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Ike Davis had an epic 21st century breakdown this year that has rendered his fantasy baseball owners jaded and viewing this basket case as a true American idiot. What a nimrod! I’ll admit that I screamed in silence after owning him this year, but let’s try to take the long view here. Yes, he’s 2,000 light years away on holiday in the minors after leading your team down a boulevard of broken dreams, but this a warning that Ike, walking contradiction that he is, could finally come around to what we previously expected. I might be a minority here, but, in the end, I still believe he’s capable of producing an .800+ OPS in the majors. Some players temporarily burnout, while other are able to make things click when you least expect it. Right, Chris Davis? We’ve all been waiting a long time for him to see the light and I will look to grab him where I have an open bench spot. Hopefully we’ll be welcomed to paradise. If his stats go kerplunk a final time, then I’ll be willing to bid him a permanent good riddance. Anyway, here are some other players that have my ear in OPS leagues:

Josh Donaldson – This is the stuff of legends! Last week, I said, “About a month ago, I optimistically projected an .810 OPS for the rest of the season for this third baseman. Since then he’s had an .805 OPS. Checkmate.” Well, in the last week he’s had a 1.766 OPS, which ranks tops in the league among those who played in more than one game. This makes me happy. That is all.

Matt Joyce – At the end of April, I said, “He’s probably on your waiver wire. If you can bench him against lefties, pick him up and do so. I’m not at all worried by his slow start and expect him to produce at a similar level to last season going forward.” He ended up having a fantastic May, followed by a down June, causing him to reappear on the waiver wire in a decent amount of leagues. You know what to do.

Carlos Quentin – I really don’t want to be known as the guy who constantly praises Quentin, but he has an .854 OPS on the year. Yes, he gets injured often and probably wants to beat you up, but he is available in nearly all leagues and is likely the best OPS boost you can get off waivers.

Adam Eaton – Sounds like he’ll be back in a couple weeks. In February, I thought he was in for a huge year. Then he got injured. Now I want everybody with a DL or bench spot to pick up this guy. To me, he’s the rarest kind of SAGNOF: one who won’t hurt your OPS.

Lance Berkman – He’s another guy that is on waivers in most leagues who I’m looking to buy low (free?) wherever possible. If he is able to get healthy enough to play, he could provide a solid OPS, as evidenced by his .936 OPS in April.

Dan Uggla – I’m not sure what to think about his new contacts, but he’s making a lot better contact over the past week. Causation, correlation, or indigestion?

Tom Jacks is sporadically on Twitter @votetomjacks

  1. kyle says:
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    worth dropping willingham to pick up ike…?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @kyle: Wait to see how long Willingham will be out. If it’s at least a couple weeks, then I’d drop him for Ike.

  2. Clint says:
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    What’s your take on the Mets giving Eric Young Jr more playing time at 2B? I’ve got Howie Kendrick there but the prospect of EYJ’s SAGNOF potential has me salivating if he actually got full time use there. If he gets elligibility is it worth the swap?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Clint: I like EYJ, but he could eventually kill your OPS. Kendrick is too good for me to drop.

  3. uncdrew says:
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    I can’t find any news on Ike, other than some blurbs that he’s not due back soon.

    Anyone know if he’s due back soon? :D

    • Tom Jacks

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      @uncdrew: Haha good point. His return isn’t imminent, but I think he’ll resurface in the next week or two. Him playing against AAA pitchers in the PCL should force a call up sooner rather than later…

  4. Ozzie Virgil says:
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    Ike is the Jesus of Surburbia

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Ozzie Virgil: Nice! He’s sure got a Jesus (Montero) complex…

  5. Fish says:
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    Give Trout/Utley/Desmond Jennings to get Mccutchen/Reyes/Sale?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Fish: It’s not a bad deal, but I wouldn’t do that.

  6. Juice_0321 says:
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    Add Carlos Martinez in speculation of a starting job in the second half and drop David Hernandez or pickup Skaggs or Martin Perez?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Juice_0321: I’d go with Skaggs. If he has a couple good starts, his trade value could skyrocket.

      • Juice_0321 says:
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        @Tom Jacks: In a 10 team h2h format you think Skaggs over Pedro Jr? I need K’s!

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Juice_0321: Skaggs has been striking out over a guy per inning in the PCL this year, so he ain’t no slouch, yo!

          • Tom Jacks

            Tom Jacks says:
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            @Tom Jacks: Although that’s assuming I know what “slouch” means.

            • Juice_0321 says:
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              @Tom Jacks: I got ya! I am just concerned about the 5+ ERA and the fact that the D-Backs are considering Skaggs and a couple others for the rotation spot vacated by Cahill. I need to make my moves count at this point. I only have 7 moves left for the entire season.

