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Aaron Judge baffles me. Is he a beefy version of early 2000s Richie Sexson, or he is something more legit? No offense to early 2000s Richie, of course. His (we’re back to Judge, now) numbers in the minors (albeit a relatively small sample size of) suggest more of the former, but his 2017 insists on the latter. Strikeouts aside, he seems to have combined a complete and nearly flawless approach at the plate with a compact swing and elite power. In March, we weren’t even sure if he was going to be the everyday right fielder for the Yankees. Now, he is a lock to win Rookie of the Year, the clear favorite to win MVP, and could very well win the Triple Crown.

He has 30 home runs to only 13 doubles (big boy has three triples, too), which means nothing except that when he connects he CONNECTS. Lifting power, my friends. The fly ball revolution is upon us, and only 50 years after Ted Williams told us all about it. And with Judge’s superhuman power, a willingness and ability to drive (and lift) the ball to the opposite field, a right field porch in Yankee Stadium that is a few feet behind first base (roughly), and juiced baseballs that are leaving parks like they’re golf balls, what is a popup behind second base for most batters is a home run to the upper deck in right field for Judge. That was a very long sentence. Let’s pause to catch our breath here.

I don’t normally put much (read: any) stock into the Home Run Derby, but what Judge did the other night was otherworldly. He started the night as the favorite to win the thing but then started the first round at a 22 home run deficit because my man Justin Bour lit up the park with his #FatGuysRake power. Despite that pressure, he started off by hitting home runs to center field and right field. The dude went dead center and oppo for his first two home runs despite the fact that his opponent just went OFF for 22 dingers—the most of the night so far—and looked like he was about to knock off Judge in the first round. And he didn’t seem to feel the pressure or rush at the plate. He just casually popped dingers until they told him he had enough to advance. I don’t care who you are, that is Boss (capital B intended).

Now, do I think Judge is going to hit 30 home runs again in the second half? No. Do I think he could, if pitchers keep making the mistake of feeding the most locked-in masher in baseball strikes? Sure. But I think a couple things happen here. For starters, I think Judge is going to start getting walked more, which was already happening at the end of the first half. Second, his .429 BABIP and 41.7 HR/FB% HAVE to come back down to Earth at least a little bit, right? Right? You would think so, but 2017 has been a weird bird, so who knows. His BABIP is insane, but that is also because he hits almost everything out of the park, and fan catches do not affect BABIP.

He could regress a little bit in the second half just due to some bad luck here and there. Maybe a few would-be home runs in other stadiums will be 418 flyouts to dead center field in Fenway Park. Maybe he gets frustrated at being walked so often and starts swinging at more pitches out of the zone. Or he could continue hitting super balls into space as we head into the hottest months of the summer and end the season. All are seemingly equally likely, at this point. But the longer he goes without coming back to Earth, the more we have to wonder if he ever will.

Before we get into my rankings, let’s see where some others rank Judge:

  • Grey Albright: 8th overall, 6th hitter.

You can and should read Grey’s Top 100 for the 2nd Half here, but here is the quick blurb he gave on Judge:

*shrugs*  No idea.  He could be the best player of the 2nd half, or, if absolutely everything we know about hitter’s peripherals holds true, he hits 17 HRs and .260.  At this point, I’d put five dollars on both outcomes and be happy getting back ten dollars minus the vig.  Projections: 43/19/50/.272/3

  • Razzball Player Rater, ROS: 52nd hitter, 34/13/38/.258/3
  • FantasyPros Expert Consensus: 22nd overall, 19th hitter.

And now, for my second half rankings. I did away with the color-coded risers, fallers, and new additions for this week because I really started with a blank slate for my rankings to start the second half. That will return next week when I update these for the first time.

Note: These rankings are considered ROS Trade Value

 

