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Can I assume that you’re still competitive in your league if you’re reading this article at this point in the year? Or are you simply looking to find solace from a lost fantasy baseball season? Well, I can’t promise that this article will save your team or your spirits but, then again, I can’t promise that it won’t either. After all, Juan Francisco should give you plenty to smile about, and not just for Brewers fans after a rough season. Following his mediocre .685 OPS across limited playing time in Atlanta, he’s thrived with consistent playing time in Milwaukee, posting a .245/.325/.511 line. I’ve always been one big Juan fan and am confident that he will be much closer to his Milwaukee line going forward. He doesn’t have a fantastic OBP, but his slugging will definitely help you, especially if you’re hurting at third base. That he’s largely available means that he can help you in your playoff push. Anyway, here are some other guys who might be able to save your team:

Scooter Gennett – His name sounds fake to me and that’s saying something considering my name. However, the production is real for now and that’s all that really matters. I didn’t think that he’d produce much more than a low .700’s OPS, but he’s worth a look if you need help at middle infield, especially if you can bench him against lefties.

Jedd Gyorko – Speaking of infielders with fake-sounding names, I mentioned picking him up last month. He’s starting to heat up and is available in a good number of leagues, so you know what to do…

Alex Rodriguez – Would you believe me if I told you that I recommended him over a month ago? What about now?

Neil Walker – I’ve recommended him so many times that I’m afraid people will associate me with him and I’ll be continually left on the waiver wire for fantasy baseball writers.

Darin Ruf – I’ve given up doubting this guy, haven’t I?

Justin Smoak – A couple weeks ago, I said, “I don’t understand why he’s not owned in more leagues and I really don’t understand why he’s being dropped in some leagues. He has the potential to produce well over an .800 OPS for the rest of the season.” Holding true to my narcissistic behavior, I still agree with myself.

Anthony Rendon – Why yes, I would pick up Rendon if he was available. He’s better than that guy you have there. And that one too.

Josh Willingham – If you need some power, Josh will cure what ails you, assuming a lack of power is what is ailing you.

Nate Schierholtz – As long as you can bench him against lefties, you should pick him up for me right now. Even if you can’t bench him, his .277/.330/.524 line this season should be enough to seduce you. Please, please, please, let me get what I want.

Tom Jacks is sporadically on Twitter @votetomjacks

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  1. Nomaspantalones says:
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    Thanks for the boost of spirits, fighting to stay in it…I already have ruf , schierholtz and Francisco, but some if the others are still available
    Can you please rank these guys ros so I can pick the best lineup:
    Utley arenado miller Francisco bogaerts gennett rendon franklin
    Thank you

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Nomaspantalones: No problem! I’ll rank them: Utley, Bogaerts, Francisco, Rendon, Franklin, Miller, Arenado, Gennett.

  2. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Oooo an obscure Smiths song reference. I like it.

  3. Papajeansegura says:
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    How about Mark Reynolds with the yankees? Like him or no? Hitters ballpark…

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Papajeansegura: He tends to be streaky, but I wouldn’t mind playing him either against lefties and/or at home.

  4. jj says:
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    thank you nate schierholtz

    • Tom Jacks

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      @jj: +1

  5. Troy says:
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    Can u expect a good finish from Hamilton and aramis Ramirez or do I have my head in the clouds?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Troy: I don’t expect their typically amazing production, but I think they’ll be better than they’ve been this season. I think they should be owned in all leagues, if that helps answer your question.

      • troy says:
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        @Tom Jacks: it does i traded for both of them traded votto erisimo ramirez teheran and ziegler for hamilton aramis james shields and ike davis. Im in first by quite a bit and the only real hole i have is power, only had bruce and decided to gamble to get doubles and rbi production and power from those 2 and i like shields more then teheran ROS. dunno what u think but ziegler was my 6th closer, well 5th now that brothers doesnt have a job but still lol.

        • Tom Jacks

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          @troy: Since you’re trading Votto, I think it’s a gamble, like you said, but I like that deal since you needed power. I think there’s at least a 50% chance for each guy (Hamilton and Aramis) to have a nice finish.

          • Troy says:
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            @Tom Jacks: I agree Ty for the responses Tom ur a real go to guy when it comes to responses. Also always have awesome articles

            • Tom Jacks

              Tom Jacks says:
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              @Troy: Thanks Troy! I appreciate it. Glad to help out when I can.

