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The 2013 Fantasy Baseball season is heading into its stretch run and the playoffs are right around the corner. My fair Razzballers, it seems like only yesterday we were complimenting Grey’s mustache and singing voice in exchange for roster autopsies, trade advice and grooming tips. We were all so young and naïve with big dreams for Ike Davis and Josh Rutledge back then. Now we are just bitter old men (and four ladies), wondering where it all went wrong and yelling at those kids to get off our lawn. If you’re still in the fantasy hunt *high five/chest bump/headbutt* it’s time to drop any dead weight still rotting on your roster. If you are out of it and still waiting for Josh Hamilton to carry your team, Sky would love to hear from you over on Fantasy Football Island. For the rest of us, we are either trying to hold onto first, grabbing some stats to gain on the leader or getting in position for the playoffs. There is no hope and loyalty left at this point in the season. It’s time to drop the duds and find the studs that may carry you to a fantasy championship. It’s time to jam it or cram it.

Jam or Cram: Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners

Availability: 83% Yahoo, 84% ESPN

Last Week: 6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .364 AV

The Gist: Justin Smoak has never caught fire the way most scouts predicted. Mostly he just smolders. But for the last couple of weeks, Justin’s been, well, smokin’. *collective groan* His power has always been legit. He has 47 homers the last three seasons. The problem is with the making contact part of hitting. Smoak has never hit over .235.

Key Stat:  In the last year, Smoak has made about 500 plate appearances. His wRC+ of 131 puts him ahead of Prince Fielder, Anthony Rizzo and Mark Trumbo.

The X-File: Smoak is hitting .414 this month.

Jam it or Cram it: If you are an Albert Pujols owner holding out hope for a return to glory, it’s time to blow out the candle. You may have a better chance of getting Pujols and Jack Clark together for a fun evening at Dave and Buster’s. Grab the immediate power and ride Smoak while he’s hot. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Robbie Grossman, OF, Houston Astros

Availability: 81% Yahoo, 70% ESPN

Last Week: 6 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB, .360 AV

The Gist: At this point in the season, the waiver wire is filled with DL’d guys, Biogenesis cheats and Houston Astros. Only one is worth picking up.  Since being called up from Triple-A, Grossman has hit .472 with 10 runs, three homers and four steals.

Key Stat: Grossman had 15 steals in 75 games at AAA Oklahoma City this season.

X-File: Grossman hit just .198 during a disappointing April /May stint with the big club.

Jam it or Cram it: Need to replace some of the SAGNOF! you lost when Everth Cabrera got himself suspended and Desmond Jennings got himself broke? The Grossman is not so disgusting. He’s playing every day, batting leadoff, has some pop and could snag you 10-12 stolen bases the rest of the way. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Justin Maxwell, OF, Kansas City Royals

Availability: 96% Yahoo, 98% ESPN

Last Week: 5 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, .462 AV

The Gist: Maxwell seems to love Kansas City. Who wouldn’t? Great BBQ, blues, and pretty fountains at the ballpark that fans can’t seem to stay out of. Since being acquired by the Royals from the Astros, Maxwell is hitting .471 with three homers and six RBI through his first seven games.

Key Stat: In eight minor league seasons, Maxwell hit over 10 homers and stole over 10 bases five times. He has 20/20 potential.

The X-File: Sure, the potential is there, but Maxwell’s problem is he has not been able to stay healthy. He’s missed time with a broken wrist, Tommy John surgery, a torn labrum and he choked on a sunflower seed which resulted in a sprained uvula.

Jam it or Cram it: With Lorenzo Cain placed on the DL Saturday, Maxwell will be playing and hot schmotatoing. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Donnie Murphy, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs

Availability: 98% Yahoo, 96% ESPN

Last Week: 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI, .294 AV

The Gist: Murphy hit a homer in his second game with the Cubs, then hit two more on Wednesday. Who does this game think he is? Ron Cey? Penguins. Murphy was slashing 265/.338/.457 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 302 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa before the call up.

Key Stat: Murphy hit .216 with the Marlins last season.

Gooey Factoid: Murphy is the first Cubs player to hit three home runs in his first three games since Jim Marshall did it in August 1958. I read that on a Twisted Tea label. At five this morning.

