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My fantasy roster is like Rick and his Walking Dead gang, just waiting around to be fattened up for the slaughter in that train car. Doesn’t Daryl have a hidden crossbow? Feel free to kill off Beth though. Currently my team has lost Cole Hamels and David Robertson. Not too bad, but couple that with the injuries to Adrian Beltre, Andrew McCutchen and Yasiel Puig, and my team is on the verge of doing a Hershel. I feel like we should cue up that cheesy music they play at the Oscars when they pay tribute to those stars that died over the past year. Last week, the fantasy world lost Josh Hamilton (smattering of applause), Matt Moore (gasps) and Avisail Garcia (men openly weeping). Just bury them with all the other guys still on the DL – Clayton Kershaw (at least he’s throwing again), Matt Latos (skipping rehab start this week, uh-oh) and Jose Reyes (was born on the disabled list). Add Troy Tulowitzki (quad), Adrian Beltre (quad), Koji Uehara (shoulder quad), and Joe Nathan (dead arm quad) to the walking wounded list as well (guys hurtin’ but not DL’d) and we have a World War Z-sized fantasy apocalypse. Injuries are expected every year, but does it seem like there are more this season? Can I blame instant replay? Harold Reynolds? Someone or something is responsible. Quick, get Bartolo Colon to throw some stem cells in the Gatorade. I hear that helps. *note to self: Pitch embryonic energy drink to Gatorade, make millions, get killed by pro-life crusaders.* It’s time to bring in the fantasy reinforcements. Let’s scour the waiver wire for players owned 50% or less in most leagues and see if we can cure what’s ailing our battered and broken roster. It’s time to jam it or cram it.

 

Jam or CramAdam LaRoche, 1B, Washington Nationals

Stats Last Week: 4 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .400 AV.

Availability: 59% Yahoo, 50% ESPN

2014 $$$ Value: $3

The Gist: LaRoche is currently residing in hot-schmotato territory – which is absolute lovely this time of year. He’s hitting .344 with 8 runs, 2 homers and 9 RBI in 32 AB’s. Last year was a disaster as he hit just .237 with 20 homers, but two seasons ago he was a beast with 33 home runs, 100 RBI and a .270 average.

Key Stats: LaRoche’s fly rate is 41.3%. The league average is around 35%. Even if he hits a slump there still should be homers.

Jam it or Cram it: Let’s play the old game, “One of these things is not like the others.” We have Prince Fielder, Joey Votta, Miguel Cabrera and Adam LaRoche. The one player that is not quite like the others? LaRoche. He was the only one of that group in the top-3 first baseman last week. It looks like he’s back in 2012 form. JAM

 

Jam or CramJason Kubel, OF,

Stats Last Week: 3 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB, .462 AV.

Availability: 91% Yahoo, 95% ESPN

2014 $$$ Value: $1

The Gist: Jason Kubel is still playing professional baseball? Where? Greenland? Nope, close. He’s in Minnesota. I wasn’t sure until I saw him pop up in Grey’s “Buy” column Friday. The cover boy for Hot Schmotato Illustrated this week is Jason Kubel. Isn’t he sexy frolicking in the surf? Kool Bull as we call him around the Razzball lounge is on fire – he was 12/26 and had more RBI (6) than Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce combined this week.

Key Stats: Hit .220 last year. Hit 30 homers two years ago.

Jam it or Cram it:  It’s a Platoony Tune alert as Kubel will see most of his action against righties. If you play in a deep league with big rosters it’s cool to jam him with another Platoony Tune special like Jonny Gomes and reap the rewards. What are the chances this hot streak continues? About the same as me being named the new A’s closer – hey, it could happen! CRAM

 

Jam or CramRajai Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers

Stats Last Week: 3 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 SB, .357 AV.

Availability: 78% Yahoo, 93% ESPN

FAAB$$$: $2

The Gist: Here’s your SAGNOF! Special, Razzballers. Most of us spend the entire season scraping for saves and steals. So why is Rajai unowned in so many leagues? Dunno. The guy’s hitting at the top of a good lineup, has a steal in four straight games and if he can just hit .270ish he could grab you 60+ bases.

Key Stat: Davis grabbed 45 bags last year in just 360 plate appearances.

Jam it or Cram it: At-bats could be a problem with Andy Dirks set to return in May and Brad “I’m No Leyland” Ausmus sometimes starting Rajai against righties, but sitting him against lefties. Huh? Someone show Brad how the Playtoony Tunes thing works please. Still, there’s no reason we can’t grab some SAGNOF! in the early going. JAM

 

Jam or CramMark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers

Stats Last Week: 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB, .286 AV.

Availability: 93% Yahoo, 95% ESPN

FAAB $$$: $1

The Gist: I’m wearing my Rob Deer throwback for inspiration as I write this blurb. I’m also pantless and eating a Hot Pocket. *takes bite, suffers third degree burn on roof of mouth, visits ER* Did you lose Beltre? Teixeira? Need power? Ready to panic? Want a Hot Pocket? So many questions as we look to Reynolds to give our battered and broken roster a boost.

Key Stat: Has 1288 strikeout in 995 games. So there’s that.

