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I will admit I’m a bit of an ageist when it comes to my fantasy baseball teams. I’ll gravitate towards the Christian Yelichs and steer clear of the Michael Cuddyers. So when Josh Willingham (+67%) came off of the disabled list, balloons didn’t fall from my living room ceiling. Fact is, though, he’s a solid player and should be a good option moving forward for fantasy owners in need of an outfielder. He was the most added player this week, over the likes of Oscar Taveras and even Gregory Polanco. In 20 games played, the 35-year-old corner outfielder has already racked up four home runs and 15 runs batted in. Steamer projects another 15 home runs and 48 runs batted in. He won’t continue to hit .300 obviously, and his career slash of .256/.361/.472 is about what I’d expect when it’s all said and done this year. Add him if you need a little pop and RBI help in your outfield for sure, but be ready in case his 35-year-old body needs another DL stint. Here are two more add/drop notes for this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Austin Jackson – 66% owned (-21%)

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. He’s been a little unlucky with a .293 BABIP (it’s never dipped lower than .333 previously). He’s also running more than last year with seven stolen bases compared to eight all of last season. Now’s not the time to drop him as he’s starting to warm with a little four-game hit streak and a steal in two attempts over the weekend against the Red Sox. He’s hit lefties much better than righties this season, which is the reverse of his career numbers, and the 27-year-old center fielder is hitting .318 in June. 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. TREASURE.

Alfonso Soriano – 53% (-18%)

I’ve already let you know that I’m an ageist, so you can probably guess where I’m going with the 38-year-old currently on the wrong side of a platoon in the Yankees’ outfield. I’m actually not sure how he’s still owned in 50% of leagues. Maybe it’s the promise of the 30+ home run, 100+ RBI seasons like the past two years. I’m not buying. Could he still get to 20 homers on the season? Sure, anything can happen. But at this point it’s not looking good due to a strikeout percentage close to 30%, decreasing playing time, and the fact that he hasn’t even had the mandatory DL stint for players north of 35 years old yet. His ISO and SLG are the lowest of his career and with the current Yankees going the way they are, I’d be surprised if he got to 70 runs batted in this season. I’d like to take this opportunity to point out it’s very hard for me to be negative. It’s not my style. But…TRASH.

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  1. Tom says:
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    A. Wood supposed to be up on 6/28. From that time through ROS pick 2 out of 3 of the following:
    Gio (assume he’s healthy), Kennedy or A. Wood?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gio, Kennedy

      • Tom says:
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        @Mike: Hmmm..is this because you think Wood isn’t going to be in the rotation the ROS or because you think he just won’t perform as well. Wood was performing better than both of them before they put him in the bullpen.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I think he could be in the rotation ROS, I just like those two more than him.

  2. Ron says:
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    EverCab has been struggling to provide any real value for all of 2014 so far. In my weekly H2H points league (with -1 for K’s) here is how he compares to other SS in points and At-bats.

    Should I be sticking with this guy any longer or make a move for one of the guys below?

    EverCab – 74 points/254 AB
    vs
    Asdubal – 123 pts/231 AB
    Peralta – 115 pts/225 AB
    Crawford – 108 pts/204 AB
    Aviles – 85 pts/161 AB
    Hardy – 79 pts/206 AB
    Santana – 45 pts/77 AB

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d sick with ECab

      • Ron says:
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        @Mike: And he just cost me another -1.5 tonight. The dude is going backwards in points!

        I’m honestly asking, what is the rationale for holding on to a guy like this? Track record? Pure talent? Caliber of replacement talent I named?

        Please let me know. Thanks.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          the fact that he can hit 6-8 HR and steal 35+ bases.

          drop him for Asdrubal or Peralta if they are better in your format

  3. whodat says:
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    Just offered this trade: Chase Utley and Alfredo Simon for my Jered Weaver. What do you think. I currently own Neil Walker and not sure how long he will be out with his surgery.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sure. You’ll have a real nice middle infield when Walker comes back

  4. Sniff Test says:
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    With all of the Rockies injuries, is Drew Stubbs going to play regularly and be worth owning? I picked up Willingham but am frustrated because I already own oswaldo and Kendrys. I feel too many twins could be damning. Plus I’m eye balling OF/SS Santana. Lord help me!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha, yeah a lot of Twins getting love lately

      Stubbs should benefit from the injuries and has some speed, I’m not sure I would drop Willingham for him. I’m not certain any of the Rockies guys will really see “regular” time, and it will be more of a mix and match each night,

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Pick 2 IF ROS: Odor, D. Santana, Espinosa, Harrison.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Odor, Harrison

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you could make a case for Santana over Harrison, too. It’s just my preference.

