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Try not to act so jealous, Frank Thomas. A new superstar has arrived in Chicago. After Evan Longoria hit a go ahead 2-run home run in the ninth inning last night against the Chicago White Sox, most thought the game was all but over. But not Jose Abreu. People have been telling him “No Way, Jose!” all his life. A real defector at heart, he was ready to prove them wrong the only way he knew how– with his bat. The crowd was slowly filtering out, the concessions employees were removing the hot dogs from the rollers and placing them back in the warm stagnant water for the next day, and Adam Dunn was already in the locker room, eating his post-game bucket of oats. But White Sox rookie slugger Abreu aka the Grande Dolor aka or is it el Gran Dolor? aka “I guess it doesn’t really matter, he’s just a monster” Abreu had a different idea. Chicago loaded the bases for the phenom and he promptly sent it into the stands with the grand slam and the walk off win. He finished the day 3-for-5, with two home runs and six RBI. Ay carumba! The final home run was Jose’s league-leading ninth jack of the year, and he also tied for the lead with 27 RBI and his .632 SLG% and .968 OPS are among the league’s best as well. He set the rookie record for April home runs too, and counting. Abreu is making those who gambled on him early in drafts look like geniuses, jacking homers every 10.6 at bats and rocking a sick and a 26.9% HR/FB ratio. That means he’s going to hit more home runs. Like, a lot more. And if he’s as fun to own in fantasy as he is to watch in actual real-life-not- in-a-box score-but-on-the-field baseball, then Abreu could likely find himself in the upper echelon of the fantasy elite as soon as this year.

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball last night:

Mark Buehrle – 5.1 IP, 12 hits, 6 ER, 3 BB. Buehrled alive! He’d only given up 2 ER in his previous four starts. Yeah, well, what did you expect, him to lead the league in ERA? The Sawx scored 8 runs on 16 hits, including a home run from David Ortiz and two hit days from Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli.

Juan Francisco – 2-for-4 with his 1st HR. Juan-Fran has gone on home run sprees in the past. Grey told you to BUY him, so grab him if you need power. If you already have the power, you are probably He-Man, in which case, “Hey, He-Man! Nice haircut!”

Will Middlebrooks – 2-for-4, run, RBI. Will the Thrill is coming back from the DL twice as strong as before and he’s doing it all for Jen-nay (Dell). “I’d make a good husband, Jen-nay.” That was my impression of Will Middlebrooks’s impression of Forrest Gump. If Diddlebrooks is still out there on your waiver wire, grab him while you still can. I won’t tell anyone who you have been forced to play at corner infielder lately. Let us never speak of it again.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. – 3-for-4, 2 runs, RBI, and a SB (his third). Word traveled pretty quick about JBJ’s epic three walk performance against C.C. Sabathia on Opening Day in 2013. His showing last night may very well crash twitter. J.B-Rad Jr. is like Jacoby Ellsbury 2.0. Well, he’s not as fast or as strong. He’s smaller. Hmm…name coolness factor? Tie? Okay, he’s more like Ellsbury 0.2.

Jake Peavy – 7.0 IP, 7 base runners, 1 ER,  7 K. Aside from getting shelled last week by the Orioles (5.2 IP,  14 base runners, 5 ER), Peavy has been pretty solid so far. He’s got a 32/16 K/BB ratio and is the perfect example of I guy I wouldn’t touch on draft day performing well. Way to make me look bad, Jake!

Hiroki Kuroda – 4.2 IP, 10 hits, 6 ER. Kurodayum! We probably should have known better than to test the Angels right now. They’re finally playing as well as we all thought they could last April. You can’t rush chemistry. It must have taken a while for Albert to get used to Trout’s quirks. Like the way Trout always swims upstream or the way he never closes his eyes. Creepy. But classic Trout. Either way, the Angels offense has arrived. They scored 13 runs on 16 hits with three hit games from Hank Conger and Howard Kendrick. Erick Aybar exploded for four hits and a 3-run home run, and Ian Stewart added two hits and a homer onto the pile. Mike Trout was 0-for-4 and I’m pretty sure that’s the ultimate definition of a ticker tease.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-4,  HR. Alby’s got four home runs and 10 RBI in the past seven games. His nine home runs lead the league, the .652 SLG% tops the AL, and the 1.009 OPS is real nice, too.That’s a lot of fancy numbers just to say: Welcome back. Old friend.

Matt Joyce – Drew five walks. He’s been studying Jackie Bradley game tape.

Yordano Ventura – 8.0 IP, 7 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Alrrrrighty then! The Strikeout Detective, indeed. All seven hits allowed were singles. He was dominant. I already like Yordana Ventura a lot. If he starts conducting his post game interviews with his butt cheeks, I think we might have to be new best friends.

Chris Davis – Likely headed to the DL after leaving the game with a strained oblique. Things couldn’t get much worse for Chris “The Dish” right now. And yes, I know nobody calls him that. Like most injuries of this nature, his outlook for avoiding the DL is oblique.

Garrett Jones – 2-for-4, 4th HR. Jones is tied with Stanton with 30 strikeouts on the year, they are also both huge fans of “pizza.” But the similarities between the two pretty much end right there. Garrett could be a decent source of power with four homers on the year, but if you’re looking for Giancarlo power, you should have drafted Giancarlo.

