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Greetings one and all…oh who am I kidding. Greetings the one that is all. Thanks for reading! So, in full truthiness, I went and googled ‘Full Nelson’. I always gotta check myself before I wreck myself. I had always heard the term with regards to wrestling. Well, not real wrestling. The kind where the big steroid guys shouted the loud, funny words before taking a chair up the backside of their head from Captain Lou Albano. Seriously, that shizz was like stage ballet for meatheads. But back to the point, I found out it does pertain to wrestling (score one for my tattered mind) but also no one knows where the term actually comes from. Meanwhile, the pitcher I’m spotlighting today seems to have come from obscurity as well…hrm, I guess I should’ve just queued the awkward segue because that was, uh, awkward. Neverthewho, Jimmy Nelson wasn’t extremely high on many radars coming into the year. Oh sure, known entity deep sleeper type stuff but everyone said the same thing about him: He can’t get out lefties. So far, that adage has not held true as he’s held them to a .205 wOBA on the year to go with a .195 against righties. Now all the numbers say an adjustment is due as his ERA is a full 2 runs below his xFIP but how many pitchers are really 1.35 ERA pitchers? And that adjustment doesn’t have to all happen in one start, especially against a Reds team that is near the bottom in wRC+ so far this year. In short, he’s pitching like a pitcher who can pitch well and that’s all we need in this crazy little game of ours. At $6,900, he makes it easy to get in a quality high priced arm without skimping the hitting budget. So break out your Hulkamaniac shirt and bring your opponents to the matt with this Nelson. But enough about wrestling, it’s time for my hot takes on the DK Monday afternoon slate…

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In a time long ago, when men were men and athletes freely used performance enhancing drugs to little or no consequences, there was a gameshow. A show that celebrated such athletes both male and female, athletes that invested their time, money, and focus into becoming the most gargantuan human beings they could become. On this show they matched average everyday sclubbs against these well built steroid fueled warriors in feats of strength and agility. What is this show pray-tell? Well of course it’s a little show called American Gladiators. Ever heard of it? No young-ins, I’m not talking about that gross bastardization of a program that was on 7-8 years ago, I’m talking the genuine article. The flag waving, patriotic leotard rocking, testosterone train ride, where the women had high hair and the type of muscles that would have you asking them to open the olive jar. The early 90’s were a simpler time friends.

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Only 15 games into the 2015 season, I asked myself: “Is it too early to compile positional rankings?” Considering most readers love rankings, the answer was a resounding “NO”. However, what was more troubling was the fact that I consistently find myself talking to myself. Allow myself to introduce myself. That was awkward. You should only hear half the sh*t that goes on inside my head, but we’ll leave that exploration into my thoughts for another time…

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“For Kris Bryant‘s first game, can we have Steve Bartman throw out the first pitch and have a goat catch it? Or maybe we carry Bartman through the streets like a Muslim funeral and rip the clothes from his body. Yeah, go with the 2nd idea!” That was the recently fired Cubs PR guy. You know the billboard that announces the Cubs World Series win in Back to the Future II? I took a freeze frame and blew it up, noticing something interesting. It’s not exactly the dead ghost girl in the window of Three Men and a Baby, but I could’ve sworn I saw Kris Bryant’s face reflected in the billboard. I’d show you, but I threw it away by accident. Sorry! So, Kris Bryant is being called up and I don’t own him anywhere, but I do get a certain pleasure out of the Cubs calling him up just after the extra year of team control kicked in, er, kicked Boras in the nuts. In my projections, I had him down for 42/19/54/.256/3, but not getting called up until June 1st. Now, 30 homers is a legit possibility. I do think he could have a 30%+ strikeout percentage and hit below .240, but I’ll give him the highest compliment I can, I wish I owned him. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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Drew Pomeranz notched his first win of 2015 last night pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and punching out six Mariners. You my boy, Drew! Not too long ago, Pomeranz was once a highly touted prospect with Colorado, children. Yes, believe it or not, the Rockies have pitching prospects just like every other team. It’s funny how an Oakland A uniform changes things. OakTown is the place to be if you’re a highly touted pitching prospect. In the club house, they feed you coconut water, fancy cheeses and all the extra foodie overflow from the SanFran yelpers. Also, warm towels and artisan breads. Pomeranz put up a more than respectable 2.35 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 64 Ks in 69.0 IP (10 GS) in 2014. Yes, more please. How about that .244 BABIP last year? See where I’m going with this? Did I mention how he was a highly touted prospect? Why is he available in over 90% of leagues? If I were you, I’d live your life, watch then delete everything in your DVR, eat your favorite foods in your fridge and probably sleep with your girlfriend several times. I would also pick up Drew Pomeranz so when you return to your body you wouldn’t have missed your opportunity. DP gets the Astros next week and something tells me Pomeranz come up big this year. The A’s always have that one break out starting pitcher, right? Why not Drew? He was highly touted, people! So grab him before someone else does.

