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Nolan Arenado left last night’s game with a left mallet finger fracture. Despite how it sounds, he suffered the injury sliding head first into second base, and not from a giant sledge hammer. That’s a broken middle finger for the laymans. The team is saying he could be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but likely more if he opts for surgery. Arenad’oh! Oh Nolan, you could really use that middle finger right about now. Arenado has been every bit the dream Coors third baseman we all thought he could be this year, triple slashing a mean .305/.333/.489, with six home runs and 28 RBI. This is just bad news. The good news? Razzball favorite and general disappointment to fantasy owners, Josh Rutledge will be called up to replace Arenado on the roster. I like to think anyone playing in Colorado is worth a look and JR is no exception, especially if you’re hurting at the hot corner. Rutledge did well in limited time with the Rockies in April, batting .318 with a home run in 22 ABs. He played 88 games in 2013, but struggled to hit for average despite flashing some speed and power, and was eventually sent down. In 12 team leagues, I might hold off on grabbing Rutledge until he shows us something, but I’ll be watching him as intensely as the last three episodes of Breaking Bad. Here’s hoping he can fill the Nolan Arenado-sized hole in our hearts until that finger fully heals.

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

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 2 HR (14). Two 440+ foot jacks! Because he can. Seriously, he crushed these balls, which are apparently scheduled to land Tuesday night around 8 pm, that’s assuming they haven’t already been pulled into orbit. Anyway, now that Jose Fernandez is out of the picture and I don’t have to worry about any silly restraining orders keeping me at least 500 feet away from Marlins Park I’m free to stalk Giancarlo Stanton to my hearts content. Did I say stalk? I meant follow lovingly while collecting as many loose hairs, skin flakes and autographs as possible until I can clone my very own Giancarlo at home in my lab. (Yes, of course I have a lab! Where else would I make all my meth?) Then I’ll have two Giancarlos and fantasy glory will be mine! Mwa-ha-ha!

Carlos Gomez – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Take your time Braun, no need to rush back. CarGo Lite looks just fine batting clean up. Gomez provides more fantasy value for my team playing twice a week than most of my other outfielders can manage in seven games.

Jean Segura – 2-for-4, 2 runs, SB (10). Mean Jean is 7-for-9 with four runs and two stolen bases in two games since moving to the lead off spot. If you can find an owner who has soured on him or is suffering from Tulo-envy, now might be a good time to buy.

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-5, 2 HR (11), 4 RBI. After a 1-for-23 slump, mini-donkey has hee-hawed out of it in a big way, hitting 5-for-13 with three homers and 8 RBI in the past three games. Grab him before he goes 0-for-20 with 10 strikeouts again.

Garrett Jones – 2-for-3, 2 HR (8). Jonesy’s batting .474 over the past week with two homers and 7 RBI and Grey told you to BUY. Last night, Jones and super best friend Giancarlo combined to crush four homers at the Crayola Canyon. With Mark Reynolds’ two jacks and Khris Davis adding one, a record seven homers cleared the fences at Marlins Park last night, but surprisingly they weren’t all hit by Stanton.

Chris Davis – 2-for-3, HR (7), 4 RBI. Chris-the-Dish! Welcome back, old friend. THE POWER OF CHRIS COMPELS ME! THE POWER OF CHRIS COMPELS ME!

Lonnie Chisenhall – 2-for-4, run, RBI as he hit clean up. Let’s give him the chop! I heard you might be in need of a third baseman? Don’t worry, you’re not Arenadoomed. Ask and you shall receive. Lonnie’s got four multi-hit games in his past five with two home runs and four RBI in that span. Carlos Santanas aside he’s giving Tito no choice but to start him. Grey told you to BUY, he’s available everywhere and with the Injians offense starting to do the rain dance I’d grab him if you need corner help.

Michael Bourn – 1-for-2, SB (4). Bourn has now hit safely in seven straight games with two SB and a HR over that span. He’s owned in just under half of ESPN leagues, and now might be a good time to scoop him up before Bourn remembers he’s really a spy simply posing as a baseball player.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-3, 2 runs, HR (15), his third homer in the past four games. Batter up, Nelly! Errtime! Cruz ties Jose Abreu for the league lead in home runs and trails only living legend/heartthrob Giancarlo Stanton for the lead in RBI. Nelly conducted his post game interview with a band-aid under one eye and told the world, “I am #1!” Then he dusted off his Air Furce Ones, flipped his bat and strutted off into the sunset.