Henderson Alvarez – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Have you ever picked someone up day-of and then forget to start them? I need to drink more water, I think my brain is shrinking. I should stop mixing my psychedelic drugs, I’m having a hard time distinguishing perception from reality. Is that Bryce Harper’s face on that baseball? No. It couldn’t be…Henderson has been more than solid with a 2.73 ERA through five games. That’s the reality. I’d grab him for his start next week vs. Atlanta.

Zack Wheeler – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K. More like Zack 18-Wheeler! Once he gets it going there’s no stopping him, unless you want to get hit by a truck. I’m sorry, it’s late and that’s the best I could do.

Ervin Santana – 6.2 IP, 9 hits, 4 ER, 7 K. Smooth, Santana. The 4 ER was a season high but Big Erv still grabbed his third win of the year. I’m not sure what Atltana is feeding their pitchers, but I assume it has peaches and moonshine in it. Okay well, that sounds delicious.

Homer Bailey – 6.0 IP, 9 hits, 5 ER, 4 K. No, Homer! I thought we were over this. Are we going to have to get the club started again? Justin Upton hit a 3-run HR in the first inning and Bailey was deflated from there. That’s seven homers surrendered this year for Homer, which could be some kind of irony, but I don’t want to get into an argument over it in the comments. Save it for the English message boards, nerds!

Shelby Miller – 5.2 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. Shelby has strung together a few nice starts in a row now. He’s got 25 Ks in 28.1 innings to go along with 18 walks. Hmm. Yeah, I think it’s time to trade him while his value is high.

Mark MelanconJason Grilli is headed to the DL, so Melancon is the new Grillimaster in Pittsburgh for now and a great add if you’re looking for saves. Jason also let Melancon borrow his platinum mouth grill so he can be all iced out on the mound, and that’s a great add for Mark if he’s looking for cold sores.

Matt Garza – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 7 K. He had some choice words for the Cubs pregame. Really, Garza? Like the Cubs aren’t hard enough on their luck you have to rub salt in the wound? That’s like picking on the disabled kids at school. And no Cubs fans, I’m not really comparing your team to disabled persons. Geez, don’t be so sensitive. What I’m saying is, don’t poke the bear!

Francisco Rodriguez – 1.0 IP, 2 K and his 10th save. Frankie hasn’t allowed a run all year. At this point, you probably can’t even imagine owning a closer who doesn’t give up at least a few hits and/or runs on his way to a save. K-Rod has not. His 0.62 WHIP is top among closers and I think I love him a little again.

Carlos Gomez – 3-for-5, 2 runs. CarGomes is doing his darnedest to get fantasy owners as many stats as possible before he’s ultimately forced to serve that suspension. Keep it up, Carlos!

Ian Desmond – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI. We complain a lot about the batting order in Washington, but Desmond is the one who should really be upset. He should be hitting second or third but has been stuck batting sixth or later most of the year. They might as well lock Desmond in a Hatch for three years and force him to push a button every 108 minutes, brutha!

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 4 RBI. Harper hit a triple with the bases loaded that cleared the bases. The Trifecta! Do non-hustlers get triples!? Tell me that, Skip? Bryce went all Cassidy-like on Matt Williams–hustlers get triples, Skip, and I’m-a-husta, I’m-a, I’m-a hustla, homie. Hustlas also leave in the fifth inning with thumb injuries after jamming it sliding. You see what happens when you hustle! X-Rays were negative, and Bryce will likely be back out there soon, but the moral of this story, like always: never try.

Anthony Rendon – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB. Rendon in the two-hole is probably the best thing to come out of Matt Williams crazy managerial antics so far.

Stephen Strasburg – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K. The Strasborg is currently rocking a 14.03 K/9. What? I’m supposed to praise you now for doing what you’re supposed to do! OK, fine.  That’ll do, Strassy.

Robbie Erlin – 5.1 IP, 13 hits, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Erlin has been the Nationals primary source of runs this year, giving up 17 runs to the Nats in just two starts. If Harper could score runs like that I wouldn’t have to pop Zolofts every four hours.

Nick Castellanos – 2-for-5, 2 run HR (his 3rd), 3 RBI. He’s batting .300 with two HR and eight RBI over the past week and is slowly heating up along with that Tigers o-fence. He-like-a the sauce, huh? Helios! Get some sauce for da man!

Rajai Davis – 3-for-4, SB. Rajai is a hot little potato right now. He has nine hits in the last four games with a HR and two SB. He’s like a SAGNOF+. HitterTron loves him this weekend too, even more than most other robots love Joaquin Phoenix. And how could you not? He was so great in Gladiator.

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-5, 1 RBI. That’s a four game hitting streak! But I doubt you owners have even noticed he was slumping. (Step back from the ledge. It’s going to be OK).

Rick Porcello – 5.0 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K and his third win. Rick pitched better than the score shows. He cruised for five innings but couldn’t manage an out in the sixth. It seems like the majority of the questions I get involve whether or not people should drop Porcello. You shouldn’t drop him, but I wouldn’t expect juicy numbers either. He is a good pitcher on a very good team and will get plenty of opportunities to win games.

Jesse Chavez – 5.0 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER, 2 walks, 5 K. Another start that looked worse than it was, two runs scored off an error in the fourth, but regardless we knew some regression was coming. Don’t bail on Jesse yet, Mr. White has always had faith in him.

