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That BTXJ is one smart fella. Last week, he predicted Khris Davis (+60%) would be this week’s biggest add and he would have had it locked down if not for Oscar Taveras (+80%) getting called up. Davis has been a hot topic in the comments section lately and for good reason. After a slow start in April, Davis hit .281/.330/.584 with six home runs and nine doubles in May. His splits are interesting. He’s posted a pedestrian 70 wRC+ against right-handed pitching, but he’s annihilating lefties with a 229 wRC+. Not that we all have the luxury of platooning hitters, but that’s a big split. The 26-year-old outfielder raised his walk rate from 1% to 7% in May, and nearly cut his 30% strikeout rate in half. He’s hit fifth in a strong Brewers lineup most nights and Steamer projects him for another 13 home runs and 40 runs batted in by the season’s end. That RBI total might actually be on the conservative side if he has indeed made adjustments at the plate. Here are two more buy/sell picks from this week’s most added and dropped players…

Lorenzo Cain – 29% owned (+26%)

I don’t have anything against Cain. In fact, I own him in a really deep league. But that’s really where he has value – deeper formats. For starters, Cain isn’t playing every night. In 12-team mixed leagues I’m not jumping on guys who might not be in the lineup. Second, he’s just not productive enough to matter in most standard leagues. He’s never stolen more than 15 bases or hit more than seven home runs in the majors. While he’s still only 28 years old, the steals aren’t suddenly going to pick up and I’m not confident the power will either. He hasn’t been able to stay on the field for a full season and has already missed time with a groin injury this year. He reminds me a little of Cameron Maybin. Lots of potential that we keep thinking is coming to fruition, but never quite gets there. His high batting average is fueled by a .400 BABIP and I’m not sure the Royals lineup is going to provide the counting stats fantasy owners want. TRASH.

Yordano Ventura – 58% owned (-42%)

I’m as concerned as anybody about the elbow. I’m looking to get what I can for him in keepers and dynasty leagues since the Royals may limit his innings, the injury may resurface, and long-term there is a chance he may actually wind up as a fireballer in the bullpen. But those are all long-term worries. In the short-term he threw a successful bullpen session and is on track to start on Thursday. Dropping him in half the leagues just doesn’t make sense to me. I’d rather have a more proven, not-injured starter who will pitch more inings this year, but if I already own Ventura in a re-draft league there’s no reason to drop him like he has cooties. The 22-year-old still sports a 9.3 K/9, a 52% ground ball percentage, and a nice little 11.4% swinging strike percentage. He also calls pitching-friendly Kauffman Stadium his home. Maybe bench him for his next start if it’s scary. Maybe have a plan in case the Royals limit his innings later this season or he gets injured again. But if the Royals are comfortable letting him pitch, fantasy owners should too. TREASURE.

 

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  1. kevinmac says:
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    yordano or garret richards ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tough one. I’ll go Richards

  2. jesse says:
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    Crush Davis ROS? He just went on the block and the guy wants SP. Is one of CJ Wilson, Ryu, G. Cole + one of Pagan, Blackmon, Polanco, Daniel Murphy, Zobrist too much or too little to pay?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think one of those combinations is doable. Try CJ and Blackmon?

      • jesse says:
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        Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime

  3. The Thumb says:
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    Hey Mike, the two most expendable guys on my roster also happen to be the hottest hitting ones right now, Khris and Willingham.

    With Gyorko posting what would be the worst OBP since Bert Adams’ .214 in 1918, I really want to pick up Scooter Gennett (.424, homer in the last week).

    I’ll have to drop one of those guys when Beltran gets activated anyway, so who’s the odd man out?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold onto Davis and drop Willingham

  4. SMLV1 says:
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    Bench 1

    (15) Moss facing Kuroda
    (21) Choo facing Jimenez
    (22) Springer facing C. Wilson (Lefty)
    (39) Rizzo facing Wheeler
    (46) Rios facing Jimenez

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      my gut say either Moss or Rizzo with Moss’ injury and Wheeler pitching well

      let’s go with Rizzo

  5. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Hey mike–continue my effort to flip an OF for a SP. Now that Myers is down for month, can’t really trade him in a 2-for-1 for Price…. Guy is willing to trade Kazmir or Zimmerman… Guessing were higher on Zimmerman (buy low?)?

