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The Oakland A’s have been the team to beat in the first half of 2014. They own the best record the majors, their offense, which is comprised of a ragtag bunch of misfits from the other side of the tracks, ranks second among all teams in RBIs and total bases. They lead the league in ERA and WHIP, and they just upgraded their rotation with the acquisition of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, all without the help of fat Jonah Hill. You don’t need Andy Serkis’ acting school to show you you’d be a real monkey to doubt these guys. They’ve been just as good from a fantasy perspective. Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Sonny Gray have carried over their success from 2013, and Jesse Chavez, Sean Doolittle and the two-headed catcher platoon of John Jaso and Derek Norris have all been first half surprises. So which A’s can you hitch a ride on for some second half fantasy glory? Jed Lowrie (2-for-4, RBI) can get real hot, real quick, and is currently on a seven game hitting streak, with multi-hit performances in six of those games. You might want to scoop him up before he explodes, or gets injured again. Similarly, Stephen Vogt (2-for-3, HR (4)) has been excellent since receiving everyday at bats and is slashing .435/.480/.652 over the past two weeks.  He’s got an 11 game hitting streak (six multi-hit games in that span) and two homers in his past three days, and that catcher eligibility makes him extra valuable. P. Diddy says Vogt or die, so you should grab Stephen while he’s still just under 30% owned. We may be through a little over half of the fantasy season so far, but there’s still plenty of time to ride the Oaktown bandwagon to some fantasy glory, at least until they get to San Antonio. #keeptheAsinOakland!

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball Friday night (*All-Star Edition*):

Felix Hernandez – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Felix has pitched over seven innings in 11 starts this year and had gone at least eight innings eight times. His 154/25 K/BB rate, and 0.90 WHIP are awesome sauce. That’s why he’s the King. Stream-O-Nator loved this start and with good reason. SON also loves ASCII character code and the Transformers movies, and one of those I just can’t get behind. Those movies are terrible. You crazy robot!

Jeff Samardzija – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 5 K. The new prince of Oakland did his best to keep up with King Felix and looked almost as good, pitching his first complete game of the year. As Billy Bob Thornton would say on Fargo, “Aces!”

Hiroki Kuroda – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 3 K. Another first half in the books and it’s time for me to dole out my first half awards that so many of you have been pining for. This was probably Hiroki’s best start of the season. He wins the award for healthiest Yankee starting pitcher, which is actually not as easy a win as it sounds. Before pilates, Vidal Nuno drinks a Kale shake every morning with soy protein boost.

Miguel Gonzalez – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 5 K. His second straight 8.0 inning performance. I wouldn’t recommend him every time out, but definitely worth streaming in the right match ups.

Dellin Betances – 2.0 IP, 3 K. Betances wins the award for the only non-closer relief pitcher who should be owned in every fantasy league. Seriously, this doode has been seriously serious. He’s striking out over 1.5 batters an inning and leads all Yankee starters not named Tanaka in punch outs as well. Also, he is fun to watch.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-3, HR (15). Cutch wins the award for player who I most wish I owned, but probably would hardly notice if I did. He has been sneaky good, ninja stylez. He’s been especially sneaky, sneaky lately with 3 HR, 2 steals, 8 runs and 8 RBI in the past week. He could be poised for an even bigger second half.

Jordan Schafer – 0-for-1, 2 BB, 3 SB (14). You gotta love a guy that can go 0-for-1 and steal three bases. If you type that into a internet search engine computer web site you will see a picture of a SAGNOF striking out.

Arismendy Alcantara – 1-for-4, SB (1). You sir, are a mouthful! Grey told you to BUY him and he’s done it all in his first three games up. It seems like the Cubs now have more young potential future star shortstops than a Derek Jeter baseball camp.

Chris Coghlan – 2-for-3, run, RBI, SB (4). How is he under 10% owned? Grey said to BUY and over the past two weeks Coghlan has hit .370 with 2 homers, 7 RBI, 3 SB, and 14 runs scored. That’s a hot schmotato with sour cream, chive and buttah, yo. Like buttah!

Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-5, 2 RBI. Grey told you to BUY him, too! Uh-oh. This is the third Cub I’ve mentioned in a row now but since the world isn’t yet encased in ice or fire, I assume it’s safe to pick him up.

Jake Arrieta – 7.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Whoa, another Cubbie, now I’m really pushing it, but Jake Arrieta deserves mention. He wins the I lost Jose Fernandez and Masahiro Tanaka to injury, but at least I picked up Jake Arrieta award. That’s my way of discretely telling you all I lost both those pitchers and you should pity me. Only Clayton Kershaw has been better than Arrieta over the past month, and Kersh has been on another planet. A planet where their only form of communication is strikeouts.

Hector Rondon – 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, BS (4), W. Another Cub! Do you see what happens! I took it one player too far.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4, HR (2). *steps back from ledge, unties noose, puts down razor blade* Harps wins an award too, even if he’s only played 3 weeks. He wins the award for the player most likely to save the second half of your fantasy season. He’s also the player who most likely caused you to tank the first half of your fantasy season.

Jordan Zimmermann – 3.1 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER. Left the game with a bicep cramp but the MRI was encouraging. The injury will cause Zimm to miss his second consecutive all-star game with an injury, but the real honor is just making the team, not playing the game.

Denard Span – 2-for-4, SB (15). The Spanimal has a nine game hitting streak with two stolen bases in the past three games. If you haven’t by now, you’re not going to pick him up at this point anyway, but I thought you should know.

Jimmy Rollins – 2-for-4, 2 HR (11), 3 RBI. He celebrated his big game with a warm glass of tonic water and a nap. He might go feed the birds on a bench later (cause he’s old).

David Wright – 4-for-4, 2-run HR (8). Yaaaawn.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (14). Duda’s played well enough to be the starting first baseman for any losing fantasy team. Honestly though, 20 homers and 80+ RBIs from your corner is real nice.

Aroldis Chapman – 1.0 IP, 3 K, SV (20). The Chapman with the Kimbrel!

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-5, run, RBI. Billy obviously won an award, but somebody stole it. LOL!

Corey Kluber – 6.0 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K and his ninth win. Did you guys hear Lebron is returning to Cleveland? It’s true! He wrote a letter and everything. If you haven’t heard, I’m happy to be the first media outlet you’ve looked at since coming out of your coma this morning. Welcome back!

Zack Wheeler – 6.2 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, and his fifth win. He’s gone 6+ IP in his past three starts giving up just one run in each start. The 14/9 K/BB ratio isn’t anything to write home about though, unless you’re Lebron James and you’re pouring your heart out to your home town and the world.  NBA Basketball, people! So many emotions!

Geovany Soto – Was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He was found with a strain of weed code named “Colby Lewis.” Not sure where it’s from, but I hear it hits you hard. That was Grey’s joke! Here’s mine: and all this time I’ve been hanging out with Evan Gattis smoking crack and eating garbage like a sucker, when clearly chillin’ with Soto is where the party’s at. Grey’s is better, but feel free to post your own entry in the comments! Geovany wins the highly contested award of player who most wants to be traded to Colorado.

Mike Trout – 1-for-4, HR (22). Naturally, Trout nabs the most prized award for the second straight year: The player I most want to own, but never have and probably never will, but that’s okay I’m cool with it now. Sigh.

Garrett Richards – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. G-Rich wins the award for the young Angels pitcher you should have drafted. On the fo’ realsies, he’s 11-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 127 Ks. Keep on doing what you’re doing, G.

Jose Reyes – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Reyes would probably win the award for player most likely to get injured as soon as he starts heating up, but there is no such award. That would just be bad karma.

Evan Longoria – 0-for-3, run. At this point I’d get more pleasure starting Eva Longoria at third base. Pleasure–get it? Wait. I don’t get it.

Danny Duffy – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 6 K and his ninth loss. If you had the cajones to start Duffy versus Detroit you probably deserve an award, too, my friend.

Anibal Sanchez –  7.0 IP, 8 hits, 1 ER, 3 K. He’s now got a 3.04 ERA, and 70/25 K/BB rate. Grey told you to SELL, and although I don’t necessarily think he’ll be bad if you cite those stats above to a potential buyer you might be able to get something real good, so I’d definitely explore options.

