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An action packed week is in store for ya.  I know you can barely contain yourselves. Every single team has 7 games this week. Add in the fact that the start of interleague play is upon us and it is like a delicious fantasy burrito.  I mean who doesn’t like a great burrito, besides vegetarians and really weird people who don’t eat burritos.  Okay, I’m back; I had to go out and get a burrito. Where was I…Ah yes, this week in fantasy baseball for two start starters.  Man, that is clunky.  Either way, lots of really good options this week, for both maximizing on starts with some of the lads I have listed, but also the streaming variety.  So be heady this week, and keep in mind that some of your lineup selections will be affected by the no DH factor. So enjoy the 210 games of baseball action this week and good luck.  (Please keep in mind that pitchers and matchups change.)

ONE START OPTIONS:

5/16

Felipe Paulino vs Bal – Hunter

Chris Capuano @ SD – Richard

5/17

Jerome Williams vs CHW – Axelrod

Phil Hughes @ Tor – Hutchinson

5/18

Drew Pomeranz vs Sea – Beavan

Scott Diamond @ Mil – Estrada

TWO START OPTIONS:

Ryan Vogelsong ( Col vs. White, Oak vs Ross) I most definitely cannot sing, I can whistle though.  I would certainly not whistle a Vogel of anything, regardless of what it is.  Well, if it’s a huge piece of ice cream cake maybe.

Jeff Niemann (@Tor vs Morrow, Atl vs Delgado) If I were Jeff, I would most definitely have name my son Marcus.  Just for giggles.  Nothing gets kids to make friends faster then torment.

Bruce Chen (@Tex vs Lewis, Ari vs Miley) I wish he had a sidekick cat named Spot and posed as a janitor when he wasn’t pitching. To me that would make the world a better place.   Just don’t tell Sergeant Flint he is a drag.

Joe Blanton (Hou vs Harrell, Bos vs Lester) He should change his name to Blahton. He really isn’t blah, but compared to the other SP options in Philly he looks like vanilla in a sea of chocolate.

Ross Detwiler (SD vs Suppan, Bal vs Hammel) Looking at his home ERA makes me smile. You know what else makes me smile, not having to type out Tom Gorz-what’s-his-name’s name.

Anthony Bass (@Was vs Strasburg, Ana vs Santana) He would look a lot sexier if both of these were at home. That and the fact that he has to face St. Rasburg.  Oh, and if he sang “Take me to the river.”

Jason Vargas (@Bos vs Beckett, @Col vs Friedrich) One of those guys that looks better on your fantasy team, then everyone else realizes. I hope he changes teams midseason and pulls a Fister, literally not figuratively.

Wade Miley (@LAD vs Billingsley, @KC vs Chen) ERA is better away from Chase Field.  I wonder if it has to do with the ATM fees when you’re not banking at home.

Paul Maholm (@STL vs Lohse, CHW vs Peavy) If you like to roll the dice then roll Maholm for 4 straight wins, 1 earned run or less in each start.  Just don’t tell Marmol that he has a lead because he will want to blow on those dice.

Homer Bailey (@Atl vs Delgado, @NYY vs Nova) I couldn’t hate a fantasy player more than this guy. Okay,  I just got yelled at by my mom who said hate is a strong word.  I told her so is assisted living.

Christian Friedrich / Alex White (@SF – Vogelsong / Lincecum, Sea vs Millwood / Vargas) Combined they form the super tandem of White Christian.  Separate they may pull off the same feat.  I’m not hear to judge, there is a total separation between church and stats.

From Around The Web

  1. Peking Duck says:
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    Pomeranz was optioned to AAA and Guthrie might be activated from the DL, which could complicate things for White and Friedrich.

    • Hunter says:
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      @Peking Duck, Ugh. I was totally rocking those sweet matchups. Hopefully nothing changes….

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Peking Duck, Yea i listed them both together because of Guthrie coming back only one should get 2 starts the other filling Pomeranz start

      • Peking Duck says:
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        @Smokey, White is pitching tomorrow against the Giants and in line, for home vs ARI. Friedrich gets the Giants Monday and in line, for the Mariners on Fri.

        • Peking Duck says:
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          @Peking Duck, I meant White is pitching against the Dodgers tomorrow.

          • Smokey

            Smokey says:
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            @Peking Duck, Yup, cool thanks for the update.

  2. chunk says:
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    Sup Smokes,

    Edinson @ Phil (Halladay)
    J Zim @ Cin (Latos)

    16 teams, 1500 innings, my plan is to start Zim and sit Edinson.

    Agree?

    Thanks, buddy

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @chunk, Sup. Agreed

  3. mc serch says:
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    Hey Smoke! Great work on the streaming posts….I need to drop a pitcher for an offensive bench player cause, well, I don’t have one and I’m afraid Chris Davis is gonna turn into a pumpkin any day now….am I losing Bass or Minor for Glass Chipper or Chris Johnson? Or should i just sit tight and wait for either Street or Hudson or Longo to come off DL and open a bench spot?

    • Smokey

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      @mc serch, I would hold for now. Both of those pitching options are quality low end options and would definitely be scooped up while those guys for bats will be there because they are there now.

  4. Hunter says:
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    Is trading Halladay for Darvish and Smyly insane? For some reason I’ve developed a crush on Yu’s K/9 and all those wins he will get in Texas. And Smyly…well, who doesn’t like a pitcher that’s also an emoticon?

