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Gregory Polanco broke out Friday night, collecting five hits, scoring two runs, and hitting the go ahead 2-run home run in the 13th inning to win it for the Bucs. Polancopacetic! The Polancomeback (the first of many!) gives his fantasy owners good reason to be excited, too. The home run was his first major league jack and someone better grab that ball and display it at the Carnegie Museum because this kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha! I guess the Fish that Saved Pittsburgh was a Polancod. Oh geez. That was bad, I apologize. After dominating AAA batting .347 with 47 runs, 7 homers, 49 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 62 games, Polanco was off to a slow start in the majors, hitting just 3-for-14 in his first three games. But he busted out in a big way last night, and those who stashed him have got to be feeling real good. Between Giancarlo, George Springer and Mike Trout, I don’t know if have room in my life for another player obsession, you can only stalk so many players in a 24-hour span, and the constant travel and hiding in bushes is exhausting. More importantly I don’t think I have room in my locker for all the Tiger Beat photos I’ll need to cut out and post of him. But I guess I will have to make room for you now Gregory Polanco! Let’s be friends.

Here’s what else happened Friday night in fantasy baseball:

Jason Grilli – 0.1 IP, 1 hit, 3 BB, 2 ER. The Grillimaster looked well done in this one. Grilli was actually credited with a hold while Mark Melancon (0.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) got the blown save. Either way I think they both owe Gregory Polanco a beer. Make it a Yuengling!

Starling Marte – 4-for-7, 2-run HR (5). Not to be outdone by the rookie who is basically a harder, better, faster, stronger version of Starling, Marte had his own big day. It’s been fun Starling, but we like this guy better now. It’s been four games, time to get on with your life. Funny that many have projected Polanco to be a rich man’s Starling Marte. That’s got to piss off Marte to hear. Maybe someday Starling Marte can aspire to be a Gregory Polanco-Lite. Or is Starling Marte actually Starling Marte-Lite, whereas Polanco has been the real Starling Marte all along? Whoa. I’m not sure if anything I just wrote made sense.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-5, HR (18). Another 420 foot jack. That swing sure would look nice on my fantasy team…or in my basement. Whoa, that got dark quick. I meant in my basement with all my other Stanton memorabilia, you guys. That’s where I keep it. I’m not chaining anyone up in my basement or anything. Ha! I may be a stalker, Giancarlo, but I’m not a psycho! Sheesh. I’m still going to kidnap you someday though.

Jake Arrieta – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 BB, 0 ER, 9 K. I’m starting to learn about the Secret World of Arrieta. The Google machine inside my computer box tells me this is a movie, but apparently its not about the Cubs pitcher but rather tiny kleptomaniacs. Regardless, Jake has allowed just one run in his past 17.2 IP with an 18/3 K/BB rate. He’s been especially impressive in his last two starts and I could see grabbing him for his start vs. the Marlins next week.

Neil Ramirez – 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 BB, 1 ER, 2 K, SV (2). Hector Rondon was experiencing some elbow soreness so Ramirez was given the chance to give Cubs fans even higher blood pressure than the deep dish, kielbasa and Italian beef sandwiches ever could. Might be a decent grab for short term saves in deeper leagues.

Starlin Castro – 1-for-3, 2-run HR (9). Oh my Starlin Castro may not be the most exiting player to own. And you may or may not include him in every trade offer you make because you know no one really wants him. But hey, 9 home runs from your shortstop ain’t so bad. If only he could steal some bases, too.

Danny Santana – 0-for-4, SB (5). Speaking of shortstops who steal bases. Danny studied hard for four years at the SAGNOF School for the Gifted, while Castro spent most of his time there partying and getting laid. It paid off though, Santana has 4 steals in the past week and the two ladies who needs steals in their fantasy leagues are all over him now.

Lance Lynn – 8.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 8 K and his seventh win. Had a perfect game through six innings but to be fair no one was hitting anything in this one. The Cards and Nats combined had just six base runners, with Matt Adams scoring the lone run and that was all Lance needed.

Jordan Zimmermann – 8.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Extended his scoreless inning streak to 19 before surrendering a run in in third but got the tough luck loss. In his past three starts, JZ has been big pimpin’ lately, pitching 25.0 IP, giving up just 10 hits and one run with a 25/2 K/BB ratio. HOV!

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, HR (4). Bill in ESPN’s “Get Him in Your Lineup” department took Friday afternoon off, so if you forgot to start Adams after he was activated from the DL I can’t blame you. I can blame Bill though. You had one job, Bill!

Drew Hutchison – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 3 K. Drew has been an enigma wrapped in a flour torilla, wrapped in a deep-fried quesadilla and served with spicy chipotle ranch dipping sauce but I think I’m starting understand. Whenever I stream him he is terrible, otherwise he looks dominant. Despite how many times he’s burned me in the past month (three), Drew already has two wins and a 2.65 ERA in June and probably should be owned in more leagues, although I’m not loving his start at Yankee stadium next week.

Justin Masterson – 2.0 IP, 3 hits, 5 ER, 4 BB. I’ll tell you one thing he’s no master of: the strike zone.

