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We’re well into the second half of the season now… are you still with us? You haven’t given up yet? Good. Fantasy baseball is a game of stamina, and if you’re still scouring the waiver wire while others are quickly losing interest or preparing for their fantasy football drafts, now is your chance to make a run. Me? I’m still sore after losing Tanaka. Not to mention Tulo walked out on me when I needed him the most. Regardless, I like to think we’re more than just providers of fantasy advice here at Razzball, we’re also a sound piece for all your fantasy frustrations. I always tell my friend(s)– “don’t ask me how I’m doing, ask me how my team is doing”, because more often than not, that is deciding factor for my mood. So today, feel free to sound off in the comments why you’re so upset with your team right now. Why won’t Harper just hit five homers in a week? Why won’t anyone trade with you? Really Stephen Strasburg? Really!? Why did you draft Justin Verlander and why didn’t you draft Jose Abreu? Here’s your chance to let it all out, because god knows your spouse/significant other/barber/sibling/probation officer/mother/cat doesn’t want to hear about your GD fantasy team. Well, I feel your pain my over-the-internet-friend. And I’m listening.

Here’s what happened in fantasy baseball Friday night:

David Price – 8.0 IP, 8 hits, 3 ER, 10 K and his 11th win. The Price is so right right now, his ERA actually went up after this start. It’s the fourth time this year he’s struck out 10 and walked none. DP also leads the league in strikeouts and his 183/21 K/BB rate (10.06 K/9)  is insaneface. Excuse me while I change my pants. (Those would be my Dan Pants, by the way.) His 2.72 xFIP is a career best and he’s won six straight starts with a 1.31 ERA in that stretch. He is the new Cliff Lee. The Pricetag. Cha-ching. We should start calling a David Price strikeout a Price Check.

Jon Lester – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. He’s trying to get dat Price money.

Shane Victorino – 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 RBI. Victorino has hit pretty well since returning from the DL (.421 in six games). He’s still out there in a little under half of leagues, and I’d give him a whirl if I needed help with runs and average. He’s no Brock Holt, but he could be useful.

Ben Zobrist – 4-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI. Desmond Jennings also went 1-for-3 with a HR (9), 2 runs and 2 RBI. The Rays win their eighth game in a row and it looks like no one is getting traded any time soon. Which is crazy, because if Joe Maddon can win with Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Guyer batting in the heart of his line up, why not trade all your stars and let’s see how good Maddon really is. Price, Cobb, Longo and Zobrist to Seattle for Justin Smoak, Brad Miller and Erasmo Ramirez. Let’s see you manage your way out of that one, Joe.

Jose Bautista – 3-for-4, 2 HR (19 & 20), 4 RBI. Joey Bats likes to hit his homers in bunches, so I’d expect a couple more Joey Bombs before weeks end.

Mark Buehrle – 3.0 IP, 9 hits, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Oh boy. That sweet, sweet regression can hurt so, so bad.

Chase Headley – 3-for-4, 2 runs. Going from Petco to Yankee Stadium is like going from hitting cannonballs underwater to hitting wiffle balls on the moon. He’s going to like it in NYC, and not just because of the excellent ethnic food.

Matt Holliday – 3-for-5, HR (9). The Matts went for identical stats lines with Matt Carpenter also going 3-for-5 with his sixth homer. Matt Adams (0-for-5) wanted to know why he wasn’t invited to the party and they told him it’s because the Adams already have their own club and Wainwright wouldn’t let them join. He’s kind of an elitist.

Denard Span – 4-for-5, run, RBI, SB (18). Back-to-back four hit games! That’s…calculating…calculating…calculating…8 hits in two games! Grey told you to BUY him (like a million times) and the Spanimal keeps the hits coming! If I told you in March Span would steal 30-35 bases, bat .300 and lead off for the Nationals all year long you would have drafted him in the top 100 easy, no? Then why is he not yet 100% owned? You don’t have to be a rock scientist to know that kind of stat line is worth owning. It’s sedimentary, ya’ll!

Tanner Roark – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, BB, 1 ER, 6 K and his 10th win. He’s got the eye of the tiger, and we’re gonna hear him Rooooooark! Honestly, who would you rather own, Roark or Strasburg?  Honestly? Yeah, still Strasburg. Roark has been excellent though, and is rocking a 2.25 ERA in July with three wins, and his 10 wins lead the Nats. You don’t need to have brain surgery to know he’s been good. Wait, that’s not right.

Alfredo Simon – 4.1 IP, 9 hits, 2 BB, 3 ER, 3 K. Frankly, he was lucky this one wasn’t much worse. Simon says it’s your last chance to sell Alfredo before he really gets sauced.

