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Fancy meeting you here, and look at you: all dressed up with no place to go. As the season winds down, some are focused on last-minute playoff help (I try to appease you below), while others are reflecting on the past season. Let’s try to focus on the positives and learn a little something. I’m curious to hear which player you think is most deserving of the “OPS League MVP Award”. Let’s stay away from Miguel Cabrera, who was obviously great, but cost you a high draft pick. I’m looking for guys who provided value that far exceeded what they cost you on draft day and were truly a gift from the fantasy baseball gods. This will ideally help to provide us with a list of potential targets for next season (don’t worry; nobody else besides us will see this). Anyway, for those of you fortunate enough to still be in contention, here are some potential targets:

Matt Joyce – I want to use him to address a larger point. Sorry for using you, Matt! Here’s the deal, as the season winds down, each remaining day is that much more important. You want to fill those empty spots in your lineup on days with few games and play the matchups, where it appears to provide a clear advantage. Joyce is one of the best because he is the proud owner of an .850 OPS against righties. This season, I’ve repeatedly said, “He’s probably on your waiver wire. If you can bench him against lefties, pick him up and do so.” You know what to do.

Jason Castro – What’s hotter than being hot? Ice cold! Err, I mean, Castro!

Carlos Ruiz – What’s a lesser degree of being hot relative to Jason Castro? Carlos Ruiz! That rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?

Darin Ruf – Just because he surfaced in the majors later than the typically successful major leaguer, doesn’t mean that he has to fall off a cliff soon. And who would want that anyway? Player age is overrated. Did I just say that aloud? No, it merely looks like I typed it…

Dustin Ackley – Don’t look now, but Ackley’s having a nice month. Ok, go ahead and look. I’ll still be here when you come back.

Adam Eaton – Oh, Adam. I’d been lusting after you all season and now that the year is nearly over you decide to be all, “Now I’m healthy and I’ll hit.” That’s cruel, Adam. Not quite Carlos Quentin cruel, but cruel nonetheless. Although you know that I could never stay mad at you. Don’t worry, I won’t randomly bench you to teach you a lesson. Just please continue to hit and save my playoff aspirations. Or at the very least, figure out a way to keep David Ortiz healthy for the rest of the season, because that would certainly save my team. (End scene).

Nick Swisher – He’s had an up and down year, and probably another cliché or two as well. Somehow he’s available in a few leagues, so I’m obligated to list him per my contract.

Donnie Murphy – I don’t understand it either. Next question?

Tom Jacks is sporadically on Twitter @votetomjacks

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  1. TheNewGuy says:
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    My OPS league MVP (if I played in one), Crush Davis!

    Aquired him in my OBP keeper league at $4 for Henderson and Samardzija earlier in the year when we had no idea how legit he was. Best deal I’ve done all year, and what a great keeper he’ll be.

    Oh and for you stattos his OPS for the year is 1.066. Ridonkulous.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @TheNewGuy: He’s definitely a great one. That trade must be haunting the other owner…

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @Tom Jacks: yeah that’s brutal

  2. Casey says:
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    I am in a very good spot to win my league but i’m debating on whether to drop Jennings. I am so sick of his terrible stats throughout the year. I feel like he has gotten hot once this season. Anyway, I was thinking about adding Domingeuez or joyce. Joyce scares me though because he doesn’t play everyday. Codey Ashe, Viciedo, and LaRoach are still out there. Who would you go with down the stretch? Am I foolish for dropping Jennings?
    Thanks

    • kevan kent says:
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      i like viciedo, i am 159-77-4 in 1st place in a competitive 12 team league looking to lock down my lineup before playoffs in my league and wih marte’s injury i need an OF, i added Joyce AND Viciedo, viciedo is hot since returning @Casey:

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Casey: You wouldn’t be foolish for dropping Jennings in a re-draft league, but I would still hang onto him. Viciedo and LaRoche are the guys I’d be between if you want power, can disregard steals, and have to play the guy every day. I love Joyce, but I wouldn’t use him if you can’t afford to bench him against lefties.

  3. kevan kent says:
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    I gotta go with the one and only Paul Goldschmidt, got him for $11 in a keeper league. resisted the trade offers early in the season, sure glad i kept him! I got Miggy for trading Mauer, Beltre, and Victorino. Hes been a good addition also along with McCutchen and Trout!