Xander Bogaerts – 1-for-4, 2 runs, HR (6). XAN-DAH BO-GAHTS! And yah, he hit this one wicked hahd. He’s gunna be the best fawkin’ shortstop evah in Bawston sports history and the world because of Teddy Williams, Brady, Larry, Nomah, Sam Addams, Matt Damon and Dunkin Donuts! No one denies this!

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4, HR (8), 2 RBI. He’s batting .286 with two homers and 7 RBI since returning from a concussion. The buy low window is closed but the sell high door has just swung open.

Evan Gattis – 2-for-4, 3-run HR (14). The Vagabond strikes again! They tried to reach Gattis post game for comment but he was off searching the stands for half eaten boxes of popcorn. A guy’s gotta eat!

Jason Heyward – Heyward getting hurt just as he starts to heat up? Ah, yes it must be summer. Jay-Hey left the game after being hit on the hand by a pitch. X-rays revealed a contusion, which means its a minor injury and Jason should return soon. In other words, he’ll be back to bat .200 for three weeks with no power until the team ultimately decides a trip to the DL is for the best.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-3 and a run as he led off. Yes! Now keep him there.

Jose Quintana – 6.0 IP, 8 hits, 1 BB, 6 ER, 6 K. After giving up 5 ER in the first inning Quintana settled down a bit but with KC scoring 7 runs on 12 hits it might be time to pick those Royals back up. They’re driving Cadillics in their dreams! Even Billy Butler had two hits and what looked like a home run at first glance at the box score. It was not.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-2, 1 run, 1 RBI, 3 BB. Eaton reached base five times. Next time try stealing a base too, will ya!

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI. Todd is batting .320 with five home runs, 12 runs, 8 RBI, and 2 SB in the past two weeks! *Pro tip: that will help your fantasy team!*

Khris Davis – 1-for-3, HR (11). Does anyone else want to pronounce his name Kish Davish? Just me? I don’t know that “H” is really messing with my head. The “HR”s though, I love.

Alex Cobb – 6.1 IP, 3 hits, 2 BB, 1 ER, 11 K. Don’t call him corny! After what was likely his worst start of the season (4.1 IP, 10 hits, 7 ER), Cobb had given up 16 earned runs in his previous three starts. If you took that opportunity to buy him low, well done, I see big things for Cobb going forward.

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-5. Batting .380 with two homers and a stolen base in the past two weeks. With all the playing time K2 gets I’m pretty sure he’s Joe Maddon’s illegitimate son. All bastards in Tampa take the surname Snow, er, I mean Kiermaier. Here’s your chance to impress Maddon this Father’s Day weekend, Kev. He won’t be mad if you suck, but he’ll be very disappointed which is way worse.

Glen Perkins – 1.0 IP, 1 hit, K, SV (17). Now holds a 2.76 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. Glen-Perk-ins! Rob Lowe’s favorite closer! GLEN-PERK-INS! He is LIT-TRALLY my favorite reliever in the cataloged universe.  Literally. He is fantastic. He is amazing. And he is great. Glen-Perk-ins!

David Phelps – 6.2 IP, 2 hits, 3 BB, 0 ER, 4 K and his second win. If you had the cajones to stream Phelps for this start you probably wash said cajones in ice water before punching a bear to help you fall asleep. Phelps had given up 16 runs in his previous three starts and gets the Blue Jays next week. I’d probably avoid, but if a bear couldn’t stop you I’m not sure my advice will either.

Tim Lincecum – 6.0 Ip, 3 hits, 2 BB, 2 ER, 6 K. Timmy always likes it when Colorado comes to visit–they bring the good shizz!

Sergio Romo – 0.1 IP, 4 hits, 1 BB, 5 ER, BS. His second loss of the season and both have come at the hands of the Rockies. He can’t handle that stuff like Lincecum can. Sergio did his best Tony Romo impression surrendering five runs in the ninth. Ouch. He’s been so good this year its hard to get mad for blowing a save, but did you have to do it to such epic proportions? The answer is yes, like Daniel Day-Lewis when Sergio gets into a role, he immerses himself in it. He was Chokey McRomo. He even drunk-texted Jessica Simpson last night.

Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-3. Left the game in the ninth with a toe injury, but x-rays were negative and he’s day-to-day. Grey the Mystic and his soothsaying ways said you might want to BUY Josh Rutledge yesterday, and now might be a better time than any.

Jeurys Familia - 1.0 IP, 1 hit. It was a four-run game, but Familia finished this one out and with Mejia sidelined he looks like the best bet for save chances on the Mets the next couple of days.

Bartolo Colon – 7.1 IP, 4 hits, 1 BB, 2 ER, 7 K and his sixth win. Meanwhile, Bobby Abreu was 4-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Hey, 2005 called!…ehh, forget it. The Yankees scouts were watching this one closely and if Colon and Abreu can keep this up they might have a shot at the NYY roster in a couple years (they’re not old enough yet).

Aaron Hill – 3-for-5, run, RBI. Not bad, but I need more power, Tim Taylor! Ho ho ho!

