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I really don’t want to spend much time on Endy Chavez. Which means basically two things. 1) I don’t think to much of the guy. 2) The Mariners outfield situation is bad. Really bad. Boy, wouldn’t it be nice if they still had a fourth outfielder that could play center pretty well and has some pop? Granted, *they* could have claimed Casper Wells, after eight previous DFA’s this past week, but pride goeth before a fall, or so they say. Well, now that I’m thinking about it, if I’m going to talk about Shelley Duncan and Don Kelly in previous iterations of this series, might as well make Chavez feel right at home. Hitting 269/308/367 for his career, that’s basically who he is. But he’s getting at-bats, so he’s filler if you need it. And if you need filler like that, bless your heart.

Rodney Daal is what Austin Hedges is to Yasmani Grandal. Suffice to say, the Padres are pretty stacked at the catcher position. The Texas Rangers just shook their fist at the sky, cursing Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden, and Max Ramirez. But it’s never too early and never too risky to find catching prospects with potential plus bats in fantasy baseball. Signing with the Padres out of the Netherlands in 2011, he’s a right-handed 20-year old with a pretty good chance to stick at the battery position. And though he’s a long way off, maybe a 2016 ETA, he’s shown an advanced bat and could have plus power with adequate defense. Actually, Grandal might be the perfect comp here. Buy now, while he still remains a mystery.

Basically a poor man’s Henderson Alvarez, Pedro Hernandez has a rotation spot, which is the reason he’s here. It’s for the Minnesota Twins, which is the reason you should buy with caution. While his ERA is at an okay 3.48, his FIP is at 5.62. With a disgusting K/9 of 3.48  and meh BB/9 of 2.78, he’s pretty much a typical Twins pitcher on speed. Pitchers who strike no one out usually don’t project well. Even if you need the innings, I’m telling you to stay away.

Pretty much useless against left-handed pitchers, Laynce Nix can do some damage against righties. While unlikely to reach anything past 350 PA’s, he has shown plenty of power in limited action, hitting 16 homeruns in 2011 and 15 in 2009. So far, he’s being used sparingly as a left-fielder and 1B hedge, with some pinch at-bats. But he does have 2 homeruns so far. Which is not a lot, I know. But just go to your free agent sorter and see who’s the leading the list with homeruns. If its Nix or Eric Hinske, you know what’s up. His K% will be too high and BB% will be too low to help in OBP leagues, but the slugging should stay north of .450. A limited power-play if there ever was one.

Xavier Paul is pretty much the opposite of Nix, in that the value he provides is not from power, but speed. He does have decent contact skills, but really only has a role firmly on Cincinnati’s bench. In a limited 29 PA’s so far, he’s hit 333/379/481, which is heavily BABIP driven. As time goes on, expect that to go down to around 260/310/350. But during that time, he could steal 10-15 bases if he continues to get sporadic time.

Following the trend of trying to get as many awesomely named players noticed, Dalton ‘Duke’ Von Schamann is next on the list. And if you were wondering, yes, you have to bow when you say his name. The 6-4 righty has a good sinker that sits in the low 90′s, and also has a developing slider and changeup. His fastball sits around 92-94 MPH and has pretty good command. If everything comes together, something like Brad Radke with slightly better K potential is possible.

  1. Gareth says:
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    I have a roster crunch for week 5. My pitching is pretty stellar so I have some tough decisions on who to start and who to bench. Only 9 Spots available for 13 pitchers. the 4 other pitchers sit on the bench in a WEEKLY Cbs Format.

    Here are my 13 pitchers:

    starters:

    Felix (@ Toronto)
    Gio (@ ATL, @ Pit)
    Gallardo (PIT, STL)
    Estrada (PIT, STL)
    Morrow (BOS, SEA)
    Cobb (@ KC, @ COL)
    Lynn (CIN)
    Lincecum (@ Arizona)
    AJ Burnett (Washington)

    Relievers:

    Holland (7 home – CLE, TB, CHW)
    Betancourt (3 Home, 3 away TB, @ LAD)
    Street (3 Home, 4 away ARI, @ Cubs)
    Frieri (4 Home, 3 Away BAL, @ OAK)

    I am currently second on my league. The categories I need to catch up on are wins, Whip and Era. I am 4th in Saves and 3rd in Strikeouts.

