If you caught the corner edition of this series, then you know what’s going on with the title. If you missed it (shame on you), go and click on that link now… Grey went over his second basemen and shortstops already, so now it’s my turn. Actually, it’s a different turn for a different game… for the most part. These are for the deeper and the desperate. The DDs! Speaking of DDs, have you signed up for an RCL yet? There is still time, so click here to join one or start your own. Okay, now that I got the shameless RCL plug out of the way, are you all ready for 2016? Feeling the burn yet? Selected your draft day spirits? I’ve been stuck in this scout.com for what feels like an eternity with the end still a week away. Anythehoo, let’s get to the players already…

Howie Kendrick 2B (257.20) – Two things hurt Howie last season: A hamstring injury that cost him six weeks down the stretch, and a career low fly ball rate killed any bounce back in the dong department. If he stays healthy, and with new skipper Dave Roberts, a return to stealing bases could be in the cards. I feel safe calling him an 8/8 player with room to build on that… I hope. He’s going to be back at the top of the lineup and a return to the middle of the order (284 PA’s last year), isn’t out of the question either. I usually tend to go more conservative with my MI because there will always be a shiny new one popping their infidel head out of the FA pool. I rostered Brandon Phillips in a few place last year… cust kayin’

Joe Panik 2B (267.85) – Stop yawning! I know, I know, he’s like the Loney of MI, but like Kendrick, he’s set to bat at the top of the order and should top 10 homers this year. Not much speed but runs and batting average should be aplenty. If you took Schoop as your 2nd baseman and punt MI then Panik would be a perfect pairing. He’s a high contact, low K rate hitter who’s evolving batted ball profile leaves some upside. Last year he upped his FB 5.8% while cutting his ground ball rate and also took a huge leap in Hard Hit % going from 23.9 to 30.0. He’s a good role player if you live by roster construction and he should not be overlooked. I’d take him ahead of Kendrick.

Jose Peraza 2B,OF (314.36) – Here is the “IF” player as in if he makes the squad. Actually I think he does and opens the year as a super sub. They love what he’s shown this spring and with talk of Hamilton and Cozart getting rest days should provide enough at bats to keep this interesting. I’m not going to go on and on about him. Enough has been written already and you guys are a sharp bunch so this is really just review here. He steals bases and can easily play his way into an everyday gig by mid-May.

Cesar Hernandez 2B (331.34) – We have the King of SAGNOF and now SAGNOFius Cesar. Hail Cesar! Last year he stole 19 bases at a 79% success rate and is set to bat at the top of the Phillies order in front of Franco. If he can hold his gig and repeat his 8.8% walk rate and .339 OBP then 30 plus steals is a very good possibility. Let me put it this way, if you missed on Delino and have a speed hole on your roster, look for Cesar. He’s had a strong spring and already stolen 6 bases so we know he is healthy and the team is having him run.  And for you DFS guys I saw the Phillies are getting their players better grass. That has nothing to do with Cesar, just an interesting article for the DFSers.

Cory Spangenberg 2B (354.40) – Hey look, another 2nd baseman set to bat at the top of the order who can run. This is obviously a deep league play but before you blow him off look at what you’re getting. Dah, nothing really here but maybe a .270 average and 15 steal speed. He has solid minor league totals and with his first full season ahead of us provides some upside gamble for those in 16 and deeper leagues.

Eugenio Suarez SS,OF (276.09) – I went over him here and wrote it while writing it. What did you think, I was going to do Grey here?

Trevor Story SS (302.46) – Here is one that Grey already went over. It looks like he has the job locked up and I’m in the camp of those that thinks Reyes doesn’t play an down inning for the Rockies. Sorry, still caught up in the Broncos Super Bowl victory. Does a 15/15 guy with a highish K-rate interest you. He’s going to be Bryant-lite this year. I can feel it in my nether regions. That’s my Story and I’m sticking to it.

Brad Miller SS,OF (263.24) – Oh Brad! A 10/10 floor with a chance to chip in a few more in the AL east is good enough for me. Damn, I’m really growing a fetish for lefties in that division. He might end up in some platooney tunes but being a lefty gives him the good side of it. A declining contact rate and FB% worries me so I’m hoping a return to his home state, he’s from Orlando, lets him get back to who many of us thought he would be. The shituation in Seattle was bad for him and with his talent a second chance may be what he needs. He falls into a class where the floor 10/10/.260 could easily be 15/15/.275 by season end. The dual eligibility is nice too most especially in Yahoo where he also has 2nd base status.

