Rudy’s off on some far away exotic island (Manhattan) and asked me to wave my wand on the fantasy baseball roundtable.  This week it’s hosted by Patrick Cain of the Albany Times Union.  (I think the sun only comes in from the west in Albany, hence his eyeblack under only one eye.)  This week’s question:

Second Half Sleepers that should be available in more than 50% of mixed leagues.  Here’s the answers.

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:

    i know,huff,he has 3 rbi today so lets hope so

  2. Eric C. says:

    But isn’t Adam Laroche no longer an everyday player?

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric C.: I wrote my answers last week right after the trade. I probably wouldn’t have put him on there this week, but he’s worth playing when he’s starting. You would need to platoon him.

  4. Curly Day says:

    I’m so close to dumping Cueto. I’ve tried to trade him, no takers (maybe high asking price). Can he at least be ok and not terrible?

  5. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    I have now added Nick Punto in all formats.

    All due respect, but was the first guy sending his answer from a time machine stuck three weeks in the past? Garrett Jones… hmmmm… I’ll have to check that guy out…

  6. bobbo says:

    Preliminary report sending Sherrill to Dodgers. Baez worth a speculative pickup (Johnson is already rostered)???

  7. jamesllegade says:

    On an unrelated note… Our league has decided to go Auction next year.

    One problem is that it’s a keeper league and we need to find a way to set $ value on the keepers we will carry into next year.

    We will be discounting what ever the $ figures are but the problem is finding full MLB $ values from pre-season 2009. I have found lots of AL only or NL only but can’t find Full MLB ones. Other than Rotoauthority… and that would involve me hipping my dufus league mates to one of my favorite fantasy sites. (on a related unrealted note; you can’t imagine how often I read funny stuff on Razzball and want to tell them about it but can’t as I don’t want to let them in on the brilliant advice. I’m terrified to even use the term “SAGNOF” as they might google it. I guess that is not really the viral marketing you are after, huh?)

    Anyone got good list of preseason full MLB dollar values? Preferably from a crappy fantasy advice site?

  8. Corey says:

    Trade Advice:
    Kinsler,Upton, Matt Kemp, Broxton for Longoria, Vasquez, Hill, Cruz
    Which Side Wins?

  9. Lava says:

    I like the Longoria side because of Vasquez, but the Kinsler side is heavy on SB. It’s power+SP vs SB+SV, as I see it

  10. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Lava: kinsler/upton (which one?)/kemp aren’t exactly lacking in power though. and all 3 could give you 30 SBs.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: Thanks for the heads up!

  12. bobbo says:

    @Grey: No problem… Jim Johnson is taken in my league, grab Baez?

  13. Lava says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: True, and that’s why they’re both pretty fair. I guess it all comes down to whether they need the SB’s, or pitching stats, as Vasquez will give pretty much everything.

    I’ve owned Vasquez in two leagues this year, though, so I’m a little biased towards how awesome he has been.

  14. Robert says:

    Should Bay ride the bench for a day or two? Nothing but Ks lately.

  15. One Pitcher – One Hitter recommendation please…If in need of saves, would you drop an arm swelling Liriano for J. Johnson? And IF Huff is ready to commence his routine second half surge, do you think that Cantu might be on the “off again” portion of his career schedule and he should be dealt for Aubrey? Thanks!

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Robert: I’d never bench him.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:

    @zombie: Go with Johnson. Go with Huff.

  18. anon says:

    @jamesllegade: haha, I don’t call players schmohawks in my league because I don’t want leaguemates to google the term. I do say “sonovabench”, tho, so I probably have already tipped off a couple diligent googlers.

  19. GTS says:

    Dump Lannan for Cecil?

  20. GTS says:

    J. Johnson or Capps?

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:

    cubs get grabow and gordzelani

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: If you like, it’s a coin flip.

    @GTS: Capps

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks for the heads up!

  23. royce! says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Any idea who the Cubs parted with?

  24. bobbo says:

    Freakin’ Breslow giving up a dinger to Mr. Big PEDS Papi… thats why you don’t take Wuertz out (yay for my middle reliever ERA blowing up again).

  25. GTS says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey

  26. anon says:

    Who is the add in San Diego for saves if Bell gets traded?

