Tommy Joseph continued his early success last night going 2-for-4, with two home runs, and four RBI. I felt it was appropriate to go with the biblical headline because for those in desperate need of a corner infielder, Joseph has been heaven sent. The big game Friday brought his season stats to a .323/.333/.677 triple slash with seven home runs and 12 RBI in just 21 games (65 at bats). All this coming on the heels of Manager Pete Mackanin naming Tommy Boy the starter Friday afternoon over Ryan “I’m Not Sure How Old You Are Anymore, But I Would Have Guessed Older” Howard. Joseph has really turned on the jets in the past week hitting .438 with six runs, 4 homers, and 7 RBI. This isn’t coming completely out of nowhere either. After an abysmal 2015, Tommy was slashing .347/.370/.611 in 100 ABs at AAA this year. The advanced stats are a bit wonky for Joseph at the moment (.333 BABIP, 26.1 K%, .354 ISO), but don’t necessarily suggest Joseph is playing over his head. Regardless, TJ has carved out a nice spot for himself batting clean up for the Phils and I could see his success continuing. Grey told you to BUY, Joseph is available everywhere and is definitely worth grabbing in all leagues where you need a corner infielder with some pop.

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

Anthony DeSciafani– 6.0 IP, 8 hits, ER, 3 BB, 2 K. A lot of peeps were/are pretty high on Ant Man, but perhaps they are high on something else entirely? I dunno! Me? No, I’m not high I’m just sweating myself out until I hallucinate. Is that “high”? Anyway, Anthony pitched serviceably enough in his return but one would like to see a bit more versus a team like Oakland. He’ll get another chance to showmewhathesgot next week versus Atlanta. At under 20% owned, I’d be watching watching him closer than a Margaery Tyrell walk of atonement. Which is to say, when it doesn’t happen I’m going to be very upset. SHAME!

Tony Cingrani – 1.0 IP, 1 hit, SV (6). From rotoworld, “Cingrani has to be considered the least desirable full-time closer to own in fantasy leagues.” LOL. Ouch. Et tu, rotoworld? Give the guy a break, he is a SAGNOF through and through. Sure his 5.53 BB/9 is terrifying, but is he really worse than what the Twins are throwing out there?

Bud Norris – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 6 K, W. This Bud was for you. And by you I mean you or whoever happened to start him in your 18-team league. And by Bud I mean America.

Albert Almora, Jr. – 1-for-3, run. Hey, it’s a Cubs prospect and it’s a BUY and he’s starting and he got a hit and you should pick him up maybe! And hey, a butterfly!

Adonis Garcia – 3-for-3, HR (2). Well, I guess somebody’s gotta score some runs for the Braves. Why not Adonis? Really who else is there.

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-4, run, 3 RBI. If you drafted Daniel Murphy you are likely sitting pretty at the top of the standings, waving down to the plebs below you. Good job. Well fantasyed, my friend.

Stephen Drew – 2-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI. So Stephen Drew isn’t exactly my favorite player. But he is very likely my least favorite player…and that’s only because his brother has long retired. Danny Espinosa was 3-for-4 with a HR (10) as well. You two can homer all you want, you still can’t keep me from my Trea. Soooooon.

Stephen Strasburg – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 4 ER, BB, 10 K, W. The Strasborg is 10-0! Beep borp. Does not compute. 01010101011001! Initiating whiffcat sequencing. Sure he’ll never pitch more than 7 innings, those strikeouts tho!

Jayson Werth – 1-for-2, HR (10), 2 RBI. FWIW, which is an acronym that I’m told might be appropriate here, J-Dubs is hitting close to .300 with 4 homers and 13 RBI in the past two weeks. He may even be available in your league. Go check, I will wait here and google player stats.

C.C. Sabathia – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. C.C.’s rocking the 2.28 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Oh word, he’s back baby! Here’s what I said about C.C. a few weeks ago, “Pick him up if you hate yourself.” Hmm. OK, I was hoping I would have mentioned how he’s relied on his fastball less, and more on a combination of his sinker/cutter. But I guess I did not. So maybe I don’t have the highest confidence in Sabathia, and the advanced stats suggest he’s about to get his siz-ocks riz-ocked (4.62 xFIP and 3.2 HR/FB%). But thinking positively, the 2.28 ERA is a career best mark, he gets the Twins next week, and I’d absolutely ride this train until it crashes and burns something horrible. FWIW (<— my new favorite acronym) I picked him up, and if you must know, yes, I hate myself.

Steven Wright – 7.1 IP, 7 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W. How comforting is it that Steven Wright, a knuckleballer, is my most reliable pitcher. With his 7-4 record, 2.09 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 70/33 K/BB I guess I should be comfortable, but I’m not. It’s part of having crippling anxiety.

