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Wada start! Wada player! Wada guy! Tsuyoshi Wada continued to pitch well last night, tossing six innings, allowing just four hits and one walk, while giving up two earned runs and striking out six. He didn’t get the win but Wada you gonna do? After dominating AAA earlier in the year (113.2 IP, 2.77 ERA, 120/28 K/BB ratio), he struggled a bit in his second big league outing versus San Diego (4.0 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), but T-Dubs has rebounded since then, letting up just 2 ER or less in his past three starts with a 2.41 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 18/4 K/BB ratio. Maybe you’re thinking, Wada crock! But the next level stats don’t suggest any regression is coming, although it is a small sample size.  His 3.60 xFIP is great, as is his .292 BABIP and 7.7% HR/FB.  In addition, his excellent 21.7 K% demonstrates he can be a plenty useful starter for your fantasy leagues. He gets the Brewers next week and I’d take a flier on Tsuyoshi Wada if you are in need of a starter. He’s available in over 90% of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues. So Wada you waiting for… pick him up!

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

Stephen Strasburg – 5.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 BB, 7 ER, 9 K. Gave up 4 home runs to Justin Upton (20), B.J. Upton (8), Freddie Freeman (16), and Tommy La Stella (1). Just when you thought the worst was behind him and he was about to start dominating, right? Wrong. It’s not just that Strassy hasn’t been ace-like, but he’s actually hurt my team more often than he’s helped, especially in head to head leagues. You count on your aces for consistency. Maybe he’s not going to throw a 1-hitter every outing (unless he’s Kershaw), but you expect your aces to, at the very, least not get rocked like this every other start. The ‘perts say Strasburg doesn’t have the fire, or the leadership to be an ace for this staff. Nothing a stint on Celebrity Apprentice couldn’t fix. I tried to trade him at the deadline for 50 cents on the dollar, but my league vetoed it because they hate me, so I guess I’m stuck with him. Do better, Stephen!

Bryce Harper – 0-for-3. He’s batting .250 but it feels like he’s hitting .180. Bryce and Strasburg should buy a cabin high in the mountains and go live there forever where they can’t bother anyone.

Ervin Santana – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 11th win. Gave up 4 ER but still got the win. Now that’s a fantasy ace.  My vetoed trade, bee tee dubs, was Strasburg for Ervin Santana and Javy Baez. Big Erv can be an ace for your team but his perceived value is more like a third starter, remember that next year on draft day.

Denard Span – 3-for-4, run. The Spanimal has reached base in 34 straight games. He is also just about 100% owned and it only took two months.

Mike Leake – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K. Leake has had a nice run in his past three starts (20.2 IP, 3 ER, 20 K), but he had some help from some weak competition, facing Miami twice and Arizona. He gets the Rockies at Coors next week and I wouldn’t start him even if he was wearing a Clayton Kershaw jersey or a Felix Hernandez mask. Coincidentally, this is eerily similar to the way my girlfriend and I role play.

Nathan Eovaldi – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Son of a dropped-two-weeks-ago! After struggling mightily in his previous three starts, Nate has turned it around in his past two (15.0 IP, 1 ER, 12/3 K/BB ratio). However, like Leake he’s had the benefit of matching up with the Reds twice. Still if I’m looking for a starter I might give Eovaldi a shot next week at home for St. Louis.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4, HR (28). I am directing a buddy cop movie starring myself and my good-natured but short-tempered hot-head partner Giancarlo Stanton, but Stanton didn’t show up at the casting call. What’s the deal, G-Carlo? Don’t you want a face-to-face so we can flesh out our characters’ past, and how their relationship grows together over an hour and 40 minutes? Come hang out with me in my basement and let me film you. It’s a great opportunity for us to practice our improv skills and my mother will make Tostino’s pizza rolls and blue kool aid. You will never leave. Err, I mean, you will never want to leave. Mwah-ha-ha! Ha ha! Ignore my evil laugh, it’s a nervous tick.

