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With a quarter season of jamming and cramming behind us, it may be time to start taking some serious inventory. No, not a fearless moral inventory, that’s 12-step talk and I ain’t no quitter – just ask my liver. I’m talking about taking an honest look at where your team is good and where it absolutely sucks donkey dongs*. We have enough data behind us now that we know Matt Kemp is actually Milton Bradley in disguise, Billy Butler needs a mansiere (It’s called The Bro!), Jedd Gyorko is more myth than man (and mercifully on the DL), Troy Tulowitzki is really good at baseball, and Nelson Cruz can hit a ball a long way with or without his juice. Now I’m not saying to go and blow up your team and drop Dustin Pedroia  because he has just two more homers than the late Johnny Pesky this year. What your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru is pulling on your coat about here is that it’s time to drop the dead weight wasting away on your bench for some fresh meat that could save your fantasy season. I’ve played this fake game long enough to know that we have about two weeks to go until disgruntled owners completely abandon their teams for fantasy Cricket which cuts down on our trade options, but increases our chances of moving up the leader board. It was around this time last year that I bailed on Josh Rutledge and Jason Heyward for Jean Segura and Dominic Brown. I eventually traded them off for Ian Desmond and Hunter Pence. That worked, and all the cash and glory (and glory holes) were mine. Let’s scour the waiver wire for players owned 50% or less in most leagues and see if we can discover some riches for our bankrupt roster. It’s time to jam it or cram it.

*Donkey dongs is a technical sabermetric term taught at Mathew Berry’s Fantasy Baseball College for the Criminally Insane.

 

Jam or Cram: Josh Willingham, OF, Minnesota Twins.

2014 Stats:  50 AB, 12 R, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB, .320 AV.

Availability: 68% Yahoo, 38% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $8.

The Gist: Need a replacement for Carlos Gonzalez? Didn’t your Razzicians tell you not to draft CarGlass? Turn your lonely eyes toward Willingham. The Ham’s wrist injury looks to be cured and he’s  has been rocking since coming off the DL with four home runs and 11 RBI. Wrists can be a tricky thing for a power bat, but he looks healthy and has been producing. Over the last week, Willingham’s hitting .364 with two homers, six runs and seven RBI.

Key Stats: Willingham has a .286 ISO — top 15 among all hitters with at least 60 plate appearances.

Jam it or Cram it: As long as Willingham is healthy (and it looks like he his) he needs to be on any power starved team. Tired of waiting around for Bryce Harper, Mark Trumbo and Shane Victorino?  Willingham is just two years removed from a 35 homer, 110 RBI season. You won’t have many chances to pick up a player that has the potential to hit 15-18 homers and 50 RBI the rest of the way. JAM the Ham.

 

Jam or Cram: Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado Rockies.

2014 Stats: 100 AB, 18 R, 7 HR, 17 RBI, 3 SB, .330 AV.

Availability: 77% Yahoo, 73% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1.

The Gist: So long CarGlass, you lasted longer than we thought. Is Tulo next? I dunno, I’m a guru not a fortune teller, but the door is open for Corey Dickerson. C-Dick (that’s what I call him without his permission) has been a Platoony Tuner this season and now gets a chance to show his stuff. C-Dick is 6/22 (.276) with a two homers and four RBI over the last week.

Key Stats:  In 594 career at-bats between Double- and Triple-A, Dickerson put up 24 homers, 18 triples, 38 doubles and 13 stolen bases.

Jam it or Cram it: C-Dick will be tested this week as he faces three lefties and some tough arms in Atlanta and San Francisco. C-Dick is a rent-a-player until CarGlass gets back and is a must start versus righties at Coors. If you have a need or the roster room it’s a JAM.

  

Jam or Cram: Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays.

2014 Stats: 12.1 IP, 2 W,10 K, 7.30 ERA, 1.54 WHIP.

Availability: 76% Yahoo, 95% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $1.

The Gist: Stroman showed dominance and command at Triple A with 45 Ks and just nine walks in 35 innings. Friday night, in just his second career start, Stros did give up seven hits, but managed to hold the Cardinals to just one run over six innings in a 3-1 win. Strohman does have quite the repertoire of pitches including a fastball that hits the mid-90s, a nasty slider and a nice little cut fastball.

