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It was either Kenny Rogers or Pete Rose that said, “Luck comes and goes. Knowledge stays forever.” Or maybe it was from the movie House of Games. I could see Joe Mantegna growling that. Either way, luck is fleeting but good when paired with a smart bet. Rolling the dice on rookies in fantasy baseball is a gamble some are not willing to take. If you’re one of the squeamish then you have already missed out on the likes of Shelby Miller, Jedd Gyorko, Evan Gattis, Jurickson Profar and Michael Wacha.  While it’s true not all rookies turn into a Harper or a Trout, the smart Razzballer likes to gamble. That’s why a lot of us live under a bridge. We may not be so good at craps but at least we win our fantasy league. And that’s something to brag about when you’re passing around the bottle of Thunderbird. “To all my friends. Did I tell you guys about the time I drafted Ryan Braun in 2007?” *crickets*

Grabbing a rookie is all about the upside. Sure I could hold onto Mike Moustakas. But with him I know what I’m getting. I’m getting Mike Moustakas. Why not get all Monty Hall and swap him for the rookie behind door #2? He could turn out to be the next Evan Longoria or he could be the next Evan Dando.  Coo, coo, kachoo. Time to roll out some rookies. With some Razzball knowledge and a little luck you just might win your league. Time to jam it or cram it.

Jam or Cram: Nick Franklin, SS/2B, Seattle Mariners

Availability: 76% Yahoo, ESPN 93%

Stats since call-up: 17 AB, 2 HR, 2 RBI, .235 AV

The Gist:  Franklin was called up Monday and promptly hit two homers. After the game Little Nicky was spotted holding a toaster while standing in a kiddie pool, “”I’m still getting my feet wet, and I’m enjoying every bit of it.” Don’t expect more shocking results. Franklin has hit just 11 homers in two seasons at AAA. He is going to get a real shot at playing time though with the demotion of Dustin Ackley.

Upside: Franklin does possess speed and some power. He could hit 15 home runs and steal close to 20 bases.

Downside: He plays at Safeco. If we had a time machine maybe we could travel back to 1961 and bring back Roger Maris. He might hit 15 there.

X-File: Franklin had 23 homers and 25 steals with the Single-A Clinton Lumberkings in 2010. What’s a “lumberking”? Stuff of nightmares.

Jam or Cram: Franklin has been compared to a young Jeff Kent. I’d agree if Nicky was playing his games on the moon. Franklin is worth a roster spot if you were a Rutledge owner, are still holding Danny Espinosa or missed out on last week’s jam Zack Cozart. Jam in deep or AL only leagues.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Tyler Lyons, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Availability:  81% Yahoo, 83% ESPN

Stats since call-up: 2 starts, 14 IP, 2 ER, 9 K, 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP

The Gist: If you whiffed on Michael Wacha, Lyons deserves your attention. In his debut Lyons pitched seven innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts. Beginners luck, it was against the Padres. In his next start he threw another seven one-run innings allowing just three base runners with five K’s. Alright, ok, it was against the Royals. Lyons gets the Giants this afternoon. The Stream-o-Nator and I wrestled over to start him or not. I won when the Stream became distracted by my Roomba. I started him.

Upside: 12 wins, 70 strikeouts, 4.20 ERA ROS.

Downside: Gets sent packing to Triple-A when Jake Westbrook returns from the DL.

Gooey factoid: Lyons is the only active pitcher who threw at least seven innings without allowing more than one run in each of his first two big league starts. That stat was written somewhere on the bathroom wall of the Razzball lounge. I suspect Scott Evans.

X-File: Lyons wasn’t even ranked among the top 30 prospects in the Cards organization this year.

Jam or Cram: A lot depends on today’s start against the Giants. Lyons is a typical Cardinals pitcher; lots of groundballs, not many strikeouts, doesn’t give up the long ball.  Our prospect guy and resident graffiti artist Mr. Evans says, “He’s not an arm with flashy tools, but for as long as he’s in the rotation, I’m trusting him.” Jam a couple starts then cram.

