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“I know it was you, Alfredo, you broke my heart–because I should have picked you up yesterday. You’re nothing to me now. Not a brother, not a friend–but, I’ll admit you may be an intriguing add in fantasy baseball this week.” Michael Corleone’s words for his fantasy team are harsh but true. Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon continued his streak of success yesterday, pitching six scoreless innings versus the Cubs, allowing just six base runners and striking out three. Coming off the heels of an eight inning gem last week against Tampa, where he allowed just one run and struck out four, Alfredo now has pitched 21.0 innings, allowing just 2 ER and 13 hits, while grabbing two wins. It looks like he’ll stick in the rotation while Mat Latos is on the shelf. Simon’s sparkling 0.86 ERA is good for top 3 in the league, and the 0.81 WHIP sure is purdy. But before you go racing to the waiver wire dropping your Stephen Strasburgs or your R.A. Dickeys for this guy, just wait a second. Because I didn’t say Simon says? Got ya! I know. Bad. I’m sorry. Anyway, let’s examine if Simon says  you should grab Alfredo or not. If we look closer into the starts, it’s a small sample size but we get the sense he’s been pretty lucky so far, and not just because he’s faced the Mets, Rays and Cubs. Simon’s .194 BABIP is good for top 10 in the league. Along with a 3.14 FIP (3.90 xFIP) and an insane 94.3 LOB% we have a ton a nerdy stats that say major regression coming. Translation: Alfredo is probably gonna get sauced. Mama mia! That’s not to say that those numbers are not still very good. After moving to Cincinnati from Baltimore, Simon was awesome in relief, with a 2.76 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in two years from 2012-2013, way above his career averages (3.98 ERA and 1.33 WHIP). And he’s been extremely efficient as a starter this year as his 13.4 pitches thrown per inning (roughly 3.5 per batter) shows. Doode is doing work. The 13/4 K/BB ratio is nothing special, but he is working efficiently in his starts, going deep into games. So Simon says, if you need a streamer you can grab AlFredo for his next start in Pittsburgh. He’s under 20% owned, and he’s making us an offer we can’t refuse. Ride this hot streak out for now, but if he’s ready to sleep with the fishes don’t hesitate to take him out to the middle of Lake Tahoe and take care of business.

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

Aaron Harang – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 BB, 5 K and his third win. The Harangutan has done did it again! This time going seven without giving up a hit, but left after throwing 121 pitches. It was the second time in his career Harang had been pulled from a no hitter. How you gon’ do me like that, Skip? The no-no was broken up in the 7th, but still a great outing for Harang. His 0.82 ERA leads the league and opponents are batting just .108 against him.  Braves signed him a week before the season started. What is happening? The karma gods are catching up to him because he has the worst ESPN player page photo in the league.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-5 with a 2-run HR, his 5th. The scary thing for pitchers about Freddie is that he can hit home runs off of them while they sleep, in their nightmares.

Jeff Samardzija – 7.0 IP, 8 base runners, 1 ER, 7 K. Z-Marge the Shark pitched well, but (cue Jaws music) the Cubs defense and offense let him down. He remains winless. The Reds stole five bases in this one so there was definitely something funny going on. They weren’t all stolen by Billy Hamilton either, because that would make Billy’s owners way too happy. Simmer dah nah, Billy’s owners, if he keeps this up he might be as good as Eric Young Jr. some day.

Michael Wacha – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. Gave up a home run to Anthony Rendon, but outside of that was terrific. This guy is no joke. Ahh! Wacha wacha wacha! I’ll see myself out.

Carlos Gomez – 2-for-5 and his 5th HR. I almost feel like I’m insulting him calling him CarGo Lite. Is he on like “full-fat” CarGo levels now? All the calories! Fantasy baseball has changed so much in two years. Down is the new up. East is the new west. Orange is the new black. Carlos Gomez is the new CarGo. Carlos Gonzalez is still CarGo too though. There are two CarGos!

Ike Davis – Traded to the Pirates. I’d pick him up wherever I had the room, just on the off chance he gets lots of playing time and hits 40 home runs.

Melky Cabrera 4-for-5, 1 run. He’s batting .333 with 4 HR and 2 SB. You know it’s gotta be that secret stuff he’s been drinking. Don’t worry you can legally buy it on Cabrera’s very official looking web page. The site may or may not give you malware, but the stuff is there.

Drew Hutchinson – 5.1, 8 hits, 0 BB, 9 K. Shut down the Injians for 5.1 IP but was forced from the game after Carlos Santana‘s 2-run HR. Grey told you to BUY him and Hutch could be a decent streaming option next week versus the Orioles. Starsky, on the other hand, I can’t recommend until I see more.

Justin Masterson – 6.1 IP, 8 base runners, 2 ER, 9 K. Nasty Masty! Yeah boy, pitch one more game like this and then I can trade you.

Sergio Santos – 1.0 IP, 3 base runners, 2 K and his 5th save. Sheesh. Not for the faint of heart and not exactly helping his case to remain the closer, but Brett Cecil wasn’t much better. Looks like they’re sticking with Santos for now, but don’t be shocked if Cecil, Steve Delabar, or Neil Wagner see a chance.