Yangervis Solarte – 2-for-3. Solarte has found the Ying to his Yangervis again in San Diego. (Spoiler: It’s the fish tacos.)

Josh Harrison – 3-for-3, run. Extended his hitting streak to 12 games. The good news: He now has 15 runs, 5 HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB in the past two weeks and is hitting near .400. This might be the LSD talking but Harrison is a beast! Large ears, beady eyes, giant wet nose, body covered in fur…wait, how did the dog get in here!? I told you never to bother me during my special “meditation” time. The bad news: Harrison left the game after colliding with Jedd Gyorko at second base. I guess it looked a lot worse than it was, he’s day to day, but it does give you another reason to hate Jedd Gyorko.  Either way, I have a feeling Josh is going to be a name on a lot of winning fantasy teams this season.

Gregory Polanco – 3-for-4, run, RBI, SB (10). Can you believe Grey has never heard of this guy!? He’s like a top prospect and the ESPN coverage has been difficult to avoid! Crazy!

Travis d’Arnaud – 2-for-4, HR (8). Instead of drafting a catcher next year I’m just going to drink a lot of beer and bash my head against the wall a dozen times.

Bartolo Colon – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 6 K. Colon has been a tough one to pig lately. I’m sorry did I write pig, because I meant to write peg. The pig grabbed his 200th career win last night. *Slow clap* He celebrated with 200 of the finest enchiritos from Taco Bell. Colon gets the Nationals next week and Stream-O-Nator kind of likes it so I might take a chance if Mr. 200’s out there.

Anibal Sanchez – 4.2 IP, 10 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Left the game with a pectoral strain. If he’s healthy, I’m sober and at this point I think a trip to the DL is more than likely.

Adam Jones – 2-for-3, HR (22). Adaaaayum! Jonesy was the other cop in my buddy cop movie production, but I had to take his place when it was clear after the first few takes that he and Stanton had zero chemistry. Fair enough, it’s hard to match that spark me and Giancarlo share. He’s now been recast as the tough, but fair police chief with a heart of gold. Besides, me and Adam had a few creative differences i.e. he didn’t want to live in my basement. Why not!? All the pizza rolls you can eat!

Manny Machado – 2-for-4, HR (12). Oh yeeeeeah! Need a little excitement!? He is A-Rod, basically. A-Rod when he was awesome. Like, before you hated A-Rod. You are going to want to draft him next year. Remember that.

J.J. Hardy – 2-for-3, 2 HR (6), 4 RBI. J.J. is batting .385 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and slugging .731 since you dropped him last week. He’s got just six homers on the year, but perhaps the powers starting to resurface and its time to pick him up again. After waiting this long to get it going maybe we should call him J.J. Tardy. LOL! I will see myself out.

Chris Davis – 1-for-5, 2 runs, HR (20). For all the complaining his owners do I was shocked to see that Chris the Dish (nobody calls him that!) still has 20 jacks, including three in the past week! There are quite a few worse first round selections you could have made so try to be happy you got stuck with Crush.

Justin Masterson – 2.0 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, 3 BB. O’s put on a home run show last night, with six total home runs. If the Cardinals can’t fix what’s wrong with Masty, then something is seriously wrong with Masty.

Billy Butler – 2-for-3, HR (7), 3 RBI. Billy’s got a five game hitting streak and is one of the hottest potatoes in the fry-a-lator. In the past two weeks, he got 8 runs, 4 HR, 11 RBI and is batting .400 with a .756 SLG%. Cowabunga! He can also eat more pizza in one sitting than all four ninja turtles combined. If he’s still hanging out on your wire, now’s as good a time as any to scoop him up, if you can lift that much weight.

Jose Altuve – 0-for-3, left in 6th inning with neck discomfort. Altooove! Promise you won’t abandon me in my time of need! I can’t lose another friend right now, err, I mean another fantasy player.

Chris Carter – 1-for-4, HR (25). He called this homer his monster of the week.

Adam Rosales – 2-for-4, run. He’s got six hits, 2 HR and 4 RBI in the past three games. Despite the fact that he only plays versus lefties, and you’ve never heard of him before now, he’s a player to keep an eye on in the next week or so.

