Brandon Finnegan pitched five innings allowing just three hits an earned run, two walks, while striking out four to notch his first win with the Cincinnati Reds last night. James Joyce would be so proud. Although his praise would be written in the form of a street ballad that would take years to completely analyze and understand. Finnegan was the big get in the Johnny Cueto deal with Kansas City and we are starting to see why. The 22-year old lefty showed good control with a low 90s fastball and nasty change up. Used primarily as a situational lefty with the Royals, the Reds are committed to stretching Finnegan out as a starter, and it looks like that decision could pay off in the long run. Brandon was sharp last night shutting down a strong Milwaukee offense and now holds a 2.38 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with a 29/16 K/BB rate. Finnegan is more of a name to keep in the back of your mind for your 2016 drafts but I could also see streaming him next week versus the Cardinals if you feel like gambling on some rookie nookie.

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

Marcus Stroman – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, BB, 3 K, moves to 2-0. Stroman handles the Sox!  In just his second start since returning from knee surgery, the Stromaniac looked even stronger than last week. Stroman is a player you are going to want to draft on every fantasy team next year, and no matter where you draft him he’ll probably be a steal. If he’s still available in your league I’d absolutely stream him against the Yankees next week.

Ryan Goins – 2-for-4, run, RBI. When the Goins get tough…err, the Blue Jays get Goins. He doesn’t offer a lot in terms of speed or power, but he’s got a four game hitting streak and is playing everyday in a stacked Jays line up. Do what you do!

Starlin Castro – 3-for-3, 2 HR (10), 6 RBI. Oh my! Starlin is batting .405 in the past two weeks with 10 runs, 4 homers, and 12 RBI. He’s batting .395 in September after struggling for the better part of the season. Coincidence that he starts to turn it on now that Baez is up and the Cubs are flush with talented young infielders? Just trade him to the Yankees already and be done with it.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3, SB (17). Rizzo’s a 30-20 player, people! Just wanted to point that out. He is Goldschmidt next year. Aren’t you glad you drafted him?

Francisco Lindor – 3-for-5, 2 runs, HR (10). Hotter than a Rihanna video, hotter than a Kendrick Lamar lyric, hotter than a bowl of pho filled with very hot things, there ain’t much hotter than Francisco Lindor right now. He’s batting .464 in the past week with 5 runs, 2 homers, 8 RBI and a SB. I made the tough decision to grab Lindor over Corey Seager and I have yet to regret it. But honestly, I wish I could own both.

Cody Anderson – 6.2 IP, 5 hits, ER, 5 BB, 6 K and his 5th win. Cody isn’t blowing anyone away with his stats but he’s managed to win his third start in a row, and hasn’t given up more than 2 ER in a start since August 7. If you need a streamer next week, Cody has a decent match up in Minnesota.

Chris Sale – 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 7 ER, ER, 3 BB, 9 K. Sure, the runs were unearned, but he still gave up 2 home runs. You’re better than this, Chris!

Steve Pearce – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 HR (13), 3 RBI. If you are desperate for power, and I mean cliche 80’s movie villain desperate for power, Steve Pearce might be worth a look for your final fantasy days. He’s batting .158, but with 3 homers in the past week. Woof.

Miki Mahtook – 5-for-5, run. Hey Miki, you so fine! Getting hits, it blows my mind! Mahtook is batting .450 in the past week with 3 runs and 3 SB. I might take a flier while he’s hitting all the baseballs.

Drew Smyly – 5.2 IP, 4 hits, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. After dominating the Red Sox last week, the Emoticon looked much more human last night. He gets the Sawx again in Boston next time up, but he’s a little to risky for my blood, which means he’ll probably pitch a shut out.

Jose Fernandez – 5.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Now if they can just get Giancarlo Stanton back the Marlins will be back on top of the NL East, right? Right!?

Max Scherzer – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. His name is Max. His world is blood and fire. You are supposed to beat the Marlins, Max. Come one. We’ll let it slide because he’s got a 2.90 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and that 237/29 K/BB ratio is very nice as well. Witness me!

Christian Yelich – 2-for-5, 2-run HR (7). In the past two weeks, Yelich has 10 runs, a homer, 7 RBI, SB and is batting .281. Not bad considering his awful start to the year, and he’s hitting .321 post-All Star break (versus .264 pre-break). Remember these things when he falls in your draft next year!

