Yes, the title does sound like a Chinese R & B song. Krispie Young (For new readers, Krispie Young is the phonetic pronunciation of Chris B. Young to help avoid confusion with Cristal Young.) has been hot as cauliflower after a good broiling. 5 homers in 4 games this week; the post-All-Star Break last year saw him go 9/9 with a respectable (for him) .278. In 2007, he hit 19 homers and stole 18 bases in the 2nd half (ah, those were the days for Krispie). It’s critical to have the hot hands on your team this time of the year, especially in H2H leagues. I’d absolutely lose a cold player to take a chance on Young. Really, what do you have to lose, besides your league. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:
Psyche! Before we get to the Buy/Sell, just wanted to remind people that Fantasy Football has a fire going. So, if you like, take your marshmallows over there.
Marlon Byrd – Batting over .500 for the last week. More than that, he has 17 homers and 8 steals on the year while batting .287. Yeah, he’s outperforming Carlos Beltran. How’s dem apples? Sour? Ryght?
Seth Smith – Another guy that is outperforming Beltran on the year. Weird game we got here, fellas (and two girl readers). In the beginning of the year if you would’ve told me I’d be better off drafting Seth Smith than Beltran in the 2nd round, I would’ve punched you in the nose. No apology either. Just a nod telling you you had it coming. Smith’s time may get bushwhacked a bit by Fowler, but with the way Smith’s hitting, I think the Rox work him in.
Carlos Gonzalez – Let’s all just own Rockies, shall we? I like that idea. The nice thing about CarGo (take that, Carlos Gomez!) is that even when he’s not hitting homers, he’s stealing bases. Aim to please, that’s CarGo’s MotTo.
Ian Desmond – Scroll down to the last post to see what I had to say about him. Go ahead, we’ll wait. This is, after all, all about you.
Juan Gutierrez – Gutierrez is the closer. Not officially maybe. Or maybe officially. What, you need a letter from the Queen of England? He’s getting saves. That’s all that matters. How is he only owned in 6% of ESPN leagues? If you give me your password, I’ll pick him up for you.
Ryan Madson – In the past, Madson hasn’t been great in the closer role, which leads me to…
Brett Myers – He can sneak in and grab a few saves. Upwards to 4 saves. Enticing, eh? Almost as enticing as having your girlfriend meet a drunk Brett Myers at a bar. I don’t think the closerousel in Philly will be nearly as clear cut as some might think, but there’s so little time left, any of these guys could run with the job for a few weeks. How’s that for hedging bets?
Mike Gonzalez – Saves in Hotlanta could be a Mike G. Joint.
Madison Bumgarner – In keepers, you own him. In other leagues, it’s doubtful he sees another start.
Wade Davis – The Rays decided they were better off with Davis over Sonnanstine. Rookie nookie is alive and well in Tampa. Our weather is as humid as our pitchers! What are you talking about? Never you mind. Friends of the random italicized voice will appreciate it. Wade Davis is still capable of being mollywhopped so if you can’t handle that caveat, do what you do.
Brandon Morrow – Very few starters are coming into the league right now with potential. Mostly, you’re relying on matchups at this time of the year. Build up complete. Brandon Morrow’s back in the rotation.
Eric Young Jr. – I’m warning you now. This winter will be The Winter of Eric Young Jr. (patent pending).
Michael Brantley – If you’re the kind of guy who paints a face on fruit right before you bite it just to show you’re in charge, then you know what I’m going to say, because I’m that guy too. Brantley = SAGNOF!
Carlos Beltran – It was nice that you held onto him through his lengthy DL stint. Loyalty! You’ll make a good husband one day. But just because he’s back, doesn’t mean he’s back back. He’s still in the cavernous Metco for his home games and it could take a week or two for him to get up to speed. You have time to wait for him? Then throw in his knee might hinder his running game. If you’re in a deep league, I can understand holding him and hoping for the best. But if there’s guys on waivers, I’d lose Ricky from My So Called Life.
Brad Hawpe – I told you to sell him in June when he was still hitting. He really hasn’t hit much since then. You can’t play these vets who aren’t producing just because you wrote, “I Heart Hawpe,” all over your Trapper Keeper.
Joba Chamberlain – I understand you’re a fan of a descendants of much-maligned British Prime Ministers, but he’s pitching three innings at a time. And not even pitching them very well.
B.J. Upton – Ankle flare ups are hindering his running game. Being sucky flare ups are hindering everything else.