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @kevan kent: He’s been great this year and should easily be a top keeper. That’s a great trade for Miggy too. Hope you won that league with that lineup…

  4. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Yeah it’s gotta be Chris Davis. For me personally, on my OPS league team, it’s probably a combination of Matt Carpenter (.861) and Chris Johnson (.836), 2 guys I got off waivers that play premium positions. Carp’s diverse position eligibility has been especially valuable, although he slots in at 2B most days for me.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice: Those two are great ones. I forgot that Carpenter was on waivers, which made him even more valuable. That production at 2B may have only been second to Cano…

      • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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        @Tom Jacks: Carpenter was only barely on waivers. I picked him up seconds after the draft ended (dropped Albuquerque).

        • Tom Jacks

          Tom Jacks says:
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          @RandomItalicizedVoice: I love looking back at moves like that and believe that they’re just as, if not more, important than the draft (along with trades). Hopefully you’re doing well in that league.

          • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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            @Tom Jacks:

            3rd place and in striking distance of 1st.

            Yeah in leagues I do well in, at the end of the season I usually make a tree out of my add/drops and see what draft pick ended up as which player at the end of the season. You really do get a nice sense of where your key moves were this way.

            • Tom Jacks

              Tom Jacks says:
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              @RandomItalicizedVoice: Nice, good luck!

              I like that tree method quite a bit. Seems like a great way to identify why some solid players are out there (rookie, injury, etc.) and potentially predict some for next year.

              • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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                @Tom Jacks:

                Yeah one thing this reinforces for me every year (as you alluded to above) is that waiver pickups are just as important as the draft. IMO, the first 10 rounds or so are fairly important, but in the 2nd half or so of most drafts, I rarely end up with 2 or 3 players left on my final roster. It always helps to hit on a Trout, Bautista, Encarnacion, or Chris Davis breakout type or two, but by and large the vast majority of the 2nd half of most drafts is far less important than most people realize. Also, I’ve seen again and again that you can also miss on several of your 1st 10 draft picks and still be very competitive. So yeah…in that league above my 2B after the draft was Weeks and my 3B was Moustakas. Total busts. Carpenter and C. Johnson very much saved my ass for those tough to fill positions.

                • Tom Jacks

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                  @RandomItalicizedVoice: Yeah, I agree that you can miss on a couple of your top picks and still do well as long as you recover elsewhere. After the draft is where many people have trouble because there are draft preparation kits, etc. everywhere, but the post-draft strategy is largely up to each individual owner.

  5. Harris says:
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    Question. The Cards sent down Tuler Lyons and brought up Salas. He’s supposed to pitch Sunday. It’s September 1st. Do you think he’s going to be brought back up to pitch that Sunday game?

    • Harris says:
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      @Harris: Joe Kelly is getting that start. Trying to finish out a season with guys like Lyons nd Eovalldi is no fun. Lol.

      • Tom Jacks

        Tom Jacks says:
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        @Harris: Haha yep. It’s tough when they’re not on a normal 5 day schedule.

  6. Shawn of the livid says:
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    I’d like some opinions on this trade I vetoed:

    Markakis and Wade Miley for Alfonso Soriano…..

    The one receiving Soriano is in 3rd, and clinched a playoff spot.

    The guy giving away Soriano is in last place, no chance for playoffs.

    I veto this because Soriano is on fire the last 30 days producing great stats across the board, I don’t believe that this dude would let him go if he was still in contention. Especially for Markakis and Wade, this is a 10team H2H, so I would have dropped both those guys and grabbed something better by now.

    It seems like a gift trade to me. These guys are friends and I think the last place guy is trying to give the other an advantage in the playoffs without trying to seem too obvious.

    And, why is a team in last place, during the last week of regular, season trying to make trades anyways?

    Does anyone agree with me or am I an asshole for the veto? Thanks

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @Shawn of the livid:

      I’d be pretty pissed if that got vetoed if I were either manager.

      Vetoes are for collusion ONLY. There is no other reason to veto a trade. Veto happy leagues absolutely SUCK.