  27. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @royce!: not said yet so obviously ,nobody

  28. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @anon: Grey says Bergerson. I like Mike Adams better, if only because he’s a veteran with some closing experience, and he’s been pitching the 8th of late.

    I’ve been wrong before, though. Many, many times.

    However, with Sherrill traded, hopefully my Jim Johnson gets bumped up to Junky Closer status.

    Now we just need Scott Downs and Bell to get swapped. Come on, sellers!

  29. royce! says:

    Josh Bell and Steve Johnson for Sherrill is a pretty nice deal for the Orioles. Seems they will continue to make a mockery of the Mariners for years to come. In other news, Bedard nixes the pen session because of lingering soreness. Mariners fans are feeling more than lingering soreness. In the butt.

  30. jamiesonmj says:

    Grey, I need to make up innings in my points league, and the following pitchers are on waivers: Shields, S. Baker, Duchscherer, Wolf. I have Hamels, C. Lee, Oswalt, Lilly, Dempster, Latos, and Volquez. I also have Matt Thornton using a P spot in my starting lineup, and Miguel Olivo as a backup catcher that I can drop. Should I pursue any combination of the aforementioned pitchers?

  31. Scotty says:

    Drop David Price for Joe Blanton?

  32. Dad says:

    @Grey: As a Broxston owner, would you trade Madson for Sherrill?

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @jamiesonmj: i know shields hasnt been as good as before but he is still a guy to own

  34. Thanks Grey. Dropped Liriano for Johnson & feel better already! Meanwhile… any thoughts on the thusfar worthless Josh Hamilton(been dropped to Kempintheorder without the desired affect!)? Bounceback forthcoming? & if so, in a Keeper League, might David Price and THE Garrett Jones have a prayer at acquiring him? Thanks again.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jamiesonmj: I agree with AL. I’d drop Thornton for Shields too.

  36. struggler says:

    @Grey: Need saves and had been holding Johnson for a week. Success! Still holding Rauch. Rauch or Gregerson? Or do you think there is someone else worth holding? I could also drop Tillman for Gregerson. What do you think?

  37. Bob says:

    Jeter or Aramis Ramirez?

  38. Grey

    Grey says:

    @struggler: Drop Tillman for Gregerson for the rest of today, but you might need to lose Gregerson by tomorrow.

    @Bob: It’s fair. Depends what you need. I’d take Aramis.

  39. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Bob: aramis

  40. struggler says:

    Thanks – I dropped Fowler instead. Didn’t realize how bad he’s been over the past couple of weeks.

  41. big o says:

    as i type :
    nomar is pack-pedalling on the david ortiz leak .
    one piece of information …. some players , who wanted further drug testing , refused to take the test , hoping that the >5% criteria would be exceeded . “are they among the list of 103 players ? nobody even knows…like i say , the whole thing is a joke … society has bigger problems ”
    nomar’s wants to discredit the list , because of the way the information is being leaked.
    when asked , should the list then be revealed ? , nomar says “NO , because then you’d have 103 different stories are being talked about all at once .”

    ortiz to answer question , next , on nesn channel .
    if you’re interested .

  42. brad says:

    @anon: @jamesllegade:

    Just noticed this from the comments in the Yahoo closing time deal I usually stay up till 3 am or whenever they post it just so I can be the first(!) to comment, but today I was late:

    22. Posted by pianow Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:35 am EDT Report Abuse
    The Wladimir Balentien trade wasn’t significant enough to break through Wednesday but I know some of you have asked about it. Razzball sums it up this way: “Wladimir Balentien – Traded to the Reds for bag of buttered popcorn. Confusing on a few levels. The Reds needed an outfielder? The Reds are buyers? I guess Baker just can’t stand the thought of playing Gomes every day.”

    With another shoutout from the Yahoo gang the rise of Razzball is inevitable, trying to stop it is like trying to stop the tide from coming in.

  43. Martin says:

    I got aybar and furcal at SS. MY closers are capps, broxton, valverde. Should i drop aybar for nascar driver jimmy johnson?

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:

    gallardo,,glad i stuck with him,jaba looking good to,

  45. joe says:

    I have been using Suzuki at the C spot this year, Russel Martin has been dropped and passed waivers today. Should I drop either Liriano or Price and hang onto him? What are your views on Martin and Suzuki for the remainder of the season?