Key Stats: Strohman was suspended 50 games last year after testing positive for methylhexaneamine. What the hell is that and where can I get some? Whaddya mean the Razzball random drug tests start next week?

Jam it or Cram it: I’m not one to push all-in on a rookie arm – especially one pitching in the American League – double especially one pitching in the AL East. Stroman kind of reminds me of a young Flash Gordon – plus fastball, good command, low walk rate – and, while Stephen King could write a book about some girl that loves him one day I guess, he’s just a streamer for me. I imagine there’s going to be a pitch limit on a 5’9”, 23-year-old rookie. However, I do like the matchup against the Twins this week. I’m going JAM kwazy today!

 

Jam or Cram: Cody Allen, RP, Cleveland Indians.

2014 Stats: 25 IP, 2 W, 5 S, 31 K, 2.81 ERA, 1.25 WHIP.

Availability: 59% Yahoo, 36% ESPN.

FAAB $$$ Value: $6.

The Gist: Damn you, SAGNOF! Gods. Why have you forsaken me? Saves and steals will seal my fate this season. On my five RCL teams this year, I have two in first, the rest stuck in the middle and saves are my biggest problem. Drafting John Axford didn’t work for me and it didn’t work for the Indians either as they’ve booted him to the curb for Cody “Don’t Call Me Banks” Allen. Allen seems to have entered Terry Francona’s circle of trust as he picked up four saves last week and has struck out 31 batters in 25 innings.

Key Stats: Had 88 strikeouts in 70 innings last year.

Jam it or Cram it: Francoma announced yesterday that the goal is for Axford to get the job back eventually, but we SAGNOF! seekers cannot be choosers. If Allen is available he needs to be owned now. Just let me get him first. The JAM-apolooza continues.

 

**BONUS TRACKS**

Gregory Polanco, OF, PIT: I will continue to say JAM until those Yins in Pit come to their senses and call him up.

Kyle Blanks, 1B/OF, OAK: At 6’6”, 250 pounds I wouldn’t mind him on my team – my fantasy football team. CRAM.

Tommy La Stella, 2B, ATL: La Stella is the anti-Dan Uggla. He won’t hit for Uggla-like power, but he won’t K 473 times either. It’s a deep league JAM.

Craig Gentry, OF, OAK: Josh Reddick hit the DL, Gentry’s hitting in the leadoff spot and I’m high on methylhexaneamine. But, not that high. CRAM.

Joba Chamberlain, RP, DET: Ok, Joe Nathan may have struggled last week, but has my SAGNOF shortcomings really come to this? CRAM.

Johnny Manziel, QB/SS, SD: Johnny Football was drafted by the Padres with the 837th pick Saturday. He can’t be worse than Gyorko, amiright? JAM.

 

Leave a question or stalk me on Twitter @TheGuruGS and check out my blog for more dirty turbaned nonsense. 

From Around The Web

  1. J-FOH says:
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    This is the Jammy Jam Jam today….got a biscuit?

  2. Abdoozy says:
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    Yo Guru. Congrats on your preseason picks, you’re chewing bubblegum and kicking ass and you’re all out of bubblegum.

    Thoughts on Carlos Santana? BABIP around .180 would indicate unlucky, but his LD rate is down so I’m confused. I’d like to pick him up if there’s any hope because lately Mesoraco has decided he’d rather be Jose Molina than Yadier Molina. But I don’t have any bench room (6 OF for 5 slots – Cutch, Stanton, AJones, KDavis, Crisp, Bruce). So I’d have to drop a P (Teheran, Chavez, Sanchez, Eovaldi, Pomeranz, RP Allen, Rodney, Belisario) in a league where Ps are like gold.

    BTW remember last weekend, the Cespedes for Cingrani trade? LM vetoed the trade. “Not in the best interests of baseball.” Thought you’d like to know.

    • The Guru

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      Thanks, man. I think Santana will or better yet is turning it around. He’s too good to be this bad. Not a lot of options for drops there, but I think the regression faeries have arrived for Mesoraco. Know what catcher had the most homers at this point last season? John Buck.