      • Shawn of the livid says:
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        @RandomItalicizedVoice: Yeah. That’s what I mean. I think one guy has no reason to make the trade besides helping out his buddy. And for the record there has not been one veto in this league all year. But I would like to veto this one

        • Shawn of the livid says:
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          @Shawn of the livid: Both Wade and Markakis are droppable in a H2H 10 team. Soriano is absolutely on fire and heading into the playoffs I wouldn’t mind having a hot bat like that. buuuuttt if you had no chance at the playoffs then maybe give your buddy a hot bat? That’s the way I see that trade

          • Shawn of the livid says:
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            @Shawn of the livid: LOL, Soriano hit a 3run bomb while I was typing the above post.

            • Tom Jacks

              Tom Jacks says:
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              @Shawn of the livid: Soriano apparently reads this while he’s on-deck…

    • @Shawn of the livid: If the guys are friends and its not a keeper league then yeah. Smells fishy. Seems like collusion.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Shawn of the livid: I agree with what’s been said. I really don’t like vetoing trades or having mine vetoed and believe that should only be reserved for collusion. Since you know the guys personally, you’d know best.

  7. Ryanjoe13 says:
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    Drop Gee for Estrada? This week and next week matchups matter most.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Ryanjoe13: I think I’d rather have Gee. From what I can tell, Estrada doesn’t have significantly better matchups.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Ryanjoe13: Actually, I take it back. After taking a closer look, I prefer Estrada. I thought Gee was better than he’s been.

  8. Chris says:
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    Should Jon Niese or Sonny Gray be dropped for Dan Haren? I was going to drop Niese but he’s firing another gem tonight. Granted it’s the phillies but he’s pitched well lately. Any help’s appreciated. Thanks.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Chris: I’d be ok with dropping Gray for Haren.

  9. Had Wong in as my 2b, but we are going to playoffs and I dont trust him to get enough playing time.

    its a pts H2H league. A have found that OPS is a good indicator. The league also values steals.

    Some 2b that are sitting there and the pts they have gotten the last 30 days:

    Scooter G – 91.6
    Ackley – 75.7
    Bonifacio – 68.1
    Murphy (cubs) – 93.7
    Gyorko – 69

    How would you rank these guys? I have them ranked by my thinking…

    Much thanks!

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Bing Crosby: I’d rank them Scooter, Gyorko, Bonifacio, Ackley, Murphy.

      Gyorko has been better since returning from the DL and I’m still not completely trusting Ackley yet.

  10. JJ says:
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    I need to grab another pitcher now that Harvey has bitten the dust.
    Which of these arms do you like the best ROS?
    M.ESTRADA
    T.WALKER(is he likely getting the call)
    J.CHACIN
    T.CAHILL
    A.CASHNER
    A.PETTITTE
    R.VOGELSONG
    J.QUINTANA
    J.KELLY
    U.JIMINEZ
    Z.MCALLISTER
    Thanks for the help as always

    • Tom Jacks

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      @JJ: I like Estrada the best, but would alternate him with Quintana based on matchups if that’s a possibility.

      • JJ says:
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        @Tom Jacks:
        Yeah I was leaning towards Estrada as well.
        Thanks

        Who do you like the best out of these speedy outfielders.
        C.CRISP
        D.FOWLER
        L.MARTIN
        W.VENABLE
        I am rostering the last 3 right now but was thinking about dropping one for Crisp

        • JJ says:
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          @JJ:
          A.EATON is actually available as well

        • Tom Jacks

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          @JJ: I’d drop Fowler and Martin for Crisp and Eaton.

  11. Czernobog says:
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    My team MVPs:

    Shin-Soo Choo: 850 OPS, close to 20/20.

    Matt Carpenter: 860 OPS, 100+ runs

    Carlos Santana: 825 OPS, 16 HR.

    Choo & Santana in particular are worth quite a bit more compared to a normal league. And Chris Carter’s 25 HR look a lot better with a 760 OPS than a 210 AVG.

    • Tom Jacks

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      @Czernobog: Those are all good ones. Choo was a bit undervalued in drafts. Carpenter has been a beast. Santana could be undervalued next year since his home run total isn’t what most people were hoping for. Carter is still available in most leagues, but has value.

  12. Reginald Denny says:
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    My team’s MVP: Goldschmidt or Trout.
    LVP: Definitely Josh Hamilton.

    • Tom Jacks

      Tom Jacks says:
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      @Reginald Denny: Oh, Hamilton. I’m still amazed that, after consistently producing a .900 OPS, he’s struggling to tread over .700…

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