I’ve already gone over corners and middle infidels [Jay’s Note: I was going to correct this, but it was too funny. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.], and now it’s time to get to my last position player post of the preseason, especially for all you late drafters out there. Trying saying that five times fast:”last position player post of the pre-season, last position player post of the pre-season, last position player post of the pre-season!” Okay, three is enough, no wait, eight is enough… Dick Van Patten… three is company. Why hello there Suzanne Summers circa 1979. That got sideways fast. Speaking of fast, did you catch my late late round loving of Cesar Hernandez? Mark my words, low risk flyer for cheap bags. I wish he was outfield eligible so I can write about him again. Hey wait, I just wrote about him again. Okay, moving on… to my last plug for the RCL commenter leagues. C’mon guys and girls, sign up for one or start a new one, there’s still a little time left. They’re free!

Michael Taylor OF (313.52) – This is one of those “an injury” away situations… sorta. With Jason Werth’s injury history and age, this is a poorly placed blade of grass away from happening. On the for reals, he’s having a solid spring, has made a good impression with Dusty, and with his great defense and cannon arm, he will be a late game replacement. To be relevant, he needs to cut the K-rate and raise the contact rate. There are loads of upside and if you check out his minor league numbers you’ll see a player who could easily be 20/20 with a shot at 25/25 with regular at bats. Draft with a long term look in deep leagues and use as a batty call in the RCL’s until he gets regular at bats.

Jackie Bradley Jr. OF (319.38) – In a RCL, he’s a batty call with the potential to hang around during hot streaks or a 5th outfielder in deeper leagues. Last year he broke out when he batted .276 with 9 home runs, 40 runs and 40 RBI’s over the last two months of the season. But can he do it again? Not sure. Before getting the starting gig he was putting up bupkis, and since he’s been hovering around for a few years, a lot of peeps are writing him off. I’d bet a fist-pack full of nickels (that’s a roll) he even gets hated on in bean town. His plus-defense will keep him playing every day and hopefully a new approach to be more aggressive at the plate pays off. Good to see Chili Davis adding some spice to Jackie Boring Jr. I didn’t want to project this guy but I can’t help it. Expect 18 homeruns with a .250 average *covers head*….as long a he gets 600 AB’s. He’s set to bat 9th which is not a big deal in the AL. I’m sure he will move up when Pedroia hits the DL after sneezing in the shower.

Adam Duvall 1B/OF (463.02) – Welcome to your newest fantasy donkey: the consigliere donkey. This kid had some serious minor league pop and just moved to one of the friendliest hitters park. It looks like he’ll be in an outfield platoon to start the year and if/when, most likely when, Jay Bruce is moved another opening will present itself. They even gave him some reps at 3rd in the case things don’t work out with Suarez. Deep leagues of 16 or greater, take notice if your draft is over and he’s on the wire. Own him to start the year… or batty call him in a RCL. Hint: this is the type of player to batty call on off days. Trust me.

Preston Tucker OF (501.93) – The Samurai will be DH’ing while Oso Blanco is on the shelf. He’s had a solid spring and is getting a chance to show he can be more than his roller coaster rookie season. He has a high ISO, hits lits of flyballs, and has the characteristics of a donkey. He reminds me of Alex Guerrero, you want him around when you know he’s going to get at bats and not when he isn’t. We should call these types rent-a-donkey. I have a feeling he’s going to be a regular off day batty call in RCL’s but most likely a deep deep league player with power upside.

Daniel Nava OF (641.29) – Obviously this is a 20-team league player. He’s won the starting gig, if that’s even possible in the Sciosciapath’s world, and will be on the good side of the platoon. This is where opportunity and a depleted farm system are meeting to find a glimmer of opportunistic hope. The Angels have expressed interest to get a better left fielder but didn’t want to go over the tax threshold and since they have nada in their farm then they are stuck with Nava. I feel like I lost a bet writing about this but I’m doing this so maybe that one reader in that crazy deep league can thank me later when Nada Nava does just enough to be relevant in a 16 teamer for a month. My favorite site for depth charts, Roster Resource, has him batting 2nd and considering his high walk rate and career .358 OBP actually makes sense. Okay, I need to go take a shower after that, I feel dirty.

