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Tommy Medica had the game of his life last night, going 5-for-5 with two home runs (5 & 6), 4 runs and 4 RBI. Somebody call a doctor, because Tommy Medica is so sick! Now wait just a minute, hold onto your coffee, and don’t drop anything or anyone just yet, (especially not your coffee because that may burn and I can’t afford a lawsuit). Medica, who generally sits against righties, has been filling in for Yonder Alonso the past month or so while he’s on the shelf. He has squandered the opportunity, batting just .217 with zero homers and 4 RBI in 46 at-bats in July. Even for the Padres, that’s barely a major league starter. I guess his hitting coach has been advising him to study Jedd Gyorko early season game tape. More likely than not, Medica will be headed back to the platoon role once Yonder Alonso returns, but the trade of Chris Denorfia could potentially open up some more playing time. Either way, what a game Tommy Boy! Holy schnikes! I added Medica in a few places on the off-chance this performance buys him some more playing time, but I’d keep the expectations low outside NL-Only and deep mixed leagues. For the time being, Tommy Medica is batting 1.000 and slugging 2.200 in August and certainly a name worth monitoring over the weekend.

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

Everth Cabrera – 4-for-5, 2 runs, SB (14). The Padres had 20 hits in this one. Nope,  not a typo. Nine runs on 20 hits for the Friars as they were surely feeling something holy last night. So make sure you take Tommy Medica’s big day with a grain of salt, or 20 grains, and don’t do anything drastic. However, this is exactly the kind of output you expected from EverCab when you drafted him way too high back in March. Oh, if I could only speak to March Dan now, I’d tell him not to waste his $10 on Divergent and bet his entire savings on UConn in the NCAA tourney. Then I’d be a hundredaire and I’d give everyone reading this an extra $1 for their FAAB.

Mike Minor – 5.0 IP, 9 hits, 5 ER, 2 BB, K. The Padres, Mike? How you gon’ do me like that! I’m starting to think is no minor blip,  he had an ERA of 7.00 in July and gave up 40 hits in 27 innings. His only not awful outings came against the Mets and Padres and weren’t all that not-awful either. You’re in a playoff race here (right?), if there are better options out there you can lose Minor in 10-12 team leagues.

Ryan Vogelsong – 9.0 IP, 3 base runners, 1 ER, 5 K. This was just the second complete game of Vogelsong’s career. Which is saying something, doode is old! He gets the Brewers next week and I’d steer clear.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-3, HR (20). Dud-a bides on shomer shabbos once again! Lucas loves those Friday night home runs. Mets fanatic Tommy from Queens’ son, Tommy Jr., first words last week weren’t “da-da”, they were “du-da”. You made your father very proud that day, kiddo.

Grady Sizemore – 2-for-3, run. He’s batting .348 in the past week with a HR and 4 RBI. Pick him up if you hate yourself.

Wei-Yin Chen – 7.1 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 8 K and his 12th win. Grey told you to BUY because Stream-O-Nator lurved this start for Wei Yin, and rightly so WYC dominated Faarooq-style. Meanwhile, that crazy robomachine  hated the match up for Roenis Elias (5.2 IP, 7 hits, ER, 7 K). Which shows you how much robots know. Ha! Take that SkyNet! Take that iRobot! Take that sexy Scarlett Johanssen voice from Her. You can take your fancy code, number digits and calculations and shove them right up into an excel spreadsheet so I can study them for tonight’s match ups.

Austin Jackson – 0-for-3 in his Seattle Mariners debut. Yup. That pretty much sums up my enthusiasm for this acquisition by the M’s. Way to tell the league you’re going for the whole thing, trade for Jackson and Chris Denorfia. Now you have an abundance of mediocrity on offense. If he was still with Detroit this line would have been 0-for-3 with two runs. Because, Miggy.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-3, HR (26). I had the perfect trade for Giancarlo in place but the GM of my local MLB franchise wasn’t answering my phone calls. Meanwhile, Stanton hasn’t been returning my calls either. Did you get my texts, G-Carlo? What about my Snapchats? Hmm, maybe I need a new phone? Oh well, perhaps next year my beautiful, unobtainable, slugger. Then we can reunite over smoothies, and talk and laugh and speak of memories past.

