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I’m not here to tell you that Giancarlo Stanton is a great player because I’ve already done that. However, his hot start has me questioning just how good he really is. I understand that you never want to overrate the first month of a season (I’m looking at you, Jose Abreu), but Stanton has had many stretches like this before. He currently has a .294/.385/.610 line and the crazy thing is that there aren’t any red flags. Sure, his average is a little higher than you’d expect, but he’s hitting more line drives and, with as hard as he hits the ball, you’d expect a higher batting average as a result. It’s always difficult to make the case for taking anybody above Mike Trout, regardless of the format. Still, I believe there’s a reasonable argument for taking Stanton with the first pick in a keeper or redraft league, where slugging is heavily weighted, batting average is replaced with OBP, and steals aren’t valued highly. Feel free to chime in – I’m curious where you would rank him in an OPS league if a draft was held today. Anyway, here are some other guys on my mind and their impact on OPS leagues: Mike Napoli is rocking a .417 OBP this year, which is much higher than his respectable career .360 OBP. He is walking at a career-high 16.5% and striking out significantly less than he has the past couple years, so he should continue to top his career-average OBP. His slugging is right where it usually is, so no reason to expect anything different there. Somehow, I haven’t talked about Jed Lowrie this year, but he’s always a favorite of mine because his injury concerns seem to consistently knock him down further than they should. He always hovers just short of an .800 OPS, which is excellent for a shortstop. It’s early, but he looks like he’s improved his approach and should continue to post a valuable OBP. Xander Bogaerts has a .379 OBP, which won’t continue. However, his .357 slugging could continue. I think Robinson Cano could be a great buy-low option. I’d be surprised if his slugging wasn’t at least a hundred points higher than his current .370 rate going forward. Same goes for Jedd Gyorko. He is really confusing since his 2014 underlying numbers resemble the 2013 version of him, yet he’s produced two completely different seasons on the surface. What I said for Cano applies to Brian McCann, although I’m slightly more concerned with McCann. Although Nate Schierholtz has been awful, he will improve, making him a decent buy-free option. The usual caveat of benching him against lefties applies. I don’t think Adam Eaton should have been dropped, but I suppose the amount of significant injuries could have contributed to it. I would absolutely look to grab him if he’s available and believe he will be an asset in OBP leagues. Wilin Rosario shouldn’t have been dropped in any leagues either and his OBP won’t be an asset, but his slugging will be. I’d absolutely buy low (free?) where applicable. End of story.

You can find Tom Jacks on Twitter @votetomjacks. He spends far too much time praying for the Cubs, planning his next concert, and wondering if there’s an instrument that could ever rival the theremin (there isn’t).

  1. Malicious Phenom says:
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    who do you like out of these for bench depth..10 team H2H points

    Byrd
    Lind
    Maybin
    Aoki
    Saunders
    Fowler
    Hart
    Bourn

    cheers

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I really like Lind best out of that group. I’d take Aoki second by a slim margin over a few of the others.

  2. Brian says:
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    Curious to see why you are down on Xander B. I think he’s holding his own, and will probably improve. Are you saying his SLG will go up or stay the same? His OBP will go down? Explain yourself, Razzball writer!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Brian: He doesn’t seem like a .379 OBP player to me, at least not yet, so I expect it to drop this year. His slugging looks more realistic and that would be the area where he would be more likely to improve this year.

  3. David says:
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    Please rank these pitchers for the rest of this year and next year: Price, Cueto, Zimmerman.

    Thanks.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @David: They’re all really close, but I’d go Cueto, Zimmerman, Price at this point

  4. I need to drop Archer or Gallardo to activate Cain today. Which would you drop? Also, should I drop both and pick-up Wheeler as well? Thanks!

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @madden_curser: I wouldn’t do anything yet, wait and see what Cain will do first on this 1st start.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @madden_curser: I’d drop Archer, but wouldn’t drop Gallardo for Wheeler right now

  5. gordon shumway says:
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    Yes. The answer to your question is yes.

    • @gordon shumway: Drop both Gallardo & Archerm activate Cain & pick-up Wheeler? Appreciate your opinion Gordon.

      • gordon shumway says:
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        @madden_curser: Oops, sorry I was answering the question posted in the title about Stanton being #1 in OPS leagues…

        I’d give a slight edge to Archer over Gallardo and despite being a Mets fan, no, I wouldn’t drop Archer for Wheeler at this point.

  6. chris says:
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    I’ve got Ramos that just came off the DL and Mesoroco set to come off the DL tomorrow. Which is the better points league option for the rest of the season? I only have room for one going forward. Thanks.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @chris: It’s close, but I’d gamble on Mesoraco

  7. amazing spider a's says:
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    trying to be patient with Sandoval…..not much on the wire anyways to replace him with (Headley?)….is he really this bad now or an extended slump??

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @amazing spider a’s: He should improve, maybe not all the way to where he used to be, but probably better than Headley or what’s on waivers

  8. Joe LoPiccolo says:
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    A am in need of pictching real bad! 2 part question: Jennings or Brantley for this year and beyond?
    Jennings or Brantly for kluber?

    I have asked for kluber and Victorino for my Jennings.

    By the way this is what my staff looks like
    Minor
    Bailey
    Bumgarner
    Ross
    Salazar
    Leake
    Alverez Miami

    Help it’s to early to be this far behind

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Joe LoPiccolo: I’d rather give Jennings and I really like getting Kluber/Victorino for Jennings.

  9. Tbone says:
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    Melancon or Cody Allen for saves now and ROS?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Tbone: Melancon

  10. royce! says:
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    I noticed one red flag for Stanton: he is hitting .214/.279/.464 on the road. Something’s fishy…

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @royce!: Ha! I expect his home and road numbers to grow closer as the season progresses.