Rank Name Team Pos
1 Mike Trout LAA OF
2 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B
3 Bryce Harper WSH OF
4 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
5 Daniel Murphy WSH 1B/2B
6 Jose Altuve HOU 2B
7 Aaron Judge NYY OF
8 Kris Bryant CHC 3B/OF
9 Mookie Betts BOS OF
10 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B
11 Joey Votto CIN 1B
12 Charlie Blackmon COL OF
13 George Springer HOU OF
14 Carlos Correa HOU SS
15 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF
16 Corey Seager LAD SS
17 Nelson Cruz SEA OF
18 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
19 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B
20 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B/OF
21 Robinson Cano SEA 2B
22 J.D. Martinez DET OF
23 Marcell Ozuna MIA OF
24 Manny Machado BAL 3B/SS
25 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B
26 Jean Segura SEA 2B/SS
27 Miguel Sano MIN 3B/OF
28 Dee Gordon MIA 2B
29 Jake Lamb ARI 3B
30 Edwin Encarnacion CLE 1B
31 Josh Donaldson TOR 3B
32 Ryan Braun MIL OF
33 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF
34 Justin Turner LAD 3B
35 Anthony Rendon WSH 3B
36 Yoenis Cespedes NYM OF
37 Khris Davis OAK OF
38 Brian Dozier MIN 2B
39 Jose Abreu CWS 1B
40 Billy Hamilton CIN OF
41 Adam Duvall CIN OF
42 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1B
43 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
44 Eric Thames MIL 1B/OF
45 Justin Upton DET OF
46 Andrew Benintendi BOS OF
47 Kyle Seager SEA 3B
48 Matt Kemp ATL OF
49 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
50 Matt Carpenter STL 1B/2B/3B
51 Gary Sanchez NYY C
52 Rougned Odor TEX 2B
53 Chris Owings ARI 2B/SS
54 Ian Desmond COL OF
55 A.J. Pollock ARI OF
56 Corey Dickerson TB OF
57 Lorenzo Cain KC OF
58 Christian Yelich MIA OF
59 Jedd Gyorko STL 2B/3B/SS
60 Elvis Andrus TEX SS
61 Scott Schebler CIN OF
62 Buster Posey SF C/1B
63 Starling Marte PIT OF
64 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF
65 Michael Conforto NYM OF
66 Jay Bruce NYM OF
67 Eric Hosmer KC 1B
68 Ian Kinsler DET 2B
69 Mitch Haniger SEA OF
70 Salvador Perez KC C
71 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
72 Travis Shaw MIL 1B/3B
73 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B
74 Avisail Garcia CHW OF
75 Mike Moustakas KC 3B
76 Carlos Gomez TEX OF
77 Mark Trumbo BAL OF
78 Justin Smoak TOR 1B
79 Ian Happ CHC 2B/OF
80 Evan Longoria TB 3B
81 Ryon Healy OAK 1B/3B
82 Adam Jones BAL OF
83 Michael Brantley CLE OF
84 Mark Reynolds COL 1B
85 Brett Gardner NYY OF
86 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B
87 Yonder Alonso OAK 1B
88 Domingo Santana MIL OF
89 Logan Morrison TB 1B
90 Justin Bour MIA 1B
91 Keon Broxton MIL OF
92 Starlin Castro NYY 2B
93 Carlos Santana CLE 1B
94 Eduardo Nunez SF 3B/SS/OF
95 Jonathan Villar MIL 2B/3B/SS
96 Hanley Ramirez BOS 1B
97 Trevor Story COL SS
98 Jose Bautista TOR OF
99 Ender Inciarte ATL OF
100 DJ LeMahieu COL 2B

As always, disagree with anything here? Have any questions or comments? Want to tell Mike how great he is or how much you agree with him? Want relationship or investment advice?

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  1. Big Joe says:
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    I hope you’re right about Carpenter he’s usually a 2nd half player he should pick it up

    Off subject but would you trade Jacob Faria for either Reed, Oh, or Jim Johnson if you needed saves?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Big Joe:

      I like Faria but yeah, sure.

  2. Al Koholic says:
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    Where do u see Chris Davis finishing

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Al Koholic:

      I had him in my Top 100 before the break and right outside it for this list. He is a guy that can stay in that 100-110 range or he can get hot, hit a bunch of home runs, and jump back up into the 50-60 range. Have to see if he is healthy and what he looks like after the break.

  3. morningsunshine says:
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    You don’t value guys like Chris Taylor, Scooter Gennett, Marwin Gonzalez, Trey Mancini? These guys have less AB as most of them weren’t regular at the start of season but they seem to be well on their way now and should have reasonable value ROS compared with some of the ‘big names’ up there.

    • morningsunshine says:
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      @morningsunshine: And by ‘big names’ I’m referring to guys like Carlos Santana, CarGomez, Trumbo, Adam Jones, Longoria

      • Ryan Wheeler says:
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        @morningsunshine: I agree with you 100%…. I drafted Adam Jones and dropped him a month into the season (I did the same thing last year). I’ve picked up Mancini and M. Gonzalez and haven’t looked back. Adam Jones is going to hit .260 with 10 homers the rest of the way…. MEH at best.

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @Ryan Wheeler:

          I like all of those guys but don’t necessarily trust them enough yet. Even a guy like Adam Jones we know CAN have a big second half because we have seen it before. Gennett I am not a huge believer in, Gonzalez we still don’t even know if he is going to play every day in the 2nd half, Mancini I think is solid but has a fairly low ceiling, and Taylor looks great but this is his fourth year in the league already, and he has never been an everyday contributor. On a deep Dodgers roster, he is one slump away from losing regular playing time.

          That being said, I do like those guys and do see your point. For the start of the second half, though, I am leaning more on guys with known track records before we see how players look in the first couple weeks out of the break.

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          @Ryan Wheeler:

          I agree. Marwin is rated 992 on the Razzball player rater.

          He may or may not be top 100, but no way is he that low. That would be like a 32 team draft with 26 players on each team and Marwin would not be drafted.

    • Cram It says:
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      @morningsunshine: I see a bunch of comments like this. Some of you don’t take into account proven guys with track records vs aberrations. Just because a Taylor or Scooter have better numbers now doesn’t mean that will hold true. They’ve never done this well. That said, those guys you’ve mentioned have value and I think Adam Jones is very boring!