    Please talk me down.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Hunter, Not insane. If league has no innings limit and you need the additional stats. It makes sense to me, hard to swallow trading Doc but I can only seeing it working out as a neutral trade.

  5. Dingo says:
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    Sale or Bedard assuming Bedard isn’t really hurt?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Dingo, Sale is going today so if you can I would wait to make a determination. I am not a Bedard believer and the offense is unsupportive. Sale with the elbow makes it about even, wait til later tonite and you will know my answer. If Sale pitches and pitches well he is my choice.

      • chunk says:
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        @Smokey, lynn for sale straight up a nice way to sell high, buy low right now?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @chunk, If your getting Lynn yea

  6. Project_badass says:
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    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) 4-player keeper league (only players drafted after the 1st 4 rounds

    Would you offer Lynn straight up for Hosmer? I need help at CI and he needs pitching, but he would have to roll with Smoak in his CI.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Project_badass, Offer sure, get accepted probably not. Is Hosmer outside of that top 4 round barrier?

      • Project_badass says:
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        @Smokey, yup…mb Lind and Lynn for Hosmer?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Project_badass, looks good to me

  7. yep, I said it says:
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    Who will have the best stats at the end of the year: Vlad or Manny?

    • chunk says:
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      @yep, I said it, Not many more times you’ll get to ask that question. Manny…

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @chunk, Ill go with Vladdy.

  8. dirtyd says:
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    Keep Espinosa or grab Inge or Gordon Beckham?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @dirtyd, Ugh I have been getting hosed by Espy also and am sitting. I can’t or wont make a move until he is benched or demoted. At least that’s what I am doing. Beckham isn’t much better and Inge is just hot for the moment.

  9. brohorn says:
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    Hey Smokey, love your column

    Would you trade Lance Lynn for B.J. Upton? 5×5 roto have an excess of pitching

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @brohorn, That’s pretty decent value for a guy you picked up off of waivers

  10. crush says:
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    smokey – brohorn is getting great value for Lynn – can you name a few catchers or other position players that could be had for lynn, i have him but think his luck is going to run out would like uload him. thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @crush, Catchers are for squares…lol. Just look at what Chooch Ruiz is doing right now. As far as position players, start with guys that were in the preseason top 100 and have skated backwards and are just getting there stuff together, Maybe a Mike Young or a Victorino type player. Always shoot for the moon if your trading a hot commodity someone will either be more infatuated, not really paying attention or a Cardinal fan. I have seen Lynn traded for

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Smokey, some really nice talent when looking at the trades made in CBS, he was traded straight up for Pujols Haha.

  11. Adam says:
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    Seager or John jay ROS?
    Need to pick up a hitter
    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Adam, Can’t fight the Seager

  12. bobbo says:
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    Starting Matt Moore @BAL?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @bobbo, If you want the k’s and a 6 inning 4 run line then go for it.

  13. stumanji says:
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    Isn’t Stauffer a two-start pitcher this week? He’s sitting on waivers right now and would think he’s a pretty solid option this week.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @stumanji, He is now yes. With Wieland hitting the DL he gets Detwiler @Was on Monday and home for LAA and Haren on Saturday.

  14. GoBlue says:
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    Adrian and Gio Gonzalez OR Ellsbury, Kendrys Morales, and Wainwright…
    Which side do you like? Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @GoBlue, Argon and gio

  15. Ken Plane says:
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    Thoughts on Wainwright, all the way back , close or no way. Lahair for Wainwright?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ken Plane, not all the way back but not completely useless. Good get for a hot schmotato

  16. wakeNbake says:
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    who do you like more in a dynasty league. Hosmer or Heyward?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @wakeNbake, Love the name… Hoz but it’s closer now then preseason.

  17. Adam says:
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    Would u drop smyly or Floyd to pickup samardzia??
    Standard league
    Thanks!!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Adam, How is he not owned is the better question. I wouldn’t drop any of those 2 for him no. Any other options to drop as he is a top 110 player right now in standard formats.

  18. Ryan says:
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    Pick 2 from trumbo,Seager,and John jay
    Standard league
    Thanks

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Ryan, Jay, Seager. Seager and Trumbo are basically the same guy stat wise so its a coin flip

  19. MeanMachine says:
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    Need some help deciding who to pick up between Heath Bell, Bud Norris, Sherzer- who i dropped after my Ms beat the hell outa him and the new wonder boy Reddick. I can only pick up 3 of the 4. Its a weird points league. Dropping Mark Reynolds, Daniel Hudson and Sean Marshall. No DL obviously. Thanks

  20. Greg says:
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    Guys…typically I just read and not post. But I’m really torn here and I need a win this week in a pitch heavy 12 player fantasy league.

    Would you two start Chad Billingsley or one start Jordan Zimmerman?

    My other two starters are Brandon Morrow, Jon Lester, and Johnny Cueto. I don’t see myself benching any of them for Billingsley (unless you make the Lester argument).

    thoughts?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Greg, I would take the added stats from Bills personally but I can understand the argument for a 1 start Zimm.

  21. Black Beard says:
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    Please rank ROTW: Detwiler, Smyly, McDonald…thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Black Beard, Smyly, McD, Detwiler

      • Black Beard says:
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        @Smokey, Ervin Santana or Smiley?

        • Smokey

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          @Black Beard, I would never roster Santana, so : ) by default

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