X-File: Murphy has played on eight teams in eight seasons. He doesn’t play well with others.

Jam it or Cram it: Murphy gets the Cardinals and Reds this week. Look out for that cliff, Murph, you’re about to fall off. CRAM

 

Jam or Cram: Christian Yelich, OF, Miami Marlins

Availability: 84% Yahoo, 82% ESPN

Last Week: 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB, .375 AV

The Gist: Yelich is young, raw, has power and speed. He’s hitting at the top of the order, has a 10-game hitting streak and could make some impact down the stretch. Since being called up, the rookie is slashing .318/.366/.439.

Key Stat: Yelich averaged 19 home runs and 31 stolen bases per 162 games in the minors.

X-File: Yelich only played 49 Double-A games and never played an inning at Triple-A before the Marlins said what the hell, we’re not going anywhere and gave him a shot.

Jam it or Cram it: In the minors, Yelich has hit as many as 15 home runs, driven in as many as 77 RBI, stolen as many as 32 bases, and batted as high as .329. Give us some of that! With his speed/power combo and the fact he’s hitting in front of Giancarlo Stanton, Yelich will definitely help your chances at fantasy bliss. JAM

 

*Bonus Tracks*

Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals: Hitting .353 with 2 homers over the last week. Rendon may not be Danny Espinosa, but that’s a good thing. JAM

Khris Davis, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun’s replacement might be on Braun’s old diet plan. I dunno, but he’s hitting .385 with a homer and six runs scored over his last seven games. Worth a look in NL or deep leagues, but this isn’t THE Chris Davis. CRAM

Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox: Why isn’t this guy more widely owned? He’s available in about 90% of leagues and has made multiple appearances on our jammer/crammer list. Beckham hit .321 last week with a homer and six runs scored. One more time, JAM

 

Thanks for playing along Razzballer’s. The Goo is available for all your jammer crammer questions. Follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS for the daily jam or cram, fantasy roster 411’s and other gooey shenanigans.

 

 

From Around The Web

  1. Next week and ROS: Profar or Middlebrooks?

    • The Guru

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      I like the match ups this week for Middlebrooks. He’ll get 3 lefties. Middlebrooks also gives you the better chance for power numbers ROS.

  2. Justin says:
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    Hey which 3b do you like better for this upcoming week & going forward? Brett Lawrie, Chris Johnson or Prado?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Go with Prado. He’s really come around in the last month, .352 AV, 2 HR, 17 RBI.

      • Justin says:
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        @The Guru:

        Thank you guru- with the news of David wright possibly not returning this season I wanted a more solid option at third base- plus I love that he’s very versatile position-wise; it says he’s also eligible at 2b & OF

        What are your thoughts on Eric Hosmer? With Dom Brown healthy now, I was going to move him from the bench to starting last week but didnt want to risk it since I didn’t know when he’d be activated &y league locks on Mondays- would you drop Shane Victorino & possibly add Hosmer for extra depth, I was also looking into Junior Lake, Justin Morneau or Xander Bogarets as a stash in case the sox call him up next week

        • The Guru

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          I don’t expect Xander until August 31. Thats the last day teams can add a player and have them eligible for playoffs. As for Hosmer, he has been great for the past month and look for it to continue. I’d drop Victorino for him. Victorino is one crash into a wall from the dl and hasnt been healthy for a couple of weeks as evidenced by no longer switch hitting.

  3. Hi!

    Next week and ROS:

    Maxwell, Lough, Beckham?

    Also, which player that just hit the DL is more likely to stay on the DL? Chavez or Quentin? I need to drop one of them for the above (or I can give up on that cuban the Phils signed, but its a keeper and I feel like he is a good gamble? Or no?)

    Much thanks!

    • @gbaked: reply to myself. Just saw that KC is playing all RHP this week. So def gonna grab Lough. Just trying to fig out who to drop.

    • The Guru

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      Hey G, I’d stream Lough this week and grab Beckham after that. Hold onto Gonzalez in the keeper league. I think he’ll be a ROY candidate for sure in 2014. Quentin and Chavez both look droppable to me.

      • @The Guru: cool. thanks. Thats about what I was thinking. Debating just dropping both DL guys and grabbing both of them now.

        no love for Maxwell? He has been playing real good since the trade…

        • The Guru

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          Sure I like Maxwell, I wrote about him today. Ha! But he gets some tough match ups this week.