Wilmer Flores 2B,SS (350.37) – Mr. Water Works is going to be Tres Flores this year. I can’t believe I used to use this stuff on my dome back in the day and by back of the day I mean 94-99. Thank god brands like Suavecito came on the scene. Hey wait, this isn’t suppose to be a male hair products discussion. If you are a believer that David Wright will miss significant time and that Asdrubal Cabrera will not be 100% until June then you need to swoop up Wilmer early. In deep leagues he’ll be used a lot the first two months as the Mets have already said Wright will get regular days off to get him back to 100%. Hey Mets, Wright will never be 100% again, best case scenario he’s 50% or half-Wright. Flores is also the back-up to the Duda so it is conceivable he gets 4 position eligibility and I will curse Sky every time he adds a position. Sky sniped me in the scout draft on Wilmer. It’s my fault because I forgot what a sensitive guy Sky is and he relates to Wilmer.



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  1. Sam says:

    Made a couple of trades.. how’d I do??
    (1) My Andrew Miller & Ryan Braun for his Matt Harvey & Sal Perez; &
    (2) My Hector Rondon for his Ben Revere

    Roster context (after trades:)
    Sal Perez
    Seager, Corey
    Bnech: Pederson, Peraza & Baez

    Allen, Cody

    • J-FOH says:

      @Sam: looks solid. Could be light on power

      • Sam says:

        @J-FOH: Thanks for the prompt reply and vote of confidence J-Foh!… hopin you’re right and it is sold!

        • J-FOH says:

          @Sam: I hope you have good options to replace McCullers

  2. M says:

    What do you think about Z.Cozart this year? Seemed to make some strides before his ACL injury last year

    • J-FOH says:

      @M: I’m not a big believer. He had years of meh and he’ll need to prove it again. I like upside or more dependable players where he’s going

  3. What up J-Hof. What is the word on Jose Reyes. Network crashed on my draft missed rounds 11-16. I ended up with two guys I did not want. Reyes being one. 12 team league with MI. OPS league. Is he worth holding on the NA spot. Right now I have Shoup. Can his ass or is he worth consideration. I haven’t heard any rulings yet.

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:

    need to drop one to add Matt Olson

    Brady Aiken
    Kyle Zimmer
    Brent Honeywell
    Josh Hader

      • Malicious Phenoms says:

        @J-FOH: cool, thanks J-Foh, appreciate it!

  5. toneDEAF! says:

    Does anyone know when teams start putting their hurt players on the DL?

    • J-FOH says:

      @toneDEAF!: I think after the rosters have been finalized

  6. scott steelers says:

    Head to head keeper league. Basic 5 hitting categories. Starring with 1st Abreu, 3rd Sano, 2 (of my total 3) OF Springer and Polanco and scherzer at SP. 1st pick is looking to be J Upton, Tulo, Cano, Crush. All talent drops dramatically by the 2nd rd. Could you rank in order who you would pick. Thanks! Enjoyed the read. Will likely need one of these MI

  7. Mike says:

    I have Hernandez on all 6 of my teams. last pick in each draft. Its like no one knows anything about him. I am in 14 team HtoH yahoo leagues.

    • J-FOH says:

      @Mike: he has a low floor but his steals give him relevance and provide some interesting ceiling

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:

    Better grass? Lincecum just started training on South Street.

    • J-FOH says:

      @Ralph Lifshitz: he’s rolling one down the line

  9. Chris says:

    Hey J-Foh great post! I’m all over Panik for the right price. That sounded interesting lol.

    I posted this to lifshitz earlier wanted to get your thought Thanks for any help.

    Wondering If I should do something this year like Hosmer and Belt cheaper for 1st and corner and go bigger in the outfield. Always have had a top 5 first baseman. All about value, have to wait and see.

    Tell me if you wouldnt mind which team you like better. 14 team h2h league 5×5 roto. Auction.


    Team 1
    SS-Asdrubal Cab
    CI-Belt or Duda
    OF-Upton-JD Martinez-Blackmon-Grichuk-Deshields
    Team 2
    C-Wellington Castillio
    OF-Upton-Eaton-Grichuk-Ozuna-Dom Santana


    • J-FOH says:

      @Chris: team 2

      • Chris says:

        Thanks. I also thought about giving the old runs, stls and Ave theory a shot and sayng screw HR’s and RBI’s. I Haven’t been winning the past few years trying to get the best balance. Injuries have killed me though. What are your thoughts on that theory? Bad idea?

