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The greatest sporting event in the history of mankind takes place tonight (if all of mankind lived in a Louisiana trailer park and were named Mick Foley) – Wrestlemania! I’ll admit I come from the deep south of the far north where the pro rasslin’ rivals lobster wranglin’ and coffee brandy drinkin’ as favorite sports. I’ll also admit I haven’t watched wrestling since I was about 11 when Ivan Putski delivered the “Polish Hammer” upside the head of Superstar Billy Graham at the Lewiston Armory.  Fortunately, my Hulk Hogan costume still fits! You may be asking yourself, “Guru, you got that turban on too tight? What do headlocks, pile drivers and the ‘Camel Clutch’ have to do with fantasy baseball?” Well, my Razzballin’ Rick Rude lovers, they are both fake sports and I have 1500 words to fill. This week’s jam or cram has your handsome-but-nonetheless-figure-four-leglocking Guru comparing those old school wrestlers to fantasy ballers that could crown you king of the ring. We’re not talking Mike Trout here. We all know he’s the Iron Sheik of fantasy ball and he’ll make any team he faces humble. We are digging down into the lower levels of the waiver wire (owned 50% or less in most leagues, although it can vary league to league for reasons only Matthew Berry knows) searching for the players that will knock the competition stone cold – Gimme a hell yea! With us Razzballers just a week into the season, DL spots already filled, Closepocalypse 2 upon us and a number of studs delivering duds we have to make some early season roster shuffling. No, don’t panic yet and trade away Andrew McCutchen for Coco B. Crisp just because the dread pirate is being outperformed by a man and is parrot friend. We’re just looking for some outside interference à la Captain Lou Albano style to keep the fight going. With all that ‘splainin’ out of the way, it’s time for my signature move – it involves your eyes and my scotch. It’s time to jam it or cram it.

 

Jam or CramJustin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners

Wrestler Equivalent: Jake “The Snake” Roberts

Stats Last Week: 5 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB, .353 AV.

Availability: 57% Yahoo, 7% ESPN

2014 $$$ Value: $1

The Gist: What’s with the ownership difference between the Yahoo!s and the world wide leader? Makes no sense to me, but then again the guys over at Y! are still wondering when their first pubes are going to come in. Whatever, it was quite a start for the Smoak monster as he delivered a DDT to the Angels last week going 6-for-13 with two home runs, seven RBI and five runs in three games.

Key Stat: The Mariners had six RBI all of last April. Smoak did that in a game and a half.

Jam it or Cram it: Smoak’s home run total has risen for three straight seasons topping out at 20 last year thanks to an increase in flyball percentage (45.5%).  He also improved his walk rate (12.3%) and his isolated power (.174). Is this the year he shakes off the dreaded “prospect” label and becomes the next Billy Butler or do I dare say the next Chris Davis?  Not sure, but he gets the Angels again this week. JAM (until the fire goes out).

 

Jam or CramAngel Pagan, OF, San Francisco Giants

Wrestler Equivalent: Tito Santana

Stats Last Week: 3 R, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, .391 AV.

Availability: 57% Yahoo, 78% ESPN

2014 $$$ Value: $2

The Gist: Pagan is the intercontinental champ of ignored players that could actually help your team this year, but for some reason you keep holding out hope that Brett Gardner is going to morph into Rickey Henderson.

Key Stat: After ripping his hammy off the bone (delicious) last season, Pagan didn’t make it back until August. However, did hit .324 the rest of the way.

Jam it or Cram it: With El Matador leading off and followed by the Killer B’s of Brandon Belt and Buster Posey there’s a chance for mucho points. There’s not a lot of power – Pagan’s career high is 11 homers – but if he could hit 12-15 bombs to go along with his 25-30 steals and 80+ runs you have a quality high flier here worthy of a real title shot. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies

Wrestler Equivalent: Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Stats Last Week: 4 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB, .563 AV.

Availability: 97% Yahoo, 100% ESPN

2014 $$$ Value: $1

The Gist: After a terrible spring, Blackmon got rowdy on Friday night in Mile High going 6-for-6 with four runs scored and five RBI – and that’s tough to do while wearing a kilt.The performance should get him more starts and he’s worth rolling out there in daily fantasy leagues like our pals at Draftkings.