Jonathan Schoop – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBI. Schoop ba doop! You probably remember Schoop as the hero in the Netherlands win over Australia in last spring’s World Baseball Classic. What? No one watches the WBC?  Why? Like you had anything better to do in March 2013. Pfft. Anyway, the Orioles scored 8 runs on 15 hits at Fenway North, with two-hit games from Adam Jones, Nick Markakis,  J.J. Hardy and Steve Lombardozzi. Meanwhile, Chris Davis was 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts. That’s gotta hoyt.

Nate Eovaldi – 6.0 IP, 9 base runners, 1 ER, 4 K. Nate the Great’s still just under 30% owned somehow, and Razzball has been telling you to buy him for weeks. Unlike Alfredo Simon, Nate’s starts tell a different story. His 2.12 FIP (3.12 xFIP) along with a .350 BABIP suggest he’s been a tad unlucky. He should be much better than his 3.55 ERA suggests. The strikeouts are still there (8.17 K/9) , he’s got an a-some 23/3 K/BB ratio, he throws 100+ mph, he gets the K-happy Braves next week, and he’s got Giancarlo Stanton on his team. What’s not to love? I’m buying.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-3, 5 RBI with a walk-off grand salami with the game tied in the 9th inning, his 6th HR. Cause he’s just a straight up G like that. That’s how he do. He’s got 26 RBIs in 17 games. That leads the league, yo! Oh, G-Carlo. You are just my favorite human person. I wrote a love song about Stanton a few years ago, but I had to change all the “Mikes” to “Giancarlos” and it just doesn’t rhyme as well anymore.

Christian Yelich – 3-for-5, run. Want to make a Christian Yelich? Take away his bible. Ha! No but seriously folks, I’m here all week.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2-for-3 with his 2nd HR. Is it just me or you guys loving the Marlins 1-2-3 in the batting order? It’s everything after that that’s…ehhhhh notsogood. The way I see it Salty’s good for a great game every two weeks or so, which I guess is as good as any catcher.

Abraham Almonte – 2-for-5, 2 runs. I’m constantly tempted to pick up Abraham when I see him on the sidewalk, but I’m afraid people will call me cheap.

Jason Vargas – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 0 ER, 4 K. JV continues to pitch like a boss. Last night he was all like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom, blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room, he don’t care. He’s striking Miggy out in his dreams. Vargas is still under 50% owned, but that number seems to be growing fast, so grab him for his start next week if he’s available. The .202 BABIP is kind of crazy but enjoy it! He’s given up just three runs in 29.0 IP and his 1.29 ERA is top 10 in the league. KC’s staff has been great so far, but they’ll never be Royals until that offense starts hitting.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4 with his 2nd HR. I thought about the possibility of thinking about maybe considering the prospect of deciding whether or not I should pick him up. But then the LSD kind of wore off so I decided to go swimming.

Erik Bedard – 3.2 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER. LOL. At least he didn’t get injured. Stream-O-Nator liked this start too, but he can’t be right all the time. If he were, the machines would rise up and SkyNet would take over the world just like James Cameron predicted. Every once in a while Erik Bedard has to get rocked to keep the robots in check.

Wil Myers – 3-for-5, 3 RBI. Grey told you this week to BUY Wil “I passed the other L to the player on my left” Myers and I have to concur. This kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha! The Rays scored 11 runs on 16 hits. Evan Longoria chipped in 3 hits and James Loney had 2 hits and 4 RBI. The Yanks bullpen really blew this one for Hiroki Kuroda (5.2 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 2 K), four relievers combined to give up 8 ER. Woof.

Drew Smyly – 3.0 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Sad face baby tiger emoji with tears in his eyes.

Jered Weaver – 6.0, 6 base runners, 1 ER, 3 K. Don’t get too excited, it was just the Tigers. Their best hitter is batting just .231 with one home run.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-4 with a 3-run HR, his 5th. That Angels offense is looking pretttay, prettaaay, pretty good, they’ve scored 42 runs in the past seven games! I’m not saying its all because Pujols is back (because its all because of Mike Trout (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB)), but it just maybe possibly might have something to do with Albert Pujols being, uh, I dunno, BACK! (It doesn’t. It’s because of Mike Trout).

Howard Kendrick – 3-for-5, 2 2-run HRs. Don’t call him Howie! He’s not a kid anymore, and that means he don’t play.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI, now batting .426. That’s second in the league. And guess what, ya’ll? The Rockies are back in Colorado! Stream away. Hey-yooo! The Rox scored 12 runs on 18 hits. Welcome home, boys. Drew Stubbs had 3 hits, Wilin Rosario had 2 hits, D.J. LeMahieu had 2 hits, EVER-BODY-GETS-A-HIT! Thanks Oprah!

Tyler Chatwood – 7.0, 2 hits, 0 ER, 6 K, 1st win. Oh, except for the Phillies. They couldn’t hit anything.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3-for-3, 2-run HR, 5 RBI. Batting an awesome .360 with eight extra base hits and a .460 OBP. I have to tread carefully here. One wrong move and Tulo’s back to the 60 day DL.

