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I feel I need to have a moment of honesty with you all. It’s been a tough go of late. Don’t worry, I don’t need to be institutionalized (note the sweet Pirates hat in the video). I think I need to retire the Hit of the Week. I messed with the Razzball gods, and have been burned by the flames that surround that animated baseball. I’m a creepy guy who should stick to writing about Creeper’s. That is what the universe wants and that’s what it gets. Don’t get me wrong, unfortunate managerial decisions have killed some of my calls. Cameron Maybin got benched for three games that week in favor of Quentin! *shakes fist* Kole Calhoun was sucked into the abyss of the Sciosciapath’s path. I really wanted to suggest C.J. Cron this week, but I fear the folly of Big Mike and his managerial circus. Maybe Jack Clark and Chili Davis should of hit him harder? Last week Mitch Moreland did a lite version of the Full Loney, a Cuarenta Uno? I would of been happy with a Forty Twenty all week from him. Thanks for the new term OTS! What am I to do? My “others to consider” have actually done better than my main calls. Mark Reynolds, Chris Carter and Kolten Wong all out hit Mitch Moreland this week, and the week before, Garrett Jones and Adam Dunn both killed it, while Kole Calhoun sucked it. So you can take this one of two ways. Either only pay attention to the others under consideration because they will be useful, while the focus player won’t, or there is no other choice. I’m kidding, this isn’t a perfect science. In one of my leagues, the FCL, the quality batty calls are amazing. Those dudes are on fire with their adds *tips cap*. Speaking of the FCL, I would like to send a shout out to my new favorite commenter de Nachos. Dude looks like Brett Favre, owns a fungo bat, bought a championship belt for our league, and got a concussion the other day. I lit a prayer candle for you homeboy…..Life’s a risk, carnal!

I really wanted to put Oswaldo Arcia as my Hit of the Week. It was hard to resist the urge to put the hot guy on top. Uhh…that came out wong. He’s been mentioned on the daily by Grey and has really delivered this week with two homers, 3 doubles and 3 multi hit games. He gets five right handers this week which is nice for a lefty. But hey, this is a write up for Josh Willingham and his return to the Twins….or is it? Maybe it’s kinda both. Willingham is the 66th rated hitter on the Hitter-Tron for the coming week and only 4.8% owned in ESPN. This week the Twins get a full schedule starting with their NL kinda sorta not really rivals the Brewers in a split series then finish it against the Hotstros at home. Unfortunately there are not enough numbers to really give you any evidence to say he’s due to break out. So I’m going the gut route here. The guy is a home run hitter. That’s what he does. It doesn’t matter what park he’s in or who he is facing, the guy is a masher when healthy. Let’s look at some of his numbers over the last three years. Against left handers he’s hit 29 HR’s to 49 vs. right handers. At home he’s hit 43 HR’s to 35 on the road. He’s called the O.Co and Target field home over that span and those parks are not considered as “hitter friendly”. Last year before his injury he was in line for his usual numbers, which is around an average of 5 home runs a month. Sadly, after coming off the DL he was not the same hitter the rest of the way.

This week against the Brewers he gets two pitchers he’s taken yard which is always promising. In the Astros series he gets three guys with minimal history against which could be bad news for those arms. Josh is a little bit Zombino and a little bit Schmotato, he’s a Zomtato! He’s old and can get crazy hot. His K rate can make him schmohawky to impatient owners or frequently dropped in a rosterbaters league. Before you question the validity of a rosterbaters league, they are real and are crazy to play in. See RCL’s! Right now with Super 2 status coming many owners are being rookifiles. If you are on the outside looking in you should go grab Willingham. When healthy, he’ll put up more homers than most of them rookies and bat in the middle of the lineup. He won’t go through the bumps of learning to play on the big league level and can give you the boost you need in the all important home run category. I don’t think two knocks and 6+ RBI’s are out of the question this week. Do you? I’ll see you all this Thursday when I  return to my DraftKings spot after having to take a leave of absence last week.

Others Under Consideration – Lucas Duda, Oswaldo Arcia, Junior Lake, Cody Ross, Conor Gillaspie, Chris Owings

  1. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    I raise a glass in honor of your Bukowski reference. Be well, my friend. And I prefer the “Creeper of the Week.”

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Guru: I read the wisdom contained in your Turban. Thank you for the endorsement and nice catch on the Bukowski drop. He’s a badass and one of my favorites. Too many years of being an angry guy in a bar will do that to you.

    • Blake Bruce says:
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      8Team AL only league who wins this deal?
      Willingham, Plouffe, Skaggs, Porcello for Donaldson and McHugh
      The team getting Skaggs and Porcello are in last in both pitching categories and could use more RBIs.