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball Friday night (*Opening Week Edition*):

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How do you know if you’ve drafted a great pitcher? If his name is Clayton Kershaw or Felix Hernandez, you are on the right track. But what about everyone else that is not them? Well, in head-to-head points leagues, I like to look at points per start (PPS). This gives me an idea of approximately how many puntos (that’s spanish for points) I am going to get, and is often a factor in helping me decide which pitchers to both draft and start.

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A.J. Achter
A.J. Burnett
A.J. Cole
A.J. Ellis
A.J. Griffin
A.J. Murray
A.J. Pierzynski
A.J. Pollock
A.J. Ramos
Aaron Altherr
Aaron Barrett
Aaron Bates
Aaron Blair
Aaron Boone
Aaron Brooks
Aaron Cook
Aaron Crow
Aaron Cunningham
Aaron Dudley
Aaron Harang
Aaron Heilman
Aaron Hicks
Aaron Hill
Aaron Judge
Aaron Laffey
Aaron Loup
Aaron Luna
Aaron Mathews
Aaron Miles
Aaron Northcraft
Aaron Poreda
Aaron Rowand
Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sele
Aaron Thompson
Aaron Westlake
Abel Nieves
Abraham Almonte
Abraham Nunez
Adalberto Mejia
Adalberto Mendez
Adalberto Santos
Adam Bostick II
Adam Calderone
Adam Carr
Adam Conley
Adam Donachie
Adam Dunn
Adam Duvall
Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton
Adam Everett
Adam Greenberg
Adam Heether
Adam Jones
Adam Kennedy
Adam Kolarek
Adam LaRoche
Adam Liberatore
Adam Lind
Adam Loewen
Adam Melhuse
Adam Melker
Adam Miller
Adam Milligan
Adam Mills
Adam Moore
Adam Morgan
Adam Ottavino
Adam Pettyjohn
Adam Reifer
Adam Rosales
Adam Russell
Adam Stern
Adam Wainwright
Adam Warren
Adam Weisenburger
Adam Wilk
Addison Maruszak
Addison Reed
Addison Russell
Adeiny Hechavarria
Aderlin Rodriguez
Adonis Garcia
Adrian Beltre
Adrian Cardenas
Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Nieto
Adrian Rosario
Adrian Salcedo
Adrian Sampson
Adron Chambers
Adys Portillo
Akinori Iwamura
Akinori Otsuka
Al Alburquerque
Al Quintana
Al Reyes
Alan Embree
Alan Farina
Alan Johnson
Albert Almora
Albert Cartwright
Albert Pujols
Albert Suarez
Alberto Arias
Alberto Cabrera
Alberto Callaspo
Alberto Castillo
Alberto Gonzalez
Alberto Rosario
Alcides Escobar
Alden Carrithers
Alec Asher
Aledmys Diaz
Alejandro De Aza
Alejandro Machado
Alen Hanson
Alex Avila
Alex Burnett
Alex Castellanos
Alex Cintron
Alex Claudio
Alex Cobb
Alex Colome
Alex Cora
Alex Dickerson
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gonzalez
Alex Gordon
Alex Guerrero
Alex Hassan
Alex Hinshaw
Alex Liddi
Alex Meyer
Alex Periard
Alex Presley
Alex Rios
Alex Rodriguez
Alex Romero
Alex Sanabia
Alex Serrano
Alex Torres
Alex White
Alex Wilson
Alex Wood
Alex Yarbrough
Alexander Concepcion
Alexander Smit
Alexei Ramirez
Alexi Amarista
Alexi Casilla
Alexi Ogando
Alfonso Soriano
Alfredo Aceves
Alfredo Amezaga
Alfredo Figaro
Alfredo Lopez
Alfredo Marte
Alfredo Silverio
Alfredo Simon
Ali Solis
Allan de San Miguel
Allan Dykstra
Allen Craig
Allen Webster
Alvin Colina
Amauri Sanit
Amaury Cazana
Amaury Rivas
Anderson Delarosa
Anderson Hernandez
Andre Ethier
Andre Rienzo