      Best interest of baseball? Ef that. Ha!

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @The Guru: Don’t think you’re old enough to remember the clashes between Charlie O. Finley and Bowie Kuhn. After the ’76 season Finley decided he wanted to sell off his assets for cash, including Vida Blue and Rollie Fingers. He had a deal with the Yankees that Kuhn vetoed. Kuhn’s phrase was that the trades were “not in the best interests of baseball.” Finley replied by calling Kuhn the “village idiot.”
        Eventually Blue was traded to the Giants in exchange for Gary Alexander, Gary Thomasson, Dave Heaverlo, Alan Wirth, John Henry Johnson, Phil Huffman, $300000 and a player to be named later (no idea who that was).
        And yet it’s Kuhn in the HOF and not Finley. Something’s wrong there.

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          I like the orange baseballs. Ha! What a dope.

          • Abdoozy says:
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            @The Guru: If he’d tried that in 2014, they would have been pink and tied to breast cancer awareness and nobody would have dared to laugh.

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              He would have gone with blue balls because prostate cancer and such.

              • Abdoozy says:
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                @The Guru: ha!

  3. Clive says:
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    Morneau, Willingham or K Davis ROS?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      It’s close, but I’m going J-Ham.

  4. Eastern NC says:
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    Keeper trade, keeping 6, locked in with Goldie, Gomez, Harper, Springer, Xander, and Machado. Now, should I do this: I get Adam Jones and Darvish, trade Springer, Bryant, and Cashner?

    My 6 would then be Goldie, Gomez, Jones, Harper, Yu, and either Machado or Xander.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’m a win now guy. I’d do it.

  5. J-FOH says:
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    What are some of your favorite dead albums?

    • The Guru

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      Not a big fan of their studio stuff. Back in my Deadhead days I had too many bootlegs and smelled of patchouli.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: I hear ya, my favorites have usually been their live albums, Jerry’s solo work, and I have this strange affinity towards their very first album.

  6. Mello Yello says:
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    I gotta hold Joba for one more week…despite was Ausmus says, a see a phantom DL stint happening

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Mello Yello: for Joe Nathan that is

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        Nothing wrong on speculating when it comes to the SAGNOF! if you have the room.

  7. Mello Yello says:
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    And I’ve been cranking Box of Rain down here in south FL…very appropriate today

    • The Guru

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      PHIL!

  8. Confucius says:
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    Was offered Alex Cobb for Brett lawrie in my 12 team redraft league. I would have to replace lawrie with Francisco or Dominguez. Take it?

    • The Guru

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      Do you need pitching? If I was pricing in a shuffle up I’d go $12 Cobb, $8 Lawrie.

  9. stonepie says:
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    drop dickerson and rollins for kendrys and one of rajai/jennings/escobar?

    need steals and dickerson seems like a short term stash anyway

    • The Guru

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      Sure. Jennings will give you as many steals as Rajai and more counting stats.

  10. gareth says:
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    WillingJam sounds delicious. I’ll have some on a crumpet with a pot of earl grey tea please.

    • The Guru

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      Has bits of real Harmon Killebrew in it.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Guru: that’s pretty funny, the Indians, Gareths favorite team, drafted Kilabrew’s grandson. A good friend of mine coaches baseball at that school so I’ve seen him play.

        • gareth says:
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          @J-FOH: hopefully he’s inherited some HOF credentials.

          By manyl accounts, the Indians had an impressive 2014 draft.

  11. Max says:
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    Rank em ROS. Stroman, Heaney, Gausman, Bauer

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Bauer, Stro, Gaus, Heaney.

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @The Guru: Stroman/Heaney is the hottest question going…after Alvarez leaving today w/ a calf strain, I would think it’s Heaney time

        • The Guru

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          Bring on Heaney!

  12. Chris says:
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    Hey Guru,
    \Here’s my team I’m getting the snot knocked out of me in pitching every week and I usually take around 3-4 hitting cats. Here’s my team do I need to make a trade for pitching or should I stay put. Will this pitching hold up?