    Which OF for him–Kemp, Blackmon, Alex Gordon, or hold

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      of those, I’d be most willing to trade Blackmon

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Mike: and target Zimmerman over Kazmir? But low vs high? Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup

  6. I have Homer, Zimm, Cole, Archer, & Wheeler available tonight and need to sit one. Thinking Archer @ Mia or Wheeler @Chc. Streamonator says sit Wheeler. It’s easy to pick on the Cubs, as they are the bottom of the barrel in offense. They own a .282 wOBA against RHP, and a 23% strikeout rate. Wheeler has a solid 9 K/9, and has fanned 16 batters in the last two days. He should stay on pace with strikeouts tonight against Chicago. My biggest gripe on Archer is that he may not get any run support. Which one would you leave on the bench? thanks Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you made your own case with those stats. Wheeler for me.

      • @Mike: Play or sit Wheeler? I the stats said play Wheeler, but the question was who to sit. Streaminator seemed to think sit Wheeler, play Archer, but I was leaning to play Wheeler against the Cubbies. Thanks again Mike.

      • Or I could play Trevor Bauer Friday @ TEX (Tepesch)and sit both Wheeler & Archer.@Mike:

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ooops. sorry I wasnt clear. start Wheeler

  7. Weekly Headache says:
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    Needing power – D Gordon for B Moss, regular 5v5 roto league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

  8. Pablo says:
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    Great article. A few quick ROS questions for you…

    Gregory Polanco or Beltran ROS?

    R. Zimmerman or Panda ROS?

    Yordano or Eovaldi ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      Polanco
      Zimmerman
      Eovaldi

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I meant Ventura, sorry

  9. big willy says:
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    have a gluttony of first basemen – Davis, Rizzo, Reynolds and now Singleton – but I want to solidify my starting pitching. If dude goes for it, does Rizzo for Cueto make sense? Standard Yahoo league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, that’s a solid arm to get back for him

  10. Spammer Jay says:
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    Now whenever that Hall & Oates song for me again in the grocery store I’m going to be laughing. Can they make that Davis’s walk up song?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha. that would be great.

      fun facts…they are from Philly and Daryl hall is caucasian

  11. Sleepy says:
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    My Yordano and Calhoun for his Bruce in a 6×6 OBP keeper league?

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Sleepy: I’d want Bruce in a keeper

      • Sleepy says:
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        @The Thumb: Actually, just looked and I would not have the opportunity to keep Bruce (but would have the option to keep Ventura and/or Calhoun). Change your verdict?

        Thanks for the input, it’s much appreciated.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d still want Bruce

      • Sleepy says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, Mike.

  12. shawn says:
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    Do I have any reason to hold onto NIck Castellanos right now? not winning

    • Sleepy says:
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      @shawn: I have the same dilemma. I’m dropping Castellanos for Lind as my CI. Not feeling good about it, I had high hopes for Castellanos in that lineup.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      These guys take a while to develop. I’d let him loose in a redraft if there are better options available. Hold in a keeper.

  13. The Thumb says:
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    Taveras vs. Shields batting sixth ($0.6)
    or
    Bruce vs. Lincecum batting fourth ($14)

    Could Lincecum at home be all Bruce needs to snap the hell out of it or wait for him to show any sign of life before putting him back in the lineup?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Bruce

  14. Stan the athletic man says:
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    Mike, are you starting McHugh vs the Angels tonight? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup

  15. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h weekly points keeper league
    Asking around…

    a 4th place team but being ravaged by injuries., slowly fading with Jose F. , Weiters, Votto, Cain all hurt and Cano not doing much.

    My Cano, votto, Beckett for Kipnis, Hardy, and mike Minor

    Big bats are cano, votto, Mauer, Craig, Morneau, pence, Alvarez, Yelich, Alex Gordon, bogaerts, Reyes

    Staff is Gerrit cole, Cain, Ian Kennedy, Hutchinson and Beckett.

    Stashed Polanco and Harvey as keepers and just grabbed Singleton.

    I can think of reasons pro and con all day on the deal. What do you think in a points league? Pitching tends to rule here. Thanks!

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Sange76: Seems like you’re selling a tad too low if you ask me

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer the Cano/Votto side

      • Sange76 says:
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        @Mike:

        What about Votto for Greinke?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          If you really need the pitching I guess. I’m usually opposed to trading bats straight up for arms, though.

          • Sange76 says:
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            @Mike:

            Hang on. Small scale. Ha.
            Morneau for Lackey?