Jarred Cosart – 5.1 IP, 4 hits, 2 BB, 4 ER, 3 K. This starter was worth every penny. For serious, I heard the Marlins GM actually paid Houston in pennies. They are that cheap.

Anthony Ranaudo – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 4 BB, 2 K and his first major league win in his first ML start. ESPN was calling this team the “new look” Red Sox, but that offense still looked the same to me. No more Stephen Drew, so yeah, I guess better. Why are you not playing Yoenis Cespedes? Jet lag? That’s how it starts, Sawx fans, next thing you know you’ve got another Manny on your hands!

Dustin Pedroia – 2-for-4, run, 2 RBI. Now would be the perfect time for the Laser Show to get red hot, when the Red Sox can’t win anymore.

Carlos Beltran  – 2-for-3, run, HR (13), 2 RBI. Carlos is batting .373 with 4 homers, 8 runs and 11 RBI the past two weeks. You figured he was bound to get scorching hot for a few weeks before he goes on the DL again.

Derek Jeter – 1-for-4, HR (3). One last long ball for the Fenway Faithful. I think they threw it back.

Rajai Davis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Raj definitely sees a value bump with Austin Jackson out of the picture. If he stays hitting lead off he could really let his inner SAGNOF loose. If I need steals, he’s a guy I would target before the deadline. He’s got the same speed potential as your Billy Hamiltons and your Dee Gordons just at half the price.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4. Arenado’s batting .355 with 2 HR in the past week, and is the hottest 3rd baseman in the league not named Josh Donaldson over the past 15 days. If Arenado were a Guardian of the Galaxy, he’d probably be the tree monster Groot. Seemingly boring and unassuming, but with raw power and solid as oak. “I am Nolan!”

Wilin Rosario – 2-for-4, RBI. The best part about owning a terrible fantasy catcher is when they actually do get hits its really exciting. Way to go, Wilin! Hit that ball!

Justin Verlander – 8.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, 5 K and his tenth win. JV knew he had to step it up with some new competition around, he’s about to be relegated to number three starter status. No longer an ace? He’d have to stop clubbin’ and settle down and buy Kate Upton some puppies. And for those of you who got here by googling “Kate Upton’s Puppies” I apologize, but thanks for the click!

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (25). Started things off real Trout-like with a first inning jack. I would take the first inning of Mike Trout over nine innings with 90% of the other outfielders out there. He is my muse. Can someone get me an intern so he can get me Mike Trout’s first inning stats?

Matt Shoemaker – 5.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, K and his 9th win. Nine wins? Is it me or is that high? Am I high? Entirely possible, it is Saturday after all. Regardless, I feel like he’s only been starting a month. Internet says 12 game started, and 9 wins out of 12 ain’t bad. I guess Mike Trout is that good. He makes losers winners, and Shoemakers, history makers.

Josh Hamilton – 2-for-3, HR (7). Naturally, he was forced to leave the game after getting hit on the hand by a pitch. He is day-to-day. Man, I could have sworn I wrote the exact same blurb for J Hammy last week.

Collin McHugh – 6.1 IP, 6 base runners, 1 ER, 5 K. He’s pitched pretty well in his two starts since returning from the DL and has a 14/2 K/BB ratio in 12.2 IP since then. He’s out there in most leagues, and I’d take a chance with him next week versus Philadelphia.

Matt Holliday – 2-for-4, HR (11). It seems the more I’ve been bashing Matt Holliday lately the more he’s started mashing lately. He’s got 5 homers and 11 RBI in the past two weeks. We got a good thing going and I’ll keep it up for all the Holliday owners out there. You stink, Holliday! You dumb loser! Your feet smell like trash and your face is stupid! OK, I am bad at this. I am more of a positivity kind of guy.  Can you help me out trolls? You guys are always so good at this.

Adam Wainwright – 5.1 IP, 9 hits, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. Ouch. That’s gotta hoiyt. Don’t worry Cardinals fans. You have John Lackey now.

Aramis Ramirez 3-for-5, HR (13), 2 RBI. I could see trading for A-Ram before the deadline if I needed a corner, he’s just the type of player who’s undervalued around this time before he’s overvalued again on draft day.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI. What the heck has Adam been Eaton? I assume no apples? He’s got an eight game hitting streak with six multi-hit games and 9 runs in that span. The ChiSox had 17 hits, with Jose Abreu going all rookie-of-the-year on everyone, hitting 3-for-3 with 2 runs and an RBI and Tyler Flowers chipping in two hits and a HR (7) as well.