Nick Markakis - 4-for-5, run. Holy S! Look at all those hits, he rea–zzzzzzzzzz. Sorry I must have dozed off, all this exciting talk of average and all, but it could just be all the painkillers I took, for all the, err, uh, pain? Adam Jones added three hits in this one as the O’s scored seven runs off 14 hits and look to be back in the groove offensively now that they got their Chris Davis back.

Anibal Sanchez – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 5 K and his second win. Aniballin’ out of control! It looks like he’s shaken most of the rust off and is back to Aniballer status.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-4, 3 doubles, 3 runs, RBI. Extends his hitting streak to nine games. He’s collected a hit in all but two games in May and is batting .357 for the month. Man, I wish I owned Kinsler somewhere. Instead I went with some Gyorko at second. D’oh.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (3). Jackson has been awful, batting under .200 over the last two weeks. Here’s hoping A-Jax has started cleaning up his act. It worked for the toilet bowl.

Mitch Moreland – 1-for-3, 2 RBI. So you’re mad you got burned by Prince Fielder. Try to think positive! Ariana Grande told Prince straight up: “I’ve got one less problem without you!” Drop the bass! That’s the spirit! Mitch Moreland looks to see plenty of time at first base with Fielder out. He has struggled lately, but should be given time to work through it and could be very productive in that line up.

Brandon Moss – 2-for-4, HR (11). The say a rolling stone gathers no Moss, but when Brandon Moss is a-rolling he sure gathers a crap ton of hits! When it’s not Adventure Time, B-Mo has been busy batting .360 with 5 home runs and 11 RBI in the past two weeks, and his 41 RBI are good for top five in the league. Mathematical!

Ike Davis – 2-for-4, 2 runs. He’s batting .300 with 10 RBI since being traded to the Pirates, and he’s got power we have yet to see much of. I’d pick him up if I needed help at first base.  In other words I like Ike. Adlai Stevenson? Notsomuch.

Jason Grilli – 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, SV (5). The Bucs manager said the Grillimaster would not close last night. So, of course he got the save because [expletive deleted] your fantasy team.

Denard Span – 2-for-5. Sometimes I think we sound like a broken record, or a scratched CD, or a music video that’s lagging real bad (close some tabs, bro! Geez!). Grey’s been telling you to BUY all week and Span’s got four multi hit games in his last five.

Chris Archer – 6.0 IP, 8 base runners, 0 ER, 11 K, threw 119 pitches. Was this another one of Archer’s elaborate voice mail hoaxes or did this really happen?  It was that kind of night, with neither team looking particularly good offensively, but the Sawx offense looking particularly bad and stepped right into Archer’s Danger Zone.

John Lackey – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 3 K. It was Lackey O’Clock, but no one told the offense. Rookie Colt Figueroa hit the game winning double in the bottom of the ninth to bring Boston’s losing streak to eight games. #RedSux  Still, Lackey pitched well and has been really strong given the right match up. I’d start him with confidence next week versus Atlanta.

Shane Victorino – Likely headed back to the DL after aggravating that same hamstring that sidelined him earlier in the year. The Red Sox are hurting for outfielders, and I’d look for Daniel Nava to be called back up. Maybe they’ll sign J.D. Drew, because the world is an evil place. But more likely, Dustin Pedroia will just play two positions at once covering second base and right field while Big Papi cheers him on from the dugout.

Xander Bogaerts – 0-for-4, 3 K as he bat second. Apparently, X-Man’s movie did a whole lot better at the box office last night than he did at the plate. But that probably has more to do with Jennifer Lawrence naked and covered in blue paint. Here’s hoping Xander’s Days of Future Past are not past and big things are on the way in X-Man’s Days of Future Future.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4, 3-run HR (9). Downtown goes Frazier! Downtown goes Frazier!

Shelby Miller – 5.0 IP, 5 hits, 4 ER, 5 K. Is Miller time over? Shelby has flashed some serious fantasy value to date, which is exactly why you should trade him sooner rather than later. The 4.56 xFIP and 1.39 WHIP are big red flags and the 4.76 BB/9 leads all qualified starters. I’m not saying you should sell him for your frat brother’s collection of empty beer and liquor bottles, but explore your options.

Billy Hamilton – 0-for-3, run, 2 SB. Billy attended the SAGNOF School for the Gifted and was valedictorian. He’s got seven steals in the past two weeks. Maybe he could be an X-Man!? We could call him Speedo or, um, Fastman? OK, I’m bad at this.

