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It’s been a rough month for Ryan Braun, you guys. A top three pick in the preseason, he’s on pace for career lows in home runs and steals, he could be seriously implicated in this biogenesis business depending on what delivery service he decides to use this time (go with USPS, they guarantee to screw it up), and don’t even mention the Game of Thrones “Red Wedding” to Ryan, because he’s taking it all pretty hard. Braun hits the DL for the first time in his career for his thumb injury, but owners knew this was coming. The move is retroactive to Monday so he could return at the end of June. If he comes back with an comically over sized thumb and hits 20 homers and steals 20 bases going forward, we’ll know everything is back to normal. Logan Schafer went 3-for-5 last night and was one of several Logan’s in this weeks BUY/SELL. He’s available everywhere. As long as Braun’s out Schafer should see plenty of playing time. I will call him Weapon X. Berserker! He’s no Hebrew Hammer, but Schafer’s got some below average to decent power and speed and could be a useful fill in if you need an outfielder while Braun’s on the shelf.

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball last night:

Salvador Perez 2-for-5, run, RBI. The Royals win their ninth game in their last 10, and they owe it all to Billy Butler who was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI. It’s gotta be that Billy Butler BBQ sauce, ya’ll! The BBBBQ! Real Kansas City Q, too, as if there’s any other kind!

Matt Moore  5.1 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. (BBQ) Sauced! Matt’s given up 26 hits and 19 runs in his past three starts. No Moore! Make it stop.

Matt Joyce 2-for-4 with his 13th HR. Matty, Matty, Joyce, Joyce has a nice little six game hitting streak going on, with 3 homers in the past five games. That’s better than bad, it’s good!

Justin Masterson 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K. In 2017, Masty will win his second Cy Young award and I will still insist it’s smoke and mirrors and the regression is coming.

Chris Davis 1-for-3 with his league leading 22nd HR. CHRIS THE DISH! Nobody calls him that…YET, but keep hitting home runs and pretty soon everyone’s gonna call him that.

Chris Tillman 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K and his 7th win. Tillman of Steel. Looking more and more legit by the outing. What a Friday for the Chrises of the world! I heard Chris Nolan has a movie out, and it’s pretty super, and my friend Chris got an extra nugget in his 5-piece. A 6-piece, ya’ll! The baseball gods work in mysterious ways.

Jeff Locke  7.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 5 K. Still available in about 15% of leagues. The Dodgers left LAX and were lost when they met J. Locke. It was probably his suitcase full of knives that threw them off.

Jason Grilli 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 K, 24th save in 24 chances. If he goes 25-for-25 the Pirates buy him a custom platinum Grilli. Then he has to film a hip-hop video. Those are the rules.

Jose Fernandez 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 10 K and his 4th win. Well, hello there! Have we met? Jo-fer was dealing in this one and even had an RBI. This kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha! Giancarlo Stanton had three hits with 2 RBI and Steve Cishek got the save, and for one night, the Marlins were like a real baseball team.

Scooter Gennett 3-for-5 with his 1st HR. You think he’s good, you should meet his brother Vespa and his cousin Segway. Those dudes can fly!

Jay Bruce 1-for-4 with his 11th HR. Hit a walk off HR in the tenth inning. Jay says he gets high off the “Bruuuuces” from the fans in moments like that. I told him I could totally imagine that feeling, and it must be great. Then I realized I wasn’t actually interviewing him.

Kris Medlen 6.0 IP, 9 hits, 4 ER, 4 K. Not helping your case to stay in the rotation there, Krissy. Lucky for you, Brandon Beachy suffered a setback in his elbow rehab, and Medlen will likely get another shot! “Robin, gets another shot!” Obscure movie references, anyone?

Madison Bumgarner 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 10 K. Maddy took a no-hitter into the sixth but Chris Johnson ruined everything. The Mad Bum really loves pitching against Atlanta, he’s got a 0.64 ERA with two wins and 21 Ks against ATL. He’ll get the Padres next week, but you better believe he’ll be wishing they were the Braves.

Mark Buehrle 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 7 K and his 3rd win. He’s got a 1.91 ERA in his past five starts, but I still can’t recommend him outside AL-Only leagues. I actually grabbed him for this start, but I was taking LSD in the woods at the time and everything looked 10 times better than it actually was.

J.P. Arencibia 1-for-4 with his 13th HR. It’s been a rough month for the paisan, but he hit a spicy meatball-a over da fence-a! Gratzi!

Colby Rasmus 1-for-3, 3-run HR, his 11th. We call that a Colby-jack. Tastes great on a burger!

Adam Lind 2-for-4, run, RBI. I feel like he waits until everyone who ever had faith in him and drafted him has given up and dropped him before tearing it up again. Way to be, Lind!

Edwin Jackson 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K. Grey says you should BUY and E-Jax’s ERA has dropped considerably over his past few starts, so at a little over 30% RCL ownership he’s a good add. But I’d need Theo Epstein to convince me to start him next week in St. Louis. Whaddaya say, Theo? You can call me on my cellular telephone, or we can go to a pub and grab a Samuel Adams Lager while you explain to me why I should start him. Then maybe you can hire me to be the fat Jonah Hill to your Brad Pitt. #dreams

Anthony Rizzo 3-for-4, 2 runs. More Cubbies! Grey told you to BUY him, too! Maybe that guy knows what he’s talking about. Here’s what Grey said about Rizzo, “…he could hit 10 homers in the matter of two weeks.” Whoa, you hear that? He is going to hit ten homers in the next two weeks! Grey said! And I was in no way taking that out of context.