    C-Pyrzinski
    1- Goldschmidt
    2nd-Aviles(Jerko)
    ss- andrus
    3rd- fransisco
    CI-Pujols
    MI-Ecab
    DH-Rizzo
    DH-Stubbs
    of- soriano-Carter-Seth Smith-Crisp-Khris davis(Harper Hopefully back in a few weeks-Polanco on the way)

    SP-Cobb-Keuchel-Archer-Eovaldi-Porcello-Ventura-Lincecum-Dice-K- Morton-Whitley-Deduno Roberto Hernandez-Salazar (Fingers crossed he figures it out) I start 9 because of my RP

    RP-Hunter-Webb-Is Webb ever going to be the closer? Will Hunter get his job back at some pt? Is this staff going to hold up when I have no chance at saves right now.
    SP-

    • The Guru

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      The SP isn’t bad. I’d hold and use the Stream-O-Nator a lot. Dice-K, Deduno, Hernandez spots should be used for streaming if possible.

      No idea on Webb, my guess is no. I think Hunter will get the job back then lose it again.

  13. gareth says:
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    I hate my rcl league (not really – I love the competitiveness). Like you guru, after starting strong in saves I haven’t got a save in what feels like a month. Jake McGhee and jeurys familia would be nice speculative adds but they’re both taken.

    Would you attempt to trade a bat and a starter for a decent closer?

    I have Cain, sale, Lester, Hudson, archer and shelby Miller. My closers are uehara, Hawkins and axford. Bats I’d trade are granderson, vmart, revere and Wilson ramos.

    • The Guru

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      I might trade a bat for a RP if they are just wasting away on the bench. I’ve been trying to do the same, but no luck – except for the Huston Street for Miggy offer I got. Ridiculous offers abound this time of year.

      • Chris says:
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        So you think the starters are ok? I’m having some pretty dam bad luck I think. I hear you on the ridiculous trades.

        • The Guru

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          The SP looks good to me.

      • gareth says:
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        @The Guru: I have 0 bench bats right now as I picked up 2 additional starters that were dropped (s. Miller, archer).

        I am carrying wade Davis, Joaquin benoit for peripherals and vulture wins/saves, but don’t want to drop those guys as they have been very helpful.

        Maybe I just buy a voodoo doll of Huston street and Greg Holland.

        Saves are like gold it seems. Guess im stocking up on closers instead of starters in my 2015 draft!

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          @gareth: forgot – I also have matt cain too.

  14. Chris says:
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    Is Locke a good pick up or is he going to get sent to the minors again?

    • The Guru

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      Looked good today. He’ll get another shot probably against the Marlins. I might stream him.

  15. T says:
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    Michael Choice – jam or cram? I need HR.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Cram

  16. Pat says:
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    Aaron Hill or Neil Walker ROS?

    • The Guru

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      Give me Hill.

  17. Steve says:
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    Do you think Quintana is a streamer in a 14-team H2H daily?

    • The Guru

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      Sure, depends on the matchup.

  18. Chris says:
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    Hi Guru

    I need to start one of the following this week 5×5 head to head

    Lincecum home vs Col
    Whitley @sea
    Deduno@det
    Roberto Hernandez vs Chic

    • The Guru

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      Hey Chris, thanks for Razzballin’. I like Lincecum at home.

      • Chris says:
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        Always appreciated!

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          No prob.

  19. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Dead last in a keeper league..yes or no on this trade? My 2nd round Darvish for his 24th round Sonny Gray and Minor league farm/24 round keeper Baez?

    • The Guru

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      I have a hard time getting rid of the known commodity for the unknown. There is a good chance Baez is great, but you just never know. I’d hold out for more. I’m guessing the guy who wants Yu is making a push for a championship. Let’s see how bad he wants it.

  20. Dave says:
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    I Jam this article Guru. Who you want in 7×7 obp and slg at C? McCann or Carlos Santana? One C league

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      McCann has got to get hot at some point in that ballpark right?

  21. gareth says:
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    A “WillingCram” sounds like a gay orgy.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Ha! You can thank Rudy for this weeks title.

  22. Mike

    Mike says:
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    That’s one giant lobster roll you threw down this afternoon…congrats

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I should have played that team in the moonshot. The Col weather worried me though. What a day from Zimmy. At least I owned him everywhere.