 

Jam it or Cram it: Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies

Availability: 71% Yahoo, 73% ESPN Stats since call-up: 32 games, 14 R, 4 HR, 12 RBI, .236 AV

The Gist: Arenado hit three home runs in his first eight games. He has one since. Some “experts” had Arenado making a run into the top 10 of third basemen this year. That’s called “optimism”. In the medical field it’s referred to as “bath salt psychosis”. Arenado’s strength is his contact ability. His contact rate is about 86%. I would expect that stat to translate into good things playing at Coors Field. It hasn’t yet. Arenado has four total extra-base hits since May 16.

Upside: Capable of 10-15 home runs, 55 RBI as things warm up in Denver. Arenado has never hit below .285 at any level.

Downside: Continues to hit .200, rents one-room apartment with Josh Rutledge in Colorado Springs, falls off top bunk, breaks pelvis.

X-File: Arenado led all minor league players with 122 RBI in 2011.

Jam or Cram: For all intensive porpoises Arenado looks a bit lost right now. He has as many strikeouts as he does hits in the last week. Cram. But keep a watch on him as he just might start to heat up. Or is that the bath salts talking. Who said that?!

 

Jam it or Cram it: Marcell Ozuna , OF, Miami Marlins

Availability: 90% Yahoo, 89% ESPN

Stats since call-up: In 30 games he’s put up 14 R, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 3 SB, .321 AV, .823 OPS. Had a 16-game hitting streak snapped last night.

The Gist: The waiver wire is kind of like the salad bar at Sizzler: Take all you want, forget the rest and avoid anything that stinks of marlin. So why make a case for Marcell the Shell? Ozuna is actually one of the Marlins that passes the smell test. The 22-year old outfielder has made a permanent spot for himself in the lineup even if Giancarlo comes back. Ozuna is slashing .321/.367/.446 in 112 at-bats. *this just in: Giancarlo Stanton contracted pinkeye from his pet turtle and is out until July* Ozuna has 11 hits in his last seven games (.440).

Upside: Ozuna has 20-25 home run potential the rest of the way. The problem is he might only drive in 26.

Downside: Ozuna has very little plate discipline. He has 26 strikeouts and only eight walks. He also needs to watch out for random pitchers mounds appearing in the outfield.

X-File: Ozuna does have some impressive minor league power numbers. He has hit at least 22 home runs in each of the past three seasons.

Jam or Cram: As a gambling man I’ll wager on Ozuna being the best of the jammer crammers this week. Lots of upside. Over 20 home run upside. There’s not many players owned in only 2% of leagues that will give you that. Why hold onto a Nick Swisher or an Andre Ethier when you can roll the dice on an Ozuna? Jam.

 

Rookies to watch: Yasiel Puig, OF, LA: With Matt Kemp on the DL and Carl Crawford pulling up lame yesterday, it may be Puig time. Puig batted .517 in spring training and is hitting .322 at Double-A Chattanooga.

Anthony Rendon, INF, WAS: Promoted to Triple-A Syracuse Saturday. Hitting .319, 6 HR, 24 RBI in 33 games. Rendon, a third baseman, is playing second with the Chiefs. It won’t be long now.

*Bonus Tracks* Try your luck with these starting streamers:

Marco Estrada MIL vs. OAK: Jam. Estrada has given up only 5 ER in his last two starts.

Jeff Locke PIT vs. ATL: Cram. Has an ERA of 7.71 against the Braves this year.

Dan Haren WAS vs. NYM: Jam. Haren has a 3.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP in his last 2 starts.

Scott Kazmir CLE vs. NYY: Cram. I am a Kazmir non-believer. I also doubt the existence of Xenu, but don’t tell Tom Cruise.

