Here we are in the home stretch of yet another year in fantasy baseball, and we are left with decisions that we would have never considered a month or two ago. Under-performing “Player A” has to be cut for Hot Schmotato “Player B”, or “Pitcher 3” has to be cut loose because I won’t reach my innings or game starts and need to get aggressive with my streaming. All these decisions will leave you with a quilted patchwork roster at the end of the season that resembles nothing like your All-Star break squad, let alone your draft day roster. I recall in 2006, my first year playing, when I grabbed Marlon Anderson in early September when he put up a line of 12/7/15/2/.375 to close out the year, and I walked away with $400 and my first fantasy baseball title. Prior to that month, he had hit all of 5 HR’s on the year, and it made zero sense owning him at all, but a bat that produces dongs is just that, a dong producing bat. This week I like current Hot Schmotato Zach Walters to do what he does. Hit home runs, go 1-for-4, and help you catch your opponents in the standings or win the all important H2H matchup.

Acquired by the Indians in the deal that sent Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nats, Zach has been an impressive addition to a rebuilding club. Since his call-up, he’s put up a line of 6/5/7/.263 with a 7/1 K/BB ratio. That’s basically a donkey. Maybe I’ll call him the Grumpy Old Donkey? The Odd Donkey? I don’t know, I’ll let you guys and four girl readers decide what works. Prior to the change of venue, he was up with the Nats at times and hit 3 bombs in 39 AB’s. Over the course of AAA this year he hit 17 bombs in 292 PA’s, and in 2013 hit 29 in 521 PA’s. The walk rate is awful, about 5%, and the K-rate, about 24%, is even worse, but I always look for my Marlon Anderson each and every year. This is probably the first time Marlon Anderson’s name has been in print in about five years. Hey Marlon, when this gets back to you, because I know it will, follow me on Twitter and know I will always have your back. You’re my homie for life!

This week, the 2.4% owned Zach Walters gets six games on the road, starting with three at Chicago (AL) starting Tuesday, and closing out with three at Kansas City. The switch hitting 3rd baseman has batted .350 with 4 HR’s against southpaws and .164 with 4 HR’s against righties. That’s a lot of yikes for batting average differential, but I’m OK with it and all smiles on the dongs. His three games in Chicago has him facing two left-handers, John Danks and Jose Quintana, and couple that with the hitters park effect and I’m all in for this series. Later in the week when he moves on to Kansas City we get another gift when he faces two more left-handers….Sweet! Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy play the southpaws in this fantasy race to the finish drama and we get the gift that keeps on giving….I hope. So to recap we get a donkey on the rise facing four left-handers in six games that has a fever right now that needs to be fed with bombs, dongs, blasts, and shots. Whatever you like to call it, it’s what you need for the stretch run. If I was a David Wright owner, I would kick that king of yawnstipating to the curb and insert some Walters in your life. Speaking of Walter, when I was in my early twenties I had a friend named Javier who went by Walter. Who makes their American name Walter? It’s not like he came here during the time of the great war or when people were debating if talkies would actually work. Either way, he knew lots of hot chicks that liked to party, laughed at my jokes, and liked my cars. Oh how I miss those shallow days of having a kick ass sled to get you in the door. I think 20-year-old’s have to drive a Prius, get some kind of meaningful script tattoo, and be a liberal to impress girls these days. I don’t know, I’m old and cynical.

Bonus Creeper 

Travis Snider (13.7%) continues to swing a hot stick, and gets a full week at home which is his favorite place to be (.339 at home vs. .208 on the road). Steve Pearce (13.3%) has woken back up and is starting to get on another roll. He should be owned and used when in the line-up. Josh Willingham (13.2%) is another of the sleeping schmotato’s to wake up lately and is a must start for those in need of power. Lastly is recent Giants hot streaker Joe Panik who has been on fire as he went 5/1/6/.565 over the last week and should be used as long as he keeps this up. Since I only have a few of these left and I’m lucky if 20 of you read this as you all anticipate Monday Morning Grey I’m going to have some fun at the end. Nick the Dick has been spitting some rhymes in the comments lately and in honor of that I’m going to throw some hip hop tracks I like out there for fun…Enjoy DJ-FOH on the 1’s and 2’s!

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 Track One >>>> Track Two >>>>Track Three >>>>Track Four >>>> Track Five

I hope you all enjoyed that and I’ll see you next Sunday for another installment of the Creeper…Actually you’ll see me Tuesday and Thursday and probably in the comments section of various posts.