Danny Salazar – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K and his fourth win. K-Zar would have to have been real bad to blow this one as he was spotted a 12 run lead early. He’s managed a win in all three of his starts since returning to the majors but he certainly isn’t inspiring any confidence (17/6 K/BB rate, 17 hits, 4 ER in 18.0 IP). He’s also faced three of the worst offenses in the league in Minnesota, Kansas City and Texas. Still, I am a sucker for that K-upside and he gets another bad offense next week in the Reds which Stream-O-Nator is absolutely bonkers about, so I’d add him where he’s available.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 2-for-5, 2 runs, HR (10). Son-of-a-drop!

Elvis Andrus – 2-for-4. Elvis has had a pretty lousy campaign to date but is batting over .400 in the past week and could finally be starting to flash some value. Just steal 20 more bases from now until the end of September and I’ll stop writing you those nasty letters.

Jake Petricka – 1.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 2 K, SV (7). Grey told you to BUY Jake for the SAGNOF-ing goodness, and look what happened, you were awarded a save for your obedience but Petricka SAGNOF-ed all over your ratios last night. Yay, saves!

Kurt Suzuki – 2-for-4, 3 RBI. The Twins had a day off Chris Sale (6.0 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER, 7 K) with 14 hits themselves including three hit games from Trevor Plouffe and Brian Dozier. Suzuki seems like the perfect fantasy catcher who will never hurt your team but will never do anything special either. Those 2-for-4 days can add up though!

Josh Harrison – 2-for-5, 2 runs. So he’s not going to homer in every game like I thought two days ago, but he still has four homers in the past week and hitting .355 in that stretch. As long as he’s batting lead off in front of Andrew McCutchen (2-for-4, run, RBI) he’s worth owning.

Kyle Hendricks – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 3 K. and his 2nd win. The Dodgers were lost in Hendricks’ Purple Haze I guess, and Kyle moves to 2-1. He’s been a decent streamer the past couple outings but he draws the Rockies next week at Coors so time to drop him while he’s moderately warm.

Dan Haren  – 4.1 IP, 10 base runners, 6 ER. Captain Hindsight says, “If the Dodgers were really serious about the postseason, they probably should have traded for another starter!” Thank you, Captain Hindsight.

Jeremy Guthrie – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K and his 7th win. Overreacting A’s Fan said, “Oh no! They traded Yoenis Cespedes and now their offense is no better than the lowly Royals. They may never score again. Why Gawd! The humanity!” Calm down, Overreacting A’s Fan and quit overreacting. They’ll never be Royals, just ask Lorde.

Sonny Gray – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 7 K and the tough luck loss. Sooo-nny-Gray’s, racking up/ Ks all day. E-R-A in July was one-point-zero-threeeeee!  Can you tell me how to get/ Son-ny Gray on e-ver-y teeeam!

Josh Reddick – 3-for-4. JR is about to enter Reddickulous mode, he’s batting close to .400 with two homers in the past week. He’s also gathered five multi hit games in just 10 contests since returning from the DL. Grey told you to BUY and I’d grab Reddick while he’s still unowned if you need some pop. By the way, is there a more perfect place than the A’s for an outfielder like Jonny Gomes? He’ll fit in perfect with this band of goofy, hard-hitting, bearded weirdos. Yes, I think Jonny’s going to like it in Oakland, and although his potential fantasy value there may not be great, the overall entertainment value he could provide this team as they make their postseason run is priceless.

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. Paul says:
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    Nice post! Which 2 of the following OF do you like for next week in a h2h league with obp and ops?

    Kole, Corey Dickerson, Duda, Rajai?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Paul: Duda and Rajai.

  2. OF woes says:
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    ROS… Beltran, Duda, or Byrd?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @OF woes: Duda rest of season, but I’d probably want Beltran short term. He is hot like fire right now.

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @OF woes: in a points league Byrd has been the most steady with 16+ points every week but 5.

  3. frank says:
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    you are a SICK dude! love the queens duda line! great stuff!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @frank: Thank frank, I appreciate that!