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-4, 2-run HR. I thought Donald’s sons were Huey, Dewey and Louie. Or were they his nephews? But weren’t they Scrooge’s nephews, too? Where are the parents in this situation!? Regardless, JD has a seven game hitting streak, and he’s hitting close to .400 with four homers and 10 RBI in that span. Oh boy! (Which google tells me is Donald Duck’s, not Cam’ron’s, catchphrase).

Michael Morse – 1-for-2, 2 RBI, and his 6th HR. Beep, beep beep beep, beep beep. That’s Morse code for “Mike has four homers in the past week and should be owned everywhere.” Now let’s beeping keep this up!

Tim Hudson – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 5 K. Old reliable. His K:BB ratio is an insane 25:2 in 37.0 IP, and his 0.78 WHIP is good for third best in the league. Timmy the Gray walks no one! YOU-SHALL-NOT-PASS! That’s like, Cliff Lee type shizz right there. Cliff Lee owners wish they could own Tim Hudson right now.

Carlos Carrasco – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Not terrible, but you’re going to have to pitch a lot worse than that if you want to get demoted from the rotation for Trevor Bauer. Oh wait, that’s not what you want, that’s what I want.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. Seattle managed to win this game but the offense has not looked good so far. The Mariners really had me thinking they had a legit offense in the preseason. I credit the M’s marketing team for that one. I know it’s early, but how did I not see it? Justin SmoakAbraham AlmonteWillie Bloomquist? This is the the same kind of offense I was so quick to stream against last season, they’re just surrounding Robbie Cano and the shell of Corey Hart‘s former self now.

Fernando Rodney – 1.0 IP, 4 base runners, 2 ER, 4th save. His 2.05 WHIP is really bad, even bad for a really bad closer bad. Danny Farquhar is a pretty good stash because this cannot continue much longer.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-5, RBI in his return from the DL.  I’m glad he’s back though I don’t know about you guys, but I already miss Kevin Kouzmanoff. We had a good week together, laughing and skipping and talking of memories past.

Robbie Ross – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 5 K. Ross may never be good enough for Rachel, but he’s struck out 15 while walking none over his past three starts, and that’s good enough to warrant a spot start in most leagues.

Aaron Hill – 2-for-4, 2-run HR, 3 RBI. He’s batting over .300 this past week, which I guess makes him the second best hitter on the D-Backs right now? Ugh. If you’re an Arizona fan you’re probably still hung over right now, so go lie back down and I’ll email you when they call Archie Bradley up.

Josh Collmenter – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 5 K. Addison Reed almost blew this one for Collmenter, but he managed to get it done. Maybe in deep NL-West-Only leagues he could be worth the add? Eh, probably not though. He gets the Rockies next week, pick him up if you hate yourself.

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-4, 2nd HR. Grey told you to BUY him after Michael Cuddyer hit the DL. Buy and you shall receive. After the game Charlie Blackmon told him, “Just wait until we get back to Coors, you’re going to love it there.” True dat, C-Black. He would know.

Josh Beckett – 8.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 6 K. Grey told you to BUY Beck, too! For yesterday’s start at least…He gave up solo home runs to Troy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson but otherwise was outstanding. Beckett’s got a cushy start in Minnesota next week too, but beware you are playing with fire here. I can just see him destroying your WHIP next week, with that smug grin on his grease-covered face as he polishes off another Popeye’s chicken drumstick. But still, he’s allowed just two runs in his past three starts and has struck out 22 this year. At just under 20% owned and he’s worth the flier for his winning potential alone.

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-5, 2-run HR, his 7th. Adrian hit a homer in the ninth inning but it wasn’t enough to mount a Dodgers comeback. Yasiel Puig was 2-for-5, 2 RBI with his third HR, too. Clearly, Puig is going to be just fine, but I’m also expecting big things from Adrian this year. He’s only let me down twice before. Third time’s the charm. I think 30 HRs, 120 RBIs isn’t too crazy. One or the other, not both, I’m not delusional or anything. By the way, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Yasiel Puig are coming by my house later to play XBox One. If you want to come, hit me up and I’ll come pick you up in my Maserati.

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long! 

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  1. diaperman says:
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    Drop Gyorko for Espinosa (or somebody else)? 12-team mixed OBP otherwise standard.

    Thanks in advance

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @diaperman: Depends who else, I guess. I own Gyorko everywhere, and have finally decided to give him until May 1 before cutting him. I would recommend you do the same. Five days to show me something Jedd!

      • Chris r says:
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        @Dan Pants: @Dan Pants:
        Pablo Sandoval was dropped in my league. Do I still give Jed 5 days or get sandy?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Chris r: But Sandoval has been just as bad as Gyorko! I wouldn’t blame you for making the swap for a guy like, Will Middlebrooks, but I am sticking with Gyorko one more week.

          • Chris r says:
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            @Dan Pants: thanks. Just looking to shore up 3B for the inevitable david wright DL stint. Next best option on ww: freeze uribe dominguez, so I’ll stick with gyorko for now.

      • Jermo says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yep May 1st deadline, ooohhh im gonna drop him so hard if he doesnt show something! im gonna drop him, pick him back up, and drop him again!!