Matt Kemp – 2-for-4, HR (6). His first home run since May 10! Good grief! Well done owners for sticking with him this long. He must have been frustrating to own. Tell me all about it. No really, I’ll give you an email address to sound off to. The Rain Man is batting .429 over the past week with a .556 OBP and now that the Kings are Stanley Cup champs Kemp can relax and get some sleep. I’m with you, Matt, I’m glad hockey is finally over, too.

Elvis Andrus – 2-for-4, 2 SB (16). About time we see some serious speed from Elvis, it’s Now or Never, right!? Make it happen, ‘Drus!

Felix Hernandez – 8.1 IP, 4 hits, 2 BB, 1 ER, 6 K and the loss. The King has got a lot on his mind. There’s a war going on in the North with savages and giants attacking his big ice wall and the only one doing anything to try and stop it basically knows nothing. Meanwhile, there’s a crazy dragon lady to the far West who wants to steal F-Her’s shine and his big pointy chair, because chicks dig furniture. To top it all off, the damn Mariners couldn’t buy a run for Felix with all the silver in Westeros. Hopefully, His Grace, Robinson Cano of House Rocafella should start heating up soon, summer is coming.

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. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long! 

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  1. Cano Soup For You says:
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    the felix writeup. yes

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Cano Soup For You: Felix got burned worse than the Hound. It’s gonna be an epic finale!

  2. Marv says:
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    10-team H2H cat. Keeper(keep 12 of 24) 9hit stats,8 pitch stats
    1) I’ve got Braun, Holliday, McCutch, Bruce, Polanco and Springer for 3 OF spots and a UTIL spot. 2 too many ! What order do you place them in going forward?
    2) I need to drop one of these three pitchers (league is pitcher heavy = not much on the wire)
    Estrada, Eovaldi, Ventura – who would you drop, whats would you say their order is?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Marv: 1. McCutchen, Braun, Springer, Polanco, Bruce Holliday, but they’re all very good options. Try to make a trade. 2. I’d drop Estrada of the three. I’d rank them Ventura, Eovaldi, Estrada.

  3. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Excellent spot-start writeup, and yes, the season finale is going to be a good one. Do you think it’ll be more/less shocking then the “Red Wedding”?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: Thanks Peter! Hard to beat the Red wedding as far as shock value goes, but I believe the finale will be considerably more satisfying.

  4. Anthony Gayton says:
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    My Choo for his Alex Gordon? My patience on Choo is waning..

    Thanks!!

  5. Fungazi says:
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    Adams hitting homers.. Cobb stopping runs instead of giving them up.. the world might fall back into place afterall..

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Fungazi: Not like I was worried or anything! *steps back from ledge*

  6. Abdoozy says:
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    Conundrum today. H2h league with OPS. Trying to maintain slender leads in ratios and runs, need to decide who to sit among OF:

    Cutch
    Stanton
    Bruce
    KDavis
    Crisp
    AJones

    I know, tough problem to have.
    Leaning Jones, as he’s facing Dickey and has a tough time with the knuckler (3/19), but SON says Bruce is lowest.. But Bruce eats Gallardo with marinara (15/42, 2HR .984 OPS) and that’s an even larger small sample size. Davis is hot and gets Latos coming off the DL.. Coco bats first so more chances for runs..

    Who would you sit? Or is it whom? I don’t know, I have all these Ms laying around. You’d think I was writing this from Safeco.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Abdoozy: It is whom! Good thing the Mariner’s aren’t using their M’s. Tough call. I’d probably sit Bruce or Coco. Leaning Coco, when in doubt go with your studs and you just can’t sit Adam Jones right now.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Dan Pants: So I benched Coco. Sure enough, Jones goes 0 for 4, and he’s now 3 for the last 23 vs Dickey :(

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Abdoozy: Sorry man. All I can do is tell you what I would do, if I could score the runs for you I would. At least Jones scored a run. I will be rooting for Crisp to go 0-for-5.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Dan Pants: yr right, just bench jones everyday, i’m sure that will work out for you. esp with him hitting almost all of his homers since may.

  7. BucLover says:
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    Nice article…I’m a Polancoholic too!
    12 team keeper (6 per year) (6×6 ops/qs)
    10 place (my pitching sucks)
    C Pierzynski, Ramos dl
    1 J.Abreu
    2 Carpenter
    3 Encarnacion
    s Bogaerts
    o McCutchen
    o Bruce
    o Polanco
    u A.Gonzalez
    u R.Davis
    b A.Gordon, Aoki, A.Escobar
    SP-Fister, Cobb, Kuroda, Chavez, Pomeranz, Chen, Cole dl, Paxton dl
    RP-Romo, Rodney, Farquhar

    I guy in my league has Tanaka on the trading block….am I crazy to offer J. Abreu and Gordon for Tanaka and Keuchel?

    • Dan Pants

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      @BucLover: In a keeper league I’d want Jose Abreu over Tanaka.

  8. Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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    After much investigation into Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hutchison I can only deduce that his wife’s cooking turns him into something very very ugly.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Shoe Gum Reynolds: WAGs ain’t supposed to cook! Didn’t she learn anything in gold digging school!?