  46. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Wainwright/Sandoval (C-eligible) vs Halladay/Bengie Molina?

  47. big o says:

    i don’t think so ,
    but the interview lasted prolly 10 minutes .
    before papi came on to say he’d answer more questions , after he investigated and found out more information to give ,
    the announcer (orsillo ??) said to his side-kick jim “ed” “that was the longest post-game interview i have ever seen … very unusual” .

    sounded like 3 or 4 reporters grilling nomar … getting him to repeat shizz and sound like he was talking in circles .
    nomar is still a fan favorite here in boston …. but these guys were not letting him off the hook , so easy .

  48. big o says:

    orsillo now introducing jim ed as jim “hall of fame” rice .
    already , it is sickening .
    hope nesn cancels their contracts for next year .
    tough to listen to the post=game interviews , with the sound turned off .

  49. Ant says:

    Should I drop Smoltz to take a flier on Lilly?

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ant: Sure, if you don’t need a starter for about a month.

    EDIT: Word.

  51. Ceasar says:

    Mr. Price (not Vincent) just hit waivers in 14-team L.

    Drop Cueto, Harang, Buchholz, Hanson, Liriano? Or sit tight?

    Mr. Smoltz, same question.

    Thank you very much.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ceasar: Drop Liriano for Price.

  53. @grey: was offered javy vazquez for mclouth and dlr….can use pitching help

    He also has verlander and beckett …. DLR has a nice schedule too tho….would you do it anyway, or hold out? Thanks

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @matthole: I’d offer just McLouth, or McLouth and dlR for Verlander or Beckett. Or McLouth and someone you don’t need for Javy.

  55. knighttown says:

    Anyone heard how much time Alexei will miss with the ankle sprain? Which schmo should I pick if I need runs>SB>BA>RBI>>>>>>>>HR?


  56. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    I’m dangling McLouth to get a SP. What SP would approximate McLouth’s equivalent worth?

  57. Scotty says:

    @Grey: I know the feeling, as Blanton has been staring at me for the last four weeks or so, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on dropping Price for him. Right now I’ve got a healthy lead overall and in Ks and Wins in the roto league, so I’m probably more concerned with maintaining 1st place in ERA and 2nd place in WHIP.

    (Pineiro is also available.)

    Q: would Sparkakis + Billingsley be too much to give for the Lincecumslinger?

  58. @Grey: He’s inclined to trade beckett for mclouth and dlr, over the other scenarios (vazquez/verlander)….is becketts AL schedule a factor to be wary about or is he still an ace regardless down the stretch?


  59. RIP Harry says:

    Verlander/Ibanez to get Braun in a keeper?

  60. Vince says:

    Who would you pick up for a spot start tomorrow :

    Richmond @ Oak
    E. Santana @ Min


  61. Corey says:

    Which Side?
    Justin Upton, Adam Lind, Ian Kinsler, Broxton, Smoltz for Longoria, Cruz, Hill, Billingsley, Lowe

  62. Steve says:

    @Grey: I’m thinking Da Big Fra Gu has about 3 more at-bats to stave off the big drop.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @RIP Harry: It’s a bit much, but I’d still take Braun there.

    @Vince: Neither? Richmond…

    @Corey: Lowe doesn’t make the other side that much more appealing. But it’s fair.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, sounds about right.

  65. Corey says:

    @ Grey: Thanks for the reply! Which side would you prefer? Also, You could sub in Franklin or Howell for broxton

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Corey: I’d take the Broxton side. I don’t mind trying to sell Kinsler, but there’s no reason to do 5 for 5 trades.

  67. Corey says:

    I’m doing a bit of an overhaul. I’d be gaining the broxton side looking to make up ground.

  68. Roger Dorn's Nemesis says:

    Waiving the white flag for 2009 unfortunately. Is this trade fair value for building my 2010 roster? I give Hanley, sparkakis & laroche (none of which can be kept) I get Hamilton in the 4th rd youkilis in the 9th & wainwright in the 17th. I’m about to accept but figured I’d get a 2nd opinion

  69. Carl Spackler says:

    Blanton, and Duchscherer, Hochevar are on the wire would you drop Harang, Tilman, Romero,or Buccholz for any of these?