Erik Bedard 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 6 K and his second win. He had promised the save to Jose Veras for Father’s Day, so really this game was must win or disappoint the dad kind of stakes. Apparently Veras gives off the fatherly vibe in the clubhouse, but don’t take my word for it — I’m making this up as I go!

Chris Sale 8.0 IP, CG, 5 hits, 2 R, 0 ER, 14 K. Blame it on fast ball speed, babeee! SALE! It was the first time in franchise history a pitcher had 14 strikeouts and lost. Possibly related news, Chris has cancelled the team’s Sunday canasta game.

Rick Porcello 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 5 K. He’s got a 0.70 WHIP over his past four games with a 29 strikeouts to just 4 walks. You’ve burned me so many times in the past, Rick. Of course I’m buying this. I am the biggest sap around. I let telemarketers put me on hold. Homeless people ask me for change, and if I don’t have it I’ll offer them my watch. Anyway, Porcello’s still young, which means he has plenty more opportunities to burn me. Bring it on. “Just call me Johnny Storm, the Human Flamer.”

Eric Stults 9.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 3 K. Hodgepadre! Stults was on point in this one, his 4th straight quality start. He gets the hobbled Giants next week and is owned in a little over a quarter of RCL leagues. Stream him like its your birthday, shorty.

Trevor Cahill 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits, 10 K. The 10 punch outs tied a career high and were a welcome sign as Trev’s been awful lately. He’s out there in about 30% of RCL leagues and gets the MIA Marlins next week. You know what to do.

Chris Young 3-for-3 with his 6th HR as he led off with Coco Crisp injured. Hard to recommend a guy who is batting .184 and doesn’t even play every day — so I won’t.

Oliver Perez 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 K, SV. Oliver Perez!? COME ON! Is he the new closer? Will Carter Capps get the next chance? Is Tom Wilhelmsen ready already to reclaim the role already. Nobody knows! Pick up Oliver Perez if you need saves and you hate yourself.

Nick Franklin 2-for-5, run. Wow! The BUYs were out in full force Friday night. Fun fact! His great-great-great grandfather Benjamin lived to be 84 years old, that’s one more than the number of RBIs hit by Sandy Alomar in 1997!

Mike Zunino 1-for-3 with his first major league home run. Another BUY this week (this is getting out of hand) and still under 40% owned. Why do some rookies get more love than others? Keep hitting dingers and Mike could erase the pain left behind by Jesus Montero. Zunino is the second coming!

C.J. Wilson 7.0 IP, IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K and his 5th win. The Halos had 13 hits including 3 hits apiece from Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo. CJ was the loser of five straight games coming into last night, so he might be a good buy low candidate to target, he’s better than his 1.43 WHIP and I bet owners will unload him for cheap.

Domonic Brown 1-for-5 with his 7th SB. But more importantly he hit third in the line up, which is probably the best move Philadelphia’s made all season.

Josh Rutledge 1-for-5, 2-run HR, his 6th as he led off. Grey said to BUY and yes, you should pick him up. He’s back with a bang! Who needs Tulo when you got “The Enigma” Josh Rutledge — Amiright!? No? Sorry, Tulowitzki owners, I know your wound is still fresh.

Carlos Gonzalez 4-for-4 with his 19th HR and 13th SB. The slam & legs! And you thought he might be headed to the DL? Think again — Carlos wouldn’t do you like that! CarGo ordered his slam and legs up with pico de gallo and a whole lot of guac. All that good fat is good for the power stroke. If this is the end, Seth Rogen, I want to go out with Carlos Gonzalez on my fantasy team.

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

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  1. de nachos says:
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    I haven’t watched Moore pitch recently since I’ve had a terrible run of bad luck when I watch my own pitchers throw. Any word on how he looks? Insanely wild? Getting squeezed? Bad pitch selection?

    P.S. Anyone know why Cueto hasn’t been officially named as tomorrow’s starter yet?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @de nachos: Not good. He’s still struggling with his command, and teams are teeing off on him (26 hits in 3 starts). If he didn’t have the eight wins he wouldn’t be owned in 100% of leagues. Sell if you can, I’m def not starting him in Boston next week, although he’s pitched well against them in the past. Everything I’ve heard about Cueto is positive and says he will start Sunday. I’m sure they will name cueto starter as soon as he’s activated from the dl.

  2. de nachos says:
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    I haven’t watched Moore pitch recently since I’ve had a terrible run of bad luck when I watch my own pitchers throw. Any word on how he looks? Insanely wild? Getting squeezed? Bad pitch selection?

    P.S. Anyone know why Cueto hasn’t been officially named as tomorrow’s starter yet?

  3. Marqo says:
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    you should praise Jo-Fer even more!
    He’s born 1992, he didn’t even pitch in AA or AAA where every Wacha, Cingrani, Gibson guys are developing their pitches. A+ and now Majors.
    He’s a true ace and a Top-10 (fantasy) starter for the next 15 yrs!

    And by the way. 10 Ks. None of them came with his 97mph fastball. All Ks with breaking pitches.