  9. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Good Morning Mike nice write up. I’m thinking Mattingly puts Joc Pederson’s box score on Kemps locker every morning. Whats your opinion on Kiermaier is he worth dropping Taveras for. If I do i’ll never see him again. Have a guy in the league that hordes prospects he had Polonco and Walker since the draft. Is kiermaier this years Sam Fuld or does he actual talent lol

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Sorry meant to say Dan .Wrote that before I even sipped my coffee

    • Dan Pants

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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: I think Sam Fuld is a good comparison, that’s not to say he can’t be useful, Maddon certainly likes him, but he looks like more of an AL-Only deep league play to me. Hold Tavares for now.

  10. Will says:
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    Give Goldy/J Upton to get Kershaw/Stanton…too much? OPS league and I can’t keep Goldy next year so looking to get good value back.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Will: That’s a pretty good trade if you can keep Stanton, you’re giving up a lot but you’re also getting a lot in return. Definitely good value.

      • Will says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thank you!

        Stanton can be kept as a 2nd and we can only keep two bats (Goldy meanwhile is an 11th).

        Trying to get a top arm as my lineup is solid (I’m benching A. Gordon/Marte depending on hitter-tron) and need to catch up in W and K.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Will: Well, you can’t keep Goldy anyway right, so his 11th rd status doesn’t matter. Kershaw is definitely a, if not the, top arm.

  11. Noah says:
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    Should I drop Aybar for Danny Santana? Rube league and I don’t really know what I’m doing

    • Noah says:
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      @Noah: Or I could also drop Willingham for Santana

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Noah: Unless you really need the steals I’d stick with Aybar and Willingham.

  12. Edward says:
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    So true on Starlin Castro – well put. I actually just got a decent offer including him….I can deal Dee Gordon for Castro & Cashner. Thoughts?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Edward: Depends on how set you are for speed, Gordon can really win you that category, and can be especially valuable in weekly leagues. However, if you have the speed to spare that’s a pretty nice return for a guy who’s probably going to bat .240 for the rest of the year.

  13. Oppo Taco says:
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    Trade heyward for fister? Keeper league

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Keep Heyward.

  14. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    You’re funny

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jackie Treehorn: You ahre! You mix a hell of a Caucasian, Jackie!

  15. Tim says:
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    Hey dan! Great articles!
    Someone in my league dropped votto last Sunday & I’ve been watching & watching he’s still available, would you drop the newly optioned oscar taveras for Joey votto? It would be for IF spot, my 1b is goldy & utility I have polanco there (Other OF are hunter pence, Brantley, springer & jay Bruce, but on my bench I have Matt Holliday)

    If I do add votto would you start him week 12 over Carlos Santana who I currently have there?
    I’m also looking into Danny Santana (my other SS is Alexi Ramirez & I have dee Gordon who is SS eligible & he’d OF eligible too), Kendrys morales (my DH is Adam Dunn), Eric Hosmer & Brock holt.

    Thanks & have a good one

    Also keep or drop dee Gordon? If I drop dee then maybe Danny Santana where Santana can steal too or Brett lawrie (who’s eligible at 3b & 2b) or lastly drop dee for holt?

    Keep calm & fantasy on! Cheers mate!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tim: Thanks Tim! Yeah I’d drop Oscar for Votto. I’d probably start Votto over Santana too, although Santana does have an extra game.

      • Tim says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Thank you señor dan, what about Dee Gordon would you drop him for either Danny Santana, Brett lawrie or Brock holt?

        Keep Dunn or drop him for señor Kendrys morales? Ole!

        Ps: I’m really glad I added springer awhile ago & stashed polanco!

        • Dan Pants

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          @Tim: Keep Gordon, I might drop Dunn for a guy like Holt, all depends what categories you need.

          • Tim says:
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            @Dan Pants:

            It’s h2h points, I’d prob lean to needing power/ HR as I’m close to the bottom if league in that category;
            But this is what I am currently at the categories:

            1st in runs, 1st in singles, 2nd in doubles, tied for first with triples , Total bases I’ve been going up the ladder I’m in the top half only three ahead of me, RBI I have 349 & top team is up there with 432, stolen bases I’m in first with 71, home runs I’m second to last with 80 but I’ve doing better lately the top teams in this category are at 126, 120, 120 homers everyone else is either in 60’s, 70’s or a bunch of us in 80’s

            • Dan Pants

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              @Tim: Better keep dunn for the homers if you’re in last that category right now

  16. Tom says:
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    As a Polanco owner I like the stalking theme.

    From the time A. Wood gets back in the rotation (6/28) pick best 2 of Wood, Gio, Kennedy and Archer.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tom: Give me Gio and Kennedy. You have to pick and choose your starts with Kennedy though, same goes for Archer.

      • Tom says:
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        @Dan Pants: Hmmm… so you would rather have Kennedy whom you’re not going to start all the time vs Wood? When Wood was starting he was easily out performing the other pitchers on this list. Is there some reason why you don’t expect that to continue or are you questioning whether the Braves will keep him in the rotation ROS?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Tom: If Wood is starting I would put him at the top of the list, but he is not even in the majors. The selective starts you get from Kennedy is better than nothing from Wood, but if you have room to stash Wood until an injury or something free up a spot in the rotation by all means I like Alex Wood a lot more than Kennedy or Archer.