              • Tom Jacks

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                @Juice_0321: Ah ok – the moves limit does make a bit of a difference. In that case I could see going with Martinez since his spot looks more guaranteed. They’re both close in my mind.

  7. Kobayashi Maru says:
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    I’ve been trying to buy-low on Headley, and the owner is close to doing the deal for Moss, but I’m starting to worry that in an OBP and SLG league, that even a decent version of Headley isn’t going to perform much better than Moss.

    Also, Iwakuma or CC ROS?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Kobayashi Maru: I’d do the deal for Headley. I like him as a buy low and expect him to be better than decent.

      I’d take Iwakuma over CC.

      • Kobayashi Maru says:
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        @Tom Jacks: now the hard question, Iwakuma and Moss for CC and Headley?

        I agree with both of your answers, I’m just not sure the upgrade from Moss to Headley is worth the downgrade of Iwakuma to CC, also, no wins in our league, which I think removes of some of CCs traditional value.

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Kobayashi Maru: Thanks. Where would you be playing Headley? As in, is he replacing Moss in a utility or CI spot or would he be a 3B upgrade?

          • Kobayashi Maru says:
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            @Tom Jacks: I have Butler, Zimmerman and Moss right now, thus I’m a bit desperate for counting stats and particularly, home runs. I’m also in 10th with 5 matchups to go (Harper, Heyward, Upton, Zimmerman, Morse, BJ and Butler have lead to a pretty unimpressive first 2/3 of my season considering my team did nothing from mid-may through yesterday)

          • Kobayashi Maru says:
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            @Tom Jacks: but it is a h2h categories 6×6, with just a 12 point spread from 4th to 10th, so a comeback is possible. I guess I’m worried two more weeks of Headley sucking may knock me out of contention.

            • Tom Jacks

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              @Kobayashi Maru: Well, there’s many guys on your team who I expect to improve, so hopefully you are able to turn things around.

              I’d pass on the trade unless you can negotiate a straight up Moss/Headley deal.

  8. Justin Cook says:
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    Just traded Segura, Beltre, Parnell for J. Upton, Chapman. With my surplus at OF, and short supply at CI, I am considering Marte for Rizzo. With Votto, Upton, Tulo, Bruce as keepers, odds are neither Marte or Rizzo make that cut. Pull the trigger?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Justin Cook: Nice trade. Yeah, I’d do that deal. I like Rizzo quite a bit and am not that high on Marte.

  9. bb says:
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    in a k/bb league do you like fister or teheran rest of season?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @bb: Mister Fister

  10. Philsfan76 says:
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    Tom,

    Do i drop Howard for Ike in a points league? Howard is killing me and i’m a Phils fan!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      Hey Philsfan – I have no problem dropping Howard, but how deep is your league? If there’s no decent player on waivers, then I’d be fine with picking up Ike (although you may have to wait at least a week).

      • Philsfan76 says:
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        @Tom Jacks: sorry, Tom, its a 12- teamer. I think my question was almost more out of frustration than anything, but im ready to cut ties with him, which is sad. im waiting on news of Ike’s callup hoping he’s fixed. Can’t be worse than the ‘big piece’ of crap, right????

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Philsfan76: Haha no worries. God help us all if Ike continues to be worse than Howard!

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    thanks,getting to the heat of the reason,nice post

  12. G says:
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    How much does feldmans value now go up moving to Baltimore? He’s on waivers in my league and thinking of snagging him

    • Tom Jacks

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      @G: I’d only look at him in deeper leagues. I’m a bit worried about the park and league changes.

      • Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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        @Tom Jacks: worth streaming him @ CWS tomorrow?

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Billy B-Cup Butler: I wouldn’t. Their offense is weak, but a long ball is always possible in that park.

  13. Zoot says:
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    McCutchen… or Holliday and Mike Minor

    the rest of my pitchers are Kershaw, Hamels, Gio, James Shields, Kyle Kendrick and Kyle Lohse… we start 7…

    Thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Zoot: I’d go with Cutch.

      • Zoot says:
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        @Tom Jacks:

        Thanks man!

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Zoot: No problem!

  14. Mike says:
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    Is Lind enough to receive for Shelby in Roto league?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Mike: Which Shelby?

      • Mike says:
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        Miller

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Mike: I’d want a bit more than Lind for him.

  15. Big AL says:
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    Ike is like your first girlfriend that dumped you. You just can’t quite get over it. Your thinking she’ll like you again and you get your hopes up, but no she lets you down again and goes out with the guy you most dislike in school. But you hear she broke up with that dil-rod and you think you want her back,but now she’s dating a girl. Well I don’t know about you ,but I feel better. Leave Ike be. Or you don’t know Jack. Seriously just walk away ,turn the page. Or talk to Grey. We both dated that same girl,,,,,,,,,,LOL

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Big AL: This is an amazing comment, but I find myself wanting you to elaborate… Did you really date the same girl?