    Praise Him!!! :)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Marqo: Praise be to Jose Fernandez! The next Pedro Martinez!

  4. Project Merkin says:
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    Men in Tights? Ha, great reference.

    “show him your archery medals”
    “WOWWWEEEEE!”

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Project Merkin: So glad someone got that one. “An aaarcherrrry contest!?” “Oh Robin, promise you won’t go! Okay, I promise I won’t go.”

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Did you say Abe Lincoln?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Project Merkin: Okay, I promise you won’t go.”*

      • Project Merkin says:
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        Thought about correcting you but was like, “nahh he knows it!”

        • Project Merkin says:
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          Cary Elwes, 2nd most underrated actor behind Dolph Ludgren. (starring in “The 5th Sense: The Sense of Smell”)

          Men In Tights
          Princess Bride
          Saw 1
          Saw 7

          Can’t beat that rezzie.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Project Merkin: he’s split robin’s arrow in twain!

          • Project Merkin says:
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            Master Robin! You’ve lost your arms in battle! But you grew some nice boobs.

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Project Merkin: Your father wanted me to give you this. He said it holds the key to the greatest treasure in all the land. May I keep it?

  5. BluePulaski says:
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    Please rank ROS (top 3):

    E. Jackson, H. Santiago, W. Miley, D. Straily, J. Niese, J. Quintana, M. Garza, R. Detwiler, J. Vargas

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @BluePulaski: Garza, Niese, Strailly, Vargas, Jackson

  6. Gareth says:
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    I consciously avoided guys connected to the Biogenesis Scandal when I drafted my team. Glad I did.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Gareth: How could you resist Danny Valencia and Francisco Cervelli!

  7. Gareth says:
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    Which Waiver guys do you like out of these:

    Jose Fernandez
    Rick Porcello
    Tim Hudson
    Dan Strailey
    Jarrod parker
    Andy Pettite
    Jeff Locke
    Eric Stults
    Chris Tillman
    Jose Quintana

    • Dan Pants

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      @Gareth: Jose Fernandez needs to be owned (next pedro, see above), then parker, locke, hudson, porcello, strailly, tillman should all be owned in most 10-12 team leagues

  8. National Det says:
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    I’m in a keeper league and I snatched up Zunino and started him last night. I also have Salvador Perez. I’ve had some trade inquiries on Perez. Do you think Zunino is safe enough (Schoppach is gone) and good enough that I can deal Salvy and use Zunino as my primary going foward? Or is it premature to decide I have a new starting catcher for the next couple seasons.

    • Dan Pants

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      @National Det: I would stick with Perez, I need to see more from Zunino before trusting him fully. That said, Perez has just one more homer than Zunino in many more ABs, so if you can get some real value for Perez I’d consider it.

  9. LT says:
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    Does Cueto back Sunday mean goodbye to cingrani again? I have both (and leake) and keep hoping for an Arroyo injury.

    • Dan Pants

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      @LT: Yeah, we all wish Bronson would get hurt…I heard they were thinking about moving to the pen, but yeah I think this means goodbye to cingrani’s value for now. He will be back sooner than later.

  10. Gareth says:
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    I was dubious about Jo-Fer just because of that Abysmal Offense behind him and the fact I need Wins (mind you Stanton is back, which helps).

    However I looked at the Marlins Schedule for his next 3 games:

    @ Giants, then home to the Twins, then home to the Padres. NICE.

    So I picked him up, meanwhile another owner in my league added Jeff Locke literally minutes before I grabbed Jo-fer. He’s @ Cincinnati next.

    Thanks for the advice!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Gareth: No problem!

    • Sherm says:
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      @Gareth: This is not advice to have Jo Fer sit against the Giants, but I was watching the SF@ATL game on FSS and the broadcasters noted something notable– Giants this year are not hitting like your typical sac-fly-and-shutout hoping Giants. They are 5th in runs scored, 5th in RBI, and 3rd in OPS in the National League. They won’t kill you with dingers (14th) but they smoke a lot of doubles (2nd). Medlen got cuffed around for 7 xbh in that Friday night tilt.

      It’s true that they’re down Pagan, Sandoval, and Scutaro right now. But they’re still hitting. Cust kayin’.

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    I’m on a streak of rotten luck lately – Peavy, Ogando, Burnett.. League, Wilhelmsen. Picked up Capps as a handcuff, and fucking Ollie comes out of nowhere to vulture. Madness!

    Anyway, is Cishek worth owning over Capps? It sounds like Wilhelmsen will get another chance in the next couple of weeks, and the temporary closer-by-committee is doing me no good.

    And who do you like out of this group going forward? Gee, M. Gonzalez, Gaudin, Phelps, Danks, E. Jax.

    • Dan Pants

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      @FillyP: That’s the game. I’ve had some bad injury luck to, Harper, Stras, Peavy, Crawford, Price, Weaver, Greinke, Hill. I want Cishek over Capps, the Marlins are looking a bit more legit with LoMo and Stanton back. And I’d go EJax, Phelps, and Danks. Gaudin has pitched great, but like to see how he pitches today vs Atlanta.