    So which 4 out of these guys would you put on the bench this week?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Gareth: Lincecum, Cobb, Burnett, Frieri.

  2. Nate spurs says:
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    I have been offered votto for werth and Moore.

    My other starters are Gio, Peavy, Hudson, Ryu, Cingrani.

    My current 1b is a platoon between Ike and Morneau.

    What’s the move?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Nate spurs: well, you kinda have to here. Leaves your pitching a little light though. I would include ike and see what kind of pitcher you can get back.

  3. Nate spurs says:
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    His pitching is horrid, no one I would take other than Cain, cueto who I don’t have a chance of getting

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Nate spurs: Yeah, maybe shop around. But I like the deal for you still.

  4. gareth says:
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    I think I’m definately benching burnett, lynn and lincecum who all have one start against good offences.

    The last bench spot is between 2 dicey 2 start pitchers (cobb – rockies away, morrow – a hot red sox) or 2 relievers (a scuffling streer / frieri homer prone).

    Who sits?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @gareth: Frieri

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @jaywrong: actually, cobb.

  5. Stantonovation says:
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    Rank the streamer for tommorrow where QS is an added cat h2h:

    Vogelsong, lackey, colon, detwiler, Vargas

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Stantonovation: vogel, vargas, detwiler, lackey, colon.

  6. TJ says:
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    Fliers of the week in deep leagues—Brandon Laird, Chris Stewart, Hiram Burgos, Matt Tuiasosopo, Ryan Roberts….injury fill ins but could turn into more …

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TJ: Matt Tuiasosopo while he’s hot.

  7. Steve Wargarble says:
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    Tony Cingrani or Andrew Cashner? Yahoo std. 10 team

  8. BrewerFan says:
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    Who should I start in a weekly head-to-head league?

    Wainwright(2 start), J.Zimmerman, Lester(2 start), Homer Bailey, Gallardo(2 start), Matt Harvey(2 start).

    I can only start 5 of the 6, and its hard sitting any of them right now. And with this staff in a 12 team league is it worth going after Kershaw to stack up? Id be giving up Hanley, Lester, Frazier. My biggest worry is that Hanley comes back a beast, and could be valuable

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @BrewerFan: Tough one. Total gut call, but I’d sit Gallardo.

      Picking up Kershaw is nice, but you really don’t need to.

      I would actually try to trade Gallardo or Lester and then do the Kershaw deal.

      • BrewerFan says:
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        @jaywrong: Awesome, thanks for the advice!

  9. kyle says:
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    Big day for me tomorrow…

    We are tied in QS/Ks and it is 5-5. Just picked up Bartolo Colon to stream tomorrow. Thinking about also streaming Vargas against SEA.

    He has Villanueva, Corbin, and Minor going. I have Miller, Colon, and Detwiler right now. Worth dropping Gattis to get Vargas to stream?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @kyle: I’d rather start vargas over colon, but yeah, dropping him is okay.

      • Kyle says:
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        @jaywrong:

        I want to start four guys so this helps. Thanks!

  10. joeg414 says:
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    Keppinger for D.Espinosa? I get Espinosa. 13 team deep mixed daily roto.
    I need more power.
    Make the deal?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @joeg414: Yeah, if you need power, I’d do that.

  11. Bhoner says:
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    Starting Niese at Phi?

    • Kyle says:
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      @Bhoner:

      Niese is starting at Citi field. I’d throw him.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Bhoner: Yeh.

  12. Kyle says:
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    Stream Vargas… worth dropping Gattis?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Kyle: didn’t mean to skip it, didn’t get a notification for some reason. Answered above.

  13. BrewerFan says:
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    adding to the deal i talked about above, am now in talks of a bigger deal. is this even better for me? I trade Lester, J Zimmerman, Hanley and Frazier for Carlos Gonzalez & Kershaw

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @BrewerFan: Totally, I like that deal for you.

  14. Luis says:
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    Im in an 11 team roto league. Im suffering some in power. I just got offered J. Willingham for Jennings. Are you guys big believers in Jennings? Plus, would you drop Lilly for Cashner? I’ve always thought Lilly was underrated.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Luis: Lilly is underrated, but still an average pitcher. I would drop him for Cashner.

