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James Paxton continued to pitch well last night versus the ferocious Tigers tossing six innings, allowing five hits, one run, walking one and striking out a pair to move to 3-0 on the year. We shall call you, Pax the Destroyer! Pax is also one of Guardians of the Galaxy, believe it or not. No, not the tree or the raccoon. No, he’s not Scott Hatteberg from Moneyball or the smoking hot green alien either, but the other guy. The big guy. Yeah, him, apparently, he can pitch too. Since returning from the DL at the beginning of the month, he’s got a 2.16 ERA in three starts, giving up 4 ER, 15 hits and 4 walks while striking out 11 in 16.2 innings against some of the leagues top offenses (Baltimore, White Sox and Detroit). Sure, the stats aren’t overwhelming, but he’s still adjusting after returning from four months on the DL with a strained lat, and if you take his early season stats into account, the Destroyer holds a 0.94 WHIP and a 24/6 K/BB ratio. Also, the sample size is tiny, but the .236 BABIP and the 2.61 xFIP sure are pretty to look at. The M’s need Paxton to step up big time down the stretch, and I think he could do the same for your fantasy team. Pax the Destroyer gets the Phillies next week, and he’s undefeated, getting better by the start. He’s available in little over 70% of leagues and you don’t have to be a space pirate, a weird alien tree man, or a even Xandarian collector to see he could be worthy of a pick up in most leagues.

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball Friday night:

Marcus Stroman – 0.2 IP, 5 hits, 5 ER, K. The Stromassacre. Marcus needed 37 pitches to record just two outs as the rookie was Stro-manhandled by Chicago and the Sox scored 10 runs on 17 hits, including two hit games from Alejandro de Aza, Aramis Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Conor Gillaspie and Jordan Danks. These kinds of outings come with the “owning a rookie pitcher” territory. Last week he pitched a complete game versus Detroit, then he goes and throws up all over your ratios last night. He should rebound next week versus the Rays. Or not. Stream-o-Nator likes it. Who’s to say, really?

Adam Lind – 2-for-4, run, RBI. Grey told you to BUY him, and Grey is related to Einstein, so you better listen up. It’s all relative!

Jose Abreu – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBI. His 89 RBI leads the league. Have you gotten my love letters, Jose? I masked the paperwith my scent, so it may smell like marijuana, doritos and nag champa.

Kristopher Negron – 4-for-4, RBI. The Negronomicon or Book of the Reds, predicted Kris would have four hits tonight, on the “ides of Augustine.” Creepy. It also claimed that everyone in attendances skin would melt off their faces, but hey, one out of two predictions ain’t bad.

Johnny Cueto – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 6 K and his 15th win. The 15 wins leads the league. I don’t need to tell you how good this guy is. Cueto and his 2.06 ERA is of the pitcher caliber that warrants a start even in Coors. Either that or the Rockies are just really terrible these days. Probably a little of both.

Avisail Garcia – Set to return this weekend. He’s been tearing up his rehab assignment batiing .340 with a HR, and should be ready to help out a hobbled White Sox outfield. I’d absolutely take a flier on him in most leagues if he’s out there.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, HR (12). Look Nolan, you have one shot. One opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted. Tulo out, CarGo out. You’re the man. This is your moment. Will you capture it or let it slip? Yo. Yo. Palms is sweaty, knees week, mom’s spaghetti…err, sorry.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-4, SB (22). Was slightly surprised to see the Chuck Nazty is still starting on the daily, let alone leading off for the Rox, I feel like I haven’t mentioned him in a while. Regardless, you have to be happy with what you’ve got out of him thus far, and I’d be interested to see how early someone else picks him in the draft next year.

Cliff Pennington – 2-or-4, HR (1). Cliff has been swinging a hot bat since being activated from the DL, he’s 9-for-25 with a HR, SB and 8 runs in six games and could be worth an add if your middle infield slot is looking as desperate as mine has been lately. Add him if you hate yourself.

Aaron Hill – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (10). I’m sorry, have we met? You look familiar but I can’t seem to remember you. Something keeps telling me to remember to forget about you though. On second thought, that’s probably my Shakira album on repeat. Unfortunately, the audio album has much less Rihanna/Shakira petting than I had hoped when I bought it. Whatever. Wherever.

Zack Wheeler – 6.2 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K and his 8th win. Wheeler threw 120 pitches but still couldn’t get through seven innings. That’s the fantasy equivalent of a white person problem though, I’ll take that start any day of the week. Dude’s still got some issues with his command that might blow up in your face at some point, but he’s managed fine thus far. Keep riding that mystery ship to fantasy glory.

Jenrry Mejia – 1.0 IP, K, SV (18). Pitching through his hernia to get your fantasy team a save. After the game he bathed himself in ice water, downed a bottle of whiskey and drove his souped up GTO through an exploding bear-shark. What you think you’re some kind of tough guy?