  4. MessyF says:
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    Nice post! Thanks

    Do you see Lindstrom assuming closer duties next week?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @MessyF: That bullpen is a mess so I wouldn’t put it past Ventura, but I imagine he’ll need a few solid outings before taking over the role completely. Petricka is the guy to own for now, but Lindstrom is worth the speculative add if you need saves.

  5. Marti says:
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    Middlesbrook or Matt Dominguez for rest of year…I need power and rbis

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Marti: Ugh, I guess I’d go with Dominguez.

  6. TacktheKack says:
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    Im in a weekly league, pick #1 and #2 from this list…
    Roark – bal & @atl
    Bailey – cle
    Latos – cle
    Odorizzi @cubs
    Liriano – Padres

    Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @TacktheKack: Roark and Latos, the Liriano start is tempting though.

  7. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Hi Dan Very nice work. I think that guy from Queens is actually living on L.I. and is a commenter on here lol. Tough question espn league dh position only. Looks like J Ham might miss time. Who out of these bottom scrapers you like best, i have a 10 aquisition limit per week so can interchange. j Francisco, Willingham, Kendrys, Dunn, Reynolds, Swisher,Hart, Ibanez,or Cron . iknow none of the above seems like the correct answer but at this time of the season need every stat i can get.Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Toe Knee Arm Ass: Yeah, Tommy from Queens is a good guy and loyal reader. I’d go with Swisher if I must choose one.

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Dan Pants: iwas actually thinking jef with 1 f and he is a good guy also. Swish hmm I like him, an obp league too .I think the move to Cleve might not have been a good choice for him tho. thx

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Toe Knee Arm Ass: On second though, Willingham has been swinging a hot bat in the past week or so, I might go with him.

          • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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            @Dan Pants: It really is a tough question Thanks for the time. I had picked up chis for tonight but only because i thought the best match up. I think you make a good point with willing. tho prolly switch out again for tomm.

  8. Fistering says:
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    Best to own of Lorenzo Cain, markakis, kalhoun, and eaton. I currently own kalhoun and wondering if should drop him for one of other three.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Fistering: I’d probably stick with Calhoun, I do like Eaton a lot though.

  9. SportiveTricks says:
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    Hey Dan,

    As always, thanks for the weekend notes. Couple Q’s for ya, though.

    I’ve had Paxton stashed on my DL for a long time and I am just itching to use him. SoN and I both don’t like his start @ BAL today, though. But it is sooooooo tempting. Any thoughts?

    Also, I streamed Chen last night and woke up this morning intending to kick him to the curb. But when I cam back to bed after I made coffee, he just looked so peaceful snuggled under the covers with his 12 wins. It just seemed, so, so, right. So what do you think, should I let him stay or get him an Uber outta here?

    Thanks again!!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @SportiveTricks: I would take a wait and see approach with Paxton outside weekly leagues where I needed a win/Ks. And Ha! Wei-Yin can get rather snuggled can’t he? Unfortch, Mariners still can’t hit lefties at all and they just made Chen look real good. He’s had a nice run lately, but I do not trust him in Toronto next week. I think you can do better.

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Thanks for the advice. Sometimes you’ve just got to hear what you already know from someone else. It’s going to smart if Paxton comes back in style, but I think this will be a reacclimating start for him, so the prudent move is to wait and see. You be right.

        Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have something to take care of . . .

        “Yo, Wei-Yin. Let’s go! I’ve got to get to work and the Uber driver is just down the block. Come on, dude, let’s go!”

  10. Jermo says:
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    Love the Farooq reference, Nation of Domination!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jermo: Rocky Maivia > The Rock. No one denies this!

  11. coach says:
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    Nice job, Dan! I appreciate the witty and informative insight of yesterday’s games but can’t help but wonder why you don’t have a gaggle of blathering sycophants posting like Grey has after one of his entries? I think you need a troop of brown nosers just as much as he commands! The Pants deserve it!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @coach: Wow. That’s high praise, sir! Much appreciated. Thanks!

    • nick the dick says:
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      @coach: i agree. Sure i can go pantsless on a saturday morn but not Dan Pantsless!

