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It doesn’t get much deeper than this, does it?  That’s what she said!  Not everything in a deep league setting is fun.  Like hiring a convict to babysit your child, sometimes you just gotta take a guy who’s available and hope for the best as it can be completely soul-wrenching to reach for guys because of their position and be left with little to nothing in return in these types of setups.  When you play in a deep league like I do – two at every infield position plus two UTIL and five outfield – you have to let your mind wander beyond the sexy picks and be willing to drunkenly amble back to your apartment with that tall, muscular chick who beat you at arm wrestling while setting a pub record for hot wing plates eaten and really hope she doesn’t have an Adam’s apple.  The best part about playing the Crying Game?  Not much crying involved because these guys go so deep, so deep if they put your team to sleep you can drop them.  And now that I’ve thoroughly depressed you even further than the title could even take you, let’s get down to business.  So here’s Matt Dominguez in all his glory and what he can do for your deep league team for the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season…

So, where should we start?  How ’bout the beginning you say?  Yes, lets.  In the beginning, Dominguez created the statline of 30/11/45/.227 and there was emptiness and darkness for his owners.  He produced that line over an 88 game stretch which if we translate to a full 162 game season, you get a 55/20/83 line with a putrid average…hrm, let’s start from the end instead, shall we?  Over his final 64 games, Matt gave us a 26/10/32/.260 line which if we prorate over a 162 game spread we get 65/25/81 line.  Sure, the improvement was slight but the .227 to .260 average is pretty big.  All this to say, his ending line from 2013 is definitely repeatable without need for huge improvements.  Not in love with that idea, I know.  But here’s something you might want to know: I once tore a tag off a mattress in a mattress store.  Yup.  Did it right in front of the store owner and said ‘Go ahead, ese!  Call the pigs on me!’  Straight up G stuff right there…oh, that’s not what we wanted to discuss though.  What I wanted to say was he finished as the 18th best 3B last year according to Grey’s year end Top 20 3rd Baseman from the 2013 Fantasy Baseball season.  Now as it stands, I haven’t seen Grey’s or anyone else’s 3B rankings for the 2014 season but I can tell you this: Dominguez has no reason to go at a high price or even near where he ended the year last season.  Like we discussed in the opening, sexiness is so important when people are drafting and no one sees the upside in Matt.  Which is understandable but for one simple reason: the kid doesn’t even turn 25 until August.  Yup, he’s younger than guys like Will Middlebrooks and Mike Moustakas, has a steadier job heading into 2014 than either of those guys do and had a better season than either.  But both of those guys will go higher in drafts.  Why?  Because Astros.  So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Now with that you’ll have to pardon me as I run to the store.  Gotta buy more razors after Glen(da) used them all shaving her face and arms this morning.  Peace!

Sky Sperling is a contributor for Razzball Football and Razzball Baseball. He’s also a lover of fine beer, fine women and fine-toothed combs. You can follow him on twitter @Sky_Razzball and in your most sweetest of dreams.

  1. Ghost of the Dsappeared says:
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    SKY: Now you are talking. He has been my safety hatch in my early ESPN permutations. He has made The Magpies 2014 provisional team more than a few times as things got dicey at the end of a paper pretend drafts.

    3rd is fraught with questions and bad rankings in ESPN that will drive the selection of certain players. And then there is always the Hypsters that will go WAY early. That leaves me (if I need to fill late) with Matt & Matt (I’m still thinking Middlebrooks, is East Coast hyped. Heck, His name even sounds like a New England village – too perfect.)

    He should give you decent numbers at the power core #s – His BA needle pointing north or south will tell you whether he keep-able or not. Plus, he is flip-able for streaming.

    A worthy near last round target pick in ESPN.