Gavin Floyd – 6.2 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 7 K. Not a bad start for Stream-O-Nator‘s Pick O’ the Week! After seeing Joaquin Phoenix have a romantic relationship with an OS in “Her,” I’m starting to think me and SON could be an item. It can tell me which pitchers to start and sit, organize my emails and keep track of my calender and I can just continue to do nothing. It sounds like the perfect relationship!

Michael Cuddyer – 2-for-4, HR (4). When he’s not busy training underprivileged urban youths in Baltimore at the gym, Cuddy has been slowly heating up since returning from the DL. He’s 6-for-16 with a homer since returning to the line up.

Craig Kimbrel – 1.0 IP, 3 K, SV (13). The perfect inning and struck out the side. That’s why we call that the Kimbrel.

Dee Gordon – 1-for-4, 3 SB (28). He’s on pace for over 80 stolen bases. 80! I would call the Count, but we don’t have all night. With that kind of speed he’s rumored to be cast in Fast and Furious 7: The One Where They Sit In Traffic, Because This is Supposed to be LA, Isn’t It?

Clayton Kershaw – 6.0 IP, 5 base runners, 0 ER, 9 K and his third win. He owed his owners big time after last weeks 1.2 inning, 7 ER implosion, so it’s good to know he is still good at pitching baseballs.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-3, RBI, reached base five times. It’s like Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford had a baby with Mike Trout‘s sister and this little Puiggy was born. ALL HE DOES IS HIT THE BASEBALL! And yes, that’s a home movie we would all very much like to see. Make it happen, Hollywood!

Carl Crawford – 2-for-4, HR (4). He’s starting to look like he did before he didn’t look that way anymore. Wait, now I’m confused. You know what’s not confusing? The Crawdaddy is batting over .300 with 2 home runs and 4 SB in the past two weeks. That will help your fantasy team!

Adam Eaton – 3-for-5, SB (3). You can expect another solid week batting .300 with a couple of runs and stolen bases before he heads back to the DL again. I will take it!

Alexei Ramirez – 3-for-4, 2-run HR (7). He had just 6 homers in 158 games last year. He attributes his success this season to his new Adam Dunn diet of raw ground beef, turkey legs and a Chicago deep dish pizza every two hours.

Adam Dunn – 1-for-4, and a 2-run walk off home run off David Robertson that sailed over 430 feet. That’s how it’s Dunn! Donkey’s got 3 homers and 9 RBI this week. He had a lot of practice with his swing in the off season chopping down trees and wrestling oxen.

Norichika Aoki – 3-for-4, run, SB (6). Nori, what’s the story? Where have you been all season!?

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-4, 3-run HR (5). Pablo is slugging .773 with 3 homers and 6 RBI in the past week and as I mentioned last Saturday, he credits his recent power surge to Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu helping fully cleanse his body. Panda-monium!

Tim Lincecum – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 6 BB, 4 K and his 4th win. His third straight quality start, but keep in mind he’s had a 21/13 K/BB ratio in that time and has faced the Braves, Marlins and Twins. He gets the Cubs next week, and although it looks like a good start I think you are playing with fire here. Fool me once sure, but until he fixes his control issues, there’s not enough pot in Colorado to make me buy this long term.

Everth Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, SB (10) and Cameron Maybin was 2-for-4 with 3 runs. The top of the Padres order should be (italics for emphasis!) a great source of steals. Maybin has hit well since returning from the DL, but until he flashes some speed he probably shouldn’t be owned outside of NL-Only and deep mixed leagues.

Chase Headley – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBI. The Padres were hitting everything last night (I know, it even felt weird to type!), obliterating Edwin Jackson for 8 ER in 4.0 IP. Even Jedd Gyorko had two hits! Hallelujah! (I’m just playing Jedd, you know I love you).  Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso each homered as the Friars managed 11 runs on 12 hits to take down the only team in the league sadder than them.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-4, RBI, SB (17). He’s batting .374 in May and could be a good sell high candidate. Altuve was one of those players that I didn’t want but had to draft solely because he was the best player available. Somehow these are always the players that end up winning your fantasy leagues.

Felix Hernandez – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 9 K and his sixth win. You must watch this, see how excited this kid was after Felix gave him a ball? He’s so happy, it’s making me all tingly and emotional. That’s how jacked King Felix was when he heard he was facing the LAstros. Even more pumped than Macklemore at the Sunday swap meet. When asked post game what was working for him tonight, Felix said “Everything.” True story. I couldn’t make up a better quote if I wanted to. That’s why he’s the King.

