The fantasy gods have smiled upon Cody, my friends. Once feared that he would be sent back down with Joc Pederson’s return, Bellinger has been gifted another opportunity to prove he belongs in the MLB with Adrian Gonzalez miraculously hitting the DL (well, not so miraculous for A-Gone owners, I guess). And prove it he shall! Cody Bellinger continued to rake going  3-for-5 with two home runs (4) and 4 RBI last night. He’s hitting .400 with eight runs, four home runs, and nine RBI in the past week. Can Joc Pederson do dat? Nuh uh. Nah didn’t think so. Need more? He’s slashing .342/.390/.737 and the Dodgers are 6-2 with him in the line up. More? The Cranberries think that you have to, you have to, you have to add Bellinger. After batting .343 with five homers, 15 RBI and 7 steals in AAA this season it is clear Cody is more than ready to make some noise in the bigs. Whoa did you say seven steals! That’s right! We haven’t even seen him flash that speed yet, and when he does, fantasy glory can be ours. Grey has been telling you to BUY Bellinger for a few weeks now, and he’s still available in about 60% of ESPN leagues. He could be the Yasiel Puig-like player that’s not Yasiel Puig-like that the Dodgers and your fantasy team so desperately needs right now.

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-5, HR (12). Invader Zimm has the league lead with his .433 BA and 30 RBI and his 12 homers leads the NL. That’s a triple crown candidate, folks. If you guessed Ryan Zimmerman as your comeback player of the year, you are a dirty lying liar-pants who lies.

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI. What a difference a game makes! That would be last Sunday’s game.

Stephen Strasburg – 5.2 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 3rd W.  When you don’t have your best stuff so you have to hit your second career home run just to bring home the Dubya.

T.J. Rivera – 2-for-4, HR (1), 3 RBI. Grey told you to BUY and he’s hitting .467 in the past week. T.J. knows how to Cinco de Mayo–plenty of tequila and guacamole. A couple of hits and and couple of limes helps a lot as well.

Aaron Hicks – 3-for-5, SB (3). I mention Hicks not because he went 1-for-4, but because he is a Razzball favorite and this week could see plenty of plenty time because D’Ellsbury is still a fragile shell of a human being.

Brett Gardner – 1-for-4, HR (5), 3 RBI. He hit the go-ahead home run off Hector Rondon in the 9th, and is hitting .400 with 7 runs, 5 home runs and 10 RBI in the past week. What more do you want from a Gardner? Do you want him to plant your posies? Because he will plant your posies!

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-3, HR (5). Maybe if he wasn’t leading off it wouldn’t be just a solo shot. Jus’ sayin’…Oh, and maybe a guy batting under .200 with 39 strikeouts shouldn’t be leading off. I’m jus’ sayin!

Chris Davis – 3-for-3, HR (4). CHRIS-THE-DISH! Nobody calls him that! Welcome back, old friend. THE POWER OF CHRIS COMPELS ME! THE POWER OF CHRIS COMPELS ME!

Gabriel Ynoa – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 5 K, W. After Wade Miley left after an inning Gabe filled in admirably but will likely be sent back down immediately, even though the Orioles pitching looks like hot garbage mostly. Doesn’t really seem fair, if Ynoa what I mean?

Kendrys Morales – 3-for-4, 2 HR (6), 5 RBI. Pfft! Edwin would have hit three home runs! Go back to Kansas, you try-hard!

Kevin Pillar – 3-for-5, run, RBI. Grey told you to BUY as Kevin continues to be a rock at the top of the line up. Or should I say a marble “column.” BTW, you gotta get yaself a mahble column! Nothing says, “I’m loaded!” like some mahble columns in ya pahlah.

Lance Lynn – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 4th W. His fourth win in a row for Lynn. If you need love, LL’s 2.04 ERA and 1.08 WHIP could be just the thing. If Mama, Said Knock You Out, how about LL’s 31/12 K/BB rate. He gets a cushy start in Miami next week. I would own that.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI. Obviously, we call that a slam bam thank you, Pham!

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, HR (5). Mike Napoli would have hit 2 home runs!

Jason Hammel – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1st win. Hey Royals, there’s that first Hammel win you paid all that money for. Savor it. Cherish it. Might not last very long.

Andrew Benintendi – 2-for-5, HR (4). Andy Bennny Tendy and his .309/.366/.455!! I am crushn on u so bad rn. Hey AB, you want to check out this new craft brewery with me? Apparently, it’s something young people do? Regardless, I would gladly stand in line overnight outside a Best Buy for a mini Super Benintendo. Provided it plays all the classics like Mario Kart and Donkey Kong, obviously.

Joe Mauer – 2-for-4, 2 runs, HR (2), 2 RBI. His first career walk off home run! Wait. What? Seriously? Lol.

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBI, 2 SB (18). Sweet sassy molassy! Billy almost stole second, third, and Eduardo Nunez’s hat all on the same play! He’s got 8 steals in the past week! If he could bat over .250 dude could be a serious fantasy force. But he probably can’t so let’s move on.