Grady Sizemore – 3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI, SB (1). Maybe he’s just more comfortable with players more his speed? And by that I mean they use canes, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.

Domonic Brown – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (7), RBI. Every time Dom Brown homers Tehol gets some wings. Buffalo usually. It’s his way of treating himself. It’s been a rough season for Brown owners.

Stephen Vogt – 2-for-4. The answer to all your catcher questions is pick up Stephen Vogt. He is my catcher of choice, mostly because he is not technically a catcher.

Neftali Feliz – 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 K, SV (1). Feliz Navidad! It’s saves on the wire, gift-wrapped like Christmas! Grey told you to BUY and if he’s still out there on waivers grab him quick. Worth noting Neal Cotts pitched the eighth and actually pitched a lot more efficiently than Feliz, but the job is likely Neftali’s to lose.

Jesse Hahn – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K and his sixth win. The betting line in this one was not too favorable for Jesse pitching in Atlanta, but you never tell Hahn the odds!

Alex Wood – 5.0 IP, 12 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Losing to the Padres. Nats are now in first. You’re blowing it Braves!

Tommy Medica – 4-for-5, RBI. Did somebody call for a doctor? La Medica! La Medica! Tommy is here. He has seven hits in his past two games, and although Yonder Alonso is returning soon, Medica is worth monitoring.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-5, 3-run HR (30). The Grande Dolor! The rook became the first to hit the 30 home run mark last night. Abreu’s the first rookie since Mark McGwire to be the first to 30 homers. Jose’s also got a 16 game hitting streak and 77 RBI, which is second only to the Miggy one. Let us celebrate this event with cigars and mojitos. Or drown our sorrows in them if we don’t own him anywhere.

Dayan Viciedo – 4-for-5, run, RBI. The hamstring injury looks to be behind him and he’s worth an add if you’re dayan for power.

Conor Gillaspie – 2-for-5, RBI. Batting over .300 in the past two weeks Grey told you to BUY him. It’s funny how a player can change from a last resort pick up in May, to an obvious upgrade at the end of the July. That’s why I love this game.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-3, 2 HR (16 & 17), 3 RBI, SB (3). The slam and legs, and double up on the slam, he’s a growing boy. Looking for a good buy before the deadline? Santana has been real Smooth lately. Like Rob Thomas! Matchbox 20. Sing a song–now stop! Carlos has two homers and eight RBI in the past two weeks and his overall batting average has been so miserable you just might be able to pry him away from an owner at a decent price. He’s batting .278 with 5 homers in July.

Salvador Perez – 3-for-4, 2-run HR (12). If I’m drafting any catcher next year in the top 10 rounds it will be Salvador Perez. That is all.

Billy Butler – 1-for-1, pinch-hit 2-run go-ahead HR (4). I understand now that asking Billy to bat four times a night is a bit much. More sitting + less standing = more home runs.

Yordano Ventura – 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 7 K. Gave up two home runs to Carlos Santana, but otherwise looked much better after last weeks 6 ER stinker. Certainly not the pitcher you drafted way too early in March, he’s looking more like a rookie pitcher who has been a solid add for you since June. His peripherals look pretty good and he gets the Twinkies next week. I’m a buyer.

Zack Wheeler – 6.2 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. The Wheeler in the Sky keeps on turning. Yeesh, when did this guy get so good all of a sudden? Zack hasn’t given up more than one earned run in a start since June 25. He’s got a 1.40 ERA in July with 2 wins and a 26/7 K/BB rate. He’s available in a little under 40% of most league so what are you waiting for, I’m all in on Wheeler, buy before the deadline hits.

Yovani Gallardo – 7.2 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 8 K. Nice start, but I don’t trust you at all. I decided to share all my deepest, darkest secrets with Francisco Rodriguez instead.

Francisco Rodriguez – 1.0 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, 2 K, BS (4). Ack, K-Rod! But you didn’t tell them about “that thing” with my “thing” did you? Did you!?

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (17) the go-ahead home run off Francisco Rodriguez. Duda-bides on shomer shabbos!

Carlos Gomez – 2-for-5, HR (15). Is he about to do that thing where he turns it on and becomes the best player in baseball for two weeks? I think he might but where has that thing been the past two months?