        • Dan Pants

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          @Jermo: Ha! I’m going to trade for him in my deeper leagues just so I can drop him! I’ll admit the patience is running thin with Gyorko, but I owe him one more week.

  2. SMLV1 says:
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    Drop anyone for Melancon?

    Molina
    Goldy
    Dozier
    Wright
    Simmons
    Stanton
    Rios
    Holliday
    Rizzo
    Springer
    Andrus
    Phillips
    Choo

    Santana
    Shields
    Rosenthal
    Papelbon
    Tom Hunter
    Chavez
    Porcello
    Wheeler
    Perez
    Eovaldi
    DL – Fister

    12 team h2h standard league

    • Dan Pants

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      @SMLV1: If I were to drop anyone it’d be one of your 2B. I think I’d hold though. You’re team is straight, you’re good on saves, and Melancon will likely be just a temporary thing. Keep on doing what you’re doing!

    • bret says:
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      @SMLV1: on point with that henderson alvarez streaming/forgetting to start psychadelic drug problem.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @bret: At least he didn’t pitch a shut out or anything.

  3. Sherm says:
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    Hey, Dan, Ventura was the one guy you didn’t get in the FIP RCL draft.

    You’re down on the Mariners, what about this trade that I just offered to my Orioles fan leaguemate: I get Cano, he gets N. Cruz and Santos.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Sherm: Not down on them, just upset with them. I own Cano on a few teams and he’s been a disappointing first rounder so far. Still love the pitching and the bullpen. I would accept that trade in a heartbeat.

  4. Whatever says:
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    Hey Guys,

    My season is going down the tubes in my keeper league (OBP). Have two offers for Bautista:

    Ian Desmond (9) and Profar (7)

    or

    VMart (7) and Andrellton Simmons (10)

    Which one is better? The number in Parentheses is the salary for next year.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Whatever: It’s pretty early to throw in the towel, but if you feel you have to make the trade I like the Desmond/Profar trade more.

      • Whatever says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I know its early but I see the handwriting on the wall and I would rather be first in line for good keepers than wait too long and all the good stuff is gone.

        • Whatever says:
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          @Whatever:

          Besides, being in first by 20 pts in my AL Only league (non keeper) helps ease the pain. ;-)

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Whatever: As long as you’re winning somewhere.

            • Whatever says:
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              @Dan Pants:

              Good article about this in Fantasy Forecaster by Shandler. on May 1 you have a 9% chance of winning if you are in the bottom third of your league. does not matter why you are in the bottom third. Conversely you have an 80% chance of winning your league if you are in the top third on May 1. So you have to play percentages.

              • Dan Pants

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                @Whatever: It’s interesting to think about. You don’t have to be in first by May but I think you should know by that point if your team has what it takes to compete. I have come back after being in last May 1, so it does happen. If you don’t try you’ll never be one of the 9%. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take! Wayne Getzky said that! Knowledge!

  5. househildzoo says:
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    Just traded pujols for homer Bailey, melancon and bogaerts. With xander being a keeper in a keeper league. Huge mistake?

    • Dan Pants

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      @househildzoo: It’s about winning this year, and Pujols is the guy I’d want this year. It’s not a bad move for the future, its just a bit early to be trading for future stars. Bailey will be better, Melancon will be good for saves short term and I believe in Xander for the long term. So don’t feel too bad.

  6. Chris says:
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    In a 12-team league, H2H Points, I’ve got a surplus of starting pitching options heading into Week 5…

    For next week and moving forward, which 3 of the following would you roster?

    Josh Beckett
    Jesse Chavez
    Jake Peavy
    Wily Peralta
    Danny Salazar
    Tyler Skaggs
    Trevor Bauer (stash)

    Thanks, Pants!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: Peavy, Chavez and Beckett

  7. BR808 says:
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    Trade Encarnacion for Abreu? I’m thinking yes

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @BR808: Yeah, I’d want Abreu right now.

  8. Benito says:
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    Ha, great intro Dan. Recycled hot-dogs, Dunn and his bucket of oats, outstanding!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Benito: Thanks! Take it from someone who had eaten a lot of ballpark hot dogs.

  9. Killing Machine says:
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    Ifielder and scherzer for Stanton, chapman, and Ventura in a vacuum who wins

  10. zach says:
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    Help me with my waiver priority- I need a 5th OF: Denorfia, Murphy, Viciedo

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @zach: I’d go with Viciedo right now.

  11. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Nice write up man…as a Sox fan it has been a joy to watch Abreu this year…he is the real deal. Has easy power. The one he hit to dead center in Detroit a few days ago looked like maybe a deep fly ball at best…it cleared the wall easily, which as you know is no small feat in Detroit. He has a couple like that this year…the ball just seems to keep carrying off his bat…true/elite power man.

    So, have a question. 16 team keeper, .OPS and HOlds added cats…also we use LF/CF/RF. Would you prefer Longo/Cespedes or Bautista/Arendado? I have plenty of RF eligible guys…I am leaning Longo/Cespedes because I think Longo and Bautista are prob a wash ( I like longo better as a keeper for position and age) and think Cespedes is better than Arendao and or has more upside. My OF and or Util would then be Cespedes/Puig/Braun/Eaton. Standard $260 budget…costs for players are…

    Longo $34/Cespedes $22
    Bautista $36/Arenado $9

    Rules for keepers are we keep 5 and cost can up as much as $5 per year. Appreciate any feeback you may have…thanks. While longo and or cespedes may be a bit pricey on the surface, with it being pretty deep good players don’t go as cheap as in some standard size league. Braun was thrown back due to last year, and he still cost me $49 to acquire this year..Bautista obviously cost me $36. Just gives you an idea of what upper tier/strong player go for in here. Any feedback is appreciated…thanks.

