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With injuries to both Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, Corey Dickerson has seen his playing time increase and fantasy owners have taken notice. If it wasn’t for Charlie Blackmon’s red-hot start, we all might have been talking about Dickerson from day one (Rudy was BTW). The 25-year-old outfielder was the most added player (+49%) after Daniel Santana. We’ll get to Santana in a minute. In just 143 plate appearances, Dickerson is hitting .325/.392./619 with eight home runs and four stolen bases. We all know what Coors field does for hitters, and Dickerson is no different. He sports a phenomenal 195 wRC+ against right-handed pitching at Coors. A worthy add indeed for fantasy teams in most formats. Dickerson should provide decent counting stats along with double digit homers when it’s all said and done. Here are two more hot adds and drops from this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Daniel Santana – 92% owned (+78%)

I’ve recommended Danny Santana a couple of times in my regular SAGNOF column this season. At the end of the day, I believe that’s what he is…SAGNOF. I’m not buying the fast start, and when commentators have given me a list of middle infield adds for the rest of the season, I’ve been pretty conservative with Santana. I can hear the hate boiling up already. I’m just playing devil’s advocate here. What if he just ends up being a .280 hitter with steals and nice positional flexibility? What if, in reality, he ends up being Ben Revere but with about a third of the steals? One small piece from my SAGNOF notebook – Danny Boy topped out at 30 stolen bases in the minors. Even for a speedster, his .427 BABIP seems a tad on the high side. He’s hot to trot, but I’d look to cash in before he turns back into a pumpkin. You can start throwing vegetables at me now. TRASH.

Rajai Davis – 62% owned (-30%)

At the other end of the SAGNOF spectrum, we have the King of SAGNOF getting dissed to the tune of a thirty percent drop in ownership. The King of SAGNOF responds to such behavior by stealing bags in consecutive games. The 33-year-old burner has 20 stolen bases on the season. Twenty. He’s been caught four times. He’s hitting .280 and getting on base at a .332 clip. This season he has identical splits against left and right-handed pitching (.276). If you have him, hold him close to you. If you’re one of the thirty percent dropping him, please stop. It hurts my heart. TREASURE.

  1. Mello Yello says:
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    That drop for King Rajai is surprising.

    Well, I’m slowly looking to step off the Kolten Wong carousel because he’s just been really bad lately. I’m thinking Odor. With Profar gone, he has to be the man going forward right? Doesn’t hurt that he plays half his game at the Launch Pad of Arlington

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, I was surprised too.

      I like Odor and he could see a big bump if he hits towards the top of the lineup ever, but I’d stick with Wong

  2. Cheese says:
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    You think Davis’ playing time will pick up soon? I’m in a league with no bench spots, and it’s very tempting to drop him with the lack of starts he’s getting…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ausmus played the hot hand in JD Mart. Davis won’t play everyday, but he plays enough to roster. His splits aren’t as significant this year either.

  3. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    I’ve can’t decide between Dickerson or K Davis going forward. Any thoughts? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s a tough one and you could probably argue either way. I prefer Davis personally

  4. Game of Throws says:
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    verlander/josh hamilton/altuve
    for
    cano/billy hamilton

    Which side you like?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Cano side

  5. Thomas says:
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    I have been using Danny Boy for the last couple weeks, I’m in love with Scooter but his PT is still a platoon.

    Here are my other MI options.

    Brad Miller
    Villar
    Jeter
    Owings
    Infante
    Rutledge
    Danny Espinosa
    Eugenio Sanchez

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      When Danny and Scooter cool off I’d grab Villar or Owings

      • Thomas says:
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        @Mike:
        I just wish Villar could hit the ball better.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I hear ya. I’m still a believer, but he’s a tough sell right now.

  6. Victor says:
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    With Marisneck up auditioning , do you think the Fish will move Stanton this All Star break considering his rising price tag. Don’t know but I have a feeling that, if Marisneck can handle the job, Fish will finally cut ties with Stanton for a bottle of wine and cheese considering what he is going to cost them to sign him long term.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tough to predict. I like Marisnick but I really don’t think they will move Stanton this season considering how well the team is playing.

  7. Al koholic says:
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    what about jimmy nelson,expect a call up soon

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’s ready and certainly stashable. Not sure where they would put him right now, but as Grey mentioned in the podcast yesterday, a trip to the disgraceful list may be in Estrada’s future. Something is not right, and I don’t think the Coors start is going to help his cause.

  8. The Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Luis Valbuena going to keep it up?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He won’t keep hitting .290. Might be better options once he slows down depending on your league size

  9. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Drop either Kole Calhoun or Gerrado Parra for Rajai Davis? Hitter-Tron emitted a puff of smoke out of it’s disc drive and shook a little bit when I asked it. I think that means no?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Calhoun.

      Parra and Davis aren’t too far apart on the ROS values, but Calhoun has them both licked on there. I could see taking Davis over Parra if steals is a need.

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Mike: Steals is a need, so I’ll go with Davis for tonights auctions. Appreciate your feedback Mike.