Tyson Ross – 8.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 9 K. Hodgepadre! His second straight excellent start, and he’s got 25 Ks in 25.1 innings this year. Don’t mind if I do! He’s under 10% owned but I’m not crazy about his start in Milwaukee next week. Would you believe I picked up Ross and streamed him yesterday? #humblebrag No? Fine then! Forget it and forget you,  CeeLo!

Brandon Belt – 2-for-4 with his 6th HR in the 9th off Huston Street. Belt is off the chain! Which is strange because my wallet chain hangs off my belt. Of course I wear a wallet chain! I wouldn’t want my Subway Sub Club card and my two dollar bill to gets snatched from me in the street. That sub club card has 4 punches, ya’ll!

Matt Cain – 7.0 IP, 6 base runners, 0 ER, 8 K. Cain got saddled with his third loss despite having a 2.88 ERA through his first four starts. The Giants are averaging just 1.75 runs scored in Matt’s starts. That’s the fifth worst run support in the league. Matt Cain do it, but the Giant Cain’t get it done for him. Sounds like a buy low opportunity to me.

Sonny Gray – 6.0 IP, 9 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3rd win. Son-ny Gray, getting wins, for the A’s. On his way, to winning my fant-a-sy leeeeeague! Can you tell me how to get, Son-ny Gray on ev-er-y teeeeam! I managed to get special guest, The Count, to help us out with the strikeouts. Take it away, Count: “One! Two! Three! Four! Four strikeouts! Mwah-ha-ha! I love to count!” You sure do Count, you sure do.

Yoenis Cespedes – 3-for-4, 4th HR, 3 RBI. “Uno! Dos! Tres! Cuatro! Cuatro jonrones! Ja ja ja! Me amo contar!” OK, Count, we get it. Time to go home now.

Josh Reddick – 3-for-4, 2-run HR, his 1st. There was talk that Reddick would be sent down last week, so this was nice to see from JR. He’s got just seven total hits on the year and three were in this game, so let’s hope this is the sign of things to come. Good things.

George Springer – 2-for-5, RBI, SB. Springer has Sprunger! #astrosworldseries2014

Wade Miley  - 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 5 BB, 8 K. Threw 106 pitches through six innings but immediately surrendered a HR to Scott Van Slyke when he was brought back out for the seventh.  When asked about coming back out for the seventh inning, Miley said, “It’s my party I can do what I want to. It’s my party I can pitch when I want to.  Cause I can’t stop, and I won’t stop. Can’t you see it’s me who owned the night? Bangerz, yo.” Thanks, Miley, that was, um, weird.

Elvis Andrus – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 SB, now has eight. His speed has gotten pitchers All Shook up. I guess they need to have Suspicious Minds when Elvis is on base.

Felipe Paulino – 3.2 IP, 13 hits, 10 ER. The Rangers were on a mission last night, Alex Rios, Robinson Chirinos, Jim Adduci and Leonys Martin (HR, 4 RBI) had three hit games. While Prince Fielder and one of this week’s BUYKevin Kouzmanoff added two hits a piece. Paulino’s ERA is now 11.29 and he was not taking it well at all. He was a bit shaken and needed to take four Zanax post game just to stop screaming. I guess that’s what happens when you mess with Texas.

Martin Perez – 9.0 IP, 5 hits, 8 Ks, for the complete game shut out and his third straight win. Damn Gina! It was the first career shutout for the young lefty. I feel like I own Perez everywhere. Based solely on dumb luck it just turned out that way. The Rangers gave him a nice big contract so I just figured they must know something I don’t. That’s why I’m so happy, Pharrell.  Clap along if you must. Martin has given up just 6 ER in 29.0 IP, with 0 ER in his past two starts. Yes, please and thank you. The 20/7 K/BB ratio isn’t bad either. I am shocked he is under 25% owned in ESPN leagues. Shocked and awed. He gets Oakland next week and he’s sporting a sick 1.86 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He needs to be owned everywhere. Don’t make me beg you.

Questions? Problems? Complaints to the 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. Buddy_Blue says:
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    I’m in a 12 team mixed H2H dynasty league with 40 man rosters (32 MLB/8 MiLB) -
    No contracts or $ values.

    This past offseason I traded away my minor league talent for reliable vets for a
    run at a championship. It’s a little early for trading but I just received an offer
    where:
    I trade Wil Myers for Pence & Dahl

    I’ve got mixed feelings – Myers could be a beast but Pence is pretty good and Dahl
    could be a top-15 prospect by the end of the year.

    Which side do you prefer in a dynasty? Would I be selling low on Myers? Hold or
    pull the trigger?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Buddy_Blue: Stick with Myers.

    • coachgonzo says:
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      @Buddy_Blue: that was a fun read. Great Work.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @coachgonzo: Thanks coach!

  2. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    You the man, dan!

    • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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      @Battle of the Sleepers: I got Reyes coming back (for a week?). I’ve had Dee Gordon filling in, and now seems a good time to shop him high… Got three offers on the table:
      Dee+Jesse Chavez for Heyward+Lowrie,
      Dee for Heyward
      Dee for Grady Sizemore…

      I like the lowrie option? Let’s me keep a backup for Reyes who is arguably as good as Dee, let’s me sell Chavez High? Thoughts on That trade and Those players ROS?

      • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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        @Battle of the Sleepers: only issue with that trade vs just see for Hayward is whether I could shop Chavez for more than Lowrie? I’m guessing not?

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Battle of the Sleepers: I might try shopping Reyes before pulling the trigger on one of these trades just to see what I could get in comparison. Gordon has looked great. I like the first two trades but I really like Jesse Chavez too. He is legit, I’d hold onto him if I could. If I had to do one I’d do Gordon for Heyward, but you are right to worry about Reyes health and getting a back up might be a good call.

        • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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          @Dan Pants: you think Chavez is legit? Not just a hot streak with easy starts?

          • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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            @Battle of the Sleepers: and I doubt anyone will bite on Reyes with his history and such, not where he’s at. This guy is the only team in need of a SS, and he’s going for Gordon….I just sense a cool down coming hard for Gordon who is only good for steals right now? I might pull the trigger just on Heyward and shop Chavez seperately…

          • Dan Pants

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            @Battle of the Sleepers: Yes. He’s pitching a little over his head but I believe in Chavez. 28.6 K% and 22 Ks and 3 ER in 20 IP? I am buying. I’d at least wait until after his start vs Houston tomorrow. Maybe you can get more for him.

            • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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              @Dan Pants: true–but Dee for Heyward seem good, or think could get more?

              • Dan Pants

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                @Battle of the Sleepers: It’s a good trade, I think you’d have trouble getting more than Heyward. Gordon just has such massive speed upside I’d be hesitant to trade him. I love Heyward, but he hasn’t exactly lived up to the massive hype over the years. If you need the power by all means do the deal.

                • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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                  @Dan Pants: I got Ellsbury, Eric young, and Reyes for speed… And Rajai is out there.

  3. Sherm says:
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    Hey, Dan, I’m in an RCL with Dan Pants and he’s wiping up the floor with us! What can I do against this dude? He’s an animal.

    Anyways, great write-up. In another league, I need starters. What’s your opinion on my offering Kemp for his K-Zar? Is he K-Ryptonite? Or should I pick up M Perez, J Quintana, or A Simon off the wire? 10 team 5×5 standard but only 50 pick-ups a year, so have to conserve.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Sherm: Ha! I’m just lucky I got Giancarlo in our league. He is my life blood. I like K-Zar, but Salazar is a project at this point. Kind of like Kemp. Lots of potential but you can’t really start him until he shows you something. . So he could be great down the line but right now he’s just taking up a roster spot and it sounds like you need the pitching and can’t afford to sit on a guy. I would def grab Perez, but overall be patient. There’s prob an inning cap, right? So you will be able to make up those starts down the line, don’t try to catch up with the top teams in April by streaming borderline options, you will get burned. Be patient and wait until better options become available, you’ll have plenty of time to catch up in GS but only a limited amount of pick ups.

      • Sherm says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yeah, there’s a 175 GS cap. Thanks for the tips and keep on wearing the Pants in the family.

  4. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    Alexi or Andrus ROS? Alexis been on fire. Think I could get either of them for Chavez? Same team has both.

      • Dan Pants

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        @Dan Pants: Sorry misread the question. Doubt you could pull either for Chavez but it’s worth a shot!

  5. Nick Castellanos was just cut in my league and homered first time up today, is he worth a pickup?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Malicious Phenom: Sure. Hasn’t played as much as you’d like but that’s because Detroit has played in a lot of NL parks to start the year. He’s got 3rd base eligibility in a good line up. He’s got to be better than some of the guys I’ve been rolling out at the 3B or corner.position.

  6. Leifer maddness says:
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    who is the best stream for tom? robbie ross vs cws, or robbie erlin vs giants? is martin perez for real? should i pick him up?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Leifer maddness: Yes I believe in Martin. I like Perez a lot. See blurb above. I’d go with Robbie Erlin over Ross. That CWS offense kind of scares me.

  7. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Miggy or Puig and one of C.Davis/Fielder/Rizzo?

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Dan Pants: Sorry, should have been more clear. It’s a package deal for Miggy. Would you want him or Puig and a choice of Prince/Davis/Rizzo? Is Puig and one of those guys enough for Miggy? If so, would you take them for him?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Chicken Dinner: I don’t own Miggy anywhere but if I did unfortunately I wouldn’t trade him for any combination of two of those players. I think the best offer you can make would be Puig/Prince or Puig/Davis, but with those two struggling it might be tough to pull off even with Miggy himself struggling.

  8. Dan Pants

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    I’d go with the Bash Bros. Miggy and Prince

  9. Jack says:
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    In 10 team H2H league. I’d like to propose my Pujols, Melky and R. Soriano for his Goldschmidt. My other closers are Soria, Santos and Lindstrom so this trade could make this a real weakness for me. So what do you think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jack: You can usually find closers on waivers as the season goes on, I think if you can pull this trade off for Goldy you do it. But I’m not so sure the other owner will go for it.

