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For those expecting a post riddled with Man of Steel references, you have come to the wrong place. I think. I’ve got a few, but I’m not much of a Superman expert. As a child, Christopher Reeves was my Superman. Tragic ending for the man I grew up believing was invincible. The dude possessed the powers of flight, superhuman strength, x-ray vision, heat vision, cold breath, super-speed, enhanced hearing, and nigh-invulnerability, but he couldn’t ride a freaking horse? You never saw Invisible Man riding a horse, did you? Think about that question for a second. And how is it possible that no one had a clue that Clark Kent was Superman. He puts on a pair of nerdy glasses and everyone is fooled. The next time you go to work, throw on a pair of glasses and see if anyone recognizes you. Try to the opposite if you already wear them…

From what I’ve gathered plundering the Internet, Superman’s home planet, Krypton, was enveloped by its red (maybe yellow) sun. Some sort of supernova-like experience wiping out the entire planet, minus Kal-el, General Zod, and his two hench people. But if any Superman buffs would like to chime in a correct my understanding, that would be greatly under appreciated.

During draft season I was going to write a post entitled “Picking Cotton” dedicated to professing my preseason love for Jharel Cotton. After careful consideration I decided against the post and its potentially controversial title. Also, I didn’t want to ruin my chances of owning Jharel at a reasonable price everywhere. As it stands, I own him in six of the eight leagues I am in that I care about. I drafted him in every one of those leagues, and I got him at a relatively good bargain. In snake draft leagues I drafted him in about the 18th round (on average), and in auctions I purchased Cotton for an average of $6. Not too shabby. The only player I am more invested in this season is Jose Quintana. I own him in seven of those same eight leagues, but I’ll save the Quintana discussion for another post.

In his last outing, Jharel threw seven scoreless innings while striking out six. He only gave up two hits, and if it wasn’t for the three walks his very good game would have been a great game. Unless, of course, those walks turned into home runs. This performance was worth 27 points for fantasy owners. Gerrit Cole has 8 points in his first two starts combined. I think Cotton is going to be one of those pitchers that steadily stays slightly above average for most of his starts and will be a guy you see on a lot of playoff teams.

Here’s what else I’ve seen in points leagues so far this season…

What can be heard at both a Mets home game and a concert where the song Born To Run might be played? BRUUUCE!!! Believe it or not, Jay Bruce leads all hitters (as of Tuesday night) in points with 37 points. I’m not buying it and would be willing to sell for whatever reasonable deal I can get. This season his strikeout rate is 10.3% and his walk rate is 20.7%. Over his career his strikeout rate is 23.8% and his walk rate is 9.1%. This year’s numbers are clearly to good to be true.

What do you call it when the Rockies first baseman gets his arms around you? That would be the Reynolds wrap. Future WWE finishing submission move? Speaking of Mark Reynolds, he is only two points behind Bruce with 35 points. Like Bruce, I’m giving Reynolds a sell rating. He is a career .235 hitter that is currently hitting .345. Reynolds has a 31% strikeout rate. You do the math. He gets a bump cause he’s on the Rockies, but  let’s not forget that once Ian Desmond and David Dahl return, he pretty much has no place to play.

What do you call an alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane in San Diego? Wil Myers Rum. Myers just hit a cycle. I love cycles. The best part is that I actually watched that game live. Most of it at least. Myers is tied with Reynolds with 35 points, but in leagues that award bonus points for cycles, he’d be the top hitter (at least based on points).

Coming into Tuesday Jonathan Villar has struck out 15 times out of 30 at bats. That’s minus 15 points right off the bat. More like “not off the bat”. Fortunately I don’t own him anywhere. Villar’s ADP was much to rich for my blood for points leagues.

With 31 points Adam Eaton is thriving as the leadoff man in Washington. That’s a great thing for me considering I own him in six of my eight leagues. I’m not much of a hashtag guy, but #greatdraftdaybargain seems to fit the bill.

What’s everyone’s favorite chocolates in Cleveland? Lindor of course! As of this writing Francisco Lindor has 27 points, but that doesn’t include the home run and 10 points he posted today (Tuesday). While I only own him in half my eight relevant leagues, I own him in all four of my high buy-in leagues.

Here are a few hitters I’m keeping an eye on. These are players I’d like to see on as many of my rosters as I can get.

Mitch Haniger – 27 points
Nomar Mazara – 29 points
Manuel Margot – 25 points
Yangervis Solarte – 28 points
Ian Kinsler – 24 points
J.T. Realmuto – 32 points

 
  1. farcus says:
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    I just got offered what seems like it should maybe be a no brainer in my 14 team points league, but I’m reluctant.

    Dude wants my McCullers for his Giancarlo. Giancarlo would take the lineup spot of Kepler, and I’d probably be throwing someone like Daniel Norris or Taijuan Walker or streaming somebody in McCullers’ place.

    Worth it? I should probably just take it, right, I mean, why am I so worried? It’s not like Stanton could get hurt or anything.

    • malamoney says:
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      @farcus: What’s your scoring system? Who are the rest of your starting pitchers? What are your keeper rules?