 
  1. What about this Kenny Vargas fellow. His stats since the call up our are grade A. I don’t expect him to be an all star but do you think he can be a roto asset in a 12 team league

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dnut eastwood: He should be owned in a 12 teamer two weeks ago. He is legit

  2. Double posting bcuz of freaking auto correct

    • @Dnut eastwood: I could use a few Marlon Anderson’s. I’m limping towards a regular season 1st place which will get me my entry fee back. I lousy my first two draft picks for the season. I will definitely Neff some hot schamatos down the stretch to bring home the gold feller. God bless and “keep on rocking in the free world” channeling my inner Neil

  3. Jasper Von SteinerMan says:
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    ost G.Richards…[email protected]#$%!!! what do you think of these studs??? Collin McHugh , M.Pineda ,Jake Odorizzi, A.Wood… who gets the nod?

      • Jasper Von SteinerMan says:
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        coolio, thanx bro

  4. Ryan says:
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    12 team keeper league (keep all players). I’m out of contention so rebuilding for next year.

    Which side has more value next year and in the future?

    Adam Jones + Tanner Roark OR Michael Brantley + Mark Trumbo + Jean Segura + Yoervis Medina

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: brantley side

  5. nick the dick says:
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    Fantastic Foh! Slum and the Babees! That Soul Kahn guy was pretty decent, the beat for that song was sick, great sounding old jazz horn sample. Track 4 was simply dope, never heard that before but realky liked it. Thanks for the shout, made my day!….baseball wise, Snider needs to stop creeping on my Polanco cuz im this close to dropping him for Oswaldo if he keeps sitting everyday. I just grabbed Gyorko so of course he pulls his hammy immediately, would you switch him out for Walters while he’s hot? Chances are Jedd will still be there on FA if I drop him and then need him back

  6. Kid A says:
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    So are you saying we should drop Jon Lester for a streamer?

    Or should we have already done that on May 2?

    • de nachos says:
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      @Kid A: i’m convinced I don’t drop Rendon for Castellanos pre-season I’m in the top 6. Then again, I can also be convinced the moon landing was faked. Delusion IS grandeur.

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        @de nachos:

        You 86’ed Rendon before opening day? YEESH! I was not aware. Would have been a huge boost for you. Hard getting kneecapped right out of the gate.

        The one that sticks in my craw is my preseason drop of K-Rod. Would have given me the lead in Saves, an extra 5 points and most importantly roster flexibility.

        My first 4 daft picks were complete busts.

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          @Kid A: i like how Cespedes has more post-all star games steals than Segura and Rios combined. nope didn’t see that coming.

        • de nachos says:
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          @Kid A: You weren’t kidding. Prince. Longo. Rios. Segura. Holy Revelation 6:1-8, Batman.

          • Kid A says:
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            @de nachos: Was Situation Normal – All Fucked Up, right quick after the draft.

            You’ve done well fighting your way above the Nachoza line.

            The FCL had so much potential until people started ghost riding their whips. Supreme annoyance considering how strong the league started out.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Kid A: Very true, but at least the people left are making it a dog fight.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @de nachos: weird year, you have got out of the cellar though. I never understood the Machado for Hamilton deal

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: don’t forget Richards too

  7. Kid A says:
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    Start Scherzer @ Minnesota today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… No!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: i never knew when i started here that you would be my stalker….FFS!!!! CSMF!!!! FMMMFL!!!!

  8. Alex says:
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    Needing a bat… Walters, Willingham, Pearce, K. Morales, or Reddick?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Alex: walters

  9. OT says:
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    tying to get Ackley in the lineup. Bench Beltran or Bruce or just leave him out?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OT: beltran

  10. Tim says:
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    Hey there, start Fiers this week (1 start vs Giants in SF vs peavy) or keichel’s two starts? Fiers has looked good recently
    This is for RP spot.

    Drop polanco for any of any of these players?
    Oswaldo Arica, jon jay, Matt Holliday, Carl Crawford, avsaill Garcia

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tim: Friers and Garcia

  11. Ryan says:
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    I asked a similar question earlier…sorry for the long post in advance.

    12 team keeper league (keep all players). I’m out of contention, so rebuilding for next year.

    Which side would you rather have for the future?

    Brantley, Segura, Fowler OR Roark, S. Marte

    DO YOU LIKE THIS TRADE BETTER…

    Which side has more value next year and in the future?

    Adam Jones + Tanner Roark OR Michael Brantley + Mark Trumbo + Jean Segura + Yoervis Medina

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: Brantley side

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: brantley side for both

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