Josh Rutledge – 2-for-4, run, 4 RBI. Step back from the Rut-Ledge, my friend, and go pick up Josh! Grey told you to BUY him, and I concur, JR’s got a six game hitting streak with a HR, 6 RBI and 4 runs in that stretch, he also has four multi-hit games in that span. You already know we love JR here at RB, and with Tulo hobbled, now is his time to shine. I would absolutely grab him in leagues where I needed help at middle infielder. Rutty led the way for a Rockies team that  scored eight runs last night including a 2-run HR (10) from Carlos Gonzalez. That means everybody gets a taco! But only if you live in the Greater Denver Area, within 5 sq. miles of Coors Field, and also only redeemable at participating Taco Bells within the hours of 11am and 1130 am on Monday, July 28th, with purchase of a large soft drink. Woo-hoo! #freetacos!

Drew Smyly – 5.2 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. That is a smiley face emoticon with a sexually suggestive squiggle coming out of its mouth if I’ve ever seen one.

Tyler Skaggs – 5.2 IP, 5 hits, 1 BB, 1 ER, 5 K. The Lowdown on Skaggs is he is completely unpredictable, but you don’t have to be Miss Cleo to know you probably want no part of him next week versus Baltimore.

Josh Hamilton – 0-for-1. Left the game with knee soreness, but you gotta be surprised he’s been so durable lately so he was due. Efren Navarro (2-for-3, RBI) replaced Hammy, and Josh is considered day-to-day with a menstruating knee.

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4, HR (16). Who dat? Who dat? M-I-G-G-Y. That do dat. Do dat. Hitting homers out da park I though you knew dat, knew dat. He is M-I-G-G-Y, put his name in bold! But for seriously, the RBIs are there but just 16 home runs for Miggy ain’t all that Fancy.

Chris Davis – 1-for-4, HR (17). CHRIS THE DISH with the game winner! Nobody calls him that! Can’t complain about the power numbers really. The .200 average though, that you can complain about all you want.

Felix Hernandez – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 10 K. Felix has a 1.50 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 36 Ks in July with just one win to show for it. If only he was on the Rays, dude might get a little run support.

Tim Lincecum – 4.1 IP, 9 hits, 6 ER, 6 K. This once started so well, too, Timmy had six Ks through the first three innings. I guess the effects of his pre-game bong rip started to take hold. Nothing a quick post-game bong rip won’t help you forget.

Dee Gordon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, SB (46). Just when you think he’s starting to slow down completely, he steals three bases and bats over .400 for the week. FLASH! A-ahhh! Savior of my fantasy universe.

Zack Greinke – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, BB, 0 ER, 10 K. Did every pitcher strike out 10 yesterday? It’s making Price’s performance less impressive by comparison. Not really though. The Zack Attack struck out four batters in the fourth inning so yeah, it was that kind of day for him, and the Dodgers.

Yasiel Puig – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Puig hit three triples in this one. I think that’s gin! Yasiel did his best Ray Allen impression last night with the three triples as the ManBearPuig returned. Half Man. Half Bear. Half Puig. Half Machine. 200% fantasy BEAST.

Questions? Problems? Complaints? 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!

 

 

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  1. ron says:
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    what would you suggest that i do with cashner? i’m in first and a lock for the playoffs but not sure when or if he’s coming back. I’m also worried he may get shut down even when he returns. He still has a lot of name value in our league so I thought of sending offers for other players on the DL (cj wilson, marte, belt, etc). thoughts? what would you do?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @ron: I don’t see him getting shut down when he returns. You’re in first so you can probably afford to hold him and a mid-August return seems to be what happening. If you can shop him around I would, but of the DL’ed players you mentioned I’d hold Cashner of the bunch.

  2. Golfnut says:
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    I think I bring out the best in everyone I play. They all have incredible weeks when I play them in h2h. I’ll have a 1.7 era and .89 whip, and they will win with a lower one!! I’ll hit great during the week and tank the weekend! Can’t believe I’m in 8th out of 12.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Golfnut: I feel the same way sometimes, that’s the beef with head-to-head. Lot more luck is involved in those leagues. My H2H team is on fire this week and I would be up 10-0 if I were facing anyone but the team I’m facing, who is destroying me 8-2.

  3. SMLV1 says:
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    BENCH 1 –

    (3) Moss @TEX facing Mikolas
    (11) Polanco @COL facing Matzek (Lefty)
    (15) Rizzo @Home facing S. Miller
    (69) Puig @SF facing Vogelsong
    (83) Rios @Home facing Gray

    Guessing Rios?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @SMLV1: Yeah, unless you need the batting average, in which case I’d bench Polanco.

  4. Wacha Wacha says:
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    I accepted a trade in my 10 team h2h categories redraft league because I though it was to good to pass up (I got Rizzo for Longo) but it left me with a first base conundrum… I currently have Abreu at 1B and Pujols and Rizzo in my two Util spots. I’ve been looking for potential deals where I get rid of Pujols for pitching and I was wondering what you think about these potential trades?

