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Thanks for the welcome back all from my All-Star Weekend excursion.  I talked with Grey and he said ‘why the heck didn’t you write one?’ to which I responded ‘but please, sir, you promised me some time off around the break while I worked on the Razzball Fantasy Football side of things.  You also said you’d bump my pay from 2 bits to 3 for the year.  Does that still apply?’  From that point on there was much caning and agony until I reminded him of my Luke Scott call from the week prior to calm him along with refilling his vape.  But of course, none of this matters to you really, you’re here for this week’s creeper.  So without much more pomp, let me type with the 4 remaining fingers that work why Justin Smoak is a good pickup for week 16 of the 2013 fantasy baseball season.

Let’s see, how many different puns could I have gone with in that intro?  Smoak On The Water?  Would’ve been apt, he plays in Safeco, a stadium that is bordering on being on the water.  Smoak too much, hehe?  That would’ve required your knowledge of the Monty Python universe and I can’t assume that of you guys and gals, though I will say you’re all silly bunts.  Of course the real question is, ‘would any of them not have been said before?’  Wait, that’s not the question, the question is why am I blathering about this when I should be talking about Justin.  Understood, so let’s get this out and done.

Justin Smoak…hit…ball…good…now…buy.  I put the extra elipses in there for you to make it feel like there needs to be more said.  You can fill in the blanks on your own.  Considering this week’s post Creeper Mad Libs.  For cereal, though, this isn’t a matchup call this week just like the Luke Scott Creeper last week wasn’t.  You see a guy hitting the ball well, you go pick him up.  It’s not that hard.  Ok, maybe it is hard with a guy who’s had no success at the major league level up to this point in his career.  Given his ownership in yahoo and ESPN leagues (8% and 9.9% owned respectively as of Saturday), I think that history is clouding what could be a post-hype break out, but at the very least is a downright nice hot streak going.  Since returning from the DL on June 18th, Smoak has batted a ridiculous .329/.414/1.036 slashline in 84 at bats to go along with 6 homers and 15 RBI.  To put that in perspective, that pace over a 500 at-bat season is 35 dingers and 89 RBIs.  That’s what the kids call ‘not too shabby’.  Wait, the kids don’t use the word shabby anymore, do they.  Do they still call good things ‘sick’ and put ‘hella’ in front of things…I’m so out of my element here.  But I’m not with fantasy baseball!  So if you feel the need for a power streak to ride for this week and perhaps beyond, realize I’m not blowing Smoak up your arse and go grab Justin.

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    Scott looks like a good play this week in Boston and NY, no?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He faces a minimum of 3 LHPs next week, probably 4 and I don’t know if I wanna ride the hot streak he’s been on any longer with that.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: careerwise he’s bad at lefties, but this year, in only 64 at bats he’s hitting .297/.352/.484 against lefties.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Right. My only issue is if he starts cooling – which he seems to be doing – they might look a little harder at that career arc.

  2. T Moore says:
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    Sky: Been Smoak’n for over a lmost a cuple weeks now… Had to cut Loney for him and SPs … Couldn’t get Loney back as some low life with a lower W# stole him from the puddle on me… I’LL KILL HIM!!

    Have backed up with Belt for now (AB/GSs a prob with Belt)… Who has been smoaky of late too…

    And did add Scott as well – another problematic AB/GS fella

    Wallace was gone… I had cut him before his big recent run – to my lasting chagrin now…

    You can’t get’m all right with the “Plug-in – Plug-off ” style of FBB..

    However, the double switch to Gaudin and Doubront was mighty sweet on Friday…

    No pain no gain…

    My Star of the Show, Mr Wrong, had picked Doubront of the 2 of them and I liked Gaudin – so I let him lead me – (but backed him up with my pick of the 2)… That was one HOT HOT HOT combo.. CHA CHING, BABY!!!!