    Given Matt or Matt; I’ll go with the fulltime Dominguez over the perhaps platooned Mouse this year – at this point

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’m with you there. Mous isn’t going at a bad price right now but his FB% would play better if he didn’t call Kaufmann home. Middlebrooks being on the BoSox always pushes him up in the rankings for most people which is agitating. I like Dominguez for a shot at 25 HRs. If he can hit .260 with that, he’s a reasonable hold in deeper leagues and maybe gets a bit better in the RCL or shallower formats as well. Drafted him after the 20th in my keeper league last night which – when you consider we can all keep 8 – is more like taking him in the 28th. Very under the radar in my book.

  2. hooydonck says:
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    Kept Dominguez for $1 in a 12-team AL-only league. Pretty good value IMO. Another keeper question: Parker’s forearm has me scared at $10, so I am contemplating Cervelli for $1 (this is a 2C league and I have Sal Perez also for $1), Nava for $10, or Smoak for $5. Thoughts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go cheap and keep Cervelli there. Bulk back up in your draft. Not huge on the other two even though the values aren’t bad.

  3. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Actually, it’s not so much “because Astros” as it is that Middlebrooks and especially Moustakas were much more highly regarded prospects. I guess “because Astros” does add to it. But anyway, I also see Dominguez pretty easily yielding profit from his current draft position.

    Sky, do you like him better than guys like Moss and CCarter?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I definitely don’t like him more than those two, personally, but they don’t go in the same area of the draft so you can like both and him at the same time :)

      Yeah, Matt was considered a great glove prospect and a raw hitter coming up, if memory serves. Think we saw his floor more than his ceiling last year. Full year under his belt, think he’ll surprise some people.

  4. Cram It says:
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    Deep league suggestions: Any Astro and Padre.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You left off Mariners and Marlins

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: At least those teams have 1 stud. I just don’t anyone on these teams so I’m waiting for you to do a Deep League Thought on SOMEBODY I own, for validations sake. Do Kelly Johnson!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha! I’d just tell people to draft Kelly for the month of April and try to trade him like mad before May hits

    • sniffingtoomuchglue says:
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      @Cram It:

      Here is a sleeper so crazy that even in the deepest of leagues he won’t get drafted, but you’re going to want to watch his first couple starts. Drew Hutchinson. He wasn’t even suppose to be in the Jays rotation, which is scary when you consider how weak the rotation is, but he’s intriguing.

      Sure, I’m a Jays fan, but I remember Hutch sitting 90 to 92 with his fastball touching 93 or 94 when he first came up. Good composure for a young guy and looked like he had some upside and then tommy john hit.

      This spring his velocity is noticeably higher. He’s sitting 92 to 94 and has touching 95 and 96. I saw one of his spring training outings. His command is ridiculous. He literally hit the glove 10 straight pitches. Fastball right where the glove was, breaking stuff down in the dirt where he wanted it. He has 16 strikeouts and one walk in 9 and 2/3 innings this spring. Sample size is obviously too small, but having watched his stuff was meaningful. This kid has a chance to be a massive surprise this year.

  5. ferris says:
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    NL-only

    trevor Rosenthal for $8
    or
    Cuddyer for $12

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Trevor

  6. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    Hey,

    In a 12team H2H Keeper OBP league where we can keep 4 players for 3 years, who would you keep? Note: I would only be able to keep the players below for this year and next (lose 3 rounds on the following years draft)

    Homer Bailey (6th round), Xander Bogaerts (15th round), Zack Wheeler (16th round), Greg Holland (16th round), Ryu (15th round), Adam Eaton (17th round), Oscar Taveras (17th round)?

    Cats:
    1bs, 2bs, 3bs, HR, Runs, OBP, SB, RBI

    ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ws, Ls, CG, Saves, Blown saves

    Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d go Xander/Oscar/Wheeler/Ryu for upside. Think you can get Bailey back in your draft if you want him

  7. John says:
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    Exactly what I needed. Good stuff

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks John!

  8. Ghost of the Dsappeared says:
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    Grim news from A’s Parker and may be badly damaged. News will follow

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Sadly for the A’s you were right both times

  9. Tom Thumb says:
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    All,

    I need some help with the last keeper slot. Looking like Puig didn’t condition very well this offseason and JUpton is striking out like BJUpton all spring. In an OBP league I am strongly considering keeping Heyward or even a pitcher over both. I am already keeping Miggy, Cutch, Harper, and JoseFern. For the last slot do I take:

    Kemp
    Heyward
    Puig
    Upton
    Salazar

    Thanks!