      Thanks!

  2. gareth says:
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    Awesome creeper post j-foh. I particularly liked the term to aptly describe Willingham: “zombtato!” Sounds like an Italian vegetable.

    I Dropped Reddick for Willingham last week and haven’t looked back.

    Grey made a nice point the other day about “rookiefiles.”

    Owners are so intent on the next best thing in the minor leagues that they sometimes ignore guys actually producing at the major league level.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: Thanks G-Dog!

      Look at you, getting better every week. I’m regressing in most my leagues

  3. The Thumb says:
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    Are there a worse pair of sluggers to own right now than Bruce and CarGo? My team’s season average is .259 for christ’s sake

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Thumb: I feel ya on the Bruce, I refuse to draft CarGo so that is one tragedy averted. It doesn’t account for all the other tragedies I have. Writers league hitters for me Harper, Belt, Beltran, Myers, and Votto.

  4. Natty Boh says:
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    Drop Soriano, Ethier, or Loney?

  5. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Gerrit Cole and Bruce for Scherzer in a H2H points league?

    We only start 4 starters and right now I am going with a combo of Felix, Greinke, Gray, Strasburg, Anibal and Gerrit. We only start 4 outfielders and right now I am going with Braun, Gordon, Cespedes, and Springer. I have Moss, Prado, Kemp and Bruce on the bench. Actually using Moss as my infield DH and Prado at 2B.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @malamoney: I like that for the format

  6. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    And Willingham promptly goes dong. Stick with the creeper! Your luck has changed!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Guru: Dong Da Dong Dong!

  7. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey j-foh. I could use your help on a few questions!

    1. Help me sort out the mess at catcher by ranking these guys ROS in a 5×5 league with OBP?
    Mesoraco, C Santana, Gattis, Rosario, Wieters
    2. Would you trade C Santana for Lester or Cole? I have Meso at Catcher still….
    3. If yes Lester or Cole?
    4. Trade J Abreu+ Marte or Myers for A Jones in OBP league or is the OBP hit not worth it?
    5. Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wacha Wacha:

      1) Rosario, Meso, Gattis, Santana, Weiters
      2) Lester
      3) there is no three, see above
      4) Doesn’t look like you’re taking an OBP hit. I would do it
      5) You’re Welcome

      • Cingrani says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Really, Abreu and Marte for A Jones?
        Abreu will pop twice as many HRs as Jones , have the same OBP. Toss in Marte who is probably equal to Jones. What’s the catch?

        • philthebluntman says:
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          Adam jones was the first player in like 50 years to only walk once in 130 at bats in a month. Not the type of guy to acquire in sn obp league.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cingrani: I take proven best player. To each their own.

  8. Bon says:
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    Hey I’m dropping Adam Dunn, who would you add for my DH spot- Mitch Moreland or Adam Lind?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Bon: Lind

      • Bon says:
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        @J-FOH: would you keep Dunn or Lind is better option vs Dunn? Thanks in advance

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Bon: Lind

  9. Donny says:
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    I’ve stubbornly held onto Austin Jackson all year in a 12 team H2H, standard 5×5. Would you cut bait for Willingham, Arcia or Lorenzo Cain (and if so who?). It’s very tempting…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Donny: arcia or Willingham

  10. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    With the return of Willingham and the promotion of Arcia, the Twins lineup is quickly moving to the better side of the middle of the road. Zomato is brilliant! That should be Willingham’s nickname going forward.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @J-FOH: Haha somehow spellcheck missed that.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @J-FOH: love the Zomtato term

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Birdmann: I hope it becomes a thing

  11. SH says:
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    Points league, drop eaton or marte for Willingham?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SH: eaton

  12. Jayrod Ceol says:
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    Michael Saunders or Willingham? Already own Arcia? OBP points league 12teamer

  13. de nachos says:
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    How I actually got Arcia before the FCL jackals is a small wonder. T’aint nobody out there. Cram even sniped Mike Aviles from me today. Nice pick for Creeper, I remember when Josh Willingham had catcher eligibility a decade ago. Those were the days.

    Are you a bigger believer in Machado than Gray is? I have a chance to move Brett Gardner for him in my U spot 12-team CBS points. Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: with Gardners history it might not be a bad play. I like the Macho Man more than grey and gardner is due for his annual DL stint at some point

  14. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    so your posts are the same though, whether they’re called hit of week, or creeper of same. don’t feel bad that the “lead” guy isn’t doing the best. if you are more right about the whole group that’s the goal. which you are. stick with whatever name you actually like, don’t worry about the luck as to which guy does the best week to week.

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