  10. Anal Herschiser says:
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    Got offered his bumgarner and Gomes for my sonny g and mesoraco. Pull the trigger? Thanks!!!!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Anal Herschiser: I’d hold. You’re basically just swapping pitchers and catchers, MadBum’s got a bit more name value. If you like Bumgarner a lot more than Gray go for it, but personally I’d just stick with Gray.

  11. Ulysses says:
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    I have brad miller in a ten team league no MI spot.

    Drop him for walker, Kelly Johnson,ackley or Wong?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ulysses: I’d keep rolling with Brad Miller for now.

      • Cosmiclad says:
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        @Dan Pants: Brad Miller vs. Brian Dozier?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Cosmiclad: Dozier

  12. MB says:
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    If I have mujica and cody allen (romo, frieri, koji are my closers) in dynasty. Need to dump one, which one do i let go?

    • Dan Pants

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      @MB: If you are looking for a guy to help with ratios I’d go with Allen, but I think Mujica has a better chances of seeing saves this season, especially with Koji nursing an injury. Always good to have a handcuff for your closers, too. Keep mujica.

  13. Regan says:
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    Drop Kluber for Martin Perez?

    • Sherm says:
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      @Regan: Kluber got unlucky today– seeing-eye hits, two-out hits, and then Francona left him in after he’d thrown 110+ pitches, and he gave up a two-run frisbee single that ruined his ERA. I liked what I saw. But if it’s a shallow league maybe there’s better out there.

      • Regan says:
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        @Sherm:
        Kluber’s stats aren’t that great and I have him on 3 of my 6 teams. I know he was a super sleepr round here so that’s why im asking. But then again Kluber was ranked 55 and Perez 60 by grey so not that big a difference.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Regan: Yeah, I like Kluber, and he has a nice match up vs. KC next week, but I’d go with Martin Perez here.

  14. Wacha says:
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    10 team head to head non keeper. I can only own three of the five pitchers. Which 3 should I own? Masterson Salazar Chavez. Pineda. Y Ventura?

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Wacha: Tough one but I assume free agency must be stacked. I’d want Ventura, Pindea and Chavez right now. You could definitely make a case for Masterson though.

  15. Regan says:
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    Got up in the middle of the night. Still kinda buzzed. Took a bong rip and took a look at the news wire. Saw Brandon Mauer was recalled and my stupid hazy brain interpreted that as Trever Bauer. So I got all excited and picked him up in my deep leagues. Needless to say I was quite bummed when I woke up this morning and figured it out. So any idea when Bauer might be up? Worth holding on to?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Regan: Oh man, been there. At least you didn’t pick up Brandon Mauer! With Salazar and Carrasco pitching poorly it’s probably not long before we see Trevor Bauer in the majors, especially considering how well he’s doing. He is a great stash if you can afford to hold him. I bet we see him by the end of May.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Regan: it’s quite possible if carrasco sucks tomorrow it would be right after then, or say up to 5 days after then. keep watch if carrasco sucks.

  16. Craig says:
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    Would you drop Kubler for Eovalidi?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Craig: Yes I would.

  17. Bubba says:
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    Enjoyed your rundown…

    Gyorko (who has been dropped in my league) or Brad Miller?

    My regular 2B is Howie K.

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bubba: Thanks! I’d probably stick with Kendrick until I see Gyorko start to heat up. If you have to grab one though, I’d go with Gyorko over Miller.

  18. Bubba says:
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    …this would be for the MI slot.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bubba: Yeah, then grab Jedd Gyorko.

  19. Alan says:
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    Do I start Beltre this week?

    Have Starlin at SS, Lowrie at MI, Prado at 3B, Kendrick at 2B — 5×5 roto

    thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Alan: No Beltre is on the DL, do not start.

  20. Slippy says:
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    I currently have rendon at 2b and arenado at 3b. I can now put rendon at 3b and pick up gyorko or dozier for 2b? Either of those better than arenado??

    Also getting sick of dickey… worth dropping for Bauer? Thx!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Slippy: I’d stick with Arenado for now. If Gyorko starts to heat up I might make the switch. Keep Dickey or trade him, I wouldn’t drop him.

  21. Dave says:
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    Cool to trade J Upton for E5?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Dave: I am a sucker for Justin Upside. Its a good trade though.

  22. Jimmy Bond says:
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    First time doing fantasy. Lots of fun so far. In H2H 8 teams, but only allowed 5 pitching starts per week (Mon-Sun) , no innings restrictions. Current roster includes:

    Gerrit Cole
    Jeff Samardzija
    Danny Salazar
    Anibal Sanchez
    Julio Teheran
    Yordano Ventura
    Jordan ZImmermann
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    Unless I dropped a hitter, I’d have to drop one of these guys to pick up Martin Perez. Thinking of dropping Zimmermann or Samardzija for him. Thoughts? Thanks in advance, also these articles are hilarious and awesome

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jimmy Bond: Thanks! In a league that shallow I would probably just keep the staff you have. However, I wouldn’t start Salazar until I see something good from him. So if you wanted to make the switch Salazar for Perez, I wouldn’t blame you.