Key Stat: Blackmon’s six hits tied a Rockies record set by Andres “The Giant” Galarraga in 1995. That’s a gooey factoid.

Jam it or Cram it: All the pencil neck geeks are high on Blackmon who was barely owned anywhere before Friday night’s suplex on the D-Backs. To quote Classy Freddie Blassie again: One match does not a champion make. Let the geeks go crazy – Blackmon was added over 4500 times on Saturday. Know who else once had six hits in a game? Joe “Honkey Tonk Man” Randa. CRAM

 

Jam or CramEmilio Bonifacio, 2B/3B/OF, Chicago Cubs

Wrestler Equivalent: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

Stats Last Week: 3 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 SB, .579 AV.

Availability: 40% Yahoo, 45% ESPN

2014 $$$ Value: $1

The Gist: I was high on Bonifacio going into last season until he went all Owen Hart on me. SPLAT! Too soon? Sorry, Hitman. Emilo is now with the Cubs, he’s leading off and he’s off to one torrid start. Cubs fans are so excited they actually shut up for a minute about how great Wrigley is to watch his at-bats.

Key Stat: Gooey factoid #2 – Bonifacio is just the fifth player in 100 years to have consecutive four-hit games to start a season.

Jam it or Cram it: If Superfly SAGNOF! can get 400+ ABs this season he can easily steal 35-40 bases. And hit .225. This hot streak won’t last and he’ll be counted out by May. Need steals? Ok, jam him into your bench. Personally, I feel like someone just put me in a sleeper hold talking about him. CRAM

 

Jam or CramJames Paxton, SP, Seattle Mariners

Wrestler Equivalent: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff

Stats Last Week: 1 W, 9 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP

Availability: 65% Yahoo, 85% ESPN

2014 $$$ Value: $1

The Gist: Give your Grand Wizard Guru some credit here, I was high on Paxton before the season and drafted everywhere over other young arms like Taijuan Walker and Tyson Ross.  Mr. Wonderful rewarded my faith by punching out nine Angels over seven shutout innings giving up only two hits.

Key Stat: Over 24 innings last season, Paxton had a 21/7 K/BB rate and a 1.50 ERA.

Jam it or Cram it: The Paul Orendorf comparison aside, the player he reminds me most of is a young Andy “Gold Dust” Pettitte. The lefty has a plus fastball and his signature move is the hammer – a curve that is lights out. Sure the sample was small last season, but it’s worth noting that Paxton’s SwStr% was 9.4 and that’s a stat I like. Paxton could be this year’s Chris Tillman. JAM

 

**Rock and Wrestling Bonus Tracks**

Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks: Owings is hitting .444 to start the year with a couple of steals, but is owned in 25% of leagues. No respect. He’s the Bob Backlund of the fantasy ring – not very exciting, kinda weird looking, but a winner. JAM

Seth Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: Seth “Sgt. Slaughter” Smith is on pace for 144 home runs so there’s that. CRAM

Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, Miami Marlins: Casey “The Animal” McGhee spent last season studying with Mr. Fuji in Japan and it’s paid off. The Animal has 10 RBI is his first five games. JAM

Cody Asche, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies: Cactus Cody Asche goes 3-for-4 with a homer on Opening Day then Rhino sits him. Smart. Does he think he’s managing the Cubs? JAM

Bartolo Colon, SP, New York Mets: King Kong Colon makes for a great meme and not much else. CRAM

 

Follow The Guru and his dirty turban on Twitter @TheGuruGS for fantasy ballin’ wisdom and his signature move – the scotch-fueled selfie.

 

 

 

From Around The Web

  1. Bi-Felicia says:
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    Trout
    Headley
    RA Dickey for my

    Rios
    Marte
    Erasmo Take it right now right!!!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Sure. Why not. It’s Trout. There’s also a Head/Dickey joke here, but I’m too hungover to connect all the dots.

      Thanks for Razzballin’.