In case you don’t know, I’ll be writing the SAGNOF report for the coming season. Not really much to say for a primer so I’ll do it here. Keep an eye out for speed and saves from those that aren’t owned in your league. I’ll be guiding you through every opportunity I see and hope we can nail a few. For those that care about my playlist tonight it had my favorite baseball movie song from one of my favorite bands of the 80’s, a killer re-make of an Elvis song, and a song I remember as a kid from riding in the car with my singing grandfather.

 

 

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  1. Tim says:
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    Brad miller or cesar hernandez? Need a back up 2b/ss and both have multi position eligibility. Is a 15/15 potential season from brad miller better than a potential 30 stolen bags from hernandez?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Tim: depends on need. I think Cesar hits for higher average too,. If you need more pop the Miller and speed go Cesar. I also think Cesar holds his top of the order spot where Miller could be all over the place this year

  2. Chucky says:
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    Buyers remorse. A month ago I traded Crush for AJ in a Dynasty. Could afford letting the muscle go, needed real speed. No what do? Peralta, Eaton, Domingo or Taylor?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chucky: Eaton is a better comp to replace Pollock. If you go Peralta then be prepared to supplement the speed from someone else

  3. de nachos says:
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    I Kant decide if I like Socrates more than or equal to these guys. Please enlighten.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: I see your Confucius de Cartes. I worry about the playing time with Socrates since they announced Owings is starting in center on opening day. Tough call, it must be Voltaire-ing you apart.

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: …to Shea.

  4. HomerHWBush says:
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    Awesome stuff here, especially on the search for a Pollock replacement.

    To that end, what do you make of this trade:
    All Jacked Pollock
    Arrieta
    Schoop
    -FOR-
    George Springer
    Kolten Wong

    • HomerHWBush says:
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      @HomerHWBush: 12 team H2H, keep forever

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @HomerHWBush: Springer

      • J-FOH says:
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        @HomerHWBush: tough call but springer side for the win this year

  5. Lville Jim says:
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    Chip Hale has stated Chris Owings will probably start in CF opening day. Would be nice if he takes the job and runs with it, especially with that MI eligibility.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Lville Jim: that would be cool but his struggles at the plate the past few seasons leave it a situation of hope more than anything else

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nice list,Taylor looks ready after a good spring

    • J-FOH says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: dusty likes him. I think if the Nats get smart they have Zimmerman and Werth platoon at first to keep them both healthy this year and regular rest. Taylor is ready to be an everyday. But this is only a dream and not reality. So we wait til Werth gets hurt

  7. Alex says:
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    Check out my team! 12 team keeper league that includes TB, OPS, and K/BB (weird I know)

    Keepers:
    Corey Kluber SP
    Bryce Harper CF,RF
    Josh Donaldson 3B
    A.J. Pollock CF
    Jason Heyward CF,RF
    Paul Goldschmidt 1B
    Draft:
    7. (83) Carlos Carrasco SP
    8. (86) Lorenzo Cain CF
    9. (107) Francisco Liriano SP
    10. (110) Garrett Richards SP
    11. (131) Starlin Castro 2B,SS
    12. (134) Ken Giles RP
    13. (155) Corey Dickerson LF
    14. (158) Patrick Corbin SP
    15. (179) Joe Ross SP
    16. (182) Jake McGee RP
    17. (203) Yan Gomes C
    18. (206) Marcus Semien SS
    19. (227) Steven Souza Jr. RF
    20. (230) David Wright 3B
    21. (251) Byung Ho Park 1B
    22. (254) Ketel Marte SS
    23. (275) Luke Gregerson RP
    24. (278) Francisco Cervelli C
    25. (299) Carson Smith RP
    26. (302) Joaquín Benoit RP
    27. (323) Brett Cecil RP

    I have since dealt Donaldson and Pollock for Machad’s and Correa…I kill in that deal right? Picked Castro like 100 picks too early (missed on Odor at 107 and panicked)…other than that I’m satisfied. I’ve finished 2nd every year for the 5 years we’ve been running this thing…hopefully I put it over the top this year.

