The Big Magoo inspired todays title… don’t ask. He told me to tell you guys (and five girls) to grab Chris Carter for the lefty match-ups this week. I like the call, but wanted to give him his own space for that, and since I’m all out of creative juices, I’m just going to talk about him while I kill some space to get to what happens below, or should I say what is not below. Freedom!!! This week, I’m dropping the ranks as they have become redundant the last month. Going forward, my main goal is to help you H2H players with your playoffs and those fighting until the bitter end in roto. The list will be divided into position groups (CI, MI, OF). Many of these players have been listed in previous posts, and I will identify what match-ups are the most favorable. Oh, and I expanded the cut off to 25% owned. Alright! We cool? Moving on…

Corner Infielders

  • C.J. Cron, 1B (9.7%) – Suggested by Grey in this past Friday’s BUY column and I agree. Now trying to predict what his manager will do day to day is between him and his prescription for Abilify. Cron opens the week with 3 at Houston and then returns home for 4 against the M’s. In his short career he’s hit 5 HR’s against the Astros, 4 of them this season, 3 of them in the last week, and 2 against Wednesdays starter Fiers. What? You were expecting a one. Here is your number one.
  • Justin Bour, 1B (8.2%) – Grey, can you stop jacking my creeps? I called him crap last week because I didn’t like the matchups as a whole. Whoops. He donged off Clippard and Roark so I guess that makes me feel better. With all right handers on the bill he feels destined for at least one shot… or two…or maybe it was the Greek food I ate earlier that is giving me these feelings. Over the last month he’s hit .287 with 6 bombs while driving in 23. Am I the only one here thinking there will be a deep league post written about him next year?
  • Aramis Ramirez, 3B (19.2%) – He goes to Colorado this week for 4 games and H to the T-eezy loves this play more than this sexy hunk of well endowed metal. Hey, don’t be thinking I’m taking the easy way out. If I don’t remind you then I get crap and if I do mention it you think I’m being lazy…I can’t win with you people. Play him in the mile high city where the Coors Correction makes everyone Dante Bichetter!

 

Middle Infidels

  • Chris Coghlan, OF, 2B (22.5%) – Another week and another Coghlan call. I really like the Milwaukee series where he faces three two right handers. The Tuesday starter is yet to be announced but I don’t care. For you daily leaguers the Monday match-up vs. Peralta (14 HR in 104 innings) is my favorite. Can anyone say off day dong?
  • Jed Lowrie, SS/3B (11.9%) – He’s been hitting lefties this year and batting cleanup. *looks at splits* Yup, in the clean-up slot. I don’t know about you but do you find that odd? He doesn’t feel like a clean-up guy. Against southpaws his slugging percent is .285 better than against right handers and at home it’s .117 better than the road. RBI’s and a dong may be in the cards for you this week if you choose to accept this mission.
  • Ketel Marte, SS (5.0%) – He hits for high average against right handers and faces 6 of them this week starting Tuesday. The Tron only likes Tuesdays game against Guthrie but I would be willing to play him every day if you are desperate for some SAGNOF.

 

Outfielders

  • Aaron Hicks, OF (14.8%) – Over the last 15 days he’s scored 9 runs hit 3 bombs and swiped 3 bags but batted a whopping .236. He’s the b-movie version of A.J. Pollock. He crushes lefties and faces two soft ones on Friday and Sunday in Detroit. If you are in a daily league you better be streaming his spot because I wouldn’t own him for the Cleveland series.
  • Justin Ruggiano, OF (1.8%) – He’s really filled in well for a banged up Dodgers outfield. He batted leadoff yesterday with a lefty on the hill and gets three this week including one in Coors. In September he’s hit .364 with 8 runs, 3 bombs, 11 RBI’s and a bag. Can we say Hot Schmotato Sauce over a bed of oriecchiette with extra parmigiano ruggiano….I only wrote oriecchiette because I have no idea how to pronounce it.
  • Nolan Reimold, OF (12.5%) – Nolan is the poster child for wasted talent… or maybe what could have been… or… oh who cares, he was never the player many of us hoped he would of. I get excited every time he does anything for a stretch longer than 2 days and he’s been smoking the ball since Sept. 6th. He travels to Boston for the weekend series and gets to face lefties all three days. That means Parra will sit. BTW, Nolan hits 90 points higher vs lefties.
  • Thomas Pham, OF (5.4%) – Grey said to buy and I can’t argue that. Another random Cardinal that comes in and does well, never seen that. Well lets not wait too long to jump on the train. Just own him already. Batting at the top of the line-up shoud be good enough for you. The sample sizes are too small to make an honest assesment but what I do know is he went 10/20 last year in the minors,6/9 this year in 196 minor league AB’s, has hit 4 major league dongs, has 3 multi hit games in the last 4, and makes me want Vietnamese for dinner. He gets a fine collection of awful starters to face next week and if you don’t own him it means someone else does.
  1. stoops says:
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    marte or desheilds for sagnof

    • J-FOH says:
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      @stoops: Marte gets all right handers and has been far more active on the basepath than DeShields

  2. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    For this week only in a h2h points league would you drop any of the following for a creeper?

    – CI: Hosmer, Sano, Frazier (no, seriously I just gotta win this week)

    -MI: Rendon, Desmond, Correa

    OF -Avasail Garcia, Beltran, Domingo Santana

    thanks for a great season J Foh! Ive already won 1 league and should lock down 2 more including the points league Im currently asking on.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Marty Janetty_Was Set Up: thanks MJ, thats awesome you already won one league.