Andrelton Simmons
Andres Blanco
Andres Torres
Andrew Albers
Andrew Aplin
Andrew Bailey
Andrew Baldwin
Andrew Bellatti
Andrew Bouchie
Andrew Brackman
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
Andrew Burns
Andrew Carignan
Andrew Carpenter
Andrew Carraway
Andrew Cashner
Andrew Chafin
Andrew Dobies
Andrew Dominguez
Andrew Graham
Andrew Gribbin
Andrew Heaney
Andrew Johnston
Andrew Kown
Andrew Lambo
Andrew Locke
Andrew Maggi
Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McKirahan
Andrew Miller
Andrew Oliver
Andrew Romine
Andrew Schugel
Andrew Susac
Andrew Taylor
Andrew Thompson
Andrew Werner
Andruw Jones
Andy Cannizaro
Andy Dirks
Andy Gonzalez
Andy Green
Andy LaRoche
Andy Marte
Andy Mitchell
Andy Parrino
Andy Pettitte
Andy Phillips
Andy Sisco
Andy Sonnanstine
Andy Tracy
Andy Van Hekken
Andy Vasquez
Andy Wilkins
Anel De Los Santos
Aneury Rodriguez
Angel Berroa
Angel Castillo
Angel Castro
Angel Chavez
Angel Guzman
Angel Nesbitt
Angel Pagan
Angel Salome
Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez
Angel Villalona
Angelo Songco
Angelys Nina
Anibal Sanchez
Anthony Bass
Anthony Carter
Anthony Claggett
Anthony DeSclafani
Anthony Fernandez
Anthony Gose
Anthony Hewitt
Anthony Huttenlocker
Anthony Lerew
Anthony Norman
Anthony Ortega
Anthony Phillips
Anthony Ranaudo
Anthony Recker
Anthony Rendon
Anthony Reyes
Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Seratelli
Anthony Shawler
Anthony Slama
Anthony Swarzak
Anthony Thomas
Anthony Varvaro
Anthony Vasquez
Antoan Richardson
Antonio Alfonseca
Antonio Bastardo
Antonio DeJesus
Antonio Jimenez
Aquilino Lopez
Aramis Ramirez
Arcenio Leon
Archie Bradley
Argenis Diaz
Argenis Reyes
Ariel Pena
Arismendy Alcantara
Armando Benitez
Armando David Zerpa
Armando Gabino
Armando Galarraga
Armando Reynoso
Armando Rivero
Armando Rodriguez
Arnold Leon
Arodys Vizcaino
Aroldis Chapman
Arquimedes Caminero
Arthur Rhodes
Arturo Lopez
Arturo Reyes
Asdrubal Cabrera
Asher Wojciechowski
Atahualpa Severino
Aubrey Huff
Audry Perez
Audy Ciriaco
Augie Ojeda
Austin Adams
Austin Barnes
Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Austin Fleet
Austin Green
Austin Hedges
Austin Hubbard
Austin Hyatt
Austin Jackson
Austin Kearns
Austin Krum
Austin Nola
Austin Romine
Austin Wates
Austin Wood
Avery Barnes
Avisail Garcia
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Alright Head-to-Headers and Weekly League players. This is more than likely the most important week of your season. You’re either kicking off the first round of playoff match-ups or you’re grinding out the last week trying to get that ever elusive playoff birth. Not to worry my peeps, the Legendary Lifshitz is back and ready to drop some two start pitcher science on y’all. In fact I’ll be taking over as your captain from here on out and into 2015. That’s right! I’m your 2015 Two Start Huckleberry! Think of me as the top prospect getting called up for roster expansions with an eye on the starting job next year. You know like Xander Bogaerts but less of a disappointment. Unless you’re my third grade teacher Ms. Schultz. Then I’m more of a disappointment. What can I say the women had high hopes.