Kolten Wong – 1-for-5, HR (5). Grey told you to BUY Wong because he’s in love with him, but I’m telling you to buy him for reasons that my personal emotions have not clouded, he has four homers and two stolen bases in six games: PICK HIM UP!

Matt Holliday – 3-for-4, 3 runs, HR (6). He’s got one more home run than Wong but is owned in 100% of leagues. I will say it again, it bears repeating: PICK UP WONG!

Jean Segura – 1-for-4. Mean Jean takes away the award for player I most regret drafting. Seriously, with some of the middle infielders that were available on free agency this year it pains me most not that I burned a high pick on him, but that I’ve been stuck with Segura at SS all year.

Scooter Gennett – 3-for-5, 2 run, 2 RBI, SB (5). Scooter does everything you could ask for from your fantasy second baseman, except play everyday.

Matt Adams – 1-for-5, HR (11). Can you give an award for player most likely to play well enough to win a fake award from me in the second half? I just did!

Tim Lincecum – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Timmah’s given up just one earned run in his past four starts, and has gone 6+ innings with six Ks in each. In that four game span he’s faced the Padres twice, a struggling Cardinals team, and the Diamondbacks. In other words, you have about a week to trade him before he burns you again.

Pablo Sandoval – 3-for-4, 2-run HR (11), 3 RBI. I feel like I’ve been using Panda to try to hide my Taco Bell addiction, but in truth, it’s all me. I had one of those burritos wrapped in a quesadilla, wrapped in a bag of Doritos and it was awful in the best way possible. I’m 90% sure Pablo ate one of those last night as well.

Jesse Hahn – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, and his fifth win. “Great kid, don’t get cocky.”

Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (21). GIVE HIM ALL THE AWARDS!

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-4, run. You’d think Chuck Nazty would deserve an award this year, but I just gave the rest of them to Tulo.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, run. Your daily Coors ticker update: Drew Stubbs was 1-for-4, 2-run HR (10) and Carlos Gonzalez returned from the DL to go 1-for-4 with a run.

Scott Feldman – 5.1 IP, 11 hits, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. I’ve been streaming like crazy versus the Red Sux lately but Stream-O-Nator hated this start so I steered clear. I hope you did too!

Chris Carter – 2-for-4, HR (18 & 19). Another BUY this week. After producing hundreds of episodes of the X-Files, Chris retired to Houston to hit home runs for the Astros and bat .200.

Brock Holt – 2-for-4, RBI. BROCK-HOLT!

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4, run. You gotta hand it to this crop of Boston’s youngsters, they may not be the hard hitting bunch, but boy do they have a great set of names. Brock Holt, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. sounds like a WWE triple threat match. Still, there’s only so much good will a great name can buy a player…

Xander Bogaerts – 0-for-4. I’m looking at you Xander. I own Bogaerts just about everywhere. I was wrong about him this year. He is killing me. And not only have I refused to drop him, but I JUST started benching him last week. I am a lost cause. I guess X-Man’s mutant power is being my fantasy kryptonite. Uh-oh, I mixed Marvel and DC again…bring it on, nerds!

Christian Vazquez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI. Could this Christian be the Sawx savior? Probably not, but he certainly seems to gel a lot better with this young Boston team than Old Man Pierzynski, and the Sawx have now won four in a row with A.J. gone. You can’t put a fantasy price on chemistry. Oh wait, yes you can. It’s zero. Zero fantasy points for chemistry. Unless you’re in some weird league that counts hugs, in which case, I’m intrigued. Sign me up and draft me Big Papi first overall.

Questions? Problems? Complaints? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Enjoy your All-Star break!