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4, HR (11). H-to-the-Izz-R. About as solid a first rounder as they come. But temper yourself, Cano. For every home run Robbie hits, his agent Jay-Z gains the copyrights to sample a cherished oldie you once loved.

Chris Taylor – 2-for-3, RBI. The rookie is batting .385 through his first 18 games and is he everything we wanted Brad Miller and Nick Franklin to be? Well, he hasn’t flashed any speed or power yet, so perhaps we should hold off before crowning him the new Brad Miller just yet.

Rick Porcello – 6.0 IP, 10 hits, 5 ER, 3 K. If you own Rick, you just have to accept that he’s going to #$%& you in the @#$ every four or fives starts, but when he is on he sure is easy on the ratios and the 13 wins certainly don’t hurt.

Denard Span – 3-for-4, 2 SB (25). You literally had like three months to pick this guy up so I don’t want to here anyone complaining! <–That’s my impression of your dad giving you fantasy advice. Tough but fair.

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (6). If your name isn’t Gregory Polanco I don’t care and I’m not watching.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. I think something is arising. I can feel you getting warming. Umm, sorry, I didn’t mean to put my hand there. Bryce, if you can hit 15 more homers and drive in 40 more runs we can be best friends again.

Corey Kluber – 7.2 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Since they’re recasting the Fantastic Four and all, why not give Corey some consideration to be the new Thing. If the new Human Torch can be a black dude, why can’t the Thing be an MLB pitcher. He gives a whole new meaning to the term it’s Klubering time! For seriously though, he is fantastic. Klubes is top 10 overall on the Razzball player rater for good reason. Only David Price has had more double digit strikeout games, he’s top 10 in ERA and WHIP, second in strikeouts, and his 9.89 K/9 and 27.4 K% are the stuff fantasy dreams are made of. Yes, you should probably draft this guy next year over a Kershaw, F-Her or Strasburg.

Wei-Yin Chen – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 6 K. He’s been one of ESPN’s “recommended streamers” for the past few weeks now. I wonder when he crosses over from streamer to being ownable in most leagues. Perhaps, ESPN is just scare to give old Wei-Yin the full vote of confidence. Well, me and the Stream-O-Nator like him a lot next week, and I rarely agree with robots, so do with that what you will.

J.J. Hardy – 2-for-4, RBI. Returned after sitting out a few days and picked up right where he left off. J.J. is batting .417 with 2 HR and 9 RBI over the past week and should be owned in most leagues by now, so make sure he’s owned in yours.

Robbie Grossman – 3-for-5, HR (6), 2 RBI. The seventh straight game where he’s led off, which I guess is bad news for Jose Altuve and Dexter Fowler owners? Robbie’s 7-for-29 in that time with 6 runs a HR and 3 RBI. He could be worth the add in deep leagues if you need more stress in your life.

Jake Marisnick – 2-for-5, run, 2 RBI. Hit the game winning 10th inning double to seal this one for the Stros. You didn’t think Houston would let their prized Jarred Cosart go without something in return, did you? Jake is batting .462  with a homer in the past week, he’s also got some good speed. He may never get this hot again, so if you were ever going to pick up this schmohawk now’s probably the time. How’s that for an endorsement?

Dallas Keuchel – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. And that…is Dallas!

Clay Buchholz – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. The Sawx ace finally put up back-to-back non-cringe-worthy starts. However, if you’re a Sawx fan you probably cringed anyway when you read “Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz.”

Brock Holt – 2-for-5, RBI. BROCK-HOLT! After falling back to Earth some, B-Rock seems to have reclaimed some of that magic that made us all love him so much in the first place. He’s hit safely in his past nine games, with multi-hit performances in his past two. BROCK-HOLT!

Yoenis Cespedes – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (20). Has homered in three of his past five games. After the game, Big Papi took Yoenis back to his penthouse where he told him to put on a Manny Ramirez jersey and just “hang out for a bit.” It was weird.

Alex Cobb – 7.1 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 8 K. Remember when you wanted to drop him in April because he’d be out for little over a month? Yeah, me neither. Corny has been on another planet his past five starts (3-0, 34.o IP, 4 ER, 40/7 K/BB ratio), and he hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in a start since July 4. More please!

Brandon McCarthy – 6.1 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. B-Mac has a 2.30 ERA and a 43/7 K/BB ratio in seven starts since arriving in the Big Apple. Sure, the 2.80 xFIP suggested all along that he could be pitching much better than his 5.01 ERA in Arizona, but who would’ve thought it’d be this much better? Especially since he moved to such a hostile division like the AL East. Some things aren’t worth explaining, they’re just worth riding into the ground until they crash and burn. He gets the Astros next week, and is showing no signs of letting up. He should be owned in most mixed leagues at this point.