    I give Pujols and Calhoun I get Cueto and Wright
    I give Pujols and H Bailey I get Hamels and J Bruce
    I give Pujols for Grienke
    I give Pujols for Strasburg
    I give Pujols and Bailey for Kluber and G Richards
    Pujols, Calhoun, Polanco for Lester, B Hamilton
    Pujols and Bailey for T Frazier and Hamels

    Any of the trades bad enough for me that I shouldnt consider offering them? Any that are really good and should make my highest priority? Thanks for the help sorting this out although it isnt the worst problem in the world to have!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Wacha Wacha: I wouldn’t want Hamels/Bruce really, otherwise these are all pretty good trades for you. Pujols has struggled lately so it might be tough to pull some of these off. I prefer to keep bats over aces like Greinke and Strasburg but if you can spare the power by all means. I’d want Lester and Hamilton the most followed by Kluber and Richards.

  5. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. Who do I drop to bring back lee and gattis in my lineup? Team is in sig. I am thinking possibly vogt estrada and winker.

    c stephen vogt
    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 jesse winker dominic brown dl prince fielder dl carl crawford dl evan gattis

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

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ryan: Holds is a category I assume? I think you’re right with Vogt and Estrada, hate to drop Vogt though. Rather own Vogt over a guy like McGehee though for his eligibility alone.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: what if I drop winker instead of Vogt?

        • Ryan says:
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          @Ryan: FYI I’m in 5th place so I’m pretty much a luck for the playoffs

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Ryan: Yes, drop Winker

  6. Tom says:
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    Right Rank? (Sorted by Razzball/Steamer $):
    Kennedy (14.4),
    Minor (10.8),
    Lincecum (9.7),
    Hammel (5.6),
    Odorizzi (5.0),
    Stroman (4.7),
    McCarthy (1.0).

    Should McCarthy be higher with great peripherals and use of his cutter?

    Will Stroman last until the end of my playoffs (9/21)?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tom: McCarthy has been good but he’s not this good, I can’t see Stroman keeping this up but I really like him and I’d certainly ride him while he’s hot. I would rank in the order I’d want to order them right now: Kennedy, Stroman, Odorizzi, McCarthy, Minor, Lincecum, Hammel

  7. Macio says:
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    My Pujols/Porcello for his Bumgarner/Napoli. I’m in need of a major SP upgrade. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Macio: I like it, go for it.

  8. chris says:
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    The bottom end of my rotation is Archer, Stroman, Yo Ventura and DeGrom. I need to drop one. The rest will be kept ROS. I’ve been frustrated with Yo Ventura lately but I’m not sure he’s the guy. Who is the odd man out.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @chris: Tough call, you can’t trade one? I would probably drop Stroman of the four, but I wouldn’t blame you for going with Ventura, its a preference.

    • The Thumb says:
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      @chris: I wouldn’t drop Stroman. Dude has been $$ since being added to the rotation. I don’t know if he’s on an innings limit though…

  9. Jiggy Nits says:
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    just got offered ian desmond for my alex wood

    NL ONLY ROTO 5×5 keeper league

    desmond is in the last year of contract and cant be kept. alex wood can be kept at 17$

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jiggy Nits: Wow, not sure how your contracts work but that sounds expensive for Wood. I’d go with Desmond if it will help you win this year.

  10. Militant Vegans says:
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    Since it’s OK to voice our frustrations, here is a trade from a 15-team league I’m in. Jeez, you work your @$$ off all year long only to be eff’d by a bro-deal! BTW, thanks for the articles… good work!

    PLAYER TEAM POS 2014 PR15 PRK %OWN
    Aramis Ramirez Mil 3B 3.83 0.77 11 100.0
    Jhonny Peralta StL SS 3.35 3.94 13 88.9
    Jacoby Ellsbury NYY OF 9.01 7.73 10 100.0
    Nelson Cruz Bal OF 9.94 -2.37 7 100.0
    Scott Kazmir Oak SP 8.04 1.03 10 100.0

    For

    PLAYER TEAM POS 2014 PR15 PRK %OWN
    Henderson Alvarez Mia SP 4.35 0.29 36 47.6
    Matt Adams StL 1B 5.48 1.09 9 100.0
    Jordy Mercer Pit SS 0.91 0.09 22 14.1
    Billy Hamilton Cin OF 10.45 6.52 6 100.0
    Mike Moustakas KC 3B 0.28 3.60 29 6.8

    • Dan Pants

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      @Militant Vegans: Thanks! Yeesh, it’s not collusion but can’t see it for team #2 here. I like Billy H. as much as the next guy but dayum. When this happens in my leagues (and it happens a lot in one of them) it just fuels me to beat the dude who got all those players even harder. What I’m really mad about is I didn’t trade with that guy originally.