 

Its blackjack at Foxwoods this weekend, but your humble Guru is here for questions, comments and inspiration. Follow The Guru on Twitter for the daily jam it or cram it @TheGuruGS

From Around The Web

  1. Pope says:
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    ‘He also needs to watch out for random pitchers mounds appearing in the outfield”

    Haha! that gif is gold

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Those things are like land mines! Thanks for reading your eminence.

  2. Darcy Butler says:
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    Once I had, a little game
    I liked to crawl, back in my brain
    I think you know, the game I mean
    I mean the game, called ‘go insane’

    I am the lumberking
    I can do anything

  3. Brett says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Adam lind?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Lind had a good week hitting a homer and .400 or so. He’s getting more time at 1B as well. ROS I could see 12-15 HR and 50 RBI. Not knowing your league or roster, Lind could be useful.

  4. Cooper says:
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    I get your point that Franklin won’t have huge power and stolen bases are more of his thing but to say he only has 11 home runs in 2 AAA seasons is very misleading because he played just over 100 games there split between 2 seasons.

    • The Guru

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      My point was don’t get too enticed by those Lumberking numbers. He’s going to be useful though. I picked him up in a couple of my deep leagues.

  5. Beastman says:
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    Oh great Guru of many fantasy wonders, how would you rank these 3: Yunel Escobar, Danny Espinosa (with 2B/SS eligibility), and Franklin (hopefully soon to be 2B/SS eligibile)?

    Currently have Espinosa as a backup to Aybar and my rotating 2B, considering dropping him for either Yunel or Franklin. Originally thought Espinosa would be my starting 2B, but obviously has been a colossal failure.

    • The Guru

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      Hey Beastman, I’d go Escobar, Franklin then anyone but Espinosa. The guy is hurt and should have been shut down. I expect Rendon to get the call up soon and play second for the Nats.

  6. Alex says:
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    Jam or Cram Napoleon Dynamite?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Vote for Pedro.

  7. Al Bundy says:
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    Someone in my league fired Starling, do I drop Franklin to scoop him up?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Grab him. He’s cooled off but will get better.

      • Al Bundy says:
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        @The Guru: Done. Thanks, Guru

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Anytime Al.

  8. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Who would you want for the rest of the year in a 20 team league… Matt Cain or AJ Burnett?

    • The Guru

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      Cain. He will straighten things out. I’ve been trying to sell high with AJ in leagues I own him.

  9. gareth says:
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    Great article. I’m having this dilema right now.

    I’m benching heyward next week as he faces 5 lefties and still doesn’t seem fuly back from his apendectomy. No productivity at all right now.

    So I was trying to decide which hot shmo to grab off the wire. I whittled the choices down to 2 names. Arenado and nava.

    Arenado has a favorable park matchup (3 @ reds, 4 home to san diego).

    Nava plays 6 games at fenway versus the angels and texas.

    Who do you like better for the week?

    • The Guru

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      Thanks Gareth. I’ll leave my Sox allegiance out and tell you Arenado will have the better week. Nava may split some time with Victorino coming back mid/end week.

      • Gareth says:
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        @The Guru: Won’t they just send Bradly JR back down and put Carp and Gomes on the Bench?

        • Gareth says:
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          @Gareth: Does Arenado lose any playing time at third. To Pacheco maybe?

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Bradley will go down. Nava and Gomes will split time with maybe one start from Carp.

  10. huge caulk says:
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    12 team H2H 6×6 HR R RBI AVG OBP SB

    Konerko has been subpar this year and now has a stiff neck…Konerko is a bench bat for Goldy on my team,. Think Paulie will turn it around? He has been a little better lately but he bats behind Adam Dunn and it seems like his counting stats will suffer in that lineup. WW options include:

    Chris Carter
    Pedro Alvarez
    Chris Johnson
    Ike Davis
    Mostsuckass
    Adam Lind

    Thanks for your help…

    • The Guru

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      Agreed on Paulie. He could 15 HR with a .260 AV ROS. The hitter I’m streaming this week is Carter.

