drop Archer.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Meh, hold for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you can lose Archer

      • Andrew Edenbaum says:
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        @Grey: Of course I read this a.m. that Archer is “throwing” tomorrow. Why ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he might be ok

  65. Furious Styles says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I just wanted to say thank you for your advice and devotion to analysis. Yes, I drafted like a golden god but your weekly commentary helped me rise to an insurmountable position in a 12 team roto league that starts 5 OF. You’re doing god’s work, keep on keeping on.

    <3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  66. Swfcdan says:
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    Big final day H2H matchup currently 5-5 but ugh I see he has Sale and Bum going tonight…shizz. Currently tied in QS, behind in Ks by 2, slightly behind WHIP and almost a run ahead in ERA. But only option for me tonight is to stream Chacin, should I bother?

    • Josh-NYC says:
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      @Swfcdan:

      It seems like you cant lose QS.. may need to take a gamble to try to gain a quality start with chacin and hope his pitchers screw up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chacin has an under 2 ERA at home

  67. morningsunshine says:
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    Matt Olson or Matt Joyce ros Grey?
    6×6 R RBI HR AVG OBP SB h2h league.

    I’m torn between the 2 Matts of Oakland. Both have been similarly good lately

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson

  68. Wilson says:
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    Will Mejia get start catcher position today? I may drop him if he is still sitting on bench..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hope so, we’ll see

  69. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Playoffs start September 11, and the team needs to cut some dead slumping weight. Right now Segura and Odor are my weakest links. Segura just had a big game last night, but not sure if that will carry.

    Ender Inciarte, Scooter Gennett, Logan Morrison and Sin soo choo are free agents.

    How do you rank those free agents? And do you put the waivers in for both segura and odor? if you like all 4 players over odor and segura then I’ll have to put waivers in for all of them since they will all be heavily targeted this week.

    FYI- I have my middle infield already covered with Nunez, Baez, and rendon , and segura and odor are currently serving as bench bat depth. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You ranked them, yes, all 4 over who you have

  70. Wilson says:
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    Eddie Rosario or Ian Desmond for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eddie

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:
        How about Margot? over Desmond as well?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, over Desmond

  71. Michael says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I have a couple of 2 start pitchers this week but they are my fourth and fifth guys.

    Graveman – LAA (H – Bridwell) HOU (H – Keuchel)
    Happ – BOS (A – Porcello) DET (H – Bell)

    W – 6 pts, QS – +3 pts

    question. (option 1)
    I know I’m starting Kimbrel for Saves (4pts) but do I take a chance on both two starters who on a negative may only give 6 points if they both pull out a QS a piece or if lucky and I get 3 or 4 wins that’s 18 – 24 points.

    (option 2)
    Or do I go with my safe thought which is Happ and what should be an easy win in Detriot and then put in Kimbrel and Cody Allen and hope they pick up a punch of SVs this week….(even with the Tribe playing the SUX for 4 games, and BAL for 3. (not seeing any close games happening against the SUX TBH).

    If both of those are bad ideas, then my other pitchers on bench: Lester, Morton, Urena, Davies, Tanaka but can only start 3 this week

    Thanks ahead of time!
    Michael

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why are you bench those other guys over Graveman?

      • Michael says:
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        @Grey:

        sorry for late reply….I only have 3 pitching spots this week so usually I would start a 2 start pitcher over a 1 start and normally go with 2 RP since Allen and Kimbrel are good for 8 pts a piece most weeks.

        for most my guys on the bench I know a QS is usually in the cards which is only 3 points but wins are not a guarantee….so that I why I gave option 2 of Happ with Allen and Kimbrel. Happ has two chances to get 6 points at a min. if I’m lucky and he goes the 6 innings and less then 3 ER’s. at most 18 points for 2W’s and 2 QS’s.

        I could start one of my other pitchers but if they only get a QS and no win (3 pts) and then Allen goes out and gets at least 2 saves then Allens 8 points is sitting on a bench….

        law of averages I guess….7 chances with Allen to get 4 points in a week or more each day he saves….1 start pitcher gets 1 chance to at a minimum get 3 points for QS and max 9 points for W + QS.

        weird hitters, keeper league i’m in.

        • Michael says:
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          @Michael:

          large cash payout if I win…and I have been in first place most of the year until about a week ago, I had a bad week……

  72. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 with ops
    Who would you start today?

    Schebler @ PIT (williams)
    Healy @ SEA (albers)
    Thames vs WSH (Jackson)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thames

  73. Bobby says:
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    Starting griiffin @ atl ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  74. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    You trusting Reynaldo L. for his V Royals and Tigers 2 start week (in 2 weeks) in a H2H semifinal?

    Also, Chrinos or

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Zunino

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would not trust him

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

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Cheers: K-zar coming off dl for two starts next week. Jeers: looks like he will be on a tight pitch count, at least in his first start back. Would you start him next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  76. Ball Park Frank says:
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    What’s up Grey,
    My rotation is Kluber, MadBum, Hill, Nola, Morton, Hamels and Weaver. Got McCullers on the DL and I want to activate him. Who would you drop? I read your write up on McCullers and it was spot on. Obviously hoping for the better of his possible outcomes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamels

  77. FrankGrimes says:
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    Weekly league playoffs starting:
    Drop Seagar? They not putting him on DL for whatever reason.
    What about starting a two start Kzar(vsBal @CWS)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t start Salazar, wouldn’t drop Seager

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        You prolly not starting
        McCullers (@Sea) either then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I might start him

  78. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- I asked you about a trade the other day in my keep forever. It’s 12 teams/ keep 8. I’m out this year due to failed pitching. This is a play for next year. My partner has countered with my Lindor and my Thames for his Scherzer. Thoughts on trade and Scherzer the next few years?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good

  79. Ball Park Frank says:
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    Blake Parker or Viscaino ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viz

      • Ball Park Frank says:
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        @Ball Park Frank: @Grey: thanks! I agree. Disregard next comment :)

  80. Ball Park Frank says:
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    Add Shane Greene to that mix. I own Jansen, Diaz, Greene and Viscaino. I like to win SAGNOF style :) Would you drop Greene or Viscaino for Parker? Or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viz

      • Ball Park Frank says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I thought you were saying. Parker could get lots of saves in September imo. If Scossia doesn’t go all musical chairs on us

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