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Welcome back, two-start hoarders.  First, this weather has been absolutely atrocious.  I walked through eight inches of water to get to my car yesterday.  It’s miserable.  The awful weather this April has made things a bit more challenging, as two-starters keep getting bumped from one week to the next.  The coming week has a seven-game slate for most clubs, and obviously we’re hoping for fewer postponed contests, but keep in mind that Tuesday’s two-starters could easily slide into the two-start slot for week 5.

As always, probable pitchers are subject to change.  For a look at all fantasy baseball streamers, click that link.

MUST START

A.J. Burnett (@PHI, @STL); Matt Moore (NYY, @CWS); C.C. Sabathia (@TB, TOR); Felix Hernandez (@HOU, LAA); Max Scherzer (KC, ATL); R.A. Dickey (@BAL, @NYY); David Price (NYY, @CWS); Clayton Kershaw (@NYM, MLW);

  • No reason to sit any of these guys.

FIRST TIER

Shelby Miller (@WAS, PIT); Ricky Nolasco (@MIN, CHC); A.J. Griffin (@BOS, BAL); Derek Holland (@LAA, @MIN); Kyle Lohse (@SD, @LAD); Wade Miley (@SF, COL); Tony Cingrani (CHC, @WAS); Ryan Vogelsong (ARZ, @SD); Bartolo Colon (@BOS, BAL); Carlos Villanueva (@CIN, @MIA); Alexi Ogando (@LAA, @MIN); Yovani Gallardo (@SD, @LAD); Hisashi Iwakuma (@HOU, LAA); Jeremy Guthrie (@DET, CLE); Patrick Corbin (@SF, COL); Jose Quintana (CLE, TB); Cole Hamels (PIT, @NYM)

  • Plenty of nice options this week and a slew of them are widely available on waivers.  Your best bets for scooping are as follows:  A.J. Griffin (55% owned in Y! leagues), Tony Cingrani (47%), Jeremy Guthrie (22%), Carlos Villanueva (18%), Patrick Corbin (14%), Jose Quintana (13%), Bartolo Colon (7%), and Ricky Nolasco (4%).  You can feel comfortable rolling with any of those eight, and of course, feel free to start any of the others from this group if you’re fortunate enough to have them rostered already.

SECOND TIER

Mike Minor (@COL, @DET); Ross Detwiler (STL, CIN); Justin Masterson (@CWS, @KC); Travis Wood (@CIN, @MIA); Bud Norris (SEA, @BOS); Jason Vargas (TEX, @SEA); Jason Marquis (MLW, SF); Jon Garland (ATL, @ARZ)

  • Ross Detwiler (48% owned in Y! leagues) has been good thus far, and you can feel free to ride his hot streak out, but I dropped him down into this second tier, as he faces two strong lineups next week.  Bud Norris (20%) is always a good option while he’s pitching in Houston, but quite the opposite when he’s away from home.  He gets a nice home matchup versus Seattle to start the week, followed by trip to Boston to face the whiff-heavy Red Sox.  I’m using Norris in a H2H points league this week, and I’m hoping he gets his shizz together on the road.  Jon Garland (2%) has started hot, and is an intriguing option if you’re into riding hot streaks (I am).

THIRD TIER

J.A. Happ (@BAL, @NYY); Alfredo Aceves (OAK, HOU); Mike Leake (CHC, @WAS); Mike Pelfrey (MIA, TEX); Jeff Locke (@PHI, @STL); Miguel Gonzalez (TOR, @OAK);  Dan Haren (STL, CIN); Felix Doubront (OAK, HOU); Dylan Axelrod (CLE, TB); Kevin Correia (MIA, TEX)

  • Use caution with this group if you’re trying to avoid blowing up your ratios.  If you’re looking for counting stats, though, this isn’t quite the bottom of the barrel.  I wanted to put Haren with the DON’T START group, but I’m not quite ready to entirely quit him just yet.  Still, don’t use him unless you’re desperate.

DON’T START

Brad Peacock (SEA, @BOS); Joe Blanton (TEX, @SEA); Jake Arrieta (TOR, @OAK); Jeff Francis (ATL, @ARZ); Phil Hughes (@TB, TOR); Aaron Laffey (LAD, PHI);

  • These guys stink worse than bullpen farts.  Okay, maybe not that bad, but close.  Don’t start ‘em.


98 Responses

  1. gareth says:
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    I want to pick up vogelsong and holland for this week. Who would you drop out out of the following – parnell, lincecum, seager.

    I have league, broxton, betancourt and street.
    My third baseman just got back from the dl (lawrie) so seager goes to the bench.

