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It’s getting close to that time. That’s right, the BOGO sale at Payless! No, it’s the time when you look at your roster and say “I drafted this guy way too high to just drop him after a month.” That’s how fake baseball rolls, we don’t have the luxury of letting a rookie get his feet under him. Or that starting pitcher who is failing to figure things out. If we do, we lose — plain and simple. These guys don’t owe us anything and we shouldn’t owe them anything for being a sucktard for a month. So now is the time to look at your roster and your league standing. Go ahead, do it.  See which ones are the slow starters and show obvious patience, and who are the guys you guessed and guessed wrong on. 80 cents on the dollar is still worth more to me than falling in the standings. So good luck on this week’s fantasy baseballedness. (Please keep in mind that match-ups and pitchers may change.)

Derek Holland vs. Tor – Reyes
Jeff Niemann @ Min – Baker
Josh Tomlin vs. KC – O’Sullivan
Mike Leake @ Mil – Estrada
Kyle Lohse @ Hou – Figueroa
Fausto Carmona vs. KC – Francis
Brian Duensing vs. TB – Hellickson
Carlos Carrasco vs. Det – Penny
Jason Hammel vs. Pit – Correia
Dillon Gee vs. Ari – Enright


Justin Masterson (@ KC -Hochevar, Det- Coke) Love isn’t a strong enough word, restraining order is though. Fun fact: he is the only player in MLB that was born in Jamaica. Groundball pitchers have long futures in real or fake baseball. xFIP shows some regression but I’ll take 3.50 from him.

Chris Narveson (Cin-Arroyo, @Hou-Norris) Only owned in 45% of ESPN leagues. 80% of which are dead already. What’s not to love? Good Lineup. Decent stuff. Owns a scooter, hey wait a second.

Wade Davis (@Min-Blackburn, Ana-Weaver) Gets very overlooked. Most likely a one start guy for most based on the Weaver situation on Sunday. Hey, you could do worse, Philip Humber says hi.

Bud Norris (STL-Westbrook, Mil-Narveson) Bud, why do you hurt me? You look awesome for stints during a game than they string together some hits and you give up a 6 run homer. We stay for the K’s and leave ya for the WHIP.

Bartolo Colon (CHW-Floyd, Tor-Cecil) In limited innings, he’s 3rd on Yanks in K’s. Watched his start in Toronto and I was very impressed. Great fastball command.

Jon Garland (@Fla-Nolasco, SD-Moseley) Back from the dead. Great for a mix and match-up type. Innings gobbler with 10 straight years of double digit wins.  Yeah, that’s right I said ten.

Zach Britton (Bos-Buchholz, @CHW-Floyd) Promising start going 3-1. Has the arsenal to be a top of rotation stud, albeit in Baltimore. Watch out for the rookie wall, which should pop up in another 50 innings or so.

R.A. Dickey (@Was-Lannan, @Phi-Lee) What happened to the bottle with all the lightning in it from last year? Mets are just getting healthy enough to start trading everyone by June 1st.

Phil Coke (Sea-Bedard, @Cle-Masterson) You know what cures all ills. Pickle juice and the Mariners offense. Is an up-n-down lefty, with that sexy dual eligibility try and squeeze him in somewhere.

Charlie Morton (SF-Cain, @Col-Jimenez) The steakhouse served up a cube steak last outing. I haven’t seen tougher match-ups since TKO crew took on Electro Rock.

  1. matt says:

    is it safe to drop bumgarner now?

  2. lothda says:

    Cecil sent down. Drop him til he comes back up? Will it be like Scherzer being sent down last year?

  3. MrHappyTime says:

    Who should I stream today between Joe Blanton, Edwin Jackson, and Dillon Gee? I need a win and k’s..

  4. elwood blues says:

    Is it time to give up on McDonald this year. He’s killing my era and whip in my 4×4 NL Only Keeper League??

    The only way we can get rid of players is if they land on the DL, get sent to the minors, or trade them.
    I have an offer of McDonald for Wells, do I take it or wait it out with McD??

    If i take the trade I can pick up another pitcher and get Wells back in about a month.

  5. Jay says:

    Anyone have thoughts on Ian Kennedy? I believe he’s a 2 start guy next week and I’ve seen him dropped in a lot of 10-12 team mixed leagues. Should his projections should be greatly altered by one rough start vs STL (OK it was horrendous). Is he still worth a flier or is that park too much to overcome? Should he be owned over Colby Lewis, Gavin Floyd, Tim Stauffer types?

  6. Probable Party Starter says:

    It’s getting close to decision time, kind of like the choice between the window or the stairs in “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”. Livan is available and my H2H opponent has Correia. We’re close in everything pitching. Stauffer is my second choice, but I’m wondering if Livan on an extra day of rest might make the difference and bank me some K-action. It’ll be my last chance.