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @The Guru: haha, Good one. I accep, I couldn’t even wait on a response in cause he sobered up :-)

  2. S P says:
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    So Grey says to buy on Bonifacio and you say to Cram. Who should I listen to?!?!?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Depends on your team, your roster. If you have carp in the MI and need steal and have room then jam him. I just don’t believe this hot streak lasts much longer.

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        or crap. Ha! Which is also Mike Carp.

  3. J-FOH

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    don’t you disrespect George the Animal Steele like that

  4. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    Jamming or cramming Melky Cabrera on a PED free bounce back kind of year?

        • [will work for saves] says:
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          @J-FOH: how? Hes hitting leadoff in front of straight power… Maybe the ribbies will be down but if he csn have a decent OBP, he’ll be a steal.. Jam!

          • The Guru

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            I like his matchups this week. His Winstrol gummies will run out by May though.

            • [will work for saves] says:
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              @The Guru: haha im on the melky train (caboose?) this year.. Not too many people are with me on it but dude was going undrafted.. Theres value there if he can stay healthy..

          • J-FOH says:
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            @[will work for saves]: leadoff is nice for runs as long as he’s healthy but the bags and HR’s are gone from his game. His leading off is more a reflection of how bad Toronto is than his abilities. I would be shocked if he had 10/10 by the end of the year. Unless he’s on new junk, which he may, I don’t see any more than that. Cram!

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              Melky is the impostor Ultimate Warrior,. He’s kinda like Gallagher 2.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @The Guru: he’d be a member of Demolition, a rip off of the Road Warriors

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      He’s helped me in daily fantasy so there’s that. I’m not a big Melky fan.

  5. Junior Ortiz says:
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    Generic question: I am in a league that gratuitously decided to add a “P” slot just before the draft. It’s 5×5 H2H and yes, drafting tomorrow. Does this make closers/elite starters even more valuable, because they have an extra spot? I am thinking I need to jump on them a round or two earlier than I otherwise would. They also decided on deep benches because reasons.

    Is my assessment right?

    • The Guru

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      I don’t think it does. I wouldn’t change my drafting philosophy (waiting until 5 or 6 round to grab a SP) when it comes to pitching. May take a closer earlier, depends on how things are unfolding. The draft will dictate what to do. Let your mates grab the arms and load up on bats.

  6. Ambreen says:
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    I HATED bob backlund when he was feuding with Hart

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Chief Jay Strongbow!

  7. MB says:
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    Which worthless corpse would you rather have? Puig or Braun? 6×6 OPS league with five keepers roto

    Thanks

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Puig.

  8. lonestar3 says:
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    Paxton or Kluber?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I believe in K-Pax!

  9. Sad Wahoo says:
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    Pagan, hunter,Cruz, Calhoun, aoki,Brantley all on wire in a 10 man obp head to head who u picking up 1st and 2nd option.. just in case…lol

    • The Guru

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      I’d go Hunter and Brantley ROS. For the next week give me Cruz or Will Venable. Or Aoki.

  10. Keith says:
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    Pagan or Yelich?

    • The Guru

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      Kole Calhoun.

      or Yelich.

  11. Bob says:
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    Would you use the first waiver claim on someone giving up on Alex Gordon. Order never resets. And I would be dropping Will Veneable.

    • The Guru

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      That’s a hell yea.

      • Bob says:
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        @The Guru: appreciate it. Didn’t know for how long I should hold that first claim. Knowing I probably won’t work my way back to top 5 till next year . Could especially come in handy given the Braun thumb news.

        • The Guru

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          No prob, Bob. Good luck this season.

  12. The Red Cyclones says:
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    Love the comment about Blackmon. Everyone looks like the WWE champ once a season, even Eric Sogard.

    Who are the Bodydonnas of baseball?

    • The Guru

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      The Miami Marlins.

  13. AnonymousGamblr says:
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    I’m currently starting Kyle Seager at 3B, but I can pick up McGehee or Todd Frazier. Thoughts?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Like me some Frazier, but stick with Seager.

      • AnonymousGamblr says:
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        @The Guru: Much appreciated

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I tip my turban in your direction.