James Loney – 2-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI. Yawn. Loney is the perfect Rays first baseman. He’s going to bat .300 and hit maybe 10 homers. He won’t hurt you, but he’s not putting up big numbers either. He is perfectly adequate, he might as well not even be there. No reason to be flashy. Regardless, JL has been swinging a hot bat since the calender turned hitting .350 this month, with multi-hit performances in his last three games. If you are struggling at corner you might want to give him a look.

Phil Gosselin – 2-for-4, HR (1). The Baby Goose led the flock with his first career smash as the Braves had a big day with home runs from Freddie Freeman (17), Justin Upton (22) and Evan Gattis (18).

Jason Hammel – 3.0 IP, 6 hits, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Gave up 3 HR. After two somewhat promising outings against the Rays and the Twins, Hammel is back at it again, and his ERA with the A’s sits at 6.75. Meanwhile, Jesse Chavez lurks in the shadows for the 5th rotation spot as he pitched two innings in relief and struck out four. Jason’s likely got a little more leash, but I’d probably steer clear from his start versus the Angels next week.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-3, 2 runs. Dayum son! What have you been taking because I want some. Steroids, you say? Whoa, that’s not cool man. I keed! Alex is batting .289 and slugging .511 in August with an .844 OBP. Dare I say he’s a big reason the Royals are in first place, or do they owe it all to Lorde?

Josh Willingham – 1-for-4, 3 RBI. I’d say that J-Willy Stylez got the best of his old team, but in reality, he knows exactly how good he’s got it right now. From worst to first in a matter of days, that is how you get traded, kids. If you need power, Willingham is worth a look.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-4, SB (27). SAGNOF! You think he’s fast, you should see his line of vacuums. Those things really suck!

Cody Asche – 2-for-4. HR (8). Nice game for the pre-season favorite, but I can’t recommend him. Overall, he’s played like Asche.

Madison Bumgarner – 7.0 IP. 4 hits, 1 ER, 9 K. I haven’t seen a bum that mad since that panhandler stole Evan Gattis’ daily spot in front of the 7-11. “Will Homer For Change.”

Jimmy Nelson – 6 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. The rookie has now thrown five quality starts in a row, and has been perfectly capable, albeit a bit underwhelming from a fantasy perspective. Not bad, but he’s no Mike Fiers. As the Grey Worm would say, he couldn’t be Mike Fiers if he was #$@%-ing Mike Fiers! And that’s me quoting Grey!

Dee Gordon – 2-for-4. 2 runs. 2 SB (56). FLASH! Ahh-ahhhh! Savior of the universe! Your soon to be number one fantasy shortstop, people. He’s a miracle! Ahh-ahhh!

Carl Crawford – 0-for-4, SB (16). Grey told you to BUY and the Crawdaddy is on fire lately, batting over .400 with 2 SB over the past week. He’s worth adding now, before he gets hurt again.

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-4, 3-run HR (13). GINGER POWER! One home run for every freckle on his back. Kole hit this one like your momma hit her red-headed step-child. What you didn’t have a red-headed step-sibling? Next thing you’re gonna tell me you didn’t live in a trailer park either.

Adrian Beltre – 4-for-4, 2 RBI. “Yo Adrian, I always says life is not about how good you hit, but how much you can get hit and keep moving.” Thanks, Rocky. Words to live by, really. This Rangers team has hit Beltre pretty hard this year and he’s risen above it to continue producing. That’s how you do it, champ! You did it!

Garrett Richards – 7.1 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 7 K and his 13th win. Pfft! Richards throws like a girl! And of course by that I mean, little league legend and female phenom Mo’Ne Davis (LLWS shut out, 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 8 K). If she was on the bump she probably would have thrown another complete game, 15 K shut out if she was taking on the lowly Rangers. She’s so Mo’Ne and she doesn’t even know it. The first little lady to pitch in the Little League World Series gives new meaning to throwing like a girl. This young lady’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha! If Mike Trout says so it must be true. Anyway, he may be no she, but remind me to draft Richards everywhere next year. Also, remind me to draft Mo’Ne Davis everywhere in 10 years.

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

 

  1. The Thumb says:
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    Pineda or Salazar?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The Thumb: Pineda

  2. Ace Ventura says:
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    Awesome write up!! I love reading your guys posts! Gotta quick question:

    Kennys Vargas/Syndergaard or Freedie Freeman?

    I’d be getting Freeman and I’m playing for the PO’s, too much for Freddie though?

    THANKS!! =D

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ace Ventura: Thanks! Even in a dynasty league that’s a great trade for you. Go with Freeman.