  12. Rocky says:
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    All things being equal, Rutledge or Logan Schafer off waivers?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Rocky: Josh Rutledge and its not close

  13. Gareth says:
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    Felix @ LAA
    Gio @ PHI
    Cobb @ NYY
    Gallardo @ HOU
    Cashner LAD, @ SF
    Jo-Fer @ SF
    Homer Bailey PIT at Home
    Lynn CUBS at Home
    Teheran @ MIL
    Greg Holland Home: 3 (CHW), Away: 3 (@CLE)
    Frieri Home: 7 (SEA,PIT)

    Need to Sit two of these for next week in my CBS weekly ROTO League. Who do you recommend?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Gareth: All good match ups, I’d guess I’d sit Cashner and Teheran.

  14. Gareth says:
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    You like Tim Hudson VS the Mets and @ a Braunless Milwaukee next week? I would drop Teheran for him.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Gareth: Eh, they are about on the same level in my eyes, I guess Hudson’s spot in the rotation is safer. Either way I’d bench both versus the other options you’d have above.

  15. Square foot says:
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    Send my Segura, Puig, and Samardzija FOR Scherzer and Heyward. Dynasty league.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Square foot: If you need the pitching this year I couldn’t blame you for getting Scherzer. Otherwise I’d hold with what you have its a nice little core.

  16. Jasper says:
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    “Obscure movie references, anyone?”

    I read that and immediately scrolled down to see if I could prove my Men in Tights fan qualities in the comments… but someone deered to kill this king’s dare. Darn those long Saturday work days.

    But yeah, this is why we read Razzball, right? I mean, the fantasy advice is nice and all, but I’m really here for the Robin Hood references…

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jasper: Let’s give him the chop!

  17. Project Merkin says:
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    Aw god dangit Niese!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Project Merkin: Don’t panic, the mets just need 3 runs. Okay, maybe you can panic.

  18. Gareth says:
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    Tim Hudson would be facing these mighty lineups…………………

    Valdespin, 2B
    Murphy, Dn, 1B
    Wright, D, 3B
    Byrd, RF 1
    Duda, LF 1
    Turner, J, SS
    Buck, C
    Lagares, CF
    Gee, P

    Aoki, RF
    Segura, SS
    Gomez, C, CF
    Ramirez, Ar, 3B
    Betancourt, Y, 1B
    Schafer, L, LF
    Maldonado, C
    Gennett, 2B
    Gorzelanny, P

    • Dan Pants

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      @Gareth: Certainly like the two starts better than one, but don’t underestimate the might of jean segura and carlos gomez either.

  19. de nachos says:
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    Points league, so SB = double = 2points, Dominic Brown or Austin Jackson ROS

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @de nachos: Austin Jackson, although their speed numbers will probably be similar

  20. Jason says:
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    Drop Lind or Rendon for Kinsler? Have Seager already along with Fielder, Goldy.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jason: Drop rendon for kinsler

  21. Gareth says:
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    Prince John: Such an unusual name, “Latrine.” How did your family come by it?

    Latrine: We changed it in the 9th century.

    Prince John: You mean you changed it TO “Latrine”?

    Latrine: Yeah. Used to be “Shithouse.”

    Prince John: It’s a good change. That’s a good change!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Gareth: Raven’s egg! Blood of a hen–a little more blood, yes! Eyeballs of a crocodile…

  22. Mike says:
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    Rollins or Castro at SS?
    Can’t take starlin anymore
    Thx!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: Still sticking with Castro but I feel your pain.

  23. Team x says:
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    Josh Rutledge or howie Kendricks? Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Team x: Can’t deny what Kendrick has done so far, I’d go with him, but its close for me.

  24. seph meier says:
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    Zunino or VMart ros?

    2 c keeper league what is a solid of or sp return on zunino? Or should i keep him?

    • yeshcheese says:
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      @seph meier: I’d keep him, what with the crap at C. McCann’s couple years of glory might be a reasonable comp.

      • seph meier says:
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        @yeshcheese:

        Thanks. Forgot to mention I have major already as well.

        • seph meier says:
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          @seph meier:

          * mauer not major…

          • Dan Pants

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            @seph meier: Not sure you’re going to get a very good return for Zunino right now, so you might as well hold him while he builds value. But yeah, eventually you should trade one of your three catchers.

            • seph meier says:
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              @Dan Pants:

              Makes sense. Scares me playing for Seattle.

  25. Jason says:
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    Edwin or beltre for a replacement of longo? Moving longo for j upton. It’s a 5 keeper league. Thinking maybe the recent injury to longo may linger. Don’t want to stuck with that.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jason: I’d go with Adrian Beltre.

  26. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Longo/Minor
    Joeybats/Hamels

    Who wins?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chicken Dinner: I’ll take Bautista and Hamels but great trade for both sides.

  27. Kyle says:
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    What’s your ROS thoughts on Billy Butler? Hold and power should come or is he just a avg and RBI no power guy and I should be trying to deal for a better 1B? Also can you rank Between these 3 for ROS- Porcello, Beachy, Cole, Parker. Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Kyle: I think the 29 he hit last year was a lot for him, and he’s more of a 20-25 HR guy. I think you can bank on 12-15 homers from Butler going forward. Parker, Beachy, Porcello, Cole. I like Cole a lot but I just don’t know if he’s up for good.

  28. Kyle says:
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    These 4*

  29. longbeachyo says:
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    6×6 h2h league with k/bb ratio and OBP. Is this trade a no-brainer… Puig/A.Jones for P.Fielder/M.Bumgarner?