  14. Deck says:
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    My current infield is Cano, Moustakas, Segura and Machado on the DL…who should I pick up Gyorko (just dropped) Owings or Asche. I can (and will) drop BJ Upton and Moustakas.

    • The Guru

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      Gyorko now before someone comes to their senses!

      • Deck says:
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        @The Guru: Used all of my pickups have to wait until 12 tonight, but is he a big upgrade over Moose? Haven’t felt the buzz like you guys with Jerk, but I have to buy in with my current situation.

        • The Guru

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          Much better than Moosesuckass who is dead to me. You also get the 2B/3B roster flexibility.

  15. ferris says:
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    Please rank these low-end guys for a bench spot

    uggla
    mcgahee
    asche

    is it close?

    • The Guru

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      Oof! Think Asche will have the best season of the three. Uggla’s average is a killer and McGehee has had a nice week soon to be followed by obscurity.

  16. Kid A says:
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    Colabello:

    Jamster?

    Cramster?

    Dooooo eeeeeeeet…

    • The Guru

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      I say JAM. There’s 20-25 homer .260ish potential there. What I like about him is the numbers he put up in the minors last year: 24 HRs in 391 plate appearances, .287 ISO and a HR/FB rate of 30.5. It’s worth a flier in a deep/competitive league if you have room.

      • Kid A says:
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        @The Guru:

        Word to the turb.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Cheers, Kid A. How the teams looking one week in?

          • Kid A says:
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            @The Guru:

            RCLs look like warmed-over awful.

            Money leagues better. I play some funky formats: one is a weekly H2H 6×6 where you collect each round and playoffs require an additional, hefty, ante.

            Grinding gears everywhere.

            How about you? What’s your best/worst draft call so far?

            • The Guru

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              Most of my RCL teams are in the middle of the pack. H2H I’m killin’ it.

              Too early to get too up or down about it.

              Best call? Grabbing Trumbo where earlier than most where I could. Worst? Cole Hamels in the 6th looks pretty bad in one league. But, I’m not one of those guys that drafts the same dudes across 25 leagues. That’s no fun!

  17. Kid A says:
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    And how many goddamn home runs is Trumbo going to hit this year? +/- 10,000?

    I own him nowhere.

    • The Guru

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      He’s been making me $$ on Draft Kings. I’ll put the number at 11,289 homers this year.

  18. G says:
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    Thoughts on Abraham Almonte? Jam or cram?

    • The Guru

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      I’ve been paying more attention to these M’s this year and like what I see. Almonte reminds me of Puig. Mini-Puig? His ceiling certainly isn’t as high, but he’ll give you runs and SAGNOF! with a little bit of pop. And he’ll frustrate you – just like Puig. JAM

      • G says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks Guru

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob, G. Good luck on the season, appreciate the question.

  19. Joe G says:
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    Gurú They offer me jean segura for my tony cingrani and Zack wheeler should i accept?

    • The Guru

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      I would if the rest of my pitching is fine.

      • Joe G says:
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        @The Guru: i have grienke,Gio González,garrit colé,sonny gray, fransisco liriano, alex wood, derek holland,tim lincecum

        • The Guru

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          Make the deal. Thanks for Razzballin’.

          • Joe G says:
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            @The Guru: damn its seems he wants cingrani and alex wood should y still make the deal?

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              You have plenty of pitching. Do it up.

  20. Papajeansegura says:
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    would you drop any of these guys for Mcgehee: Kole Calhoun, Howie Kendrick, Dee Gordon, and I’ll throw Lindstrom the “closer” in that mix as well. I’m probably gonna drop Niese for Paxton if he stays an FA until tomorrow.

    • The Guru

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      Hold for now. I like the Niese for Paxton switch.

      • Papajeansegura says:
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        @The Guru: Know what, I did Lindstrom for K-Pax (New nickname hope it sticks) (cause he gets K’s haha…) I think Niese is ok, but would you rather him, Kluber, Leake, or Lohse long term? Or are they all pretty much the same pitcher?

  21. RebelYellich says:
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    Bad draft dollar management led me to punt 3B in my H2H points league. I’m currently trotting Chase Headley out there and am wondering if Asche would be much of an improvement?

