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While he hasn’t ever been the end all, be all fantasy shortstop, Elvis Andrus is putting it together this year.  He has gone from a Ron Popiel special at SS to a must own, and by own I mean a trade for candidate.  Because I am not sure people really realize how well he is comparatively to some of the leagues elite shortstops with bigger names and bigger draft day price tags.  Across the five counting stats that matter for most leagues, and RCL’s are no different. this is where he ranks among qualified two-and-a-halvers. He sits 5th in batting average (.305), 5th in Homers (7), 5th in runs (34), 3rd in RBI (32) and since this is the SAGNOF post, 2nd in steals with 14.  It is interesting to compare yesterday and this year.  He has more steals at this point in the season than Segura did, and in case you were wondering all counting stats across the board are in King Creole’s favor, but at a 80 pick reduction in price from draft day.  Value plays are what makes the fantasy champ.  If Andrus, through one third of the season, can steal 14, score 34, and knock in 32 for a Rangers team that has yet to really hit their stride offensively…  Why is he not a trade target for someone who may know (that is now you) to someone who thinks that Andrus is like watching paint dry and boring?  His name to me in trade talks would be the most exciting, unless you were really paying attention to things.   Hell, look at what Zack Cozart is doing, and that is not even a joke. So enjoy this week’s tidbits and fantasy snares that may help you on the waivers or taking advantage of some situations this week. Cheers!

Franchy Cordero – The former SS has some speed with multiple 20-plus steal seasons in places like Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne.  They sound like I was continuing the Elvis puns from up above.  Put simply, if he hits he will play, and has some really obtuse position eligibility right now to take advantage of.

Whit Merrifield – A 19-game anything is noteworthy, hitting in them consecutively is the bull’s balls.  Tasty and good with tartar sauce.  Has just recently been moved to the top of the order in an anemic offense.  That is probably a better thing then hitting after them and them doing nothing.  So he can do it all by himself now.

Andrew Benintendi – Five steals in his last 14 games as Sawx fans dust of there Harry Hooper shirseys and try to say they are schmedium and the yellowing is normal wear and tear.  And in case anyone was wondering Hooper is the Red Sox all-time steals leader with tree-hondo (add your own accent).

Chris Taylor – regular at-bats make the SAGNOF-dom go round.  The Dodgers are utilizing him all over the playground which is a fantastic thing if you need a sub at the teeter-totter or maybe on the jungle gym.

Sam Dyson – Was recently DFA’d by the Rangers and is on the cusp or may have by time this gets posted find a sucker… I mean new team to figure out his woes.  Former closer going to a needy bullpen team, news at 11.

Greg Holland – 18 saves through May 24th, 2 since.  Team play dictates all.  I wouldn’t say punt but did anyone who drafted him think that 20 saves was possible.  Trade value is good if you can pair with another player and get a better closer like a surging Roberto Osuna?

Erasmo Ramirez – I personally would like him to be a reliever forever.  Stuff just screams roller coaster future closer that we all wanna snag off waivers.  i know we are a ways off but peeps in deep leagues with big benches may wanna just in case Colome goes somewheres.

   
  1. Some Guy says:
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    In a 3-OF, limited-FA move points league where I have Segura on the shelf and am stuck with Taylor Motter manning SS, would it be worth giving up Wil Myers for Andrus? I already have Votto at 1B and Polanco, Bautista, Gardner, Kepler, Kipnis, and eventually Trout to cover OF/UTIL. I know it might be a bit of a gamble for the OF guys to stay healthy and/or productive, but…Taylor Motter for a month+?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Some Guy: yea I would pull the trigger there

  2. Fausto

    Fausto says:
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    10tm H2H Redraft looking for SB
    FA – Buxton, Broxton, Maybin(OF’ers) or Beckham, T.Anderson, Andrelton, Motter, Cesar(MI’ers) I try to use an MI for SAGNOF but I can roll out any position right now, just looking for most SB. Im leaning Buxton, feeling that he’s going to “click” again and be a must own.
    OR
    Might make more sense to trade. i can flip a bat because my offense is prob better than it needs to be, ive pretty much nailed every waiver grab so far and dodged the DL aside from my closers.

    The Trade-ables: Avisail, Bregman, C.Santana, Yonder, Dickerson(Moncada stashed)
    The Targets: Trea, Elvis, D.Gordon, Peraza, Villar, Hamilton or Pollock.
    Which 1 or 2 of my Trade-ables would you move for 1 of the Target guys?
    its a competetive league and trades are usually lopsided but im willing to overpay if i have to.

    Nice work here as usual
    Thoughts and thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Fausto: give Buxton a whirl while trying to move Avisail or Bregman for upgrades

  3. E says:
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    would you drop David Dahl?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @E: for whom?

      • E says:
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        @Smokey: Any non-injured player lol.

        We have large benches but only 2 DL spots. I am the proud owner of the following DLed players: Freddie Freeman, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Turner, Jean Segura, Alex Wood, Taijuan Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Zach Britton, Cam Bedrosian, and David Dahl

        • E says:
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          @E: Oh and Justin Boar

          • Smokey

            Smokey says:
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            @E: yea you need the spot bad, forget about the promise of a new day with Dahl

  4. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Hey smokey!

    I got a few questions s for you.

    1. Most likely to become a closer this year Dyson, m Dunn, madson, or a Bradley?

    2. Who is the better closer ros ? K Glover or M Bush

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: Bradley, but none are great options for saves unless something weird happens and injuries.
      Bush, there is zero chance the Nats don’t bring in a vet

  5. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team dynasty with holds/QS/k per 9/relief wins/relief appearances.
    we start 7 RP (team is based around TEX and needs minimum number of them at all times, i meet the minimum for now)
    SP (6 max) edison/cobb/darvish/archer/lamet (with lament, should’ve been your lead)/hahn (with andriese/morton in DL slots, probably dropping edison for andriese later)
    RP -giles/jeffress/fields/hembree/phelps/hoover/kela
    DL morton/diekman/andriese
    NA urias/mendez/barrett

    got an offer from the BOS owner of law + leclerc for hembree
    -hembree comes in mostly in the 7th, no holds since the 26th (but those are notorious teamly dependent), has been used for multi inning last 3 times out and all 3 times since last hold. rosterresource has him like 5th away from closer though.
    – fields best FIP worst role (for NOW, and he’d seem to be my drop if i did that trade)
    – law best role worst FIP
    – leclerc barely used (rosterresource claims he’s 3rd in line man, monkey has claudio) but pretty good stats (innings don’t qualify at razzball but by fangraphs has him at 1.48 FIP)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I would rather have Fields over a crowded out Hembree, i knopw thats not the trade but just saying. It is a no brainer for you

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Smokey: ok, then the question becomes who do you see having a better future (specifically at TEX) leclerc (good stats but really small sample doesn’t seem to be used much), or jeffress (used to be good at MIL, hasn’t been since). i need a min number of TEX guys overall, so breaking even here (if i keep leclerc over jeffress) OR maybe i could do the law + draft pick (for at least trade value) for hembree rather than leclerc. yeah i agree, fields stats say he’s the best guy possibly in my whole pen (giles/kela probably close). i’m forgetting phelps in that, as he should be starting over there (and probably would be except for how awful bearclaw/zig have been for a while)

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