    • Dan Pants

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      @longbeachyo: Not a no brainer, if I needed the pitching I’d make the trade. Otherwise, I’d hold and ride out the Puig train. Dude is hitting everything.

  30. Hondo says:
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    ‘Jay says he gets high off the “Bruuuuces” from the fans in moments like that. I told him I could totally imagine that feeling, and it must be great. Then I realized I wasn’t actually interviewing him.’=

    Probably a flashback to a Springsteen concert.

    Oh,and excellent Masterson comment.

    Grey’s lucky to have you and the couple others I’m becoming familiar with helping him out.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Hondo: Thanks! Flashbacks of me screaming for the Boss with a red bandana on my head. Those were to my Glory Days for sure. I just wish I could remember them.

      • Hondo says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Did you see that the late Big Mans nephew has sat in with the E Streeters on sax recently?

        Talk about a loyal “Boss”,what a class act.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Hondo: Yeah, I think I saw him recently at the boston marathon benefit show! So cool.

  31. KDH says:
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    Who would you rather have Nick Franklin or Josh Rutledge?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @KDH: I’d go with rutledge, better line up and better home ballpark.

  32. Jason says:
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    Any news on Collmenter getting the vacated rotatation spot? If so do you see him as being a long term option? Also would you drop Lind to pick him up in a points league to start as a RP? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jason: I could see Collmenter taking McCarthy’s place, he has performed well in long relief but I’d hold on to Lind as long as he’s hitting as well as he is. So I probably would not pick him up, until I knew for sure he’s starting.

  33. Jason says:
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    Longo for Bautista or j upton ?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jason: Sure. Injuries always a concern with Longo so might be a good idea to trade while you can. I’d want Upton of the three.

  34. Ian says:
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    Hey Dan Pants,
    I have a potential deal on the table and was looking for some advice. I am being offered Harper and a piece yet to be named for Dom Brown and Alex Gordon.. what do you think? It sounds like he doesn’t want the piece to be named to be anything more than a toss-in.. do you think this is good for me? I could probably get Rutledge or a low-end pitcher as the other player

    • Ian says:
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      @Ian:
      I am in a 12 team H2H mixed league

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Ian: Unless its a keeper/dynasty league I’d stick with what you have until we see a healthy Bryce Harper.

  35. Danny Tecate says:
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    Drop Wilhelmsen for Street?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Danny Tecate: Good question. I’d probably hang on to WIlhelmson another week see if he can reclaim the job. Street has his issues staying healthy but if he’s still out there in a week and Wilhelmson is still struggling, go ahead and grab him.

  36. Team x says:
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    I have too many outfielders now that A-jax is back. Would you trade Jose Bautista for greinke in a keeper league?

    • Team x says:
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      @Team x:
      my current outfielders are Bautista, A-jax, Dominic Brown, desmond jennings, and Mark Trumbo

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Team x: Sure, if your outfield is crowded enough. I think the best is yet to come for Greinke. Sounds fair.

  37. Nick says:
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    Just got offered Kipnis for Pujols in a 10-team, 5×5 Yahoo! league. Should I be asking for more? The guy also had Pedroia, so he is set at 2B. I have Goldschmidt at 1B already, and my current 2B is Weeks with Rutledge at SS. Thank you!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Nick: I think you need a little more than Kipnis for Pujols. Pedroia might be a bit too much to ask but if you can pull that off I’d do it.

  38. ferris says:
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    what do you expect from gerrit cole tomorrow @ LAD?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @ferris: That dodgers line up isn’t scaring anyone. Start him with confidence, Cole has crazy good stuff.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The Guru: Rough. Nice vine though! Too bad Cobb has been more than impressive so far–hope he’s OK. Go Bruins!

  39. Gareth says:
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    This is getting Ridiculous:

    Alex Cobb hit in head by line drive

    Rays starter Alex Cobb was forced out of Saturday’s start against the Royals in the fifth inning after being struck in the head by a line drive.
    Cobb was hit by an Eric Hosmer line drive back, which struck him above the right ear on the side of his head. Cobb left the field on a stretcher and will be evaluated at a local hospital. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three in 4 1/3 innings before leaving.

    Stanton, Aramis Ramirez, Lawrie, Asdrubal, Utley, AJ Burnett, Cobb……

    Meanwhile Starlin Castro stays perfectly healthy!

    My fantasy team is cursed!

  40. Gareth says:
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    I forgot to mention I also had Reddick, Estrada, Vogelsong and Morrow……….

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Gareth: That’s the game. You can avoid injury prone players but things happen, they can’t all be Cal Ripken.

  41. Gareth says:
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    I think Lackey might be for real.

    I’d go as far as saying I’d add Lackey over Porcello if I had to choose.

    Rick seems to be the “It” pitcher on Razzball right now.

    Still don’t trust him and that defense.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Gareth: I get to watch a lot of Lackey’s start so I’m hesitant to buy in fully, but what he’s been doing is certainly legit. I’d prefer Porcello based on the offense behind him though.

  42. Gareth says:
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    Pitching Carnage for me today.

    Cobb, Lynn, Bailey. OUCH.

    Gallardo and Felix going too.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Gareth: Felix saves the day, naturally. And Gallardo didn’t look too shabby himself!