  17. Todd says:
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    Was just offered puig/Harper/tanaka for my trout/Bruce. Keeper league. I Have polanco on the bench ready to fill the gap too. Should I pull the trigger?

    • Mike T says:
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      @Todd:

      That is a mighty tempting offer… How many teams? Can you keep all the players you’d be receiving along with Polanco?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Todd: Mike asks a good question. That’s a pretty nice hall, and you’re looking at a 2015 outfield of Puig/Harper/Polanco, which are three players I wouldn’t be allowed within 500 feet of. Throw in Tanaka jus’ cause. I would have a hard time parting with Trout, but that offer just might do it.

      • Dan Pants

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        @Dan Pants: haul*

        • Todd says:
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          @Dan Pants: thanks. Ya I would keep all of them. I would leave Harper on dl and my outfield until Harper gets back would be puig, polanco, Alex Gordon and cespedes. We can keep 10 guys so puig/Harper/tanaka/polanco would definitely make the cut. It’s a 10 team league.

          • Mike T says:
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            @Todd:

            I’d pull the trigger!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Todd: Make the deal!

  18. Ryan says:
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    I was offered polanco suzuki for doolittle gattis and roark in my dynasty league. Is this too much or perfect opportunity to get polanco ?

    Team is below.
    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss yunel escobar
    lf justin upton
    cf austin jackson
    rf oscar taveras
    util dominic brown
    bn shane victorino
    bn kris bryant
    bn carl crawford/cj cron/ joc pederson dl prince fielder

    sp yu darvish
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp brian wilson
    rp sean doolittle
    rp carlos torres
    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: Doolittle is your only closer, so that hurts I guess. Is it save/holds? I love Gattis but yeah in a dynasty league I want Polanco in a second, your OF could use him too.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: This is a h2h 6×6 league that counts holds and saves as well. Anyway I wasn’t really competing in saves that much with just doolittle. So pull the trigger? What should I do about my catcher situation?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Ryan: Yeah I’d do it. Pick up a catcher, he won’t crush like Gattis but I think this is the best move long term.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Dan Pants: oops forgot mention this is a 20 team league. So the waiver wire is pretty bare.

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Ryan: Hmm. Well are there any catchers out there on the wire? Try countering the trade to include whoever his catcher is too.

              • Ryan says:
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                @Dan Pants: I can counter with yan gomes polanco for doolittle roark pederson gattis. Better?

                • Dan Pants

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                  @Ryan: Oh wait you’re getting Suzuki in the first trade. Go with him, no need to counter.

  19. Mike T says:
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    Good read! 10 team keeper where we keep 6 bats (c, mif, cif, of, of and uti) I have a surplus of keeper bats and was hoping you could give me some advice. I wouldn’t mind trying to move a keeper bat or 2 to upgrade or moving a keeper bat with pitching to upgrade at keeper sp.

    As of now I am keeping:

    c- santana
    cif- abreu
    mif- cano
    of- puig
    of- car-go
    uti- hanley

    However I have beltre, polanco, springer, heyward and bruce who are all keeper worthy. I am also not opposed to keepeing springer and or polanco and moving hanley and car-go. Am I crazy?

    Thanks in advance for your help. I will try to join your draftkings league today. I just started playing daily this week.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike T: Thanks Mike. I don’t have a draftkings league, but I’m sure whoever does host it does a great job. I would keep Abreu, Puig, Springer, Polanco for sure, then probably Cargo and Hanley. Is there a keeper deadline coming up, because it would be nice to see more from Cano/Hanley/Cargo before making the call, but Abreu, Puig, Polanco, Springer are all guys you want long term.

      • Mike T says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        My apologies on the DFS comment. It was directed towards the prior blog I read on razzball.

        No keeper deadline, I am in 2nd and like my team however I am trying to upgrade mainly with keeper SP’s. I have Darvish and Hamels but after that my keeper starters are mediocre. I have tried to acquire Posey and Lucroy as we have to keep a catcher but had no luck. Thoughts on Gattis? Ideally I’d like to think I could package car-go with say polanco to acquire Stanton or McCutchen. Then use hanley or cano to package with cliff lee for a pitcher if that makes sense?

        c- santana
        cif- abreu
        mif- cano
        of- puig
        of- springer
        of- polanco
        utic- car-go or hanley

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Mike T: I love Gattis, he’s one of my favorite players. He’s got crazy power and doesn’t even play every day, and you won’t find a better success story in the league. You have Santana, he’s a good keeper option at catcher. Those other trades sound like good options to me, although CarGo’s value is a lot lower at the moment you might have trouble landing a pitcher better than Hamels.

  20. IUPAC says:
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    Good write-up, love the extra weekend Daily Notes

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @IUPAC: Thanks for reading!

      • IUPAC says:
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        @Dan Pants: How’d you get the name Dan Pants?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @IUPAC: My parents gave it to me when I was born!