J.P. Arencibia – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (8). Mama mia! J.P. is one of the spiciest meatballs-a around! Grey told you to BUY and he’s managed 6 R, 4 HR, 17 RBI and most amazingly a .300 average over the past two weeks. If you need a catcher I’d grab Arencibia, even if you don’t need a catcher, doode is a hot little potato dumpling right now.

Trevor Bauer – 3.1 IP, 6 hits, 4 BB, 5 ER, 3 K. Danny Salazar has one rough start after three promising, though underwhelming, outings and the Injians send him down. Meanwhile, Bauer hasn’t pitched well in three weeks but Cleveland is just content on letting him continue to destroy my ratios. What am I missing?

Carlos Beltran  – 2-for-5, grand slammy, HR (14), 5 RBI. Beltran has been on fire lately, batting close to .400 with 4 HR and 14 RBI over the past two weeks. He’s firing on all cylinders lately, he’s even been dominating Derek Jeter and Ichiro in the club house shuffle board tournament.

Brian McCann – Left the game with a mild concussion and scheduled to see a neurologist today. Now is not the time to be holding on to a catcher, if Brian is forced to see any time on the DL, don’t be afraid to drop him like an anvil onto a concussed head.

Carlos Santana – 3-for-5, 3 RBI. It almost makes you forget he was batting under .200 on July 1. Not I! I will never forget, Carlos.

Chase Anderson – 6.0 IP, 5 base runners, ER 6 K and his 7th win. With Goldy likely done for the year, it’s arguable that Chase  has been one of the only bright spots in a season the D-Backs will likely want to forget. Yesterday’s start was Anderson’s fifth quality start in a row and he’s allowed just 6 ER in 31.0 IP in that stretch, with a 28/9 K/BB ratio. He’s still available in about 90% of leagues and he’s worth a stream next weak in Miami.

David Peralta – 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI, stole home (4). DP’s is batting .333 with a HR, SB and 5 RBI over the past week. He’s got five multi-hit performances in his past 10 games and he’s worth a look in NL-Only and deeper mixed leagues.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 3 K. Iwakuma’s only blip was a HR to Dayan Viciedo (16). Hisashi Grey’s dashi is pitching just well enough to be awesome, and just underwhelming enough to fly under the radar so I’ll be able to draft him everywhere next year. Keep it up, you da Iwakuman!

Mike Zunino – 1-for-4, 3-run HR (18). Can you guess who leads the Mariners in home runs? I will give you a hint: it is not Justin Smoak.

Kennys Vargas – 2-for-4. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and these are desperate times. I like to think I’m getting two Kennys for the price of one. Well, the two Kennys have collected a hit in every game since their call up but one and could flash some big power. If you need a first baseman, Kennys are two-for-one on the wire.

Allen Webster – 6.2 IP, 6 base runners, 2 ER, 3 K and his 2nd win. Webster’s defined this start as a big yawn with a side of meh, and a little “Oh, really?” The oh really comes from defeating a solid Angels offense, and he really flashes that fastball velocity last night. He’s worth a look in AL-Only as he gets the LAstros next week, but otherwise I’d avoid for now.

Adrian Gonzalez – 3-for-3, 1 run, HR (16), 2 RBI. Apparently, small children are good for page views so due to popular demand and desire for clicks let’s let the Apparently Kid handle this blurb. “Well, my grampa says apparently, the .265 average and 16 home runs are less than impressive, but his 76 RBI are apparently good for top 10 in the league. Well I’m a kid, I don’t watch the news but a .265 AVG,  A-Gone? This could scare some owners have to death! Apparently, you were never really a huge power guy, but it wasn’t too long ago my grampa says you were considered one of baseball’s best hitters and a .300+ average was a lock. Apparently, you’ve never ever been on live television before and the move from San Diego to Boston to Los Angeles really messed with your head. Apparently.”

Hanley Ramirez – Left the game with tightness in his side. Ruh roh. When he tried to move around with the injury was the first time I think he’s tried at anything all season.