    Also, I’ve got a free roster spot and am debating between Fields and Broxton.

    • The Guru

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      I’d give Asche a go. If Frazier is out there in waiver land he’d be nice, don’t know how competitive your league is.

      Fields or Broxton? Blah. Broxton I guess because he’ll get some saves before he gets hurt or loses the job.

  22. ryan says:
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    Khris Davis or Dexter Fowler?

    • The Guru

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      Fowler has the poops and just SAGNOF! to me. Gimme Davis please.

  23. Jay says:
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    Avisail Garcia, Abraham Almonte or Angel Pagan?

    • The Guru

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      Garcia hurt his head today diving for a ball. Not sure on his status. He’d be the one with most upside if he’s ok. Almonte will be hit or miss. Pagan you kind of know what you’re getting. Play it safe with Pagan or roll the dice with the other two. I go Garcia.

  24. Oppo Taco says:
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    alright to trade brad miller for yadier? i know molina is boring but my avg is worst cat and i have hill at 2b and segura at SS. no MI slot and AJ pierzysnki is currently going 0/4 or 1/4 in my C slot everyday

    • The Guru

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      Sure, I approve that trade.

  25. BJFG says:
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    How concerned are you with Braun and Upton’s slow starts? Was just offered JUpton & Braun for Puig & Myers. On draft day I would have taken the deal but not so sure now. It’s a points league with rosters set once weekly so production and consistency is king.

    • The Guru

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      The Braun injury is a concern. Upton will pick it up. Puig has a thumb issue, but X-ray showed nothing and he is better than them all. Expecting a great year from Myers. I’d hold for now.

  26. The Muppet Maniac says:
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    Is it time to give Josh Reddick the Stone Cold Stunner or should I hold for a bit longer? I can drop him for Colabello, Blackmon or Asche.

    • The Guru

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      Hell yea! Stun him! Blackmon is hot, try riding that out. I’m assuming it’s a bench or UT spot.

  27. J-FOH says:
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    Adrian Adonis or Jesse the Body Ventura?

    • The Guru

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      Is Tony Garea available?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: Baron von Rashke is available with Brutus Beefcake on waivers

        • The Guru

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          Prob go Brutus there, but keep an eye on Chris Benoit. He’s a killer.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @The Guru: keep em away from those Von Erich boys

  28. Steve Stevenson says:
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    With Chapman in my DL slot, would you take Broxton over LaTroy or Santos?

    • The Guru

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      Hey Steve, we’re all looking for saves since the Closepocalypse hit. Take Santos, think he has a better chance to save some games this week.

  29. Chris says:
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    Good article guru. Should I go with Martin Perez@Boston vs Dubront or Porcello vs cashner

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Chris. Def go with Porcello. I want no part of Perez. Now watch him throw a no-hitter. Ha!

  30. Kyle H says:
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    Paxton or Taijuan Walker in a 12 team H2H with K:BB, K, QS, ERA and WHIP?

    • The Guru

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      In the long run Walker will be the better player. But, he won’t join the staff until end of April maybe beginning of May. How long will it take for him to get up to speed? I’d go Paxton for now.

      • Kyle H says:
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        @The Guru: From the CBS update, it states Walker may be ready in one more rehab start. If that is the case, would you pick Walker over Paxton?

        • The Guru

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          Sure. If you believe the report. Ha. Walker is the better player. If you grab him now you may just be holding a few weeks, but if you don’t act he may be gone. Fantasy baseball is fun.

  31. young bucks says:
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    Erasmo or skaggs?

    • The Guru

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      Disappointed by Erasmo today. He’s dead to me – until I need a good streamer. Ha! Go Skaggs. Liking the next matchup vs. Mets.

  32. Big League Wood says:
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    Any knowledge to the Zimmerman injury ???

    • The Guru

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      MRI revealed inflammation on his right shoulder. He’s been dealing with this for a couple years. Might be seeing him at first base some more. The problem seems to effect him more in the field than at the plate. Keep an eye on him though.

  33. desert_heat says:
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    My R.Braun and H.Bailey for M.Cain and S.Choo

    • The Guru

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      With the concern for Braun’s thumb, I’d do the deal.

