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As the Fantasy Baseball season comes to end, it’s time for one more visit to the Razzball Fantasy Lounge where we fake baseball scribes are collectively licking our wounds, sticking pins in our Ryan Braun voodoo doll and drowning our sorrows in $1 beers and cheap whiskey shots. On this last lazy Sunday of the Fantasy Baseball season we find Sky in a dark corner slowly rocking back and forth muttering the words, “Colabello, Colabello, Colabello.”  Bellying up to the bar is our resident podcaster Nick, disheveled and demanding another Canadian Club, cursing his last place Blue Jays and wondering, “Is there a CFL Fantasy League?”  Dropping his last quarter in the jukebox, JayWrong selects The Doors “The End” and simply asks, “Anyone think Mike Trout is the number 1 pick next year?” *bottle smashes above head* Meanwhile, in the parking lot we find Tehol in the backseat of his 1977 Impala locking lips with this sweet “lady” he’ll soon discover has more hair on her back than George “The Animal” Steele -“NOT AGAIN!!” Here at the pool table is your humble-but-nonetheless-handsome Guru contemplating his final list of fantasy ballers that’ll score you the championship, bragging rights and maybe a little cash in your FBB league. *closes eye, takes aim, sinks eight ball off two rails, drops shot glass into pint, downs boilermaker, throws up on Grey’s snakeskin boots* “Sorry, boss.”

Here’s one more for the road, it’s time to jam it or cram it.

Jam or Cram: Matt Adams, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

Availability: 79% Yahoo, 65% ESPN

Last Week: 5 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .417 AV

The Gist: Adams is a player that would be widely owned if this were July, however with so many fantasy casualties giving up on their team, he’s out there for the taking. Adams could be just the power bat you need this week to land you that championship.

Key Stat: Adams has 6 homers and 12 RBI in the last 3 weeks.

X-File: A sore elbow kept him out last Thursday, but Adams returned Friday to go 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI.

Jam it or Cram it: Adams owns a .280/.336/.496 line with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in just 264 at-bats. Power, average, RBI – stick this light bulb in your mouth and join the Adams Family for the final week. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Dee Gordon, SS, LA Dodgers

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 99% ESPN

Last Week: 1 R, 3 SB, .400 AV

The Gist: Now that the Dodgers have clinched the NL West, look for Gordon to see more at-bats while Don Mattingly rests regulars, which in turn means he will have more chances to swipe some bases. SAGNOF!

Key Stat: Gordon has 10 steals in 34 games this year and has only been caught twice.

X-File: Mattingly says Gordon could get playing time at 2B and the OF the final week.

Jam it or Cram it: It’s all about the SAGNOF for Gordon owners. Flash won’t provide much else, but 3 or 4 steals over the next 6 games could win us the week. If I win the title I’m peeing in the D’Backs pool. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Charlie Culberson, 2B, Colorado Rockies

Availability: 99% Yahoo, 100% ESPN

Last Week: 4 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, .588 AV

The Gist: Who the hell is Charlie Culberson you ask? I’m not sure, I’m throwing darts here. With the Rockies season over, Dexter Fowler, Cargo, and Michael Cuddyer hurting, Culberson is getting a chance to prove his worth.

Key Stat: Culberson has hit .310/.338/.524 with 14 home runs, 64 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 97 games this season at the Triple-A

X-File: Gets two games against the Red Sox at home this week.

Jam it or Cram it: If you’re in a deep, deep league and still in it, Culberson could be worth an add. Oh, who am I kidding, I think Culberson is actually Josh Rutledge in disguise and he’s dead to me. CRAM

 

Jam or Cram: Gregor Blanco, OF, SG Giants

Availability: 97% Yahoo, 95% ESPN

Last Week: 4 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, .429 AV

The Gist: More SAGNOF-seeking here. Blanco has been hitting leadoff, scoring runs and stealing bags. However, Blanco is one of those Playtoony Tunes and won’t hit against lefties. He gets at least four right-handers this week.

Key Stat: Hitting .625 in his last 5 games.

X-File: Blanco is hitting just .237 against lefties this year.

Jam it or Cram it: We’re rolling dice here my jammer crammers and Gregor is clearly a gamble. Do we get points for defense? No? Damn. CRAM

 

Jam or Cram: Pedro Strop, RP, Chicago Cubs

Availability: 93% Yahoo, 97% ESPN

Last Week: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 2.45 ERA, 0.82 WHIP

The Gist: Strop has taken over the closers role from Kevin Gregg in Chicago for the last week of the season. Remember those days when everyone went nuts for new closers? Admit it, you owned Al Alburquerque.

Key Stat: Has 61 K’s in 54 innings.

X-File: With the save on Saturday, Strop has just 4 career saves.