  21. Great stuff Mister Pants!

    Between you, Grey, Mike, Nick, Sky, Tom and the rest of the boys, I have more fun on this site than actually playing fantasy baseball, OK, I don’t, but it gets closer everyday!

    NOTE: TO ANY RAZZBALLERS WHO HAVE NOT WATCHED RAZZBALL RADIO, IT IS A MUST, IF YOU WANT HIGH QUALITY FANTASY BASEBALL INFO AND A COMEDY SHOW, watch the show and start with YESTERDAY’S BROADCAST WITH NICK AND GREY, HILARIOUS..CHEERS TO NICK & GREY AND THANKS!

    Here is the podcast/radio show on the computer
    link: http://razzball.com/razzball-radio-round-week-11/

    Keep on keeping on bro!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Thanks MP! They do a great job at the radio show, I’d love to appear on the show myself, if it weren’t for my hideous deformity.

      • @Dan Pants: Ah I could tell by your AV, you might night be computer radio worthy, are you the one on the right side? hard to see, but I am sure that is for the best, you wouldn’t want to scare off the 4 girl readers…hehe…

        cheers mate!

  22. James says:
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    Keeper league…

    Blackmon for Matt Adams + Kolten Wong

    Who wins for ROS?
    Who wins for future?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @James: I agree with Phenom. I love what Blackmon has done to date but it can’t be sustained, time to sell.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Dan Pants: adams alone is better than blackmon so hells yes take him and wong

  23. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Please rank the following pitchers in H2H points league:

    Hamels, Gray, Cueto, Samardzija, Teheran and Price.

    And which of them would you give up Longoria to get?

    • @malamoney:

      Cueto
      Price
      Tehran
      Hamels
      Gray
      Samzija

      start at the bottom with a thrown in and work your way. I would trade any of them for Longo, he will have a solid 2ndhalf, he is healthy, he WILL hit..cheers dude

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: I have Longoria. Are you saying you’d give him up for any of the pitchers on the list?

        • @malamoney: NO..I would not trade Longo for any of those pitchers unless you are desperate…

          These are the only ones I am trading Longo for:

          Felix Hernandez
          Yu Darvish
          Max Scherzer
          Clayton Kershaw
          Adam Wainwright
          Stephen Strasburg

          • malamoney

            malamoney says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: Our points scoring system heavily favors pitching. For instance the top batter is Bautista with 252 points. Tulo has 249. The top pitcher is Tanaka with 382. James Shields has 251 points and he is the 20th pitcher on the list.

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @malamoney: It depends how much you need the bat, if pitchers are that heavily favored I’d consider doing it for any of them.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: Cueto, Teheran, Gray, Hamels, Price, Samardzija. I probably would give up Longoria for the one of the first three. If I really didn’t need the 3B I might trade him for any of the six.

  24. 740 says:
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    Sup Dan, 10team roto 5×5. Craig for Kipnis. who wins?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @740: Yup, give me Kipnis. Craig should have more power, rbis though.

      • 740 says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Nice! i feel better now….Thank u fellas

        • @740: On behalf of Mister Pants and myself, your welcome 740! cheers

  25. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    i need to raise my ba avg badly. I dropped a scrub starter for suzuki ( ihave mccan but will hold on to him until her heats up). is it a smart or at least an alright move to play the better avg hitting suzuki to help w my avg problem for the time being until maccan picks it up? or should i even try to see the market for mccan and see what i cant get. a # pitcher would be ideal, thoughts?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: Average is one of the hardest categories to improve, but starting a guy like mccann won’t help, and trying to raise your batting average with a catcher could be tough. Look for players like tommy la stella and Chisenhall who will help your average but not do much else.

      • Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        ok thanks…

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: As far as catchers go, Suzuki def hits for a better average than most and I’d play him over McCann for now if you’re struggling in AVG that much.

      • Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        yea i hv mccan stashed atm… even though last two games hes been playing alright.

  26. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Out of curiosity which of the following 4 would you be starting in a H2H points league:

    Kemp, Braun, Bruce, Springer, Gordon, Willingham, Dickerson and Cespedes

    We only start 4, so I obviously have a surplus. Would like to trade one for a pitcher, but owners are not looking to make fair deals. One guy said he wants a top 10 bat for Hamels. Seems a bit much to me, no?

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: Those are exactly the 4 I have been starting. I’d like Bruce and Kemp to heat up so they have more trade value.

        • @malamoney

          Great fantasy baseball minds think a like!

          ME too, the only ones I have from your list is Bruce and Kemp.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: Yeah agree with MP again for the most part, I might start Kemp over Gordon in the right matchups.

      • @Dan Pants: agreed Kemp over Gordon for match-ups and certainly you want to leave Kemp in when he starts to pick it up..

        If Mattlingy would have just left him in there, he was just rusty from all the time off..

        MGR’s today have ZERO patience..Almost think they think they are running a fantasy baseball team..

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: And yeah, Hamels isn’t even a top 10 pitcher, not worth a top 10 bat.

    • Mike T says:
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      @malamoney:

      I’d go Braun, springer, Dickerson and cespedes. I’m a Hamels owner and I don’t even think that’s fair!