  7. Trick dad says:

    @matt- i dropped him last night in my 12 team league. Hes been just terrible.

  8. Trick dad says:

    Jeter/gordon or castro/dunn?

  9. bogbert says:

    Anyone starting Liriano today?

  10. bogbert says:

    @bogbert: Of course right after I posted I found out it’s rained out.

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Trick dad: castro,dunn by a lot

  12. elwood blues says:

    @elwood blues: Now a second offer of McDonald for Leake, but can he stay in the rotation and stay out of trouble?!

  13. @matt: I’m in the same boat. I don’t want to drop him, but he’s forcing my hand… esp in a rotation that features both him and Francisco Liriano.

    Re: Phil Coke – While the FB% can work in SafeCo… is that second start in CLE a little more dangerous for weekly leagues? I guess maybe I don’t like that viking as much as others do…

  14. drew says:

    at that point do you give up on Rios in a 10 team league? I feel like he’s more injured than they’re letting on.

  15. Yep, I said it! says:

    In my 20-team dynasty league with deep MLB and MiLB rosters and limited roster moves, I’ve been struggling at 2B and SS with Utley and Furcal on my DL. I’ve have Uribe (eligible at both positions) and Rhymes filling in. Now Rhymes isn’t even playing. Only position-eligible FAs are John McDonald, Paul Janish, Jeff Baker, and Emilio Bonifacio. I notice that Eric Young is playing well in the minors and is currently unowned.

    What do you guys think I should do? Options: 1) stick with part-time Rhymes, 2) pick up EY and temporarily punt 2B, 3) try one of the four FAs, or 4) something else. Cheers!

  16. JG_ism says:

    Wait out or drop Pavano?
    Any thoughts on Lohse (can he sustain) or R.Wolf in lieu of Pavano..


  17. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @matt: Yep, depends on some league parameters. Last year is taking its toll.

    @lothda: Hopefully, I had high hopes for Cecil.

    @MrHappyTime: Out on a limb i Have Gee today.

    @elwood blues: In a NL only league i dont think he is droppable yet, tradeable sure.

    @Jay: He is on par with those guys, the home park does factor in.

    @Probable Party Starter: I like Livan today.

    @Trick dad: dunn side.

    @bogbert: in some leagues.

    @elwood blues: Leake may get squeezed because of the Reds/Dusty affection towards Homer.

    @drew: i agree he does look wounded.

    @Yep, I said it!: I would always put a guy in there that is getting some abs personally.

  18. Matt Damon says:

    Time to give up on D Hudson yet? He’s k-ing guys but he doesn’t look right. I haven’t heard much mention of him on razzball as of recent and he was a razzball fave going into the season. McClellan is available…

  19. ken plane says:

    Scripts running on your pages are causing flash player to crash, could you check it out

  20. Hans says:

    @dogbert Liriano isn’t starting today, he has been pushed back to Tuesday to give him some extra rest, he has been killing me all year.

  21. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @JG_ism: i grabbed Lohse on the speculation that he continues to be decent. Pavano is what we already think he is.

    @Matt Damon: Hudson’s alterior numbers are fine. He will settle in and pitch to what his true numbers should be.

    @Hans: Just noticed that as well thanks for the heads up.

  22. KyleJames101 says:

    Wade Davis or Phil Coke, can only start one this week.

  23. Francis says:

    @Jay: One bad start. He’ll be fine and meet projections.

  24. Francis says:

    Alcides or Darwin at SS in 14 team mixed with standard 5 cats and OPS? I dont need the speed as I already have Gardner, Stubbs, Wright, Pedroia.

  25. barker says:

    20 team league

    i give cuddyer hill pavano gallardo i get pedroia ichiro volquez

    rotation after trade verlander t hudson pineda wade davis lohse britton volquez

    lineup buck prince pedroia freese izturis LF lind CF kemp RF ichiro util fuld
    bench brignac colvin espinosa dl pagan guillen

  26. Gilmore says:

    Give: Bourjos
    Get: Napoli

    16 team h2h (5×5 categories), keep full roster, my team is in win now mode.

    C Matt Wieters, Bal
    1B Adrian Gonzalez, Bos
    2B Ian Kinsler, Tex
    3B Mark Reynolds, Bal
    SS Troy Tulowitzki, Col
    IF Reid Brignac, TB
    LF Ryan Braun, Mil
    CF Matt Kemp, LAD
    RF Justin Upton, Ari
    OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos
    UTIL Carlos Quentin, CWS
    UTIL Dexter Fowler, Col
    Bench Mike Aviles, KC
    Bench Kila Ka’aihue, KC
    Bench Peter Bourjos, LAA
    Bench Edwin Encarnacion, Tor
    Bench Jerry Sands, LAD
    Bench Wilin Rosario, Col
    DL Chase Utley, Phi
    P Drew Storen, Was
    P Neftali Feliz, Tex
    SP Clayton Kershaw, LAD
    SP Josh Johnson, FLA
    SP Jordan Zimmermann, Was
    SP Clay Buchholz, Bos
    SP Brett Anderson, Oak
    RP Brian Wilson, SF
    RP John Axford, Mil
    Bench Brandon Morrow, Tor
    Bench Cory Luebke S
    Bench Edinson Volquez, Cin
    Bench Sean Burnett, Was
    Bench Matt Harrison, Tex
    Bench Jordan Lyles
    Bench Jameson Taillon