  6. Chris r says:
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    I’ve been staring at austin jackson on free agency for a week. (12 team 5×5)

    He’d be my 7th outfielder (Bautista, Mccutcheon, Bruce, Kemp, Rajai Davis, Arcia)

    and to add him I’d either need to drop arcia, Jimmy Rollins (my other SS is Everth Cabrera) or a speculative closer (Jake Mcgee) or lose my streaming spot.

    Would you buy Jackson or hold in my situation?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you’re ok in the OF and don’t really need to gamble on him.

  7. The Great Zombino says:
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    Juan Francisco has started to slump badly lately. I’ve kept him to backup E5 and rotate at 1st base with Morneau(I’ve since dropped him). I’ve picked up Kendrys Morales and it looks like he’s my everyday first baseman now.

    So get right to the point, time to drop Juan Francisco for Javier Baez?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If he’s just rotting on your bench, Baez has more upside. It could be a while though, so be patient.

  8. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Drop Liriano or Wily Peralta for Alex Wood? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, but he’s still two+ weeks away

  9. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Adam eaton or Cory Dickerson? (CarGo had surgery today). Thx again.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Dickerson

  10. Bob says:
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    So Alex Wood is apparently being stretched out as a starter. Looks like a very solid add considering his track record and upside as a starter. Who to drop in standard 12 man 5 x 5 league:

    J. Willingham, K. Davis, O. Taveras, C. Yelich, J. Beckett, Trevor Bauer.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Bauer

  11. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    David Wright for Max Scherzer? I’d basically be replacing Wright with either Kyle Seager or Aramis Ramirez.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, if you need pitching. Seager is a decent replacement.

  12. Sparty Scott says:
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    Looking to trade Taveras, Polanco, Singleton, Pujols, or Ortiz for SP or RP help. Which player would you trade and who are some pitchers worth targeting in a fair trade? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If it’s a redraft, trade one of the prospect guys while the helium is there.
      Aim high, Top 15-20 starter

      • Sparty Scott says:
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        @Mike: Just managed to get King Felix for Pujols. Pretty happy about that.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Nice!

  13. shawn says:
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    Do you think I could get away with dropping Neil Walker and still maybe picking him up by the time he’s reactivated?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I guess it depends on your league mates. He’s never been somebody that gets a lot of love, but his numbers are great. I doubt he’d sit if somebody had room to stash him.

  14. The Great Zombino says:
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    Mike, what do you think of Marlon Byrd the rest of the way?

    I’ve got Aaron Hill, Carlos Beltran, Trevor Bauer, Dellin Betance(I rotate in now and then), and Tyson Ross as mainly bench players.

    Drop anyone for Byrd?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with what you have.

  15. RW says:
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    hola
    i’m gonna pickup gregory polanco tonight. long story short, whom do i drop????
    5×5 head to head standard categories
    adam eaton, jd martinez, rajai davis, cj cron

    h-e-l-p! i need somebody…….thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Martinez

      • RW says:
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        @Mike:

        sweet. thats who i have que’d up to drop

        thx!!!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  16. vinodole says:
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    Someone dropped Hosmer. I have to drop Eaton for him right? Other options are Khris Davis, Aramis Ramirez, Alex Gordon

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes, grab him. Drop Eaton

      • Pull the trigger? says:
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        Should I drop Cain for hosmer?
        They one would be my DH in a H2h

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Matt Cain?

          • Pull the trigger? says:
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            No l cain

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yup, do it

  17. Mike T says:
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    Looking for some advice. 10 team keeper league. We keep 6 bats and 6 pitchers… I was offered Chris Davis+Andrus+Alex Gordon or Werth+Iwakuma or Cain or Weaver for my Springer+Polanco+Hanley+Lee…. Do I stay put or make the deal? My worry is giving up on potential keepers in springer and polanco should car-go continue to make these DL trips.

