You remember in Austin Powers when he gets his golf cart stuck in the tunnel and tries to make a u-turn and just goes back and forth unable to turn.  That’s how I feel going between Tyler White and Tyler O’Neill.  “Tyler O’Neill just homered…”  *backs up golf cart*  “Tyler White just homered…” *reverses golf cart*  “O’Neill now!”  *tries to turn wheel*  “White does it again!”  *gets out of golf cart and tries to move it manually, but have overestimated strength*  “O’Neill with a round tripper!”  *sighs, gets back in golf cart and checks Facebook menchies, overcome with helplessness of decisions*  I do not know which Tyler I would go with anymore.  Every day this week it has switched, sometimes it’s switched in the same day.  Tyler White is top four slugging percentage in the majors leagues when sorting by 100 plate appearances, but just as soon as you say that Tyler O’Neill will go and do something.  White is likely in a platoon, but when Ozuna returns, O’Neill will have same problems.  I’d own both, but White is my favorite…*sees O’Neill hit a homer, reverses golf cart*  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Yan Gomes – He has a six game hitting streak, which I think is the longest in the major leagues.  Kidding, of course, I know it’s Carlos Tocci with a seven-game hitting streak.  You know what’s a pretty clear indication the game has changed?  When no one gets a 20-game hitting streak all year and there’s so much offense.  Joe DiMaggio is rolling over in his giant Mr. Coffee box.  Any hoo!  Gomes has been hot.

Luke Voit – Just went over him this morning.  Use your scrolly finger and scroll on, scrolla!

Matt Thaiss – Podcaster Ralph and I went over Thaiss in the last podcast.  The only thing that’s changed is the date and we didn’t know that Pujols would be out for the year, so I was a little more hesitant due to playing time concerns.  I do love how his name is pronounced tho, like Mos Def lyrics.

Trey Mancini – He’s been so hot in the last few weeks that he could salvage an otherwise forgettable season.  I’m being generous with my prorating, but if he can get to 27 HRs and .260, it will be more of a plateau from 1st season to 2nd season vs. a huge drop off.  “If I had a nickel for every time someone prorated incorrectly, I would have $17 million in three days.”  Oh, shut up, Mr. Prorater!

Tyler Austin – There’s more Tylers I’m liking right now than at the Ramada Inn seminar, “How To Tie A Cherry Stem With Your Tongue.”

Jeff McNeil – I am not joking at all when I say McNeil would be benched in an instant if David Wright were healthy enough to take the field and said he wanted to play 2nd.  I think the Mets only promoted McNeil because they think there’s not much to him and will play him for a few, then trade or bench him like a Wilmer Flores.  The reason they won’t promote Peter Alonso is because they think there’s something to him and he could be good.  Seriously.  Forget pace of game, these are problems that should be fixed.  Teams should not be able to artificially suppress players.  Imagine if an NFL or NBA team drafted a player, then purposely benched him or sent him to a training camp.  It’s so unbelievably stupid.  Okay, could someone help me down from this soapbox, I’m scared of heights.

Jonathan Villar – I know the O’s aren’t quote-unquote good, but sometimes being finger-quoty bad is finger-quoty good for a player because he will play every day and steal bases because the team has nothing to finger-quoty lose.

Joey Wendle – The steals SAGNOF landscape was barren like my Cougar’s womb in the beginning of the year, but steals have picked up recently.  Wendle is only latest example, and more below.

Todd Frazier – Okay, one more Mets note (but it’s lots of teams that do this), Frazier is playing because there’s a set salary the Mets have to play him, so they may as well play him.  Sure, he’s hitting recently, but he really should be a platoon player on a team that was actually trying to win.

Luis Urias – Just gave you my Luis Urias fantasy.  I wrote it while speaking fluent Uranus (language spoken on Uranus is spelled same as planet name, the more you know).

Willy Adames – If he keeps up his hot hitting, I might have to blow the dust off my “Grey is crazy for a middle infielder, writing a sleeper post for him and will be talking about him until next March only for said player to blow chunks in April and get dropped by me” routine!

Greg Allen – Roto-Wan just gave you his Greg Allen fantasy.  I agree with what he Wan’s you to know.

Billy McKinney – Been fire emoji since he came up for the Jays, and might’ve replaced Teoscar and Granderson on the depth charts.  Should be on the latter, like Altuve.  McKinney’s a power-first outfielder — think 25 homers, but he might hit .250 or lower.  Could also steal a base or two.  Plus, he sounds like a character Adam Sandler would play.  Well, that might be a negative.

Ramon Laureano – All respect to Dominique Wilkins, but Laureano is the new Human Highlight Reel.  Doode flat-out rakes!  Not ‘rakes’ as it is usually used, which means to hit, but as it should be used, which is to collect balls hit anywhere near them and throw said ball where they’re supposed to go.  Think about it, when you rake you don’t scatter leaves, you collect them and put them where they should go.  Okay, point made.  Laureano also can steal 25+ bags and has 15-homer power.  I’m sorry, you a 2019 sleeper?  Yes, you are.