Xander Bogaerts – 4-for-5, HR (7), 4 RBI. AWESOME-X! I took Xander out for tapas and sangria (romantic AF, i kno rite) to celebrate him being the BEST SHORTSTOP IN BEISBOL! I’m not saying I called it, but I have been seeing X exclusively since last April and things are starting get real serious this year. I mean, Bogey is slashing .349/.398/.508 with seven homers, 40 RBI and eight stolen bases! Remember when I told you, X, to hit more homers so you can make that Sandoval money? Forget it! Don’t ever change. You stay exactly the way you are, boo.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. – 2-for-5, run, 2 RBI. I would have invited you to tapas, but, you know, it would just be awkward. You understand.

Brandon Moss – 2-for-6, HR (14), 2 RBI. Heyo, it’sa BUY! The say a rolling stone gathers no Moss, but when Brandon Moss is a-rolling he sure gathers a crap ton dingers! When it’s not Adventure Time, B-Mo is been busy batting close to .500 with 4 homers and 7 RBI in the past week. Mathematical!

Gerrit Cole – 2.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, BB, 3 K. Cole left this start with triceps tightness, and that means you know who could see a spot start? Jameson Taillon. I was talking about Taillon. If that was at all unclear. He’s the “you know who.”

Matt Carpenter – 2-for-4, 2 runs, HR (10), 3 RBI. I never mention Carpenter because he’s a player I would never target in a draft and therefore never own, but batting .400 with 15 runs in the past week? That will help your fantasy team!

Jhonny Peralta – 2-for-5, run. He’s hit safely in three out of the four games he’s played since his return with a home run and 5 RBI. I would grab him if he’s available before other people realize he’s available.

Matt Harvey – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, 2 BB, 8 K. That’s three straight quality starts. And I mean quality. Your sell high/buy low opportunity is closing, depending on confident you are in Harvey.

Corey Kluber – 9.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, BB, 8 K, W. He is good at throwing baseballs.

Hector Santiago – 1.1 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, BB, 2 K. Must…stop…streaming…Hector Santiago. Have some self-control, man!

Hisashi Iwakuma – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, BB, 3 K, W. I went for soba noodles with Iwakuma and he laughed at me for complaining my noodles were cold. I am so uncultured. How embarrassing for him. My b, sashi! Next time I’ll be chill.

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-4, 2 HR (8). FWIW, I’m not recommending you pick him up yet, but it is my duty to point out if he continues to hit (.333 AVG in the past week), he could very well replace Prince Fielder as an everyday player. How you doing Prince Fielder owners? Everything OK? Don’t let the existential dread set it. Don’t let it set in…

Dae-Ho Lee – 2-for-4, 2 HR (10), 4 RBI. He only starts against lefties but darn it to heck if he doesn’t crush them lefties. Darn it to heck, I say!

Clayton Kershaw – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 13 K, W. Kersh has a 122/6 K/BB ratio, which is a stat that I have to assume could only be obtained by a high level operating thetan. Someone’s been putting in extra time at the auditing sessions. What if I told you you could pitch like Kershaw simply by harnessing the natural M.E.S.T. around you? You could control the universe! I have some literature I think you should read.

Johnny Cueto – 8.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 8 K. When your whole pitching arsenal is on point but you’ll never be as good as Kershaw.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4, HR (19), 2 RBI. Nolan leads the league in ding dongs! I remember last year when I owned you. I was younger then and the world was my oyster! Sigh. Don’t let the existential dread set in, Dan. Not now, you have to finish this post.

Wil Myers– 1-for-3, HR (13), 4 RBI. Wil the Thrill is doing things! In the past week, Wil “I Passed the Other L to the Player on My Left” Myers is batting .522 with 5 homers, 10 RBI, and 2 SB. Sweet sassy molassy! I’ve always had a soft spot for Myers, because we play Overwatch together. But doode in undeniably OP right now. Someone needs to be nerfed.

Jon Gray – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, ER, 7 K. Oh hey, it’s you again! Here’s what I said when I wrote about Gray a few weeks ago, “a Coors pitcher pitches at Coors and even in the most stream worthy of starts it makes him very hard for me hard to recommend.” Whoa, I am on fire with the endorsements lately! So pick him up, or don’t–why are you asking me? I’m more wishy washy and flippy floppy than Hillary Clinton! Lol political humor! How topical. Gray’s rocking the 2.25 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 23 K in the past two weeks and dare I say is a must own in most leagues at this point. Grey told you to BUY, now I’m telling you pick him up everywhere and fast! How’s this for an endorsement. I love Jon Gray, and I don’t care who knows it. He’s the Coors ace I never knew I needed.