    Oh, one more question…how do you feel about Puig? I know you said in here you think he will be fine…I do too. He just looks the part man…and I think he could start blowing up very soon. Just curious where you would rank him going forward…looking to possibly buy low if the window still exists. Sorry for the long post…I just get to going and try to give a good bit of info when I post..but I understand if you need another cup or two of coffee after reading this!

    • Dan Pants

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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Thanks! Really like Puig, he’s got power, speed, hits for average and that LAD line up should offer plenty of opportunity. I could see him being a top 25 player going forward if he can get it rolling. As for the trade I’d definitely want the Longo/Cespedes side, both short term and long term. Sounds like Longo isn’t a terrible value at that price and he’s worth it, and Cespedes price may be high but comes with a a fair amount of upside, arguably more than any of the players in the trade. Go with longo!

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thank you for the quick response! Were my feelings as well on the trade. Also, same with Puig…just hope when he start running more than he is more successful…but all the skills are there, that’s for sure. Dafts in that league care crazy btw…like no other league I am in. I suppose it’s the supply/demand, the depth, and the lf/cf/rf that all factor into the craziness. But man, I love every minute of it!

        • Dan Pants

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          @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Yeah the deeper leagues are fun. The inflation that occurs in an auction league like that is especially interesting. You end up spending the most money on players 3 or four years into the thing.

  12. Jack says:
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    Nice column! Thinking about a blockbuster trade:
    Giving:
    Pujols
    Longoria
    R. Soriano
    Cingrani
    Melky

    Getting:
    Goldschmidt
    King Felix

    1) Should I do it? 2) Is it pretty close to fair?

    • GobBluth says:
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      @Jack:

      I think you’d be making a huge mistake…

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jack: In redraft leagues I think its far. I tend to be higher on Pujols than most but I’d actually lean towards that side myself. I would hold if I were you, rather have five good players than two. Unless its a keeper league I would keep Pujols for now.

      • Jack says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks for quick response. I guess I always thought the winner of the deal was with the best players (which I believe to be Goldy and the King – which buy the way sounds like a great name for a musical). Because of great waiver usage I have Donaldson to replace Longo, Bourn to replace Melky and Melancon to kind of replace Soriano. I think Goldy>Pujols and King>>Cingrani. Make the deal in that situation?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Jack: It should be a musical! Take my money! I agree Goldy > Pujols and Felix > Cingrani, but I don’t usually pay for top pitchers when a number of guys like Cingrani can be just as effective as a Felix. I think your offer has more value than Goldy & Felix. If you want Goldschmidt that’s a different story. Trade for the players you want or else its no fun. But the DBacks offense has been bad outside of Goldy, whereas the Angels and particularly Pujols have looked awesome. That’s why I prefer the Pujols side.

          • Jack says:
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            @Dan Pants: Excellent point about the 2 different offenses but I fear Pujols’ health. He never got that foot surgically fixed. My fear about Goldy is his HR’s. I know it’s SSS but only 3 so far? Do you think this improves or are they going to be pitching around him all year.

            My only other concern is the King’s health. He’s got a lot of innings on him.

            • Dan Pants

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              @Jack: Felix will be fine, he is a horse. Until Trumbo returns, Goldschmidt likely won’t see as many good pitches, and I don’t think it will effect him like it did Stanton last year its definitely something to think about. But overall, I think he will be just fine.

              • Jack says:
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                @Dan Pants: Thanks for the personal service!!! I’m going to go ahead and do it. If I get it done my new fantasy team name will be Goly and the King brought to by Dan Pants

                • Dan Pants

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                  @Jack: Ha! No problem. If you want Goldschmidt go get him! But you might not even have to offer quite so much, start with Pujols/Longo for Goldy/Felix and go from there.

                  • Jack says:
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                    @Dan Pants: Unfortunately I have already been turned down by same owner for Long/Melky/Soriano for Goldy so I thought I’d sweeten the deal a little with this one.

                    What about that same group of 5 on my end for Strasburg and Miguel Cabrera? Better for me? Are you worried at all Miguel’s April?

                    • Dan Pants

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                      @Jack: Sometimes more players doesn’t exactly sweeten a trade. He has to drop three players for that trade to happen and most people don’t want to do that. I def like Miggy/Strasburg as a return a little better, not worried about Cabrera at all. But I wouldn’t be in such a rush to trade what you got though!

  13. Wake Up says:
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    “There is no fixed physical reality, no single perception of the world, just numerous ways of interpreting world views as dictated by one’s nervous system and the specific environment of our planetary existence.” ~ Erwin Schrodinger’s cat

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Wake Up: So you’re saying I should stop doing so many drugs?

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Dan Pants: Or maybe I should be doing even more drugs–for science?

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Dan Pants: Impossible to calculate without knowing the current amount…

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Wake Up: Better just do all the drugs to be safe? Besides, “once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.”