Roman Quinn – I’m convinced Kapler wants to make it as hard as he can for the Phils to win games, but Quinn as his new leadoff hitter?  Is, well, I like it.  Hope it sticks like my new definition of rake.

Hunter Renfroe – Power, nothing else.  But as Thomas Edison once said, “If I can’t get the power working, we’re all doomed.  Luckily, I’m not flying a freakin’ kite in a rainstorm thinking that’s gonna do something.”

Eloy Jimenez – Just gave you my Eloy Jimenez fantasy.  I wrote it with my outie.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Just gave you my Vladimir Guerrero Jr. fantasy.  I wrote it while thinking about my newest Shark Tank idea.  SHARKS!  Here’s my product, a scale that subtracts 17 pounds.  You never have to diet again!

David Robertson – Maybe even Zach Britton.  Maybe Dellin stops cuddling and starts saving games!  Could be a Taco Bell/Pizza Hut combo.

Jeremy Jeffress – I like Jeffress a lot, but it is a little crazy to me that he’s owned in more leagues than Dellin.  They should both be owned.

Tommy Hunter – *signs clipboard and hands it to the nurse*  I am admitting myself into this wellness clinic to decompress from trying to figure out who Kapler will be using for saves.

Ryan Madson – To male nurse at wellness clinic, “Yes, I am Madson.  Completely insane.  And call me Dad.”

Derek Holland – This is a Stream-o-Nator call like the one it makes to AT&T to make sure his phone is working.

Pablo Lopez – Another Stream-o-Nator call.  “I haven’t received a text or phone call in almost four weeks, are you sure it’s working?”  Aw, Stream-o-Nator is so sad!

SELL

Matt Kemp – The only thing that qualifies someone to get in the Sell is being owned in 50% of leagues, and Kemp’s currently owned in 75% leagues, so bingo-bango and his Jaxx are in the Basement.  Kemp doesn’t even play much anymore and the entire Dodgers team has been infected with “Great team but Dave Roberts keeps talking about the time he stole a base in the playoffs and literally nothing else, yo, who hired this guy?”

Kyle Seager – Two years ago, the Seager Mom, “Both of my boys are so good it’s so hard to choose which one to throw my full-time love behind and boost them with momma’s love that gets a lonely boy through the night and reminds them of suckling my breasts.”  Now, “I kinda like Tyler White at my corner infidel slot.”

 
  1. JC says:
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    Thank you, Grey
    Pitch Kopech at home vs Bosox tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t, but I could see a good game from him since teams who haven’t seen him seem to be at a disadvantage

  2. Harley Earl says:
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    Agree on Kyle Seager. He’s been horribly bad. I didn’t see it coming so fast but age may have caught up to him this year. I’m willing to hold on to him through the first six weeks of 2019. If the on-base pct. stays the same, I’ll wash my hands of him. He’s bad, very bad, and not in a good way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, been miserable to own

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: I haven’t played him in weeks/months. He’s depth in case of an injury now. When Austin Riley gets called up next year, adios Mr. Seager.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  3. Brian says:
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    16 team dynasty h2h 6×6 with QS and k/bb. I need to activate bryant for tomorrow. Options to drop are jace fry, rondon, john gant. Rest of staff is price, verlander, madbum, clev, wood, gausman, teheran, quintana, duffy, minor. RPs are vazquez, treinen, leclerc, peacock, stripling, sonny

    leaning gant since he rarely goes long enough for a QS and jace seems like he “might” be taking hold of that role. i’m stubbornly holding sonny and hoping he’s not a total dumpster fire next year and/or gets traded.

    thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s Gant’s upcoming matchups?

      • brian says:
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        @Grey: i think:

        @WSH PIT LAD SFG MIL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t sound awful after WASH

          • brian says:
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            @Grey: Nope. not really.

            so would you drop gant or jace? realistically i probably can’t count on more than 3-4 saves from fry the rest of the way

            thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Jace

  4. iChiro says:
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    2 moves left until playoffs-
    here’s what I havel: in 12 team H2H, and my question is two-fold:
    Strasburg on DL that will need to drop someone and currently have 1 bench bat :

    1B: Cano / Braun / Desmond
    OF: Braun/Desmond/ Hamilton
    –my other OF that I won’t drop are Acuna, Springer-
    SP I’m unsure about: D Rodriguez, Chris Archer

    So do I drop Braun / Desmond / Hamlton
    Or: Dereck Rodriguez or Chirs Archer
    to make way for Stras

    And — should I pick up Luke Voit over Braun/Desmond/Hamilton thus leavign 1 bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dereck’s upcoming matchups? Voit over Braun sounds fine