      • farcus says:
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        @malamoney: Settings favor batters a little, Singles 1,Doubles 2, Triples 4, Home Runs 8, Walks 1, Runs Scored 2, RBI 2, SB 5,
        K -1, Hits 1, Caught Stealing -2, GIDP -1

        Pitching
        IP 2.1, Earned Runs -1, W 10, L -5, SV 8, Blown Saves -6, K 2, Hits Allowed -0.5, BB -1, Shutouts 15, Holds 4, Complete Games 10, QS 5

        My SPs are Duffy, Fulmer, McCullers, Hill, Pineda, Velasquez, Walker

        keep 5 as long as you want, this year I kept Arenado, Story, Correa, Polanco, and Duffy.

        Thanks man.

        • malamoney says:
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          @farcus: That’s a tough call. McCullers could end up being your best pitcher as you have no true ace. However with home runs being worth 8 points, Stanton is a nice player to own. Barring injury, he will end up with 30 homers.

  2. LenFuego says:
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    Have you put out the Week 1 Hey Batter Batter results, malamoney? If so, where do I find that?

    P.S. I am pretty pleased to have three of your “wish I had ’em on my roster” guys – Haniger, Mazara, and Margot.

    • malamoney says:
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      @LenFuego: Results don’t come out until Friday. As I mentioned in last Friday’s post since there is only one weekly post that is when the winners will be announced.

      • LenFuego says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks. Must have elided past that.

        I am a little bitter that I was away this weekend without any time to do any research and selected JBJ. Ugh.

        • malamoney says:
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          @LenFuego: It’s all good.

  3. Frank Gaudio says:
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    Lindor or Correa?

    • malamoney says:
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      @Frank Gaudio: This year I am going with Lindor. Long term, Correa gets the edge. Just like last year, Lindor will finish the season with more points.

  4. Jekuthiel says:
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    Drop Thames for Haniger? You concerned about Haniger’s krate? Thanks for another good write up!

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jekuthiel: That’s close, but I’d probably rather have Haniger…

  5. CMUTimmah says:
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    I’m riding Bruce as a super late points pick in a 12 team 5 OF start league. His value improvement has been very high over the top… and I’m expecting the Mets to move him at the deadline this year with the OF options they have in the minors likely making a push for a big league role.

    Best value at pitcher so far? Probably Paxton. He was available late in most drafts I participated in, and ended up with shares in all of them. He’s been dynamite in points thus far.

    • malamoney says:
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      @CMUTimmah: I’d trade Bruce. Paxton wasn’t available late in any of my drafts.

  6. AussiePepe says:
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    Hi,
    Only Allowed 5 Sp’, 25 Moves max, Have Quint, Hamel, Kluber, Archer, McCullers,
    Stay or move for Cotton or stay the path
    Thanks

    • malamoney says:
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      @AussiePepe: I would not drop any of those pitchers for Cotton. Although I’d monitor McCullers vs Cotton.

      • AussiePepe says:
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        @malamoney:
        Thanks as always

        • malamoney says:
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          @AussiePepe: You’re welcome as always.

  7. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job Malamoney!

    Thanks man…

    • malamoney says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks!

  8. Papa Jean Seugra says:
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    In a points League I was proposed MY Wil Myers for his Ian Desmond and Pujols. I’m thinking hold Myers, but curious on what you think I should do.

  9. jal179 says:
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    My Kemp and Baez for his Hamels and Yasmany Tomas–10 team keeper points league weekly lock.

    10 team keeper league. My SS is Xander, 2b Cano with Moncada the succession plan on my bench and Bryant at 3B. So basically Baez was expendable. My SPs are Duffy, CMart, Teheran, Fulmer, McCullers, Urias, Cotton.

    I pulled the trigger to add Hamels. Kemp was benched in favor of Yelich in LF and CarGo in RF.

    Thoughts?

    • malamoney says:
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      @jal179: Sounds ok to me. Especially with Kemp on the DL and Baez being a bench player. How many SP can you start each week?

  10. Blake says:
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    so in my pts league – I have 1B and pitching issues. My first baseman are

    Greg
    Mark Reynolds
    Eric Thames

    M Moreland is on the waiver wire – I only have 13 pickups for the rest of the year. Should I get rid of one of them for him?

    as far as pitching I have (15pts for W, 1pt for SO, 10pts for CG, 7pts for S) – can start 7

    J Smarddaa
    J Verlander
    E Santana
    C Martinez
    M Tanaka
    M Melancon
    S Miller

    B: J Happ
    DL: C McHugh

    Wei chen, P Corbin,E volquez, AJ griffin, W Peralta, Ryu, Shields, C Anderson, Z Wheeler, A Mirenda

    • malamoney says:
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      @Blake: Definitely not for Thames or Bird. Right now I like Reynolds over Moreland, but when Desmond and Dahl return, I fear Reynolds playing time days are numbered. Without a DH there’s no room for him. But since you have limited pickups, I wouldn’t be wasting one here…

      • Blake says:
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        @malamoney:

        Pitching?

  11. Scrotchs says:
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    Hey, question for you…CBS scoring with k’s being .5 for both hitters and pitchers.

    I have arenado and arrieta both on expiring contracts at the end of the season. Been offered Thor and Rizzo. I love arenado and afraid that trading him now will cost me in the playoffs. Mets pitchers scare me but so does arrieta this year.

    Should I pull the trigger? I won’t get a better trade offer as the 3 year contract starts over after a trade.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Scrotchs: That’s almost a no brainer. Do it.

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