  3. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Bailey probably gone for the season. When life gives you a box of matches. Start Fiers!!!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Baezaworldseries: Ha! Another ace bites the dust, luckily pitching has been crazy deep this year.

      • Brian says:
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        Where do you see info that Bailey is out for the season? I heard end of the month…

        • Dan Pants

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          @Brian: I actually haven’t seen that information, his time table is unknown but I also don’t see any reason why they’d rush him back.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @Brian: I said “probably”. And like DP says there’s no need to rush him back. I hope he comes back but I wouldn’t bet your season on it.

  4. The Thumb says:
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    So I finally said F off to my SAGNOF and second base troubles and splurged by trading Gray/Baez for Dee Gordon about a week ago. Dee now has 6 steals on my team and I’ve moved up 2 points in stolen bases!

    Anythewho, as I’m in a close battle for homers and average too, is Hardy worth owning over Andrus, Alcides, or Danny Santana?

    • Dan Pants

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      @The Thumb: Yeah, I’d want Hardy right now over Alcides, especially since Gordon gives you the speed to make up for whatever you’ll lose by dropping him.

  5. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team dynasty league, I am team in contention this year. Anyway someone who has trout has decided to put him on the trading block. He wants at least 3-4 building blocks to help him rebuild. I was thinking of sending him bryant richards desmond miggy upton for trout pujols porcello alcides escobar. Anyway is this something I should offer or rework my deal? The players on his team of value are trout harper pujols escobar porcello yelich rymer liriano headley mauer papelbon smyly wade davis. What should I do? My team is below.

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf austin jackson
    rf oscar taveras
    util casey mcgehee
    bn kris bryant stephen vogt dominic brown carl crawford dl prince fielder

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp neftali feliz
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden
    p brian wilson p neal cotts p tanner roark bn wily peralta Bn drew pomeranz bn ryan volgesong dl masahiro tanaka

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ryan: If he’s rebuilding I’d offer him a handful of players that can’t help you this year but are still valuable. That way you only help your team adding a guy like trout. Offer him some combo of Bryant, Taveras, Fielder, Tanaka and Lee for Trout. Some combo of those five should be able to land Trout and it doesn’t hurt you at all this year.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: I tried already offering lee and fielder in another package and he doesn’t want those 2. How about tanaka upton desmond Feliz for trout porcello alcides?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Ryan: That sounds fair, but like I said above I’d try to offer him players from that crop that can’t help you this year, seeing as you have some good ones. How about Tanaka, Bryant, Taveras?

          • Ryan says:
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            @Dan Pants: is this tanaka bryant taveras a low ball offer or is that fair?

            • Dan Pants

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              @Ryan: For Trout? Two top prospects and Tanaka seems fair to me in a dynasty league, if he’s truly rebuilding. Can’t hurt to offer.

              • Ryan says:
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                @Dan Pants: update: he rejected that offer. He did give me this message:

                nterested in Tanaka. What about Trout and Pujols for Upton, Taveras, Bryant, Fielder. Add upton instead of tanaka and swap fielder for pujols. You win it all with this deal and own the 3 best fantasy baseball players with trout, miggy and kershaw. Your current offer is still a nice bit away from the offer I have sitting on the table for me.

                Worth considering?

                • Dan Pants

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                  @Ryan: For sure worth considering. I might see if he’ll switch Upton for Tanaka ie Tanaka, Taveras, Bryant, Fielder so you can keep Upton’s bat in your line up for the postseason. If he declines I’d accept his initial offer. He’s right, you are getting the best player in fantasy without giving up Miggy or Kershaw, it’s a good deal.

                  • OT says:
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                    @Dan Pants:

                    do what it takes before he realizes Trout is within a year of Taveras, Bryant etc. If he’s rebuilding, he should hold on to Trout.

  6. Kole Calhoun is available in my 10 team pts league, 8 keepers. Should I drop Oscar Taveres to pick him up? Oscar is not mashing and sat last night while Calhoun was going 3 for 4 w/the 3 run homey. Thinking I could use some GINGER POWER in my utility spot. Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @madden_curser: Taveras may be the better long term keeper, but I’d probably want Calhoun at this point in the season.

  7. Dan Pants

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    Yeah, I’d want Hardy right now over Alcides, especially since Gordon gives you the speed to make up for whatever you’ll lose by dropping him.

  8. Baezaworldseries says:
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    12 team 35 man rosters. H2H points. Wins are 10 pts. IP are 3. K’s are 1. ER BB hits are all -1 Would you drop Burnett for Correia? Is his move to the Dodgers, A.J.’s bad streak and the 10 points for wins give Correia the win here?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Baezaworldseries: Correia is likely only to stay in the rotation while Ryu is on the shelf maybe two weeks or so, and I don’t see him as a long term solution (although I do like his start next week). I’d probably stick with Burnett.