Jam it or Cram it: Feel free to JAM and ride Reynolds hot streak if you have room, but we all know this won’t last and he’ll have 432 strikeouts before the season is over – and that’s just against righties. CRAM

 

Jam or Cram:Nate Eovaldi, SP, Miami Marlins

Stats Last Week: 0 W, 3.86 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 8 K

Availability: 69% Yahoo, 87% ESPN

FAAB$$$ $6

The Gist: I’m a believer in the Eovaldi. Check out our Razzballin’ pal JB’s excellent pitcher profile from last week here. I jumped on the 100 mph hurler early and it’s been paying off as he Eovaldi has wrecked up 14 K’s and a WHIP of 1.00 in his first two starts.

Key Stat: Despite the 95+ fastball, Eovaldi’s SwStr% last year was a blah 7.7% (the league average was 9.3%).

Jam it or Cram it: For Eovaldi to develop further he really needs an effective third pitch. He’s primarily that fastball/slider type with an occasional curve that fools no one – especially lefties. However, there’s a lot to like here. As of this writing Eovaldi is about to face the Phillies. If he throws a perfect game it’s a JAM. If he gives up 13 runs in two innings it’s still a JAM.

 

**BONUS TRACKS**

Mike Morse, OF, San Francisco Giants: Morse is pounding the ball right now – 394/.459/.697. He is also less than 50% owned. If you lost Josh Hamilton grab big Mike. JAM

Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, Chicago Cubs: It’s been a hot start for Emilio, but he’s only playing five games this week. Tough to generate the SAGNOF! CRAM

Dioner Navarro, C, Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays backstop is hitting .333 over the last week and if you stream catchers he gets tasty matchups this week against the Twins and Indians. JAM

Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Minnesota Twins: The Splendid Plouffer is slashing .375/.479/.475/ on the year and widely available. If you’re a Beltre owner grab him now, the 30% ownership will be going up. JAM

Edward Mujica, RP, Boston Red Sox: The Koji Uehara injury is a concern as he’s likely headed back to Boston for tests. Grab Mujica if he’s still out there. JAM

 

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  1. Mike says:
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    Guy in league off to rough start…putting Trout on the block
    How much do I give up?
    Would trumbo and Jose Fernandez get it done?
    He is last in HR and RBI
    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Who’s giving up Tout here? You or the guy that needs runs? Trumbo and J-fer should get it done, but if you’re the Trout owner no way I do it.

  2. Lemmingness says:
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    Weekly points league, drop Calhoun for either Morse, Blackmon, or Pagan?

    • Lemmingness says:
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      @Lemmingness:
      Or I can drop Smoak or Middlebrooks instead of Calhoun

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Principal Blackmon is smokin’. Grab him until he fizzles out.

      • Principal Blackman says:
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        @The Guru: I’m what now?….Oh you were referring to that other guy….Never mind….

  3. pistole pete says:
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    Would you start Mujica over Reed as a closer for this week?

    • The Guru

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      Prob stick with Reed as the D-Backs play the Mets this week. Mujica is a good pickup though.

  4. Nic Cage says:
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    Should I drop Miguel Cabrera? He’s having an awful start. Someone offered me Dustin Ackley for him. Should I take this offer?

    • The Guru

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      Yes, drop him then move to Vegas and start drinking.

      • Nic Cage says:
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        @The Guru: I’m already doing two of those things. I can’t trade miggy till tomorrow.

        • The Guru

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          Great. Trade him for the Declaration of Independence.

          • Nic Cage says:
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            @The Guru: Why would I trade for that when I could just steal it? Are you the starting catcher for the NY Mets? Because you’re a rookie son.

            • The Guru

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              High praise, Mr. Light Speed.

  5. scennybear says:
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    Do I go with Pagan or Rajai this week? Weekly roster set. I’m weak in steals. Rajai? Either one of them I’d need to pick up.

    • The Guru

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      I like Rajai for SB if you have room.

  6. KMDA says:
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    Ha! The Balking Dead…..love it

    • The Guru

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      Nice!

  7. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    Like the article, thanks man!

    I like Eovaldi, but just dropped him to pick up Masterson (frustrated owner dropped him). Solid move right?

    Also. I’m liking Jesse Chavez too, was he close to making your list?

    Thanks again!

    • The Guru

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      Masterson’s early starts have been troublesome as his fastball is down about 4 mph – not good. But, I’d probably make that switch.

      Chavez is def on the JAM list.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Shawn of the Livid: i just asked Grey if the opposite was a good idea. dropping masterson for eovaldi

  8. Todd says:
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    Cashier or Teheran?

    • The Guru

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      I like Cash, but leaning Teheran here. He had some bad luck in his last start when an error cost him runs. Cashner is a sell high candidate in my book. My book is called, “Daddy Drinks Because You Cry.”

      • Todd says:
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        @The Guru: are you implying cash’s old man was an alcoholic? Is that the reason for the mullet?
        I agree sell high, as this will prob be his best start of the year and I’ve been wanting to get Teheran, but is Teheran high enough or should I be looking to get more for my cash money?

        • The Guru

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          You might find someone to offer better, but Teheran seems about right. I usually sell hot pitchers for a bat.

  9. malamoney

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    Would you drop Jim Johnson for Mujica?

    • The Guru

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      Johnson will get the job back. Mujica seems like a short term thing. Anyone else you drop to pick him up?