    My LF looks really bad (only Dickerson), and all the guys you’ve listed here are still available. I was thinking dropping either Smith or Park for JBJ. What’re your thoughts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Alex: drop smith for JBJ. Be prepared for souza to not play everyday or possibly be sent down if he struggles

  8. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    nice. I like having 3 of these guys (JBJ, Tucker and Nava) on my bench in REL2..

  9. Timmah says:
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    J-FOH perfect timing to make my OF great again ;-)

    Need to choose 2 of 4: Pederson, Grichuk, Calhoun, Conforto including 1 to start…

    Curious your take on this yo! Thanks!!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Timmah: Grichuk and Calhoun

      • Timmah says:
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        @J-FOH: thanks J-FOH, you da man!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Timmah: you’re welcome and no you are the man for reading and commenting. Appreciate it!

  10. MattTruss

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    Has Jay not seen that term used around Razzball aplenty the past few years? I got you FOH, no correction needed.

    Nice list, enjoyed this little series. I’m a big fan of Taylor, hope he gets a chance.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @MattTruss: Truss for Taylor!

      hahahaha….I know right? That was a reverse funny kinda thing. I was waiting for someone to say something

  11. JJ says:
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    Hey Jack,
    I need a replacement for Pollock.
    Who do you like best out of C.Dickerson, A.Gordon, D.Santana, W.Myers?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JJ: I dont trust Dickerson and gordon is more like bore-don, Domingo isnt even an option. id go Wil Myers for now and see if you can stash C-Dick in case he looks good

  12. Dave says:
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    Have 5 minor leaguers in a dynasty league that allows for 3 minor league slots – AL only. My 5 keepers are:

    Kyle Zimmer
    Aaron Judge
    Nomar Mazara
    Renato Nunez
    Anthony Alford

    Willing to be patient to get the three best long term prospects. Which three should I choose?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dave: Judge Mazara Alford

  13. de nachos says:
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    Time to bump uglies.

    Al-kee-haul involved? Sí. But a computer freeze at 38 with Arrieta auto-drafted after I had 1b/3b queued up andwell, panties never got unbunched. Upside is…I have mucho lineup flexibility since I hate everyone. Yeah lead the league in transactions. Upside 1(a)…loved my team last year and we know how that turned out.

    When do RCL FA pickups start anyway?

    11 Carlos Correa, Hou SS
    14 Andrew McCutchen, Pit OF
    35 Madison Bumgarner, SF SP
    38 Jake Arrieta, ChC SP
    59 Matt Carpenter, StL 3B
    62 Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B
    83 Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY OF
    86 Ian Kinsler, Det 2B
    107 Roberto Osuna, Tor RP
    110 Huston Street, LAA RP
    131 Mark Trumbo, Bal OF
    134 Jason Grilli, Atl RP
    155 Jay Bruce, Cin OF
    158 Michael Conforto, NYM OF
    179 Shin-Soo Choo, Tex OF
    182 Steven Matz, NYM SP
    203 Joe Smith, LAA RP
    206 Taijuan Walker, Sea SP
    227 Brad Miller, TB SS
    230 Danny Farquhar, TB RP
    251 Shawn Kelley, Wsh RP
    254 Brandon Maurer, SD RP
    275 Chris Colabello, Tor 1B
    278 Alex Rodriguez, NYY DH
    299 Yadier Molina, StL C

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: great value on A-Rod. I don’t love Cutch there but it’s all good. You’ll get lots of batty call opps with Conforto, Ells and Bruce. Haing little invested in your MR’s you can use the slots to churn and burn. Not loving Colabello but he can be dropped after first game and you can keep batty calling or grabbing an MR for a day or two. If you play the game right you will be fine. Keep in touch and we’ll get through this

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: I had Betts up rather than Cutch but pollo’d out taking two (essentially) 2nd year guys 1-2..