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, HR (9). My obsession with Trout grows unhealthier by the day. I wrote him a small poem (5 pages) simply titled “27 Scales of Trout,” but apparently the content was too “explicit” and deemed “inappropriate” and “kind of creepy” for the family-friendly Razzball readers. Don’t worry though, Mike, I’ll read you the whole thing over our romantic candlelit dinner out at Subway. All the Italian BMTs and Sweet Onion Teriyakis you can eat. My treat.

 Questions? Problems? Complaints? Please leave it in the comments, 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! 

  1. EK says:
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    Picked up Frazier for Arenado.
    9team roto.
    Would you drop Rendon for:
    Gyorko, Rutledge, Wong, or Beckham
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @EK: No, I’d stick with Rendon for now.

  2. EK says:
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    C Santana was just dropped in my 12 H2H pts league.
    Drop Castro for him yes?
    Thx again.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @EK: Santana been struggling pretty bad lately, but I’d rather own him over Castro so I’d do it.

  3. Its too high says:
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    Is Taveras worth the pick up? What the chances he stays up after the so called dh spot availability is over?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Its too high: Yeah, he’s worth stashing if you’ve got the room. His upside is so high he’s worth the risk, but he’s probably more likely than not to get demoted afterwards. He’s batting .320 in the minors and there’s always the possibility he plays so well while he’s up that the Cards can’t possibly send him back down.

  4. Natty Boh says:
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    Trade samardija and chapman for Yu Darvish and Latroy hawkins?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Natty Boh: Yeah, I’d take Darvish in a heartbeat.

  5. Rock says:
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    Kirk Gibson continues to place aj pollock in the eight hole

    disappointing..

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rock: Yep, Gibson definitely likes Parra leading off, which is too bad because Pollock’s OBP is almost 50 points higher.

  6. Sherm says:
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    In a 10-team ESPN 5×5 roto, drop Cashner to make room for Votto on the DL, and pick up Hosmer AJax Lind Pollock Bourn Ozuna Markakis?

    Other starters = Shields, Fister, Kluber, Chavez, Teheran, Eovaldi.
    OF = Springer, Kemp, Jennings, David Murphy, Adam Jones.

    Thanks, DP.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Sherm: I wouldn’t drop Cashner. Tough it out a little longer if you can, Votto should be back soon. If you have to drop someone for a bat drop Murphy.

  7. Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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    I’ve been having a very eerie case of Ground Hog days with the Mini-Donkey for 5 solid weeks. I put him in my lineup….he goes 0-fer-whatever so I drop him mid-week and he immediately starts hitting a homer or two. So I pick him back up and end up putting him back in my lineup on Monday.

    No one wants him. I don’t even want him. But when Monday rolls around there he is stuck to the bottom of my shoe telling me he’s going to hit 40 HRs again. Should I listen to this wad of over chewed gum? He still smells ok….sort of.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Shoe Gum Reynolds: Shoe Gum Reynolds, I like that even more than mini-donkey! I find if I own a guy like him I’ll always start him the wrong days. A guy like Reynolds really needs to play every day if you’re going to get 30 HRs from him, but he could kill your average in the process. Not sure what your other options are, but now is definitely the time to play him while he’s hot.

  8. Eric says:
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    What say you to this trade?

    12 team OBP Yahoo League

    I give: Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera, Shelby Miller, Pomeranz, and Eovaldi

    for

    (essentially) Hunter Pence and Rizzo

    with the remaining spots, I’ll be unDLing Zimmerman and Walker when they come back, as well as try to fill up 4 P and 2 RP spots with all stud middle relievers (so far I have Will Smith, Wade Davis, and Clippard)

    • Dan Pants

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      @Eric: I like it, but Melky has been unreal and you are giving up three pitchers and getting back none. However, if you need to make the room I can see doing it. Pence and Rizzo should both be very helpful, especially in an OBP league.

      • Eric says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks for your input! I took out Pomeranz and gave him the option of exchanging Shelby and/or Eovaldi for Wheeler, Pomeranz, or Chavez.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Eric: No problem

          • Eric says:
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            @Dan Pants: Lol he countered with Rizzo for Shelby Miller and Drew Pomeranz.