      • malamoney

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        @The Guru: Nah. I don’t really need him. I have Frieri, Street and Johnson and we only start 2. Was just wondering if you, or anyone, thought it was an advisable move. Unfortunately I live up here near Boston and they were talking on the radio this morning that it doesn’t look good for Uehara. If Mujica wasn’t a short term thing, then it might be a good move. However the radio hosts are also not the greatest either. Sal and Richard from the Howard Stern show pranked them good.

        • The Guru

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          Are they jumping off the Tobin now that word comes out Pedroia is dealing with a wrist injury?

  10. phatboy71 says:
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    Do you like Mesoraco or Montero for the remainder of the year. And great read as always!

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, Phatboy. Mesoraco was looking good today for sure. Catcher qustions are tough, thats why I stream the position. Mesoraco is the guy I own in a number of leagues right now. Who knows, next week Salty could be the hot bat.

      • phatboy71 says:
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        @The Guru: Gottcha…..thanks Guru!

        • The Guru

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          No prob, thanks for Razzballin’.

  11. Papajeansegura says:
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    Hey man can you take a look at my team and tell me if something is wrong or if I’m just getting unlucky this week. Getting clobbered… And I hate to take up so much space with the comment usually I keep it very short, but here it is:
    Lucroy/Gomes/Mesorocco Catcher
    Fielder/Matt Adams/Nava 1B
    Kendrick/Brad Miller/Dee Gordon 2B
    Longoria/Sandoval 3B
    Segura/Dee Gordon/Brad Miller SS
    Harper/Bruce/Granderson/Calhoun/Nava/Torii Hunter OF
    Starting Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez/Teheran/Homer Bailey/Archer
    Relief: Kenley/Holland/Rafael Soriano/Henderson
    All I know is I’m short on pitching because I have too many position players. I don’t know just throwing things at the wall right now.

    • The Guru

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      Yes, you have way too many bats. Is it roto or h2h league? Time to start making trade offers for arms.

      • Papajeansegura says:
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        @The Guru: H2H been trying but my league is very tight fisted and one kid who auto drafted got pretty much every top tier pitcher. I’ve been throwing trades out left and right.

        • The Guru

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          You may have to ride it out. Look for players that own hurt guys. Flip Sandoval to the owner of Zimmerman for an arm. Trade Gordon to someone with a slumping SS etc.

          • Papajeansegura says:
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            @The Guru: just made a slick trade idk if its gonna fly in my league (There’s no veotes and I am commish) but I will cancel it if a lot of people don’t think its fair. Kendrick and Gomes for Cashner to the kid who got all pitchers. His catcher is Gattis as of now, and his 2B is Gyorko who he has no idea of who he is. Cashner was like the 5th or 6th best pitcher on his team…

            • The Guru

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              Nice work.

  12. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I have Plouffe to replace Zimmerman in 14 tm H2H, and Moustakas on bench. Drop either one of them or Colabello to ride Reynolds’s hot streak, or hold?

    • The Guru

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      I’d hold. Reynolds hot streak is about to end in St. Louis this week I think.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @The Guru: that series is in MIL.

  13. Josh .M. says:
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    Hey guru! Would you add dee Gordon (on ESPN he now has 2b & SS eligibility) by dropping either Andrelton Simmons or Nolan arenado? My main SS is Alexi Ramirez (who’s been playing well as of late), it’s h2h format & weekly roster locks

    Also keep or drop Shane Victorino? We start 4 OF’ers & he’d be my 4th; my others are Bryce Harper, Matt Holliday, Hunter pence, and have Martin prado who I can use at OF

    If I drop Victorino I’m looking to add either melky Cabrera, Adam eaton, charlie Blackmon, Grady Sizemore, Jackie Bradley jr, Dustin ackley (who has 2b & OF eligibility ), rajai Davis, marcell ozuna, and lastly Eric young jr.

    Or if you wouldn’t drop Victorino for any of those guys would you drop whichever one I don’t drop for Dee Gordon (either Simmons or arenado)

    Thanks for all of your insight!
    Have a great week!

    • The Guru

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      Hey Josh, the Victorino play situation has me concerned but I’d hold for now. So may hot schmotatoes early that won’t last – Blackmon, Sizemore and Gordon. No way Gordon keeps this up. Hold for now. In three weeks you’ll be asking me if you should drop Prado for Jonathan Schoop. Ha!

      • Josh .M. says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thanks for the response man!

        Lol go figure I say I want to drop Andrelton Simmons & he’s having a big fantasy game right now lol on my bench

        Sorry I forgot to ask this in previous post, which pitcher who is SP/RP eligible would you add this week I would put the pitcher at the RP slot, I’m going between Alex wood at Philly, Garrett Richards vs Oakland, Bruce Chen at Houston, or Roberto Hernandez vs ATL & at Colorado (two start)

        • The Guru

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          Like what I’m seeing out of Woods. That’s the play. Richards not bad either.

  14. Sange76 says:
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    Asking around on this trade offer I received. 12 team h2h points keeper league

    My Jordan Zimmerman, Jed lowrie and Carlos Santana for
    Matt Harvey (rd 11 keeper) , Jose Reyes, and Matt weiters.

    I have pitching to spare with Jose Fernandez, shields, Zimmerman, archer, Alex wood, and Hamels due back soon from the DL. I’d need to drop a sp anyway when Hamels comes back soon since we have a 5 sp roster limit. I have Desmond at short and would still have Neil walker on my roster. Lowrie is one if my utility bats. Wong and Kelly Johnson are on the wire if need be. When Hamels is back both my DL spots are clear to stash Harvey with room if another injury occurs. Hopefully not though.
    Thoughts?