  9. coach says:
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    Another great writeup, Dan. Nice work. With sensible readers, replies, and comments, we don’t have to wade through acres of attempts at ‘look at me, I’m just as clever as Grey!’ posts.

    Who do you think (if anyone) gets the SP boot in MIL when Garza comes back?

    • Dan Pants

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      @coach: Thank you, sir! That’s high praise. I think it depends on how Nelson and Fiers pitch in the coming weeks, but Fiers looks like the guy to stick the way he’s dominating at the moment. Garza likely won’t return until early September, so there’s plenty of time to monitor this situation and see how it plays out.

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      @coach: for me personally, when I add stuff to the comments its usually a genuine fantasy question or stuff that amuses me that I hope will amuse others.

      Its never a case of one upmanship. Grey’s the master.

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        @gareth: I hear you, and agree. When I buzz responses, yours never come across as ‘brown-nosingly witty’. There are a few others who seem to have that as their primary posting goal. Amusing is good!

  10. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Do you prefer Gattis or Rosario in a H2H weekly Roto league with OBP in place of AVG.?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Drexel Hill Dragons: Gattis. Always Evan Gattis. He is a champion.

  11. SportiveTricks says:
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    Hey Dan,

    Thanks, as usual, I always enjoy your Saturday column. Any chance you’ll start doing Sundays as well?

    Anyway, I’ve been riding the Aoki express the past week and have enjoyed the heck out of it. Do you think last nights 0-fer means it is time to get off?

    • Dan Pants

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      @SportiveTricks: Thanks ST! Unfortunately I work on Sundays. I also, have to wake up a 6 am to get this column out by noon on Saturday and Sunday is my one day a week I get to sleep past 7 am! I cherish it. Stick with Aoki, he had an off day. I’d like to see more a little more speed from him in that lead off spot, but he’s still a good option with KC playing as well as they have been.

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Makes me appreciate you and you work all that much more, Dan. And I’m clearly not alone, thanks man!

        • Dan Pants

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          @SportiveTricks: Thanks a lot, it’s comments like this that make it worth it while!

  12. nick the dick says:
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    Yo Pants would you want Fiers, Paxton or A Wood?

    • Dan Pants

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      @nick the dick: I like them all, Wood is probably your safest bet, but I’d have to go with Fiers based on that last start. I can’t resist those strikeouts.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks i hear ya, i actually has grabbed fiers but needed a drop for encarnactivation but when ryu went on dl i now have room for another and i was leaning hus way

  13. Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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    Fun read, thanks Dan. There might be someone else worth looking at in the Bucs OF beside Polanco and that’s long-forgotten Travis Snider. He’s been in a nice spurt since June 1 (.304/.361/.545 with 7 hrs in 112 at bats). Could be just a small sample spurt but there also could be more to it.

    Turns out Snider was mis-diagnosed with turf toe long ago (early Blue Jay days). This off season they finally figured out what it was and he ended up having spurs and bones removed from around the big toe on his push off foot. He’s swinging without pain for the first time in a long time and has been cleaning up the mechanical problems the bad toe forced on his swing. He might be a very cheap sleeper going forward. If he’s hitting he’s playing with Cutch out.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Shoe Gum Reynolds: Thanks! Snider has been flying under the radar lately hasn’t he? Six game hitting streak, 3 homers and 7 RBI in the past week hitting close to .400. I’ll take that! Cutch will miss at least another week, Snider looks like a great add in the meantime, and he’s available everywhere. Good call!

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    Need a spot start for today or tomorrow need to pick up some Ks. Shoemaker and Straily are available for today…Minor, Salazar, Volquez, Gausman, and Montero are available tomorrow. Also could pick up one for today and one tomorrow. Which guys would you go with?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Kluber Elf: Might try my luck with Straily and Minor, but they are high risk for sure. Wouldn’t be 100% confident but whaddayagonnado? For what its worth, Stream-O-Nator is crazy about Rafael Montero’s start ($14.1), but I have trouble getting behind that one, too.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Kluber Elf: Alvarez coming off dl today is he available i’m going with him.Seems like the safest but no many k’s tho.

      • Dan Pants

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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Think I’d rather Strailly today, but only slightly, and only because Alvarez’s coming off the DL. Stream-O-Nator ranks them real close, go with your gut.

  15. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hi Dan nice work I agree on every player you wrote about. Harper rising from the dead right before playoffs is huge. As for Hardy i’ve been watching him for awhile and i wanna grab him but i can’t fit him in leagues he’s a f.a. and the leagues he’s owned i got room funny how that works. McCarthy is a f.a. in most of my leagues i’ve streamed him a couple of times do you really believe this guy is ownable. As for Chen espn will wait till he’s 99% owned before they tell you he’s ownable in all leagues.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Ha! If you don’t have the free MI spot, don’t worry about grabbing Hardy, he’ll probably get hurt again in a week or so. Yes, I don’t know how he’s doing what he’s doing but McCarthy is definitely worth owning right now, he is on fire and gets the Astros next week. Worth the add.