      • Big AL says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Nah !!! We didn’t date the same girl in high school. I am a Jersey boy though. Wouldn’t it be a trip if I dated his mom ? I reference Grey because he ‘s like you on maybe Ike will have that killer second half like last year. Ike is like our fanasty high school girlfriend ( Eloise ) good looking ,but bound to disappoint. Glad you liked the comment.I like to be a little creative now and then. Later Tom………

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Big AL: Haha that would be something! That analogy makes a lot of sense. Later Al…

  16. G says:
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    Drop Cobb for eaton?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @G: Not unless he’s your worst pitcher.

  17. danny almonte says:
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    So what kind of stat line are you expecting from Eaton?

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      @danny almonte: I think he can be a better version of Brett Gardnet, if that helps.

  18. Give Machado, Gregg & Betancourt for Rosario, Headley, and Pineda in a keeper… I’d be giving Machado and I don’t really want to do it, but it looks too good.. I’ve got Molina & Castro at C, and a surplus of closers… thoughts?

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    @danny almonte: I think he can be a better version of Brett Gardner, if that helps.

  20. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Thinking about dealing Yovanni Gallardo for Luke Gregerson 10 NL only roto 5×5. Im in second last place in saves & first in all other pitching categories. Ya dig?

  21. Andrew says:
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    Grade the trade.

    One team who’s out of it gives up Joe Mauer ($20) for Anthony Rendon ($5) and Chris Tillman ($1).

    10 team roto, you can keep 5 at a 10% increase and 3 more doubled.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Andrew: I like it a lot.

      • Andrew says:
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        @Tom Jacks:

        which side?

        • Tom Jacks

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          @Andrew: The Rendon/Tillman side.

  22. malamoney says:
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    In what rounds do you see the following players being drafted in a 10 team H2H points league that favors pitching?

    Shelby Miller, Jason Kipnis, Starling Marte and Julio Teheran

    • Tom Jacks

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      @malamoney: I could see Miller and Kipnis going around pick 75. Marte probably in the next 50 picks. Teheran a little later.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Tom Jacks: thanks. How bot Wil Myers?

        • Tom Jacks

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          @malamoney: That’s tough to say yet. If he performs well this year, I could see people taking him as early as the third round. If he’s just ok, then maybe the fifth. If he struggles, maybe the seventh.

  23. MB says:
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    Hello, is Austin Jackson and Starlin Castro enough in return for Jose Bautista?

    • Tom Jacks

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      @MB: I think it’s fair, but I’d try for slightly more if possible.

  24. Deck says:
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    Shields Kemp
    For
    Votto Balfour

    Whats side do you take?

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Deck: The Votto side.

  25. Buzzdainer says:
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    In a 20-team, 7×7 keeper league that counts QS and K/BB, how would you rank the following:

    Kyle Kendrick
    Matt Garza
    John Lackey
    Bud Norris
    Felix Doubront

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Buzzdainer: I’ll say Garza, Kendrick, Norris, Doubront, Lackey. Although I’d bump Garza down a spot if he got traded to a tough environment for pitchers, like the Rangers.

      • Buzzdainer says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Thanks!

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @Buzzdainer: No problem!

  26. blinkldhc says:
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    What do I do with Dan Uggla?

    I’m in a 12-category league: R, HR, RBI, XBH, TB, GIDP, SO, SB, BA, OBP, SLG, E (yes, errors).

    For a 2B, Uggla delivers in R, HR, RBI (typically), XBH, OBP (typically), SLG.

    The problem is that he really, really kills in BA and SO — so much that he’s a one-man anchor in those categories. When he’s not producing XBH/HR, everything positive that he does evaporates, but still provides the killer negatives.

    He’s a .201 with a .268 BABIP, but his career BA/BABIP is .250/.291, so I’m assuming that he could reach .240-.250 with a little luck.

    Do I trade him for 50 cents on the dollar? Do stick it out? I can’t really drop him…

    • Tom Jacks

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      @blinkldhc: I’d stick it out. I think he’ll be a bit better going forward. I also think you’re unlikely to get anywhere near a decent return.

  27. jason batteiger says:
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    great job of cramming in near as many green day allusions as paul’s boutique had samples!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @jason batteiger: Haha thanks! I figured: why stop with a few, when I can reach the point of being obnoxious (although I tried my best to avoid making it a confusing read for a non-green day fan).

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