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  1. Chris says:
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    Nice write up. Need a spot starter for tomorrow. Should I go Liriano vs Reds (Cueto) or Gausman vs Yankees (Whitley). H2H Points League and I need points. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: Thanks! I’d gamble with Gausman,

  2. ryan says:
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    In my 20 team dynasty league, I just acquired tanaka desmond for yu pederson suarez doolittle. My trade went through the day he got shelled in Cleveland. Bad timing on my part. Anyway the guy I traded with feels bad for me since if he accepted the deal a day later our trade would be still pending and I had the opportunity to back out. Anyway he is willing to trade back Yu and Joc to me if I trade him Tanaka with Bryant. Should I wait i wait it out and see if tanaka’s rehab works?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @ryan: Wow. That sounds like a real nice dude you’re trading with. I’d get Yu Darvish back if I could, and buy him a beer.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: this was how my team looked pre trade. It just sucks losing Bryant. I guess essentially the trade I made is really bryant Doolittle suarez for desmond.

        c evan gattis
        1b miguel cabrera
        2b neil walker
        3b evan longoria
        ss eugenio suarez
        lf dominic brown
        cf austin jackson
        rf justin upton
        util casey mcgehee
        bn kris bryant joc pederson oscar taveras dl prince fielder dl neil walker dl carl crawford dl shane victorino

        sp yu darvish
        sp clayton kershaw
        sp cliff lee
        rp ronald belisario
        rp sean doolittle
        rp shea simmons
        p brian wilson p marco estrada p wily peralta Bn drew pomeranz bn garrett richards bn ryan volgesong

        • Dan Pants

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          @Ryan: Yeah, sucks to lose Bryant, but losing Tanaka to injury is worse, and you are getting a good prospect in Pederson. Bryant has been awesome, but who knows how he’ll be in the majors, You know exactly what you’re getting with Darvish, and that’s a top 5 pitcher.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: do you think the drop off from Bryant to Joc is not that much to make this deal?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Ryan: I think it’s hard to say who will be better with prospects, but when given the choice of a pitcher who more likely than not will end up getting TJS and missing an entire season, or Yu Darvish, one of the best arms in the league, your choice is easy.

  3. Oppo Taco says:
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    Odorizzi gausman or Liriano ROS. It’s a keeper but dont think Id keep any of them thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Odorizzi, Gausman, Liriano. I’d probably own all three though.

  4. Chris says:
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    Hello Dan,
    Discussing a trade in other posts, need a bat with Edwin on DL. Currently in 6th out of 12th. From 4th to 8th all teams very close.
    Get: Beltre and Perkins
    Give: Lee, Holland and Alvarez

    H2H
    Lucroy, Chisenhall, Pedroia, Andrus, Stanton, Cespedes, Hunter, Arenado, Marte (BN), Edwin (DL).
    Yu, Shields, Kluber, Burnett, Hudson, Odorizzi, CJ Wilson (DL), Lee (DL), Duffy, Meyer (NA), Holland, Melancon, Hawkins.

    Thanks for your input

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chris: I don’t think Beltre is going to save your offense but I do like the trade for you. He’s certainly an upgrade over Alvarez or Chisenhall.

  5. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Good shite..
    Julio T or Hisashi ROS?
    Roto 5×5

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @the pillar & the stones: Thanks! Oh man, why not both? I like them both, Hisashi for ratios, Teheran for Ks, I’ll give the slight edge to Julio.

  6. seph meier says:
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    Who do you like ROS: Lincecum or Homer Bailey?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @seph meier: Homer Bailey

  7. seph meier says:
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    Need saves who do you like ROS: melancon or Soria

    Probably be able to tell after mob trade deadline?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @seph meier: Yeah, Soria is great, but worried if he gets traded to a contender he may be relegated to set-up. I’d go with Melancon.

  8. Polanco and Soria for Hamilton?

    • Dan Pants

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      @brewcrew: In redraft leagues, yes.

  9. Josh says:
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    Keeper league but in first, trying to win
    Been offered arrieta and hammel for MY dickey and prado
    Is arrieta that much an upgrade over dicke, is prado finally sarting to play better?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Josh: Prado’s been better, but not necessarily good. He’s got a 10 game hitting streak, so there’ that. I think in a keeper league it’s a pretty good deal for you. I’d gamble on arrieta he’s been outstanding.