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-5, run, 3 RBI. The Reds rekt Matt Cain (3.1 IP, 16 base runners, 9 ER, 2 K) racking up 16 hits and 12 runs. Eugenio led the way and is now slashing .327/.416/.592. Yes, please. Scott Schebler also added three hits and Jose Peraza was 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and a SB (8). A bit of a Votto ticker tease. Not sure if the Reds have a stacked line up or if Matt Cain is just trash. Why not both!

Christian Arroyo – 1-for-4, HR (3). When Arroyo homers off Arroyo and time melts into itself and you’re trying to grasp what is reality but it’s all okay because Leonardo and Joseph Gordon are there to explain the more complicated bits to you.

Josh Bell – 2-for-4, 2 runs, HR (5). Another ding-dong!

Michael Fulmer – 8.0 IP, 8 hits, ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 3rd win. The whole sophomore slump thing is a myth if you ask me. Although I never got laid my freshman year so there was nothing really to slump from.

Yonder Alonso – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. O Yonder is hitting .333 with 4 homers and 10 RBI in the past 2 weeks. He credits his success with changing his approach at the plate. Perhaps there are other changes you can make it your life? Perhaps, more religious, scientological changes? What would you say if I told you that you could gain supernatural abilities simply by harnessing the natural M.E.S.T. around you? I have some literature I think you should read.

Brian McCann – 2-for-4, HR (5), 4 RBI. McCann loooves him some Houston. Yee-haw! He’s hitting .293 with 3 homers 8 runs and 11 RBI in the past 2 weeks. He’s the number one catcher on the player rater, you guys! Which means something to someone somewhere I guess. Yeah, I would probably drop my catcher for him right now. No! Don’t ask. Doesn’t matter who.

Zack Greinke – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 7 K, 3rd win. Can we hand it to Greinke with the three times flame emoji? Sure the ERA and WHIP are standard Chase Stadium numbers but that 47/8 K/BB rate? His left stroke just went viraaaaaaaaaaal! That will help your fantasy team! Have you been seeing an auditer, Zack? What church do you go to? I will meet you there.

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-4, HR (9). Medium to mini-sized donkey hit his 6th home run at home. Welcome home to Coors, Mark. Where all your dreams travel farther because the air is thinner due to the altitude.

Paul Goldschmidt – 3-for-3, 2 HR (7), 5 RBI. Au Shizz is unreal. He’s hitting .364 with 3 homers and 2 steals in the past week.  Pauly G. is a Jersey sure thing! Not only did Goldy hit his 7th homer last night, but he actually managed to catch the ball before it landed. He kindly gave it to a cute little girl in the stands who is now cursed because she will love him forever, but can never have him. For Pauly will never and could never love another human being as much as he loves–hitting dingers.

Thanks for reading! Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

 
  1. Sean Smith says:
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    Need some pitching help this weekend in a close matchup. I have the unlucky task of needing to start either Corbin or Walker at Coors, I know not ideal in the least bit, but I have some wiggle room in ERA. I can’t stream right now and need some Ks and QS if possible. Who’s less likely to get shelled?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Sean Smith: I’d go Walker

  2. Chucky says:
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    Are we still using the good old tried and true, ” it’s only April” tag line? At one point can we begin to gut check some players?
    a) Mookie ain’t squat without Big Popi ?
    b) Stanton just isn’t gonna be “that guy”?
    c) The regression gods were being generous when they said Villar was gonna regress?
    d) Rizzo ought to cut out the victory banquet circuit and start taking additional batting practice cuts?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chucky: Wow so tilt. This is nothing a little positive thinking can’t handle! May is here!

  3. m says:
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    I was offered Kyle Seager and Kipnis for Gallo and Jon Lester
    I have Dee Gordon(Keeper), Justin Turner and Brandon Philips as my 2b/3b
    My SP isnt great, Kluber, Carrasco, Lester, Duffy, Hill, Gonzalez

    Is it worth it?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @m: I’d hold

  4. M says:
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    How many steals would you project for Bellinger ROS provided he stays in the bigs?

    • Dan Pants

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      @M: Hard to day since he hasn’t stolen any! Would love to project him as 20-15 guy

  5. Jake L says:
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    Do I drop Bregman for Bellinger? 5×5 basic cats head to head. I have Donaldson and Villar eligible at 3rd

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jake L: I’d hold

  6. Just Dong Martinez says:
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    In a vacuum: Bundy for Thames…which side you taking?

  7. El Chupacabra says:
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    Good write-up; thanks! I am in a 10 team H2H keeper league. I have been offered Benintendi straight up for Bellinger. My team is strong at both 1B and OF so that doesn’t make a difference.
    Long term, which would you rather have?

    • El Chupacabra says:
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      @El Chupacabra: The system puts me into awaiting moderation and the thread moves on. Whats up?