  4. Mariner Mike says:
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    Hey Guru, how you been? I picked up Ruif last night for a week of HR’s what do you think? Also what do you think of Garcia and Grossman which one do you like? One more thing have Lake at SS and has done a fairly good job, but Drew is on the wire which do you think is a better play going forward. Thanks again for the advice and thoughts have a good week!!

    • The Guru

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      Hey Mike, I’m liking what Grossman has been doing for about a week now. Lake has been a surprise too, but JD’s little brother is on fire. He may be the play until he cools down.

  5. Crumpy says:
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    Weekly roto league. Getting frustrated with Rajai’s lack of playing time. Drop him for Grossman or Saunders?

    Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Grab Grossman while he’s hot. I hear ya on Rajai, I could use those steals.

  6. Tom says:
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    Drop Pablo Sandoval ? Pick up yelich !!???

    • The Guru

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      Its been a tough stretch for the Panda, but I wouldn’t drop him.

  7. AJ says:
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    Yelich, Smoak, Ruf ROS? Looking to drop Xander Bogaerts since the managers down in Pawtucket are holding him hostage…thanks

    • The Guru

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      Grab Smoak.

  8. MVPuigs says:
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    David Wright dropped. Pick him up?

    • The Guru

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      In a keep league, of course. If you can spare a dl slot it’s worth a gamble, but it’s doubtful he’ll be back this year.

  9. MVPuigs says:
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    10 team H2H

    • The Guru

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      Worth a gamble I suppose, but like I said it’s doubtful he is back this year.

  10. Frank White says:
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    Sup man… Why is Mujica coming in in the 8th inning?? He’s still a closer right??

    • The Guru

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      Going for the 2 inning save?

    • The Guru

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      You’re jammin’ now, Jack!

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @The Guru: been dancing with my broom for the past 5

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Yes, real friends are overrated.

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @The Guru: the broom doesn’t judge me

            • The Guru

              The Guru says:
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              That’s the name of my third cow-punk album.

              • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                @The Guru: wow, a cow punk reference, I just looked to see how it’s “represented online” and wow the wikapedia is about as wrong as you can get

                    • The Guru

                      The Guru says:
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                      Fun stuff! Me likey.

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @The Guru: surpisingly their first album, the greatest show on dirt, is on I tunes, there’s only 2 songs over 2 minutes, now thats f**king punk rock

  11. UhOh says:
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    My SP are Bailey, J Zimm, Liriano, Smardzija, Masterson and Burnett….. my era for the week including my RP is 8.74 and my whip is 1.96. Is this the worst ever?

    • The Guru

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      Was a tough week. I have stock in all those guys as well. Shark is on multiple teams of mine and really torpedoed the week. But, let’s hope thats the worst week going forward.

  12. Momuirnin says:
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    Hi my dear, what are they saving Xander for? Why not play him ASAP?

    • The Guru

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      It’s a good question. If you follow me twitter, you know I’m screaming for Xander. Seems the Sox think he’s not ready to man 3b yet, so they give Middlebrooks a shot at redemption. If Middlebrooks sucks in the next week, Xander will be up. Either way I expect a call up by 8/31.

  13. Abdoozy says:
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    Hi Mahatma Guru,
    I’m thinking I’d like another bench bat with some speed and want to add Villar now that his thumb is out of wherever he’s been keeping it. I have a need for speed. But the slot would have to come from my pitchers — Greinke, Kim-Jong Ryu, Scherzer, Lynn, Cingrani, Saladbar, with RP Melancon, Hendo, Ziegler and Grilli on the DL.
    H2H daily redraft 6×6 w/ops,QS.
    I’m thinking Ziegler might have the shakiest hold on the closer job and I’m unlikely to get more than one or two S out of him. The starters are all either undroppable or have pretty favorable schedules.
    Also, I added Grossman and have a knee jerk reluctance to have more than one AAAstro on my team.
    But my only Fast Guy is McLouth, which should tell you something. Drop Ziegler for Villar?

    • Abdoozy says:
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      @Abdoozy: oh, forgot, I also have Beachy.