  9. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Lost Arenado in my 16 team keeper…now down him and Abreu…ugh. I at least have Cuddyer to play at 1B, am in first 9 up 10-2 this week), and while my offense is very good for a league that size 3B is obviously now a black hole. I grabbed Reynolds for now since he is somewhat hot…Asche and Valencia are there. I hate all 3…but there just isn’t much there, obviously. Which would you want until Arenado returns? Leaning Asche….but it’s hard to get excited about any of them. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: I know the feeling, I am rocking 10 DL’d players in my dynasty league right now but still holding on for dear life. I’m rolling with Chisenhall at the moment, but I assume he’s taken? Reynolds is not a bad temporary solution, Asche is battling a hamstring injury otherwise I’d lean towards him as well. Might be worth checking out Rutledge when he gains 3B eligibility.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Dan Pants: Wow, 10 DL..ridiculous. I had 6 on one of my teams at one point and I thought that was bad! Injuries have been crazy this year. Yes, you’re correct…Chisenhall got snagged a couple hours before Arenado was placed on the DL. I was looking at him, and seeing if I had anyone to drop…but I just didn’t, and only had one move left for week ( we get 5)…had to wait until Arenado was placed on DL.

        I guess It’s Reynolds for now. I will keep an eye on Asche injury…and Rutledge may be an option one he gains 3B. It’s yahoo..so 10 games and or 5 starts. Thanks for the quick response!

  10. Home cookin' says:
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    Taveras or springer ROS?

    Drop pomeranz for taveras? I kinda need an outfielder. OPS league and quality starts instead of wins for pitching

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Home cookin’: I’d want Springer. There’s no guarantee that Taveras is even called up, let alone that he sticks after the interleague games are over. It’s a high risk, but if you can spare losing Pomeranz I might go for it.

      • Home cookin' says:
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        @Dan Pants:
        My starters are tanaka, gray, fister and latos…and pomeranz.

        Kinda thin, but there are some decent arms available

        • Dan Pants

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          @Home cookin’: Pomeranz starts tomorrow vs. the Jays, if you’re going to use him here (the Jays are hot right now) I might hold him for a little longer, otherwise I couldn’t blame you for grabbing Taveras.

  11. buge hoobs says:
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    Wong or D. Murph?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @buge hoobs: That’s Daniel Murphy I’m guessing? Go with him.

  12. mike iwakuma says:
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    Drop stephen drew for rutledge?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @mike iwakuma: I may be bias, but I’d prefer to own just about anyone over Stephen Drew. Yes, I’d drop him for Rutledge.

  13. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Carlos Gonzalez= CarGo

    Carlos Gomes= My CarGo Faster

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: You’re CarGo is also not in the shop every other week and requires much less frequent oil changes.

  14. Lando87 says:
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    Wheeler for V. Martinez? (I’d get V-Mart)

    Traded Prince for pitching a week ago, and currently have Morse at first.

    Also need to drop someone for a 3B, had Arenado but I already have Trumbo, Kipnis and Pineda filling my DL slots. Do I drop Liriano, Buehrle, Hammel, Wheeler or Archer or do I just tough it out until Kipnis comes back?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Lando87: Yes, I’d want VMart. I’d probably just tough it out, Kipnis should be back Monday or Tuesday. However, the way the Jays have been hitting I wouldn’t be starting Archer next week so you can probably lose him. I wouldn’t hesitate to drop Hammel after his start tomorrow either.

  15. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14 tm H2H OPS league that counts BB and K, picking up Rutledge–drop Franklin, Lake or Valencia? My greatest needs are at MI/CI, though if Springer hits the DL I may need Lake at OF.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I’m not fully convinced that Rutledge even gets to play every day, I might hold off until I see more. But if you have to drop one I’d drop Valencia.

  16. Timmay says:
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    Hey dan , I’m in a h2h points league(10 teamer)

    stick w/ current fourth of’er: george springer, or drop him to add one of these names; jay Bruce, Desmond Jennings, AJ pollock, Yelich, fowler, or cuddyer? I’m thinking of Bruce or cuddyer what are your thoughts?

    Also, keep or drop Drew smyly? I’ve been starting him at RP slot, if I did drop smyly it would be for tanner Roark, looks like both have two starts this week; the other one I’ve been starting at RP is keuchel.

    Lastly- someone instead of adding votto to DL slot just dropped him, would you recommend adding him once he clears waivers? Thanks as always dan!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Timmay: I like Springer a lot, but I’d drop him for either Bruce or Cuddyer. Probably Cuddyer because he plays in Colorado, but really both should be owned. I like Smyly over Roark, but I like Keuchel over both of them. And yes, I’d grab Votto if you can, he should be back soon.