Roberto Hernandez – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 5 K. A great debut for Roberto with his new team. The lights and glitz of Hollywood can really inspire a guy. Can someone tell Giancarlo and Adam Jones that? Because I need to see some acting but all I’m see is people talking at me. I need you to emote. Where’s the pain in your voice? I want to see hearts on sleeves, people! Obvs not you Giancarlo, because 40% of your scenes you have your shirt off, and you’re police uniform is naturally sleeveless. Show off the cannons, amiright?! Umm, where was I,…Hernandez! The move to LA does a lot to help R-Her’s fantasy value, and he will take the place in the the rotation of the injured Josh Beckett. Hernandez should get the Braves next week and he could be worth a look if you need a starter. OK, so maybe the R-Her nickname is not quite as playful as F-Her. This is getting unintentionally dark. I love you, four girl readers! Do not be afraid, I respect women. Call me! For our first date, we can talk about our fantasy teams all night until the sun comes up. #romance

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!

 

From Around The Web

  1. Donald Trump says:
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    Who do you like, ros: Kike Hernandez or Kristopher Negron? And seriously, don’t be racist!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Donald Trump: Seeing as Kike was sent to AAA I’d go with Negron.

  2. Steve says:
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    Do you think Leonys Martin busts out of his recent slump or is it time to cut bait and use him as a streamer spot. I need to clear one up between him, Ackley and Kennys. Who would you drop?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Steve: Yeah, lose Martin he’s been turribles.

  3. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    thoughts on chris coghlan being my everyday 3b at the moment? plouffe is still availible, but i lost both zimmerman and lawrie.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: Yeah, I’d roll with Coghlan at the moment, but don’t hesitate to make a switch when he gets cools.

      • Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        cool, thanks… i also streamed hector santiago for tm against boston, i had the chance to stream hammell but he scares the shit out of me at the moment. Im tied in wins for the week and it will come down tm unless james paxton can pitch past the 5th and have the lead.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: Yeah, last chance for Paxton to prove himself fantasy worthy. I def like Santiago over Hammel today but stream-o-nator is pretty lukewarm on the start.

          • Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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            @Dan Pants:

            yea, but the only other availible guys were going against descent pitchers. it was either him or charlie morton, but morton hasnt won since willie stargell was in the pirates outfield.

  4. Paul says:
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    Great writeup! Even if anibal only misses one start, is he droppable in my 10 team h2h for ventura/odorizzi/mchugh/Hahn/etc?

    As your bench/sometimes 3of – duda/Dickerson/kole? Obp and ops league

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Paul: Thanks! I’d want to know for certain what the situation with Anibal is before dropping him, but its probably gotten to that point. If you are trying to win and Sanchez is holding you back I’d make the swap for Odorizzi or Ventura (depending on match ups). Just be aware someone WILL pick up Sanchez if you drop him.

      • Paul says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks good point. What are your thoughts on duda/Corey Dickerson/Kole?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Paul: Oh sorry, missed that part. Go with Duda.

      • Regan says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Ya that guy was me on Thursday. Now I think I will be the other guy who drops him on Saturday.

  5. El cuñado says:
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    Hola! Should I buy low on Nelson Cruz? Other guy wants Stroman or Wheeler.

    • Dan Pants

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      @El cuñado: He has been terrible since the break and while I don’t expect to him be anything like he was in the first half, getting Cruz for Stroman is still a pretty good deal if you need power. I’d keep Wheeler.

      • El cuñado says:
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        @Dan Pants: Great, thanks

  6. gareth says:
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    I wonder how the word “apparently” entered his vocabulary and became his go-to word of choice. The kid reminds me of zach galafanakis.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @gareth: Because of this kid, I’ve probably used the word apparently more in the past two days than I have in the previous 7 months.

  7. Aaron says:
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    Seriously?! I think I just blew my Wada reading your title and lead. I digress, sir.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Aaron: Good one!

  8. diaperman says:
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    Great article!

