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We have officially come to the overlap week. It happens every year when baseball begins to wind down and the whole affection for drafting takes over with football. You think fantasy baseball websites are watered down, football takes that to a new level. So why go anywhere else but the place where you come for the best fantasy baseball advice?  So here is my shameless plug to check out the fantasy football section of Razzball.  Guys over there are simply getting it done. So back to the lecture at hand, the playoffs are getting closer and innings limits are definitely coming into play. Pick your battles wisely with starting pitching, start your top 2 guys every start and match up with the other 3-4. Dump anyone you think is questionable or you don’t trust and pick up a reliable RP with good peripherals. So onto the guys who will help you in no innings limit leagues. It’s a rough week as a lot of the low-end guys face-off against good teams. Good luck. (Please keep in mind that pitchers and matchups change.)


Blake Beavan vs. Tor – Morrow
Fausto Carmona @ CHW – Humber
Brandon McCarthy vs. Bal – Simon

Luke Hochevar vs. Bos – Lackey
Chris Volstad @ SD – Stauffer

Rich Harden vs. Tor – Cecil
Mike Pelfrey vs. Mil – Pelfrey
Phil Hughes @ Min – Slowey

R.A. Dickey (@SD vs. Harang, Mil vs. Gallardo) Look past the record.  No, not that far. His run support is garbage. He eats innings and hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a month. Strikeouts are hit or miss, the “you could do worse” starter of the week.

Danny Duffy (NYY vs. Nova, Bos vs. Lester) Goods are there, they are just concealed by the walk rate. K’s are decent. Two tough lineups this week is not so good. Both teams take a ton of pitches, don’t expect anything longer than 5 innings pitched in either start.

Felipe Paulino (NYY vs. Burnett, Bos vs. Wakefield) Two Royals in the same write up means the apocalypse is nigh. Blah blah blah see Danny Duffy. Has allowed only 4 ER in his last 18 innings, congrats.

James McDonald (STL vs. Westbrook, Cin vs. Leake) Every time I see his name I start humming the Big Mac song in my head. Check the home/away splits as it may sway your decision here. Pickles, onions on a… Likes to give up homers on a sesame seed bun.

Wade Davis (@Bos vs. Bedard, Sea vs. Pineda) Well worth the extension he signed. Yeah, and I look good in my wife beater from Marshalls. The ideal guy you want your opponent for the week to pick up. Just don’t tell him I said so.

Josh Collmenter (@Phi vs. Lee, @Atl vs. Hanson) I jumped off the Pirates ship and landed in the desert. So he regressed some but he wasn’t a high 2 ERA guy anyways. Matchups look rough, I would prolly visit this destination with no other options.

Randy Wolf (LA vs. Lilly, @NYM vs. Capuano) Pitching a lot better. Prolly was dropped three or more times this year. Take advantage when the season’s time is getting thin. A start from a winning team is a pretty nice option to have.

Guillermo Moscoso (Bal vs. Bergesen, Tor vs. Mills) I like Bill. Great matchups, decent stuff, low BAA, 2 home starts… Shall I keep going or do you get my point?  Si or no si?

Henderson Alvarez (@Sea vs. Pineda, @Oak vs. Gonzalez) Besides coincidental stuff that dictate a pitchers worth from week to week. I love me some groundball pitchers. Has 3 above average pitches and pitches in the mid 90’s, more of pitch to contact than swing and miss guy.

Mike Leake (@Was vs. Detwiler, @Pit vs. McDonald) Freak-A… Yeah, you thought you would get through this week without a Petey Pablo reference, you thought wrong. North Carolina come on and raise up… Okay, I’m done now. I swear. An underappreciated ERA under 2 for the last 5 starts.

  1. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Smokey:I know Jurrjens isnt really a sub two ERA pitcher and was pitching way over his head in the first 1/2,but do you expect him to be valuable for ROS?

    also,I just got Latos for a late round draft pick in a 10 team 8×8 h2h(K/9) keeper league.Im really happy w/ this move.Do you think the real Latos is more like the 2010 version?

    btw….I dropped and p/u Wolf three times myself,and am seriously considering grabbing him again for matchups in the playoffs.He’s just one of those guys.

  2. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Jurrjens I expect to be effective maybe 7-8 starts remaining, prolly having a mid 3 ERA would be acceptable. Latos is a funny duck flashes the goods but team never gives him decent support. To me his a great buy low guy for next year. K’s will be there wins maybe at a minimum tho.

  3. Brad says:

    Last night I traded Hamilton, Keppinger, and Humber (finally, I was about to cut him) for Adam Jones, JJ Hardy, and Bastardo.

    Holds is a category. 20 team keeper league. Good trade?

  4. Brad says:

    I paid 3 bucks each for Holland and Leake in a weekly league. I bid 3 on Wolf as well, but someone else bid 6.

    How would you rank these three starters against each other for this week?

  5. Hey, Smokey, isn’t Vance Worley getting two starts this week? After his last kerfuffle on the mound, is he worth rolling out still?

  6. yankees2011 says:

    I had asked Grey this, but I think he has taken a much deserved break. I will defer to your knowledge – P. Hughes or B. Cecil the ROS? This is obviously following Phil’s impressive outing against the Rays today.

    Thanks Smokey.

  7. cincinnasty says:


  8. drew says:

    start shields @NYY tomorrow?

  9. Eddy says:


    Do you list EVERY two-start option for the week, or only your recommendations?

  10. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Brad: You did good.

    @Brad: Leake Wolf Holland

    @ChrisV82: Definately depending on innings leagues.

    @yankees2011: Hughes

    @Eddy: Not every and not really recommendations, just an overview of the low-end two start guys. If you needed an opinion i would give it if asked.

  11. Scott says:

    Dynasty league trade opinions. Rebuilding. 5×5 scoring

    Would you trade

    1) James McDonald for Dee Gordon.

    2) Dan Uggla, Carlos Lee, Austin Jackson and Dexter Fowler for Mike Moustakas and either Asdrubal Cabrera OR Pablo Sandoval (if so which)

    – note have to clear roster space for some rookies who may lose eligibility soon like Chisenhall, Goldschmidt and Trayvon

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