              • Sange76 says:
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                @Mike:

                Archers actually on the wire. But is need to move a 1b anyways with votto coming off DL hopefully
                Soon. Hate to just drop a Morneau, Craig or singleton for nothing, ya know. I could def see switching Beckett for archer depending how he does tomorrow at the Sox.
                But my 1b has me stumped.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  I would def swap Beckett and Archer in a keeper. Do you have a trade block? Float Singleton out there since it’s a keeper you might get something nice for him amidst all the call up hype

  16. The Guru

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    Nice work, Schmidty!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

  17. James says:
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    12 team keeper league..

    Khris Davis and Dom Brown or Kendrys Morales

    How about ROS predictions?

  18. Eric says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I’m trying to get Ventura in a 12 team Yahoo League, is Chavez and Singleton too much?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think it is. I like Singelton’s bat.

  19. Knighttown says:
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    Don’t have a streaming spot now that Zimmerman is back in my 11team daily league. Currently handcuffing Nathan with Joba and still rostering Melancon. Also streamed Colon and just kept him after his two straight wins.

    Any of these guys droppable for the streamer or batty call of the day?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold

  20. jack says:
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    In my H2H OBP league I’m thinking about proposing Donaldson, Pujols and R. Soriano for Cargo, Harper and Morse. With Zimmerman coming off the DL, I’ll have 3B covered and a DL spot open.

    Here’s my logic:

    Cargo slightly better than Donaldson ROS

    Pujols is only slightly better than Morse. According to heatmaps Morse average flyball=320 ft (4th highest in MLB) with a high angle whereas Pujols=278 (trending down even during this year) with medium angle. Morse was playing with a bad wrist last year and is now healthy, Pujols never got his foot fixed and looks bad running. Morse has a better ISO, LD and IFFB rate though Pujols does hit a few more flyballs.

    Harper definitely better value than R. Soriano espcially when I can pick up Qualls on the WW.

    Please grade on scale of 1-10 (1=don’t do it, 5=fair, 10=huge win).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I give it an…….8.

      Seriously though, I like the trade for you.

      • jack says:
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        @Mike: Thanks for the reply. Let’s say Cargo goes on the DL. What does that change your grade to?

        I’m seriously worried that Pujols might not be worth much in a month. In fact, if it weren’t for the LAA lineup (vs SF lineup) I think Morse=Pujols. Thoughts?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I still like the CarGo side

  21. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Fantasy rundown’s link to this article has you recommending Davis as a sell. So there’s that. But I read your article and enjoyed it, Michael Jack. Well done.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Magoo! No big whoop

  22. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    hey Mike – apparently eddie butler’s getting the call – should I drop Heaney for him in a 10-team, 10-keeper (forever) or hold pat?

    thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer Heaney and I don’t think he’s much farther behind in terms of a call-up. It’ll be like dominoes here over the next week or two.

  23. nkick says:
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    My SS situation is average at best, as it’s currently being held down by Ben Zobrist while I picked up Kolten Wong to cover 2B. Should I continue to ride this or make a trade? Bogaerts is absolutely raking right now, and I have Springer/Tavares/Singleton/Polanco all to dangle as trade bait. I also have Seager, who I feel safe moving with Edwin Encarnacion having 3B eligibility and Brandon Belt coming off the DL soon for my 1B. Thoughts? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      got this one…just scroll down :)

  24. Bob says:
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    Would you rather have Ventura or Zach Wheeler?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wheeler. I really like Wheeler.

  25. Nick says:
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    My SS situation is average at best, as it’s currently being held down by Ben Zobrist while I picked up Kolten Wong to cover 2B. Should I continue to ride this or make a trade? Bogaerts is absolutely raking right now, and I have Springer/Tavares/Singleton/Polanco all to dangle as trade bait. I also have Seager, who I feel safe moving with Edwin Encarnacion having 3B eligibility and Brandon Belt coming off the DL soon for my 1B. Thoughts? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d move Singleton for Bogaerts. I might even consider moving Seager for Bogaerts if you can spare the corner man.

  26. joe says:
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    Cody Allen and Samardzija for Kimbrel? standard roto, last or near last in all pitching cats.

    he’s gotta win sometimes

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d rather have Allen and Shark

  27. Mentok says:
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    Give: Matt Cain
    Get: George Springer

    10 team H2H redraft. Having a hard time not clicking “Accept”. What say you?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Springer

  28. Nick says:
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    Mike, another question(s) for you: One of my yahoo leagues has turned into an absolute dumpster fire, with the likes of Desmond Jennings, David Robertson, Ryan Zimmerman, Wilin Rosario, Jonathan Lucroy, and Mark Trumbo all hitting the waiver wire at somepoint in time this season. I have picked up all but Rosario, who still remains on waivers. My first question is, do I really need to keep Lucroy with Posey already on my team? I can’t even move either to 1B because I already have Freeman/Abreu/Trumbo. Second question, how many closers are too many? I currently have Robertson/K-Rod/Janssen/Soria/Cishek.