      • Josh says:
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        @Dan Pants: I could trade him Xander and dickey, what are your thoughts on dickey, I’m a jays fan, so clearly bias, but he has looked better the last couple weeks than the first month

        • Dan Pants

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          @Josh: I like Dickey, but I think he’s unpredictable. I can never tell what he’s going to do, so for me he’s better off on someone elses team.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Josh:I would jump on this deal your getting the 2 best starters for the 3rd starter in this deal and a bench bat. You can find better bats on the wire better than Prado ,but Prado pos. eligibility makes him handy.

  10. Joey Jo-Jo says:
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    Keeper league ROS Alcantara, Wong, Betts?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Joey Jo-Jo: Kolten Wong

  11. Drop Jonathan Singleton for Wong?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @vultures: Unless you’re desperate for power I would grab Wong.

  12. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Would you drop betts for peralta, hardy or miller? Betts hardly plays but I feel like if I drop him he’s going to go off.

    • Dan Pants

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      @BitchesBeShoppach: I like Hardy ROS, but I would probably give Betts another couple of weeks to see what he can do. If he stinks or doesn’t play, one of those three players will likely still be available then.

  13. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Anibal for Altuve?
    H2H pts

  14. FunkeTown says:
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    “He wins the I lost Jose Fernandez and Masahiro Tanaka to injury, but at least I picked up Jake Arrieta award. “… are you managing my team!? i also have Harper and somehow i’m competing. Gotta love this game!

    • Dan Pants

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      @FunkeTown: Great minds think alike, ie draft terribly doomed players.

  15. SMLV1 says:
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    BENCH 1 –

    (47) Rios @Home facing Weaver
    (62) Polanco @CIN facing Leake
    (89) Moss @SEA facing Iwakuma
    (97) Rizzo @Home facing Minor (Lefty)

    • Dan Pants

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      @SMLV1: Depends what stats I need, but I’d feel okay about benching Rios for the day.

  16. SportiveTricks says:
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    Hey Dan,

    I do enjoy your weekend column, so I’m going to give you a free pass for using “awesome sauce” ironically. It was an ironic use, right? Right?

    Anyway, I was wondering your thoughts on a bit of a roster logjam I have going. I picked up Alcantara yesterday, and me likey, but I don’t know if I can trust that he’s going to stay up and/or get playing time.

    He’s also basically using the spot that I was streaming from. That’s okay through the weekend because there are no potential streamers available in my league, but I would definitely be using that spot to speculate on Neil Ramirez right now.

    So, I dunno, what are your thoughts? Is A.A. headed back to AAA? Can we trust him to play everyday since the Cubs are clearly selling and rebuilding?

    Oh, and I have Pedroia starting at 2B. If I were really definite about AA, I’d try to trade away D.Ped.

    Love yas

    • Dan Pants

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      @SportiveTricks: Thanks ST! I like to think every word I use is used ironically, but I must admit I love me some Parks and Rec, and that’s where I first heard about awesome sauce. I guess the plan with Alcantara was to send him down when Barney returned, but he has forced the Cubs hand with his play in these first couple of games. It’d be tough to assume he will stick in the line up, but he’s certainly playing well enough to at the moment. I’d give him the weekend to see if he keeps it up and keeps playing, if not grab Ramirez. As for Pedroia, I’d wait until he gets hot and then trade him, his trade value has got to be pretty low at the moment.

  17. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    i need af=dvice badly… Should I drop Chris Davis?? everything is telling me to do so. It doesnt look like hes coming arounf plus i have pearce and jsut picked up chris carter who is playing much better and hitting dingers consistently than him. help razzball!

  18. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hi Dan nice work 8 team h2h ea cat large rosters so plays like a 10 teamer I have Trumbo on the dl needs to come off. If I knew he was coming off b4 asb I would have made a 2 4 1 deal.I know the answer but holding waiting for big things. its also a 9×9 league so Trumbo’s value is mainly his power. c-perez, 1b- goldy, 2b- cano, ss-reyes, 2b/ss-d gord, 3b- Arenado 1b/3b- Rizz, of-harper, springer, jd mart, Calhoun, Khris, Dh- Hamilton, util- Hosmer bench- pearce ,1b,dh,o , Tavares o,longo3b ozuna o My roster really tightened up getting Harper, Arenado and now Trumbo within such a short time thx

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: What’s the question? I’d lose Pearce for trumbo.
      Why does he have to come off the DL is the question?

