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It’s nice to feel good about a call now and then. This week’s most added player was Austin Jackson (+42%). He was one of the first players in this column to get the “treasure” label back in early June when he was one of the most dropped. Back then I said, “It looks a little bleak now, but I still think Jackson gets to double digit homers and 20 steals by the end of this season. I’m not going crazy over him, and if you have better options please start them. However, he’s not a straight drop for a hot schmotato and it might be wise to inquire with a Jackson owner before the buy-low window closes.” And that’s me quo-, you get it. I’m not so sure about the homers and steals, but Jackson’s hitting for average and accumulating counting stats.

The 27-year-old outfielder has been starting regularly and leading off for the Tigers. In July, he’s hitting .351 with a .385 OBP, 18 runs scored and ten runs batted in. Should he continue to lead off, Jackson will be a nice source of runs scored from this point forward. Steamer projects him for another four homers and five steals. I think he could easily pass that steals mark with the Tigers being more aggressive this season.

Here are this week’s other big adds and drops for 2014 fantasy baseball…

Jacob deGrom – 70% owned (+35%)

deGrom has been a pleasant surprise since I don’t remember much chatter about him in the preseason. Honestly, the Mets are setting up a nice little rotation for 2015. There’s a lot to like here. Friendly ballpark, some lackluster NL east opponents down the stretch, a nice strikeout rate (8.6 per 9), and he doesn’t give up a lot of homers (0.5 per 9). I’m not sure if a lot of teams have actually stopped paying attention to their wires yet, but deGrom needs to be owned in 12-team mixed leagues. He’s more than a streamer at this point. Over his last four starts (27.1 innings) he’s allowed zero homers, two earned runs, and has struck out 30 batters. 30 batters! What fantasy rotation wouldn’t want a string of four starts like that? With an upcoming August schedule that includes a bunch of games against the Phillies, Cubs, Braves, and Nats deGrom should continue to see success this month. All four of those teams are in the bottom third of baseball with a wRC+ of 91 or lower against RHP. The Braves, Phils, and Cubs rank 26th, 27th, and 29th respectively. After that stretch, an innings limit could come into play, but for now…TREASURE.

Yordano Ventura – 58% owned (-20%)

This is the second time he’s appearing in this column so maybe I just have an affinity for him, but I still think Ventura is an easy arm to own in 12-teamers. He had a major clunker in Boston giving up six earned runs, but Boston is a tough draw at home. The lack of strikeouts was the concern when he first came off the disabled list, but he has 15 strikeouts over his last 17.1 innings pitched. He still gets the pitching friendly home ballpark and the injury doesn’tseem to be an issue. An innings limit shouldn’t be a worry either as he’s expected to throw between 180-200 this season. So while these last couple of starts have seen him give up a few runs, the strikeouts have returned. I’d actually be comfortable with him as my SP3/SP4 moving forward in 12-teamers. Certainly he doesn’t deserve to be unloaded at a 20% clip. TREASURE. AGAIN.

  1. SMLV1 says:
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    Man, Just dropped Ventura for Odorizzi… My other pitchers are –

    Cueto
    Gio
    A. Wood
    Shields
    E. Santana
    Fister
    Arrieta

    10 Team re-draft

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @SMLV1: 12 Team re-draft my bad

      • Natty Boh says:
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        @SMLV1: Odorizzi was a FA!?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you’ll be happy with Odorizzi too. Don’t sweat it. Nice staff

      • Paul says:
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        @Mike: How would you rank G. Cole / Stroman / Odorrizi / Ventura ROS?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Ventura/Odorizzi, Stroman, Cole

          honestly I think you could flip a coin between the first three

          • Paul says:
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            @Mike: Interesting! Thanks. Would have thought Cole beat them all out. Right now Cole is sitting on my DL – maybe I’ll let him hang there to see how he comes out of it (the only other DL-eligible guy on waivers is Wacha, who looks at best like a semi-final/championship round return).

            Would you put Anibal in front of all those guys (redraft)? Felt extremely cathartic to drop Bruce for Calhoun earlier – looking for some more bust blood!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yeah he’s probably stil ahead of them, but Yordano and Odorizzi are pretty close to him IMO

              • Paul says:
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                @Mike: Thanks! Trying to make a run for a bye-week in the playoffs and looking to cut dead weight. Based on today’s start, I may pull the trigger. Yordano, Odorrizi, A. Wood, Gee, etc. are all safely on waivers so worst case there are plenty of solid replacements if Anibal is snatched.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  oh yeah, you’ve got a lot of options there

  2. PK says:
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    I’m a fan of A-Jax recently: I got a foul ball off his bat a week ago in Arizona, and now he’s helping me in my UTIL spot. Wee!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha nice!