  23. the pillar & the stones says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts leagues ROS at UTIL:
    C. Santana
    K. Davis
    O. Taveras
    Arcia

    Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Arcia, Carlos , Davis , Tavares.

  24. Rick Dempsey says:
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    I want to put in an offer for Gregory Polanco and the team who has him is desperately in need of pitching, I own:
    Z Greinke
    M Scherzer
    D Pomeranz
    J Garcia
    R Vogelsong
    J Beckett
    D Fister
    J Teheran
    C Anderson
    M Stroman (R)
    J Odorizzi (R)
    A Cobb (R)
    W Peralta (R)
    J Kelly (I)

    Who would you offer?

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Rick Dempsey: Jaime/Beckett?…or spice it up with Pomeranz

    • The Guru

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      Garcia or Becket should get it done. He’ll likely want more. You might have to throw in a Pom or Peralta or Kelly.

  25. Bob says:
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    Anyone think Chisenhall keeps this up? Where does he play when everyone is healthy? ROS projections?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      The regression fairy is coming: .260ish, 10 HR, 30-35 RBI. Not sure what Francoma’s plan is – perhaps someone gets moved before the deadline.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Bob: Yes…I would think third or DH…
      ROS: .285/.375/.475
      60/18/70/10

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Mello Yello: Excuse me, 70/18/60/10…my mistake

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Bob: Apparently I’m a litte more bullish haha

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        If he hits 18 homers the rest of the way I’ll deep fry my turban and eat it with a side of ranch dressing.

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @The Guru: Wait, do you have that turbin made out of chicken tenders? If you do that’s not fair man…humble pie should taste like humble pie, not deliciousness

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @The Guru: And one of these days I’ll spell turban right too…so watch out!

        • Bob says:
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          @The Guru: So I am crazy to drop Sandoval for him? Giving my 3b situation?

      • Bob says:
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        @Mello Yello: Hahahah. I am feeling similar. In a 10 team h2h Roto categories with K’s for hitters. Contemplating dropping Sandoval for him. I own Beltre, Carlos Santanna (c,1b.dh.3b), and Arenado (on Dl). Chisenahll has 1b,3b,dh elig, and in our league player has to be eligible at dh to use. As a backup, his versatility could come in handy. Compared to Sandoval means I have to bench beltre to get usage. Thoughts?

        • Mello Yello says:
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          @Bob: If you have to bench Beltre to play Panda, then I think you gotta go Lonnie right? I think the time is now for Santana to not be so Gyorko-y too

          • The Guru

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            I wouldn’t do it. If I was putting $ value on Panda its about $7, Lonnie – $3.

    • gareth says:
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      @Bob: chisenhall totally changed his approach from being an all or nothing guy to a patient, high contact guy. He’s maturing as a hitter and is letting the game come to him. He may cool off a little, but after watching him day in and day out I have to say I’m very encouraged.

      • Nate says:
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        @gareth: Absolutely, the sudden demise for Chisenhall here is heavily exaggerated. In fact, I’m hard-pressed to find a single shred of evidence that supports claims of regression, at least not from reliable places you want to go to weigh such a thing. He has always murdered righties, give or take a bad overall offensive year throughout his career on all levels. Well, it turns out when you get BETTER at something you don’t lose it by age 25, and now he’s even handling LHP much better. Remember that walking pile of dung that occupied Chisenhall’s body last year? Still managed to hit .241/.286/.419 against RHP. In fact, what was the prediction here, .260 with 10/30? .241 with 10 HR and 30 RBI vs RHP last season. The ONLY question here was if he does plummet how Francona will handle it, and the easy answer is the same as how it all started: Play him vs Righties. As it stands, obviously he won’t hit .350 and maintain the power he wants at a CIF position, but *mark it down*, he will absolutely belong with any mixed-league Corner Infielder starting in leagues out there, certainly including Panda. I’m not wrong here.

        • The Guru

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          Perhaps you’re right. However, when I see a BABIP of .413, an ISO that is average at best and a K% at a career low it’s a sure sign regression is coming for a guy that’s never had 300 AB in a major league season. Can he be useful in a mixed league? Absolutely, but I’m not going crazy here and saying he’s better than Sandoval. I can list 25 players that’ll be better. Bank on it.