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Bye Felicia: Can’t stream or make any moves in espn league with ineligible man on dl. The question is who do I drop. hate making long posts .Pearce is tough my only other dh . I really wanted to pckage a closer with someone because yes I am the guy who grabs them b4 e1 else.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Agree with Bye Felicia. As good as he’s been I’d drop Pearce to make room for Trumbo.

  19. Bye Felicia says:
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    Why do I get crushed in every H2H league before all-star break? Every year this happens. Oh well. Let’s take a week off and CRUSH Round #2

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Bye Felicia: Starters tend to get moved around a lot the week before the all star break, maybe that has something to do with it? Use it as fuel and go off in the second half!

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Dan Pants:I think some players already have their suitcase packed for vaca.

  20. The Borzoi says:
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    Are D Wright and Kazmir enough to get back for Stanton/

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The Borzoi: Doubtful.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Dan Pants: hell no.

  21. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Bailey & Frazier for Arrieta & Machado?
    Roto 5×5

  22. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Geovany Soto sucks so bad he can’t even throw out a bag of weed. Do you think Braun is going to be a top 20ish guy from here on out, or should I try and cash out before he hits the DL? Love the Dan Pants Roundups, by the way.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Clyde Prompto: Ha! Great Soto line, Clyde! I have no confidence in Braun and his injury worries me, I’d trade him while you can still get solid value for him.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks! If my weakest categories are AVG, SB, SV and K/9, would Kimbrel and Ben Revere be a good enough return for you to pull the trigger? Oh, I should mention it’s a 10 team NL Only league.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Clyde Prompto: I think you can do better than that, not a huge fan of Revere. I like Kimbrel, but I don’t believe in owner top closers. I’d rather have two bad closers than the best one. I’d hold out for a better offer.

  23. Hanklongball says:
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    It’s time to look to 2015… Should I trade Cano for Polanco? Polanco is eligible to keep, Cano is not. I just picked up Alcantara and Wong is still available…

    • Dan Pants

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      @Hanklongball: I like Cano rest of season, but if you think there’s no way you can compete then Polanco is a great get in a keeper league. And yes, grab Wong!

      • Hanklongball says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks Mr. Pants, I’ll grab all the Wong I can! One more for you, Pedro Alvarez or Chase Headley ROS?

  24. Chris says:
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    How about Brett Oberholtzer as an AL-Only streamer today against the light hitting Red Sox?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: I would avoid Oberholtzer, even vs. the Red Sox.

  25. Steve says:
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    Would u trade altuve and either rosenthal or melancon for Kluber and Calhoun?
    I have plenty of saves and SB
    Can put in kipnis or Wong for altuve
    Thx!!!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Steve: Yeah, if you have Kipnis to take his place by all means. I like Kluber/Calhoun a lot but I think Altuve AND the closer might be overpaying a bit.

  26. Steve says:
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    Please rank closers ROS
    Rosenthal,melancon,smith,casilla,McGee
    Have to trade one in Altuve deal
    Thx!!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Steve: Rosenthal, Melancon, Smith, Casilla, McGee

  27. Steve says:
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    Already traded Uehara and K ROD
    To get Price and Blackmon

  28. ashtray says:
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    Might want to back off the segura blurb a little. Turns out his kid died. 9 months old, man. Terrible news.

    • Dan Pants

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      @ashtray: Sad news. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll have it toned down a bit as soon as I can.

      • @Jay: @Bye Felicia: @Dan Pants: What I think ashtray meant is, a lot of people have been ripping and asking about cutting Segura on Grey;s column, all season long.

        It seems Segura’s son has had an ongoing illness, which they thought he was recovering from and then the kid died today..

        I would make a guess, that dude’s head has not been in the game for most of the season, hence his lousy numbers..