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: I would of gone Betts or even JD, JD would of made a nice pairing partner with Correa. Same with Crush

    • nick the dick says:
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      @de nachos: I wanted Arrieta there too when it autopicked

  14. nick the dick says:
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    Fucktard Commenters League:
    C- Sal Perez
    1- Hosmer
    2b- LeMaiheu
    Ss- Corey Seager
    3b- Donaldson
    MI- Story
    CI- Park
    OF- Mookie/Cespedes/Calhoun/Gardner/Parra
    Util- Moreland
    Bench- Villar/Rajai
    SP- Gerrit/Greinke/Felix/Stroman/Rodon/Yordano
    RP- Familia/Tolleson/Storen/Kela

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: well done Nicky. I dont like Moreland or benching sagnof but hold and be prepared to pull the chord quickly for the hot hand. No need to stream for now, may want to add in some MR once they start getting dropped…because they will. Dont keep a long leash on Yordano, If he’s pitching meh then let it go

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: Absolutely my thoughts. Villar, Rajai and Moreland are definitely there for moving parts and/or MR streaming. Didn’t think id ever draft Greinke, Felix or Stroman this year but man, they fell so far I decided to zag with starting pitching hoping to limit my amount of streaming for the year. Everyone was zigging on MR’s and offesnse early after I had a good closer and hitting foundation, so what the hell i’ll zag. Got sniped more in this draft than any so far too. I think it’s a great start tho

        • de nachos says:
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          @nick the dick: Felix was without question a good pick that late. One of my few moments of clarity.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @de nachos: clarity in a drunken stooper? Is that like realizing the girl you’re about to go home with is a guy?

            • de nachos says:
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              @J-FOH: more like the 9 was actually a 7 (humble brag)

              • J-FOH says:
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                @de nachos: well if I looked like Brett Favre then I could humble brag about that too. I look like Belushi, Jim the Anvil, and Kevin James impregnated Roseanne .

                • de nachos says:
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                  @J-FOH: ha just kidding that maybe happened once. in jersey. and a NJ 9 is a So CA 4

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @de nachos: so a NJ 9 is two points above my wheel house

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: tough on tolleson. I think Dyson is next in line for saves in Texas. Having balance and playing the wire tight. The big advantage is showing up multiple times a day every day. Unless you are a monster on draft day the winner is usually the guy who shows up more than those that dont. Last year you saw that this not all in didn’t do well

          • nick the dick says:
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            @J-FOH: Tried grabbing Dyson first, sniped. Sniped on alot of MR’s. Closer runs were insane. Big k’s from my starters will hopefully balance out lack of non-start k’s. But i’ll churn, baby. Oh, i’ll churn.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: Just dont stream starters and only stream MR’s look for patterns and back to back days. Be up on the game logs andd look for decent K guys who havent pitched in a few days.

            • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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              @nick the dick: I was at the ass end of both crazy closer runs. I avoided both and my MR is rubbish because of it.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @nick the dick: They ends are the best, you get to take your guys, adp dont matter there

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: the end of the closer runs, I meant like it felt you always just missed out on the Run. Which is why I grabbed the starters that hung around later than usual

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @nick the dick: then get more savy in the room. read it Nick

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: Uh huh. Okay. What’s up? Shut up.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @nick the dick: maybe third time is a charm….for you to start listening

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: You’re a maniac. Every one of my drafts were done very well and loaded with MR’s in my rcl’s. Your advice to a T. This draft you had one dog going this way, one dog going that way, and this guy saying, ‘whaddaya want from me?’ And I still like my team very much Mr. Condescending.

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: Your welcome for the Goodfellas reference

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH:Cram has a scomplicated history with Yordano tease him out there

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: he’s on a self appointed pedestal right now. He don’t want any of that

  15. SteveNZ says:
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    So is Socrates unlikely to get a start tomorrow?

    How about Collabello?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: colabello should be starting, they announced Owings to start

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: I havent looked into starting lineups yet so dont take my word on colabello

  16. Robert says:
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    Use a #2 waiver to pick up Deshields and drop Calhoun?