      • huge caulk says:
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        @The Guru:

        So you think Konerko is droppable? I would be picking up Carter and dropping Konerko…It would probably be a ROS move which makes me a tad nervous…

        • The Guru

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          I think its pretty even ROS. Better AV for Paulie, a few more HRs for CC. In your league I think I’d hold Paulie for now.

          • huge caulk says:
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            A pitching@The Guru: Thank you

  11. Gareth says:
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    Nava, Daniel (OF) BOS

    vs J. Grimm (R)
    vs D. Holland (L)
    vs N. Tepesch ()
    vs T. Hanson (R)
    vs C. Wilson (L)
    vs J. Blanton (R)

    ARENADO (3B) COL

    06/03/2013 @ CIN Bronson Arroyo
    06/04/2013 @ CIN Homer Bailey
    06/05/2013 @ CIN Johnny Cueto
    06/06/2013 vs. SD Clayton Richard
    06/07/2013 vs. SD Edinson Volquez
    06/08/2013 vs. SD Eric Stults
    06/08/2013 vs SD Andrew Cashner

    • The Guru

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      Like those Arenado games at Coors end of the week.

      • Gareth says:
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        @The Guru: Yeah. With the exception of Cueto, he really doesn’t face any Ace like pitchers. Bailey is good, but got roughed by the Indians in his last start.

        So you’re telling me to Jam your Cram?

  12. Gareth says:
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    Hey Jaywrong,

    The hitter Tron says this about Arenado for the next 7 days:

    Nolan Arenado COL 3B 3B 16.9 7.0 27.8 8.1 3.7 1.0 4.2 0.2 1.5 0.291 0.347 0.439 0.786 92

    Is this good? I’m not really familiar with how you break down the statistical information.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Not sure what Jay would think, but I would suggest that you just look at the Trons $ value for a player. Think the Tron has him around $18 this week which is good.

      • Gareth says:
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        @The Guru: Maybe mention to Rudy something about setting up a “How to” Guide for all the tools on this site for the uninitiated like myself.

        I’m like a nerd without the Math.

        • Will get to that in the near future.

          • @Rudy Gamble: Hey Rudy. The Hittertron is awesome. Finally got how to use it a couple weeks ago and its been a huge help.

            One request/thought. The “next 7 days” is nice, but not terribly useful when thinking about weekly leagues. As it is literally the next 7 days from when you open it (I think).

            If there was a way to have the timing be the next scoring week instead, that would be fantastic.

            Either way though, thing is awesome. Thanks for all the effort!

            • Thanks. I only have probable pitchers for the next 7 days and that drives the Hittertron results. So I can only do the next 7 days vs. project what would be 6-13 days in advance on Mondays.

              • The Guru

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                Someone buy Rudy a drink! Made three trades this week with Buysellatops help.

                • Some talky guy bought me a beer last night at the local bar (talky in “Wait, what are you debating with me?” vs. “Wait, why do you want to be fellating me” way). The universe must’ve heard you.

      • Gareth says:
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        @The Guru: Yeah its $17.60 for NADO and $9.90 for NAVA. I’m sold. Thanks for the tip. I’m learning!

  13. Gareth says:
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    I meant GURU, not Jaywrong.

    • The Guru

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      No probs. Jam on Arenado this week.

  14. Gareth says:
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    Forgive all my Arenado comments. I am usually not the one to take a risk on Rookies, so need to be prodded into action.

  15. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    My Alex Gordon for his Dominic Brown? Gordon hasn’t done much for me so I’m thinking about it. Or am I just getting carried away on a player who’s on a hot streak? Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      You might be getting caught up in the Brown wave. That sounds kinda gross. I’d hold Gordon. In the leagues I picked up Brown I’ve been shopping him around hoping for a bite. Nothing yet. Hate when people in my league read Razzball! ha!

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks man I was kind of thinking the same way, I just don’t like how Yost is dicking Gordon around in the lineup, plus the lineup he puts around him…

        • The Guru

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          Yost is toast at the All-Star break me thinks.

          • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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            @The Guru: I hope you’re right, I thought KC was stacked with talent.

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @The Guru: Yost should’ve been toast months ago…awful manager.

            The royals lineup is a mess, their approach is a mess, noone apart from Butler and Gordon takes any walks at all. What has happened to Moose and Hosmer is just a joke, yada yada yada.

            • The Guru

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              But Brett is back. Its all unicorns and rainbows now.

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @The Guru: perez talkes walks. his obp is great. he needs to be moved to rbi producing lineup spot instead of 7 or 8th.

                • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                  @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: actually, he doesn’t take walks this year damn near at all. His k rate (while still low) is up by almost double. he also should have about 3-4 more homers, at least, so far.

  16. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Thx Guru, I made the offer of Burnett for Cain. If that is rejected would you offer Burnett for Price? (I know Price is injured) 20 teams

    • The Guru

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      I wouldnt do that trade. Not a lot of Price trust ROS.

  17. huge caulk says:
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    Pitching question…
    12 team H2H 6×6 ERA WHIP K K/9 SV QS

    Ian Kennedy was medoicre again vs the mediocre Cubs…I dont see a lot of room to improve with that xFIP. I would be dropping Kennedy for a WW pitcher. WW includes:

    Haren
    Straily
    Estrada
    Kendrick

    You like any of these guys better ROS?

    • The Guru

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      Maybe Estrada but its close with Kennedy. I’d hold for now.

      • Gareth says:
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        @The Guru: Agree.

    • Gareth says:
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      @huge caulk: Marco Estrada is the 5th Best rated pitcher on Steamonator for next week at a $31.2 Value. Only Darvish, Harvey, Sale and Lee are ranked higher. So there’s that.

  18. Gareth says:
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    Ok. It’s Done. The Arenado Experiment Begins…………….

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Good luck.

      • Gareth says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks Man. I’ll send you a Beer Electronically if it works out.

        If it crashes and burns, I’m overcompensating the following week and grabbing Konerko and Helton.

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    So this is where everyone is (Greys thread is dead for once, minus Steve…hey the guy deserves a break!).

    Seems Puigs up guys, and I missed out on him….

    Stash Wheeler over Bastardo (who I hoped might close but Papelbons only ill apparently)? I could use another big time arm.

    • The Guru

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      Yeah, stash away.

  20. Abdoozy says:
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    I speak Guru! Omani padme um, dude.

    A desperate owner in my h2h league dropped Revere and Belt for streamers (who proceeded to blow up in his face). Franklin is currently my bench bat, would you dump him for either of those two? Cozart is also available.

    • The Guru

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      Hey Abdoozy, ?? ???????? ???,.
      What are your roster needs? They are all kind of similiar.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @The Guru: I’ve been lagging in RBI over the last few weeks. Plenty of speed. It’s an OPS league and I’m ok there.

        • The Guru

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          Belt should get more RBI than the rest of those guys.

          • Abdoozy says:
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            @The Guru: Matt Joyce just hit waivers. No-brainer for Franklin, right?

            • The Guru

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              I concur.

  21. TheNewGuy says:
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    Just offered up Dickey for Puig in the league where im pissed at missing out on Puig (and pissed with Dickey). Am I crazy? I feel like getting anything remotely useful for Dickey right now.

    Note to self: NEVER EVER trust knuckleballers again.

    • The Guru

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      I’d think you could get more but I get the frustration.

  22. yeshcheese says:
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    Heyward or Trumbo in a 12t Keeper?

    • The Guru

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      Heyward

  23. Kevin says:
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    Would you trade Hamilton for the other cargo or Dominic Brown in a 14 team, 5 keeper league? Not sure if I have my choice though. Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Hold Hamilton

  24. huge caulk says:
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    Thanks again…
    Guy in my league just put Domonic Brown on trading block trying to sell high…He says he’s building for the future so I assume he wants young guys. I have Wacha. Should I dangle Wacha for Brown in a keeper. Do you think D Brown is a budding superstar or just hot at the moment and will basically become another Angel Pagan?