  34. Fromunda says:
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    Nfbc 12 team. Faab. Need help with power and rbis.

    Who do you buy and how much would you bid in a % of total?

    McGhee
    Blackmon
    Colabello
    Joyce

    Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      It’s early yet, who are you dropping? Those 4 may be one week wonders at best. I wouldn’t pay much.

  35. Joel says:
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    Guru, can you rank these players for an IF waiver pickup: colabello, smoak, bonafacio, laroche? Thx!!

    • The Guru

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      Value depends on what you needs but rank in general go Laroche, Smoak, Bonifacio, Colabello.

  36. ken says:
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    ive been offered a trade. standard roto scoring. I have longoria at 3rd, Zimmerman at ci, and Napoli at utility. Team wants Zimmerman for Anibel Sanchez and muchado. Good deal?

    • jal179 says:
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      @ken:

      Nah… Zimm’s numbers seemed so W dependant last year

    • The Guru

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      Don’t think I’d bite on that one.

  37. Jim says:
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    Guru! Please help in an NL-only 5×5 roto league, would you prefer Ishikawa or Overbay (avg is a bigger concern than power, which I have more of). Another choice would be dropping Brandon Kinzler, who is helping with ratios but is probably expendable. Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Hey, Jim. Prob drop ol’ Brandon. Good luck.

  38. Buzz says:
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    Hey guru master ,
    Would you drop either Andrelton Simmons or Alexi Ramirez for either Chris owings, brad miller , dee Gordon (he’s listed as SS on ESPN but I think he will have 2b eligibility soon), Derek Jeter, jimmy Rollins, asdrubal cabrera

    My other IF’s are goldschmidnt, pedroia, David wright, Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana, Salvador Perez, Martin prado (utility), Dunn DH.

    My of’s are Bryce Harper, Matt Holliday, Hunter pence, Victorino (DL), Sizemore & Yelich – we start four OF’ers , would you drop yelich for Nolan arenado? Other options are Emilio benifacio, angel pagan , justin smoak, dust in ackley (2b, of), Anthony rendon, and charlie Blackmon are also available.

    Thanks love this site, you helped me win the ‘ship last season hoping for a re peat!

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Buzz. Drop Alexi for Miller. I’d consider dropping Dunn for Arenado. Dunn is kind of a one category wonder. You sure have a lot of bats. What kind of pitching do you have?

      • Buzz says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thanks, I was also conciderng dropping Dunn , yeah I guess you can say I have quite a bit of bats lol.

        Here are my pitchers; Strasberg , bumgarner , tanaka , gerritt cole, Zach wheeler (we start three starting pitchers), start two at RP, one of my RP’s is papelbon and other slot I just plan on streaming week to week

  39. MB says:
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    Will i regret trading Braun for J Up in 6×6 with ops five keeper roto league?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Don’t think so. Braun may end up getting surgery and looks lost without his ‘roids. Sleep well.

  40. Will says:
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    Frazier or asche at3B until Machado returns?

    • jal179 says:
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      @Will:

      Take the flyer on Asche

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I like Asche, but I’d go Frazier. It’s close though.

  41. jal179 says:
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    10 team H2H. 5 OF slots and I’ve got:
    – Adam Jones
    – Alex Rios
    – Beltran
    – Aoki
    – Avisail Garcia

    Too early to dump Avisail? If not, who to target? I’ve got no bench bats and am beginning to think the Beltran bus may have left the station but I can’t drop him yet…

    Almothe, Span, Swisher, Lorenzo Cain, Ozuna?

    Also, would anyone drop Wong for Dee Gordon?? My gut says too soon but Wong is buried in the 8 slot again verus Dee leading off…

    • The Guru

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      Hold on the outfielders. Gordon doing well at the top of that Dodgers lineup, I’d do that.

      • jal179 says:
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        @The Guru:

        Gu ‘da man

        Nathan Razor Ramon Eovaldi is gonna win the NL ROY

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Ha! You may be right!

      • jal179 says:
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        @The Guru:

        If Avisail is that good, why is he buried in the 6 slot?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Never understand why teams think “pressure” of where a guy hits will lead to failure. The Red Sox doing the same thing with having Bogaerts hit down in the lineup. It’ll change.