  14. Tom says:
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    Any idea what’s wrong with Cain? Velocity is fine but Zone % down from 51 to 46% which sometimes means an injury. His HR/FB is 14.7 vs career of 7.3 but last year he was at 10.8 but at the same time he’s getting a lot more GB then usual (GB/FB = 1.26 vs career of .87). His K% – BB% is actually a little better than career. So unless he’s injured he seems like he’ll bounce back. Razball ROS has him at #30, better than Lackey and Cole. Agree? Other thoughts?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tom: Cain has pitched really well outside of the Colorado start. He got roughed up by the Dodgers but it’s still early, and he’s pitched 6+ innings in each which is encouraging. The HRs are a bit troubling, but its early and we’re looking a very small sample size. I’d want him over Lackey for sure but I think I’d rather own Cole. I’m sure Cain will bounce back in a big way vs. SD on Monday and if you can buy low by all means do.

      • Tom says:
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        @Dan Pants: So around #30 is about right?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Tom: Yeah, I think Cain is a top 30 pitcher.

  15. Josh says:
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    Hey dan- will middlebrooks is sitting on the waiver, would you if you were me scoop him up? My starting 3b is David wright, I could play him at IF or utility.
    It comes down who to drop, on my bench I have Eric Hosmer, sal Perez & I have to activate Victorino (or I can drop him, but I’m inclined to keep him)
    At utility I have dee Gordon, at IF Andrelton Simmons & SS is Alexi Ramirez.

    My pitchers zach wheeler, cueto , bumgarmer, tanaka, Gerrit cole, and Strasberg .

    It’s a 10 tm h2h , weekly roster lock format.

    Reason I have so many pitchers last week cueto was sitting on wire for the taking I dropped Bradley jr for him

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      @Josh:

      It’s also a redraft league

      Thanks again!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Josh: You can drop Victorino and I would drop Sal Perez too if you already own a catcher.

      • Josh says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Reason I kept sal is my main catcher has been slumping; Carlos Santana, but I think he still has power

      • Josh says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Forgot to mention my OF’ers , Bryce Harper , Matt Holliday, Hunter pence (who’s been heating up), and I’ve been using Martin prado as 4th OF

        • Dan Pants

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          @Josh: Sounds like you own a lot of bench bats and probably don’t need to add Middlebrooks to the fold. Pick one catcher to play and drop the other but if your going to pick someone up grab another pitcher versus another bench bat.

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            @Dan Pants:

            Yeah I’m def dropping a catcher/ trimming it to one catcher; do you like Santana over Perez? Santana has eligibility at 1b, 3b, DH & catcher Perez only catcher so I think I’d drop Perez.

            Even with as many starting pitchers I have you’d still recommend adding another? Thing is we only start three starting pitchers, then we start two RP; one is Papelbon & other one I have Alex wood because he’s eligible at both Sp & RP

            • Dan Pants

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              @Josh: I’d probably go with Perez, but the eligibility is nice. But why have eligibility if you’re only going to play him at catcher. You could add another closer or else you’re never going to compete in saves.

  16. Adam Jonesin says:
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    Hey DP,
    Are you starting Lincecum today vs CLE? 5×5, I need Ks but my ratios are tight. SON likes him to the tune of $12.2, which is really the only reason I’m considering it.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Adam Jonesin: In H2H I might start if I needed the Ks/Win. In roto leagues I would be hesitant to start. When in doubt I play it safe this early in the year.

  17. Alex says:
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    Cool to trade Yelich (a bench guy) for Jim Johnson?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Alex: If you got the bat to spare I think Johnson will see save chances again soon.

  18. Abdoozy says:
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    So Sanchez was cruising along in the 3rd inning and all of a sudden I see it’s the 4th and he’s still showing 2.2IP and apparently he’s left the game with an undisclosed something. FMFBBL. He’s allegedly my best pitcher, which tells you something about my draft style.

    I’m in a tight H2H battle this week but have a tenuous lead in ratios, and Ks, QS and W are tied. I have Mejia and Lincecum going today and that’s it for the week. I have Liriano on the bench. Should I trust him on the road in StL?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Abdoozy: Just Anibal’s got a blister and might miss a start. No DL, but that doesn’t help you’re H2H match up this week. I don’t want to tell you to start anyone knowing it could make or break your week, but I will say that I am starting Liriano in my own league and actually benching Lincecum.

      • Harris says:
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        @Dan Pants: Liriano left the game with dizziness. No arm issue.

      • buge hoobs says:
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        @Dan Pants: He’s been placed on the DL

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @buge hoobs: so far Liriano is not on DL, it’s DTD status

  19. Chris says:
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    Can’t stop thinking about how good Granderson was for the 5 years before he was hurt most of last year (and I include Detroit time in there)…….how much more time would you give him. I am willing to keep him on my bench all year and wait as I am deep in outfield. Refuse to believe he is washed up at 33.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chris: Yeah, not much to like here from the injury, to the park, to the bad line up. In a deep league I think you can hold a couple more weeks. He’s got a three game hitting streak so there is some hope, and he’s got to be better than he’s been.

  20. Sange76 says:
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    What’s my least worst closer option for 12 team H2h points league?

    Jim Johnson or Grant Balfour?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Sange76: I’d want Balfour until I’m sure Johnson is the closer again.