  43. bb says:
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    arenado, ozuna, or todd frazier rest of season in OPS league?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @bb: frazier, arenado, ozuna

  44. Rob says:
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    Fantastic day for my pitchers:

    Minor gets shaken up
    Cobb gets hit on the head and has to leave
    Romo and Jansen both blow saves
    Help me Jordan Zimmermann, you’re my only hope….

    • gareth says:
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      @Rob: ha!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rob: Ouch, Jordan didn’t look much of a jedi master either. When it rains it pours.

  45. Josh Freeman says:
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    Dan the Man,

    who to pick up while Braun’s out in H2H? Ozuna, Colvin, Revere, or Schierholtz??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Josh Freeman: Hey Josh! Go Bucs! Revere is a nice add if you need speed but I’d probably go with the Coors product, Colvin, for the short term.

  46. Alex says:
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    Need IP and K’s (while not bombing my ratios)

    Which is a better streamer? Lyons at MIA or Keuchel vs. CWS? other option would be Hefner vs. the Cubbies

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Alex: I’d go with Lyons.

  47. Jon says:
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    brown, braun, rizzo, and puig ranks ros?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jon: braun, rizzo, brown, puig but all four of these guys are studs

  48. Tony says:
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    Marcell Ozuna, you guys moving on? I’ve watched this guy, lots of talent, but he’s defly hit a wall right now….. not sure what to do.

    • Tony says:
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      @Tony: 1 for his last 20

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Tony: If there’s something better out there I couldn’t blame you for picking up the next hot bat.

  49. J Money says:
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    12 Team Roto League. 6×6 with OPS and QS
    Doing well in most pitching categories but need help with R, RBI, and SB.

    A league mate is willing to trade Kipnis or Howie Kendrick for pitching.
    He is interested in my following pitchers:
    Zimmerman
    Shields
    Miller
    Kevin Gregg

    Would you rather have Kipnis or Kendrick ROS? I’m assuming Kipnis on this one

    Which pitcher would you try first to get Kipsnis?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @J Money: I’d want Kipnis, I think offering Miller (if its not a keeper league) would be fair.

      • J Money says:
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        @Dan Pants: That is what I was going to go with, but it is a 3 player keeper. The rules are we keep 1 batter, 1 pitcher and 1 wild card. The players are kept at whatever round they are in the rankings of next season (we use yahoo). While Miller is tempting to keep, I plan on only keeping 1 pitcher.

        Does this mean I should offer Shields instead?

        • Dan Pants

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          @J Money: Tough call. You’re keeping Zimmerman for sure. I say offer Miller because there is likely a innings limit on the rookie that could hurt down the stretch, but he could very well have more wins than Sheilds pitching in StL. You’re call but I’d trade Miller, unless you can get Kendrick or Kipnis for Gregg

          • J Money says:
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            @Dan Pants: Thank you very much. I can try for a pitcher better than Porcello, he said most of his staff is available. Would you want any of these guys instead?

            Hammel
            Lohse
            Feldman
            Samardzija
            Price
            Beachy

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @J Money: Yeah, I’d prefer Samardzija, Beachy and Price over Porcello for sure. If you can get Price for cheap now is the time to buy.

          • J Money says:
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            @Dan Pants: I can also trade draft picks for next year

  50. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Ugh, League with the save after Kenley blew it. League was dropped, but to pick him up tonight I’d have to ditch Cole, Lester or Garza. Worth it?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Nope, I think Kenley is still the closer there.

  51. Clint says:
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    No mention by you or Grey’s recent analysis of Eric Hosmer’s turn around under Brett. What do you guys think? Is he turning things around and worth scooping up or grab Konerko instead, who seems to be coming on a bit in the last week instead?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Clint: He’s still go just two home runs but it is nice to see him hitting again. I’d go with Hosmer over Konerko.

  52. giac says:
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    H2H daily league. Tied in wins and losses and the team im playing has no SPs for Sunday. ERA and WHIP not a factor since he is too far to catch in final day of week. Wondering if I shoukd start Cole vs. LA? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @giac: Yeah I’d start him. He looked good in his first start and the Dodgers line up is weak.

  53. Marti says:
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    Who do u think fills in for braves and pirates this week? Braves have 8 games.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Marti: Good question. Funny how they went from too many starters Friday morning to not enough now. They’re going to announce Sunday night but I’ve read that lefty Alex Wood is a possibility as well as Sean Gilmartin. I wouldn’t recommend streaming either. Pirates are going with Brandon Cumpton, who actually pitched pretty good against the LAD yesterday.

  54. Doc Wolf says:
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    Arencibia or Grandal?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Doc Wolf: Arencibia

  55. liz says:
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    hi!

    bj upton just dropped in our league

    shoulda snag him up?

    • Matthew says:
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      @liz: Yes!!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @liz: Depends how deep your league is, but I need to see a lot more from BJ before I’m picking him up. Let’s hope his HR yesterday was the start of something!

  56. Matthew says:
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    Dan

    In 4 leagues, this particular league I’m in dead 1st.

    12 Team H2H
    HR R AVG RBI S
    K WHIP ERA SAVES W

    My hitting is entirely to stacked. I wanna try to add a pitcher
    I believe in Puig but prefer to trade him as he’s a buy high kinda guy.