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @Cram It:

        Yup.

      • Earl Deep Jr says:
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        @Cram It: There are too many Alonsos, Smoaks, Morrisons, Gennetts to dismiss anyone at this point this year. Guys are hitting homer’s at astronomical rates. Obviously track record does mean something but this year I think is where a lot of that stuff gets thrown out the window.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Earl Deep Jr: I get that. It seems like a year where anyone can accomplish anything and you can take bigger risks with players you’d normally be less confident about. But if these career schmohawks can put up numbers, I’d feel pretty good about some proven vets rebounding in the second half to do the same.

  4. Brett says:
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    Mitch haniger why so high?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Brett:

      I like him to have a big second half in a good Seattle lineup.

      • Cram It says:
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        @mikeMaher: I love Haniger, perhaps unreasonably, way more than others, and I don’t even know what he looks like!

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @Cram It:

          Haha! He’s probably a hunk.

          • Cram It says:
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            @mikeMaher: I don’t want to find out that he has whatever that lumbermulletsexual look Gamel and Motter are going for in Seattle.

            • knucks says:
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              @Cram It: Hah! This reminded me of Ralph’s Clevinger/Mitch from Dazed and Confused post last week for some reason, which was spot on.

              Anyways, happy net neutrality day!

              Good luck in the 2nd half in RCLs Cram. Been watching standings and rooting you on. Gonna jump into these next year I think.

              • Cram It says:
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                @knucks: Thanks Knucks!

                You’ve never done an RCL then huh? You should dip your toe in, and then hate that you did after the riptide pulls you under and smashes your head against the against the rocks for six months. God, the grind!

                • knucks says:
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                  @Cram It: Hah! Yea looking forward to the grind. Only did one league this year, (free league). I usually do at least three (one or two for $). We should start a money league with Piscotty Kimmel and his buds. Let me know if you or anyone else ever get the ball rolling on that one.

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @knucks: I only do $ leagues, RCL’s notwithstanding, so if we can get one going next year for $, I’m in. I should be able to recruit for that. I’ll put it on the docket next spring.

                    • knucks says:
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                      @Cram It: Four sure. I’ll be lingering around throughout the winter, so we’ll catch up then. I’ll let him know that you and I are looking for some owners for a $ league and we’ll see what we can get owner-wise from him and his crew.

                      [email protected]

                      ^^ my email if you ever want/need

      • JB says:
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        @mikeMaher:

        He’s dropped to 7th in the lineup. Pretty generous ranking based off of 20ish good games to start the season where he was batting 2nd and scoring a ton of runs.

        • mikeMaher

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          @JB:

          I guess we’ll see. For now, I like him.

  5. Sean says:
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    I’ve been trying to make some trades in my league based off these top 100 listed and have been getting no luck. For example I want to trade the 20th rank pitcher for the 23rd ranked hitter, only to be turned down. Am I using these right, or are they not interchangeable like that?

    • Sean says:
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      @Sean: forgot to mention that they would counter with something my like 20th and 40th ranked pitcher for their 23rd ranked hitter.

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @Sean:

        I think these Top 100 lists are great guides, but it is always going to come down to the leagues, what certain teams need, and what owners value. In a standard RCL, for example, I probably wouldn’t accept the 20th ranked pitcher for my 23rd ranked hitter, either. 20 & 40 for a 23 hitter actually seems pretty reasonable.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sean: Trading’s not a math formula. Value is in the eye of the manager you’re dealing with. It’s hard trading a pitcher for a hitter of equal value. But depending on what names those numbers equal in your trade, it could be right.

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @Cram It:

          Cram It bringing the truth this morning.

        • Sean says:
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          @Cram It: thanks, it’s just been a real struggle trying to get fair value. I always feel like they’re countering with ridiculous offers. These lists seem like a great place to start, I’ll just have to see if offering more helps my team in the long run and not worry so much over rankings.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Sean: Trading can be impossible. It’s all about the other owners in your league. I use Razz lists like these to target where I can buy low. Say getting a Dozier/Cespedes/Benintendi type that is ranked high here while also being undervalued by their owner due to their to-date performance so you’re not overpaying for them.

            • Sean says:
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              @Cram It: I was trying to get JD and the guy wanted Cueto and Pineda. Based on discussions and recent play seems it may be more fair than I originally thought. Also have an offer to get benintendi for Clint Frazier and Rodon. Not sure what I have in Frazier and Rodon is an 18th rounder next year. I realize now I’m may be doing the same things I’m accusing league mates of doing. I’d appreciate any thoughts on either trade?

              • Sean says:
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                @Sean: I guess I should state my team. OF: C. Frazier, Cespedes, JBJ, Pham
                SP: Darvish, Cueto, Pineda, Leake, Rodon, Gray, Chacin, Cahill, and Walker.

                • mikeMaher

                  mikeMaher says:
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                  @Sean:

                  Yeah, agree with the others. I pull the trigger to get JD here.