  12. Kid A says:
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    Gomes in Oakland will be second verse, same as the first.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Kid A: Everything in its right place again, right Kid A? I think this particular crop of A’s (ie Moss, Donaldson, Doolittle) seems particularly suited for Gomes’ wacky antics though.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Dan Pants: beane went and created one helluva platoon monster with Gomes/Vogt. Like a hirsute voltron.

        I believe!

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Kid A: Hirsute! sick SAT word, bruh!

          • Kid A says:
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            @Dan Pants: f*#! the SAT, it murders in scrabble.

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Kid A: Ha! Unfortunately, pretty sure these A’s aren’t really the scrabbling types though.

              • Kid A says:
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                @Dan Pants: racist.

                • Dan Pants

                  Dan Pants says:
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                  @Kid A: Not because they’re white, because they’re bearded.

  13. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team dynasty league, I was offered gregory polanco and alredo simon for kris bryant. Is this a good haul for a contending team? Should i counter? Other players he has are kemp cano minor jordan zimmerman cobb yan gomes giles and stroman. If so who should I target?

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

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

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ryan: Looks like you could use a bat and another starting pitcher but not necessary. Bryant’s stock is at an all time high in dynasty league’s right now, hold out for something great. If he’s playing for next year offering him players like Prince Fielder and or Tanaka along with Bryant for a stud like Cano and a pitcher could be just what you need to push you over the top.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: So is something like tanaka bryant walker for cano cobb polanco worth trying to make happen?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Ryan: Yeah, not sure he’ll accept that particular offer but it could open negotiations. Feel him out, you’re probs not going to get Cano/Cobb and a top prospect like Polanco, but make offers.

  14. Scooter G says:
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    Who do you like ROS? Raji or Kole?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scooter G: I like both, but lean towards Rajai.

  15. Militant Vegans says:
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    Good stuff! There was an interesting article re: Mike Minor a few days ago.

    http://www.talkingchop.com/2014/7/25/5928527/diagnosing-mike-minor

    You’d think Minor or someone in the organization would maybe just kinda possibly sorta take a look at this type of stuff. Oh well, maybe it’s just too hard to self-evaluate.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Militant Vegans: Good stuff thanks! He definetely could use some time to sort things out at AAA. Not sure Braves have the patience to spare, and my fantasy team certainly doesn’t.

  16. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Great work Dan!

    Which side do you like better in 10 team h2h categories redraft with OBP?
    C Santana, Wacha, Calhoun, and Wheeler or Mesoraco, J Zim, Dee Gordon

    My team
    C Santana
    1B Abreu
    2B Altuve
    SS Desmond
    3B Miggy
    OF Stanton
    OF Bautista
    OF Pence
    Util Rizzo
    Util Pujols
    Bn Polanco
    Bn Calhoun
    Bn Alcantara
    DL Marte

    SP Yu, Max, Cobb, Homer, Wheeler, Stroman, Odorizzi
    RP Allen, Mejia, Britton

    I hate losing the best OBP catcher but is the speed and pitching addition a good enough incentive?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Wacha Wacha: I think if you need the steals this is a fair offer, I lean towards the Santana/Wheeler side a bit but it’s fair.

  17. Jake the snake says:
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    Drop tanaka for zach wheeler?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jake the snake: Can’t you put him on your DL? In redrafts leagues, yes I’d probably drop him if I had no room to stash.

      • Jake the snake says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        It’s a 10 team h2h / redraft, he currently is on DL but just didn’t know if you’d prefer wheeler someone who could actually be playing as opposed to tanaka who is a major question mark- with four weeks left of fantasy baseball reg season & I don’t know what’s going on w/ tanaka, if it was keeper yeah I’d hang onto him

        • Jake the snake says:
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          @Jake the snake:

          Instead of dropping tanaka I could drop one of these three; Alex wood, keuchel or Stroman

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Jake the snake: Do you not have a DL spot? I’d drop Tanaka if you can’t stash him on your DL.

            • Jake the snake says:
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              @Dan Pants:

              He is in the DL/ I stated that in the previous post , it’s not a stash if he’s most likely shut down for the season that’s why I was looking for an alternative on wheeler

              • Dan Pants

                Dan Pants says:
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                @Jake the snake: Oh well, you can’t drop a guy on your DL and pick up another player though, right?