    What do you have for me on Monday, Sky

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Your prescription for Ritalin…ha! If you’re looking for an interesting maybe play, Ruf has been alright. I picked up then dropped Wallace because someone came off the DL early for me right when Brett started to go off. THAT sucked…

  3. Frank White says:
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    Sup Sky… I was actually looking for another batter cause Ike Dais sucks!!! Anyway, I was gonna grab Matt Adams but you just sold me Smoke!! Oh wait I meant sold me on Smoak… HA HA.. Any who, I have Matt Holliday and I don’t have a bench batter right now cause all my pitching is pretty hot right now. I was gonna grab a batter in his place but since the DL is retroactive at the 12th that means he’ll be back on Friday. It’s not even worth it to grab a guy for 4 days, I said 4 cause it takes an extra day when u pick a player up, and waste an add player plus having to drop one of my pitchers for… What do you think???

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hold

      • Frank White says:
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        So do you mean just pick up Smoak for Davis and hold to grab a guy for Holliday right??

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Your question is really confusing, Frank. You said Holliday was coming back. I thought you asked me if you should waste a pickup on a guy that you’ll only start 3 or 4 days and because you indicate you have a pickup limit, I said no. Unless I’m missing something, just hold Davis and put Holliday in your lineup when the time comes.

  4. Peter K. Manso says:
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    So trading away Kenley Jansen for Bryce Harper is a no brainer right?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Peter K. Manso: do you have someone dumb enough to take that?

      • Peter K. Manso says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: it was offered to me. And its a competitive league

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Peter K. Manso: doesn’t sound like it, but take it and run

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Yeah, you don’t turn down top 25 talent for a closer no matter how good said closer is.

  5. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Happy Sunday Sky, I was mulling Smoak lately, I think you have sealed the deal. Don’t take Grey’s crap….wait a minute, he’s the boss, you better take it with a smile on your face.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Happy Sunday back Jack. I still don’t like his swing but it’s hard to argue the output right now.

      I wish I didn’t have to take Grey’s crap but he hates sitting on the toilet because it makes him feel dirty…wait, you didn’t need to know that.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: when his bidet breaks do you need to fill in?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          He calls me ‘Bidet’

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: do you think Belisle sneaks in for saves or is it Brothers or nothing?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              It’s Brothers. He was the future before they went with Betancourt and filled in quite well when Betancourt went down earlier this year. No reason to think anything’s changed since then, IMHO

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: any sleeper closers I might not know about? with many closers on the block I’m trying to play ahead

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Nah you and I probably would be eyeing the same guys there.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: I grabbed bastardo, Thayer, Strop, Gregerson just got dropped, might nab him too, anyone else I’m missing?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Parker another one for Cubs but I think you’re fine with what you did

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: parker has been gone for a while in that league, I have never been in such a SAGNOF happy league ever

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ah gotcha. Is this one if the leagues you’re running the show in?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: my team sucks, i usually play SAGNOF, but every time a new guy takes over I’m doing something

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Damn

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: gregerson over thayer, and cisnero could come in if veras get’s flipped, thinking it’s more likely cisnero becomes closer than strop.

  6. TKilla says:
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    Would you pick up Smoak, Byrd, EYJ or Eaton for the next week or two? H2H pts league

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Smoak & Byrd for power, Eaton EYJ for speed. That’s really a question of what you need. Byrd over Smoak, Eaton over EYJ

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: you guys really need a question form so it can be properly answered in the context of their need

  7. Matt P says:
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    I hope Smoak is hitting his potential, would be a huuuge pick up in my dynasty league!

    Someone is offering me Pedro Alvarez for Hultzen and Leonys Martin, I feel like I’m giving up too much future production? I have Arenado now who sucks, but I still have faith… would you?

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You can’t assume future production. Unless you’re really hurting at SP, it’s a reasonable trade. There’s always some ‘next young stud’ arm. I’ll take Pedro there.

      Would be nice about Smoak but I just don’t see it with that swing unless he’s really retooled his mechanics at this point.