              • Joe says:
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                @Sean: Unless I was really desperate at pitching, I would trade Cueto and Pineda for JD in a heartbeat. I just dropped Pineda outright in a league because he’s been bad for nearly 6 weeks. If you have a pitcher slightly less valuable than Cueto but more than Pineda, I might try to counter with that. I think we’ve seen the best of Pineda, there’s still a chance Cueto could turn it a round a bit.

                Regardless of league format, hitters always carry more perceived value than pitchers. In reality, depending on league format, hitters are more valuable than pitchers most of the time. From time to time, leagues will stack the cards in favor of pitching cats to try and level the playing field.

                • Sean says:
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                  @Joe: thanks

              • Cram It says:
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                @Sean: Ha. I would definitely take JD there. I don’t know much about Frazier either but I don’t care for Rodon and love Benintendi so I would take Benny.

                • Sean says:
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                  @Cram It: thanks for the advice

              • Stumanji! says:
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                @Sean: Honestly I’d do both of those trades. You’re getting the best player in both deals.

    • @Sean:

      You’re using them right. THEY’RE not. Send them a link to this article so they know what’s what. Then, they’ll be legally obligated to accept your proposal.

      Your welcome.

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @Bavier Jaez:

        That’s true, actually. This list constitutes a binding contract once viewed.

        • Sean says:
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          @mikeMaher: haha thanks

  6. E says:
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    Curious to know what your thoughts are on Jackie Bradley Jr for him not to make list. I think I would rather have him than Carlos Gomez or Ender Inciarte

  7. Cheese says:
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    Thoughts on Puig? Seems to be having a decent year and I anticipate the counting stats to keep climbing based on consistent PT.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Cheese:

      I like him as a solid buy low option with high upside for the 2nd half.

  8. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Would you lose Haniger/Inciarte for Polanco? Assuming not since he’s not on top 100 for 2nd half…

  9. Wild Thing says:
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    Need advice guys. Which side? 12 team league. Polanco can’t be kept. Trout is 2 years at $37 or 3 for $47. Everyone else kept 3-5 years for cheap money. My team currently 5-9. I’d be getting Trout.

    Austin Meadows, Gregory Polanco, Mike Trout, Alex Bregman and Dominic Smith for Alex Reyes, Rafael Devers, Victor Robles, Cody Bellinger and Eloy Jimenez

    • mikeMaher

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      @Wild Thing:

      I like the depth on the other side better but I like getting Trout any time I can. I also like Bregman and Smith in keeper.

  10. lwomack58 says:
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    What do you make of Nicholas Castellanos. I read on several other web sites and they keep saying that he’s in for a big 2nd half. Again based on track record seems he is on course for a reg. type season and I’m not sure he is worth the add for HR and RBI’s. Your thoughts.

    Also made a trade and had A. Russell thrown in as part of it. Not sure I want to waste a bench spot for him. Would you drop him for Keon, Margo, Castellanos, Haniger or Zimmer. Could use a little speed but also runs, avg and rbi’s.

    Thanks

    • CMUTimmah says:
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      @lwomack58: Haniger or Zimmer. I’d go Haniger, just because he will likely be the more consistent guy.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        PS – The answer lies in the chart up above….

    • mikeMaher

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      @lwomack58:

      I’m not a big Castellanos guy but can see the appeal. I like Keon and Haniger the most, as the list indicates. Then Marot, Zimmer, Castellanos. Would def drop Russell for them.

  11. lwomack58 says:
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    Sorry one other question. I’m not a big fan of carrying two bench bats. Currently have A. Jones, I. Happ and JBJ that I could drop. I need to speculate on a closer. Which one would you drop and how many bench bats do you carry in standard roto 5×5 league.

    Thanks

    • mikeMaher

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      @lwomack58:

      My bench bats usually vary depending on the league and depending on my streaming options. Some days, it is 0-1 bench bat. Other days it’s 2-3. Of that list I would drop Jones, but I would also try to sell him first before outright dropping.

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        @mikeMaher:

        That said, I would also be wary of JBJ until he proves he will keep hitting in the second half. He is absolutely capable of starting the second half by falling on his face and hitting .200 for a month.

  12. Chris says:
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    I’m in a H2H points league and need to activate Bumgarner. I’ve decided that I either have to drop Conforto or Starling Marte to do this. My offense is stacked and have no other options to drop. I need my pitching and can’t drop anyone there either to make room. I don’t want to drop either one but I think I have to. Which of the two is the drop to activate Bumgarner?

    • Coco Crisp's Fro says:
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      @Chris: Conforto. I still wanna see how Marte reacts in the 2nd half with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.

      • Fogimon says:
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        @Coco Crisp’s Fro: Agreed. Especially with the Pirates out of the race, the pressure will be off and allow Marte to slide right back in comfortably. He may push Gordon and Hamilton for 2nd half steals.

        • mikeMaher

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          @Fogimon:

          Agree with the above, but I would also spend the next two days selling Conforto hard before having to drop him.

  13. Coco Crisp's Fro says:
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    Solid rankings sir! Question, in a roto, 15 team league dynasty, which side do you prefer: Max Schrezer for Kyle Tucker, Victor Robles, and Kolby Allard? Thanks and keep living the dream.