As for the roster of Double dippers, it’s not bad. Lots of good streamers and ton of middle of the road options. I’ll try and focus a little more on the arms with lower ownership levels, knowing those are the guys you’ll be looking to for the extra counting stats to put you over the top. This is one of the most fun times to be a fantasy baseball manager. This is for those digging through the wavier wire looking for that streamer to get you into the dance, or that spot starter to help you lock down that swing category to get you into the next round of the playoffs, or even the roto owner looking to capitalize on the less savvy owners who hit their innings limits this week. May you use this as your guide good sirs! Unless you’re in a league with me, then I hope all your pitchers get shelled. Sorry but I’m in it to win it no matter the cost!

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I thought Jay Bruce was a lock for 30/100 not dirty undies. Thirty-hundo not dirty-undies! All year Bruce Stinksteen has been behind “Born to Run” Billy Hamilton, Todd Frazier, who’s classically rocking out and Learning to Fly, and Devin “Is That Your Face Or Are You Wearing Wax Lips?” Mesoraco, who had a breakout season. And, here, Jay Bruce is less appetizing than sitting across from Bruce Jenner when it’s humid. Hard to know where the bottom is. Problem people find when speculating on stocks. Same problem with fantasy baseball. Yesterday, Bruce went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts while his team scored seven runs. He’s now hitting .218. But is that the bottom and he’ll turn things around in the final month? Or will he hit .150 in the final month and make you wish you owned some hot schmotato? The hell you say if I know. Depends a bit on your league, and I’ve been telling people to hold Bruce and wait for the turnaround, but if Steve Pearce or Adam Eaton or some other hot schmotato is on your waivers, I can understand moving on. Let Bruce loose, turnabout is fair play. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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Well that’s a new one. No player. Nope. Not giving you a pitcher. Ok, I kinda am. Sale is da bomb dot gov. But you don’t need me to tell you that. Unless, of course, you haven’t paid attention to this sport we call baseball for the last three years, then maybe you need my insight on the guy that coulda been AL Cy Young if it weren’t for a DL stint. And heck, I’m not even giving you a specific hitter. I’m talking fat stacks…or phat stacks if I were Chris Tucker and it was 1997. Remember when he was funny? Yeah, I don’t either…anywho, this was a theory discussed with a good friend who’s into the DFS game and who had a great take on the psychology of a baseball game. So when you’re the pitcher opposing a certified ace and aren’t really ‘on your game’, you’re gonna get like your GF’s panties get during that certain time of the month: spotty. And when you get spotty, you get dicey. And when you get you know what, I just can’t do the Direct TV commercial. It’s been done to death. The key thing here is recognizing that the other team and their opposing pitcher can get a bit intimidated going up against an arm like Sale. These types of feelings are hard to get around. An error here, a booted double play there…the big thing is, Baltimore and Bud Norris are in a bad spot for today and I plan on taking advantage. And speaking of Bud…gross. That’s both about the beer and the pitcher splits. Norris isn’t great at all at this point but away from Baltimore, he has a 4.55 ERA and a near doubled HR/9 rate at 1.28 away from the ‘friendly confines’ of Camden Yards. In particular, lefties have given him the most trouble with 6 HRs in 33.1 IP and a .354 wOBA. So if you’re against a huge stack, keep in mind Adam Dunn, Alejandro De Aza, and Conor Gillaspie when you’re building your rosters for the day.

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