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            @The Guru:

            Fuckin hope so.

            Wish the Cards would put their Wong back in the 2 hole :{)

  42. Abdoozy says:
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    Yo Guru,

    Someone just dropped Allen Craig in my OPS league. Seems to be premature rosterbation to me.. Worth picking up? I’d have to drop one these:
    Revere
    Aronado
    Frazier

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      @Abdoozy: Ignoring positional needs, I’d take Craig over all three of those guyo

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Drop Revere and grab him now. Why so many panic stricken owners this year? Jeezus

        • jal179 says:
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          @The Guru: .

          No kidding. Tards everywhere riding the short bus to the basement

          • The Guru

            The Guru says:
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            More winning for the rest of us! Cheers.

  43. Mike says:
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    is it worth to drop any 1 of my guys to stream T. Roark vs Mets on 4/9?

    Matt Cain
    Hyun-Jin Ryu,
    Addison Reed
    Jonathan Papelbon
    Corey Kluber
    Alex Wood
    Joakim Soria
    Erasmo Ramirez
    Pedro Strop
    Madison Bumgarner
    Julio Teheran
    Lance Lynn

    • The Guru

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      Drop Bumgarner. I kid, I kid. Hold steady with the staff you have. That was easy.

      • jal179 says:
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        @The Guru:

        Strop that good?

        • The Guru

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          Maybe, but I don’t it. Every year a guy pops up that ends up a good closer by the end of the year. Maybe Strop will be Koji. Maybe he’ll be Daniel Bard.

  44. pager24 says:
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    FUCK!!!!!! i think my team may be cursed this year!!!!! i’m in last last and 52 points out of first in a 10 team league! ugh!!!!!!! last in every pitching category and bottom half or every hitting category. i had first pick and felt GREAT about my team going into the season. FMFBBL!!!!! sorry just needed to vent here is my team:
    1B- E5
    2B- Altuve
    3B- Arenado
    SS- Desmond
    OF- Trout, piug, myers, gordon, garcia
    MI- Hill
    CI- Pujols
    U- Bogaerts
    P- Strasburg, Cobb, Sanchez, Cole, Salazar, Fister, Moore, Ventura, Erasmo, Santos, Clippard, Farquhar, Melancon, Broxton

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Calm down, Pager, come in off the ledge, all will be ok, we’re only a week in! Have drink and relax. Cheers.

      • pager24 says:
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        @The Guru: HA! thanks i definitely needed this. i think the problem was i had more than 3 drinks! thanks for the advise- its a long season

        • jal179 says:
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          @pager24:

          I’m doing the same thing right now. Its easy to want to jump the gun but a little patience doesn’t hurt.

          Anyone think Beltran is all dried up??

          • The Guru

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            Not yet. Wait for the weather to warm up and watch these guys in slumps heat up. Beltran will be one of them.

  45. tony says:
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    someone droppped Dondaldson in my league, should i drop chase headley for him?

    • jal179 says:
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      @tony:

      Yes. Tho maybe Josh does what Chase did last year– shart the bed.

      I’ve got Donaldson and he was the one big worry I had post draft– a large part of me thinks the regression police is gonna find him

      • The Guru

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        Agree with Jal on this one.

  46. Lemmingness says:
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    Weekly H2H points league with strikeouts -1.

    Have to bench one of Smoak, Aramis Ramirez, Seager, Phillips, or Kinsler.
    Hittertron says bench Phillips, just wanted to double check

    • The Guru

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      Tough to sit Phillips, but he faces some tough pitching this week. However, I’d sit Smoak.

  47. Fister Furbush (Hawks Fan) says:
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    Very nice article. I’m a big fan of Smoak this year. I believe him hitting behind Cano will give him countless opportunities to hit with runners in scoring position. Do you think 100 RBI’s for him is realistic this season?

    Also Lord Guru, today i drafted my competitive money league in a 10 team H2H standard points league. Is it worthy of your liking?