  6. I picked up Francisco a few days ago … so far I’ve been lucky in starting him on days he’s ended up producing. My question: Do you think Ruf, Willingham, or Rendon is an upgrade? Or should I stick with Francisco? It’s mostly for my UTIL slot, so position eligibility isn’t the main thing.

    Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Enrique: I’d slightly prefer Ruf ROS, although I never thought I’d say that.

  7. ryanjoe13 says:
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    do you like Francisco over Yelich ROS or nah?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @ryanjoe13: Yes, I’d rather have Francisco.

  8. Harris says:
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    I’m watching little league pitchers throw more than 75 pitches. What’s Francona doing? Salazar was chewing them up tonight. Oh well, at least the tribe got him off the hook.

    • Harris says:
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      @Harris: Sorry for not mentioning Juan Fransisco. He played a week for me this season, I think he struck out 11 times. He did hit two off of Garza last week to ruin his start.

      • Tom Jacks

        Tom Jacks says:
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        @Harris: No need to mention Francisco, but that’s a good description of him: high strikeout slugger.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Harris: Haha who knows what Francona was thinking. The Angels without Trout, Pujols, and Kendrick aren’t that scary of a lineup…

  9. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy.. I have Venable and he was killing it.. is it time for a change?? If so then who should I grab for him, Gyorko, Walker, Ruf, Francisco, Donnie Murphy, Wilson Ramos, or Jon Jay?? Or keep Venable???

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Frank White: Hey – I’d actually stick with Venable. Those other options aren’t bad, but I slightly prefer him.

  10. Frank White says:
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    It looks like Ramos, Murphy and Jon jay has been nice but Francisco n Ruf not so much but you know better then me.. Lol Oh also it doesn’t natter the position cause it’s my Utility

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Frank White: Yeah, they’ve been good, but I don’t trust that they’ll maintain their recent performance. I trust Venable a bit more.

  11. Phil says:
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    Better then M.Young?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Phil: Yeah, I’d rather have Francisco over Young ROS.

  12. Ron says:
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    This is crunch time! I’m in need of steals, Rajai is available on the wire, trade deadline has past and ANY player I drop will be immediately scooped up by my enemies.

    Who do I drop to grab Rajai? Garza, Peavy or Iwakuma?

    My other SP are: Sherzer, Lee, A. Sanchez, Bailey, Gio
    My RP are: Chapman, Holland, Perkins, Henderson

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Ron: I’d drop Garza. I like him, but think he’s probably the worst ROS due to his move to the Rangers.

  13. Frank White says:
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    Wusup my man!!! I have A DL spot that I don’t need so I picked up Roy Halladay. What do you think about keeping him since he’ll be back after 2 rehab assignments which is about 2 weeks right?? Should be there for my playoffs.. Keep him or do you think it’s gonna hurt me??

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Frank White: Hey man – I like taking a chance on him. I think he has a good chance at producing quality starts once he returns. Nice pick up.

  14. Frank White says:
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    Also… How do you feel about holding onto Alex Wood and Sonny Gray for a while.. I clinched playoffs and I have a week and a half through the season.. I’m looking pretty good at getting a buy week.. Your boy’s in first place now with a good lead with the most points thanks to you guys!!!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Frank White: Congrats on getting to the playoffs – and first place!

      I really like those two guys since they’ve been great and, given their minor league numbers, it’s not a complete fluke. I’d consider starting them, especially in good matchups.

  15. Robadob says:
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    In a keeper league with me in a playoff hunt fighting for the bye and my concerns are power and RBI would you recommend eaton or Khris Davis?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Robadob: I’d prefer Davis for HR/RBI, but I think Eaton is the better player and keeper.

      • Robadob says:
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        @Tom Jacks: thanks for the reply! I guess with eaton heating up ill just ride it out for now

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Robadob: No problem! Good luck – hope it works out.

  16. Just for the record, David Ortiz is #13 on the player rater in my OPS/TB 7×7 league and I took him 166th.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Elijah: That’s awesome. I love me some Ortiz and he’s saved a couple of my teams. I think he’s gotta be the MVP of OPS leagues this year, given his price at the start of the season…

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