    Zobrist for Archer in OBP/QS league? My pitching is solid and my current MI is Gyorko (who seems to have cooled off) and Chris Taylor (who i playing good ball but for how long?).

    Thanks in advance!

    • Dan Pants

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      @diaperman: Absolutely. BenZo for Archer is a great get in a trade.

  9. diaperman says:
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    How serious do you think Belt’s latest DL stint is? I’m getting deja vu of Justin Morneau 2010 and it makes we wanna barf.

    Should I drop him for Singleton? Other 1B are C. Santana, E. Encarnacion (back soon), and Kennys Vargas

    • diaperman says:
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      Also, sorry for the 2nd question. Last one I promise

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @diaperman: Ask as many questions as you like!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @diaperman: Yeah, concussion symptoms are bad news, and the effects can linger. If you can’t afford to stash him on your DL, I wouldn’t blame you for grabbing Singleton.

  10. Matt says:
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    15 man roto league traded Tex for Verlander, any hope Verlander gets on a rest of season hot streak like he did last year?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Matt: Maybe not quite like last year, but his last start was certainly encouraging and he’s got a nice two start week vs. SEA and PIT so now’s as good a time as any. Either way, Tex can hardly grip a bat right now so its looking like you made the right move.

  11. Mike says:
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    would you drop Hutch or AJ Burnett for Wada 5×5 roto ?
    Thx

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: Yeah, I’d lose Burnett at this point if I can’t afford to stash him until he gets it together.

  12. Matt says:
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    **any chance Verlander turns his season around**

  13. J Boy says:
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    Hey Dan, great write up – you kind of answered my question above but any problem with dropping McCann for Zunino at this point if I can’t stash him? Also, R-Her better bet ROS than Milone? I’m in a 14 team roto with QS – thanks!

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      @J Boy: Thanks. Yeah, McCann’s headed to DL and if you don’t have the DL spot I’d make the switch. I think Hernandez prob has a better chance at some Ws than Milone, but his rotation spot is likely temporary. I’d go with Hernandez next week but hard to say ROS.

  14. Regan says:
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    Wind is blowin in at Wrigley…safe to start Odorizzi.? Still has the stink on him from that last start which makes me hesitant to start him.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Regan: The Cubs kind of scare me lately, is that weird? It feels weird. Regardless, I’m starting him, he got roughed up by the angels and the CHC are not quite the Angels yet. I’d expect a rebound outing today and Stream-O-Nator is pretty high on him as well.

  15. Steve says:
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    Who would you compare Kennys Vargas to, potential-stats-wise? Dude is massive looking.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Steve: He really is a monster! But his minor league stats suggest he doesn’t have the HR power that his size would suggest. Obviously he’s still young though. A good comparisons might be a Kendrys Morales or Billy Butler?

  16. Mark says:
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    Hey dan; drop either arrieta or Stroman for either deGrom or mat latos?

    Or drop both pitchers & add either deGrom / latos then also add a bat looking at Adam laroche, Danny Santana, Josh reddick or jon singleton

    Thanks!

    • Mark says:
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      @Mark

      My other pitchers are Strasberg, cueto, mad bum & zach wheeler
      Also have Alex wood & keuchel at RP

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mark: Wow, some good free agents. I would be playing the match ups with the wire stacked like that. But I like Latos and deGrom for next week so I’d add them.

  17. ty says:
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    sitting in 1st place and I lost goldy. I’ve been streaming Singleton and i’m wondering if any of these guys would be a better option..Butler, Arencibia, Medica or K-Varg

    • Dan Pants

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      @ty: Butler’s been hot lately, as has Arencibia. I like Singleton for his power, but I might switch to a guy like Butler who won’t hurt you as much in the average department.

      • ty says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks Dan I was thinking the same thing.

  18. JustanUncle says:
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    who should i start in descending order? :

    Gomez v Grienke
    Polanco v Stults
    Cespedes v Richards
    Reddick v. Richards.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @JustanUncle: That order looks about right to me.