  10. Dude says:

    what do you think of this trade.
    Send Carlos Carrasco, Cle SP from P to PTD
    Receive Christian Yelich, Mia OF from PTD to Bench
    Receive Steven Souza Jr., TB OF from PTD to Bench
    Receive Kyle Hendricks, ChC SP from PTD to Bench

    • J-FOH says:

      @Dude: that’s risky. I like the upside with yelich and hendricks but they have talked about sending souza down to get every day AB’s. He still has options and a healthy Jennings and Dickerson hurts him

      • Dude says:

        @J-FOH: What if I can get springer instead of yelich

        • J-FOH says:

          @Dude: then do it if you can get springer instead of yelich

          • Dude says:

            @J-FOH: Thanks, this guy really wants carrasco

  11. Dude says:

    What if I can get springer instead of yelich

  12. danny almonte says:

    For anyone, does anyone know how long a yahoo public league live auctiom draft takes? Got the itch…. thanks

    • Brian says:

      2 hours-ish

  13. Herndw01 says:

    J-FOH, what are your thoughts on Josh Harrison this season? I like the fact he is 2B, 3B, and OF eligible…Thank you!

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:

      @Herndw01: He’s got some upside for a 2nd base option but be weary of last years woes

  14. Brian says:

    Quick trade advice question. In my NL Only league where OPS replaces BA, I was offered Jung Ho-Kang for my Trevor Story. Because it’s an OPS league, I should accept this right, even with Kang injury?

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:

      @Brian: tough call but in a re-draft I want Kang

  15. gangreen says:

    Question? Frank guetierez no spell check for that, knebel, avisail, reddick , gallo , or shiwart. Waivor wire pick up to replace brito socrates on my roster. I only have one catcher in a rotisserie points leage.thats schwarber. Do I need two catchers if one is shiwart in a 16 team leage . Not head to head. I wonder what the hairy thoughts are on what order to put these guys in my waivor claim for tommarrow

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:

      @gangreen: Id want Reddick

  16. Chucky says:

    If Pollock misses time and m not optimistic about the same elbow that caused him to miss all of 2010, who do you like best for the near term? DPeralta, MTaylor, DSantana or Eaton?

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:

      @Chucky: Peralta and Eaton is a coin flip depending on needs

  17. Son

    Son says:

    Haha. Tres Flores. A not too pleasant blast from the past

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:

      @Son: simon ese

  18. Baseball Fan 2000 says:

    Just had my draft today wanted to know what you think. 10 team, ESPN Standard League, 5×5 Roto.

    C Perez
    1B Rizzo
    2B Schoop
    3B Machado
    SS Desmond
    2B/SS Kendrick
    1B/3B Pujols
    OF Marte
    OF Springer
    OF Heyward
    OF Braun
    OF Polanco
    Util Franco
    P Strasburg
    P Britton
    P David Robertson
    P Raisel
    P Matz
    P Ventura
    P Taijuan Walker
    P Lance McCullers
    P Rodon
    Bench Joc Pederson
    Bench Joe Ross
    Bench Roberto Osuna

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:

      @Baseball Fan 2000: looks good but you’ll need a back up for Kendrick until he’s healthy

  19. ScreechOwl says:

    Ah, middle infield!

    My dynasty team is going to need a second baseman next year, since Rendon is playing third this year, and I just dropped Baez for a sixth closer.

    Still, I put a ton of effort into building this team over the last few years, and it’s, frankly, really awesome. Check it out.

    c- Yasmani Grandal
    1b- Paul Goldschmidt
    2b- Anthony Rendon
    3b- Kris Bryant
    ss- Carlos Correa
    of- Bryce Harper, Chris Davis, Joc Pederson
    util- Miguel Sano
    bn- Khris Davis, Byron Buxton

    sp- Jake Arrieta, Chris Archer, Dallas Keuchel, Tyson Ross, Carlos Rodon, Luis Severino, Jake Odorizzi, Hyun-jin Ryu
    rp- Hector Rondon, Huston Street, A.J. Ramos, Fernando Rodney, Shawn Tolleson, Jeremy Jeffries

    minors- Tyler Glasnow, Jose Berrios

    Do you think trading a couple of my top pitchers for a good second baseman would be too hasty? Should I wait for the trade deadline to do that?

    I’m not really in “win-now” mode or rebuilding mode. I’m in something closer to “try to win first place for the next five years” mode.

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:

      @ScreechOwl: play the free agent market for now and make trades later. Who’s available?

      • ScreechOwl says:


        Free agents right now are of the bottom-of-the-barrel variety. I just can’t see myself dropping anyone on the team for anyone out there currently, at least until the season starts and I can finally stash some people on the DL. (I like to think of hurt players as an opportunity to go over the roster size limit!)

        So, could the season please hurry up and start?

        • J-FOH says:

          @ScreechOwl: just out of curiosity who are the top 5 2nd basemen available?

  20. SteveNZ says:

    Sounds like Howie might start the season on the DL (sad trombone). Already dropped him in one league for a drafted-and-dropped Lawrie.

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:

      @SteveNZ: It should be a short trip to the DL. I’m not a huge fan of Lawrie but it’s just a short term thing

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