    Here’s my roster
    Moore
    Cueto
    Latos
    Samardjia
    Parker
    Milone
    Scherzer
    Balfour
    Perkins
    Bailey
    Parnell

    C – Perez
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Phillips
    3B – Zimmerman
    SS – Prado
    OF – Stanton
    OF – A Jones
    OF – Pence
    UTIL – Kendrick
    UTIL – Machado
    B – Puig
    B – Lowrie

    I continue to sit either Puig and Kendrick, thank goodness they’re so hot it’s not affecting me too much haha.

    Anyhow, it will probably get rejected but I offered Puig for Iwakuma.

    Do you like that tier of pitcher for Puig? Would you prefer to rid of Kendrick? Howie has impressed me this year it’s ridiculous how well he is hitting, yet that LAA lineup can’t get on base consistently for this hot hitter who hits 6th. But neither can the Dodger lineup.

    Anyhow, give me some advise. (I traded Harvey and Zimmerman in another league for Kershaw and Cain, I have Machado in most my leagues, but I also have Zimmermania in most, so I like MM at UTIL

    Thanks!!!

    Ps: my pitching is solid, but Moore has been suckfacing it up and Cueto is oft injured and I hate Samardjias occasional realistic high WHIP games haha. It’s hard to stream because I dunno who to drop. I’m affraid to drop Lowrie but whatever. I’m gonna stop typing. Throw me advise.

    • Matthew says:
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      @Matthew: Also, Pagan is available in this league

      Lowrie or Pagan ROS???

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Matthew: I am a sucker for Jed Lowrie, but Pagan is nice. Since this is basically a bench player I’d stick with what you have.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Matthew: Yeah, you have a great team. Iwakuma is the no.1 pitcher on the player rater so you’re going to have to pay for him if you want him. Maybe a combo of Puig/Samardzija could land Iwakuma. Otherwise I’d try to trade Kendrick, second base is really shallow so I’m sure there’s someone out there who could use him, make offer. You pair him with another one of your pitchers and could prob land you an ace.

      • Matthew says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thank you. I would prefer Moore so I’m gonna see what I can do. I really thought I could get a number 2 for a player without having to give up a SP but you may be correct

        Thanks!!!

  57. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H, 5×5. Keeping 5.

    My team:
    c-Perez
    1b-Loney
    2b-
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Lowrie
    of-CarGo, Choo
    util-Jennings
    util-Alex Gordon
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, Bailey, Garza, Ryu, Jose Fernandez, Wheeler
    rp-Soriano, Janssen, Holland
    dl-Reyes, Moreland, Braun, Gyorko

    I give:
    Braun

    I get:
    Rizzo
    Hamels

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @stynyr: I like it! You could use a second baseman though!

      • stynyr says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yeah. Probably gonna try to grab Rutledge.

  58. Doorstop says:
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    Rizzo or Machado ROS?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Doorstop: Manny Machado

  59. Frank White says:
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    Morning bro… Do you think Alez Rios is going downhill or is he a must keep? Also I don’t have room on my hitters and I’m trying to trade Donaldson or Castro. If I can’t get anybody for Donaldson would you just drop him??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Frank White: Rios has been fine, he is a must own. Keeper? Depends how big your league is, and the keeper rules. Same with Donaldson, deep leagues I’d try to trade him if I could for anything rather than drop. But a shallow 10-team league I couldn’t blame you for dropping him for a better player.

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks… Yeah I’m trading Corbin for Rios.. u like? Corbin has been slowing down and even his last couple wins came up lucky I think. Yeah I’m losing Corbin and Wacha got sent down so I need pitching. I read Grey’s blog and what do you think about me picking up, Erasmo Ramirez and Cluber?

        • Frank White says:
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          Also I have to grab another RP cause waiting for Henderson is killing me. I read the blog and who do you think I should grab, Carter Capps, Joaquin Benoit or Kevin Gregg who is on waivers? Or just keep Henderson?

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Frank White: Keeper Henderson. If you can find a way to add Gregg, great. But don’t drop Henderson.

            • Frank White says:
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              Oh I forgot to mention, sorry I messed up, that I got rid of Henderson like over a week ago cause they were waiting for K-Rod to get his 300th save. So Gregg and Him are on waivers. Should I still grab Henderson even though he’s not closing right now or grab Gregg cause he’s closing now or grab Henderson just in case someone else grabs him? My closers now are Mujica and Heath Bell. If you had those closers what would you do? I know you just told me but there were things I didn’t mention. My bad!!

              • Dan Pants

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                @Frank White: Gregg has been great, I’d have to go with him. But if you have the room for Henderson he is indeed the closer. K-Rod will get his chance at 300, but Henderson is the guy in the ninth.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Frank White: Corbin for Rios, nice trade, but it sounds like you need the pitching, I like Ramirez a lot more of the two, but Cluber’s in the majors and Erasmo is not. If you have the patience to stash Erasmo go with him otherwise grab Cluber.

          • Frank White says:
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            Well I have room to grab both now cause Corbin and Wacha are gone so yeah I’ll do that. Thanks. Those other RP’s that I mentioned, are they even closers yet or are they backups waiting there turn??

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Frank White: Capps and Benoit are not the closers, but decent adds if your speculating for saves

              • Frank White says:
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                Your the best!

                • Dan Pants

                  Dan Pants says:
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                  @Frank White: Thanks! Any time

  60. Rjames says:
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    What to make of Roy Oswalts comeback, is he worth a pickup??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rjames: Nope. I like Roy Oswalt but I wouldn’t go near him outside the deepest NL-Only leagues.