  8. JAL says:
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    12 team 5×5, drop JBJ for Hicks? or HOLD? Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @JAL: JBJ has looked bad but I’d hold for a bit longer

  9. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Good write-up Pants. Thanks for writing!

  10. dustyfingers says:
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    Pujols too much to give up for Porcello? Received and offer. I have Myers and Bellinger for the 1b slot. I’m not a big believer in Porcello, but I can see Pujols regressing this year too. Pujols rolling average for SOs is up to around 25%.

    • Dan Pants

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      @dustyfingers: If you can spare the power. I’m not a total believer in the porcello is an ace talk, but he is 100% a solid fantasy pitcher. Fair trade.

      • dustyfingers says:
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        @Dan Pants: Cool, thanks!

  11. Lt says:
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    Appreciate the write up, good stuff. I need the waiver relievers that will close at any point this year. Soria, Nate Jones are probables after trade deadline. Anything else out there?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Lt: Pretty early to say, I do liek Soria though!

  12. mike says:
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    In a H2H league with AVG and OPS. Have 1 CF and 2 OF slots, but CF can play in the OF, just not the other way around.

    My OF are Polanco, Myers, Calhoun and my CF are Margot and Heyward. Have to move one of them to make room for a pitcher. I think Heyward is the short man out as far as numbers go, but is it worth ditching Calhoun instead for the depth at Center?

    • Dan Pants

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      @mike: Lose calhoun

  13. Wheelchairman says:
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    Drop Napoli to pick up Bellinger?
    Start Soler next week or Reddick?

    6×6 roto league we are allowed 8 keepers. Ops is 6th category.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Wheelchairman: hold napoli and go with reddick

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Ya dropped The Cranberries, and the mic, well done

    • Dan Pants

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      @Grey: Don’t forget the kendrick liiine!!

  15. El Chupacabra says:
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    Good write-up; thanks! I am in a 10 team H2H keeper league. I have been offered Benintendi straight up for Bellinger. My team is strong at both 1B and OF so that doesn’t make a difference.
    Long term, which would you rather have?

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    @El Chupacabra: The system puts me into awaiting moderation and the thread moves on. Whats up?

    Reply

      • El Chupacabra says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks!

  16. Adam says:
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    Lucroy was dropped
    Would u drop contreras to pick him up???
    Head to head league

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Adam: sure

  17. Jim says:
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    Great write up, Dan. Would you job Kendrys or Conforto for Bellinger?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jim: i’ll take kendrys

  18. Jim says:
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    *drop not job…

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jim: did i typo??

  19. Longhorn Man says:
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    Is Texas this bad that is making Bush unrosterable? Have Cassilla and Rodney should I drop one and snag Bush?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Longhorn Man: bush over casilla

  20. Andrewm says:
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    Would you trade away Dickerson,rendon,Ervin for Thames? I have moose who can play 3rd

    • Dan Pants

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      @Andrewm: sure!

  21. Jim says:
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    Thx, I’ll hold on to Kendrys…should I drop Conforto for Bellinger or hold ?
    Thx again.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jim: hold

  22. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan. Frazier or Rendon? Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jerry: rendon

  23. Bean Me Blazer says:
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    Nice writeup Dan

  24. Mike in Busan says:
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    Nice writeup, Mr. Pants.
    Whaddya think: I have a 12-team mostly standard Yahoo H2H category league with weekly lineup locks.
    I’ve got a massively struggling Addison Russell playing 3 in Coors and 3 in Bush;
    and a red-hot, newly-SS-eligible Hernan Perez with 6 at home (Boston and Mets)
    Who would you start at short?

  25. Scrapski says:
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    Solid cut, Pants!
    Drop J Bell for Bellinger?
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Scrapski: Go for it!

  26. Marti says:
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    Help nl only which side Scherer Swanson or ozuna pedersen nl only Roto

    • Dan Pants

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      @Marti: I’d want Ozuna side

  27. Synyster says:
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    Trea…0/5. Rizzo 0/5. Story (at coors) 1/3.

    FML. These guys are killing my team.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Synyster: Trea bat .400 last week! Story has looked a bit troubling but the other two or going to be just fine.

  28. Johnc says:
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    Please pick one for today…Clevenger at KC, Tillman at WSox, Dickey at St Louis. Need QS from this sad bunch

    • Dan Pants

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      @Johnc: Woof. Tillman off the DL. good luck

  29. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan. Lorenzo Cain, Lamb or Kendrys in a head to head points league? Thanks!

  30. ctrengove says:
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    Only two options: Which one would you start today?

    Alex Cobb vs Toronto
    Ervin Santana at Boston

  31. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Dan,
    Nice write up. Ok, do you think it might be time to cash in on Zimm’s torrid start and grab a solid SP or is he for real? I was thinking trading for say an Archer, DeGrom or CartMart, but that may be aiming low. Any assistance would be appreciated.

    10 Team H2H Points League.

    Thanks much Dan.

  32. Josh says:
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    I literally laughed out loud after reading the title to this article. Thank you.

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