      • Militant Vegans says:
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        @Dan Pants: Oh well… right? It’s not like I traded my pieces off last year’s bad team for prospects, spent the off-season going over info and spreadsheets, or took a day off from work for the draft. If that had happened, then it really would have been a complete waste of time. Shoot, next year I’ll just wait until the trade deadline & make my own eff – Yu trade!

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Militant Vegans: I am digging the frustration here, let it all out! Petition the commish!

  11. Taylor says:
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    Variation of the Yordano question above: is his ROS upside still better than, say, Odorizzi, deGrom, Hahn? His downside, which we’ve seen recently, plus inexplicable middling Ks, seems lower than theirs?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Taylor: It’s a preference thing, I still prefer Yordano because I am delusional and think the Royals can still make a run. I would probably own deGrom over him at this point, although I don’t think I’d be dropping him. I’d rank them deGrom, Ventura, Odorizzi, Hahn ROS.

  12. Darryl Sorensen says:
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    Why is the Cubs organization as stereotyipcally cheap as a Jew?? Don’t they know i need Bryant now that Zimmerman and Lawrie are both on the DL so i have to trot out Arenado??

    • Dan Pants

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      @Darryl Sorensen: Whoa now. I appreciate you sounding off your frustrations but let’s avoid the racially insensitve stereotypes. (Shalom, Jewish readers! razzball loves you!) I think if Theo Epstein played more fantasy baseball he could feel for our situation, and we’d see Javy Baez, Bryant and Russell by the end of the month. In the meantime, what’s not to love about Luis Valbuena at 3B, he hit his 7th jack last night!

      • Darryl Sorensen says:
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        @Dan Pants:
        Judaism is a religion not a race, but yes bad choice of words, i apologize :)

  13. The Thumb says:
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    Starting Salazar against KC this weekend?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The Thumb: I am starting him in my H2H leagues, where I need the strikeouts and W, otherwise I would add but I’d probably play it safe before starting him.

  14. Seabass says:
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    In my CBS points league Strasburg has 389 points and Tanner Roark has 388 points YTD.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Seabass: Ha. I was thinking of doing a side by side stat comparison but Strasburg’s Ks really blew Roark away so I scrapped it. I guess the wins are huge in the points leagues though. I’ll still take Strasburg ROS.

  15. Corey says:
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    After reading your post, should I feel regret for dropping Sal Perez for Gattis in my 10-team H2H OPS/QS league? I had two catchers on my roster, had to make a choice. No more half measures.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Corey: No, Gattis is my favorite player in the entire earth. You done good.

      • Corey says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thank you, Mr. Pants. I can now resume obsessively checking Twitter for Javi Baez’s call up in peace.

  16. can't fight fate says:
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    Drop A Hill for Peavy? Have Kipnis and Ruttlidge at 2nd. Or give up on Giles getting the saves in Philly? Or just stay put, and Peavy is not worth it?

    • Dan Pants

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      @can’t fight fate: Peavy’s probably not worth it but the move to the NL certainly couldn’t hurt his value. You probably don’t need the three middle infielders. If you really want to add Peavy I’d lose Rutledge.

      • can't fight fate says:
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        @Dan Pants: Just traded away S Gray and Kluber, so I kind of need pitching. Do have Kershaw, Hamels, Shields, Hahn, Fister, and Cobb, so I am not in dire need. Can wait and see how he does against the Dodgers, but he might get picked up before then.

        • can't fight fate says:
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          @can’t fight fate: Its a Yahoo League so Ruttlidge has SS, 2nd and I think 3rd eligibility.

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @can’t fight fate: I wouldn’t worry too much about missing out on Peavy, but if you are worried drop Rutledge. I love Rutledge but if you have Hill and Kipnis no need for him.

            • can't fight fate says:
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              @Dan Pants:ok thanks, I think I will stay put.

  17. Mac says:
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    Who should I pick up Hahn, A Wood or Kennedy?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mac: I’d grab Alex Wood.

  18. Scoring happens says:
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    Hey dan great post!

    Would you look to trade my Matt Holliday to try to aquire either Tyson Ross or garret Richards?

