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This week could end up being a jumbled up mess with the trade deadline, so that is my fair warning salvo.  With only a handful of weeks remaining, it is getting to be put up or shut up — or fantasy football prep.  I mean, as fun as the drafting is, isn’t it better to finish what you started way back in March.  I know the trade deadline may or may not throw monkey wrenches into real life baseball, but we play fake baseball with mythical stallions and our sword is a mouse.  I mean, what’s more intimidating than having the ability to right click somebody, I know I just shivered. This time of year is my favorite because it starts to become an all out battle for waiver wire adds and strategy of when to drop.  It’s an individual sport, there are no prisoners, so you shouldn’t take any.  Now grab that sword, really a mouse, and take your team from third to first.  Yes, if you have to and want to ask, I put on blue face paint William Wallace style for that rant.  So good luck and happy fantasy baseballin’.  (Please keep in mind that pitchers and match-ups change.)

One-Start Options

8/1

Bronson Arroyo vs SD — Wells

Zach McAllister @ KC — Mendoza

Mike Fiers vs Hou — Lyles

Jeff Karstens vs CHC — Wood

8/2

Barry Zito vs NYM — Young

Nate Eovaldi @Atl — Minor

8/3

Travis Blackley vs Tor — Cecil

8/4

Paul Maholm vs LAD — Kershaw

 

Two-Start Options

AJ Griffin (TB vs Price, Tor vs Romero) What’s not to like, I mean, really?  Likes pony rides, wears glasses, enjoys a nice glass of grappa.  If baseball wasn’t about stats and numbers this guy would make me join a dating website.

Aaron Harang (Ari vs Cahill, CHC vs Garza) Before reading this, bring up a picture of droopy dog, now compare.  If laughter doesn’t ensue then I need to stop drinking out of other people’s cups. Home ERA 2.94, road 3.74, any other brain busters for you to think about.

Marco Estrada (Hou vs Norris, @STL vs Lohse) Polo. Those dub-digit K performances are so tantalizing.  It’s like buying a home theater system from those guys who pull up next to you in a really suspicious van at the gas station.  You want to, but how can you pimp out your man den with a roadside surround sound system?

Mike Leake (@SD vs Volquez, Pit vs Bedard) Freak-A, not to be confused with that horse Flicka, is a personal fav of mine and I don’t care who knows it.  He gets Petco and a JV America pitcher, I mean, it could be worse.

Cole De Vries (CHW vs Quintana, @Bos vs Buchholz) Name translates to ” The Freeze”.  Personally, I think that is the most awesome thing I have ever heard in my life.  Too bad my last name translates into a casual shoe for yachting.

Matt Harvey (@SF vs Lincecum, @SD vs Marquis) Harvey reminds me of that Honeymooner’s episode where they get into a scuffle at the pool hall and the guy goes and gets his friend Harvey.  When Harvey showed up, he showed up big time.  String of polo ponies are for another thread.

Jeremy Hefner (@SF vs Bumgarner, @SD vs Volquez) Is looking to make a nice spread and quite possibly pull a rabbit or bunny out of his hat.   My prediction is this: he pitches well enough to win and the bullpen blows it.  That hasn’t happened to the Mets in a dog’s age.

Freddy Garcia (Bal vs Gonzalez, Sea vs Iwakuma) Seems to be getting more chances than Bucky LaGrange.  Yankee starter plus these two unrosterables equals you almost clicking add and then changing your mind. Has lowered his ERA by almost 2 in the past month of starts, but do you really need more info to try and add him?

Bud Norris (@Mil vs Estrada, @Atl vs Jurrjens) His girlfriend has to be named Sissy, I mean, in an Urban Cowboy kind of way it would  make the most sense.  Meet you at Gilley’s for a bull ride and a Lone Star.  Is starting to be like the right handed Dirty Sanchez, lots of potential for K’s and a sad feeling of regret upon rostering.

Scott Feldman/Martin Perez (LAA vs Weaver, @KC vs Smith) It could go either way here as Oswalt is coming out of the book depository to start Sunday. Ron Washington said he wouldn’t go to 6-man rotation; no comment when asked what that powder on his nose was though.

From Around The Web

  1. T.J. says:
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    6×6 (R and OPS), H2H, 16-team mixed. I can start six of Hart, J-Up, Ellsbury, Cuddyer, N. Walker, G. Jones, and C. Davis. Who rides the pine? Probably Jones or Davis, but that’s a Hobson’s Choice.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @T.J., Davis

  2. T.J. says:
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    6×6 (R and OPS), H2H, 16-team mixed. I can start six of Hart, J-Up, Ellsbury, Cuddyer, N. Walker, G. Jones, and C. Davis. Who rides the pine? Probably Jones or Davis, but that’s a Hobson’s Choice.

    • T.J. says:
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      Oops. Sorry about the double-post.

  3. STRAWberry says:
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    Whats up Smoke? Do you like either Blanton @ ATL or Anibal Sanchez @ TOR today? In a H2H league in a tight race in all cats. Thank you in advance for the wisdom!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @STRAWberry, Anibal

  4. Curt says:
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    I have Eovaldi and Minor…..I was leaning towards Minor at home, what’s your rationale?….a gut feeling or some stats I’m not privy too?…..Thanks in advance.

    • Smokey

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      @Curt, Well Minor has pitched like we thought he would in July and the Marlins have basically punted. So Minor for me.

  5. Deadwoods says:
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    Drop Niese or Parker for Griffin?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Deadwoods, Parker, for this upcoming week at least

  6. Terrence Mann says:
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    I swear there has to be collusion in the Reds locker room. Every time Leake, Bailey, and Arroyo have had 2to start weeks against SD, the Cubs, Astros, and Pirates, they’ve gotten absolutely crushed.

    Fmfbbl

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, Yea its def a conspiracy. I blame Dusty!

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