    Just for laughs, here’s my current squad in this league: Posey, Freeman, Lawrie, Zimmerman, Bogaerts, Holliday, D. Jennings. Tavares, A. Ramirez, J. Abreu, Lucroy, Machado, Trumbo, Harper, T. Hudson, Cobb, Robertson, K-Rod, Janssen, Soria, Cishek, S. Gray, Keuchel, T. Ross

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice team. Probably don’t need Lucroy, but I’d try packaging him with one of your closers in a trade instead of dropping him.

  29. Abdoozy says:
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    yo Mike —
    12tm H2H redraft 6×6 (OPS, QS). Currently in 1st and would like to stay there.
    Recently acquired Adam Jones via trade and would like to shore up my SP by dealing an OF (I hate bench bats).
    Current OF:
    AJones
    Dread Pirate
    Stanton
    Crisp
    Bruce
    KDavis.

    Other positions: C Mesoraco, 1 JAbreu, 2 Hill, 3 Chisenhall, SS DGordon.
    P: Sanchez, Cobb, Teheran, Wheeler, Lynn, Chavez, Rodney, Belisario, plus a streamer spot.

    Gordon is starting to concern me as I fear he’s regressing to what he’s been the last couple of years, aka “base stealer who isn’t on base much”. But since the other guys aren’t running much he’s the only source of steals I have.

    Would you try to: (a) deal an OF for an upgrade at SS, (b) deal one of the better OF for a tier 1 or 2 SP (might be hard in this league as owners treat pitchers like gold – 4 went in the first round), or (3) sit tight and shuffle the bench bat in and out as needed?

    Sorry, long question, hope you stayed awake.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No worries. I’d either sit tight or try for a top tier arm with a guy like Gordon.

  30. picard56 says:
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    Alfonso soriano or Josh Willingham the rest of the season?

    I’ve already got Beltran, Brandon Moss, and Nelson Cruz in my OF. Soriano is kind of deadweight at this point. Drop him and pick up willingham as a quality bench OF bat?

    Thought about dropping juan Francisco for Willingham, but I think Francisco might actually be useful until Kendrys Morales signs with a team.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Willingham

  31. Kevin says:
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    Willlingham has been getting added a lot after his 4th home run in the past week would you consider him trash or treasure?

    Also would you drop Oswaldo Arcia for Willingham? They both came back on the same day and have been playing well for the twins. They seem very similar for ros projections

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Both treasure to me, but I like Arcia more

  32. slicke5 says:
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    Chisenhall — Trash or Treasure ROS 16T ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Treasure in that format. Wish he hit a few more dingers, though.

  33. The Joe says:
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    I dropped Ventura because he’s not going to be throwing as hard anymore but I admit, I’ll be paying close attention to his next start.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      for sure

  34. chisoxx22 says:
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    A guy in my league wants cobb pretty badly offers me a trade every other day. What tier batter should I be looking for in return?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d shoot for Top 30 and settle for Top 50 depending who it is

      • chisoxx22 says:
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        @Mike:
        he’s got braun, Kipnis, bautista, and Hayward that interest me. Im hurting in avg. But it should turn around its a 5×5 roto.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d want any of those guys. Heyward seems to be the easiest to acquire right now.

          • chisoxx22 says:
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            @Mike:
            countered with braun for cobb haha im thinking Cobb will be strong down the stretch for me. Any ways who you start tonight rendon or bruce?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Let’s go with Bruce

  35. sul says:
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    I am considering dealing my Cashner, Kendrick, and Pagan for his Price. Kendrick and Pagan are bench players on my team ( I have Kinsler and Kipnis at 2nd and Werth, Choo, Rios, Gordon, Khris, Ad. Jones in my OF, 10 team, h2h.) Given the circumstances is this deal still way too much to give up?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      considering you are basically giving up Cashner and 2 bench bats for Price, I’d say go for it

  36. Allan says:
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    just got offered trout and grienke for josh hamilton and freddie freeman (who he traded me for Wacha and Machado for freeman and wheeler) He also has teheran and sonny gray who I could switch for. I did lose Jose Fernandez obv.

    But my first baseman are chris davis, freeman, jose abreu. Outfield is Springer, Melky Cabrera, Hamilton, Blackmon, Ozuna, and Bryce Harper on the DL.

    Thanks!

    • Allan says:
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      @Allan:

      And I have hunter pence lol sorry forgot him

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sounds good to me

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