    • mikeMaher

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      @Coco Crisp’s Fro:

      Thanks! Appreciate that. My heart says the Tucker/Robles side but my head says Scherzer. My hands do the typing and they are saying Scherzer, too. So tie-breaker goes to Scherzer.

  14. Fungazi says:
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    Villar a good buy low or bust?

    • bigbear says:
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      @Fungazi: I think he’s a buy low. Probably wouldn’t take much.

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @bigbear:

        Can he be both? I would buy low now. The possible reward is worth the risk, for sure.

  15. Matt says:
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    In a 16 team keeper format, is asking for Goldy and Arrieta for my Correa and a pitcher like Peacock fair? Asking from a team that’s out of the running. Standard categories plus OPS and K/BB.

    • mikeMaher

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      @Matt:

      I would definitely go with the Goldy/Arrieta side of this

  16. knucks says:
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    Mike, great stuff. Thanks for working on these this year. Always helpful and enjoyable. You hopping on the Pod soon? Good luck in the “2nd half” man.

    • mikeMaher

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      @knucks:

      Thanks, knucks! Always great to see you on here. And yeah I hope so!

  17. JV says:
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    Why no Cameron Maybin?
    The SBs are worth their weight in gold.

    • mikeMaher

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      @JV:

      Tbh, I added and removed him a couple times. I had him at 101 in my last rankings before the break. I love the SB upside but kind of want to see him what things look like with Trout back, plus he hit like .150 in the two weeks before the break.

  18. KarlJ says:
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    Where would you rank Pham? I know playing time may still be a concern but over the last 60 days I think he is a top 20 hitter and 9th ranked OF on my league’s player rater

    • Fogimon says:
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      @KarlJ: He’s probably just on the outside looking in at the top 100 hitters. I’d say 110-ish. You still have guys like Matt Adams clearly ahead of him, yet still outside top 100.

      • mikeMaher

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        @Fogimon:

        Yup. I like Pham, just a little worried about playing time for right now.

  19. Greg says:
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    Polanco, Pham, or Michael Taylor ros? Tx

    • mikeMaher

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      @Greg:

      Pham

  20. Halp

    Halp says:
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    Awesome work, MIke! Loved the Ted Williams line

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Halp:

      Thanks, Halp! Really appreciate that.

  21. Scott says:
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    What about Souza, did he just miss or do you not buy his success so far this year?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Scott:

      Just missed.

  22. hanklongball says:
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    Mike,

    I am trying to set off a chain reaction of trades to fill the gaps on my team, but I would love your take on whether it’s worth it. Here is the team as it stands:

    C: Gattis
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Murphy
    3B: Carpenter
    SS: Peraza
    OF: Harper, Betts, Benintendi
    UTIL: Marte
    BENCH: Peralta
    SP: Yu, McCullers, Duffy, Samardjzia, Peacock, Montgomery, Sanchez (DL)
    RP: Giles, Iglesias, Betances, Rivero, Boxberger

    If all the trades are accepted, the team would look like this:

    C: Posey
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Murphy
    3B: J. Turner
    SS: Villar
    OF: Harper, Betts, Marte
    UTIL: Carpenter
    BENCH: Hernan Perez
    SP: Fulmer, Lester, Duffy, Peacock, Montgomery, Sanchez (DL)
    RP: Giles, Kimbrel, Iglesias, Betances, Rivero, Bradley

    If someone bails out, the team would look like the following:

    C: Gattis
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Murphy
    3B: Carpenter
    SS: Peraza
    OF: Harper, Betts, Benintendi
    UTIL: Marte
    BENCH: Hernan Perez
    SP: Yu, Wood, Duffy, Peacock, Montgomery, Sanchez (DL)
    RP: Giles, Iglesias, Betances, Rivero, Osuna

    Which team would you run with ROS (5×5, 12 team)? I am in 3rd place; between 4th and 6th in all offense categories (RBI, SB and AVG are most competitive right now) and top 3 in most pitching categories (5th in saves).

    • Cram It says:
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      @hanklongball: I like the 1st team the best and the 2nd team the least.

    • bigbear says:
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      @hanklongball: I like the third team the best.

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @bigbear:

        I agree with Cram, tbh. I like the 1st team. I agree with the sell on Gattis (playing time) and Peraza, but Hernan Perez is not playing every day right now. Would love to add Turner and Kimbrel, obviously, but otherwise I like team 1.

  23. Jason says:
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    I’m in a deep 12-team H2H dynasty “keep forever” league-The categories are:
    R H HR RBI SB BB K AVG OPS TB and IP QS W SV+HLD HR ERA WHIP K/BB K/9

    I’m looking to add some SPs and HR/RBIs to my line-up by trading away some RPs. I’m currently in 2nd place and looking to add championship pieces

    I have an offer where I trade AChapman/RIglesias/JSoto for Desmond/Clevinger/JCotton

    Am I giving up too much value in this deal? Relievers aren’t valued highly in my league–but Chap is a beast with an elite K/9

    Which side do you prefer in a keep forever?