                • Jake the snake says:
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                  @Dan Pants:

                  I could “manage DL” & take tanaka off DL & put george springer there in the DL spot – that’s if I can’t drop with him on DL

                  • Dan Pants

                    Dan Pants says:
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                    @Jake the snake: OK gotcha. Yeah I would probably drop Tanaka for Wheeler at this point.

  18. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Which would you rather have in 10 team redraft Dan Pants? I realize it depends on need but just asking value wise thanks!

    Pujols, Odorizzi, or B Hamilton, Lester,

    • Dan Pants

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      @No Soup for Yu: I’d want Albert Pujols, but I’m a bit bias in my Alby love.

      • No Soup for Yu says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Polanco or C Dickerson if Im looking for OBP and steals ROS?

        Thanks a lot!

  19. The 12th Man says:
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    Nice article!

    Aramis or Walker for Utility spot in h2h points league?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The 12th Man: Thanks! I’d go with Aramis

  20. dirtyd says:
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    Shallow, no bench league. Who would you rather in Util spot: Victor Martinez or Nolan Arenado?

    Owner dropped Arenado when he was slumping after injury. Vmart has been very meh so far in second half. Leaning Arenado but if Vmart should regain early season form, Id want that. Just not sure he has it in him.

    • Dan Pants

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      @dirtyd: Good question. It’s close but I think I’d stick with Victor at least a little bit longer.

  21. Hanklongball says:
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    Thanks for the solid advice as always. Who do you like ROS? Bruce or Craig? Neither is doing much, but one needs to go to make room for Polanco…

    • Dan Pants

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      @Hanklongball: If I had to drop one I’d drop Bruce.

  22. Pete says:
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    drop Calhoun or Blackmon in a h2h points league?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Pete: I guess that depends who you’re dropping them for? If this a typo, yes I’d probably drop Calhoun for Blackmon.

      • Pete says:
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        @Dan Pants: yeah, not a typo. Trying to make room to activate a pitcher in a league where no bench bats are really kept and pitching is super deep. I’d like to drop bruce but i don’t think that’s allowed, right?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Pete: At this point in the year if he hasn’t done anything yet I’ll take the guy on waivers who is doing stuff. I’d prob drop Calhoun of the three though (Bruce, Calhoun, Blackmon) if you can afford to stash Bruce on your bench I’d try to hold but if you can’t I wouldn’t blame you for dropping him.

  23. Paul says:
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    Goldy Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is he now (gulp) droppable (when espn allows it?)

    • Dan Pants

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      @Paul: This is the worst news ever. I’d wait for more details before doing anything drastic but more like than not Goldy is done for the year. Sighhh

      • Paul says:
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        @Dan Pants: just in time for playoffs too. For the rest of the season he will be know as Au Shitttt.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Paul: Auuuu shucks. : (

  24. Robert says:
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    Gee friggin wizz! Howdy dan pants by the way!
    Just got a notification that ‘zona put goldschmindt on DL, unfortunately I can’t put him to DL spot since that is already being occupied. Is this (fantasy) season ending injury for goldy/ it appears to be a fractured left hand.

    Now for my 1b slot , I atleast have Duda who has eligiblity at 1b so I can plug him there & also have c Santana who has eligibilty at 1b too(he’s my DH now)

    & it looks like the duda is the best available 1b anyways, here’s the wire; Adam Dunn , Vogt,& Mark Reynolds .

    Lol friggin injuries man, but it’s all part of fantasy!

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      @Robert:

      Or look to make a trade to aquire a 1b; I’d be dealing pedroia- here are some 1b’s I’m looking at Ryan Howard, Adam laroche, Adrian Gonzalez as possibilities. Thanks again!

      • Dan Pants

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        @Robert: I’d hold with what you got. Losing Goldy is about as rough as it gets, but luckily you have Duda to replace him. Use the waiver wire to pick up hot bats and hopefully the rbis and power you’re missing from Goldschmidt, but I think you’re best off not making a trade for one of those players.