      • The Guru

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        Hey Abdoozy, how’s things? If you can afford losing some saves, Villar would be the drop.

        • Abdoozy says:
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          @The Guru: you mean Ziegler? Done deal.

          • The Guru

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            Cool, thanks for writing in. Good luck on the rest of the season.

  14. Van says:
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    Drop or bench Billy Butler for Smoak?

    • The Guru

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      Keep Butler for now. Has some good matchups this week and had a very good week last week.

  15. Mike says:
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    Hey I’m thinking of dropping Victorino- who do you like- Justin Smoak, Junior Lake, Yan Gomes, Adam Dunn or take a gamble on A-Rod

  16. Mike says:
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    Also forgot to add it to last post – which pitch do you like this week : Bruce Chen, hector Santiago or, Tom Koehler ?

    • The Guru

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      Chen looks good to go this week. Hold Victorino.

  17. BrewerFan says:
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    Who to start this next week? Salazar (2 starts Min&Oak) or Ian Kennedy in Petco vs the Mets?

    • The Guru

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      Like what I’m seeing from Salazar. Roll him out there this week.

  18. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    Who’s the best guy to own down the stretch: Kris Medlen, Dan Haren, or Alex Wood?

    • The Guru

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      Haren.

  19. Field of dream says:
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    Prado, Chris Johnson, or Brett Lawrie at 3b this upcoming week & maybe going forward?

    • The Guru

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      Prado has been heating up. Nice bat to pick up for the week and possibly ROS.

  20. Doc says:
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    You like belt over smoak ROS? SON says Belt.

    • The Guru

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      Kind of the same sort of guy. Guess I’d lean Belt ROS.

  21. danny almonte says:
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    Hey, do you like E5 or C.Davis better ROS and beyond?

    • The Guru

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      I may be in the minority here, but I’d take Encarnacion ROS. As far as the future goes, I’d take Davis because he’s 3 years younger.

  22. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Guru,
    10 team QS keeper League. Just got offered my Xander Bogarts who is in my FA round 24 farm for his 1st round Yu Darvish. Currently riding first place with people nipping at my heels. Do I bite on trying to lock up a championship with a non-keeper for my youth or play it out? My arms are as follows:
    Liriano – round 24 via trade for next years 10th round pick
    James Shield -15th round keeper from 2012
    Bruce Chen – FA
    Patrick Corbin -FA
    RYu- 12th round
    Max Scherzer -8th round keeper from 2012
    Jordan Zimmerman-3rd round
    Cashier-FA
    Homer Bailey-7th Round

    • The Guru

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      I’d make that trade and go for it.

  23. MB says:
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    Which 3 do I go with this week out of these 4? 5×5 league

    Gaudin, AJ Burnett (vs. STL damnit), capuano, quintana

    Thanks

    • MB says:
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      @MB: Sorry, can you add colon into that, so 3 out of 5.

      Thanks again

      • The Guru

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        Colon, Capuana and Burnett are good to go this week.

  24. SF says:
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    Cody Ross down after the add this week! Who should I get ROS? In need of some power. My outfield right now is A.Jackson, Beltran, and crisp. Was looking at Gattis, Maxwell, Ruf, garcia, Reddick,Calhoun,morse, schierholtz?

    • The Guru

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      Reddick has pretty hot this week. Give him a go and hopefully he stays hot.

  25. chunk says:
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    extra spaces look great thanks!

    • The Guru

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      Hey Chunk, thanks for the suggestion.

  26. fitz says:
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    What’s your twitter user name?

    • The Guru

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      @TheGuruGS

  27. Riley says:
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    What do you think of Jarrod Dyson — worth picking up in a weekly 5×5 obp league if you can use speed?

    • The Guru

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      Sorry for the delay, Riley. Yes, it’s worth giving him a shot.

  28. Larry says:
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    Mejia or gray this week to start? 5×5 weekly roto with week starting on tues.

    • The Guru

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      Sorry, i missed your question. Did you go with Gray?

      • Larry says:
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        @<a href="#comment-2060385@The Guru:

        Rosters lock Tuesday night. Right now have mejia, both have one start on week starting tues. sounds like you would go with gray.

        • The Guru

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          Yes, Gray is the guy between the two. But then again, I’d stream just about anyone against Houston.

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