      • JustanUncle says:
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        @Dan Pants: ughh Reddick v Mays*

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @JustanUncle: Might go with Reddick over Cespedes if I was playing the match ups like this, but I tend to stick with my star players, I’d start Gomez, Polanco, Cespedes no matter who they’re facing.

          • JustanUncle says:
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            @Dan Pants: Yeah, normally I would agree with you but Polanco’s Lefty v Righty splits are terrible, batting . 188 v lefties as a opposed to .305 against righties. stluts might not be the best lefty out there but his splits still worry me at times.

            • Dan Pants

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              @JustanUncle: The go with Reddick, he’s definitely a solid alternative.

              • JustanUncle says:
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                @Dan Pants: haha this is gonna bite me in the arse tomorrow…

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    The apparently kid looks like Kole Calhoun

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Grey: Apparently, he’s more of a Pirates fan.

  20. J says:
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    Looking to upgrade my SS spot. (currently Asdrubal)
    One team in my league has Rollins and Reyes and it looks like he might need some pitching help.

    On the tail end of my staff I have:
    Kazmir, Ross, Arrieta, AWood, Roark, Stroman, Keuchel, Odorizzi

    a) Any suggestions on what a fair offer for one of those SS would be like? (with and without Asdrubal thrown in)
    b) Is Mchugh/Shoemaker/Hendricks better than any of my SP’s?

    • Dan Pants

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      @J: Kazmir for Rollins seems fair, and Kaz is a guy I’d be trying to sell at the moment. You’d prob need something better to land Reyes but perhaps a combo like Kazmir/Ross or Ross/Roark could get it done.

    • Dan Pants

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      @J: b. I’d hold with what you have.

  21. Todd says:
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    One catcher league, drop slumping Sal Perez for yan Gomes?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Todd: I’d hold with Perez for now.

  22. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 H2H keeper (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    Yo. Is it time to give up on Burnett? He’s been awful.. some replacement options: Wada, Anderson, Happ, R-Her, Vogelsong, Worley..

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @FillyP: If you can’t afford to stash him for a while, I would stream starters in his place, I like Anderson’s start next week and might go with him or Wada.

      • FillyP says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I can afford to stash him, so maybe he’s a hold. I’ve also got Cole stashed on the DL. My staff is: Scherzer, Kluber, Bailey, Quintana, Odorizzi, Roark, Hahn, Burnett.

        My other option is shedding one of my bench bats.. either Gattis (I’ve been playing Yan Gomes everyday), Gordon, or J.D. Martinez.

        • Dan Pants

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          @FillyP: If something good comes along dont be afraid to drop one of those bats, but I wouldn’t for any of the pitchers you listed.

  23. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Out of these currently hot players, who you like best ( or see staying hot)… Ackley, reddick, buttler, Wong, singleton…. Position isn’t a big deal, but 1b would be nice to plug in in place of Trumbo til he starts putting up power.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Crazy old guy babbling in the corner: I think Butler and Wong will provide the most consistency going forward, but I like Reddick and Singleton a lot for power.

  24. Turd Ferguson says:
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    Love the Mallrats reference…BTW, wish I could stink palm Bauer after last night.

    Better long term keeper: Salazar, Bauer, Elias

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Turd Ferguson: I still like bauer the most long term.

  25. Sliver says:
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    Please give me your odds on who will be the opening day closer for the Astros in 2015

    Qualls
    Fields
    Someone else

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Sliver: Ha, really hard to say. Qualls 40%, Fields 10%, someone else 50%. It’s anyones guess really.

  26. Tim says:
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    Is it time to drop Masterson in a dynasty league? 16 team, h2h,currently in 4th place with an awesome starting staff if Kershaw, Kluber, Richards, Arrieta, Porcello, Strasburg, Bailey and Fister. Trevor may and Jake lamb are on waivers after there recent callups. I could grab kyle Hendricks. I already have five guys on my hitting bench, so wouldn’t want to grab another bat. Have aroldis, Robertson, Britton and Mejia closing.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tim: In that format if you can afford to stash him on my bench a while, and it sounds like from your staff you can, I probably would.