  8. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    On a football note, did you find out if there were any openings in some of your other leagues or was that baseball leagues we talked about, i can’t remember

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Still TBD and it’s football. I might not even have that league this year. Too much going on

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Sky: sounds like an “I washing my hair on Saturday night” answers….I kid I kid……that’s cool. I would like to find a regular baseball league to get into.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Honest, I only have 6 people in that league and I’m already in 3-5 for the site. My plates full. If I can get it filled with some more returners and you ill do it but I don’t have time to spend recruiting from my friends or hassling them to join again. Already sent the invite quite a few times

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Sky: you wait, come the second week of August they will all be there, it’s just how that shizz works….”Oh yeah, it’s football season”

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Sounds very much like Field of Dreams.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Sky: more like Field of Fiends….ok now I’m talking about myself again, see there you go Jack you are so damn narcissistic, yeah we get it, you like to play fantasy ALOT and don’t see any problem with it, besides that snafu larry is the poster child for your obsession, it doesn’t impact your life like drugs….well maybe a $200 a week coke habbit, but nothing that can take away your job or your family…..as I read my self rant, maybe I’m wrong about this narcotic called fantasy sports, everything is on uneven worng….get it together man. … Shut up 3rd personality….no you shut up

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: playing baseball, prepping for football, porn, work, child…..I need a vacation. Sorry for puking my crazy all over your beautiful article…..so how about them Seahawks

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Ha! Indeed, I’m looking forward to the progress the ‘hawks should make. If Russell is the second half guy we saw, team’s pretty dangerous. Your Bronco’s are pushing for now with the Welker move. Wes should create havoc and space for your big two; I see another good year from Decker and DT coming.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: Locking up Clady long term was the best move we made this off season, guy is a beast and the second most important player we have. It all doesn’t matter, you can play awesome all year, get a couple bad f**king calls in a playoff game and play crappy and it’s all for not. Just make sure you guys beat the Niners into oblivion, I am so god damn tired of the new Niners band wagon is so cal. I seriously thought I would never see the day when fools would roll around in Niners and Giants gear in so cal….in large numbers….people disappointment me on so many levels

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: Fair weather fans who have money to burn, sounds like. I don’t even have any Seahawk attire. But I’ll proudly stand up and call myself a fan even when they’re not doing well.

                      That’s the one thing about fantasy football and reality football that correlates: you only get one week to knock out your opponent and all it takes are a few lucky plays one way and unlucky plays the other to make a win a loss. Broncos played well enough to win that game. The fact that Flacco was so on down the stretch is what really did it for Baltimore; at least your team lost to the future super bowl champs. My team got downed by an ATL club that always disappears in the playoffs. That was a kick in the nuts, especially how it ended.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Sky: as you can see I’m still bitter, strangely, I’m still on a high from the Elway back to back super bowl wins…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It’s ok, I’m still bitter about the 2005 season. Those refs that called offensive pass interference on Jerramy Stevens in the endzone can eat a disease riddled D.

  9. Steve says:
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    Would you drop LaRoche for Smoak?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      If the league is shallow enough, I’d do that.

      • Steve says:
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        @Sky: 12-Team and competitive. Getting sick of LaRoche.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          LaRoche has the flu so…unintended pun point! Gotcha; LaRoche is 33 but usually does all his damage in the second half. You might just be swapping same for same here and in those cases I like to go younger. Still Smoak for me.

          • Steve says:
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            @Sky: Haha yes unintended pun. I agree, Smoak it is. Thanks man.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              No prob!

  10. Psychedelic says:
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    So you said you don’t like his swing.. but I’m doing a dynasty draft for next year (ya i know it’s early but it’s an offline slow draft with 20 teams 40 man rosters) and 1B was hoarded early so most of the younger high upside 1B guys are gone. Was thinking about taking a flyer on Smoak, he’s 26 and could have a post-hype break out. Do you think he has a chance to sustain success? Will they take a chance with him again next year or try to find a replacement? Hmm.. decisions decisions..

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Psychedelic: In a 20 team, 40 man dynasty I’d pick up Nick Punto. That’s a really deep league, dude! Yeah, he’s worth a shot there.

  11. C.O.C. says:
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    Would you start Smoak over Loney this week?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @C.O.C.: If you wanna take a chance on power, yes.

  12. Frank White says:
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    He man… Should I pickup smoak over Matt adams?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: Adams won’t have a place to really play once Holliday is back so yes.

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