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As I scrolled through the under-owned players yesterday, I kept trying to find a guy that was a one week rental, but all I saw was Yugo’s on the lot. Then I saw something I had overlooked because I own him and he wasn’t in the free agent pool. Kennys Vargas has been swinging a solid stick since his call up, and I like what he brings to the table over the next 7 days and beyond. For this week’s title, I was inspired by the San Diego tour stop this past Thursday and the circus type atmosphere we had going. I  had a blast hanging with Nick “the voice” Capozzi, Master Lothario Grey Albright, Frequent Commenter Royce, and the great group of guys that trekked down to San Diego and drafted live with us at the Player’s Sports Bar.

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So why are you talking about this J-FOH? Because I write for both football and baseball, and I want you all to try and make it out to one of the tour stops. Nick is one of the nicest people you will ever meet, and it’s great being around other fantasy players to talk shop and have a drink with. Yes this is a plug and yes I want you all to play football with us too. (Join one of our RCL Leagues today! New to fantasy football, but still want a try at prizes? Jay was happy to make a Beginners Guide, just for you. They call him… philanthropist.) Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Kennys Vargas is a giant out there on the diamond. He stands 6’5″ and 275lbs, that’s bigger than Ryan Howard and almost everyone else. He’s a switch hitter, who in AA this year, hit 17 bombs with a .281 BA and a .63 K/BB rate. Since his call up, he’s put up a line of 5/1/7/.310 in 7 games, has hit safely in all of them but one and has 3 multi-hit contests. His K/BB so far is not great (10/1) by any stretch but the sample is so small and honestly, I feel he is being aggressive as he tries to prove himself. This week he begins with three games against the Houston Astros at hitter friendly Minute Maid Park facing two right handers and to lefties. He follows this series with 4 games against the Royals at home where he gets two right handers and two lefties. I’m pointing out the arms because he’s a switch-hitter, so we should expect him to be in the lineup. In AA this year he had a wOBA of .404 vs. southpaws and a .361 against right handers. For those of you new to wOBA, anything above .400 is a good thing. So far in his small sample size, he has hit both sides well and you shouldn’t worry about who is on the hill. Against Chris Sale last week he went 1-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI’s and this week his toughest match-ups are Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy. We love our Hot Schmotato’s here, and he’s on that road right now. He’s an add for this week and longer, and might be that sneaky grab that helps you with a struggling CI or a batty called disaster in the Utility spot.

Bonus Creepers

I’m still promoting the addition of A.J. Pollock and Avisail Garcia before they come off the DL. So DO IT! Dayan Viciedo (10.4%) has been swinging a hot stick, hitting 4 home runs the last week and is a grab until the counting stats stop coming in. J.P. Arencibia (10.5%) has been on fire the last two weeks. With a line of 6/4/17/.302 makes me wonder why people are staying away from the spicy pasta sauce. David Peralta (4%), Oswaldo Arcia (1.4%) and Logan Morrison (0.4%) have been heating up and are worthy of an add if you need help in 5 OF and deeper leagues. This time of year, when you’re hot your on my roster and when you’re not then show them the door. Keep this in mind, but also keep in mind that September prospect call ups are right around the corner. Keep an eye on this as you make your moves.

  1. Bob says:
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    Just lost Hanley

    Baez or everth Cabrera ?

    And

    Three piece decision

    C-Santanna
    1b-Medica
    Dh-billy butler

    Or

    C-Arenciba
    1b-Santanna
    Dh-butler

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bob: Baez

      Arencibia side but be ready to swap him out when he cools off

  2. 32 in 32 San Diego was a blast. Can’t wait to do it again and head out to Vegas to party with you guys once the road trip is over.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Public Enemy#1: we had a great time too. I couldn’t help but put the san diego hommies pic in todays article. Good luck this year in football and come over to the comments any time.

  3. Hammer house says:
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    J-FOH thanks for posting the pic! The SD draft was off the hook!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Hammer house: you’re welcome, You guys should have a good year with all that balance, except for the guy that drafted Montee Ball in the first round…Yikes!

  4. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Hey J-FOH I was hoping you could help me figure out the best way to make use of my 3 bench spots in my 10 team h2h categories redraft with OBP. Only 2 adds a week allowed so its tough to stream or just go with the hot bat.