  16. J says:
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    Dump Gyorko for any of:

    Vargas, Jon Jay, Avasail Garcia, Lind, CCrawford

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @J: Yes, I’d take the flier on Avisail Garcia. Crawford could also be a nice add.

  17. Moose Out Front says:
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    really great write-up. sure Stroman made me lose my kidneys to the black market, but your column was a silver lining from this bathtub full of ice.

    Streamer call, pick 2?

    Carrasco vs BAL 13.5
    Hughes vs KC 9.6
    Miley @ MIA 9.1
    sun:
    Salazar vs NYN 14.1

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Moose Out Front: I meant to type Montero vs NYN 14.1 on Sunday. Not Salazar.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Moose Out Front: Ha. Thanks. I own him like everywhere, so it was a rough night on the ratios. I’d probably go with Hughes and Miley, not confident in either of them though, but do what you gotta do.

  18. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    So i go to look for McCarthy can’t find him . He was picked up at 12:36 est between our comments. What kind of powers you working here?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Fantasy chaos magic. I hate it when that happens. Or you go to pick some one up and you’re like, wait, let me just check this stat real quick, and then you return to waivers and he’s gone. I lost out on Corey Kluber the same way.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Dan Pants: damn that’s rough. i missed fiers like that a few days back asking Grey about who to drop.

  19. Ryan says:
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    So as for my previous attempt at acquiring trout, this is what’s on the table: trout pujols for upton fielder bryant taveras. Worth countering or just take the offer?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ryan: As I wrote above, “I might see if he’ll switch Upton for Tanaka ie Tanaka, Taveras, Bryant, Fielder for Trout. This way you keep Upton’s bat in your line up for the postseason. If he declines I’d accept his initial offer. He’s right, you are getting the best player in fantasy without giving up Miggy or Kershaw, it’s a good deal.”

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: ok so he insists in getting upton. Also he is willing to include beltran if it matters. So it’s now trout pujols beltran for upton bryant taveras fielder. Kinda worried that’s a lot of youth to give up.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Ryan: It is but you are getting Trout and you already have Miggy and Kershaw. There will always be exciting new young players but Trout can win this thing for you this year and many to come. Do the deal.

  20. Mike says:
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    Hardy over Danny Santana? Don’t fully believe in Santana but hes been so good lately.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: Close, I’d want Hardy for power, but I like that Santana leads off, is healthy and has some speed. I’d probably stick with Santana.

  21. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Which of these guys is the first to pitch again this season? Bailey, Yu, Wacha…
    Which is the least likely to pitch again this fantasy season?

    • Dan Pants

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      @No Soup for Yu: I’d guess Darvish is back soonest, with Wacha the least likely to pitch this season.

  22. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    I keep looking at Adam Lind. He always seems to get crazy hot for a couple weeks or so every season. I know Grey says to buy but all i see is Joe Mauer who doesn’t start against some lefties .Am i missing something here i see avg obp no power at 1b.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: He always hits for average and bats between Bautista and Edwin which could mean some good counting stats. He’s no Abreu or Pujols, but he could probably hit you 25 HRs over the course of a season and maybe 7-10 ROS if he gets hot. If you lost a 1B like Goldy lately he could be a good add. I like him more than Vargas.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Dan Pants: he’ll drive in more runs than mauer too.

  23. More upside for a keeper league: Brian Johnson or Daniel Norris?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Turd Ferguson: Maybe Norris. We might even see him in the majors as soon as September.

  24. The fan says:
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    Hey señor dan pants, drop springer for kole Calhoun? He looks to have been playing well & gets to feast on Bo sox this week — reddick is available too; it’s basically rest of the season (or should I say the next 2/ 3 weeks) playoffs begin sept 1 / it’s h2h pts & redraft

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The fan: Yeah, hate to do it but you probably won’t see Springer until September. I’d go with Calhoun over Reddick.

    • The fan says:
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      @The fan:

      Forgot to mention my other OF’ers are Holliday, Harper, Brantley & pence, also have polanco at utility & Bruce on bench (we start 4 0f’er)

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        @The fan:

        Thanks for the response , yeah I’d hate to do it too but I agree it’ll be some time before we see springer

        • Dan Pants

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          @The fan: Yeah in that case you can probably safely set him loose.