    Timmy is the wild card. Hes been bad but I’m afraid if I drop him he will go to another player and be awesome.

    Its a shallow 10 TEAM roto league so there alwaysxwill be good pitching on thexwire for streaming. So there’s that.

    Please help!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If there are already saves on the wire, then go head & drop Parnell. Cut Seager too — no need to hang on to that sort of bench bat in this shallow format.

      • DaveyBoySmith says:
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        @Scott Evans: @gareth: What is going on with Jesus Montero and Mike Moustakas. How many chances can we give these guys?

  2. mcBlunty says:
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    who do you like better Brandon Crawford or Didi Gregorious, i need to fill SS with reyes being on the DL

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gregorius brings a little more upside, so I’d roll with him.

  3. JG_ism says:
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    Morning….
    I’m looking to start streaming in my H2H league. 10 team 6×6, no bench spots for SP’s, if they’re up, they gotta pitch. (W’s, Saves, WHIP, Innings Per Start, K/9, ERA)

    I kinda sorta like my staff, not sure who to ditch..
    Samardzija, Darvish, Beckett, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Milone, Guthrie, Corbin & Morrow

    Leaning towards a couple of them…just wanted to know what u guys thought..

    Thanks

    • Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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      @gareth: @JG_ism: Definitely dump Darvish for Mike Pelfrey if he is available.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      For ROS, I think Guthrie & Corbin are your lowest end guys. Both are kinda hot right now, though, so I might ride ‘em for a bit longer. Solid staff.

      • JG_ism says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Was thinking the same.. Corbin/Guthrie
        But they are doing well…just wanted to gain extra pts during week if possible. Guess I’ll ride it out til they start falling apart..if they do.

        @gareth Big Pelf is definitely available…I’ll get right on that

        • JG_ism says:
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          @JG_ism:

          @Mrs FeatherBottom aka Soft Tush…I’ll go get Big Pelf…thanks

  4. Luis says:
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    Im in an 11 team mixed, roto league. Do you think its safe to drop Rosenthal for one of the starters you highlighted? LIke Quintana or Villanueva? Between him struggling and Mujica stepping up, it looks like I can wait on him a little longer.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Luis: rosenthal might grab the job down the line but for now he has no use,

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I’d dump him for Villanueva, who’s been pretty steady since the second half last year.

  5. FifthCommentor says:
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    My maths are showing Niese as a two starter also. Oversight or flawed math?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Your math is sound. Poor oversight on my part, he indeed goes twice. Apologies. First Tier guy.

  6. Wizo says:
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    Quintana or Estrada?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d go for Estrada for ROS. Streaming for this week only, though, I like Quintana.

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @Scott Evans: corbin or hammels?

  7. AdamH says:
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    What about Niese? v LAD and Philly?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @AdamH: i dont like his odds of good numbers there,

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He goes twice. Oversight on my part. I’d slot him in with the first tier… solid option.

  8. Donkey Puncher says:
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    I was offered a trade can I get am opinion, 12 team h2h: I give Bautista, Weaver & Minor for Price, HanRam & Chris Davis. My team:
    C: Molina
    1st: Freeman (Yonder during DL)
    2nd: Utley
    3rd: Beltre
    SS: A Escobar or E Cabrera
    OF: J Upton, Bautista, B Cruz
    Uti: Berkman soon to be Big Papi

    SP: Strasburg, Weaver, Halladay, Morrow, Minor, Griffin, Beckett

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d hold.

  9. Don't Jump Kendrys says:
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    Cole Hamels in tier 1? Against PIT and NYM? Not sure about that one…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I slot him there not because of current performance, but because owners paid a premium for him in drafts & in a weekly formats, it’s really tough to leave that kind of investment on your bench. Past performance has to be factored when considering a guy like Hamels. Though, I’ll be harsher with his rank if the struggles continue.

  10. Nick says:
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    Drop Estrada for Guthrie or Villanueva?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Guthrie

  11. river-z says:
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    Not too sure I want to start Mike Minor when his starts are @COL, @DET

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I agree. He’s a first tier talent, getting bumped to the second tier because of those matchups. I could see using him based on the success he’s had so far, but if you’re in good shape with SP for the coming week, it’s probably not worth the risk.

      • river-z says:
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        Also: the forecast in Denver for Monday is a better than 50% chance of precipitation with 4 inches of snow possible. so if there is a delay he might not even get two starts.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Thanks for the heads up!