  27. John Gibbons' Speech Coach says:
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    Ozuna for Krod? Who wins?

    Drop Nathan or Niese for Hawkins?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @John Gibbons’ Speech Coach: I’d want K-Rod, but yes it depends what categories you need. I might drop Niese for Hawkins, he should prob be owned. Hold Nathan a bit longer but I wouldn’t be starting him.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Dan Pants: drop niese? have you actually looked at his stats?

  28. time to get Rutledge!

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    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Damn. Forgot about Rut as an Altuve fill-in for the day. Went with the always yawnstipating Gordon Beckham. Hopefully he continues his ownership of LHP.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Mr. Tibbs: Beckham is probably a safer bet anyway.

        • @Dan Pants: no mworries, Hittertron likes Beckham better then Rut today, but if Rut keeps hitting you certainly want Rut for home games..cheers

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: did you intend to copy-paste a page that large (with mostly non-helpful info)?

  29. WOW SORRY BOUT THAT Dan.

    It is just the Tulo blurp i was posting,

    delete if you can..cheers

      • @Dan Pants: nice huh!

        On a side note:
        I never understand MGR’s
        I coached ball for many years. ALL my best hitters were at the top, I didn’t care how cold they were, they would never bat 7th or 8th..

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: I can understand moving a guy down in the line up for a day to take some pressure off, but I feel like you want your best players battign at the top of the order, where they’ll accumulate the most ABs, not just for the day but over the course of the season.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: we are abusing dan today I called him mike ffs

  30. Pressure, Pressure, Pressure, thank you Jim Mora.

    Seriously, They are batting near the top cause they are good and suppose to be able to handle pressure…Fuvk, they make millions, handle the damn pressure..There is a lot more pressure in life than hitting a a frickin baseball..

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Some players definitely handle it better than others.

  31. Robert says:
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    I need some help with steals and runs. I could trade Pujols for Marte. Not sure if Marte is heating up, but Pujols has not looked good. I have hr power(Goldy, Stanton, Rizzo, Sringer) if I give up Pujols. Does that sound like a fair trade?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Robert: Sounds fair, I think I’d want Pujols though. Pujols has 9 runs in the past 30 days compared to Marte’s 13, so not a huge difference but when Albert heats up again he’ll provide power and RBIs that Marte will not. Marte does have the steals though. I would probably hold, but its fair.

      • Robert says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Robert: pujols or rizzo should net you a better overall player who gets steals as well, like pence. if you’re going sagnof only, you should get more than marte for pujols or rizzo. like throw in a shitty closer (if you have enough) to get marte and an average starter.

  32. I would try Rizzo for Marte first…or what else do you have to trade..I think Albert will heat up with the weather..

  33. Dave says:
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    Cool to trade gary sanchez and austin jackson for david ortiz in dynasty if i am in first this year?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Dave: I love papi, but not sure he’s a guy I’m trying to own in my dynasty league, especially if I’m already in first. I might stick with the prospect here.

  34. Beastman says:
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    Xander is the best shortstop eva just for his name alone!

    In a 16 team, $310 OBP league, trade springer ($10, keep for 2 more years) for Edwin (can’t keep past this year)? Hosmer would become utility and Aoki or Hunter would be OF3 until Harper comes back.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Beastman: X gon’ give it to ya! No one denies this! I would keep Springer. He is good at baseball, and you get him 2 more years.

      • Beastman says:
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        @Dan Pants: Springer does seem to know his baseball. Just tired of waiting for Hosmer to produce on a consistent basis. Maybe he’s turned the corner…I hope

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Beastman: Looks like the Royals are starting to heat up a bit! Don’t pull Springer into your Hosmer hate, he has done but shine.

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Dan Pants: done nothing but*

            • Beastman says:
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              @Dan Pants: Ha, I’ll try not to taint Springer with my Hosmer hate.

  35. Pedro Cerrano says:
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    Is H Santiago a streaming option against the bravo’s tomorrow?

    He is a fly-ball pitcher against a HR team.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Pedro Cerrano: He is certainly an option, albeit a risky one. Stream o’ Nator doesn’t hate it, but doesn’t love it either. He will probably strike out 8+, give up 4 ER, but your guess is as good as mine.

  36. Any of these catchers better than John Holmes, opps, I meant Yan Gomes …hehe…

    M. Zunino C
    J. Pinto C
    D. Navarro C
    J. Saltalamacchia C
    D. Norris C
    C. Ruiz C
    J. Castro C
    K. Suzuki C

    ROS, 10 team H2H points weekly league

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Eh, they are basically all the same player to me. Suzuki has been good, Norris has some power, Gomes is decent. Stick with John Holmes–pretty sure he died about 25 years ago though.

      • @Dan Pants: I figured as much, I have been staying with Big Yan, but he is not much..I am hoping Weiters has some miraculous recovery..

  37. nick the dick says:
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    You just let me know when i should finally drop wilin for sal…ill wait, thanks.

    • @nick the dick:

      I would have already dropped Wiln for Sal, Sal is the better backstop with the bat..