    My team
    C Santana
    1B Abreu
    2B Altuve
    SS Desmond
    3B MIggy
    OF Stanton
    OF Bautista
    OF Pence
    Util Rizzo
    Util Pujols
    Bn ?
    Bn ?
    Bn ?

    My options are Polanco, Marte, R Davis, Calhoun, Wong, Arencibia, Ackley
    Thanks for the help!

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    I have Pollock sitting on my DL and Chisenhall playing like crap. Assuming Lonnie doesn’t pull a couple of two homer games out of his sack, I should go with Pollock when he comes back, yes? Position doesn’t really matter.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kevin: Yup

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Reposting from Dan’s, need to make a decision tonight:
    H2H limited moves league, I have 10 left for the season (incl. playoffs) and am comfortably in 1st. Do i use a move to replace McCann while he’s on the DL, or wait it out? If so, who’s the grab? Castro (HT’s choice for the week), Arencibia, Ramos, Zunino or Vogt? TB, BB and K count.

  7. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm weekly H2H, W, L and QS count. Can only roster 7 SP, start 4. Would you drop Gio and/or Anibal, or hold and hope they’re right for the playoffs? Would be adding 2-starters week by week.

  8. Robert says:
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    For anyone out there: is Anibal Sanchez wirth holding onto? I do not have a DL spot available. There are decent options on waivers(Odorizzi, Gee, Harang, Captain EO).

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Robert: with guys like odorizzi out there and no DL slot, probably not. But format matters–he’s more worth it in h2h formats where some late season Ws will matter more

      • Robert says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: ok it is H2H, so I will try to hang on

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Robert: try to but I’m not afraid to cut bait

  9. Ron says:
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    Rymer Liriano up. I’m in a deep 14 team head to head league. I would have to drop Brett Lawrie who at the earliest would be back for my first week of playoffs. Would you drop Lawrie to pick up Liriano?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ron: yes. But I would sit liriano for his next start at Detroit

      • Kid A says:
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        @J-FOH: I don’t think Rymer is going to be pitching anytime soon. Wake up, Jackson. Speaking of… where the hell is that guy?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: Nice catch, I didn’t even see that, yeah he’s a total add. I have no idea where Wake went, I’m beting a walkabout like crocodile dundee.
          Did you get my e-mail?

          • Kid A says:
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            @J-FOH: Yeah, got your email. You laid everything out golden. Much appreciated. I’ll hit you with any followup questions.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Ron:

      Rymer fell off the radar for most people because of the TJ surgery he had a couple years back. He is described as an all-categories hitter that could give you a Polanco-like return with some speed and pop.

      While he has only had 70 plate appearances so far, he has been drilling it to the tune of .467/.536/.683 on a crazy high .609 BABIP with no dongs and 3 stolen bags.

      The two greatest limiters on him are: playing time and hitting in a soft lineup.

      If he gets on the field, you could see a good return.

      In a 14 team deep league he could be worth the gamble – but I’m risk loving.

      I also hate Lawrie. So there’s that.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Kid A: A note: he did have 14 HR and 17 SB at AA this year before he was promoted to AAA El Paso.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: …cust kayin’

          • Kid A says:
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            @J-FOH: It’s an interesting flip as he was hitting .264 on a .326 BABIP and a 25% SO rate at AA, then he goes to AAA in the PCL and his walk rate goes up 3% and his SO rate drops 4.5% and his slugging jumps by .240 – but no long balls.

            Granted, these are tiny sample sizes, it just makes it all the more interesting to see what shape he takes now that he is promoted.

            I’m wondering if it will be a strict platoon with lefties Venable and Smith in the outfield or if Preller is looking to ship someone. Lithper’s nightmare on his way out of town?

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              @Kid A: I would think so, they raped the Angels for Street so a lesser return still puts them up

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kid A: Frequent Commenter Royce was pointing out how the Padres hit better at home in August and September for some reason every year. They thought it was all the young blood they bring up and the point when they are really out of it gives them something to prove for the next season but in reality it’s just the dry heat change

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    I agree and am gonna swoop up Vargas and pray he stays hot (even though the A’s shut him down today, he still managed to get an RBI with a bases loaded BB). I’m in a 12-team, daily ROS keeper league with OBS and SLG, no AVG.