      • Timmay says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Thanks for the response dan, here are my other outfielders; Matt Holliday, Hunter pence , Brantley & the 4th I’ve been streaming I have Harper on DL

        • Dan Pants

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          @Timmay: Go with Cuddyer, but watch Bruce closely, because when he starts heating up you might want to make a switch. He tends to hit his homers in bunches but can have some pretty brutal stretches.

  17. MB says:
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    Will I regret it if i drop leonys for aoki or crawford? Cant decide which one.

    7×7 obp and avg. but need steals which is why i own leonys

    thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @MB: I’d be afraid to drop Martin too, but the truth is he hasn’t stolen a base since April 29. I’d probably hold a little longer, but I wouldn’t blame you for making the switch and grab Crawford. He’s looked pretty good lately.

  18. malamoney says:
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    What’s your take on Jimmy Nelson? Does he get sent right back down? And if so, how do you see his season playing out?

    • Dan Pants

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      @malamoney: Nelson has been dominant in the minors: 5 wins, 1.71 ERA, 58 Ks, but sadly there is just no room for him in the rotation. Even the bullpen is pretty crowded already. Make matters worse, Mike Fiers has been almost as good at AAA. Brewers insist Gallardo is not going to the DL, and I think it would take an injury to a starter for Nelson to get a legitimate look in the rotation.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Dan Pants: So does he just fester in AAA? Do they trade him? He’ll be 25 next week.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @malamoney: I wish I could tell you. But Gallardo, Lohse, Garza, Estrada and Peralta are pretty securely entrenched in the rotation. Maybe they’ll use him in the pen? It would take an injury to get him in the rotation. Maybe a trade would be good? They could use a 1B/3B not named Reynolds or Overbay.

  19. malamoney says:
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    Better stash: Eddie Butler or Jon Gray?

    Do you see either of them having a fantasy impact this season?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: This might be a better question for our prospect guy Scott tomorrow, but from what I’ve read Jon Gray would be the first to be called up to the bigs and he could get the call as soon as June. So I’d stash Gray of the two.

    • Jason says:
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      @malamoney: At the start of the year it was Butler, but due to the dramatic drop in his K rate this year, I’d bank on Gray. As for Nelson, it’s amazing how much you ask this question, but there is simply no room for him in the rotation (he’s only being called up to make a spot start). Fiers would likely be the one to get the call if they need a long term solution.

  20. J Boy says:
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    My lineup is great on paper but I feel like everyone is off to a slow start – what are your thoughts on guys like Zobrist, Votto, Holliday? Try to sell or best to hold and wait for the come around?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @J Boy: Well, Zobrist and Votto are injured so you’re not going to get any value for them at this point. Wait, until they’re healthy and string together a few good games then try to sell high. Holliday has been pretty average but the power has been completely absent. I think you’re better off holding these guys and hoping they can turn it around and give you the value you drafted, but its never hurts to explore what you can get in a trade.

  21. Confucius says:
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    Getting little production at 1b with hosmer and morse lately. Worth dropping one for Ike Davis?

    Who do you like most out of eaton, Stubbs, taverez, and pollock for an extra outfielder?

    Thanks dan!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Confucius: No, I like Ike but I’d stick with Hosmer and Morse. And I’d go with Eaton as the extra outfielder.

  22. King Trout says:
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    Nice writeup. My porcello for his Gordon. My current SS is aybar. My pitchers are listed below:
    Kershaw
    Ventura
    Porcello
    Symyl
    McCarthy
    Salazar
    A. Bradley
    Melancon
    Cmart
    Mejia
    Britton

    • Dan Pants

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      @King Trout: Yes. This is Dee Gordon and not Alex I assume. I know he could struggle and bottom out at any moment, but the stolen base upside is to big here to pass up. Do the deal.

  23. 740 says:
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    Sup Dan, 10team roto 5×5. two questions…pick one of each for ROS.

    1. Eovaldi, Keuchel, Cashner, Latos, Cain

    2. Wong, Gyorko, Hill

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @740: I’d take Cain and Aaron Hill. Tough to say with the pitchers though, Cain, Latos, Cashner all battling injuries. I am big on Gyorko but I can’t recommend him at the moment.

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        What is the obsession with Gyorko around here? The guy does not have that much of an MLB track record to warrant so much faith, and even if he can start hitting over .200, he is not going to put together worthwhile numbers ROS. I love the advice I get at Razzball, so I drafted him and I have been holding him like I’ve got a slumping Albert Pujols on my hands.