    • The Guru

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      It’s an interesting offer w/ an eye towards the future. With the staff you have I’d do it. Reyes may be slightly better than Lowrie if both are healthy and the Santana/Weiters trade is a bit of a wash. I say go for it.

  15. Tulogit says:
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    Good work. I don’t stream catchers cuz of moves limit. Castro been sucking. It’s early but is Mesoraco worth a swap there? Or Russ Martin?

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, man. I’d hold steady for now.

  16. Zar says:
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    Oh man woke up today angry cause I forgot to Bench Buehrle, checked and saw that Buehrle pitched a good game while my ace Gio G got bombed…..is there a razzball term for that?

    I really need pitching, with Matt Moore gone, I’m left with Gio, Anibal, Buehrle, Lincecum, Porcello, Erasmo and a streamer. Any idea on a pitcher I should target by offering Beltran? I can’t seem to pick up anyone. Or am I just panicking 10 games in and should wait for the dust to settle XD.

    • The Guru

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      Not sure if there’s a term, but congrats on Buerle.
      That’a not a bad staff if you stream right. You should be able to get something good for Beltran. Maybe Homer Bailey, Cobb, Masterson?

      • Zar says:
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        @The Guru: Sounds bout who I was targeting, but I keep getting rejected :(

        Thanks!

        • The Guru

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          It’s a long season. Keep trying and good luck.

    • Zar says:
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      @Zar: Whoops, this is a 5×5 roto

  17. Brendan says:
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    oh great Boston Guru. 15 team points league. Just traded Cuddyer, Miller for Wheeler, Profar and kinda panicked when I saw Shelby Miller’s fangraph. Who would you pick up Morrow or Jesse Chavez? Also Holds are worth +5, 6 start max on SP and 5 P slots in a daily league and I’m wondering if I should drop Christian Yelich for Brett Cecil. Already have Rodney, Broxton, Warren (Robinson on DL). I like his upside but just picked up Jedd Gyorko.

    Team looks like
    C- empty
    1st- E5
    2nd- Hill
    3rd- Plouffe
    SS- Brad Miller
    OF-McCutchen
    OF-Myers
    OF-Trumbo
    U-Austin Jackson
    U-Jedd Gyorko
    Bench-Yelich

    P-Wainwright
    P-Greinke
    P-Rodney
    P-Broxton
    P-Warren
    Bench-Wheeler
    Bench- Porcello
    Bench- T. Walker

    DL-Wilson Ramos
    DL- Profar
    DL-David Robertson

    Thanks as always!

    • The Guru

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      Morrow and Chavez are stream plays for me, but in a 15 teamer give me Chavez. Hold on Yelich.

      • Brendan says:
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        @The Guru: Alright picked up Morrow for start vs. Twins. Should I hold onto Ramos?

        • The Guru

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          If he’s in your DL slot keep him, but you should find a catcher to start. I don’t believe in punting a slot. The amount of AB’s and point opportunities are hurting you.

          • Brendan says:
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            @The Guru: So should I drop Yelich or Warren for, I’ll give you a list of FA…Russ Martin, AJ Pierz, Ruiz, Mesoraco, Salty and d’Arnaud.

            Much appreciated!

            Usually people don’t keep catchers in our league because they average ~2 points a day and holds pitchers have the potential for more points per week. Plus Ks are -1 so it’s difficult.

          • Brendan says:
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            @The Guru: or I could drop Profar haha.

            • The Guru

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              What a pain in the ass league. Ha! How many points did you lose by not starting Mesoraco today? Join an RCL next year.

              • Brendan says:
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                @The Guru: I love points leagues! If RCL’s are categories I’m not a huge fan of them. I understand the importance of them in categories but in this league they aren’t really relevant unless they’re like the top 5 catchers.

                Guess the best way to put it for the H2H points league week Warren got me 22 points and Mesacoro got 11 and the top FA navarro got 21. I guess RPs are more valuable than Catchers and there are enough P slots to keep them there when only 1 or 2 SP go each day.

                Strange league indeed.

                • The Guru

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                  I’m going to start a catcher and closers only league. Also anything caught by the ball girl is 14 points.

  18. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    Eovaldi or Chavez?

    • The Guru

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      I’ll take Eovaldi and his K’s in the NL. It’s close, though.

  19. Green monster says:
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    Howdy guru, drop profar? I need a DH I didn’t have a chance to add one last week before rosters locked up; loo like at these not a lot of options, here’s who’s available- Mark Reynolds, Delmon young, Josh willingham, and Raul ibanez.

    With kersaw , Matt latos & iwakuma still on DL

    I’m thinking of rolling Jordan Zimmerman , yu darvish & have an open roster spot, with that spot looking at Shelby miller, jake odorozzi, Chris archer, jake peavy, Lance Lynn

    Here’s my whole team-

    C- yadier Molina

    1b- Joey votto

    2b- Ben zobrist

    SS- Starlin Castro

    IF- jean segura

    OF- Alex rios

    OF- jay Bruce

    OF- dom brown

    OF- Alfonso soriano

    Utility- Matt Adams

    DH- empty

    Bench- profar (DL), daniel nava, Jose Reyes.