Steven Matz – 6.0 IP, 7 hits, ER, BB, 4 K, 4-0. You know, a six-man rotation really is a brilliant idea when you have six awesome young pitchers that all should be starting once a week, but when you don’t have six pitchers like this, it probably wouldn’t work as well, right?

Lucas Duda – 2-for-4, HR (22). Duda bides! Shomer shabbos!

Ketel Marte – 2-for-4, run, 2 RBI. Trying not to make a vodka joke here, but Ketel has a six game hitting streak with three straight multi-hit games and I think I am drunk in love. If you needs runs and average and a little bit a speed, Ketel is One to consider.

James Paxton – 4.1 IP, 6 hits, ER, 4 BB, 6 K. He has pitched okay in his two starts since returning from the DL, but he’s not going deep enough into games for me to recommend him as a streamer. I’m all in on Paxton for 2016 though!

Danny Valencia – 3-for-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI. Hard to recommend Valencia outside of deep and AL-Only leagues, but he’s got four homers in the past two weeks, and he absolutely dominates the Astros.

Josh Reddick – 1-for-4, HR (19). JR is another A that has been hot fire. In the past week he’s batting .321 with 8 runs, 3 homers, 6 RBI, and 2 SB. Luckily for owners, Reddick knows to turn it on when it really counts, the fantasy playoffs! Woo!

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, HR (22). Grey told you to BUY.  Kish Davish is a 35 home run hitter next year. I saw this happening in my mind’s eye when I traveled to the future with my Scientology retreat.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-3, HR (22). But will he get to 25 homers!? Probably. But will I ever draft Jay Bruce again? Probably not.

Justin Verlander – 8.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, BB, 7 K. JV was killing it and allowed just one run until Alex Wilson (0.1 IP, 2 hits, ER, BS) came into the game to ruin his night. Here’s a pitcher that will be impossible for me to rank next year so I’m just going to have to avoid him completely.

Johnny Cueto – 7.0 IP 8 hits, 2 ER, BB, 4 K. Hey, remember the National League? Way cooler, right?

Salvador Perez – 3-for-5, 2-run HR (20). Sally Perez is the only catcher not named Kyle Schwarber that I might actually consider seriously thinking about the possibility of looking at the likelihood of drafting early. Still I don’t see it happening though.

Greg Holland – 0.2 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, BS. YOU BLEW IT!

Neil Walker – 2-for-4, HR (14). He is a hot little potato right now! In Pittsburgh they French Fry their potatoes and put them on everything they eat! You know what that kale salad needs don’t you? Some french fries on top. Yesssir! Walker’s batting .380 with a homer in the past week if you’re into that kind of thing.

Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-3, run, RBI, SB (1). I’m not sure Justin plays consistently enough for me to recommend him for anything more than a batty call, but he does seem to be hitting and homering and stealing, all things you look for in a good batty call!

Wil Myers – 2-for-5, 2 runs, HR (8). Oh hey! Where there’s a Wil, there’s a way! A way to win my fantasy league you say, by simply picking up Wil Myers? Would it really work like that? No, of course not, but Grey’s been telling you to BUY, and Myers has 3 homers and a steal in the past two weeks.

Chad Bettis – 5.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, BB, 6 K and his 8th win. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and any Rockies pitcher is generally a desperate measure. However, if you need a streamer for next week, Chad has been relatively good on the road, holds a 2.76 ERA in September and gets the Pirates next week.

Corey Seager – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (2). Oh, it’s you again! I’m sorry I went with Lindor over you. Honestly, I couldn’t decide and you were off Thursday, don’t take it personally, bruh! Can I buy you a Bud Lite? In the past two weeks, Corey Crush is batting .404 with 8 runs, 2 homers, 8 RBI and 2 steals. I love it when a player breaks out at the end of the year, after almost everyone has stopped paying attention to fantasy baseball, and are now focused on the excellent fantasy football coverage at football.razzball.com. Seager will probably be on all my teams next year, and I’ll probably even pick him over Lindor. This kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha!

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. yealich or Wil Myers, Pagan, of these outfielders who do you like going forward. 6×6 OPS head to head Forgive the spelling

    • Dan Pants

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      @Dnut Eastwood: I’d go with Myers, he’s a got a bit more power than the other two.