    • Just Make Pitch says:
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      @royce!: Yeah Stanton’s not going to be #1 for long once the Fish stop cheating and stealing signs at home!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Just Make Pitch:just like in poker, if somebody is literally holding their cards in the air and you see them, it’s not cheating.

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @goodfold2: Very true

  11. Wacha Wacha says:
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    10 team h2h categories. No big needs in particular but who is the better add? (only can add one) Gyorko, J Peralta, Kluber, J Chavez, Gee, Kennedy Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: I’d add Chavez right now

  12. Scooter G says:
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    Give Tehrehan and M Perez for Bumgarner? 10 team non keeper 5×5 categories league with K/9

  13. Greyismyhero says:
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    I dunno, if a draft were held today I would definitely consider Stanton number 1 along with Abreu and Trout in OPS leagues, it would be close. Stanton burned me last yr and I soured on him this year in all my drafts, now I’m kicking myself in the rear big time!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Greyismyhero: Yeah, he was disappointing last year, but it was mostly for injuries rather than his performance when healthy. Hopefully he remains relatively healthy in the future.

  14. JLin says:
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    Hi, I am thinking of trading tulo for fielder and darvish in an obp, 14 team, 40ip h2h, does the trade seem fair? I am not too hot on fielder but the 40 ip is killing me! My best pitcher has been Gray and Chavez, with liriano sucking and Cobb hurt… thoughts?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @JLin: I like that deal given your situation.

  15. Snacks13 says:
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    Must drop 1:

    Dickey, Kuroda, Salazar, Gallardo?

    Thanks in advance

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Snacks13: I’d drop Salazar

  16. Dave says:
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    In a 12 team Keeper – just got offered Kennedy and Hamels for Verlander…

    I would get Verlander, Do I do the deal?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Dave: Yes sir!

  17. JAL says:
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    Throwing Skaggs out there today or sitting him?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @JAL: I’m sitting him in a league.

  18. Greyismyhero says:
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    Help me out Tom, Mesoraco is on wire n I’m rolling w/Santana but hes ice cold and I need a boost, I need to drop someone to activate Fister, then decide who to drop to PU Mes. Here’s the choices, which 2?

    SP- Chavez
    SP- Peralta
    SP- Salazar
    RP- Broxton ( other RP are Street, Soria, Hawkins)
    OF- Viciedo
    OF- Yelich

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Greyismyhero: I platoon Yelich/Viciedo, one is a bench bat.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Greyismyhero: I’d drop Salazar and Viciedo

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Tom Jacks: chapman being activated as early as today.

  19. Josh says:
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    Should I accept either of these deals? 6×6 keeper league (OBP and holds)

    Give Arenado and Cueto for Tulo?

    Give Jose Abreu for Anthony Rendon and Brandon Belt?

    I guess I’m wondering if you think Arenado, Cueto, Rendon and Belt can keep up their good starts. Thanks a lot!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Josh: I think all those guys could keep up their hot starts to an extent. I like both deals, but would take the Abreu deal if I had to choose one.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Tom Jacks: belt to miss time broken finger from hbp 6 weeks

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Josh: I would now prefer the Tulo deal, since Belt is injured

  20. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    hey so when lawrie returns hes gonna be playing second alot more to accommodate Juan Francisco. with that said i picked up francisco last week and he has been wonderful, do you think he can maintain a semblance of this great play in this potent lineup? remember the jays have done a great job of finding diamonds in the rough with both joey bats and edwin.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: Yeah, I think Francisco is worth a gamble. He’s always had good slugging.

  21. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    another question would it be wise to pick up a second catcher like kurt suzuki (300 avg, 19rbis) to play until mccan comes around? hes low batting average is killing me atm. also with that short porch in right at yankee stadium i was expecting big things. im not talking about dropping him, but would it be unheard of to carry a second catcher until he gets it going? im very torn on this.

    • Greyismyhero says:
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      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: Thats what I do when my catcher is slumping bad, I pick up that hot schomato for a bit until my regular wakes up…if u can afford someone to drop that is.

      • Greyismyhero says:
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        @Greyismyhero: and I just picked up mesoraco cause of santanas stinkiness in one league…good luck

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: There’s nothing wrong with it as long as you’re not dropping somebody who’s valuable

  22. Swfcdan says:
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    Had to drop Eaton, even in my OBPer. He just doesn’t provide enough speed/power upside for a 10 teamer (why doesn’t he run more?).

    Have an injury ravaged lineup, but nothing special is out there on the wire. Think Calhoun’s good enough to hold onto on a bench (DL already packed) spot, over a fringy hitter? Do have a full lineup with him…just.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Swfcdan: In a 10 teamer, I’d be ok with dropping Calhoun

  23. Swfcdan says:
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    Why are you not a belieber in Abreu yet Tom? Guys a masher!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Swfcdan: I worry that he’ll be less impressive once the league adjusts following his hot start like last year with Puig and before that with Cespedes

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Tom Jacks: They were both pretty good though, especially Puig! I think El Grande Dolor is the real deal, he’s been the best Cuban hitter the past 5 years.

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Swfcdan: Yeah, Puig wasn’t bad last year by any means, but there was a noticeable difference after his first month

  24. Ron says:
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    I’m at a crossroads with SS in a H2H points league. I own Everth

    Villar, Escobar, Asdrubal and Bogaerts are all on the wire. Do I stick with Everth or make a move for one of these guys?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Ron: I’d slightly prefer Bogaerts

  25. Sam C says:
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    8 team league, 12 category (OPS tiebreak)

    I give up Homer Bailey for Mike Napoli. Take this or no? I would do it in the hope of raising my OPS.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Sam C: I’d do it. It’s not a bargain for you but it’s fair.

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