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That is one of my favorite GIFs of all-time. And it just happens to be perfect for this piece. Ian Happ (29% owned – increase of 27%) was called up to the majors over the weekend. On a side note, that 2% difference in ownership has to be Prospector Ralph. Anyways, in three games Happ is 4-for-10 with three runs scored, two home runs, and four RBI. So, why am I so giddy? He’s a Cub, so you know he’s going to be an OBP monster. He’s a switch-hitter so there shouldn’t be any platoon issues. Happ has also been batting clean up. Either Mrs. Maddon is smitten with Happ or Ian has some pictures tucked away of Joe. Whatever the case may be, he’s got some semblance of trust from the manager. Javier Baez is sitting on the dugout steps pondering what he did wrong. While Happ is not known as a plus defender, I don’t think that’s going to be too much of an issue. Have you seen who’s decorating left field for the Cubs? The final piece to the puzzle is the depth chart for CF: Albert Almora Jr. and Jon Jay. Exactly. TREASURE: IT’S HAPPENING!

Aaron Altherr (67% owned – increase of 46%)

This one is dedicated to Tehol, as he’s been driving the Altherr bus for a while now. There’s a ton to like here. Altherr is 26 years old and entering the prime of his career. He also worked on his swing in the offseason to make it more compact. The results have been fantastic. .318 batting average, .455 wOBA, and a 39% hard contact rate. He’s been adept at hitting both righties and lefites. The approach has been solid as well. 13% walk rate and a chase rate of 22%. Now, for the bad. He’s striking out 25% of the time and the .370 BABIP portends some negative regression. With that said, he’s often hitting third in the lineup and has 20/15 upside. Plus, Tehol’s driving the bus. What could possibly go wrong? TREASURE

Trevor Story (86% owned – decrease of 8%)

I’ve never been a Story fan, I’m always leery of high-strikeout batters. Plus, I’m high on Brendan Rodgers, who just happens to be tearing it up in the minors and is probably the SS of the future in Colorado. With all of that said, people are seriously dropping Story? I don’t get it. Yeah, he’s hurt and been terrible, but you’re telling me no one in your league has any modicum of interest? Even if it’s .50 on the dollar? Ok, four pesos perhaps? I find it hard to believe that someone wouldn’t take a chance on Story. That just seems like lazy managing to me. On the most recent baseball podcast, it was mentioned that robots are dominating the RCLs, so maybe a bunch of bots are out there dropping Story. That actually makes a ton of sense. TRASH, but nice trash that one could maybe make artwork with.

Trevor Cahill (52% owned – increase of 12%)

Cahill has been a DFS favorite of mine all year. The stink from years past is still there for many. Thankfully, I grew up in a household with kim chee so there ain’t no thing called stink. Cahill has an 11.10 K/9 and a robust 13.7% swinging strike rate. He’s getting batters to chase out of the strike zone 34% of the time. Contact rate is under 70%. All of this while maintaining what he’s been bred to do, which is induce ground balls (60%). The xFIP is at 3.05, which is actually lower than the 3.27 ERA. What’s a brotha got to do to get some respect around these parts? TREASURE

 

 

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  1. Maverick says:
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    Hey Son! Drop Riddick for Happ in a UTIL spot?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Maverick: I assume you mean Reddick. Happ for me

  2. Stinky Pete says:
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    So what happens to Javy Baez if Happ sticks at 2B? Does he become Ben Zobrist 2 (Electric Boogaloo) and pick up five starts a week around the diamond, or is he odd man out?

    • Son

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      @Stinky Pete: Well, he’s only played the outfield since being called up. It seemed like they were grooming him in the minors to play some second base, but I just don’t see how Maddon goes away from Baez. He and Russell make the middle of that defense tight. I think Happ would be a signifcant downgrade. I get the sense that, while they don’t put a premium on defense in the outfield, it’s a different story in the infield.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Son: happ isn’t a good OF either yet currently playing over almora, who is. i’m guessing (like many) they fully intend to trade happ for SP. only reason why he’s
        1. still up
        2. batting in good parts of order when maddoning completely jerked baez/russell around from the jump.

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @The Harrow: Trading Happ for a SP was the consensus preseason. Now there’s been talk that Baez could be traded. Cubs are loaded so they could go in many directions. Happ is a switch hitter so that gives Madison more flexibility and he can play multiple positions. Masson also has some trust with him batting him high in the order. With that said, your thoughts on showcasing definitely has merit

  3. Robert says:
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    In your opinion, Happ is going to stick around and get regular at bats?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Robert: Yes, as long as he performs.

  4. NicCage says:
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    Keeper league, 10 team H2H, AVG, OPS, HR, R, RBI, K, SB are all categories. Someone dropped Villar due to his early season struggles. Should I put in a waiver claim for him over Andrus ROS? Was the breakout last year legit?

    Thanks for any guidance!!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @NicCage: I’m a Villar apologist, so yes. In terms of breakout, hard to say. I could make arguments for both sides.

  5. Cyler says:
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    Got offered Mazara for Happ in a dynasty league. Which side?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Cyler: Happ. I love Mazara, but worry about his inability to hit lefties.

  6. Dirty Johnson says:
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    Thanks,

    Always like it when I got 2 treasures.

    2 questions if I may; Is Cahill’s injury anything to worry about?

    Would you trade Duffy for C. Davis in a 12team 5×5 OBP 3OF weekly cats league?
    My OF is Trumbo, Polanco, JBJ, Altherr, CDick and Piscotty.
    My staff is Archer, McCullers, Duffy, iNova, Walker, Severino, Lackey, Cahill, Walker, Berrios, Velazquez, Garrett and Rodon.

    Thanks again

    • Son

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      @Dirty Johnson: Everything I’ve read points me in the direction of not worrying. With that said, it’s a shoulder issue and he’s a pitcher so can never discount it completely.

      As for the trade scenario, I assume that’s K Davis. I’d make that trade

      • Dirty Johnson says:
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        @Son: Right on, I appreciate the tip.

        Hypothetically, if I were asking for a friend, if I meant Chris “with a C as in C-word” Davis would you take it? Grey has sufficiently frightened me, I mean my friend for owning Duffy. Should “my friend” counter higher?

        Thanks x2

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Dirty Johnson: Yeah, I probably would and I’ve been the biggest Duffy fan for the past year. I’m with Grey. A big part of his success was the increase in velocity and the fastball velo is down 2 mph

          • Dirty Johnson says:
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            @Son: Thanks again,

            I thought C-word had OF eligibility, now I know why you thought Khris

            Im gonna see if I cant get a little sweetener, Elvis is my SS, i’ll see if I cant get his Rosario stash too

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Dirty Johnson: My momma always told me that you’ll never know unless you ask

            • Son

              Son says:
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              @Dirty Johnson: Of course Duffy dominates the Yankees today. Never fails!

  7. The Harrow says:
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    everybody even last year knew rodgers is the future, doesn’t really effect this year though.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @The Harrow: I thought so too entering the year, but if he keeps performing, I don’t think it’s out of the question that he gets a call up

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