    I’m wondering if you think he’ll be able to put up similar numbers to Singleton, but hopefully with better OBS, as I’ve been getting slaughtered in OBS all season. Although Singleton’s gotten better over the last few weeks, he’s a more tradeable asset between potential trade suitors and I have a trade deadline in 6 days I’m fighting against (Aug 16 is quite an awkward date). I probably won’t be able to keep Singleton because ATM, it’s between him, Corey Dickerson and Avisail Garcia for my 5th and final spot.

    Good post, I’ve had Avisail and Pollock on my DL for a looooong ass time waiting for them to get back, I’m pumped :) It’s amazing but I may have actually survived the battle of attrition that is this season’s DL apocalypse.

    Abrazo, suerte y gracias!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Maxi: If you need the homers I like Singleton over Pollock and thanks a lot

      • Maxi says:
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        @J-FOH: I got Abreu, Braun, Cespedes, Bruce, Seager and just picked up Gyorko and Hardy for some hopeful 2nd half HRs, so I think I’ll need Pollock’s speed if anything.

        I guess I was just writing to ask if you think Vargas would be a fair comparison to Singleton counting stats wise? Also, who do you like the most as 4th and 5th outfielders out of Lisper’s Nightmare, Dickerson, Avisail and Pollock (obviously the last 2 when back and healthy)?

        appreciate it

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Maxi: I assume you mean Chris Dickerson. Avisail

          • Maxi says:
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            @J-FOH: Corey Dickerson, to clarify

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Maxi: corey then would be the add

  11. Robert says:
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    Got another one for you: I have been holding Springer,and had just bought low on Cargo. Now both are DL. Does Liriano look like a better option than either of those guys or just hold?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Robert: hold Springer

      • Robert says:
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        @J-FOH: got it

  12. Mike says:
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    I give segura and Pineda for Altuve.
    I can keep Altuve next year for $22.
    Should I do it. I don’t need Pineda or segura.
    Is it too much though?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mike: altuve at $22 is good

  13. Jaime says:
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    Quick question: who do you like more rest of the season for deep NL-only: Bastardo or Walden? And are Ks or ratios making that decision for you? Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jaime: Walden

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Jaime: walden has been a lot better all year, and also gets more holds.

  14. Edward says:
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    Trying to make room for Wong, who’s a FA. Can deal longoria and peralta for Bailey, then add Wong to replace longo (rendon slides to 3b). What do you think?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Edward: I like it

  15. Papajeansegura says:
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    Singleton or Kennys ROS?

  16. Drussss says:
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    J Foh Sir

    what about Aoki ? He just stole 3 bases today :O Hitting better lately! Add him for Kenny ?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Drussss: depends on needs

      • Drussss says:
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        @J-FOH: It is an OPS and TB league . I need everything actually :(

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Drussss: Vargas

  17. Joeg414 says:
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    Whata think Peralta would do ros ?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Joeg414: 20/4/20/3/.300

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @J-FOH: Not bad , since I need a replacement for Blackman (just traded) and Cargo. I will rotate Cain, Lind, Coghlan and Peralta in two spots. 6×6 daily roto. Whata think.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Joeg414: should be solid. hitter tron will be helpful for this

          • Kid A says:
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            @J-FOH: All this knowledge, and yet you’re still parked in 6th place. Perplexing.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Kid A: Injuries and bad decisions are what they are. Besides if some of our absentee owners played everyday we both would not be in the spot we’re in.

              • costaricanchata says:
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                @J-FOH:

                got any ideas of how to rid the rcl’s of absentee owners ?

              • de nachos says:
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                @J-FOH: uh oh do I have to engrave an asterisk on the belt? My lapidary skills are rusty.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @de nachos: lapidary is stones. Engraving?

  18. Drussss says:
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    Ty!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Drussss: YW!

  19. costaricanchata says:
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    can you identify , for us , some of those guys in the picture , please .

  20. jordan73 says:
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    Would you prefer Vargas over Duda RoS, or would it be more of a case of playing matchups?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jordan73: duda

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: I won’t give into your demands

  21. jo jo!!! says:
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    drop Gattis for Arencibia? that “bulging thoracic disc” seems to have sapped Gattis’ power

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jo jo!!!: I wouldn’t yet

  22. Markoroo says:
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    I lost Goldie and I put in Vargas. Bulter is available, who do you like better the ROS. Bulter or Vargas?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Markoroo: It’s a push

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