Jam it or Cram it: Got saves? Strop could match his career saves in this last week. What’s every fantasy writer’s best source for predictions say? *Shakes Magic 8-Ball* “Reply hazy try again.” FU 8-Ball! JAM

If you’re still reading, you’re clearly in the hunt for a championship. Best of luck, Razzballer’s. Thanks for jamming and cramming with us in the Razzball Lounge. Now see if Tehol will give you a ride home and join me over on the football side of things for more jams and crams and other gooey shenanigans. Follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS.

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  1. gareth says:
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    Jarrod parker @ sea v’s erasmo ramirez or lance lynn home to the cubs v’s travis wood?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Give me Parker.

  2. Aaron from Indonesia says:
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    …and like that, my Dee Gordon question was answered. Y’all are awesome, and may deserve some substantial credit for my (fingers crossed) title this year.

    A

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Good luck!

  3. tyler says:
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    keep 3:
    d brown
    e hosmer
    m machado
    m carpenter

    6X6 including runs

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Drop Brown.

  4. Paul r says:
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    Need HR then RBI TODAY IN ESPN PLAYOFF –1 waive left

    LInd -ibanes -carter -s.rod-Reynolds-Frazier-Davidson-laroche-Lucas-Helton-Avila

    Who do I take a stab at?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      *Throws dart* Carter

  5. Mike says:
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    In the finals! Thank you for all your help. Would like some help to optimize lineup for next week, 5×5 OBP.

    C: Lucroy, Ramos or Gattis. Like Ramos matchups but Lucroy has extra game and walks

    Utility: Matt Adams, Swisher (Love his lefty matchups, home, 7 games) or Utley.

    Steals: Right now I am streaming Bonificio at 2b. If you like Span, Young Jr, King Davis better could put Utley at 2b and stream them over Adams/Swisher. Also could stream Dee Gordon and move Zobrist to 2b.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Lucroy
      Adams
      Span

      Good luck!

  6. dirtyd says:
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    Who is better start today? I need runs and avg.

    Span Double header with Miami
    Eaton @ Col
    Rajai Davis @ Bos

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Span

  7. AJ says:
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    Thoughts on charlie blackmon..jam or cram? Thanks

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Jam at home.

  8. Gareth says:
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    I can only start 9 and I have to Bench 3 of the following Pitchers for next week:

    Archer, Chris TB: BAL, @TOR

    Bailey, Homer CIN : PIT

    Estrada, Marco MIL: @ATL, @NYM

    Gray, Sonny OAK: @SEA

    Hamels, Cole PHI: @MIA

    Jimenez, Ubaldo CLE : CHW, @MIN

    Miley, Wade ARI: @SD, WAS

    Nova, Ivan NYY: @HOU

    Porcello, Rick DET: @MIA

    Gonzalez, Gio WAS: @STL

    Hernandez, Felix SEA: OAK

    Parker, Jarrod OAK: @ SEA

    I am mainly looking to improve WHIP, WINS and ERA. Who Sits?

    • The Guru

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      This is where Stream-o-nator is a big help. Bench Bailey, Gio and Miley

  9. Wake Up says:
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    *currently dropping a shot a Ganset into a pint of Coffee Brandy…

    Nice Work!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      That’s a New England trailer park boiler maker. Stay classy, Worchester.

  10. Frank White says:
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    Sup Guru… So I’m in the last day of the championship and I’m up by 63 points and have 5 pitchers going to his 1 pitcher.All his batters but 2 play at 1-2 Oclock and his pitcher plays at 1(Cliff Lee vs NYM).. I have Pettitte vs Y. Petit I have both pitchers and Haren vs MIA at 1 Oclock. Then I have Sonny Gray vs MIN at 4 then Peralta vs STL at 8. If I’m up around 4 oclock with only a 30 point league, which would leave him with only 2 batters left and no pitchers. Do you think it might be wise to bench maybe Sonny and most likely Peralta in case I lose points(10 points per pitcher)??

    • The Guru

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      Probably bench Peralta. I like to go down shooting. Best of luck.

  11. Mike says:
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    Just picked up Grilli in two of my teams. I have 6 of 8 yahoo teams in the finals next week.

    • The Guru

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      Nice work, Mike. Go win it!

    • The Guru

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      She’s a regular Freddy Lynn.

  12. Boy Wonder says:
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    I’m winning 9-3. H2H categories.
    -I’m up by 8 runs, 8 HR, 13 RBI, 30 batting average points, 180 OPS points
    -a little less than 1 whole Earned Run, 1.075 to 1.229 WHIP, 9.364 K/9 to 8.783, and 60 Ks to 54 Ks.

    Should I bench EVERYONE? He has Greinke and Willy Peralta going and I have Sonny Gray left to pitch. If I bench my whole team, I think I’ll only lose out on K’s.

    Please advise. Thank you!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I play everyone. Winning using every bullet in the gun just seems more honorable. You’ll sleep better.

      • Boy Wonder says:
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        @The Guru: “More honorable”?? I’ll sleep better if I win this week and make it to the championship. I’m benching..