    SP- yu darvish

    SP- Jordan Zimmerman

    SP- ?

    RP- Craig kimbrel

    RP- Sergio romo

    Bench- kersaw, Matt latos, iwakuma

    I recently got a trade proposal I’d get zach wheeler & I’d trade either jean segura ,or Castro

    • The Guru

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      Go Miller.

      Keep Profar. Not liking those waiver options very much.

      I wouldn’t make that deal. You can do better than Wheeler for Castro.

      • Green monster says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thank you, if I keep profar I’d still need to fill the DH slot until profar returns, I don’t have anyone else who is eligible for DH but it’s tough since I don’t want to drop profar, drop iwakuma? Or drop Jose Reyes since I already have Castro & segura, I have a feeling his hammy will bother him most of the season

        • The Guru

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          Don’t drop any of those guys. Look for trade. If you really want to drop someone drop Nava for a hot bat.

  20. Lemmingness says:
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    Do you think Skaggs is worthy of a spot as an every week starter (points)

    • The Guru

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      Don’t know what your SP staff looks like, but he’s a streamer for me.

      • Lemmingness says:
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        @The Guru:
        Currently have Darvish, Scherzer, Liriano, Kazmir, Sabathia, Gallardo, Wood. Masterson on bench and Fister on DL.
        I have a spot to fill, and I was wondering if I should get Chavez for this week or Skaggs for longer term. Also wondering if it’s too early to drop Sabathia/Masterson or not.

        • The Guru

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          Hold, don’t let the panic set in just yet. I like Skaggs over Chavez this week.

  21. JMAR says:
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    Hey Guru,

    I’ve got a lot of bats but I’m weak in pitching, was wondering if you could give me any ideas on who I could look to target/what would be fair..

    C – Santana
    1B – Pujols, Hosmer, Abreu
    2B – Aaron Hill, Gyorko
    3B – Zimmerman (DL – now playing Gyorko), Bonifacio
    SS – Hanley Ramirez
    OF – Adam Jones, Bautista, Jay Bruce, Justin Upton, Rajai Davis

    SP – Teheren, Masterson, Gray, Ventura, Eovaldi, Liriano, Cobb
    RP – Soria, Lindstrom, Chavez (I know he’s a SP but he’s listed as RP on yahoo).

    Any help would be appreciated thanks

    • The Guru

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      Get rid of two of those 1B. I’d try to tade Hosmer and Abreu is really hot now you can get a top tier starter for him maybe. Bonifacio is hot too, you might get a good closer for him.

  22. Dan Pants

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    Great walking dead blurb, I’m feeling the same way right now. Lost Cobb, Uehara and Beltre this weekend to the DL. At least if they were walkers they would get on base. Who do you like to replace Beltre short term Reynolds, Headley, Seager, Lawrie, Asche all available

    • The Guru

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      Hey Dan! Thanks,, seem like more injuries in the early going this season? Can we bring back steroids. That was baseball’s golden age. Just ask Paully All-Nuts. HA!

      Leaning Lawrie for the next week. He has Twins/Indians staff this week. Might have to play the hot bat until Beltre gets back.

      • JJ says:
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        @The Guru:
        by hot bat you mean Lawrie?!?

  23. Mike B. says:
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    10 team roto/5×5
    Pending Trade:
    Receive Josh Donaldson, Oak 3B
    Receive Will Venable, SD OF
    Receive Casey Janssen*, Tor RP
    Send Billy Butler, KC DH
    Send Billy Hamilton, Cin OF
    Send Justin Masterson, Cle SP

    FA: P: Paxton, Buchholz, Eovaldi, Vargas, T. Walker, Feldman; H: J. Hamilton, C. Hart, R. Howard, J. Reddick, W. Ramos, M Teixeira

    My Team:

    C Evan Gattis Atl C OF
    1B Joey Votto Cin 1B
    2B Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B
    3B Trevor Plouffe, Min 3B
    SS Jean Segura, Mil SS
    2B/SS Brad Miller, Sea SS
    1B/3B Jose Abreu, CWS 1B
    OF Andrew McCutchen, Pit OF
    OF Bryce Harper, Wsh OF
    OF Jay Bruce, Cin OF
    OF Wil Myers, TB OF
    OF Alex Gordon, KC OF
    UTIL Billy Butler, KC DH
    Bench Billy Hamilton, Cin OF, Yangervis Solarte, NYY OF
    DL Will Middlebrooks*, Bos 3B DL15
    P: David Price, Gio Gonzalez, Homer Bailey, Alex Cobb, Koji Uehara, Justin Masterson, Joakim Soria, Ernesto Frieri, Francisco Rodriguez, Yordano Ventura, KC SP

    Trade Partner’s team:
    C Salvador Perez, KC C 1B Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B 2B Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B 3B Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B SS Jose Reyes, Tor SS DL15 2B/SS Starlin Castro, ChC SS 1B/3B Josh Donaldson, Oak 3B OF Ryan Braun, Mil OF OF Starling Marte, Pit OF OF Jayson Werth, Wsh OF OF Shane Victorino, Bos OF OF Will Venable, SD OF UTIL Albert Pujols, LAA 1B, DH P Mat Latos, Cin SP DL15 P Doug Fister, Wsh SP DL15 P Julio Teheran, Atl SP P Cole Hamels, Phi SP DL15 P Hiroki Kuroda, NYY SP P Casey Janssen, Tor RP DL15 P Huston Street, SD RP
    P Marco Estrada, Mil SP P Drew Smyly, Det RP Bench Victor Martinez, Det DH Bench Nate Jones, CWS RP DL15 Bench Jim Henderson, Mil RP

  24. The Thumb says:
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    Smyly or Eovaldi to replace Cobb?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m a Eovaldi believer, but leaning Smyly here.