    Or hold/ hang onto Holliday since springer is now on the DL?
    We start 4 OF’ers here is who I have; Harper, pence, Brantley, and springer at utility I had Bruce this week & bench is Holliday & polanco.
    I also have gattis who is eligible at OF but I’ll prob put him back to catcher then move c Santana to DH & drop current DH Adam Dunn.

    At RP I’ve been rolling w/ keuchel & Alex wood? I could also drop one of them & just stream if I wanted- Marcus Stroman is available do you like him for this weeks up upcoming matchup?
    Plus looks like he has 2 starts too.

    If I drop Dunn would you add any of these
    Two start starting pitchers, Ervin Santana, Lance Lynn or jake odorozzi ?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scoring happens: Thanks! Holliday for Richards would be a nice get. I would drop Keuchel for Ervin Santana, I would grab Stroman too if I had the room.

      • Scoring happens says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Thanks for the response! If the owner rejects would you counter w/ Holliday for Tyson Ross ? Or trade him my pedroia – I then could plug at 2b

        But yeah i plan on dropping keuchel

        This week which bat would you start ; aramis Ramirez, Chase headley, Chris Johnson , Wong or alcantara (the 2b/SS from the cubs) it would be for IF spot

        • Dan Pants

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          @Scoring happens: I’d probably go with Alvantara. I like Ross, but I think you can do a little better for Holliday.

  19. OT says:
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    I have Craig and Bruce in a 6×6 (OPS). Should I drop either of them for Beltran, Austin Jackson, Jennings, Seth Smith?

    Looking for a steals guy and I’m wondering if Jackson is the answer or if I should go with Span or a SAGNOF who hurts me in HR, RBI, AVG, OPS.

    • Dan Pants

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      @OT: Yeah I wouldn’t drop either of those two. Have you explored trades? Jackson and Span aren’t going to go very far getting you caught up with SBs but they could help and they are both pretty hot right now.

      • OT says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I’ve tried but its a keeper league so that limits the options. There was one good target, but the pieces haven’t lined up.

  20. Cash says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H dynasty and we keep forever. I’m in 2nd and going for it this
    year. I have a tentative offer where I trade Myers/Anibal for Bautista/Arrieta

    Which side would you want to be on?

    Joey is old, injury prone and hasn’t done anything since May. But after Myers disappointing
    start I’m worried he’s not as good as he looked last year. Anibal isn’t doing great
    this year and arrieta could just be riding a hot streak as opposed to a real breakout

    Am I selling low on Myers here? Or should I jump at the chance to get Joey? Fair
    deal?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Cash: I think if you’re in second this isn’t the trade that’s going to push you to the top but its not a bad offer. I’d hold.

  21. Hans says:
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    Have bailey, Teheran, arrieta, Sanchez and alex wood…contemplating dropping arrieta and wood for ervin santana and tyson ross? Or even stroman? Thoughts?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Hans: Wow sounds like your wire is loaded with pitching. In that case I’d go with the ones who have the best match ups for that week. If you have unlimited acquisitions and would pick up and drop a new one every day, if not, I’d drop Wood for Ervin Santana.

  22. Dan Pants

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    Wow sounds like your wire is loaded with pitching. In that case I’d go with the ones who have the best match ups for that week. If you have unlimited acquisitions and would pick up and drop a new one every day, if not, I’d drop Wood for Ervin Santana.

  23. Kyle Kendrick says:
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    Need someone who I can put in the CF position while Springer is out: currently have Sizemore/Santana but Ackley is available. My other OF are: Alex Gordon, Polanco, Calhoun, Bautista, Braun. Who should I go with?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Kyle Kendrick: Hate to say it, but I think I’d go with Sizemore of those three as long as he’s getting the ABs and hitting leadoff.

  24. Tom says:
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    Looking ahead to a HUGE H2H matchup for me in August, which 2 pitching matchups would you prefer the most:

    Hammel @ATL
    Lincecum vPHI
    Odorizzi @TEX
    Stroman @CHW

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Tom: Odorizzi and Stroman

  25. tals23 says:
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    Is Adam eaton or chris carter worth adding for the stretch?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @tals23: Yeah I like Eaton a lot, I’d add him, Carter only if you need power.

      • tals23 says:
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        @Dan Pants: cool…thanks

  26. Andre says:
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    Dan, great job man…loved the read. Question on who to pick up. 10 team h2h keeper league. I’m in first, but my P has hit a wall the last few weeks. I’m contemplating dropping Bogaerts (I have Rendon and Arenado as possible K replacements) for another P. Counting stats are W, K, Svs, ERA, WHIP, and QS.

    Please rank ROS and who would you add?

    Keuchel, Colon, Gallardo, Smyly, Bauer, Bucholtz, Shelby Miller, Liriano, Salazar and Miley.