      • Jimmy Bond says:
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        @Dan Pants:
        Appreciate the advice. Definitely plan on keeping Salazar benched, I picked him up off waivers dropping Masterson for him (we will see if that gamble works later this season!)

        I also have enough fielders that I can drop Torii Hunter for instance as I won’t be using him this week at all (just picked up Eric Young Jr tonight which gives me added LF/RF flexibility). Now I am torn between either Perez or Jesse Chavez as an added pitcher (rather than dropping a pitcher for them, as suggested in my last post). Which would you suggest picking up in exchange for dropping Hunter? Thanks again.

        PS here is current hitting lineup so you can see I have enough outfield depth without hunter:
        Wilin Rosario, Col C
        Joey Votto, Cin 1B
        Jose Altuve, Hou 2B
        Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B, 1B
        Everth Cabrera, SD SS
        Pedro Alvarez, Pit 3B
        Justin Upton, Atl LF, RF
        Carlos Gomez, Mil CF
        Hunter Pence, SF RF
        Billy Hamilton, Cin CF
        Edwin Encarnacion, Tor 1B, DH

        Jean Segura, Mil SS
        Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B
        Nolan Arenado, Col 3B
        Devin Mesoraco, Cin C
        Austin Jackson, Det CF
        Grady Sizemore, Bos CF
        Adam LaRoche, Wsh 1B
        Torii Hunter, Det RF
        Jackie Bradley Jr., Bos CF
        Eric Young Jr., NYM LF, RF

        • Dan Pants

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          @Jimmy Bond: Not exactly sure how your league works, With so many bench bats I would hate myself every day for starting the wrong players. If you’re going to drop just one though I’d drop Jackie Bradley Jr. for Jesse Chavez.

          • Jimmy Bond says:
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            @Dan Pants: too funny, that is how I’ve felt to date. as this was my first fantasy outing I figured that was normal, though another friend of mine thought the rules were messed with the 5 SP starts but allowed 8 SP on roster (so same deal – you inevitably have the wrong SP benched). Thanks for the advice.

  23. David says:
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    should I tender a waiver claim on either Ross or Valverde? Both dropped this week. In a deep 10-team league (due to large rosters) and do need saves and/or SP.

    SP: Anibal, Cashner, Erlin, Perez, Porcello, Salazar, Skaggs, Smyly, Cobb, Griffin
    RP: Nathan, Soriano, Henderson, Doolittle

    What do you recommend for drops? Hold or act?

    INF: Gomes, Encarnacion, Pedroia, Alvarez, Everth
    MI/CI: Gyorko, Pujols
    OF: McCutcheon, Bruce, Cespedes
    DH: Springer, Belt
    Bench: Ozuna, Dietrich, Taveras, Franklin, Jennings, Peralta, Taveras

    • Dan Pants

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      @David: I might claim Valverde off waivers if you are desperate for saves. He’s in danger of losing the job after his blow up today though, so be warned. I would drop Doolitte of the bunch. You probably don’t need so many bench bats either. I like Ross, but I wouldn’t use my waiver on him. Best bet would be to wait until waivers clear and go from there.

      • David says:
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        In that case I’m not gonna waste my waiver position on valverde either.

        Thanks.

  24. Sam says:
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    Should I move Blackmon? If so what type players should I aim for? Have Bruce, Bhamilton and Austin Jackson as my other OFs. 14 man league Thank you!!!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Sam: He’s a good play when he’s at home, but he is an obvious sell high candidate. Probably can’t get much for him depending on how deep your league is but if you can find the right buyer maybe you can get something you need.

  25. malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Shelby Miller and Springer for Scherzer in a H2H points league?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: I would trade Shelby Miller but I really want to see more of Springer.. I would keep Springer.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Dan Pants: he’s not gonna give up Scherzer for Miller. I could offer Miller and Cespedes, but I doubt he bites. Springer could be great or a bust this year. But right now he has a lot of hype value.

  26. Steve says:
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    Would u drop Morse to pick up Anthony Rendon for utility spot?
    10 team standard
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Steve: Go with Rendon.

  27. Brett says:
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    Dan

    Can you rank these mi options

    Owens miller Wong

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Brett: Miller Wong Owens

  28. Mike says:
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    Adam Lind was just dropped. Is it worth to stash him rather than TWalker?

    Also cant believe some people on espn have been dropping Myers…

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: 2 HRs at yankee stadium and counting. I’d rather stash Walker than Lind.

  29. Brett says:
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    Dan

    Can you rank these mi options

    Owings miller Wong

    Thanks

  30. Los locos says:
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    In my league I dropped santos can’t trust him, so I am deciding one guys for saves and possibly a hold guy with strong ERA WHIP K9, do you think it’s a good approach? There is no closers wih holding and jeperdising my pitching stats, twos weeks in a row killing me. All middle relief available who do you like?

    Also ROS Hutchinson Skaggs or Richards?

    Oh yeah is it time to bench hosmer and hey ward? Hitter tron loves these guys and they stink. Thinking of plugging in Tori hunter and Napoli

    • Dan Pants

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      @Los locos: I don’t know who’s available or how deep your league is, but most of the closers available on the waiver wire are terrible and Santos should be owned in most standard leagues because he gets saves. The holds guys can help your ERA and WHIP over time if you find a good one, but you’re better off just streaming starters most of the time, I’ll say Skaggs, Richards. Hutchinson, and by all means bench Hosmer and Heyward until they heat up.