  25. Picard56 says:
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    Jam it or cram it with Jesse Chavez against the Angels tomorrow?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I think his nice little run ends tomorrow, CRAM.

    • hawk says:
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      @Picard56:

      Angels finally busted out today. SON doesn’t like the start either. Natch,I picked him up in my “everyone plays, no bench, weekly transactions” league.

      Go me?

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Give him a whirl. I’m starting him too in a similar league. Don’t tell SON, He’ll hump my Zoomba again.

  26. Lopes says:
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    in a 10 team keeper H2H points league I’m hurting for roster space. I have profar with complete intention to deal him for keeper purposes. Looking to put Profar in a deal with Bailey for Gio Gonzalez… Good or bad?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Gio is slightly better than Bailey so it’s really a lateral move and you give up Profar for nothing. I wouldn’t do it.

  27. Leifer maddness says:
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    wanna grab raja so bad but dont know who to drop, my worst 3 player right now are biily ham brad miller, and nolen arando, who i drop for him. i hate to give up on any of these guys but who would you drop??

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Tough decision. Miller if I had to choose, but I wouldn’t drop any of them for Rajai.

  28. G says:
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    All my pitchers are all going down with Cobb, Fister, Paxton the latest. My remaining SPs are Sonny Grey, Teheran, Porcello, and Peavy. I have an outfield of A. Jones, Bautista, and Beltran. I also have Fielder and Pujols occupying my 1B and utility spots. So I figured I could afford to give up some power. I have also have AOki on the bench. Was thinking of trading Beltran for a pitcher. Think I should hold? Otherwise, how would you rank these pitchers to target from two teams I am negotiating with: Zimmerman, Price, Wacha, , Shields, Tillman and Eovaldi? Are any of these guys too little for Beltran if offered? Thanks in advance.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Beltran for Zim, Price or Wacha works for me. Good luck. Man, these injuries are killing me!

      • G says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks a lot. Im gonna target those guys. I did just get offered Madbum for my bautista couple minutes ago. I hate giving up bautista and will probably decline but what do you think??? Thanks again

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No way. Decline that one.

          • G says:
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            @The Guru: Thanks again. DECLINED

  29. hawk says:
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    I’d like to Cram Lindstroms head right up his cramhole.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Can we cram all these injured guys too?

  30. stonepie says:
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    up to 5 DL’d guys-cobb, robertson, minor, j johnson, crain! probably going to drop crain, throw cobb on the DL and pick up mujica

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Ouch! But I can relate. Makes sense.

  31. Anthony says:
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    Long term keeper league…Justin Upton and Neil Walker or Gyorko and Cespedes?! I feel like I’m getting Gyorko at the perfect time..thanks man!!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I could see doing that in a keeper league.

  32. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    You’ve mentioned both of these guys as streamers (and that’s how I’ve used them so far), but if I’m looking for something longer-term, who are you scooping up: Chavez or Skaggs? I’m leaning Chavez for the Ks, but Skaggs has better swing-and-miss stuff. Your thoughts, sir?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Think Skaggs will have the better season when all is said and done. The K’s ill be there for him as his velocity is up about 3mph here in the early going. Now watch him blow out his arm.

      • Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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        @The Guru: Skaggs it is. Thank you, my friend!

  33. Bob says:
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    10 team head to head 6×6 extra categories k for hitters and Qs for pitchers

    Picked up two hitters due to guys getting antsy early. Craig and Alex Gordon . Really feeling Jesse chavez. Would you drop Buchholz for him? Also out of Hawkins, valverde who would you rock with? Also with Beltre on Dl. Go with Arenado or bogaerts this week?

    C-Posey
    1b-Goldy
    2b- altuvie
    SS-Hanley
    3b-Beltre
    Of-Braun
    Of-Alex Gordon
    Of-Werth
    Dh-Encarnacion
    B-Arenado
    B-Xander (SS/3b)
    B-Nelson Cruz
    B-Will Myers
    B-Lowrie (2b/SS )
    B-Crisp(of/dh)
    B-Allen Craig (1b/of)
    P-Bumgardner
    P-tanaka
    P-Zimmerman
    P-Anibal Sanchez
    P-Ventura
    RP-Soria
    RP-
    B-Salazar
    B-Buchholz
    B-evoldi
    Dl-Robertson
    Dl- Tijuan Walker

  34. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Nice pick ups. Lots of panic moves by people in the early going. Go with the X-Man. Don’t think I’d drop Buch for Chavez as much as I like him.

    • Bob says:
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      @The Guru: Thanks yeah not sure who to drop. But the elite number and ratios he has put up and the article about him have me itchy, also thr rP and sp eligibility. But I think buch is the only one I could except for maybe Lowrie or Cruz But he is a great backup. Would you trade Cruz for Cueto?