  2. Piper says:
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    In the playoffs and in need of advice to prepare for next season….
    We are in a 10 team keeper league. You have to to keep 10, and you can keep up to 12. Currently I have
    Definitely keeping: 1) Posey 2) Encarcion 3) Bautista 4) Sale

    I also have: Cain, Rendon, Longoria, Desmond, Revere, Heyward, Dickerson, Soler, Franco, Matz, Wood, Gio Gonzalez, Odorizzi, Ross

    What other guys would you plan to keep out of these players?

    I am not playing Soler/Dickerson, but was curious if they would be a good bounce back candidates and I may need to stream some pitchers in order to win Ks, wins, etc. during the playoffs.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Piper: If the you have to keep 10 you have to assume most of the 100 players would be kept. So I guess I’d keep Cain, Heyward, Rendon, Longo, Matz, Gio. I would consider keeping Dickerson as well.

  3. Schoolboy P says:
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    Close in ratios. Start Erasmo vs Bal. today?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Schoolboy P: I am starting him.

  4. Dan Pants

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    If the you have to keep 12 you have to assume most of the 100 players would be kept. So I guess I’d keep Cain, Heyward, Rendon, Longo, Matz, Gio. I would consider keeping Dickerson as well.

  5. JJ says:
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    Who to start?
    C.SEAGER vs PIT(LIriano)
    J.BAEZ vs STL(M.Wacha)

    • Dan Pants

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      @JJ: I’d start Seager.

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Dan!!!

    Great work, man! Many thanks. Saw Stroman and am all in for next week.

    a. Do you start Stroman (at home versus NYY against Tanaka) over any of the following.

    1. Colon at home versus ATL (Williams Perez)
    2. Fernandez at home versus ATL (Ryan Weber)
    3. Richards at home versus SEA (Felix Hernandez)
    4. Ross at home versus SF (Heston) and AZ (Robbie Ray)
    5. Salazar at MIN (Hughes) and at KC (Guthrie)

    I’m thinking Richards versus Hernandez could be my weakest matchup even with Richards best work coming lately (except of course his last start).

    b. Who do you like next week, Jansen or Osuna, in a H2H points league. Jansen plays 7 (4 at home against AZ and 3 @ COL) and Osuna plays 6 at home (3 vs. NYY, 3 vs. TB)?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ante GALIC: Hard to say, I actually might not start Stroman over any of those other options, but you’re right Richards is def the weakest match up. I’d go Jansen.

  7. McNulty says:
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    Who do you start out of Paulsen, Soler, Grichuk, Carlos Gomez next week? or would you rather start a free agent: Canha, Pillar, Pagan. I’m looking for BA and SB

    • Dan Pants

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      @McNulty: Canha, Pagan and Gomez (if he plays)

  8. Nation says:
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    Figure someone in hte comments might know the answer to this:

    In yahoo (or other leagues), does a play in game count for roto purposes?

    For example, if you have not yet reached an innings or GP limit, would you be able to use a player and acrrue the stats since the play in games are still part of the “regular season?”

    I know that there are various “loopholes” to going over an innings and games limit (ie streaming 5 pitchers on day youre projected to go over inn/start limit. Playing all slots on OF/UTIL when only one game remaining) and just want to maximize the counting stats as it looks like it will come down to the last game for me. Thanks!

    • McNulty says:
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      @Nation:

      Yahoo will not count play-in games or any game scheduled after the last day of the regular season

  9. Nitro says:
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    Hi. Would you start Severino @ Toronto this weeks.

    Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Nitro: No, I would not start him in Toronto.

  10. Sam says:
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    DP, in a season long roto (14-teams) keeper (27-man rosters) — auction style with escalating values.

    Was offered my Corey Seager and Mikael Franco for Harvey, Crush Davis, Cory Dickerson and Shelby Miller.

    Seager and Franco are keepable at $6. As is Shelby. The others are too pricey.
    I have Correa and Baez to keep at $6 (to fill 2 of my SS/2B/MI slots… tho I’d like to have all 3 filled). As for Franco.. I have Machado for 3B and Sano for CI next season (may not be 3B elig next season tho forcing him to my Util). Could make a play on another spec tho like Josh Bell (for that CI slot), who might have better upside anyhow.

    Context.. I am in second and could win with a bump to HR, RBI and Runs.. Just not sure I love this offer.

    Thoughts?

    Would a counter of:
    Seager, Franco, Wong ($20 to keep.. too price for me) for Crush, C-Dick, Bogy ($6 keeper tag) & Wainwright ($6 keeper tag … was dropped early on) be worth it?