  25. Shawn says:
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    Good afternoon United States!

    Keep / drop frosty the Stroman? When I did start him it was at RP; my others there are Alex wood & keuchel & starters are Bumgarner, Strasberg , cueto, , arrieta & zach wheeler.

    I’d be looking to add infield depth for the stretch run ; I have pedroia at 2b (I heard he fouled a ball off his foot last night), Alexi Ramirez SS ,Dee Gordon IF & duda at 1st with goldy done. At gattis at C & c Santana DH & d wright 3b.

    Here’s who I’m looking at; (I wish I added Baez but the team who lost tulo added him)

    Wong, ackley, Jhonny peralta, Trevor plouffe, asdrubal Cabrera (2b/SS), Vogt, Adam laroche, or Adam Dunn

    Thanks & have a beer this weekend you deserve it!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Shawn: Thanks Shawn! I’d give Stroman another shot, but you probably don’t need the pitching. Of the names you mentioned I’d add Wong.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @Shawn: Looking at what you got i would add Laroche as he’s been hot Duda has been cold.If your looking for a mi then grab Wong speed and pop.

      • Shawn says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

        Thanks guys, yeah I’m torn between laroche/ Wong.
        If I did add laroche, I’d put him at 1b, then move Gordon to 2b, keep a ram at SS then duda at IF or just put laroche at 1b & bench the duda

        Scenario 2; add Wong, bench pedroia & keep everything else the same

        • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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          @Shawn: Duda sits verse some lefties too. Pedroia hasn’t been great this year but his avg last 30/290 15/333 7/320 so he is far from dead. Duda can play o f too great on short days

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            @Toe Knee Arm Ass:

            Thanks! It’s a weekly lock league but may roll w/ laroche

  26. Nightpandas says:
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    Trade deadline deal

    I give up Longo, Chapman and Shields and get Scherzer, J Gray and another piece. I would also get two second rounders. We keep 11 in this 15 team league.

    Keepers are: Rizzo, Dozier, Longo, Bruce, Polanco, Jones, Tulo, Darvish, Shields, Ventura, Chapman so I would be losing three potential keepers. They would be replaced with Scherzer, Eaton and maybe Correa.

    Thoughts? I was contending this year until my pitching completely collapsed. 2 studs would be big in this league with K/9, QS, K, W, L, Era, Whip

    • Dan Pants

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      @Nightpandas: If you are trading for next year you should do a deal that’s going to leave you with better keepers than before, right? I’m all for trading Longo, Chapman and Sheilds but if you are downgrading keepers that defeats the point, no? You’re not going to keep Gray, and the second rounders are nice but mean less in a league where the top 150 are already gone going into the draft. I would hold what you have, or shop the trio around for something better. I think you can do better.

  27. gareth says:
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    2 parted question.

    I feel like I haven’t had a win in a month. Ventura though there is a starts limit in my rcl, I’ve noticed there are some nice streamer options today (all hom home starts).

    Miller vs Padres
    niese vs cubs
    Alvarez vs diamondbacks

    I’ve also got price going today, and have to sit one of my closers to play all those starters.

    1) Would you cut a streamed starter and play all the closers? If so which one?
    2) would you bench a closer? If so which one out of these buys is least likely to see action anx be safe to bench?

    Uehara
    feliz
    petricka
    McGhee
    Hawkins
    benoit

    • Dan Pants

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      @gareth: I’d stick with the closers, plenty of opportunity to stream going forward. Hard to put my full confidence behind Alvarez coming off the DL right now.

  28. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hey Dan found something you might be interested in The Chicago Tribune runs a daily article on the Cubs future four. Updated daily but found something interesting.Says that Soler is 0-15 with 5k’s I think they wait his slump out b4 call up. I don’t might short term stashes but prefer production from bench.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Good to know. Thanks! HE could come out of that slump any day now, noticed Lake was sent down a few days ago too.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Dan Pants: that was for Straily but yes could be

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: it was for szczur.

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Lake was optioned late on the 15th after game. Straily was called up early on 16th before game .You are free to look at it it your way i see it mine.

            • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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              @Toe Knee Arm Ass: i mean straily was sent down and they brought up szczur, this wasn’t a difference of opinion that’s what happened.

  29. gareth says:
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    Sorry for all the typos. Fat thumbs and smartphones are NOT a good combination.

  30. gareth says:
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    After some recent negative feedback from commenters I’ve decided not to do the G3 thing anymore.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @gareth: long slow clap

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @gareth: don’t worry about those people.

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @gareth: no one would care if you put the g3 at the end of your comments it just the empty g3 comment that bothers people. I look at it like writing first then not saying anything else.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Toe Knee Arm Ass: i’m certainly not refuting that.

  31. gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @gareth: G3s always welcome here! G4 if you must! I used to love attack of the show.