          • The Guru

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            I take back any doubts on Chis – he’s very good at baseball. Ha!

  26. JoeG414 says:
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    Kirby Yates could be a surprise closing option in Tampa; whata think? And with A.Reed ‘ tired” in AZ . could Ziegler be the closer for the Backs?

    • The Guru

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      I’d think McGee or Peralta would get first crack in TB if something happens. The problem with the Rays isn’t the closer – they have chances to close. In Az, Ziegler had a save today and is a good handcuff if Reed keeps struggling.

  27. Is Cain...able? says:
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    Currently I am starting Cain ($12) but both Jennings ($27) and A. Jackson ($21) are available. In a salary cap league (5×5) value is important but I can replace Cain with either of these two and still have a manageable cap. Is either worth it or should I just roll with the only child? Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      How badly do you need 15 steal, 8 homers and a .260 average guy? I’d hold.

  28. Steve says:
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    OBA league. Need two ROS. Gregorius, D.Santana, Villar, B.Miller, Mercer. Just looking not to hurt my team.

    • The Guru

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      I’d rank them like this ROS: Villar , Miller, Santana, Mercer, Didi.

  29. Steve says:
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    Hey Guru, OBA league again. ROS please rank. Arcia, Castellanos, B.Holt, Dickerson. Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Arcia, Castellanos, Dickerson/Holt about the same.

  30. Mike says:
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    In a 12 team league
    Last year I won it all this year I am in last.
    I was offered singleton for Perkins
    I can keep singleton for next year but I can’t keep Perkins.
    Should I do it.

    • The Guru

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      Do it.

  31. rob says:
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    own gattis but they guy literally only plays half of his games, thinking of trading archer for briann mccann to rotate between my one catcher spot to get back up to pace for games started in my catcher spot?

    like that trade? archer for b mcann. i read an article to buy low on mccann, and the ownder is desperate for pitching

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @rob: Trading Archer doesn’t sound like buying low though

    • The Guru

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      Give it a shot, probably get vetoed but worth trying.

      • rob says:
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        @The Guru:

        thanks for the response.. i’m slightly confused. (i dont know how to value players very well otherwise i wouldnt be on this site) are you saying it’d get vetoed because mccann is worth more than archer, or archer is worth more than mccann?

        i ask because archer is my worst pitcher. it’s either him or ian kennedy.. but if it’s because mccan is worth a lot more. then yeah i’m giving this a shot.

        thanks!

        • The Guru

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          People may see McCann as being more valuable. Depends on your league. Give the trade a shot though.

          • rob says:
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            @The Guru:

            alright that’s kind of what I thought. thanks. the owner’s already got wilin rosario at catcher and dan haren/josh beckett are probably his SP4 and 5.

            he’s big on wilin, in need for pitchers, and down on mccann. i think it’s the perfect storm. thanks.

            • The Guru

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              Coo, good luck. Thanks for Razzballin’.

  32. Mello Yello says:
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    Joba CRAMberlain…sorry for doubting ya Guru

    • The Guru

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      He’s the CRAM cover boy.

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        @The Guru: Nice win for the good guys tonight

        • The Guru

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          Its their one win a week.

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            @The Guru: Way we’ve been going, might start a streak…as long as Brock Holt is going all Pedroia on everyone, we might be okay

            • The Guru

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              Get the duck boats ready?

  33. shawn says:
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    am i really gonna have to drop Dan Haren or Lance Lynn for Copy Allen? I (desperately?) need RP as I only have Trevor Rosenthal on my roster.

    (other pitchers are Price, Shields, Weaver, Wacha, Cole *on DL, Y. Ventura, and Jason Hammel)

    should I be punting saves? I like my guys but some of them haven’t been nearly as effective and I’m on the losing end in this league

    • The Guru

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      If you want saves you’ll have to drop Haren or make a trade. I’m not a fan of punting categories.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @shawn: Cody Allen melts the butter and bakes the bread…he’s good woulf be the main bullet point here

  34. Green monstah says:
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    Hey guru , with Carlos Santana activated from DL this weekend I couldn’t put him in my starting lineup because it’s a weekly lock league.
    That being said would you keep him on the bench for another week? My other catcher is gattis, my 1b is goldy, 3b is David wright , IF is dee Gordon, DH is Adam Dunn & utility is oscar taveras.