    Do the deal or stand pat?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Jason:

      I think you are slightly overpaying but I also don’t hate your return. As long as losing the RPs won’t hurt you that much overall, I don’t hate the deal. Clevinger should be a solid get in a keeper forever.

  24. Scott says:
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    Yo Mike, wassup?

    Where do you see Altherr in the 2nd half?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Scott:

      I like him, especially if he hits leadoff like he did the other day. With the Phillies out of it, I think they could take the leash off him and let him run a little bit more.

  25. Shivdaddy says:
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    Will Danny Salazar be back in the rotation? And when?!

  26. We're Out Of Room says:
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    So I have a back up dilemma, I have Trout on my DL, and I have to drop someone to activate him. My league is 10 team HTH 5X5 with BOP and QS.

    Ian Happ, Trevor Story, or May in are the most likely candidates. My team lacks speed so not sure I can dump May in, I have Murphy at 2nd and Xander at SS but no super utility that can n.a. k up 2nd and SS should injury strike. I can technically squeeze Kipnis into a DL spot prior to activating Trout. So that covers 2nd(in case of injury), I know Happ is rated much higher, but I was hoping for a return to form from Story. What move would you recommend?

    • We're Out Of Room says:
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      @We’re Out Of Room: sorry for the type-os between fat fingers and auto correct I’m doomed lol. So that should have read OBP and Maybin not May lol.

    • bigbear says:
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      @We’re Out Of Room: Story is your drop. In a 10 team league, production matters. Churn and burn with those doing something between the lines.

      • mikeMaher

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        @bigbear:

        1. No worries on typos or fat fingers. I was able to figure out the context clues.

        2. Yes. Drop Story if you are unable to sell him. I would certainly try to sell low first, though.

        • We Are Out Of Room says:
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          @mikeMaher: Ive tried to sell Story, combined with Happ or T.Walker, for a super utility, or an SP upgrade, etc. but to no avail. Might have something to do with being 10 games up, having Marte stashed and Trout returning, and winning the last 2 seasons lol.

  27. PepeSilvia says:
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    So I sent Jean and Dee for Machado and Yu. The hitters are so tight in the rankings I hope this wasnt a foolish move. Guess I got a front line pitcher and, Grey has Machado at 9 so a turnaround could move him up. Anyway this left me with Dozier at 2B Correa SS Machado MI and Darvish (Feel like hes a bit less valuable in categories), did I make out okay ?

    • mikeMaher

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      @PepeSilvia:

      I think you’re good, especially if you needed the SP. Most people value Machado more than I do. He can still have a monster second half if all goes right.

  28. ctrengove says:
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    Man, I’m so down on Wil Myers. I flat out dropped him in a 10-team points league after getting ZERO eager trade partners.

    Who I’m not down in my league is Melky Cabrera, weirdly enough. Sneaky good production.

    • Fogimon says:
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      @ctrengove: But with 30 HR guys becoming more of a common-place than outlier, how productive is Melky really?

      Myers is striking out a ton, but if he gets to 30 HR and Melky gets to 18 HR, does the batting average really matter? You don’t want to be the guy lagging way behind in HR or counting stats just because a guy isn’t striking out.

      • mikeMaher

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        @Fogimon:

        Yeah, lots are down on Myers but I would still hold out hope for him over Melky bc of the upside Fogimon mentions.

  29. MarvPesos

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    Hey Everyone,

    Mike, wasn’t sure if you we’re going to do your rankings due to the top 100 yesterday so thank you very much.

    H2H 10-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS) – 35 moves max a year (no streaming), but we have very deep teams, with 6 bench spots.

    Been offered this trade:
    Give: Goldy + maybe tanaka, Gyorko (need to be my side heavy to bring Braun off DL)
    Get: Votto & Kershaw (this could probably be Scherzer if thats better)

    Have had goldy for years and love him (fav on team obviously) but would like to have (1) great top pitcher, what do you think (team below)

    My Team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Brian Dozier
    3B – Nolan Arenado
    SS – Xander Bogearts
    Mi- Jedd Gyorko
    CI – Justin Turner
    LF – Christian Yelich
    CF – Charlie Blackmon
    RF – Lorenzo Cain
    Util- Justin Smoak
    BN – Corey Dickerson
    DL –Ryan Braun
    DL – Trea Turner

    Sp – Alex Wood
    SP – Sean Maneae
    SP – Carlos Carrasco
    RP – Aroldis Chapman
    Rp – Greg Holland
    P- Brandon Kintzler
    P – James Paxton
    BN- Ivan Nova
    BN – Gerrit Cole
    BN- Masahiro Tanaka
    BN – Justin Verlander
    BN – Jimmy Nelson

    • mikeMaher

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      @Marv:

      Thanks, Marv. Appreciate that.

      I think you have to make that move to get Votto and Kershaw in return. Worth it for a 2nd half run to get arguably the best pitcher in baseball and one of the few players who can replace Goldy’s production.