        • Jay

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          @Malicious Phenom: I thought it was pretty clear what he meant, and I’m vehemently against him associating Dan’s blurb to the death of a child when there is absolutely no connection whatsoever.

    • Jay

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      @ashtray: Just FYI, Dan just sent me a toned-down blurb and I’m happy to make that change for his sake.

      However, I don’t see where Dan’s original player blurb has anything to do with such a tragic event, and I think it’s actually kind of strange that you would connect the two. We obviously walk a fine line between humor and fantasy news, but this looks awfully like a straw man.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @ashtray: Segura is horrible! @Jay: I agree with Jay. I didn’t see anything wrong with his write up to begin with?

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @ashtray: was the kid dying since like last july? (this is entirely possible)

  29. Hans says:
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    Pujols or Stanton?

    • Hans says:
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      Also throw in Braun to that mix and rank them from here on out?

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Hans: Stanton, Pujols, Braun

  30. Chicken Dinner says:
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    I know the Razzers prefer hitters, I do as well. My pitching needs some help and my OF is strong. What range pitcher would you target for Heyward?

    Cobb, Fister, Lee, Gray.

    Please rank. Too much for Heyward? Too little?

    H2H points

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chicken Dinner: I just saw Heyward go for Matt Cain in one of my leagues, so maybe that gives you a good idea. It all depends if you can find the right buyer. Fister seems about right, but Heyward has struggled so you never know, but anyone of these pitchers in return would be a nice get.

  31. Undecided says:
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    Give up rios for harper? I mean he eventually has to do something right. Ohh and should I pick up Wong or pick up Wong?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Undecided: Yeah, I’d still do Rios for Harper in an instant. As for your second question, I like both those players, but before you pick one of them up, have you considered grabbing Kolten Wong? Is he available?

      • Undecided says:
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        @Dan Pants: another homer by Wong, guess I am leaning in his direction now

        • Dan Pants

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          @Undecided: I’m sorry. I don’t know who that is.

  32. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Jason Heyward or Matt Adams ROS NL ONLY ROTO 5×5

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: I’d want Matt Adams

  33. Joe says:
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    Dan pants would you trade Adrián González for manny Machado?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Joe: Yeah probably. AGone is probably a much safer option, but Machado’s ceiling is way higher.

  34. Allan says:
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    Hey Dan, Liriano or Gausman tomorrow?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Allan: I’d gamble on Gausman of the two.

  35. Nightpandas says:
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    Dan,

    Who has more value ROS, OBP league, Wong or Jennings

    • Dan Pants

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      @Nightpandas: Hard to say, Wong looks like a new player since being recalled and its a small sample size, so I’d gamble on him. That said, Jennings is a fairly solid OBP player, but I’d still go with the upside here.

  36. Bye Felicia says:
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    Would you give up Arietta, Homer, Alexi Ramirez, And Braun for Bautista & Sale in H2H 10 teamer 6×6 QS & OPS league?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Bye Felicia: I’d hold, that’s a lot to pay for Bautista and Sale.

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Dan Pants: what if I took a pitcher out or Left out Braun?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Bye Felicia: Looking at it again, it’s not a terrible trade, I’d give the slight edge to Bautista over Braun and Sale’s probably the best player in the deal. I think you are better off with what you have, but it’s a fair trade, and one that probably wouldn’t get accepted if you took out Braun or a pitcher.

  37. The Thumb says:
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    Pick up Kolten Wong

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The Thumb: Thanks for the tip! I will!

  38. J Boy says:
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    Dan, great write up. Who is the better bet for an impact in the 2nd half – Wong or Betts?

    • Dan Pants

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      @J Boy: Hard to say, I like both, but Wong is definitely the one to own right now, he is on fire. I’d go with him.

  39. Ty says:
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    Nice write up Mr. Pants… My outfield is pretty set with A. Jones and Springer playing most of the time then I stream Jd Mart, Calhoun, Choo and K. Davis in the 3rd spot and DH. You think I can afford to lose K. Davis and grab wong . I have dozier with no backup 2b. Doziers really slowed down since that hot first half. Or should I just hold

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ty: I’d hold for now.