  21. Slippy says:
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    Been rolling out rendon and arenado at 2b and 3b. You drop arenado for Seager or middlebrooks? Or I could move rendon to 3b and pick up Dozier?

    And Dom Brown has been weak. You like him or rajah Davis ROS.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Slippy: I’d stick with Arenado and Rendon and although I do like Rajai I’d rather have Brown ROS

      • Slippy says:
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        Thx pants. I’m just getting trigger happy. Harper, puig and Dom brown have been pretty underwhelming thus far for my OF.

  22. Ante GALIC says:
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    Hey, Grey! Gr8 stuff as usual. Too bad u all are not fr Canada b/c then you would be Gray+.

    Had Crush in two leagues. League 1: Added Morneau dropped Bailey. No one is touching Bailey in this league. League 2: Added Belt dropping Ross. It was a tough call between Ross and Kluber, but I think Kluber has it all. Do you think I made the right decision choosing Kluber or Ross in a seasonal re-draft league.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ante GALIC: I’m dan, not grey but thanks! The Crush injury is certainly a crushing blow. I would wait on Bailey a little longer but if its a shallow league I cant blame you for letting go to replace Davis. Which Ross are you dropping, Robbie, Tyson, Cody? Either way it doesn’t matter, I think I’d rather have Kluber, too.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Fish: Cool, thanks for the link! Yeah, as JoeMorgansMustache was saying above the power is so real and raw he makes it look effortless. He is legit.

      • Tony Cingrani's Ego says:
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        @Dan Pants: dan do you think having abreu around is making dunn better? you have to be happy with the start even though its a small sample size right?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Tony Cingrani’s Ego: Sure, he’s likely seeing a lot better pitchers, much more protection in the line up than previous years. Not just from Abreu either, the entire offense is pretty stacked this year, and Dunn is batting right in the middle of it. Small sample sizes for sure, but his batting average and on base numbers are the best they’ve been in over five years. He’s striking out less and walking more than last year. Abreu makes everyone better!

  23. Ryan says:
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    Whom would you rather have in a dynasty league…fielder cliff lee or bautista teheran?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ryan: I’d go with Fielder and Lee but its close.

  24. Harris says:
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    Good stuff! I’m in a 10 team H2H league, no DL. We start 5 SP’s a week. Since it’s only 10 teams, and no DL, there are always quality players available. Pretty good players get dropped every week. Would you drop Kuroda for Beckett? Thx in advance

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      @Harris: No I’d hold onto Kuroda for now.

  25. Ron says:
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    Roto league with OBP – Middlebrooks or Laroche at Util?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ron: Adam Laroche

  26. John E. Depth says:
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    I Mesoraco droppable or should I hold him thru this DL stint. I have no DL spots left….

    • Dan Pants

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      @John E. Depth: Depends who is currently in your DL spot, but I wouldn’t have any issue dropping him.

  27. Will says:
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    Should I trade Morneau for Abreu? Fair deal?

    • Will says:
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      @Will: or Marte for Abreu

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Will: If you can pull it off I’d do it in an instant, but even for Marte landing Abreu right now would be a stretch.

      • Will says:
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        @Dan Pants: do you like Morneau and Yelich for Bruce, Hosmer, or Abreu better? They would fill UTIL spot since Pujols is at 1B and Yelich sits on my bench most days

        • Dan Pants

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          @Will: If you can pull off that trade for Bruce or Abreu by all means do it, but I think you are going to have a tough time getting that deal done.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Dan Pants: please invite me into whatever league you could trade concusstador to get abreu.

  28. Funky Tong says:
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    Which side wins this trade?

    Pedroia and Beltran or McCutcheon

    12-team OBP redraft roto league

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Funky Tong: I’ll take McCutchen

  29. Chris says:
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    Which pitcher would you trade to secure better hitting a) Teheran b) S Gray? Both cost me pretty much the same? Thanx in advance!!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chris: Keep Teheran

    • Smalls Killer says:
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      @Chris: my input is depends on what you could get for either. . I got Kemp for Gray, I also just gave up Springer & Chavez for Teheran ( I know right. .. 2 different leagues (ironically I have Kemp and Teheran now in both leagues))

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        @Smalls Killer: also FYI if I were on the other side of those deals, I would have wanted more for Kemp & Teheran

  30. Free Max B says:
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    With Longoria at 3rd base, would you feel okay trading Ryan Zimmerman, Jesse Chavez, and Martin Perez for Andrus, Cain, and Cobb?

    My only SS is Brad Miller, and the rest of my rotation is Zimmermann, Liriano, Tillman, Masterson, Porcello, Fister and Walker.

    12 team, h2h, ops and QS keeper. Cobb can’t be kept next season.

    • Smalls Killer says:
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      @Free Max B: I don’t know if you care for my input but i would take Andrus there. Idk if Zimm can be counted on to stay healthy but it fixes your hole at ss until(if) miller turns it on… Maybe he’s a summer guy? But I especially like Cobb and Cain, who should both be at or near top 25/30 ROS

      • Free Max B says:
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        @Smalls Killer: That’s pretty much my reasoning (and I accepted) so it’s reassuring to hear the endorsement from anyone. I do have two days to tell me commish to null the whole thing, so any and all input is much appreciated. Thanks man.

      • Dan Pants

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        @Smalls Killer: Yeah, you could use Andrus a lot more than Zimmerman, I’d go for it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Free Max B says:
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        @Grey: Gracias to you as well Grey!