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Andre: Thanks! That’s a big list, tough to rank them ROS but the order I’d want to own them in today: Liriano, Bauer, Gallardo, Salazar, Miller, Colon, Smyly, Keuchel, Miley and Buchholz. Most of these guys are streamers and I would not be starting them every time out. Your best bet is to cycle through the ones with the best matchups rather than choosing one to own ROS.

  27. Dave says:
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    Rant?

    Jay Bruce – I paid way to much for a guy barley hitting .200 in late July
    Joey Votto – submarines my keeper league, although I was a long shot this season anyways.

    On the bright side, Todd Frazier has been a nice little waiver wire signing in April!

    • Abdoozy says:
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      @Dave: I dropped Bruce to pick up Austin Jackson off waivers.
      My rule is, if a hitter hasn’t done anything by late July, chances are he’s not going to do anything.
      Of course, when all the Bruce owners out there enjoy his upcoming 4 HR / 12 RBI / 3 SB week, they will have me to thank for dumping him…

      • Dave says:
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        @Abdoozy:

        Man. I should probably do the same. There are several guys on the sure I’d rate as even better than Jackson. It’s a shallow league. At the moment Bruce is on the bench in favour of Eaton which is sad. But I could use a few SBs (roto) and I’m hoping eaton can deliver a few.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Dave: Votto has been rough for sure too. Had the chance to straight him for Evan Longoria about a month ago. Still not sure if I made the right call.

  28. David says:
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    Kimbrell or Brantley, keeper league? Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @David: Brantley

  29. Mike says:
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    Jesse Hahn/ Jimmy Nelson for Paxton Mejia… What do you think? I’d be getting the Paxton side. I’m in first place and looking ahead to playoffs looks like Hahn will be shutdown. So I’m looking at it as having a healthy Paxton for playoffs and adding a closer and only really losing Nelson for stretch run.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: Do the trade, not sure Paxton will pitch but I’d take the closer for two pitchers I can replace on waivers.

  30. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Yes, redraft leagues I do the trade. I can’t say for sure Paxton will be back to pitch but I’d take the closer for two pitchers I can replace on waivers.

  31. Hans says:
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    Dan the man, how it do.

    Drop Arismendy for Rutledge in a 10 team roto? Alcantara’ is the truth, but Josh plays in Coors.

    In other words: help!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Hans: Rutledge is hitting everything right now. I like Alcantara a bit more rest of season, but I’d run with JR for now.

  32. J Boy says:
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    Should Haren even be rostered at this point? Feel like he’s living off name value and could be on his way out of the rotation.

    • Dan Pants

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      @J Boy: 10-12 team leagues I would have no problem dropping Haren

  33. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Who you like best right now to plug in my UTIL slot while they’re hot (less worried about ROS)…

    Austin Jackson, Rutledge, Chris Carter, Duda, Moustakas, Hill

    Can I drop any of these closers for McGee now that the rays are on a tear and McGee is solid: Casey Janssen, Benoit, Papelbon.

    leaning towards Casey or Papel cause of their ERA/WHIP lately… Plus were a holds league so Benoit might get the setup job somewhere again.

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Crazy old guy babbling in the corner: I’d go with Austin Jackson. Duda if you need power. I’d probably just hold with the closers you have, I wouldn’t trust Maddon to stick with McGee just yet.

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Dan Pants: sounds good.

        Would you continue to hold folks like Bruce, Trumbo, Minor? Particularly given the FA bats I’ve mentioned above.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Crazy old guy babbling in the corner: Yeah, if you can afford to stash them on your bench I’d hold them. If Minor struggles vs. SD today I’d probably lose him

  34. fausto says:
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    Idea. Add Span, L. Cain
    Drop-James Jones(No sagnof anymore)
    Trade -Alcides Escobar for Hardy? Or is that
    against razzball ethos to trade a mi with 22 sb for
    a mi that is pulling a brady anderson? Or does
    Hardy turn it around? (Clocks running out)
    We play 2b, ss, mi util, 4of, i have gomez brantley kemp, jones,(springer DL) so theoretically this now seems dumb as I would have to rotate mi or 2 on the bn depending on matchup. I have my pitching set so I can carry extra bats.
    Trade escobar for hardy or stick with the team that got me here? Definitely dropping jones for d-span I like cain better overall as a player but id be stacking royals. Perez, Escobar, Cain..and stacking OF/MI assuming springer is back soon…
    id vent but ive done that to too many razzwriters already.
    Thanks if you’ve made it this far.