  12. Elwood Blues says:
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    Is it time to give up on Storen.. I have him on an nl only 4×4 league, and thought maybe he’d get some svs this year. But now, he can’t get anyone out. Even if Sori went down, I donn’t know if he could handle the job.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s not bringing too much to the fantasy table. There are likely better RP available on the wire…

  13. Joseph Doe says:
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    looking for some power for MI. Would you part with Choo for either Desmond or Rollins? Part with Ev.Cabrera for K.Morales? Thank you.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Choo over Desmond & Rollins. Cabrera over Morales.

  14. KY says:
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    Hi Gray, I currently own Everth Cabrera as my SS, but i am debating with myself if I should drop him for Jean Segura. E.Cabrera’s ball park, SD’s weak batting and his playing time after C.Headly came back all worry me. Besides Jean Segura has been hot this season and I checked his stats in minor, he seems have good stl numbers too.

    Who would you prefer to have in your team rest of season. I need one who can give me steady AVG, some runs and definitely some steals.

    thank you!

    • DiscoD says:
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      @KY: I was wondering the exact same thing. What are your thoughts, Scott?

  15. Wake Up says:
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    Nice work! Minor does have a couple of rough ones coming up doesn’t he? Do you hate Hughes @ TB? It looks like you do…but I’m thinking of rolling him out for that one? Also, when do you think Cingrani goes back down to AAA? Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think that’s up to him at this point. If he keeps pitching at this level, they’ll keep him in the rotation. If he scuffles, they’ll move him down when Cueto returns in a month.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      and no on Hughes… giving up WAY too many homers right now.

    • Mountain Man says:
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      @Wake Up: I’m going to start Hughes at TB, but its H2H and I don’t mind the risk as much. There were some positive signs from his last outing.

  16. Phil says:
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    Which one would you NOT start next week
    Corbin, Price, Miley, Cingrani ?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sit Cingrani. Pains me to say that.

  17. Phil says:
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    Sorry left one off that list Villanueva.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Still lean toward sitting Cingrani, but very close between him & Villanueva.

  18. Ryan says:
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    You guys seem to really know your stuff so what do ya think…

    On Wednesday I completed a trade of Bret Anderson and Wade Miley for Starling Castro & Nachiro Aoki. Other guy has Tulo too and his pitching staff is really bad. So an hour before its to go through yesterday it gets vetoed by league vote. Nobody is fessing up to vetoing it…i was pissed and then Anderson screws up his Ankle last night…10 team 8×8 league BTW…contemplating leaving the league. Still pretty fired up about it.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m not a fan of vetoing trades… I agree, that’s shitty. Clearly no collusion, no reason to protest it. I’d say re-initiate the deal, but the timing really screwed you here w/ Anderson. Wouldn’t quick the league, cuz that’s not cool, but feel free to complain incessantly for the rest of the season.

  19. joeg414 says:
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    Stream Arroyo today against the fish?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sure, that’s a fine play

  20. mpc says:
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    Beltran for Gallardo a fair trade? I need pitching badly.

    • Tim says:
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      @mpc: Sure, just be weary of his slow starts.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      yeah, fair swap.

  21. brewerfan says:
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    Who would you rather have…. Shelby Miller or Matt Garza. When Garza returns he could be solid but I am being offered Miller for him and its tempting

    • Tim says:
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      do it. who knows how many wins garza will get (or when he will go back on DL)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d take the upside with Miller here.

  22. Charlie says:
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    Traded Matt Harvey and Torii Hunter for Adrian Beltre. How’d I do?

    • Tim says:
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      I think you sold a bit too fast, but its all about team needs…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m not big on Beltre. I think you paid too much.

  23. Tim says:
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    Trade Alex Gordon for Chris Davis? 5×5 Roto. I’m torn here.

    • Charlie says:
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      @Tim: If your team needs power I’d probably make it.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d hold Gordon unless you really need power, as Charlie suggests.

  24. Shane says:
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    I got offered a trade Giancarlo Stanton for Chase Headley and Rafael Betancourt in a 12-team h2h league

    My team is:
    C: Lucroy
    1b: Encarnacion
    2b: Cano
    3b: Headley
    ss: Lowrie
    of: Bautista, Ellbury, Gardner, Torii Hunter
    Util: Hosmer, Konerko
    DL: HanRam (SS,3B)

    SP: Dickey, Medlen, Jordan Zim, Haren, Cobb, Niese, Dempster, Billingsley
    RP: Betancourt, Frieri, Jansen, Boggs

    He has Seager at third and just lost Hanrahan likely as closer for the season.