    • The Guru

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      I’d take the Brown side.

  25. boston strong says:
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    what do think about dropping freese for puig in a weekly h2h points league im only using freese for the week thanks to panda’s hurt paw, i would be picking up puig Mon so ill get a free week out of freese

    • The Guru

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      Its worth a shot.

  26. Bump Bailey's Ghost says:
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    Goo,
    I scooped Shelby Miller and rode the hotness for a while but decided to move him for a struggling SP. I offered for YoGa and it was accepted. YoGa got blasted again and Miller tossed 7 scoreless which gives me a major case of buyer’s remorse. Make me feel better or do I just go play in traffic?

    • The Guru

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      I recommend a stiff drink my friend. May I offer you up a creation of mine called the detox mansion? Its Vodka, red bull a squirt of Aim toothpaste all stirred together with a home pregnancy test from the Dollar Tree. Enjoy

        • The Guru

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          All positive after the first one. Things get negative fast after the fifth one.

          • Darcy Butler says:
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            @The Guru: On the bright side: pretty smile and no cavities.

  27. Milo says:
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    Locke no lock vs. Braves, but glad I held him vs. Reds…

    • The Guru

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      Good call, but I’m still not starting him against the Braves.

  28. Fister Furbush says:
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    I have some good questions guru,

    1. Who wins in this trade. Hamilton and Medlen….for Holliday and Fister

    2.Pick three to start in a points league
    Burnett @ ATL @ Chc
    Corbin home versus SF
    Cueto home vs col(I own tulo and cargo)
    Hamels home vs MIA

    3. Ina tenteam league, I have the number four waiver, wheeler and Balfour are both on waivers. My RP’s are currently Parnell and Frieri. Ether drop Frieri for Balfour, or drop Kendrys on my bench for wheeler? If both are available after waiver goes throu, make both transactions?

    I really appreciate the help and your opinion. May the fantasy gods be with you!

    FF

    • The Guru

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      Hi Fister, thanks for writing.

      1. Holiday side.
      2. Burnett, Hamels
      3. Drop Kendrys for Balfour.

      • The Guru

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        and Corbin. Sorry bout that.

  29. Trevor says:
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    Would you rather have Puig or BJ Upton as your bench spot for espn 5×5 12 teams? Thanks

    • The Guru

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      Hi Trevor, good question. Is BJ really this bad? I just can’t see him shaking out of it. Plenty of upside with Puig. Are you a gambling man? I am. Give it a shot.

  30. Mike says:
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    Two part question….

    Just made this trade, can you tell me who won:

    I got pujols and wright

    For

    Tulo, ARam and Brown

    Part 2:

    Now I need a SS…these guys are avail ( 10 team mixed yahoo league)

    Lowrie, A Ramirez, Franklin, Crawford, Cozart

    Thanks!!

    • Mike says:
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      Forgot to mention, I have prado available if you don’t think those guys I mentioned are better options

      • The Guru

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        Hi Mike, nice trade. I’d take the Pujols, Wright side.
        I like Prado ROS of those choices.

        • Mike says:
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          Thanks so much!

          One more question….

          Need some help with era and whip. Which starter do you like ros?

          Ian Kennedy, Cahill, ogando, wood, Kendrick, Fernandez, Teheran

          • The Guru

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            I may be going against the Streamer projections here but I’m leaning Wood.

  31. danny says:
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    Am I missing something or did you say Jam Franklin in NL only leagues? He plays for the M’s….

    • The Guru

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      Meant AL only

  32. Anthony says:
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    Hey Guru, great post! I’m in a mixed h2h points league. Would you drop a Morse or BJ Upton for Ozuna?

    BJ can’t get any worse and I feel his new swing may take a few weeks to show positive signs so I kind of want to hold on him for the moment. Morse on the other hand is always hurt and is all or nothing. What are your thoughts?