      • The Guru

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        Sure if he’s just sitting on your bench.

  35. Matty Ice says:
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    In dire straits with Zimmerman going down in my deep points league. Has it really come to this?

    Danny Espinosa? Casey Mcgehee? Do either of them hold any promise for the next 6 weeks?

    • Matty Ice says:
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      @Matty Ice:

      I guess I’ll add Semien and B. Crawford as options a well.

      Decisions, decisions….

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Its the fantasy apocalypse! May have to use the hitter-tron and look for matchups. I picked up Plouffe in one league and Lawrie was available in another. Semien is an interesting player or maybe Moosesuckass is available.

  36. grif says:
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    Guru,
    What are your thoughts on Edinson Volquez? Is he worthy of a pick up or just someone to continue monitoring for the time being for 12 mix?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Streamer at best.

  37. Rixo13 says:
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    Laroche or Morse for next week?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Roll with LaRoche.

  38. Picard56 says:
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    Start Nelson Cruz(3 vs TB at home, 3 @BOS) or Alfonso Soriano(2 vs Cubs, 4 @TB)?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Go Cruz, I think he’s going to have a good week.

  39. Roland Deschain says:
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    Desmond Jennings at $27 or Brett Gardner at $18. Which one would you rather own/start?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m a Gardner fan and like that price better than Jennings.

  40. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    If you had to bet on the better ling term closer this year who would it be? Mujica, Broxton or Kelley?

    Right now I have Fields, Cischek, Brothers and Soria and managed to make it a whole week without a save….FML.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Tough call. Prob say Broxton since we don’t know Koji’s situation and Robertson will be back soon.

  41. de nachos says:
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    How are you on Castellanos? I’m Luke warm on his getting 3B eligibility but as my 5th OF/U I wonder if I’m not better off chasing steals. And love LaRoache he saved my corner IF in RCL.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Yes, LaRoche saved me too w/Zimmerman hurting and now out. Cast is kind of a boom or bust guy. Reminds me of Will Middlebrooks a bit, good power/high strikeout. If he’s just taking up space that may be a spot to grab some SAGNOF or use the spot to stream a starter. I’m not a fan of owning guys then letting them just take up space on the bench.

  42. J-FOH says:
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    Is that what we have determined from the Walking Dead, they are cannibals?
    What about little ass kicker, Tyrese and Carol the kid killer?
    Beth, i could care less, but want to know why they were so dumb to walk into an obvious trap?
    and why, for the love of God did they not take the water truck in Season 2, still pisses me off.

    Oh yeah baseball talk, I’ve lost Cobb and Roberston on one team and I was stashing Jones, and honestly I’m not sure if I want to drop Jones, i think he gets the job at some point and I have now zero closers on that team.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Carol will come in with a flamethrower and the baby on her back to save the day. Season 2 was the worst season as they transitioned away from Frank Darabount me thinks. I want the Governor back!

      Those relievers sure get scooped up fast in the RCLs. I’m used to the Yahoos I play with. Ha!
      I think even the third relievers in line for a save are owned.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: Shane took the Hyundai, show sponsor in what was a bad call. I always wondered why they didn’t go take over Woodbury at the end of season 3, seemed like a better long term set up than the prison.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I was hoping they would take over a TCBY.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: but what about my Walking Dead question

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Is Terminus full of cannibals? Looks that way too me. Or it could be that they locked them in the rail car until they agree to sell Amway. Same difference.

  43. Suessmanzada says:
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    Since Profar went down i have a hole at 2B and a revolving door in my last OF spot

    Who would you go with at 2B and the OF spot next week out of these guys (Weekly lock, points league):
    Dustin Ackley – OF/2B
    Kelly Johnson – OF/2B
    Alfonso Soriano – OF
    Brett Gardner – OF

    also, would you consider offering Gardner for either Archer or Garza?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Johnson and Gardner me thinks.

      If you need an arm you could trade Gardner for one. I like Garza slightly more because of NL parks

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: we are the exact opposite

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Since it’s a weekly league I trusted the hitter-tron. I don’t dare argue with it. It’ll rape my toaster oven.

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @The Guru: archer is better pitcher, no injury history and plays in MUCH better pitchers park, and only thing arguable is whether or not he’s a better pitcher or not. NL east does have a lot of terrible pitchers parks though (every other one)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Suessmanzada: Ackley and Soriano

      I will trade gardner for Archer, I really like Archer this year

      • Suessmanzada says:
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        @J-FOH: i’ll offer it and see what he says, i need another arm. any input on my 2b, of question ?

        will utley keep this up or are his previous knee issues a serious concern ? considering making a play for him

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Suessmanzada: Utley is a guy you draft and not one you trade for. It’s so early in the year that you need to go upside

          • Suessmanzada says:
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            @J-FOH: so roster kolton wong, i can even stash Oscar Taveras. would drop headley.

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              If you own Utley why not stick with him?

              • The Guru

                The Guru says:
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                J-Foh likey Wong long time.

  44. rbiking55 says:
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    Forgot to add Alex Cobb :-( Late add to the DL party I suppose

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Yes, Cobb and Zimmerman went down after I had written this. Just an exclamation point on this freakin’ season so far.

  45. Earlycoff says:
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    Puljos, Belt and CIingrani for Prince Fielder, Wheeler and Frieri….which side?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      The Cingrani addition tips it for the Pujols side of things.