        • The Guru

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          Sometimes sarcasm is lost in cyberspace.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @The Guru: did you guys set this joke up or something. Clearly he did get the sarcasm, otherwise he wouldn’t have ended his reply with “i’m benching”, since he clearly knew the answer before he even asked his question.

  13. Boomer19 says:
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    Thoughts on Esmil Rogers for his two starts next week? I think he goes against Baltimore and Tampa. I’m hunting k’s but need to be careful of ratios.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      My confidence level is low. I’d think you can find better guys to stream.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The Guru: that dude is NOT the guy for being careful with ratios.

  14. Chris says:
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    in a weekly H2H set it and forget it CHAMPIONSHIP week next week,

    Do i stick it out with Miggy? They say the outlook isnt looking very well with his injury

    or do i start dominguez, callaspo, headly or johnson?

    • The Guru

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      Damn, bad time to lose him, but how can you sit him. Three games from Miggy may be better than the rest. Johnson is the only one I’d consider.

      • Chris says:
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        @The Guru: thats what im saying im just afraid of the tigers deciding to not play him till playoffs

        • The Guru

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          I don’t see him sitting out a week.

  15. Pope says:
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    Guru, great stuff, I’ve been loving the Matt Adams pickup this last week. Anyway, would you start Cueto vs the Mets and/or Samardzija vs Pit this Monday? Both are available for me to snag

    • The Guru says:
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      Adams has been a great help down the stretch. Stream-o-nator loves the Shark tomorow, but I’m leaning Cueto. Or add both.

      • Pope says:
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        @The Guru: Yeah both are available, and I tend to agree with SON. Might as well add both I suppose, I can always use K’s and the more wins the merrier, I’m only up by two in that category

        • Pope says:
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          @Pope: Also, are you keeping Melancon or streaming his spot? I’ve got Perez, Jansen, and Frieri too, if that matters, but I’m up 5-4 in saves with a week to go in the championship

          • The Guru

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            I’ve held on to Melancon. But if you need a spot he can be dumped’. Looks like Grilli has the job again.

            • Pope says:
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              @The Guru: Agreed. Thanks my man

              • The Guru

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                No prob, good luck this week.

  16. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Who is the Shark? Also, my ship is two weeks long, I’m up big in most categories but was thinking about about streaming McCarthy at Petco tomorrow? Bad move? If he gets lit up it could screw me over and I’m already streaming Quintana. Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Samardzija is the shark. I think I’d prefer McCarthy over Quintana actually.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @The Guru: what does a ship have to do with fantasy baseball? Like real life ships, i’d be very careful around sharks when i’m in one.

        • The Guru

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          We’re going to need a bigger boat.

  17. bossmanjunior says:
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    Today was the last day of my finals in my big money league and it looks like I won. Winnings should be about a grand. Thanks again for all your advise throughout the season, Guru!

    • The Guru

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      Congrats, Boss man!! Nice work. Now by us a round.

  18. Justin says:
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    Hey I’ll be starting week two of the championship, which pitcher do you like the best?

    Quintana ( vs jays. & royals )

    Tanner Roark. (STL & cubs)

    Bruce Chen (vs Seattle & white sox)

    Also should I start David Wright with confidence?

    Here’s the rest of my team-

    C- Carlos Santana

    1b – goldschmindt

    2 b- zobrist

    SS- Ian Desmond

    3b- Martin prado

    IF- mike Napoli

    OF- Giancarlo Stanton

    OF- Alex Rios

    OF- Puig

    OF- Span

    Utility- Matt Adams

    DH- David Ortiz

    Bench : d. Wright, dom brown, and Brandon belt

    Pitching: David price, Grenike, Cole Hamels,
    Relief pitchers : Craig Kimbrel , had wheeler but just dropped him
    Pitching bench – Jordan Zimmerman , Francisco liriano

    Thank you

    • The Guru

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      Chen may be your best bet. Hard to say with Wright. He looked alright though. I’d start him.

  19. Cole says:
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    great stuff as always guru, you’ve been very helpful this season : )

    i’m in my championship this week and am worried about nicked up players being rested on teams that have clinched…this is my first year in fantasy baseball, so is this a legit concern?

    weekly roster, points league
    c Carlos Santana (confident in CLE players since they are in WC hunt)
    1b Nick Swisher
    2b Jason Kipnis
    3b Miggy (nicked up, DET may clinch early this week)
    ss Jose Reyes
    of Matt Holliday (nicked up, STL already clinched
    of Jay Bruce (in WC race)
    of Curtis Granderson (team still WC alive)
    ut Alex Gordon (team still WC alive)

    so I guess i’m worried about Holliday and Miggy being rested…I have A. Hill, Prado, LaRoche, Belt, Smoak, & Cargo on my bench

    what are your thoughts please?

    • The Guru

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      If you’re carrying a guy thats not helping, dump him. Use the hitter-tron to check the next 7 days with guys. Miggy and Holiday may play 3 games this week, they won’t sit all week.

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