        Time to cut losses. I’m done, and if he turns it around I feel pretty confident he’ll be on the waiver wire.

        • Dan Pants

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          @SportiveTricks: True not much MLB track record but a former top prospect and he hit 23 homers in 125 games last year. Possible 25-20 homer power from your 2B is intriguing, to me at least. How many other second baseman could hit 25+ homers? Cano, Kinsler, Utley maybe? This should explain the obsession at least. However, if there’s better options available I couldn’t blame you for making a switch, unfortunately in most of the leagues I own him I don’t have that luxury. I could drop him for someone like Marcus Semien or Brandon Hicks or I can continue to wait and hope for the best.

          • SportiveTricks says:
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            @Dan Pants:

            So you’re hanging on for the second coming of Dan Uggla?

            Ugh. Er, Uggla.

            • Dan Pants

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              @SportiveTricks: Yep, or at least until he hits the disgraceful list. Then maybe I’ll give Marcus Semien a look

  24. Bob says:
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    If you had a spare roster slot. Would you use it on Carl Crawford, Garret Jones. Oscar Tavares

    arenado injury opened up a spot. (Dl)

    Current of is below

    Braun
    Bruce
    Hamilton
    Allen Craig
    George Springer

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bob: If this guy is generally going to sit on your bench I’d take the risk and stash Taveras, otherwise I’d go with Crawford.

      • Bob says:
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        @Dan Pants: yep. We only start 3 so moSt weeks it’s Bruce or Braun and Craig and Hamilton

  25. Knighttown says:
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    Anyone like Colons home start against Pitts this week? Love Cobb but do you dare start him in TO?

    11 team daily 5×5

    • Dan Pants

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      @Knighttown: Sure, he pitched well in Washington, and his ERA is generally pretty good at home (3.15). Oakland was hitting just about everybody until they ran into Cobb on Thursday, and his first start off the DL no less. If I own him I’m probably starting him.

  26. Slippy says:
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    Need to make some changes… Drop rendon for panda at 3B?

    Drop AJ Burnett or Estrada for any of these pitchers? Lincecum, Quintana, Skaggs, or Elias??

    Drop Dom brown for eaton, span, or G jones?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Slippy: Stick with Rendon, Burnett and Estrada. I like what Panda is doing but I wouldn’t bail on Rendon just yet. I might drop Brown for Eaton but it’s a tough call.

      • Slippy says:
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        Thanks! You starting Burnett against the dodgers tomorrow?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Slippy: Yes

  27. Tulogit says:
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    Have Arenado and grabbed Asche. Should I drop him for Chisenhall instead? Thanks and good write up!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tulogit: Thanks! I’d want Chisenhall, Asche has a hamstring issue

  28. sul says:
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    I have Greinke, Maddy Bum, and Sale in my 10 team, I want to sell one because of my depth but i am having a hard time deciding which one to dangle as trade bait, which one do you feel will be the weakest link going forward? Im looking at Bruce as a player to target…

    • Dan Pants

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      @sul: They’re all very good. I’d rank them Sale, Greinke, MadBum but Sale and Greinke have their injury history. I think you can do better than Jay Bruce for one of these pitchers. Hanley, Knsler, Freeman, Beltre maybe?

      • @Dan Pants: and to think myself included where laughing at Kinslers ADP. Just go’s to show nobody knows.

  29. No Soup for Yu says:
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    10 team h2h 5×5 categories with OBP. Would you trade Lester for M Carpenter? Ive got N Walker at 2nd and picked up Solarte to play 3rd when Arenado went down.

    • Dan Pants

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      @No Soup for Yu: I’m not really big on Matt Carpenter to be honest, but I would trade Lester.

  30. Papajeansegura says:
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    Jon Singleton worth the stash? THink he comes up soon?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Papajeansegura: Yes. He should be up in the next week or so.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Papajeansegura: More like the next few weeks. Stash Polanco and Taveras over him though.

      • Papajeansegura says:
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        @Dan Pants: Both taken… UNrelated, would you start Sandoval tonight or George Springer if you had to choose?

  31. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Just lost Siegrist. Who you like best for holds:

    Joba, Cecil, Delabar, David Carpenter…

    Or I could punt holds and grab a bat like Crawford (since seems Kemp is no longer full time anymore?), or Granderson… Need HR and SB.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Crazy old guy babbling in the corner: Was Siegrist your only holds guy? One of these guys might not make much of a difference but I’d go with Carpenter, although Crawford has been good.