  61. los locos says:
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    keeper league.

    was offered nava, butler and aj burnett for matt moore.

    also, offered Gordon and Gattis for S Miller and Han Ram

    current team below:

    Rosario, Wilin(C) COL
    Rizzo, Anthony(1B) CHC
    Altuve, Jose(2B) HOU
    Seager, Kyle(3B) SEA
    Zobrist, Ben(2B,OF,SS) TB
    Carpenter, Matt(1B,2B,3B,OF) STL
    Craig, Allen(1B,OF) STL
    Fowler, Dexter(OF) COL
    LaRoche, Adam(1B) WAS

    Blanks, Kyle(1B,OF) SD
    Swisher, Nick(1B,OF) CLE
    Headley, Chase(3B) SD
    Ramirez, Hanley(3B,SS) LAD
    Hunter, Torii(OF) DET
    Upton, B.J.(OF) ATL

    Active Pitchers
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Medlen, Kris(RP,SP) ATL
    Miller, Shelby(RP,SP) STL
    Moore, Matt(SP) TB
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin(SP) LAD
    Holland, Greg(RP) KC
    Romo, Sergio(RP) SF

    Cole, Gerrit(SP) PIT
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Jansen, Kenley(RP) LAD
    Beachy, Brandon(SP) ATL

    • Dan Pants

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      @los locos: Ha. You have some sick pitching. I think I’d stick with what you have. The returns don’t seem so great that your sacrificing some great keepers in Moore and Miller. I’d hold.

  62. JFK says:
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    Wire filling up w/interesting options, with biggest needs at SP and RP, followed by SBs – drop Wacha for (rank ‘em): BJ Upton, Alexi Ogando (will he come back as an SP or in the ‘pen?), EJax, Straily, Hector Santiago, Lackey or Pestano?

    OR rolling w/Lucroy at C, but can grab Sal Perez or Gattis (keeper league).

    Finally, who’s the best pre-ASB stash: Ryan Madson, Kyle Gibson, Carlos Martinez, Oswalt, Eovaldi.

    Open to anyone’s (Bueller?) thoughts/comments; much obliged!

    • Dan Pants

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      @JFK: I like Santiago for his start vs Houston today so I’d grab him for the day. Otherwise Strailly, Lackey, Ejax, Ogando, Upton , Pestano. Ogando will almost certainly be back in the rotation and when healthy he tops the list.I’d want Perez in a keeper league, and if you have to stash one of those players I’d go with Gibson or Martinez.

      • JFK says:
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        @Dan Pants:
        Legit – going w/Ogando.

        Perez in a keeper over Gattis w/talk of McCann moving on?
        I like Lucroy’s pop and occasional SB over Perez’s runs/RBIs in the 3rd spot of an up-and-down KC lineup (which Lucroy’s matched/exceeded lately from the 5th) and Sal’s been sitting on the wire, so can probably sit and monitor for at least another week; no chance this is who Lucroy is now, and is going to stay ROS?

        Thanks again – have a most excellent Sunday!

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @JFK: I like Lucroy the most right now and think he will be great going forward, but in a keeper I’m going with Perez.

          • JFK says:
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            @Dan Pants:

            Got it – thanks!

  63. Milo says:
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    Who closes in Philly if Papelbon is traded?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Milo: My guess would be Mike Adams or Antonio Bastardo. Most likely Adams, but I don’t think Pap’s going anywhere.

  64. Silky says:
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    Salvador Perez or Wieters ROS H2H points league?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Silky: Matt Wieters

  65. Andrew says:
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    I need to bench one out of Rizzo, Altuve, Carpenter, Kendrick.

    I like Rizzo’s breakout potential, and Carpenter and Kendrick seem too hot to bench, although Altuve could just as easily catch fire.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Andrew: Are we talking about for the week or the day? They all have 7 game weeks, I’d look at my needs, if I needed power I’d go Rizzo, speed Altuve. All things equal, I’d probably bench Altuve.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Andrew: This is a tough call. Looking at the match ups leaning more towards benching Rizzo, but he’s the one with the power of the four.

  66. BucLover says:
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    Hey Dan, would you drop either Willingham, Aaramis Ramirez, Josh Rutlidge, Aoki, or Carpenter for Carp. I like Carp’s power potential, but guys like Aoki and Carpenter offer me some valuable stats in other areas and I kind of think if I dropped any of those 5 guys (with the possible exception of Rutlidge?) I’d be considered bonkers…what do you think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @BucLover: Carp has been great but he still isn’t an everyday player. But I can’t blame you for playing the hot bat and Carp is scorching right now. I wouldn’t blame you for dropping Willingham for Carp in 10-12 team leagues.

  67. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Rizzo to pick up will Myers?
    Thx

  68. sange-da-man says:
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    Trying to pull off possible smooth stash….dropping my lincecum for the dropped but DL-ed AJ Burnett….and afding porcello till burnett comes back….catch is I’d have to drop either Moreland or Lind, which i need to do anyways when Moreland comes off the DL since I also have Butler…..so….which backup 1B/ utility should I keep? Power or more consistency…..daily h2h pts league……Thanks!

  69. EK says:
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    Rank for pts:
    Vargas vs SEA
    Cashner @ SF
    Norris vs CWS
    Straily @ TEX

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