    I kind of see Bogy and Seager as similar with Bogy further along his devel arc.. plus I am a sox fan

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      @Sam: I should note that I am pretty set at pitching both this season and next having Kershaw, Price, Lester, Salazar ($9), Syndergaard ($6), Matz ($6), Severino ($6) and McCullers ($6) + Yu ($14) on my DL

      • Dan Pants

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        @Sam: At this point in the year I’m just not sure that Chris Davis pushes you over the top in power enough that you sacrifice Seager/Franco at that price. I like your counter much better if you can convince them to do it.

  11. Tim says:
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    Thanks again for your help all year. I hope I’m not jinxing myself but thanks to you & the rest of Razzball it looks as if I may advanced to the finals next week. I hope you don’t mind answering a couple more questions for the finals:

    Best SS for next week:

    C. Seager (4vARI, [email protected]) – will he play much?
    J. Segura ([email protected], [email protected])
    Crawford ([email protected], [email protected])
    Mercer ([email protected], [email protected])
    Suarez ([email protected], 4vNYM)
    Gyorko (3vSF, 3vARI)

    Best C for next week:

    Cervelli ([email protected], [email protected])
    Ramos (3vBAL, 3vPHI)
    Grandal (4vARI, [email protected])
    Rosario (4vPIT, 3vLAD)

    Player most likey to play & be productive in both games of the CHW(Samardja (RHP), Johnson (RHP) v DET (Ryan (LHP), Lobstein (LHP)) doubleheader on Monday:

    Gose LHB
    A. Garcia RHB
    Vmart S
    LaRoche LHB
    R. Davis RHB
    Castelanos RHB

    Now, regardin streaming SP, please give me your top 4 from all of the following ranked in order that you like them. I can only have a max of 1 PER DAY from Mon-Wed, but Thurs on I can have up to 3 a day:

    Monday
    Bollsinger vARI (Chacin)

    Tuesday
    McCullers vLAA (Santiago)
    Koheler vPHI (Harang)
    Quintana @DET(Norris)
    Perez @OAK (Martin)
    Owens vTB (Moore)

    Wedensday
    K. Hendricks vMIL (Davies)
    Conley vPHI(Buchanan)
    Cashner vSF (Peavy)
    Peavy @SD (Cashner)
    Stroman vNYY (Tanaka)

    Thursday
    Cosart vPHI (Asher)
    Miley vTB (Ramirez)

    Friday
    Haren vPIT (Liriano)
    Gausman @BOS (Hill)

    Saturday
    Holland @HOU(McHugh)
    Shoemaker vSEA(Walker)
    Brooks vSF (Hudson)
    E. Rodriquez vBAL (Jimenez)
    Warren vCHA(Samardja)
    Medlin vCLE(Tomlin)
    Tomlin vKC (Medlin)

    Sunday
    Severino vCHA (E. Johnson)
    Owens vBAL(Wright)
    Ray @SD (Sheilds)

    Time to win the ‘ship!!! Thanks AGAIN for all of your help this year.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tim: Seager, Cervelli, Vmart. Stroman vNYY, Quintana @ DET, Severino vCHA, Tomlin vKC

      • Tim says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks! You da man!

  12. Chucky says:
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    In the make believe world of make believe….if you were a mlb starting pitcher, making oodles of money…..would you rather face the Toronto Blue Jays or an allstar team made up exclusively of NL East supa-stars? I mean really!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chucky: Great question. In this make believe world of make-believe is A.) Giancarlo Stanton health? and B.) Yoenis Cespedes still a Met?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chucky: Great question. In this make believe world of make-believe is A.) Giancarlo Stanton healthy? and B.) Yoenis Cespedes still a Met?

  13. Sam says:
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    @Dan Pants: Thanks, Dan.

  14. malamoney

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    Thoughts on Pedroia?

    • Dan Pants

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      @malamoney: When you’re hot you’re hot and Dustin is hot fire right now. He’s not playing every day, but I think he will play more than not next week when the team is back at home. If he keeps it up he could win somone’s fantasy league.

      • malamoney

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        @Dan Pants: Looks like he might be my replacement for Jung Ho…

      • malamoney

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        @Dan Pants: Was considering Eduardo Escobar, but Pedroia seems like the hot hand…

        • Dan Pants

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          @malamoney: I’d go with Pedroia, for sure.

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