    • The Guru

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      If you’re going to hold on BJ, I’d hold on Morse too. He might be the best of the 3 going forward if he’s healthy.

  33. The Red Cyclones says:
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    I just dropped Ethier for Puig and added Tyler Skaggs to fill the slot left by Salvador Perez as he sits on the NA. Has he been kidnapped? Should I try and sell him anyway, since he’d be pushing out people I want to keep? I’m in a 16 team, yahoo H2H Points 2 catcher league, my other catchers are now Yasmani Grandal and Joe Mauer. Perez was only ever getting me singles anyway. Hold/sell/drop? Thanks as always for the awesome articles!

    C Joe Mauer
    C Yasmani Grandal
    1B Edwin Encarnacion
    2B Jurickson Profar
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    SS Didi Gregorious
    LF Nori Aoki
    CF Michael Saunders
    RF Yasiel Puig
    OF Gerrardo Parra
    Util Nick Franklin
    Util Nolan Arenado
    BN Daniel Murphy,
    DL Aaron Hill
    NA Sal/Billy Hamilton

    • The Guru

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      I still think we will see something from Perez this year. I’d take him over Grandal when he gets back from his adventure.

  34. TheNewGuy says:
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    Chris Davis’ power is utterly ridonkulous. The home run he hit today went nearly over the gate at the back of the stand….swinging one handed!

    40HR is nailed on, could he hit 50? I’d bloody hope so, got this kid in my keeper league for $4, oh baby what a keeper this guy could be.

    • The Guru

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      Nicely done! I think he’ll hit 20 more.

  35. Matthew says:
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    Dropped Cain for Puig, good idea? I’m pretty set w my roster as GC Stanton is on the DL as well, in 1st, up 9-1 this week in H2H action.

    Figured he could go big.

    • The Guru

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      I like having a roster spot I can use for a hot hitter or a rookie call up with upside. Good work.

  36. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Bea Arthur, Whoopie Goldberg, Bette Midler. Marry one, phuck one, kill one. GO!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Bea, Bette, Whoopie. One of these I’ll do twice but I aint sayin which.

      • Longotulo says:
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        @The Guru: mmmmm, Bette. I agree with you on these, Guru. However, I’d like to phuck Whoopie to death. Is this a permissible answer to this question/game?

        • The Guru

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          I direct your question Tehol’s way while I attempt to blow up this Bette Midler doll.

  37. Dan says:
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    I’m in a fantasy league that has 16 categories including XBH, OBP, OPS, QS, K/9, K/BB. I have Wacha and Puig on my team and my buddy has Wheeler and Myers. We are talking about making a $100 bet, where at the end of the season we would add up the scores of each of our 2 players on the player rater and whoever has the combo with the higher score wins.

    I think he has a slight advantage in talent, but I think Wacha and Puig could have great seasons and I have the advantage in that my 2 players are in the big leagues and his are still in the minors, at least for the time being. Would you make the bet?

    • The Guru

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      Oh, that’s cool. I’d make that bet.

  38. Gregg says:
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    FAAB question. How many $ to bid on Gregerson, with a $260 budget, and as a Street owner? Thanks! (I’m thinking $15-20)

    • The Guru

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      Sounds about right

  39. DMurph says:
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    Arenado Downside: Hits two hundo, rooms with Rutledge and after editing one another’s stats in MLB The Show, a drunken argument ensues..Rutledge hits Arenado with kitchen chair. Arenado goes on the 60 day DL

    • The Guru

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      Ha! Ever seen the movie “Prick up your ears”? I see it ending kinda like that.

  40. B.J. says:
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    Good evening gents,

    Cut anyone from this squad for Puig?

    12 Team 5×5 H2H

    C- Santana 1B- Goldschmidt 2B- N. Walker SS- A. Escobar 3B- Miggy
    OF- J. Upton, Bruce, Choo UTIL- J. Heyward
    Bench- D. Jennings, K. Morales

    SP- Latos, J. Zimm RP- Holland, A. Bailey
    P- J. Lester, J. Nathan, C. Hamels
    Bench- Ryu, S. Miller, J. Parker, B. Parnell

    DL- Utley, J. Reyes

    Thanks in advance

    • The Guru

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      Maybe Morales but I’d hold for now.