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      @fausto: my mi would be alcantera, howie kendrick, lowrie, hardy if I traded escobar….I. thinking lowrie and hardy same player different coast. I’m hurting a bit in rbi losing encarnacion/springer. Idk now ive confused myself. I’m going to figure out how to get an avatar that’s more important than jj hardy.

    • Dan Pants

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      @fausto: If you need the power I like the Hardy trade for you, but if he hasn’t turned it on by now its probably not going to happen. Still he is def a better bet than Escobar for power/rbi, and with Cain, Span you should be able to make up the speed lost. Go for it.

  35. ryanoger says:
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    Please rank Aybar, Rollins, Escobar, Rutledge, Seguara ROS?

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @ryanoger: Rollins, Segura, Rutledge, Aybar, Escobar

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        All are available you think I lose Aybar to pick up Rollins?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @ryanoger: I like Rollins the most ROS, but honestly I’d probably pick up Rutledge right now, he is hitting everything. Just be ready to make another switch if/when he cools down.

  36. Yager says:
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    After winning two championships last year I was the cock of the walk baby! Then this year happened…………

    Draft…. (20 team redraft)
    C- Yan Gomes (actually panned out, wow!)
    1b- Albert Pujols (bought low on Cano)
    2nd- Jedd Gyorko (complete bust, dropped)
    3rd Nolan Arrenado (hurt for two f’ing months!)
    SS- Jonathan Villar (where are my steals man! dropped)
    OF- Bryce Harper (come at me bro, I will f*$k you up)
    OF- Jay Bruce (A homer=0-30 stretch, wtf?!)
    OF-Matt Kemp (packaged with Anibal on a buy low for Cargo)
    -c,mon Cargo, do something!
    UTL- Don’t even want to tell you what hot garbage has been here!

    SP1- Anibal Sanchez (trade for Cargo a week ago, hurt and now pitching like Justin Masterson)
    SP2- Homer Bailey (put your sh*t together already!)
    SP3- (speaking of which) Justin MotherF@$#ing Masterson (dropped)
    SP4- Josh Johnson (This is getting ridiculous)
    SP5- Tim Lincecum (put down the pipe and pitch! dropped)

    RP- Houston Street (another win! F#$k yeah!)
    RP2- constantly chasing closers, have had Joe Smith, Rondon, etc….

    So as you can see, this year if I was traversing a mine field, if it were possible, I would have literally hit every one of them. If there was a championship for poor drafts, this one might run away with it! I didn’t even realize how bad it was until I put it on paper! Yet every day I read Razzball and try to improve, pride maybe? I was a little late with the post, but I thought I would share my strife in this AA of fantasy baseball. FMFBBL…

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Yager: Well, that is some expert level venting my friend. In one league my first four picks were Prince, Harper, Segura and JoFer. Keep on keeping on, at the very least you can screw up someone else’s chance to win, and that’s what its all about.

      • Yager says:
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        @Dan Pants: I have been holding that in for a long time! breath…..That is some tragic drafting for you as well! I now look at all of the teams above me and thnk…. they are not even that good, I have Jake Arrieta for Cripes sake! Thanks for the therapy!

    • terracool says:
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      @Yager:

      This is the funniest non-profit staff post I’ve ever read here. I laughed out loud at “come at me bro. I’ll f*$k you up.” Hahaha.

      I completely balled up my team trying to get too cutesie with ill-advised trades early in the year, so now I’m in “ruin someone else’s season” mode.

      It’s back to basics for me next year.

      When it comes to ranting, I’m clearly not in Yager’s league!

      • terracool says:
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        @terracool:

        Shoot. “Non-profit staff” = “non-staff”. Not sure how that happened. Lame on me.

  37. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H, both Bruce and Hosmer were just dropped. I don’t really need either except as a bench bat/stash–have Ortiz at 1B, Moss is my last OF and Kipnis at Util–but ROS Player Rater likes both (Bruce 18.7, Hosmer 15.7). Make a claim? Would be dropping Soria or Betances.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Steve Stevenson: Betances is good for the Ks but I might make a claim for Bruce and drop Soria. Bruce seems like a good stash if you can afford to keep him on your bench while he sorts himself out.

  38. Mike says:
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    Dynasty league trade. Got offered Hamels(2), Byrd(last rounder) for Justin Upton (1). What do you think? I could use a SP but something about trading Upton doesn’t sit well with me..

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: Not a great value for Upton but less so for Hamels. I’d hold.

  39. nick the dick says:
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    Would you drop tanaka to put cashner in my DL spot?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @nick the dick: No I’d rather stash tanaka until I know for sure I he’s not returning.

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