  30. Darren says:
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    12 team roto forever keep 10.. + 10 farm .. in a 3-4 team battle to finish 2nd … (nobody catching 1st place team no matter what) … I have 1 open spot on my farm and am adding Harrison Bader tonight … OR 1st place team offered me his Sean Newcomb for my Vargas straight up ..Vargas would not be kept by 1st place team (or mine for that matter).. Newcomb could slot into my last farm spot or I could keep him up and still get Bader as well …. what to do.. what to do

    • mikeMaher

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      @Darren:

      Long term I think it makes sense to get Newcomb and Bader. Like you said, Vargas won’t be kept, and he probably won’t have as good a second half as he did in the first anyway.

  31. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey mike, great job. Looking beyond the top 100 . . .

    1. What do you think of the below group in terms of best bets for Desmond-lite production (.270+ average and solid counting stats most important)? Any favorites in general?

    Belt, Holliday, Gurriel, Kalhoun, E. Rosario, Tommy Joseph, Span, Forsythe

    2. Do you think Maxwell continues to start most days and hit .280+? AVG is very close (10/12 is .261, 3/12 is .269) so I’m looking for gains wherever I can . . . currently have Pina/Barnes as my C1 + 2, praying for a Grandal injury hah.

    Thanks!

    • mikeMaher

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:

      Thanks, Duda! Appreciate that.

      1, Forsythe is a sleeper for me in the 2nd half. If healthy, he could take off. Gurriel has looked solid. Rosario might not be a Desmond-light-light option with upside potential in the second half.

      2. I think he starts but I think AVG with probably be up and down. Might be hard to roster PIna AND Barnes in the second half if Vogt continues to hit and gets more playing time.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @mikeMaher: thanks! Yeah agreed re my catchers – if Vogt takes off I’ll drop pina for maxwell….or maybe I should do that sooner rather than later. Barnes i think I have to hold between the two if only for upside.

  32. KCC26 says:
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    Here’s a question:

    12 team mixed league, keep 6 at the end of the year. My current OF is:

    Bryant
    Upton
    Benintendi
    Desmond (DL)
    Inciarte
    Pham

    Someone just dropped B. Zimmer. How good can he be next year? Good enough to possibly be worth keeping? Lose any of the above guys for him?

    • mikeMaher

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      @KCC26:

      I would definitely grab Zimmer as a potential keeper. Across 152 games in the minors last season, he hit 19 home runs (32 doubles, 6 triples) and stole 46 bases. Would definitely not lose Bryan or Benintendi, and probably not Upton or Desmond, just in case you end up wanting to keep them. But in a keeper league, I think I would take Zimmer over the last two.

      • KCC26 says:
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        @mikeMaher: thanks so much!

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @KCC26:

          no problem

  33. LeMaster of my Domain says:
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    Appreciate the work, Mike. I’ll add my “What about…?” question: Where do you see Kepler ROS?

    • mikeMaher

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      @LeMaster of my Domain:

      I like him as a player but he has a low ceiling. He’s just a guy.

  34. Tom says:
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    Rest of season Kendrys morales Pujols or Reynolds

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom: 2 out of the 3

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @Tom:

        Morales and Reynolds

  35. Cory Iler says:
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    In a dyansty league would you rather have Bregman or Benintendi?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Cory Iler:

      Benintendi 100%. Though I do like Bregman, so don’t take that as a knock on him.

  36. Brett says:
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    need to cut a hitter 12 team 6×6 with ops the extra category. Position doesn’t matter.

    Carlos Santana, Odor, Story, Bregman, Bellinger, Machado, Harper, Bryant, Benintendi, Mancini, Frazier, Arcia, Broxton.

    Thanks

    • mikeMaher

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      @Brett:

      Arcia. 2nd vote would be Story, though i would try to sell before cutting if possible.

  37. Michael DePinto says:
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    I see Story is ranked in your Top 100 but Marwin Gonzalez is not. I know you are not a big fan of Marwin but would you really not pick him up to play SS and drop Story at this point?

    Marwin seems to be batting 5th and playing everyday now for Houston and it’s not like Story has a proven resume himself.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Michael DePinto:

      We talked about this earlier here: http://razzball.com/2017-fantasy-baseball-top-100-hitters-for-2nd-half/#comment-2711436

      I have never been a big Story guy and have stayed away from him, so part of me is happy to see him fail and kind of prove me right (wow, that felt horrible to say). But I am a little wary of Marwin, too. If Marwin continues to play everyday and produce the first few weeks out of the break, he could very well replace Story on the list. We’ll see.

  38. Sdub88 says:
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    I’d like to pick up Eduardo Nunez for his speed and position flexibility but have concerns he won’t steal as many bases or even attempt to steal as much since his hamstring injury. how would you evaluate him going forward? I would be choosing him over Chris Taylor and Hernan Perez. Who do you see swiping the most bags from that group ROS?

    Another option for me is Pham or Broxton but I have so many outfielders (Trout, Judge, Davis, Santana, Ozuna) I can’t really find a place for them.

    • mikeMaher

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      @Sdub88:

      I would pick up Nunez for steals and see how it goes. I think he should be ok.