      Avisail needs to go. I would ride the hot Pham and if he starts cooling then find the favorable match-up among the other three based on stat need

  3. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Finals time! In a 2 week matchup, obp ops league, would you consider starting forsythe over dozier and or just dropping dozier for him if needed? Another option is DJ who is in COL all week…

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Id go Forsythe and you can drop him for a more useful piece. No wasted spots when it counts.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @J-FOH: thanks, good call. Dozier helped get me here, but especially in an obp league he’s been a little tough to hang on to at the moment

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @J-FOH: haha, you said it!

  4. UL's Toothpick says:
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    Thinking about dropping Carlos Gomez. Guessing he may be done?
    Hicks, Hunter, & Maybin on the wire.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @UL’s Toothpick:There is nothing better, Pham? there

      • UL's Toothpick says:
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        @J-FOH:
        Pham there. Isn’t there s PT issue with him?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @UL’s Toothpick: a little but he’s been playing a lot. What are top OF’s over last two weeks in there

  5. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK PT1!

    What are your thoughts on Josh Harrison this week? 4 games @COL and 3 @ Wrigley.

    Have Wong on my bench, and Coghlan is also available, but Hitter-tron is nuts for Harrison.

  6. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good J-FOH? Much like your appropriately abbreviated write-up, I’m also only looking at playoff options in my H2H keeper playoffs. I got a good lead, but I’m not counting the chickens before they hatch with a week left to play.

    Given it’s a OBP/SLG league, I have two questions for your expertise: (1) I currently have Phillips and Zobrist in my MI. Would you drop either for Coghlan/Marte? I don’t need any one category over the other, just want the player that’s going to contribute the most to all categories. (2) I’m currently sitting with Gardner in my UTIL slot and K-day Davis (with a sprained ankle, although he pinch hit today) in my 5th OF. Same premise as above, just looking for stats at this point. Drop either for Cron or A.Ramirez?

    Hope you had a good weekend and thanks for the feedback!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Slimcompoop: thanks Poops Mc Slim! Im fine with Phillips, you can drop Zobrist for Coghlan if you can play the matchups via daily lineups.

      Gardner for Cron if you can only make one move

  7. dom says:
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    hey good stuff

    daily OPS league h2h championship starts tomorrow, add Coughlan for Zobrist (off), Alex Gordon (off, doesn’t play every day), Choo (off), Yelich (off), K Davis (banged up)?

    thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @dom: Id add Coghlan for tomorrow and then go from there. Choo faces almost all lefties this week so I wouldn’t consider him at all. On Tuesday I like adding Yelich for the rest of the week. He faces a bunch of soft right handers

  8. Oranje says:
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    Better start for the week: Moose-Tacos OR Moreland at CI?
    ALSO…not a hitter thought but…
    Start Liriano @ CHC OR Kluber @ MINN?
    Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Oranje: Neither, Moreland faces almost all lefties. I don’t care for Mous matchups either. I would consider looking elsewhere. A combination of my CI creepers would be a good. Aramis in Colorado then go with Bour or Cron

  9. Baseball Furies says:
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    Yelich over Pham or any of your creepers for a UTIL spot (dropping Gomez)?

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Baseball Furies: Its close but I prefer a hot Pham over Yelich but its really close and you cant go wrong wither way

  10. Ty says:
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    Dickerson at home for 7 or any of the above creeps. All on my wire

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ty: If OF spot Id go with Pham, For Utility I like aramis in colorado

      • Ty says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks, yeah dickerson doesnt hit lefties too well and he faces 4 of them. Pham is hot, I’ll run with him. only 2 damn weeks left

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ty: I hope you take it

  11. Gabe says:
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    What up J-Foh? Need to fill a UTIL spot for the semis. C. Seager, Eaton, Werth, Pham, Reddick.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Gabe: Werth is hot but can he do it again this week or is it over. I like Seager in Colorado for sure. Tough calls. My gut says Seager

      • Gabe says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks dude. You’ve been awesome all year. Appreciate your help.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Gabe: no prob. I lm praying for you

  12. Eugune says:
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    HELP!!! H2H pts league final…

    – Harrison (Coors), Duffy, Turner (now hurt so probably not an option), Coghlan, Kendrick or Pearce (lotta lefties) for 2B?
    – SS: Jhonny (good matchups but shit for months) or Lowrie?
    – Utility: Beltre (lefties but on road), ARam (Coors), Piscotty (MIL and CIN), Pham (same), DWright, Melky (8 games but lefties), Shaw, Revere?
    – Pitcher: Concerned on who is/isn’t starting this week. Rumors that Liriano, Thor, Corbin may be skipped or only go limited innings. Would you use them? Or sub like Burnett or Conley or Happ or Peavy in there? Trust McHugh vs. Texas again?

    • Eugune says:
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      @Eugune:

      Yelich would also be an option at U.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Eugune: Harrison, Beltre. I’ll be honest Im not up on the rumors but I do trust McHugh

  13. Nitro says:
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    Thanks for all the good advice.

    Should I drop Dickerson for Harrison this week?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nitro: yes. Dickreson has been done

  14. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Chris Carter?!? Must’ve crossed the wires somehow. I wouldn’t touch him with your team.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Magoo: You must be mancaving tonight.

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