      And yeah, if you need power, go Willingham. I’m okay on Jennings, but for speed only.

  15. Fister Furbush says:
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    Cashner @ CHC
    Or
    Jose Valverde 7 games vs HOU and MIN

    points league

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Fister Furbush: Cashner. But if you know me at all, I won’t go near Valverde, so the answer could be biased.

  16. Parker says:
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    What to do with melky Cabrera?

    my other outfielders are choo fowler marte cain and mcclouth

    only 4 can start, he’s a bum, yes, but he’s got a name. worth trying to work a trade out or am I better off just cutting him loose

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Parker: I’d hold for a bit longer. I still like him. His walk and strikeout rates and LD and FB percentage is right in line with his career norms. Just getting a bit unlucky.

  17. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Any reason to take a flier on either rickie Romero or Tujuan Walker? Reports areThey both look good in recent outings.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @2 Giant rings: Walker, if you are in a keeper. Romero if its a redraft, though I wouldn’t trust him.

  18. Justin says:
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    “Her name is CRISTINETH, CRISTINETH, if you come into my house you get my wifes name right!!!!!”
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    Some of my favorite other guys lines, to many to list. Keep up the great work!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Justin: Thanks, though Grey things I’m the reason we can’t go subscription. He might be right.

      I like this series mainly because I riddle it with movie quotes and its a proxy chat for deep league guys who have questions that are often ignored by other sites.

      • Justin says:
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        @jaywrong: It is such a wel rounded site, when I started playing fantasy about 8 years ago it was perfect for my team teamrs and now that I have graduated to sixteen team leagues its very very beneficial. Thats again man. I have no questions just wanted to say keep up the good work.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Justin: thanks!

  19. griff says:
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    Start or sit Cingrani v. Nationals today?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @griff: I don’t believe in deception guys that much, but whatever he’s doing, its working so far. I’d start him until he gives you pause.

  20. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Here’s my SP roster:
    Hamels, Bumgarner, H Bailey, Niese, Morrow, Maholm, Cashner, DL – Beachy

    At 1B, I’ve been rotating I. Davis and C. Carter…

    I already have Longoria at 3B…should I drop one of my SP to grab Arenado (to play at UTIL) OR drop Carter for Arenado OR hold?

    Thanks!!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Bernie Brewer: Prolly drop Carter at this point, if you can lose some home runs.

      I’m not high on Arrenado, but the environment should make him productive. And his rates, besides slugging, should be better than Carter.

  21. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    Prolly drop Carter at this point, if you can lose some home runs.

    I’m not high on Arrenado, but the environment should make him productive. And his rates, besides slugging, should be better than Carter.

  22. 2 Giant rings says:
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    I picked up Jason Nix and Mike Carp because they are getting playing time and both are getting hits.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @2 Giant rings: Yeah, Nix has been getting some at-bats this week, doing a little damage too.

  23. Gavin says:
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    Starting Cingrani against the Nats? (Roto with season IP limit)

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Gavin: I don’t believe in deception guys that much, but whatever he’s doing, its working so far. I’d start him until he gives you pause.

      • Gavin says:
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        @jaywrong: Deception? I haven’t seen him pitch but doesn’t he throw 95+? Either way, shuttin’ em’ down pretty good.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Gavin: Since you haven’t seen him pitch, the two are not mutually exclusive. He has a fastball that can get up to 95, 99 in relief. But his change and slider are not plus. He relies on deception, as the ball stays hidden and the release point is tough to catch.

          The deception can last, or it can’t. There really isn’t much of a consensus on how we can analyze it. But Josh Collmenter says hi.

          So like I said, I want to see him for a longer period of time, but keep starting until he proves otherwise. He looks good so far today. Only ball hit hard was by Espinosa on a hanging change.

  24. would you drop mcdonald for guthrie or cashner? if so which one? both are on wavier wire……also would you drop adam eaton for mcclouth? I am not currently starting eaton just stashing him on my bench…..Also who would you start for my utility spot this week…melky, alvarez or duda? Thanks for the help

    • btw its a HH points league

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Michael: Yes, for Cashner. And yeah, ride McClouth while he’s hot. Actually, I think he might be around to stay for a while.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @jaywrong: I’m writing about McClouth this week, so be sure to tune in.

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