  40. tals23 says:
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    Dan
    drop segura for peralta?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @tals23: I would try to hold segura on my bench for now if I could afford to do so.

  41. Superfan says:
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    Hi all,

    Which side do you all prefer in a dynasty salary cap keep league?

    Trout $17, Pujols $26

    Or

    Freeman $10, Baez $1, JoFer $2, and Pederson $1

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Superfan: I’d want Trout and Pujols.

      • Superfan says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks Dan!

  42. Bobby says:
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    Hey dan pants, would you drop aramis Ramirez (I’ve been starting him at IF) to add kolten Wong? I can play Wong at IF where I had a Ramirez, wong seems to be on fire now.

    Question 2 with the all star break this week, for weekly leagues would I be able to set my lineup again on Monday July 21, because w/ pitching matchups only on fri, sat & sat this week it’s hard to gauge the pitching for the following week.

    Thanks again

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bobby: I like Wong a lot but I’d hold on to Ramirez. I assume some weekly leagues are different, but most of the one’s I’ve been in only allow you to set your line up once, same goes fo playoff match ups.

  43. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H, yahoo so this week includes next weekend’s games. I have 1 move left, opponent has none. He’s got a ton of SP (3 starts today, plus up to 10 post-ASB depending on rotation setting) and is already ahead 2W, 2QS and 6K. I’m up by 2.5 in ERA and 0.4 WHIP, as well as SV (he has no RP). 2 questions:

    1) should I just bench my SP (today that’s Gray, deGrom and slumping Bum) to preserve ratios?
    2) lost Segura to bereavement. Think he’s back next weekend? Could use my last move to pick up Peralta or, if I keep throwing out SP, just in case I stay close enough to steal a cat.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Steve Stevenson: 1. You would also have several pitchers post ASB, yes? If it were the end of the match I might bench them, but since you still have next weekend you should start all if you have any hope of winning K, QS or W. Don’t forget with all those starters he could easily take ratios. No, idea when segura will return. I have the same issue in a few of my leagues. I’m going to wait until after the break and see if there’s any news and take it from there, but you might need that move for the back up SS.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Dan Pants: well, i’m carrying 5SP, he’s carrying 11.

        As for segura, the bereavement list is 3-7 games, so i’m getting max 2 more games out of him this period.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Steve Stevenson: In that case I’d considering using the move to pick up a replacement for Segura, but I’d still try to hold onto Segura if I could.

  44. Better late than... says:
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    How worried should I be about my pitching staff?
    Minor
    Hamels
    Weaver
    Arrieta
    Fister
    Lohse
    Latos
    Roark
    Chavez
    Haren
    My pitching has been holding me back all year. Should I make a deal for a top tier stater (King Felix, Sale, Kershaw–all on the same team)? Or hope that my pitching rebounds. My best trade bait is either Frazier or Tulo. Thoughts?
    Thanks in advance for a response to my belated question.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Better late than…: Personally, I don’t believe in top tier starters. As awesome as Felix and Kershaw are, you don’t need them. Minor and Haren have struggled lately, and Chavez and Roark have slowed down, but Hamel, Latos Weaver is a nice 1-2-3. Fister is also good and Arrieta has been excellent. Stream more pitchers if you need Ks and wins but this is a good staff.

  45. Jack says:
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    Hey Dan,
    Thinking about trading Pujols for Wainwright in my H2H OBP league. If both stay healthy and perform as projected, it’s a win for my team needs. So my main question is about Wainwright’s health. Jeff Zimmerman over at Fangraphs does a great job at looking at stats related to health. Jeff’s not putting up any red flags yet, but I did notice that Wainwright’s Velocity and Zone% (2 of the main warning signs) are trending moderately down from the beginning of the year. Offensively, I’d be replacing Pujols (who has some health risk of his own) with Duda, Dunn or Byrd.

    What do you think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jack: I tend to favor bats over pitchers, easier to replace a pitchers stats than a guy like Pujols’, but if your offense wouldn’t be taking much of a hit, Waino is a stud and I wouldn’t worry about injury concerns.

  46. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    yr right about marvel and DC nerds, they don’t get along.

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