      • @Grey: thanks, FML, and if you’re ever in need of a new chiropractor located in the OC, lmk!
        My own office opening soon!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! My mom’s a chiro, but in NY…

  5. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I was listening to the pod, and unless something in his batted ball profile drastically changes, this is likely the absolute peak for Yelich’s power. He’s rocking a 32.5% HR/FB rate while hitting a puny amount of fly balls. Granted his home park and fantastic hard hit can support an uptick from his usual meh HR contribution, but I’m very skeptical he can support anything near this year’s HR/FB rate in the future.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I was looking at that while on the pod and I was so tired I didn’t feel like going on about it, but, yeah, that makes me think he’s more of a 24 homer guy than a 30-homer guy… 110/24/65/.310/15 is still solid tho

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey:
        Mind meld!

        I think the average should be lower if he’s striking out at around a 24% clip, say 290-300.

        Still very solid indeed.

  6. Mex says:
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    1) For next year, who do you want Judge ot Correa?

    2) AL only, auction. Thinking for next year, I have Rodon at $1A. I’m thinking that I have a good valued keeper for next year…you kinda suggested that he is like a house of cards(dancing between raindrops, I think is house you described him recently)…now of course I’m not sure…guy in my league has Mazarra and wants to include Rodon in a deal….Should I sell high on Rodon now or keep him for next year?

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Judge 2. Sell high

      • Mex says:
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        @Grey: gracias…I was thinking I had a steal with Rodon for $1, now I have fret about the deal.

        Is it even close with the Judge or Correa decision?

        By the way, I miss spelled fret originally and it autocorrected to grey…a little creepy, you and amazon are taking over the world

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Judge, not close — Amazon bought out my soul in early 2017

  7. MrC22 says:
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    Mancini, Hosmer, or Kendrys ROS (head-to-head playoffs)?

    John Gant or Derek Holland ROS?

    Thanks – have a great weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on matchups on SPs — Holland prolly — Mancini

  8. Dante says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Who to put in the lineup tonight (rank in order please)?

    O’Neill vs. CIN (Bailey)
    Mancini @ KC (Keller)
    Nimmo @ SF (Suarez)

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini, O’Neill

      • Dante says:
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        @Grey:

        many thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  9. Perfect Game says:
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    Would you start Paxton tomorrow @ Oakland just coming off DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  10. Dave D says:
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    My only regret is drafting White in my draft champions league ( where his heroics can’t help me) but not picking him up on my regular team where I could use him to hold onto a slim lead. Luckily Renfroe is the guy I grabbed instead. I’m with you on streaming Gelato next week. He might backfire but with Morton and Bauer down…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like a streaming pile of gelato!

  11. norm ginsberg says:
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    A few Tyler White decisions (different leagues) —
    – Jo Mo or White?
    – Zimmerman or White?
    – Dahl or White?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JoMa — White — Dahl in Coors

  12. ted williams discarded head says:
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    should I drop rosario in a keeper league where I could keep him for 9 bucks? I have other good keepers and am in a daily battle for 1st place.

    Figuring I should wait through the weekend to see how he is, but it sounds like he is done for the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noooo

  13. fleeced says:
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    Is it time to drop Muncy or Dahl?

    I can pick up Voit as I can use the power

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Muncy

  14. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Jeffress or Will Smith ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeffress

  15. Big Ticket says:
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    What is realistic 2019 upside for White in OBP? Top 50?

    • Big Ticket says:
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      @Big Ticket: Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry must’ve missed this… nah, not too 50, maybe top 125, not sure if he’s going to be an everyday player

  16. Bob says:
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    Fry or Dominguez. I’m thinking the Phillies might not use Dominguez consistently and Fry will become a solid choice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dom

  17. Paul says:
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    Ryan Madson traded to the Dogers, Still add him? does he have value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could have more value in LAD

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: Do you think he has a chance to close games?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe, if Jansen keeps pitching terribly

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He’s their only setup man with real experience now

  18. Shitwolf says:
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    I have abreu in my DL slot would you drop rosario for mancini, Gallo, hicks, mccutchen, santana or choo… i could also just stream for best matchups… 3 weeks left in h2h season…10 team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is he out? Mancini I guess

  19. norm ginsberg says:
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    Need to drop my bench bat — drop Zimmerman or Melky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm

  20. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    brst option for saves Allen, Wily or Madsen?

    Allen has at Rays and home v WSox
    Madsen has Reds and Cards on the road
    Peralta has WSox and Twins at home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wily

  21. JC says:
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    Grey
    How long after 9/1 do I hold onto Vlad & Eloy if they are not called up immediately? I’m holding onto both and very excited for the potential but need to free up the roster spots when it becomes less likely that they will be called up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait until Tuesday

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey: They announced Vlad in the Arizona Fall League to much fanfare.
        I assume that’ll hold with the Jays plenty far out of the mix.