  31. Smalls Killer says:
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    What do you think about Seager for Gyorko? Gyrk sits on most days because I play Lawrie, Hill & Kinsler 1st. I’m not really convinced on Lawrie but he has picked it up lately.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Smalls Killer: I am giving Gyorko another week to show me something before I look for other options. Seager has struggled just as much but seems to finally be coming out of it lately. I still like Gyorko more long term.

  32. jal179 says:
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    10 team nk h2h
    I need some OF power help. Current OF starters are:
    A Jones, Rios, Beltran, Yelich, Matt Joyce (been streaming this spot)

    My starters are:
    Madbum, Gio G, Teheran, Sonny, Ventura, Archer, Eovaldi, Porcello, Ross, Martin Perez

    Is Madbum for Puig a fair offer? Would I need to throw a Yelich type as well to get Puig?

    What about Sonny for Cuddyer?

    • Dan Pants

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      @jal179: Madbum and Yelich for Puig sounds fair. Seems like you’re overpaying a bit with Cuddyer being on the DL though.

      • jal179 says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        thanks.

        Agree on over paying on Cuddyuer– the other guy just rejects absolutely EVERYTHING I offer.

  33. Flunkie says:
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    How do you feel about getting Cargo for Abreu in a keeper? I mean, value-wise it makes sense, but Abreu is just so fun to own right now. Those may be the key words though… right now.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Flunkie: I’d want CarGo. He can contribute in all categories and has a proven track record of success.

  34. Fitz says:
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    drop Hector Santiago for Roark??

    • Dan Pants

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      @Fitz: Sure

  35. Mike says:
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    Hey pete, with Bryce Harper now going on the 15 day DL, I’ll be down an OF’er, I have Victorino coming off the DL slot, but he’d be my 4th of & Harper is my OF1, it’s a redraft 10 teamer. Activate Victorino by dropping dee Gordon or drop Salvador Perez, (or just drop Victorino)

    When I put Harper on DL slot I’ll have an open roster slot, here are some OF I’m looking to add

    Marcell Ozuna

    Michael Brantley

    Nick castellanos (who has eligibility at OF & 3b)

    Rajai Davis

    Leonys Martin

    Jackie Bradley jr

    Grady Sizemore

    Bobby abreu

    Sam fuld

    Khris Davis

    Or Cameron maybin

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: I’d want Ozuna of the bunch. If I specifically needed power I’d go with Khris Davis or speed I’d go with Rajai.

      • Mike says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Yeah I was thinking ozuna or khris –
        Power wouldn’t hurt, here are my other OF, Holliday, pence and prado with OF eligibility , what would you do with Victorino? Drop him, activate him from DL & drop Perez or Dee Gordon?

        We start 4 of

        • Dan Pants

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          @Mike: Go with David then. Not sure what fantasy site you’re using, but most won’t let you make any moves if you have an active player on your DL. So you probably can’t do anything until you drop or activate victorino (unless you are replacing him with harper). You held victorino this long, it would be a shame to drop him as soon as he’s healthy I guess, but personally I’d rather own Khris Davis or Ozuna.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Mike: Go with Davis* then.

          • Mike says:
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            @Dan Pants:

            Exactly , with roster settings I need to activate or drop Victorino – I’ll prob keep Victorino because I’m weak at OF, but if I activate Victorino I have to drop someone; drop dee Gordon or Perez? Gordon has been effificient

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      @Mike:

      Brantley for me– that dude screams 20 20.

  36. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    With Devin Mesoraco going to the DL, who do I pick for the next couple of weeks, Josmil Pinto or Carlos Ruiz?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: I would go with Pinto

      • Mike says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks Dan!

        Mike.

  37. sean says:
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    Thinking of picking up Bauer before he gets called up. Would you drop any of these guys for him in a redraft? Straily, Eovaldi, Lackey.

    • Dan Pants

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      @sean: I’d hold.

  38. Lemmingness says:
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    Who do you like best ROS? (weekly points league, K’s -1 pt)
    Blackmon, Joyce, Colabello, Ozuna

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Lemmingness: I like Ozuna the most ROS, but if I were to pick one up this week it’d be Blackmon.

  39. Maxi says:
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    “El Gran Dolor” is a better translation than “El Grande Dolor”

    • Dan Pants

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      @Maxi: Good to know!

  40. EK says:
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    Drop Porcello for Perez?
    As my 6-7th starter 9t roto.

    • Dan Pants

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      @EK: I’d want Perez, I know a few people who would disagree with me though.

  41. jal179 says:
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    Im struggling with my 5th OF slot… (10 team redraft–5 X 5w/ Hits + OPS)

    ROS Aoki, Ozuna, Pagan, or Matt Joyce

    My other OFers are Adam Jones (man he’s been borderline poo), Alex Rios, Beltran, Yelich.

    I feel like I need a 15-20 HR type guy and all the above don’t offer that.

    What about dealing Madbum or Gio for a bat? Was thinking a Puig or Myers/Pence type respectively.

    Im being held afloat by my chuckers– I didn’t miss any on my pitcher picks but did terribly with Prince, Jones, A Hill….

    • Dan Pants

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      @jal179: Go with Ozuna, I’m hoping to get 15-20 Hr from him.

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