    In a vacuum, this definitely seems like a good trade but my question is does it actually help my team. I already have a good amount of power and by adding Giancarlo I would have to move one of Gardner, Torii, or Hosmer to bench and I generally do not hold bench bats. Except in Lowrie’s case, who has been on fire but is a major injury risk having not played over 90 games in a season, so while I was hedged previously by having HanRam and Headley, I wouldn’t be if I accept the trade.

    • Shane says:
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      @Shane: Also league is 6×6 OBP and K/9.

    • Charlie says:
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      @Shane: It’s a good trade, but yeah, you don’t really need to do it. I’d throw in Torii or Brett Gardner and try to get one of his pitchers to upgrade your staff, might make it worth your while.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sounds like a bargain buy-low on Stanton… tough to pass that up.

      • Shane says:
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        @Scott Evans: Haha, I know its really tempting, I’ve been trying to claw Stanton away from him pretty hard for a couple weeks offering Lowrie and Hunter for Stanton, finally got frustrated enough and is willing to sell. On most other teams this is an automatic accept, just with my team’s construction I’m not sure if moving a solid bat to the bench really helps.

        I like Charlie’s idea because the other kid has really strong pitching so may try Headley and Torii for Giancarlo and CC.

        Thanks for the help.

  25. Scott Evans

    Scott Evans says:
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    Yeah, that’s a good play.

  26. slew says:
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    Allen Webster is getting called up to start the second game of Sundays doubleheader with the Royals. Sounds like the Sox plan is to start him and then return him to Pawtucket. Worth a stream??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d say it’s worth a shot — not a bad play.

      • slew says:
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        @Scott Evans:Thanks, soon after learned R. Zimmerman had been placed on the DL, so I went with Rendon.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Nice scoop on Rendon.

  27. Mariner Mike says:
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    corbin and quintana or estrada and hamells what think?

    • Mariner Mike says:
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      @Mariner Mike: corbin and quintana or estrada and hammels

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Is this a trade? Or for your lineup next week? If it’s a trade, I definitely like the Estrada/Hamels side. But for next week only, I’d go with Corbin & Quintana.

  28. Mariner Mike says:
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    corbin and quintana or estrada and hammells what two do you like?

  29. Mariner Mike says:
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    Don’t really know how this works no replies in pm? need advice on my question trade could go tonight

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Thanks, Slew!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sorry, Mike. I was tied up, but I follow your question now. Hamels/Estrada is the better end of this one by far.

  30. Brendan says:
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    I am looking to drop one or two pitchers. If I drop one, I will use the spot for streaming. If I drop two, I will use one spot for streaming and pick up a closer. Which one(s) should I drop?

    Lance Lynn
    Jered Weaver
    C.J. Wilson
    Ian Kennedy
    Max Scherzer
    Shelby Miller
    Tony Cingrani
    Tim Hudson
    Jim Henderson
    Casey Janssen

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think you’re handcuffed at the moment. I don’t see anyone I’d cut loose just yet… not for as long as Miller & Cingrani are pitching well.

  31. RedRox says:
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    Jeremy Guthrie is starting on sunday isn’t he?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He is. Apologies for the oversight.

  32. EK says:
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    Pls rank H2H pts:

    Vogelsong
    Corbin
    Villanueva
    J. Parker
    Quintana
    Guthrie

    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      For this week? Villanueva, Vogelsong, Corbin, Quintana, Parker, Guthrie (pitches today, sorry for confustion)

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Vogelsong, Villanueva, Parker, Guthrie, Corbin, Quintana

  33. Thom says:
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    14 team Roto league. Currently second with 101.5 points. Fairly solid in every category but saves (7 pts.) and HRs (7pts). My pitchers are Wainright, Gallardo, Peavy, Milone, H. Bailey, Villanueva, Corbin, A. Bailey, Janssen, Putz. My question is do I stream with Villanueva and Corbin or use three closers to make some headway in saves? Thinking of streaming Corbin if I use six starters.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d roll with guys like Corbin & Villanueva for as long as they’re hot.

  34. Cheese says:
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    Is Aceves guaranteed the two starts even with Lackey potentially coming back?

  35. chris says:
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    need a closer, henderson only decent guy available. but i have to drop a pitcher for one..

    who should i drop – ogando, ryu, shelby miller, cangrani or morrow. this is a keeper league, so i have medlen strausburg, kershaw and matt moore.

    HELP.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      No bench bat you can cut? All your pitchers seem pretty solid…

  36. Will says:
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    What tier would you put Wade Davis in? @DET CLE

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Second Tier

  37. Dem Bums says:
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    Is Tillam swtarting twice this week?

    What tier would you slot him if so…?>

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yea he looks like he’s going twice. Third tier.

  38. Dem Bums says:
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    That should read “Tillman” ;)

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