      • Los locos says:
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        @Dan Pants: 10 team keeper all middle relief is available

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Dan Pants: @Los locos: Carlos Martinez, Rex Brothers, Luke Gregerson and Chris Perez have all pitched well.

  31. ferris says:
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    Lincecum or eovaldi? Close?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @ferris: I wouldn’t drop Lincecum for Eovaldi, but I think I’d rather own Eovaldi. Trade Lincecum.

  32. Dave says:
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    Who will close in NYM?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Dave: Jose Valverde stays the closer for now, but if he keeps struggling Kyle Farnsworth and Gonzalez German may see save chances.

  33. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Jose Valverde stays the closer for now, but if he keeps struggling Kyle Farnsworth and Gonzalez German may see save chances.

  34. Scarecrow Greinke says:
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    Drop Wong for Aaron Hill?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Scarecrow Greinke: I’d rather have Hill but it’s close.

  35. Matt says:
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    If Kimbrel is hurt, shall i pick up walden?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Matt: Pick up David Carpenter and Walden in that order.

  36. Moronymous Lohse says:
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    I mentioned in Grey’s buy thread last night to add Jon Singleton. Yeah, I know, the Astros manager is saying not so soon. But after tonight’s UGLY blown save and the recent Spring call up – there is no reason NOT to bring Singleton into the fold. Last night I pointed out that: “the dude just had his 6th HR, went 3-3 tonight, is hitting .361 with 20 RBI in something like 61 ABs with a 1.238 OPS. Qualifies at 1B.”

    That was last night. Tonight he hit his 7th! HR and picked up another 3 RBI.

    He K’d three times too. You know, full disclosure.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Moronymous Lohse: Thanks for the update. Let the kids play!

  37. Battle of the Sleepers says:
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    Hey Dan, we still high on Kluber after his start today? He’s now had two rough for two good… Need to cut someone to make room for Reyes, and it’s either him, porcello, or Eric Young (my only bench bat).. Was debating trading out young for Ozuna if that helps. Lineup below:

    C- Lucroy
    1-Goldy
    2-Carpenter
    SS-Gordon
    3-Wright
    OF-Wil Myers, Kemp, Ellsburry
    UTIL- Trumbo, Jose Reyes
    Bn- Eric Young

    SP-verlander, Ryu, Pineda, Archer, Chavez, Kluber, Porcello
    RP-Reed, Perkins, Papelbon, Cishek, Axford, Melancon

  38. Doc says:
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    C weiters
    1B pujols
    2B rendon
    3B miggy
    SS brad miller
    MI Simmons
    OF Alex Gordon
    OF Alex rios
    OF justin upton
    Util Longoria
    Util cuddyer
    Util Rizzo
    Bench – alcides Escobar and EY JR
    SP masterson, Teheran, anibal, fister, Streamer Spot
    RP Hawkins, tommy hunter, Shawn Kelly, gregerson, Rex brothers, Cody allen
    DL Taijuan walker and mike minor

    Guy trying to pry longoria from me for panda and Pineda. Must think I’m special and wear a helmet or some shit. Anyways, I sent back an offer of my rizzo/Kelly for his adam eaton/cingriani which was understandably declined. He is still very interested in longoria but I was never exactly trying to shop him. I am very heavy with the pop and hurting for Ks/wins with a lot of my starters on the DL. I’ve been streaming to keep up but I’m dead last ks/wins, also last in steals but picked up Escobar and EY on the cheap to help. Sit tight for a while right? If I await a few more weeks and start to pull an even larger lead in the power categories maybe I’ll make a move. You see anything on his roster I should target? Great read by the way. Loved the write up bruthaman, keep up the good work.

    His roster:

    C Carlos Santana
    1B Adrian gonzo
    2B utley
    3B panda
    SS Xander B
    MI Reyes
    OF Harper
    of ellsbury
    oF jay Bruce
    Util morse
    Util eaton
    Util revere
    Bench boneface, Morneau
    SP verlander, Bailey, cingriani, haren, Lester, Pineda, Tyson Ross, buchholz
    RP Houston street, Broxton, delabar,
    DL Casey Jansen and David Robertson

    • Dan Pants

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      @Doc: Thanks a lot. I’d hold, your team is good and I don’t see anything on his team worth popping on. I do like Haren if the price is right, but you should definitely hold on to Longo.

  39. Hal says:
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    Would you trade Hosmer for Matt Cain straight up?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Hal: If you need the pitcher, sure I like it!

  40. Doc says:
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    Thanks dan I appreciate it, he offered cingrani for rizzo. Might do that deal in a month or so if it’s still on the table.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Doc: I’d want Rizzo, but if you need the pitching you can do it. Hold for now.

  41. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    Rotoworld seems to think Valverde has lost his closer job and they think Vic Black has the edge to replace him. Speculative add on Black? Or is there a different guy you think should be next in line. I’m going to spec add one guy but don’t know who to grab. Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @My Minor Likes Female Pujols: I don’t know much about Black, but my guess is Mets will use a combination of Farnsworth, German and likely this guy Vic Black to close out games. You’re guess is as good as mine.