      I dropped Mauer for Sal, he is heating up with the weather, BIG 2nd half for Sal..

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @nick the dick: I really sort of just pick a catcher and leave him there, the differences between catchers are so slight that I focus on the other positions. Yeah I want Gattis, but I’m not going to pay for him. I’d stick with the guy who plays at Coors half the time.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Dan Pants:heard that. Actually had gattis and traded him early on and had santana who i dropped when he was shitting the bed everyday. Shallow 10 team league so i know catchers not the biggest deal, and im sitting pretty in first place so ill ride out wilin and able. But if it becomes time to switch, holla at me dan!

  38. Mike says:
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    Who wins?

    C Davis and Pomeranz

    For

    Shields and hosmer

  39. Lonnie is 0fer coming back after a day of rest??

    Could be the regression fairies are circling..

    Who the bleeps gives a guy off when he is this HOT..WTF?? morons

    G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
    Last 14 12 45 10 20 2 0 5 20 2 3 0 0 .444 .458 .822

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Yeah, he got the day off because they were facing the tough lefty Lester, but definitely some regression likely.

  40. jb says:
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    aybar or astrubal for the rest of the season??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @jb: I’d go with Aybar.

  41. Shawnuel says:
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    Cano is hitting .328. Not sure “heating up” is needed. Hitting for some more power would be nice, though.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Shawnuel: Yeah, that was my implication. Hot humid weather makes baseballs travel higher and farther.

  42. Dave says:
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    Morton > Wheeler?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Dave: I’d want Wheeler.

  43. Ghost of Lane Pryce says:
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    What do you think of ryan Zimmerman for Albert almora in a league with a separate minor league roster? Zimmerman would be replaced by calling up Jon Singleton from my minor league roster.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ghost of Lane Pryce: I like that you’re making the room for Singleton, but I think your overpaying a bit here.

  44. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    12 team roto…Would you drop any one for Polanco; Bruce or Longoria seem most expendable? I’m way SP heavy, but can’t cut any of them :( Hold?

    C-Luccroy
    1b-Abreu
    2b-Kinsler
    3b-Sandoval
    SS-Alexi Ramirez
    OF/UTIL- Trout, Ellsbury, Springer, Bruce
    Bn-Longoria

    SP- Price, Tanaka, Shields, Cobb, Strasburg, C Hamels, Sale, Latos, Fister
    RP-Street, Doolittle

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Dan Pants: yeah, I’m pretty proud of it. Little leery to drop Sandoval until Longo and/rays turn it on. We have a low inning cap, so might lean towards fister… Just he’s been so good for me :(

  45. Connor says:
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    I’ve got gattis as my catcher and wilin in the utility spot. Drop either for what’s on waivers?
    Options are
    Dom Brown
    Kendry Morales
    Carlos beltran
    Oswaldo arcia
    Oscar tavares
    Daniel Murphy
    Billy butler
    Will venable

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Connor: You can drop Wilin, I’d probably go with Arcia or Beltran.

      • Connor says:
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        @Dan Pants: Any preference between the two? I appreciate the quick response! I love the weekend write ups they make my days off that much better

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Connor: I’d go with Arcia.

  46. MB says:
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    How do you rank Morton, Alvarez, Wheeler, Niese, Quintana, Gausman, Arrieta?

    Thank you

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @MB: Wheeler, Alvarez, Niese, Gausman, Quintana, Arrieta, Morton

  47. Mike says:
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    Hosmer,Lind or Morse ROS?
    Thx!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: Morse, Hosmer, Lind

  48. Mike says:
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    Please rank Arcia,Morales,and Hosmer ROS??
    10 team standard

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: Hosmer, Arcia, Morales

  49. Robert says:
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    I need a streamer for Sunday, pick one please. Santiago@Atl or Matsuzaka vs SD

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Robert: Santiago if you need strikeouts, but DiceK is a safer bet for a win.

  50. Tbone says:
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    Weekly h2h 6×6 with OPB instead of BA and SLG as additional category.
    Deal Wright, Utley, and Desmond Jennings for Cano and Holliday?
    Have Rendon and Xander for 3B.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Tbone: I’d stick with Wright

  51. ferris says:
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    8 team nl only

    Drop wheeler
    Drop Venable
    or
    Leave Adams in disabled slot

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @ferris: Drop Venable

  52. Alex says:
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    Worth dropping Wheeler for Niese or Stroman?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Alex: I’d hold for now.

  53. Robert D says:
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    Hello, need to play one for next week
    best out there on waivers:
    Matt Dominguez, Juan Francisco, Lucus Duda, Junior Lake, Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler, Kole Calhoun, or even Mike Moustakas.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Robert D: I’d go with Eaton.

  54. Robert D says:
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    Am I crazy to think Dominic Brown is a good choice??

    • Dan Pants

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      @Robert D: He hit his first homer yesterday in over a month and a half and the Phils have a seven game week, so not crazy…but I’d still rather Eaton or Fowler.

  55. 740 says:
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    Hey Dan, I see SON doesn’t have Kluber in his top 10. Would u start him today?

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @740: Yeah, I’m starting him.

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