      • Earlycoff says:
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        @The Guru: Would it still be Pujlos side if Frieri were swapped for Salazar?

        Thanks!

        • The Guru

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          In my opinion, yes.

          • Earlycoff says:
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            @The Guru:
            Thanks!

    • Bi-Felicia says:
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      @Earlycoff: fat fielder is over rated & over bloated

  46. Fister Furbush says:
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    Lord Guru, I have a conundrum:

    Who do I start in a standard points league?

    Allen Craig
    Torii Hunter
    Wil Myers.

    • The Guru

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      Like Craig this week on the road vs. Brewers and Nats. Not sure what the hitter-tron would say.

  47. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Oh wise one!!!! Do you know the difference between jelly and jam?

    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @Tehol Beddict:

      Well you don’t put jelly on the top of your dogs mouth so you can laugh out loud about it.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I use vasoline.

  48. Wash Heights says:
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    Who’s the better spec for Cubs closer, Rondon or Grimm?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Betting my turban on Rondon. Or Lee Smith.

  49. SoSayethI says:
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    DLpocalypse is killing me right now! I’m in a 14 team 6×6 w/ OPS and need a boost in power. At least until Jay Bruce and Gyroko remember how to hit again. Oh great guru pick 2 to help fill this hole in my heart (and UTIL slots). Which 2 would you grab for the next week or so? what about for the ROS?

    Corey Hart, Swisher, LaRoche, Matt Joyce, Mark Reynolds, Mike Morse

    • The Guru

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      Too early for me to start thinking ROS. I need some wham bam thank you ma’am types. LaRoohe has been hot, but faces Jo-Fer, Wainright and Wacha thus week. So…its Hart and Joyce for your humble Guru this week.

      • SoSayethI says:
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        @The Guru:
        Many thanks!

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob, thanks for Razzballin’.

  50. MB says:
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    Do I start mujica or koji this week?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Tough one. Think Koji may miss the week. Go Mujica.

      • MB says:
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        @The Guru: gracias

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          One more injury and I’m playing fantasy cricket.

  51. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Good evening!!

    Rank for ROS:

    Meseraco, Castro, Zunino

    I’m personally leaning toward Mesoraco in all my leagues as long as he stays healthy.

    Also, I’m pretty 2 1/2-3 out of 4 on an NES level of fantasy player, but I have a basic H2H q:

    How many SP do you like that are tier 1-3/4ish going into an throughout the season? I have 5-8 in each league and that’s after injuries to the likes of Griffin, Corbin, Fister, Cobb? And my friend, the list goes on.

    I find myself continually adding and dropping Eovaldi and Porcello because I can’t drop a Masterson type.

    Thank you!!!

    • The Guru

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      Hey Tarman, I stream the hot bat at catcher. I may end up owning 7 or 8 catchers over the course of the year, some a couple times. So, ROS at catcher means nothing to me. Meseraco looks good right now and I own him a couple places, played him on DraftKings on Sunday and banked. Next week it might be Castro.

      I usually carry six starters and a streaming spot. I never own a true ace like Kershaw or Stras. I load up on bats then draft the best second/third tier guys. Grey’s pitching tiers are always damn good to use before the draft then Stream-o-nator becomes my friend through the season.

      • Tarman Got Him says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks so much!! Always love your articles. I agree 100% I do a lot of leagues all money so I like same yet variety. I agree with SP aspect. I missed the first picks I one draft but amazingly just pulled off he following trade

        I get Freeman Bruce and J Zimermann

        For

        Strasburg (auto drafted) Lat

        • Tarman Got Him says:
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          @Tarman Got Him: sorry accidentally posted without finishing haha.

          For those 2, Lindstrom and Gyorko and Lackey

          I already own Cold Darvish Porcello and others.

          Not bad eh. I also own J Upton and Cargo and Segura

          Haha can talk fantasy ball forever. But yeah, what you think about the deal?

  52. Alan says:
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    Would you drop yelich for rajai?

    • Tarman Got Him says:
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      @Alan: No

    • The Guru

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      Do you need speed or power? Personally, I’d hold Yelich.

  53. Joe G says:
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    Gurú who you prefer starling Castro or tony cingrani?

    • The Guru

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      Hey Joe, depends on how my team is constructed. I usually prefer a bat to an arm.

  54. Chris says:
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    Hey Guru good article,

    I always like your feedback on here, tell me what you think if you would please.

    Below is my team 5×5 roto. Do you think I need more pitching or should I stay put? I am thinking of offering Pujols or Rizzo and Lincecum for Jose Hernandez and Chavez SP A’s. Let me know if you think I should stayput or offer it. With Cobb being out I’m a little scared.

    Pitching
    Roberto Hernandez
    T Lincecum
    N Eovaldi
    D Salazar
    Jim Henderson RP
    R Porcello
    Y Ventura
    C Archer
    T Hunter RP
    A Cobb (R)
    C Carrasco (R)
    B Chen (R)
    M Perez (R)
    C Morton

    Goldschmidt
    Gyorko
    Andrus
    Middlebrooks
    E Cabrera
    Pujols
    Rizzo
    Hart
    Harper
    Kris Davis
    Soriano
    Crisp

    • The Guru

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      Rizzo for Jose Fernandez would be great if you can pull it off.

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