      • Dan Pants

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        @Dan Pants: I’m hearing Farnsworth might be the guy. Grab him up if available.

  42. Jiggy Nits says:
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    What’s going on with Sandoval?… He looks lost at the dish.

    My 10team NL only infield average is hurting with him and Gyorko.

    Tell me it will get better so I can get to sleep at night.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jiggy Nits: It will get better. He’s got a three game series at coors coming up, so maybe that will wake him up.

  43. Ron says:
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    In a one catcher roto OBP league Santana was just dropped. I have Perez as my catcher.

    Should I drop Perez for Santana??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ron: Stick with Perez.

  44. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Should I start Porcello against the Angels at home?

    • Dan Pants

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      @ChiliCheeseConey: Based on the way the angels are hitting and Porcello is pitching I’d play it safe and bench him.

  45. PU Henderson Alvarez and drop Khris Davis??

  46. peejer says:
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    5×5 espn im last in hr so ike davis or lind moving forward?
    ps
    dont you ever sleep??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @peejer: Go with Ike Davis. I sleep during the off season!

  47. Brett says:
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    Dan

    Zunino or Mesoraco?

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Brett: Mesoraco

  48. Doc says:
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    Yanks are off Monday and Dave Robertson is due back Tuesday… How comfortable are you dropping Kelley tonight if there is someone on the wire that you don’t want to wait for? In other words, today is Kelly’s last day in the role…. Time to drop right? Or would you rather wait until you see Robertson on the mound?

    • Kid A says:
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      @Doc:

      Always wait to see how the guy coming back from the DL looks before making a move.

      Safety first.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Doc: Yeah KidA is right here, Kelly has been awesome in the interim, keep him around until your positive DRob is healthy and effective.

      • Doc says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Thanks, I’ll do just that. Surrendered my streamer spot for the time being and still picked up ozuna. I can wait to stream again maybe later in the week. Appreciate the help.

  49. Kid A says:
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    Why is Mr. Burns giving Homer a titty-twister?
    Speaking of sore nipples – Farnsworth closing in Queens. ouch.

    • Kid A says:
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      @Kid A:

      wait, that’s not homer. nevermind.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Kid A: Don Mattingly! OMG quick grab Farnsworth everywhere!!1! I guess he did have 20+ saves that one year with the Rays, right? RIGHT!? Sigh. This is not going to end well.

        • Kid A says:
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          @Dan Pants:

          And Nova with a torn UCL. RUN grab Nuno!

          Ehhh, actually, walk….realllyyy…sloowwwlllyyyy…..

          • Dan Pants

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            @Kid A: Oh geez, the thing is–I would, but I JUST used my pick up on Farnsworth…

  50. EK says:
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    Farnsworth or Jim Johnson
    9 team roto

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @EK: I think I’d want Johnson, but is Farnsworth is officially the closer in New York and Johnson is still stuck in a committee for the time being.

  51. EK says:
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    Drop Gyorko for B Phillips?
    12 team h2h pts
    Thx

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @EK: Gyorko will be better but I wouldn’t blame you for making the switch.

  52. Travis says:
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    Hey Dan, what’s your thoughts on Robbie Ross and Robbie Erlin? I was eyeballing them as a streamer for today–but think there could be more to them to make them worth holding?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Travis: Sure Ross has a rematch with the Mariners he pitches so well against least week. Erlin’s start @ WAS I am not crazy about, but let’s see what he does today before you consider dropping.

  53. Travis says:
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    Well I only have one streaming slot–right now it’s got Erlin for today, might switch for Ross vs Seattle… But wondering if these guys starts are just hot-start flukes, or if either of them are for real and worth holding longer than this week (assuming both have solid starts)…

    My current pitchers are:
    Verlander, Ryu, Archer, Pineda, Porcello, Jesse Chavez (Still TBD if he is a streamer or a hold), and then 1 other streamer slot held by Erlin/Ross…

    Depending how he does today, debating cutting Porcello for either another streamer slot (depending if I make Jesse, Ross, or Erlin a permanent fixtures), or possibly for Eovaldi or Martin Perez or another bat…Thoughts?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Travis: Keep Porcello and keep that spot open for a streamer. I think Chavez is a hold for now. I would keep guys like Ross and Erlin start to start depending on whether or not I liked their match ups. I wouldn’t consider Ross or Erlin permanents fixtures, at least not yet.

  54. E says:
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    Ozuna or EYJ for pts leagues?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @E: I’d want Ozuna.

  55. Ron says:
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    3 Quickies

    1) More saves ROS – Farnsworth or Broxton?
    2) Less blown saves ROS – Farnsworth or Broxton?
    3) Drop Valverde to pickup which one?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ron: Farnsworth may have more saves this season, and more blown saves, but I think Broxton is a safer bet for saves short term. I would pick up Broxton.

  56. peejer says:
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    which two to start next week 5×5

    eovaldi @ atlanta —-simon @ pitt– —Pineda @ Boston

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