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. Chucky says:
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    Agreeing with you pretty much on Jon Gray, even @ Coors. At least he doesn’t have to face the Rockies. The Dodgers, Giants, Padres and even the D’bax to a certain extent are so meh. You might want to consider benching him v AL teams ( Men v Boyz) but other than that, he’s a must start every time out.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chucky: This kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha!

  2. david says:
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    Hi!
    I’ve been riding my gem Jason Castro to respectable Catcher numbers. Tommy Joseph is catcher eligible in my WEEKLY league.
    Should I drop Castro for Joseph since technically he would play almost everyday?

    Thx

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @david: Sure!

  3. Hugman says:
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    Tim Anderson. 2 for 3 with a double. Batting 9th.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Hugman: Forgot to mention Anderson. Good call! Check out Grey’s BUY/SELL this week for more info, but I like him too!

  4. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    David Price for Abreu/Steven Wright. 10×10 10 team Roto. Do I take Abreu? Price has been last years model the last month. I need hitting and pitching.

  5. Bernard Milkey says:
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    Drop Pujols for Tommy Boy? Or would you rather have Moss. Bench bat plug n play. 12 team h2h

    Thanks!

  6. Eric says:
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    Joseph or Trayce T ROS

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Eric: I like Joseph for now

  7. griff says:
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    Dynasy league: joseph or O’brien? Would be used as a utility spot.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @griff: Depends on need, I’d go Joseph

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Dan, I’m going to buy pants today, can you recommend a style?

    • Jiggy Nits says:
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      @Grey: chinos. can you recommend one of these two ROS ignoring positions… Hundley vs Jon Jay in terms of HR/RBI/BB/SB/AVG

  9. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Culottes. Always culottes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah good call

  10. Big Al says:
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    Thanks for the Saturday notes Mr Pants. Trade proposal last night: Hanley for my R Davis. Thinking I’ll hold and ask for pitching, since I need that, and Hanley looks like he’s toast. Want to offer Davis for either Guerra or Iwakuma or Paxton, all of which are on his bench.
    League is CBS H2H, 14-team, Weekly set lineup, 4 OF with 9 pitcher slots. 6×6 OPS and QS.

    What order would you ask for those 3 in? Thoughts?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Big Al: Iwakuma, Guerra, Paxton

  11. Mark says:
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    I drafted Murphy and arenado and bogaerts and I’m in 5th. Fml

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mark: F all of our Ls

  12. EazyE says:
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    Any love for Mengden today??

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @EazyE: Mengden?

      • EazyE says:
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        @Dan Pants: Daniel Mengden starting for the A’s

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @EazyE: Better question for our prospect writer, but I love me some A’s rookie pitchers, I’ve heard he has a nice fastball and an even nicer mustache, and with the way the A’s rotation looks I could see him sticking if he performs well.

          • EazyE says:
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            @Dan Pants: thanks Mr pants! Cheers!

  13. Richard says:
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    Just curious, why don’t you target Matt Carpenter in draft?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Richard: He goes to high for what he produces in my opinion, runs and average.

  14. Boomer19 says:
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    Hi Mr. Pants

    I am looking to fill a hole at 2nd base and Rendon is available. Owner will take either FRod or Rosenthal. Who would you trade away?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Boomer19: Rodney

      • Boomer19 says:
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        I meant Francisco Rodriguez not Rodney.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Boomer19: Ohh that’s K-Rod. I’d still eep Rosenthal.

  15. Sorry, catcher question. Here’s who available:
    Realmuto
    Molina
    Hundley (I own him but want to drop him. he never plays)
    Gomes
    Wellington
    Grandal
    Montero
    Chirinos

    Part of me doesn’t even feel like carrying a catcher right now, but which of the above would you choose? I welcome feedback from anyone on this one!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Hugman: Yadier Molina

      • Hugman says:
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        @Dan Pants: word. Thanks.

  16. fleeced says:
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    I have J.Upton as a bench bat in a 12 team redraft. In the event that Bregman or AJ Reed are promoted, should I saw Upton for either of them?

    My next closest expendables would be some closers in Kintzler and Estevez, or Valencia.

    I’m leaning towards Upton

    • Dan Pants

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      @fleeced: Don’t drop Upton

  17. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan! Duffy or Oddorizi? Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jerry: Close, but I prefer Odorizzi

  18. Great Bambino says:
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    14 team H2H redraft mixed league

    I have Gattis and Russell Martin. Drop Russell Martin to activate Leonys Martin?

    Khris Davis or Tommy Joseph?