  3. Phil says:
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    What do think his numbers will look like today?

    • Phil says:
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      @Phil: I mean 7-31.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        SON has him ranked 4th that day. Should see 6/7 innings with some decent K numbers. Twins aren’t all that great with a 93 wRC+ (18th in baseball) and they have the 7th highest strikeout percentage

  4. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Drop Yordano for Wheeler, Odorizzi, Salazar, colon, liriano, or hold?

    • Kyle Kendrick says:
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      @Kyle Kendrick: same guys in another league besides wheeler.. Cool to drop him
      For Odorizzi,

      • KK says:
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        Which of these would you drop for Odorizzi : yordano kuechel Alvarez hahn

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          prolly Hahn or Alvarez. prefer to drop Hahn

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        yeah, I think so, prolly better to ride Odorizzi right now. Although I think Yordano is just as good a play to be honest.

  5. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great read my man, its nice owning both of these guys. I’ve got a solid rotation but have two guys on dl who are about to come back, can you rate these guys ros for me?
    Teheran, Sonny Gray, Hammel, Ventura, Bauer, deGrom, and the last spot is hopefully going to be Hahn if I can grab him off waivers. My dl guys are Paxton and Cashner, I’m thinking Hammel is looking cuttable lately but other than that what do you think? It’s also tough to consider since he plays for the best team in baseball. Thanks for the input.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Categories are w, qs, k, era and whip if that helps. thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks man

      I’d rank them Teheran, Gray, Ventura, deGrom, Hammel/Bauer

  6. Game of Throws says:
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    12 team Roto re-draft

    Ryu and Soria for my Pujols?

    I’m hurting is K’s Whip and Saves. Every other category is 7 or above

    Would be putting in Napoli for Pujols

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, there should be a better return for Pujols out there if you shop him I would think.

  7. allen says:
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    Thanks for the read.
    Who you like best out of prado, des jennings, rasmus for short term plug in for bruce next few days??? H2H

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime.

      I’d go with Prado since he’s the hottest hand of the three

  8. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    this season BOS has played almost exactly the average number of game s at home, and are 18th in runs at home. 14 below average.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m prejudiced!

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        (thanks for the good info)

  9. J Boy says:
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    Mike, I’d love to get your take on a trade offer. I’m in the running this year but the best I can realistically hope for is 3rd. Guy is 2nd offered me the following:

    Wainwright/Alcantara/Butler for Cano/Chris Davis/Gio (I get the Wainwright side)

    Wainwright is an 18th round ref which is awesome while I have Cano in the 1st and Davis in the 8th who looks completely lost. I open my 1st round next year and now have the three
    Headed monster of Felix, Wain and Jo-Fer.

    My issue is I still want to compete this year. I can slide Zobrist over to 2B and have Everth and his much needed swipes at SS so I think I’m good there. I stick Butler at 1B and should have Cuddyer back in a few weeks. My OF is loaded and my pitching obviously gets better b/c Wain > Gio.

    I feel like I’m getting caught up in the names for Cano/Davis but Cano is not Yankee Cano and Chris Davis has been hitting .200 all season.

    Keeper wise, I know this is a great deal but what do you think about it overall?

    The league is 14 team roto keeper, very competitive.

    Sorry for the long rant but would love to hear your opinion – thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no worries, thanks!

      honestly, I’d hold. Having a three headed monster with Waino just tells me you don’t really need him.

      Losing Cano really hurts your MI if Zobrist andd ECab are all that’s left after he’s gone.

      • J Boy says:
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        @Mike: Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  10. Chris says:
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    Who to drop in this group – Archer, Stroman, DeGrom or Ventura. Hate to drop any of them but I gotta. Archer has a tough schedule to rest of the way and Ventura has hit a rough stretch lately. Wish I could trade one but noone’s biting. Your thoughts. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      man, that is tough. deGrom would be the odd man out if it was my team. sucks you can’t get a trade cooking, they are all solid

  11. jim says:
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    i just traded cory dickerson and will myers in for ryan braun in a non-keeper. thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like it

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