  70. arussell1983 says:

    would you drop sherrill for johnson?

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @arussell1983: yes i would,also pick up baez if you can without dropping anyone needed

  72. Steve says:

    @Grey: Da Big Fra-Gone?

  73. john says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I just dropped Lopez to pick up a stream pitcher and then bam! Escobar gets hit on the forearm and leaves the game.

  74. arussell1983 says:

    cant grab both, plus its a league with a limited # of moves allowed. i;’d hate to waste a move on johnson and not have him start

  75. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Roger Dorn’s Nemesis: Nice name, and that seems like a solid return with great rounds for each player.

  76. arussell1983 says:

    by start i mean close

  77. Nick says:

    Grey, at this point in the season I have held 1st place since day 1, many thanks to you! But I got thid gut feeling that I’m slipping and could fall to 2nd soon…At this point, is there anyone on my team you would move ASAP?

    C- Napoli
    1B- A Gonzalez
    2B- Utley
    3B- Aramis Ramirez
    SS- Alexei Ramirez
    OF- Ibanez
    OF- Pence
    OF- BJ Upton
    U- C Pena
    BN- T Hunter
    BN- Bourn
    DL- Reyes

    SP- Beckett
    SP- Billingsley
    RP- Jenks
    RP- Franklin
    P- Hoffman
    P- Wainwright
    P- Jurrjens
    B- Danks
    B- Bedard
    B- Wolf

    I don’t know what to do at this point. My pitching is pretty solid but hitting is so sporadic it gives me a headache…HRs are up, average is terrible most of the time. SBs are down with Hunter and Reyes down. I have to get through this slump!

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @john: damn the luck,if you can grab either of the cabrera`s,kennedy hairston jr for the short term,orlando cabrera has been hot,everth cabrera also and runs when he gets on,hopefully escobar isnt hurt very bad,of course scott hairston(my O.F)GOT HIT 3 GAMES AGO AND SAID HE WOULD ONLY MISS 1 GAME,STILL HASNT PLAYED,as grey would say,in fantasy sports,YOU NEVER KNOW

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Nick: Reyes probably wont run much when he comes back,he`s getting close so maybe trade him and pence or hunter for a power outfielder,i just cant see reyes stealing many bases at all when he gets back

  80. Steve says:

    Where’s Jenks?

  81. john says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yea, the Xrays were hopefully he won’t be a big p***y and will play tomorrow because I don’t want to drop him just yet

  82. Robert says:

    Grey- Do you trust Price vs KC?

  83. Scotty says:

    @Robert: I definitely do.

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick: You just have to stay on hot guys on waivers, but you don’t want to sell any of your guys short. But if you’re down on SBs, why is Bourn on the bench? Bench Pence. Or trade one of them for an upgrade elsewhere.

  85. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Steve: Re-consider Da Big Fra-gu
    ? He will slump this weekend but should be good for the next two weeks. He is facing a combined ERA of 3.35 this weekend Atex plus his OPS is -.126 on the road. But, the next two weeks he has 9 out of 12 at home (advantage the higher OPS) with opponent ERA around 4.2. Cust kayin’.

  86. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Simply Fred: Look for him to tank 3 weeks out AdetAcle.

  87. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Simply Fred: clarify: OPS at home is .866, road .740, hence -.126.

  88. Chase says:

    Grey this actually proves that you are the greatest fantasy baseball writer on the planet. Great job and thanks

  89. Steve says:

    @Simply Fred: Food for thought, but one of the league I have him in we only start 3 OFs so I don’t feel like I need to wait on him – assuming he’s even started to slump of course! I’ve already dropped him for Reimold there.

    The other league is a bit deeper so there aren’t as many options. Still thinking on that one.

  90. big o says:

    manny being clowny out in left field almost cost the dodgers a second straight game .

    earlier , in the game in which he did cost the dodgers a win over the cards , (by mis-playing a double in to a triple) , i thought he might get sent to the dl with whip-lash , as his dreds came around to hit him in the face , as he threw to 2nd base .

    i laugh .
    but it is sad .

  91. Mr Baseball says:

    Brian Matusz is he going to be called up next year or is he two years away and do you think he is a MUST sign in a keeper league Mr Grey

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