  32. tony says:
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    mesoraco or santana rest of season?

    also heyward or soler?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @tony: Santana and Heyward

  33. tony says:
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    my team:

    mesoraco
    pujols
    cano
    donaldson
    baez
    marte
    harper
    puig
    util pence
    bn longo
    bn heyward
    dl paul goldschmidt
    dl hanley

    sp scherzer
    sp hamels
    sp cobb
    sp latos
    rp feliz
    rp allen
    rp smith
    rp petricka
    rp watson
    bn alex wood
    bn ventura
    bn tyson ross

    who’d you cut in order to add adam lind?

    • Dan Pants

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      @tony: I’d hold.

  34. Bobby says:
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    Could I ask some advice for a keeper league I am in? At the end of the season I will have the chance to keep ten of the following guys: Bogaerts, Freddie Freedman, Harper, Billy Hamilton, Stanton, Kris Bryant, Buxton, Jorge Soler, Machado, Starling Marte, Chris Sale, Bumgarner, and Teheran. If you had to pick, which 3 of those guys would you NOT keep?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bobby: I would probably not keep Bogaerts, Buxton and Soler. Could go either Soler or Bryant keep the prospect you like more, I just figure Soler may be starting next year in MLB, whereas you’ll have to wait a month or so before Bryant is called up.

      • Bobby says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks for your help.

  35. CatalinaWineMixer says:
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    Would you pick up Paxton for Hahn or or Stroman?

  36. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 h2h keeper (OBP + XBH / QS + IP)

    What do you think about dropping Burnett for Wada? Other options: deGrom (I have Cole & Bailey injured though), Worley, De La Rosa, Cahill, Elias..

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @FillyP: I’d hold for now.

  37. Macio says:
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    Thanks for the great write-up, Dan. Would you trade C. Carter and Ozuna for Lester?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Macio: Thanks Macio! Depends what I need or is it a keeper league, etc. but in most leagues I would do this trade if I can spare the power.

  38. Great write up. Razzball on the weekend…works!!! THANKS.

  39. “Great write-up” by Macio vs “Great write up” by me, Fanthed. I guess you could get worse redundancies. I apologize for the missing hyphen.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Fanthed: How dare you miss a hyphen! In truth, I think the hyphen in write-up is a matter of preference, not necessary.

  40. Ryan says:
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    12 team keeper league (keep all players) with annual 3 round amateur draft…

    Having a terrible staff this year forced me out of contention, so I’m looking to rebuild towards next year and future.

    I received the following offer:

    My Mike Minor and 2nd round pick FOR his Jarrod Parker, Rick Porcello, Matt Garza, Jon Singleton

    Which side wins? Is this a significant improvement for the future?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ryan: It seems okay. I really like Singleton, especially for next year, and you are gaining two no. 3 starters in Porcello and Garza and a possible starter next year in Parker. Considering you keep all players the second round pick becomes much less valuable. Not a significant improvement, but an improvement, I’d do the deal.

  41. Robert says:
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    ROS: A. Garcia or Reddick?

    • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Robert: i thought to ask this ask this exact one, but it’s too late for me in all my leagues.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Robert: I’ll take Garcia

  42. Paul says:
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    Who do you like best for a utl spot next week in the first round of H2H playoffs – butler (great matchups), Calhoun, or laroche?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Paul: I’d go with Calhoun.

  43. Drew says:
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    Hey; w/ the news of David wright- would you look to add a 3b or move Carlos Santana from DH to 3b then add a DH in Adam Dunn

    But if I didn’t go that route here are some available 3b’s:
    Aramis Ramirez, Trevor plouffe, Brock holt, Xander bogarates, will middlebrooks or Mark Reynolds

    • Dan Pants

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      @Drew: Add Aramis Ramirez over Adam Dunn.

  44. nick the dick says:
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    Yo Dan i want to add Garcia, do I drop Singleton or Kennys?

    • Dan Pants

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      @nick the dick: I’d drop Singleton unless you really need the power

  45. chris says:
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    I’ve got stroman, Hendricks, pineda and cashner on the dl as the bottom of my rotation. Since degrom seems to be coming back soon should I pick him up to replace any of the others for ROS? H2H points league. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @chris: Yeah, deGrom should pitch Saturday if all goes well with his rehab, I’d want him over Hendricks I think.

  46. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    5×5 H2H Roto w/ OBP in place of BA
    Which do you prefer ROS?

    Morneau or Adams
    Gyorko or Headley (for 3B)
    Stubbs, Markakis or Crisp

  47. Mike says:
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    Dan, Did you see Mike Minor outing tonight ? Thought he looked pretty good… Would you add him over Hutch in a 5×5 roto ? I have Ryu, Bailey and Morton hit the DL,
    thx

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: Yes, I’d add Minor over Hutch.

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