        • Robert says:
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          @Dan Pants:

          Thanks dan! Yeah losing goldy is a major blow, but hopefully the other players on my team can pick it up too

          Here’s who I have bat wise I’m not getting into pitchers

          C- gattis

          1- now will be duda

          2b- Pedroia

          3b- d wright

          SS- Alexei Ramirez

          IF- Dee Gordon

          OF- Bryce Harper

          OF- Matt Holliday

          OF- hunter pence

          OF- Michael Brantley

          DH is Carlos Santana

          & utility is polanco w/ jay Bruce & springer on the bench/DL

          • Dan Pants

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            @Robert: Yeah, it hurts, but your team looks good even without him. Hopefully, Santana keeps it going, Springer comes back healthy, and Harper can get hot and pick up some slack.

  25. justanuncle says:
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    Any point in doing Austin Jackson for reddick?

    • Dan Pants

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      @justanuncle: As in a trade? I’ll take Ajax for speed over Reddick but he’s no SAGNOF. Reddick has power and Ajax does not, so it depends what you need.

      • justanuncle says:
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        @Dan Pants: reddicks on the wire. I’m looking mostly for RBIs and runs…

        • Dan Pants

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          @justanuncle: He’s probably a better bet for RBIs than Jackson, but not sure its by a whole lot. I’d rather own Jackson at the moment, but I think Reddick is the better power guy.

  26. SportiveTricks says:
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    Oh hey Dan, one more thing. With Parra in MIL is it time to move on from Khris Davis?

    I don’t think he’s going to get starts against righties anymore and he has some kind of injury.

    • Dan Pants

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      @SportiveTricks: I would be holding Davis a little longer to see how this plays out but it certainly doesn’t look good for Khrush owners.

  27. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Which 3 do you want on your team ROS in a 10 h2h points league..with weekly lineups..Hamilton, Byrd, Ellsbury, Bruce, Span, Polanco, Heyward, Beltran,Yelich, Crisp, Dickerson, Rajai,Carter, Revere or Reddick…lol I think thats it.

    • Dan Pants

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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: Hamilton (Billy?), Ellsbury, and I’d probably go with Heyward or Beltran. Some pretty good options here though.

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Dan Pants: yeah billy..my bad bro

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Dan Pants: you picked ellsbury and hamilton and they both are on my team along with Bruce who im gonna drop for one of the others I mentioned.

  28. Joe says:
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    Dan do you recomend me to start manny Machado vs james paxton or he gona strikeout la 4 times?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Joe: I’m starting him.

  29. ty says:
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    GOLDY NO!!! I have lucroy so I think i’ll put him at first and pick up D. Navarro. Would you drop K. Davis for Reddick?

    • Dan Pants

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      @ty: I’d hold David for another week or so to see how the situation develops, would not drop Davis just yet.

  30. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Ugh, Goldy with the broken hand. 14-tm weekly H2H OPS league, BB and K count, I’m in trouble at 1B: Francisco, Vogt (currently in my C slot) or Arencibia? If Vogt, then would you use Arencibia or J Castro at C?

  31. nick the dick says:
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    Man the day i drop wong he slam and legs it. Are you part of the group who still recommends arismendy and gyorko over him?

    • Dan Pants

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      @nick the dick: I’d want Kolten Wong.

  32. The badger says:
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    It looks like I’m out of it unfortunately. 11 team roto with OBP and BAA the other cats in a 6×6

    We can keep 3 in the round they were drafted this year.

    Which three do you like the best?

    Trout R1
    Goldy R1 or 2 if I kept Trout
    Hamilton R7
    Springer R22
    Harvey R25
    Kluber R25
    Taveras R25
    Bryant R25
    Alcantara R25

    Tough decisions
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @The badger: Tough call, lot of options. If you can wait until the end of the year to decide, it’d be nice to see some more from Taveras before making the ultimate call, but I think Trout, Goldscmidt and Springer are pretty safe bets. Great round for a prospect like Bryant but he’s not a sure thing like the other three.

  33. Mike says:
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    Never thought Id ask this but.. drop Chris Davis in 10 teamers?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: Nope. Not quite there yet.

  34. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    i would lose minor in deeper leagues than 10-12. he shouldn’t have been owned in 10-12’s (unless each team has maybe 12 SP) in a long time.

  35. Matt says:
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    Hey Dan, is Abreu for Goldy in dynasty fair?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Matt: I would stick with Abreu.

  36. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    what part of salazar’s 3 start line isn’t inspiring confidence?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: You’re right, he’s been fine, if a little underwhelming. I still don’t completely trust him just yet.

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