  27. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Smokey – Need to drop the DL’d Homer to pick up Garland for two starts. Would use Garland’s two instead of Storen as a 3rd RP. Sound good to you?

  28. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Francis: Roll with the purple dinosaur.

    @barker: Leaves you kind of thin in SP.

    @Gilmore: Do you need another c?

    @AnotherFalstaff: Sure im a sucker for 2 start guys.

  29. WDE05 says:

    Ike Davis with another homer today…2/2 so far on the day.

  30. Black Beard says:

    Thoughts on Ted Lilly? The 11 hits is disheartening but only 1 walk.

  31. elterrible says:

    @smokey better side of this trade: beltre, beltran and matt harrison for crawford and lester

  32. elterrible says:

    @smokey sorry – this is for a 20team mixed league. I’m dead last in 3 offensive categories (r, hr, rbi) Thanks for the help

  33. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Black Beard: K rate is way down. Lot of hits isn never good.

  34. Black Beard says:

    @Smokey: Hold tight? Drop? Panic? All of the above?

  35. elwood blues says:

    @Smokey: so what do you think of mcdonald vs. wells?

  36. trick dad says:

    would you drop Jeter for any of the following SS’s:
    Maicer Izturis
    Ryan Theriot
    Alcides Escobar
    Alex Gonzalez
    Darwin Barney

  37. Tom Thumb says:

    Hey guys,

    Longo + Ubaldo for Holliday + Cliffly. Which side do you like in a league where it wouldn’t go through until next week (meaning I get Holliday all of next week before Longo comes back)

  38. Black Beard says:

    Felix to the DL. O’Day the pickup?

  39. Black Beard says:

    @Black Beard: Sorry, should have read Feliz.

  40. Phillies Phinest says:

    Who would you drop first?
    Ryan Dempster or Ted Lilly?

    Who would you pick up?
    Jorge De La Rosa
    Matt Harrison
    Kyle Lohse
    Aaron Harang
    Kyle McClellan
    Zach Britton

  41. dja says:

    should bumgarner or gavin floyd be owned at this point in 12 team h2h leagues?

  42. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @dja: Nope

  43. dja says:

    is starlin going to keep it up all year? i have rollins at ss. would you consider giving up a bjupton or berkman for starlin and then trying to get a better outfielder for rollins?

  44. Black Beard says:

    @Smokey: Thanks…the life and times of a save vulture.

  45. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @dja: Would be hard to keep it up all year. I would still want him if the cost was good.

    @Black Beard: No problem.

  46. Balls Deep says:

    Hey Smokey! Thanks for the post. Was wondering if you could give me your analysis of my team. I’m going in to week 4 and want an outside opinion

    12 Team Yahoo H2H with HOLDS, OBP, CG, SHO, L, 3B, Ks against
    Standard Yahoo rosters (2 UTIL) but 3 SP, 3 RP, 3 P slots and 3 DL

    C Arencibia
    1B Berkman
    2B Polanco
    SS Stephen Drew
    3B D-Wright
    OF Stanton / Heyward / Vlad
    UTIL Damon / Itzturis

    SP Halladay / Verlander / Haren / Romero / Pineda
    RP K-Rod / Hanrahan / Boggs
    P Chapman / Kerry Wood / Ryan Madson
    DL Peavy / Johan
    BENCH – Chipper Jones

    I went pitching early as this is a pitching heavy league. I’ve obviously made moves in grabbing Izturis and Polanco mad early. What else can I do / should I do?

    Thanks in advance Smokey

  47. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Balls Deep: Ba and steals seem to be weak.

  48. JV says:

    ALERT: F-Her is now pitching on Tuesday ahead of Bedard. Looked like a promising 2 start week, now not so much… Still start Coke against Seattle that day?

  49. Sos says:

    At this point in a 12 team would you take the Narv-dog over Javy Vazquez?

  50. genghis chone says:

    Pick 3: Brandon Beachy, Ryan Dempster, Scott Baker, Travis Wood, Jordan Zimmermann, Gavin Floyd

  51. Tony tone says:

    Drop Zimmerman for D Hudson or Baker? Drop Florida’s C Buck for Toronto’s Italian sounding catcher? And pick two of Aarmstad, RAuch, and Oliver (Texas). Thanks!

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