    C- Santana or Gomes
    CIF- Abreu
    MIF- Cano
    OF- Car-Go
    OF- Puig
    Uti- Hanley
    SP- Darvish
    SP- Hamels
    SP- Minor
    SP- Kluber
    RP- Holland
    RP- Rosenthal

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold

  18. Just bob says:
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    Hey mike, 10 teamer h2h points redraft
    Would you look to add Heaney as a stash until he gets the call up (when do you expect that to be)?
    We start three SP’s & this is who I currently have: Strasberg , mad bum, tanaka , bench lackey & cueto.

    Or another bat; Danny Santana , Corey Dickerson, Kendrys morales, Brock holt, or Yelich.
    I don’t really necessarily need another bat but wouldn’t hurt plus why let another owner scoop a player up when I can lol.
    C- gattis, 1b- goldschmidnt , 2b- pedroia, SS- Alexi Ramirez, IF- Carlos Santana, OF- Matt Holliday, OF- pence, OF- Brantley, OF- springer, DH- Dunn & utility polanco. Bench oscar taveras & Harper on DL.

    Thanks again, looks like I may have dodged a bullet my opponent has verlander & was supposed to have two starts but Tuesdays (verlanders start) was postponed, yeah he’ll prob start tomowrow or thurs but atleast it’s not Sunday too.
    Ciao!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Don’t sweat Heaney in a 10- teamer with that staff. Grab Yelich.

  19. Mello Yello says:
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    Heaney Watch is giving me the feeling of what it must have been like to own Polanco…wuzzzup GM Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sup Mello. Should be soon…

  20. Snacks13 says:
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    Alex Wood an N/A stash as he got optioned to triple?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sounds good.

  21. Zar says:
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    I got a streamer spot with no really good streamers on the way. The next one would be Vogelsong (6/15). Do I keep Liriano (not even an option…especially with his injury) or pick up Stubbs or Vogelsong right now or else stash Vic Black?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Stubbs

      • Zar says:
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        @Mike: Cool cool, Think there’s a chance I’d start him over…Pagan, Pence, Moss in the OF or zimmerman/Beltran in util?

        • Zar says:
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          @Zar: Hah..never mind…the hitter tron is speaking to me.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Yeah, you can mix and match to get the most out of him…

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Not over those guys, no. Maybe Beltran when he’s home at Coors. Maybe better to go with Vogelsong if you don’t need the bat….

          • Zar says:
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            @Mike: I think I’ll keep Stubbs for a day or two. My players are pretty banged up and get days off. He can fill in until I need the starter. Thanks!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Anytime

  22. Bong bing says:
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    Need a second baseman due to injury

    What do you think of me giving my grander son for his utley

    Deep 16 team h2h redraft

    I have lestella right now

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sounds good

  23. Sheriff McRawDawg says:
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    Hey Mike! In a keep-10 forever, would you trade Singleton for Cobb or Bailey? Who do you like more, long term?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Singleton

  24. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    MIKE: An appropriate thread about trash here I’m the trash man.

    I’m on suicide watch.

    Any starter I touch this year goes stinky. And Yes, I am a Verlander owner. I am loath to sit him down. His fastball has become normal and he cannot seem to place the ball where he wants it (without the old velocity to save him from his errors). What does one do with Verlander in mid June?

    Now my Wainwright (on another team) has a bad elbow! A Tennis Elbow like injury!!! Had one and that is not a good thing. The worst part is, I think he caught it from me. I’m knew, I’m toxic. But I never thought, I could infect via the internet.

    Needless to say, the hitting is not much better.

    I can’t take it anymore. I’m going to end it all. Just as soon as I can figure out how to distract the guards and those fat mean nurses. Do you think, a person O.D. medicated Jell-o??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      can you sell low on Verlander? time the guards’ rounds and you’ll know what kind of window you’re working with

  25. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mike:

    BOYCOTT THE WORLD CUP! FOOTBALL IS A GAME – FIFA MAKES IT A CRIME!

    I’m a massive football (soccer) fan. I will not watch a game in support of the Brazilian people.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I know nothing about soccer except that you’re not supposed to use your hands

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