    My team needs a boost in power, I have an open roster spot would you add any of these & even start them for this week?
    Corey Dickerson, aramis Ramirez, Kendrys morales, tommy la Stella, BJ upton, Brett lawrie, Juan Francisco, Kyle seager, or mark Reynolds

    It’s a 10 tm h2h points redraft league,

    C- gattis (has eligibility at OF too)

    1b- goldy

    2b- pedroia

    3b- wright

    SS- Alexi Ramirez (who seems to have been slowing down, it’s been awhile since he had a HR or RBI)

    IF- dee gordon( I’m thinking of benching him this week due to his hip)

    OF- Matt Holliday (thinking of benching)

    OF- hunter pence

    OF- Michael Brantley

    OF- springer

    DH- Dunn

    Utility- taveras

    Bench- polanco , Santana & Harper on DL

    SP- Strasberg (two starts)

    SP- tanaka (2 starts)

    SP- mad bum(2 starts)

    RP- keuchel

    RP- been streaming here, I added dice k & his two starts

    Bench: cueto, lackey.

    Would you risk it & put polanco in the lineup given it’s weekly lock league , then if I do hear tomowrow he will be active then question solved but if not then it’s tricky.

    Thanks again & have a great one

    • The Guru

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      I’d hold off on Polonco, put in Santana.

  35. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Hey Guru

    Should I give C Santana for Taveras in 5×5 categories OBP redraft league? Its a 3 outfielder league and I have Stanton, Bautista, Marte, Polanco, and K Davis but I dont want to miss out if he’s the next rookie sensation… Trade or Hold?

    • The Guru

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      I’d hold.

      • Green monstah says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thanks guru! By putting Santana in who to sit, gattis (who’s at c, but he’s got power), dee Gordon at IF, Dunn DH or over taveras at utility? I was thinking moving Santana to utility & taveras to starting of spot & benching Holliday
        What do you think if that move?

        • The Guru

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          Bench Dunn

  36. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Very nice choices on your jammers this week.

    H2h points 10 team

    Fowler 7 games- OPS last 7 days is 1.4867
    Or
    Willingham 6 games.

    What do you think guru?

    • The Guru

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      I’m going Willingham here.

  37. charlie hustler says:
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    Marco Estrada – JAM or CRAM?

    NL only/auction/rotisserie

    Estrada and Zimmerman for Cingrani and Arenado

    Estrada/Zimmerman have expiring contracts, while Cingrani/Arenado have another year each at $5. I am in first place because I am 1st in HR/R/RBI/AVG and 3rd in SB, but while I’m 1st in K, I’m middle of the pack in W/ERA/Sv and dead last in WHIP.

    In other words, I can wait on Arenado (and Matt Adams, my other CI on the DL) if Estrada isn’t going to help me in W/ERA/WHIP. Thoughts?

    Blues for Allah or Terrapin Station as the best studio efforts. And I’m increasingly fond of what I used to call “Disco Dead” – Go to Heaven, Shakedown Street – they are far better than I thought at the time. Many may think that Workingman’s or American Beauty are the best studio albums, but the songs on those albums are much better served live.

    • The Guru

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      NL only it’s a jam. As far as the trade goes, with yorur place in the standings I think you’re safe to hold.

      Terrapin was always a favorite of mine, Shakedown was fun and of course Workingman and American Beauty probably have some of Robert Hunters best work.

  38. Tim says:
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    Keep or drop Adam Dunn? I use him as my DH, but I can move Carlos Santana to DH. As of now I have Santana at utility and Dunn as DH.

    I’m benching Holliday this week; who would you roll w/ oscar taveras or jay Bruce?

    IF- b lawrie or d Gordon? Dee’s hip worries me with slowing him down.

    • The Guru

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      I’d drop Dunn.

      Go with Bruce.

      Prob start Lawrie with Dee down.

  39. goodfold2 says:
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    were you really a roadie for screaming trees? cool

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