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Dan Pants: he was, but most our league ignores holds–only a few teams even have 1, most none (yet 4 closers is norm). I think everyone is used to non holds leagues… I had had others (Melancon, etc), but all got promoted. :/

        Ottavino any better than Carpenter?

  32. Funky Tong says:
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    SON hates Bauer’s Sunday start. Keep him on the bench in a QS league?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Funky Tong: Can’t hurt to keep him on your bench and wait for a more favorable start, but he fared well against Detroit. I am starting him.

  33. gordon shumway says:
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    I just grabbed chisenhal to replace arenado at util, but laroche just got dropped right before he’s about to come back. Who would you prefer in a SLG and OBP league? Thanks!

      • gordon shumway says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks, Dan… the advice is always appreciated.

  34. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Wilson Ramos or Saltalamacchia NL only ROTO 5×5 . 2 catcher.

  35. George of the jungle says:
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    Howdy dan, I have a question regarding the outfield position. I was contemplating dropping george springer & guess what he has gone off for two home runs & the game is still going on! That being said after this monster game, still keep springer or drop him for Michael cuddyer who’s had hr in back to back games or jay Bruce who went 0-4 today but he has something I need: power

    For 1b who would you roll w/ for week 9, Matt Adams or Juan Francisco or waiver ?
    For 1b free agents here we go; Adam Lind, Justin smoak, or Ike Davis ; I currently have Francisco as 1b & Adams as IF slot. Keep both Juan/ Adams or drop any of them?

    Here are some others I’m looking into Sandoval, Wong, Josh reddick, & Emilio benifacio

    • Dan Pants

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      @George of the jungle: Tough call. I wouldn’t want to be the guy who dropped Springer, but sounds like your league is pretty shallow. All three: Springer, Cuddyer, Bruce have power. I guess Cuddyer is the safest bet but Springer has the most upside. I’d probably stick with Springer. And I’d probably stick with Adams and Francisco, but keep in mind Francisco will likely sit against the lefties next week (Monday and Friday).

  36. The Wickler says:
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    Lost Arenado…would you pick up Chisenhall or Mark Reynolds to take over at 3rd? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @The Wickler: Go with Chisenhall unless you really need the power.

  37. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    Carlos Gomaz just hit the wire (I can’r believe it) and I have a slim chance of getting hom, but who do I drop to get him?

    This is my CBS team:

    Batters

    C Molina, Yadier
    C Santana, Carlos
    1B Goldschmidt, Paul
    2B Hill, Aaron
    3B Beltre, Adrian
    SS Desmond, Ian
    MI Prado, Martin
    CI Wright, David
    OF Cespedes, Yoenis
    OF Gordon, Alex
    OF Hamilton, Billy
    OF McCutchen, Andrew
    OF Upton, Justin
    U Sandoval, Pablo

    Bench (MI) Kipnis, Jason
    Bench (U) Harper, Bryce
    Bench (U) Hosmer, Eric
    Bench (U) Jennings, Desmond

    Pitchers

    P Cole, Gerrit
    P Greinke, Zack
    P Janssen, Casey
    P Kluber, Corey
    P Lester, Jon
    P Papelbon, Jonathan
    P Samardzija, Jeff
    P Sanchez, Anibal
    P Street, Huston

    Bench (P) Fister, Doug
    Bench (P) Minor, Mike

    I am thinking Sandoval, Fister, and Jennings as possiblities. Do I just leave it alone? Please help!

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: Oh wow, who would drop him, he is a top 20 player? I hope they picked up someone good. I’d drop Alex Gordon or Jennings.

      • Mike says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks Dan!

        Christian Yelich – I was stunned.

        Mike.

  38. Looking for something that doesn’t stink. Ok how about something that stinks but might not stink as bad as a comparable stank. Odor from Texas or Rutledge

    • Dan Pants

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      @Dnut eastwood: Odor’s got the stank, and has looked alright in the past two games. I want to see that Rutledge is going to get enough playing time first before picking him up.

  39. malamoney says:
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    Keep two for saves: Jim Johnson, Ernesto Frieri and Mark Melancon

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: Firieri and Melancon

  40. malamoney says:
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    Drop Gyorko or Aaron Hill for Wong?

    • Dan Pants

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      @malamoney: I’d go with Hill

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