    Tommy Joseph or or Brandon Moss?

    Thanks!

  19. Great Bambino says:
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    ROS: Moss or Khris Davis?

    Willing to just start Moss against RHP… Davis is annoying to own.

  20. Knucks says:
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    HAH the Cueto line was so eloquently put

    Nice title, thanks for the post DP!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Knucks: Thanks for reading!

  21. Rodger Dorn says:
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    Which Colorado reliever should I pick up? Estevez throws gas

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rodger Dorn: Motte or Estevez

  22. Bmiles says:
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    Thanks for the write up! Drop Prince Fielder for Joseph or Trayce Thompson? I am just looking to sure up my bench. Don’t need 1B or OF. Thank you sir

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Bmiles: Hold Prince for now

  23. Incredibly, Kershaw’s K-BB% (32.2) is still higher than any other pitcher’s K% except for JoFer…(37.7 K%)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Wake Up: He is good at pitching the baseballs, isn’t he!

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Wake Up: Sounds like someone is ready for level 2

          • @Dan Pants: I’ve been ready for 27 and a half trillion years!

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Wake Up: Ha! Get this man a Mark Super VII Quantum E-meter! You’ve earned it, brother!

  24. Murph says:
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    Can we rank MI For ROS segura peralta walker Anderson
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Murph: Segura, Walker, Peralta, Anderson

  25. Bogaerts Turner Overdrive says:
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    Need a 2B and looking to slot in Tommy Joseph at 1B.

    My Belt for his Rendon sound fair? 6×6 OPS

    Thanks!

  26. griff says:
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    In a dynast league, which is a better player to invest in: Devon Travis or Javier Baez?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @griff: Baez

  27. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Are you selling Mccutcheon? Or is he just waiting to break out? If I trade him what kind of value you think I should target?

  28. Chance Cumberling says:
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    Do I drop Profar to pick up Will Myers?

  29. marimon says:
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    Would you drop Smyly, Shoemaker, Pomeranz, or Liriano for Duffy?
    Drop Cingrani for Estrevez or Kinzler?
    Thanks!

    • Hans says:
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      @marimon: definitely drop Cingrani for either I prefer Kintzler, both are better than cingriani.

      Drop Smyly he’s dead weight, he’s been awful and they pushed his last start back for mental rest

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @marimon: Liriano for Duffy, Cingrani for Estevez of Kintzler

    • marimon says:
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      I went ahead and dropped Smyly for Duffy, and Cingrani for Estrevez.

      Now my pitching staff looks like this:
      Salazar, Walker, Carrasco, Matz, J. Ross, Shoemaker, Liriano, Pomeranz, Duffy, Andrew Miller, Dyson, Fernando Rodney, Estrevez

      Should I package for batting upgrade? I think im pretty solid though
      Wieters, Rizzo, Schoop, K. Bryant, Bogaerts, Polanco, Marte, JD Martinez, Villar, Saunders

  30. Hans says:
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    Now that Estefez closed out the 9th for the rocks on Saturday be is suddenly annoyed the guy. His FIP is 4.42 lifetime. He has had BB issues this year 10 in 15 IP. So what I am getting at is I am a SAGNOF slut with saves and usually read situations rather well. Seems like McGee will be out 5 weeks. I believe Motte takes over the job by this time next week, thoughts?

  31. Hans says:
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    Anointed not annoying

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Hans: My first thought was Motte, and I grabbed him everywhere I could, but Estevez has pitched well so he can’t be any worse than Cingrani or Jepsen both of which I owned.

      • Hans says:
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        @Dan Pants: his career FIP is 4.5 which is obviously horrible, I see him imploding atleast once if not twice next week.

  32. Sunny says:
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    Miggy and Corbin for J Abreu and Archer? Who do you like?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Sunny: Miggy side, but fair

  33. Mista Bombastic says:
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    Util waiver pickup:
    Baez, Moss, Or Joseph?

    Tank ew

  34. Alex says:
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    Someone just dropped Hanley..

    Should I drop D. Peralta for him?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Alex: Peralta

  35. Jeff says:
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    pls put these guys in order for me from best to worst.

    tommy joseph
    chris carter
    Khris davis
    Javier baez
    johnathan schoop
    steve pearce

    • Jeff says:
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      @Jeff:
      oh and brandon moss too* lol woops.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Jeff: Baez, Carter, Moss, Davis, Joseph, Schoop, Pearce

  36. Funscombe says:
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    Thanks for the great write up!

    Someone dropped Hosmer in my league. I have Abreu and F. Freeman already for 1B.

    Do I drop Freeman for Hosmer?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Funscombe: Sure

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