    C. Yadi Molina
    1B. Chris Davis (4th round)
    2B. Matt Carpenter/ Altuve
    3B. Ryan Zimmerman/ Manny Machado
    SS. Ian Desmond (10th round)
    OF. Andrew McCutchen
    OF. Matt Holliday
    OF. WIl Myers/Allen Craig
    Util. Jose Abreu (8th round-sort of a stretch, but i love his upside)

    SP. Yu Darvish
    SP. Chris Sale
    SP. Francisco Liriano
    SP. Chris Tillman
    SP. Mike Minor/ Doug Fister/ Taijuan Walker– (these are 3 injured SP’s that fell really late because of a DL label and I would gamble that at least one of them serves as a legit #3 or 4 for my staff.)

    RP. Tommy Hunter
    RP. Grant Balfour

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Sir Furbush. I’m a fan of the Smoak as well, but if you tell me he’ll get 100 RBI I might think you’re smokin’ somethin’. If he hits 80 it’ll be a good season. Its possible.

      Like the team. You’ll be light on stolen bases and saves. We should come up with a term for that. Call it something like SAGNOF!

      Good luck this season.

  48. Chris says:
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    Hello Guru,

    Would you prefer to have as your 4th OF and occational BN spot Aoki or Pagan?

    thanks,

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Aoki

  49. Andre The Giant/Samoans/Don Morroco says:
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    Should I pick up Harrison or Colby Lewis? Can stream Roark or Hammell as well… My back end Gus are Martin Perez and nolasco….can dl Harrison to save a spot….only 50 moves though for 20 weeks of season…h2h.

    • The Guru

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      That’s some old school rasslin’ name dropping. Good work! With so few moves I think I’d hold for now. Too early to shoot your…use your spots on hot garbage.

  50. aaron says:
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    Great post, brought back some good memories of how entertaining wrestling used to be.
    The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkof, now that is some great marketing.

    Also how about Mr Fuji/Saito vs Jules and Chief Jay Strongbow? One of the great rivalries in tag team history.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Good stuff, Aaron. The 10-year-old in me longs for those days and my Atari 2600.

  51. Ming says:
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    Who do you like at 4th OF slot? These are my options Yelich, Sizemore (considering dropping), Martin prado who has OF eligibility , options on the free agent list; melky Cabrera , Charlie Blackmon, dexter fowler,

    Are brad miller & Nolan arenado legit?

    • The Guru

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      I’m a believer in Miller and Arenado and should be owned. As far as fourth outfielder goes Blackmon is hot right now. Why not ride that out until he fizzles then grab the next guy that gets hot. Spots like that are good chance to use the Hitter-tron for weekly projections.

  52. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    No Hacksaw or Tanaka or Undertaker?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      My apologies. Is Chris Davis The Undertaker? Josh Reddick is Hacksaw? Discuss.

  53. Adam says:
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    Guy in my dynasty auction league (contract, no waiver wire, 40 man rosters) is desperate for a MI after injuries. I’m thinking of offering him Howie Kendrick for James Paxton. It leaves me a little short on my bench but Paxton is enticing, especially for as cheap as he is in this league. Whaddya think?

    • The Guru

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      Makes some sense in a dynasty league if you need arms. Go for it.

  54. subs81 says:
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    Between Wong bonifacio owings and Ackley two are always on my bench in a 12 team 5×5 mixed so I feel I can trade one.
    I have Rodney as my second closer so I d like that 3rd guy and I think Santos could be him.

    Ive been offered wong but out of wong bonifacio and Ackley who should be the guy to go?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      You might be able to do better than Santos by offering up a hot Bonifacio right now. Wong for Santos is alright, think you can do better. Maybe get Soria, or Huston Street. Addison Reed would be a good target as his owner may be panicking.

  55. Chris says:
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    Good stuff as always Guru.

    Is Hanrahan worth a shot? I have Nick Franklin that I can drop and my closers are Hunter and Henderson. Ouch!!

    Also is Nunez worth picking up for some infield depth?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Not a believer in the Hammer. Is Kelley on the Yankees still available?

      I’d say no on Nunez as well as he’s off Triple-A.

  56. Oliver says:
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    Mesoraco or Wilin Rosario?

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