  27. Matalack says:
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    Question: I’m in a 12 team H2H keeper league. I’m needing to make a big trade with Goldy out.
    Which is the better keeper long term at 3B?
    Donaldson or Longoria? One stays and one goes into a package.

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Matalack: I’d want Donaldson.

  28. barenrewn says:
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    I was able to pick up Baez, in my keeper league, and Tulo’s owner said he’d trade me Tulo for Baez. I may be totally over thinking this, but I make this trade, right? My only hesitation is Tulo’s injuries. What do y’all think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @barenrewn: Baez projects crazy power but Tulo is proven although maybe injury prone. I’d want Tulo.

  29. stonepie says:
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    top 10 keepers for next year? might fire sale in hopes of getting someone to compliment miggy next year

    • Dan Pants

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      @stonepie: Are you asking best keeper players or top 10 for next year? My Top 10 will probably include Trout, Miggy, McCutchen, Abreu, Goldy, Stanton, Kershaw, Tulo, Jones in some order.

      • stonepie says:
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        @Dan Pants: both i suppose? i have miggy, rizzo and cano as possibles (we keep 2) but feel if i move cano/rizzo and more, it could net me a mccutchen type player. tried for trout and he’s not going for it.

        since miggy is probably 1st base only next year, id rather not have 2 first base keepers

        • pick says:
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          @stonepie: what are your keeper rules? auction price, or round you drafted them? i have rizzo and cabrera like you. I have rizzo for $10, and cabrera for $40. obviously this is my situation and not yours, but id keep rizzo and deal miggy/cano for trout or mccutchen etc etc.

          • stonepie says:
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            @pick: no price/round rules. just general keepers that account for the first two ’rounds’ of the draft. so get the 2 best players no matter what.

            alot of times the first round of my draft has better players than some guys keepers.

            • Dan Pants

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              @stonepie: Rizzo is definitely in the top 20. I tend to keep two 1B with possible and they are generally my best bats, if you can’t trade Cano I’m sure there’s a market for Cabrera and any of the players I listed would be a good get if you don’t want two 1B.

  30. Matalack says:
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    I just got offered a trade of Lucroy, Brantley & a 2nd round draft pick next season for Baez. I already have Ramirez, though I’ve been considering trading him and only Howie Kendrick at 2B (which Baez now has eligibility at). Should I make the trade or not? I have a great shot at the championship with this I think, but I hate to trade a stud.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Matalack: do that yes

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @nick the dick: what are lucroy and brantley, except studs themselves. brantley is top 20 player this year, and lucroy is top 3 catcher.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Matalack: Yes, Brantley and Lucroy are proven stars. Do the trade.

  31. Joe says:
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    Dan would you trade David wright and mat adams for David price?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Joe: Depends on need, if I could spare the offense and needed an ace, not too many pitching better than Price at the moment.

  32. dk says:
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    If Josh Harrison qualifies for 2nd base next year, is he worth keeping at $15?

    • Dan Pants

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      @dk: If he keeps playing the way he has been, and with his multiple position eligibility, yes he’s probably worth $15.

  33. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H limited moves league, I have 10 left for the season (incl. playoffs) and am comfortably in 1st. Do i use a move to replace McCann while he’s on the DL, or wait it out? If so, who’s the grab? Castro (HT’s choice for the week), Arencibia, Ramos, Zunino or Vogt? TB, BB and K count.

  34. Josh Freeman says:
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    Dan the Man,
    I need an OF for ROS pts league. Here are top10 available. Who’d you take? Thanks.

    Seth Smith
    Venable
    Lagares
    Stubbs
    Parra
    BJ
    Sizemore
    Inciarte
    Tavares
    Dom Brown

    • Dan Pants

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      @Josh Freeman: I think I’d take my chances with Tavares.

  35. Green says:
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    Hey dan who are you starting this week at utility; jay Bruce vs polanco vs reddick & lastly jon singleton

    • Dan Pants

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      @Green: Depends what I need, I’d probably go with Bruce though.

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