  39. Keith says:
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    Why the love for Villar? Do you believe he will turn things around?

    • mikeMaher

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      @Keith:

      It’s more hope and potential upside than anything else. Like Grey was just saying on the podcast, it’s really hard to find a guy who can hit 10 home runs and steal 20 bases in the second half. If he gets hot, Villar is one of those guys who can.

  40. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    Good stuff here…very helpful. In a 12 teamer, H2H league I am in third place and gaining on the leaders. So I am trying to be patient/selective as I build for September playoffs. This is a ten cat hitting league so guys like Melky and Harrison have been productive with low K rates. That being said, I have two bench bats and Melancon back someday, and Rizzo one away from 2B status. So something has to give. Many two for one trade offers being sent! My squad…
    C- Realmuto
    CI – Freeman, Lamb, LoMo
    MI – Rizzo, Dee, Simmons
    OF – Conforto, Thames, Melky, Marwin, Owings (must play 5)
    Util – Schebler
    Bench – Harrison (now that Rizzo will be 2B, trying to trade), Dyson (use for SBs when needed, platooned a lot)
    SP – Kershaw, Nova, Verlander, Taillon, Severino, Faria, Happ
    RP – Holland, Maurer
    DL – Melancon

    1. Who would you drop when Melancon gets back?
    2. Best on the wire…Peralta, Holliday, M Taylor. Any upgrades there?
    3. Faria has been impressive. Innings limit concerns?
    4. Holds league which I punt. Should I take a stab at Viz for holds and potential saves come Sept.?
    If so, who goes?
    5. Why is fantasy more complicated than any job I have ever had?

    • mikeMaher

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      @I Could Have Been a Contender:

      Haha, thanks. Appreciate the kind words. Also, are you in my league? I play in a league with pretty much the exact same settings and categories.

      1. Probably Maurer. Saves are nice but he could get demoted or dealt any day.
      2. Probably Peralta. I like him more than Melky. And he could very well be better than Conforto depending on how the next few weeks go. For now, still holding out hope that Conforto bounces back.
      3. Agree that he has been impressive. A little bit, but he threw like 150 innings in both 2015 and 2016, so 175 (he is at 96 now) is not out of the question, especially for a Rays team that is contending.
      4. How many relievers can you start? Holds is an easy category to stream in H2H when you need to.
      5. Haha. I don’t know but I think I spend more time on fantasy baseball than I do on my full time job.

      • I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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        @mikeMaher:
        Thanks. I wish I was in your league. Ours is kinda winding down with folks getting jobs, having kids and other less important life stuff. Maybe next year – or if you have an owner quit, I would be an active owner for sure! Thanks again for your perspective!

  41. lwomack58 says:
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    Who would you rather have-I. Happ, Brantley or A. Jones. I’m looking at offering D. Duffy or Faria and either Happ or Jones for Britton and Brantley.

    My first preference is to go Duffy and Jones for Britton and Brantley. To sweeten it I could offer Faria instead of Duffy as I’m afraid Faria will hit a innings limit.

    What are your thoughts?

    Thanks for your fine work.

    • lwomack58 says:
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      @lwomack58:

      One final note-I can throw JBJ in the offer vs the other two hitters.

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @lwomack58:

        Thanks. I would hold JBJ bc of upside. Of those, I would probably offer A. Jones as his production should be similar to Happ and JBJ, while Brantley offers something a little different. Faria might hit an innings limit but he has already thrown 150 innings twice now. Not out of the question he throws a bit more.

  42. NJ JN says:
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    Been offered Kemp and Pomeranz for Miggy Cabrera. Could use the OF and am deep at CI. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @NJ JN:

      Hard to sell low on Miggy but if it makes sense for your team then this works.

  43. buckler says:
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    Curious why so “low” on Freeman? If his pre-injury performance wasn’t convincing, he didn’t miss a beat coming off the extended DL stint either. Would you trade Freeman and Lackey for Cmart?

    • mikeMaher

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      @buckler:

      I don’t think 19 is really that low on him, is it? I think that is pretty high for a guy coming back from a significant injury. And nah, I wouldn’t.

  44. buckler says:
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    Thanks Mike! One other question since you don’t have him in your top 100……your thoughts on Matt Adams ROS. He seems to have had a rebirth with regular playing time in ATL.

    • mikeMaher

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      @buckler:

      Only so much room for the Morrisons, Smoaks, and Alonsos of the world. 2017 is a weird year.

  45. croth4 says:
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    14man deep H2H OBP
    Benintendi, Wil, Haniger
    Trea, Dahl on shelf

    Choice of Piscotty, DPeralta, Mallex, Granderson, Fowler, Kepler, Odubel

    Thinking Mallex for SB replacement, esp if he leads off.. thoughts anyone?

    • mikeMaher

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      @croth4:

      If you need the SB then yeah, Mallex is a nice option for now.

  46. lwomack58 says:
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    Melky or Mancini?

  47. lwomack58 says:
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    I. Happ or A. Jones? Looking to do a drop

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