  41. JDW says:
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    I Puiged my pants eight days ago and grabbed him for no reason whatsoever. Suddenly Kemp and Crawford crap the bed and I am finding my blind speculation suddenly, unexpectedly paying off. Puig will do puell in the bigs going forward.

    • The Guru

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      Well puayed sir.

  42. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Is it time for Jose Iglesias questions?

  43. Jason says:
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    Moore and wacha or Felix.

    Which side you taking ROS? It’s in a keeper where my current keepers are Braun votto longo stras and verlander. I was debating keeping Moore over verlander going into next season.

    • The Guru

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      Leaning King Felix ROS here. I’d keep Verlander given the choice.

      • Jason says:
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        @The Guru: so if I made the trade for Felix would you replace any of the current 5 with Felix?

        • The Guru

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          I would not.

  44. 2 Giant rings says:
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    I’ve been offered peavy (or Dickie) and Rajai Davis for Goldschmidt. It doesn’t seem like enough but I could use a SP and speed. 20 teams.

    • The Guru

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      No and no. I’d only take Trout, Miggy, Braun, Cargo, Cano or J-up for Goldy.

    • Jason says:
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      @2 Giant rings: I’d want more than that for Au Shizz

      • The Guru

        The Guru says:
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        It would take a lot to pry him from my gold, pine tar stained hands.

  45. gareth says:
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    Wow. Puig got called up and jumped from 20 to 60 percent ownership in cbs leagues in a matter of hours. Go with him over arenado?

    • The Guru

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      Yes, more opportunity for RBI with Puig.

  46. ryan says:
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    What U Guys Think This Website Rock Ops Leage Ozuna Or Frazier ros

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Frazier

  47. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    awesome job GURU

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Thanks a lot, Al. Cheers.

  48. Justin Observation says:
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    Need some advice on who to start in my UTIL spot next week. Aramis Ramirez, Josh Donaldson or Jimmy Rollins? Points based league.

  49. fratstar says:
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    think skaggs will start for mccarthy this week?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Looks like Skaggs will go Tuesday against the Cards. He looked pretty good against the Rangers last week. Randall Delgado will work out of the pen.

      • fratstar says:
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        @The Guru:

        Awesome. How much longer would you hold onto Matt Cain? It’s a 10 team mixed league weekly H2H…dunno how much more patience I have

        • The Guru

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          I would hold with Cain. I expect he’ll turn this around. He’ll finish up with 14-16 wins, 180-190 K’s and he’ll get that ERA down. *crosses fingers*

  50. JoeG says:
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    Axelrod vs Sea:6/5 Jam or Cram?

  51. parkour says:
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    hey guru

    I’ve had arenado rostered since he got the call and he’s a sometimes play on my team. I’m basically just holding onto him until July rolls around and he gets steady hits.

    however, I could use a backup MI such as Franklin. should I switch the two? other drop candidates are Lorenzo cain and Brandon belt

    • The Guru

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      I’d hold for now.

  52. Keith

    tomscuba2004 says:
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    Would you risk rostering Strausburg in a weekly settings league this week? Thanks man.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Washington has said they are not going to DL Strasberg but with as careful as they have been with him I think they may skip his next start,

      • Keith

        tomscuba2004 says:
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        @The Guru: Thanks Guru–I appreciate your time.

        • The Guru

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          No prob, Tom. I don’t expect to see Stras this week though. Good luck.

  53. TheFarm says:
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    In a very deep 16 team league. maholm and choo for verlander and aoki. Who wins the deal?

    • Kennedy says:
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      I’d take the Verlander side.

    • The Guru

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      Verlander is just the place player so I go Verlander/Aoki

      • The Guru

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        *best*

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