        Unrelated, but with being on summer break myself (I’m assuming you’re a teacher as well from previous posts), I find myself watching a lot of World Cup. Random thought, but what if Razzball spawned an “Equalizer” from the Hitter-Tron that analyzed trades? It would could only work in a redraft scenario, but essentially users could put in both sides to a trade and the “Equalizer” would give feedback on whether the trade is fair/lopsided. Thoughts?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime…I caught my first match today (Brazil)

          Cool idea. Have you checked out BuySellaTops tool? Kind of along the same lines, as it attaches dollar values to each player involved. I use it a lot when evaluating my own trades or I’m looking to target players.

          http://razzball.com/buysell/

  10. Chris says:
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    Hey Mike,
    I ask you earlier about trading Verlander for Richards but the other team backed out.
    What do you think about Verlander for Yovani Gallardo?
    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      They must read Razzball!

      I’m not as high on Gallardo. You might be better off rolling with Verlander there.

  11. Game of Throws says:
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    Similar to above… I just traded Verlander for Lance Lynn.

    What do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that sounds fair

  12. simon says:
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    would you rather have ozuna or dickerson?

    what type of outfielder can we expect cargo and harper to be once off the DL? like a pence type?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ozuna

      that sounds about right…

    • simon says:
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      @simon: espn has dickerson over cargo ROS.. you guys agree with that?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I’d rather have Carlos Gonzalez. I’m guessing that’s accounting for the lost time due to injury

  13. Moosebiscuit says:
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    Nice writeup Mike. When Victorino comes of the dl, would you rather have him or K Davis?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks. I’d prefer Davis

  14. Clint says:
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    While I drafted Rajai and have been pleased with the results, it seems something’s changed in Ligerland for him lately. HIttertron traditionally has him as a start in my OF but then I find out he seems to be sitting lot in the process on the season and he’s on a cold streak lately. If his splits with righties & lefties are that consistent, why’s Ausmus sitting him a lot or so it seems?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not sure. lately it’s been JDMart swinging a hot bat.

  15. Clive says:
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    Need some help in RP.

    I was offered Street or Robertson for Carpenter. I have Zimmerman at 3B, so it’s something I can do.

    1) Should I aim higher?
    2) If not, Street or Robertson?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Robertson, go for it if you need saves and Carp is an extra piece…

  16. Eric says:
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    Anyone worries about scherzer? Freakin 7 ER in 2 innings so far… Haha traded Grienke for him recently but dang.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nah, I’m not worried. Easy to say, tougher to do when it’s a bad start like this though

      • MR.T says:
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        @Mike:

        check out for his last 6 starts then.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @MR.T: yeah, and just forget all the starts prior to those. Sell him for a bag of baseballs.

  17. Fantasy Newb says:
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    I have Nolan Arenado in a keeper league. I also have Longoria and Singleton who fill my 3B and 1B/3B spots. I’d like to sell high on Arenado while he’s injured for possibly some starting pitching. What’s a realistic get for him? Thanks.

    • Jason says:
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      @Fantasy Newb: If I were you I’d hold and you could probably get more for him when he’s close to returning. That said, my more likely course of action would be to wait until Arenado is activated, then try to sell Longoria, who should be able to pull at least a top 20 arm based on reputation. I’d much rather own Arenado than Longoria in a keeper.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I agree with Jason. not really selling high right now. I’d hold him anyway. Love Arenado especially in keepers…

  18. JoeG414 says:
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    Marisnick, Calhoun or Choice as an extra bat? Mixed daily 6×6 roto

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Calhoun

  19. Tulogit says:
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    Mike, first of all, that was a classy move by you to fetch JRoll’s bat the other night. Bravo. Secondly, I have Wong but BPhillips was dropped. Should I make that grab and drop Wong? Thanks and great write up.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha thanks….great moment in Philly

      I’d grab Phillips. Wong will provide more steals, but Phillips is the better overall play IMO

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha

  20. shawn says:
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    who do you like better overall – John Willingham or Brock Holt?

    • shawn says:
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      @shawn: *Josh, sorry

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Willingham

  21. Abdoozy says:
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    Speaking of one man’s trash..
    Derek Norris:
    .303 / .408/ .503, 34 RBI, 23 R, 8 HR, 29 K, 28 BB
    Sal Perez:
    .297 / .331 / .449, 24 RBI, 26 R, 7 HR, 29 K, 17 BB
    Joe Mauer:
    .258 / .338 / .331, 16 RBI, 34 R, 2 HR, 50 K, 31 BB

    Considering Norris is only 22% owned, that’s not one man’s trash, that’s a damn landfill. Who cares if he doesn’t play every day? Melvin brings him in situationally on his days off, and he goes off, like tonight (2/2, 1R, 1HR, 5 RBI).

    Why are owners so reluctant to grab Norris? (I’m not, I own him in all my leagues.)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Scared of owning a platoon player I guess. Norris is solid.

  22. ram says:
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    I hear you loud and clear on DanSantana. I am using this carousel:
    SS – Alcides Escobar
    SS – Villar
    2B/SS – DanSantana
    2B/SS – Lowrie (haven’t started him since April)

    Do you think Lowrie is going to join the rest of the As in their slugging binge or is he going to hit under .240 all year? I am afraid to drop him due to what you said in column.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah, I wouldn’t drop Lowrie. Lowrie and Escobar ara nice MI combination.

  23. Rauser says:
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    Santana’s not trash. He will continue to produce as long as he is on my friend Doug’s team. That’s just how it works in my fantasy league. Everyone he adds off of Free Agency turns into gold!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha. the power of Doug!

      every league has one :)

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