J.J. Hardy is an easy buy, which isn’t the same as an easy sell. Hardy’s not exactly promoting a yum-yum juicy chicken burger with a side of 30 homers and 20 steals. He’s cheap. His expectations are low. He’s 27-years-old and averaged 83/25/77/.280 at 24 and 25. Last year, he didn’t tune and check out with Khalil Greene, going off to mullet all over. Hardy started the year dealing with back issues and he never recovered. If you invite Hardy onto your team, you don’t need to put plastic sheets on the bed and hide all the good flatware. With O-Dog currently hurt and his grasp on the #2 spot tenuous, Hardy could be next in line for that spot. If so, 160+ R/RBI is definitely reachable and the power is already there. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:
Ervin Santana – I was saying the other day something like you should move to the exit row. I didn’t say exit. I was preparing my exit. Now when I see he’s only owned in 26% of ESPN leagues, I’m beginning to think people bailed on him too soon. This isn’t a buy, this is a hold. Format constraints and all that.
C.J. Wilson – Went over him this morning. Go ahead. Scroll down. This’ll be here, assuming you don’t try to scroll by taking a crowbar to your computer screen.
Gio Gonzalez – This buy is solely dependent on you wanting Ks. But, really, who doesn’t want Ks? I could’ve put Felipe Paulino here instead. In fact, I did last week.
Justin Masterson – My logic in the morning post didn’t seem to interest people so I’m going to break it down to you simple enough that even a dead Minnie Pearl could understand it. Masterson will be better than Oswalt this year.
Ian Kennedy – In his first start, he had 8 strikeouts through 5 innings and only made one mistake (a 3-run homer). I’ll take that every day of the week and twice on Muesday.
Kelly Johnson – For those out there that are like Mr. Short Term Memory — Hey, who turned on my computer?! — I present to you a not that oldie and not that goodie, “In certain circumstances, I’m excited to draft Kelly Johnson late as my middle infielder. Last year, Bobby Cox never gave Johnson a fair shake. He benched him against lefties, sat him when he slumped, told him he’d never be Marcus Giles… It was a trying time for a guy with a girl’s first name. An every day job could easily translate to a 15/10 season. Sounds yawnstipating, but at MI and where he’ll be drafted he’ll be a steal late in 2010 drafts.” And that’s me quoting January Grey! Do I need a dot-EDU URL to gain some trust?
Ian Desmond – Owned in 3.7% of ESPN leagues? Seriously? That makes me sad.
Casey McGehee – I wasn’t a big fan of his in the preseason, but he’s hitting 5th behind Fielder and Braun and he has the superfecta of eligibility. Could be a poor man’s Uggla.
Josh Willingham – The Nats really aren’t that bad. No, really! Okay, their pitching staff Sansburg isn’t good, but their hitting isn’t terrible. “Isn’t terrible” for the Nats is a compliment. Willingham is the guy on everyone’s waivers that can get you 25-30 homers and 90-100 RBIs. Does he bling-bling up your fantasy team? No, he’s not flashy. You’re looking at Blanks or Swisher, but Willingham is the other white meat.
Julio Borbon – To bust out my Jackie Chiles, the dissimilitude of Borbon’s performance to my magnanimity of drafting him has been egregious. Need to give Borbon another week or two. Yo quiero Julio and I’m sincero.
Matt Lindstrom – Was thinking about how Lindstrom is only owned in 61% of ESPN leagues, but then I thought about how 50% of ESPN leagues are already abandoned, so Lindstrom’s already at 111%, so, ya know, it’s all good, baby, baby.
Chris Perez – SAGNOF!
Franklin Morales – See 1/8 of an inch above.
Jeff Clement – He should get 400+ ABs if he stays healthy. Napoli has never reached 400 ABs in any season of his career. Cust kayin’.
Casey Kotchman – He’s hitting third vs. righties so he’s on the right side of the blahtoon. The toon side, if you will.
Gaby Sanchez – Hitting .364 through three games. No rush to defrost Ted Williams’s frozen head just yet, but, well, I own Sanchez.
Carlos Gomez – Spoiler alert! If his big game came any day other than Opening Day, you wouldn’t even need this reminder that he’s terrible. Well, here’s your one reminder. He’s terrible.
Travis Snider – I was randy on Travis. No more. Later, doode. To drop a Mama’s Family-esque line on ya, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.
Rickie Weeks – I like Weeks and do think he can be very valuable if he stays healthy. That “if” needs its own island to stretch out its legs. If you can get anything for Rickie “To the DL for 6-8″ Weeks, I’d consider it.
Vernon Wells – Sweet Sassy Molassey! Wells is hitting everything out of the park, but I don’t think it continues. Trade him before the clock strikes crap.