  10. Dylan says:
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    Looking for one more manager to take over a team in a competitive dynasty league. Deep roster (28) and MILB squad. Must be active. Good guys to play with. 4th year running. Reply to inquire.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dylan: Hey Dylan, not for me but you might also want to hit up the Forums as well.

      • Dylan says:
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        @Sky: I didn’t know there were forums! Thank you!

  11. Jeremy

    Jeremy says:
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    Admit it…you only wrote this because I got Dominguez as my CI in the FCL league.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jeremy: Then I’d have to be some form of Soothsayer because I wrote this in January…

      • Jeremy

        Jeremy says:
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        @Sky: Nah…you just jelly.

  12. Frank White says:
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    Whats up Sky… I’m still really confused on where to start on studying for draft day in a week.. There’s o much info but it’s impossible to put it all together. Like I said I’m in a 10 team h2h mixed points and pitching is huge cause 20 points a win with a point per K and IP. Anyway 1- If you were to draft what positions are the most important say for the first 5 rounds and what positions could wait for later?? 2- Since pitching points are big, wouldn’t it be a good idea to grab an elite pitcher in the 2nd round or wait until the 3rd and 4th to maybe grab 2 in a row?? 3- What stinks is after all these other fantasy sports I play between baseball I forget a lot of the good grabs from last year . Any advise otherwise for me, like you know when your drafting and they already have all the top players In order and when it’s your turn it will show you who’s the best available at the time you pick. Well do you usually stick to within the next best 5-7 guys or do you go down the list to pick who you like?? Thanks buddy!!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      You should review the rankings first. That would be of use to you. I’d still want to leave the first 5 rounds with 4 hitters, personally. Second base is terrible this year. Aim for a few guys you like but if you don’t get them, just take a late stab and keep your eyes peeled for someone who performs early on waivers. I’ve tried shoring up my corner infield spots and my first 2 OF in the first 5 rounds so far this year if the price is right. I’d suggest you do the same. First two rounds I want to leave with a some form of combo of 1B/3B/OF, maybe leave first three rounds with 1B or 3B and two OFs. Hope that helps and good luck!

      • Frank White says:
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        Thanks!! The only thing is that all the great pitchers will be taken and they’re so important in my league. That doesn’t matter to you?

        • Frank White says:
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          Oh also If I have a chance to grab Cano toward the end of the first round should I grab him?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Our points league guy is Josh O. And he had a post on Friday. Might be wise to get his opinion. I have no problem with Cano there

          • Frank White says:
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            Can you show me a couple of your draft orders of the teams you picked to give me an idea of how you pick please??

              • Frank White says:
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                Thanks Buddy!!! Sorry again but do you guys post a list of injured players going into the season??

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  We don’t but Grey does Spring roundups that’s kinda just daily news you need to keep up with

              • Frank White says:
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                Yeah I looked at your picks but what’s a snake draft, are any of those leagues h2h points and Is pitching big points like my league?? Cause it seems that you don’t really care about pitching till the end and grabbed 3 RP’s before your 3rd SP.. Lol

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  They’re roto. This is why I told you to talk to Josh O. because he writes and talks about points leagues. You just asked for links to my drafts…

                  • Frank White says:
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                    Thanks I was just wondering what kinda leagues

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Gotcha and no prob

                  • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                    @Sky: he already asked pts guy.

  13. Frank White says:
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    Wutup sky it’s me again.. I bet your thinking, Man it’s gonna be a long season with frank and his stupid questions!! Lol. That got me a championship though. Lol Anyway, Is there any openings for writer leagues left??

      • Frank White says:
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        Sorry I meant commenter league.. Same link or leagues full?

        • Frank White says:
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          Yeah that’s the link.. Thanks

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