Does anyone remember the sitcom That ’70s Show? It was a harmless enough little show, despite the fact that it unleashed Ashton Kutcher upon the world and led to several high profile movie roles for lead actor Topher Grace (why?). Perhaps most notably, it also introduced the public to a young actress named Mila Kunis, who portrayed a character named Jackie Burkhart. Jackie was young, cute, and full of potential, but man was she annoying. Her whiny, shrilly voice was like nails on a chalkboard. It was enough to make you want to hit the mute button or just change the channel entirely. Until recently, this week’s most added player, Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (84.2% owned; +54.5% over the past week), was just like the early version of that Jackie. A young player with solid upside who possessed a few annoying tendencies. Sure he could take a walk, but what good is that in fantasy (outside of OBP leagues) if there’s no stolen base or counting stats resulting from it? Think of the fantasy ramifications, dammit! Fortunately, JBJ has been more aggressive at the plate this season (48.3% Swing% – up from 43.7% in 2015), and it has paid dividends for him. His K% is down to a career low 21.1%, and his .962 OPS (14th in MLB) and .257 ISO (18th in MLB) are currently among the league leaders. Over the last two weeks, he’s produced a .423/.444/.769 slash line with 5 homers and 17 RBI. This version of JBJ is like That ’70s Jackie muted and wearing a coconut bikini (sorta NSFW). Expect the RBI pace to drop off a bit (30 RBI – 7th most in MLB), but he looks like a viable OF3 for the immediate future.

Here are a couple of other interesting adds/drops in fantasy baseball over the past week:

Derek Dietrich: 17.2% owned; +10.3%

If you were wondering who the prime beneficiary of Dee Gordon’s 80 game suspension was in terms of playing time, look no further. Entering Monday, Dietrich has started 14 games at second base, 13 of which have come since Gordon began serving his lengthy suspension. The good news for fantasy owners is that Dietrich’s bat isn’t what’s kept him in a reserve role for the majority of his MLB career. Dietrich has hit 26 homers in 228 MLB games, and among players with a minimum of 300 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2015 season, his .207 ISO is higher than elite sluggers such as Andrew McCutchen, Jose Abreu, and Miguel Cabrera. His .359 OBP over that same period is the main reason that he’s been hitting out of the leadoff spot for the majority of the past two weeks. He doesn’t run (2 career SBs) and he struggles against left-handed pitching (.637 career OPS against), but his power and on-base skills are above average, and he should qualify at 2B/3B/OF in most formats. Think of him as Brock Holt with more power and less speed. Dietrich is a terrific bench bat and/or injury replacement with plenty of positional versatility. Grab him if you have the roster space. TREASURE.

Tyler Duffey: 11.1% owned; +7.1%

Since the beginning of the 2015 season, only three MLB starting pitchers have thrown at least 80 innings and produced a K/9 over 8, an ERA under 3, and a ground ball percentage of at least 48%: Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta, and Duffey. Fantasy-wise, he’s basically an under-the-radar version of Aaron Nola (with a slightly less dominant curveball). Start him in all but the toughest road matchups and enjoy the SP4 numbers. TREASURE.

 
  1. Will says:
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    looking to grab Duffey. Should I drop Adam Duvall, Drury, Dozier, Rendon or Villar. I am currently rotating these 5 between my 2 UTIL spots.

    I also have Segura, Arenado, Correa, Stanton, Polanco, Eaton, Ozuna, Encarnacion, Castillo in my starting lineup.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Will: You could try to trade one of the MIs (Dozier, Rendon, Villar) first, but failing that, I’d take Duffey over Duvall.

      • Will says:
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        @Big Magoo: I’m trying to trade Dozier. I have one team in our league who needs some hitting and has extra pitching. His pitchers that I would want would be Greinke, DeGrom, Nola or even King Felix. Thoughts on a trade for one of those using my MI’s?

        • Big Magoo

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          @Will: Despite the drop in velocity, I’d want deGrom the most out of that group. Could try a two-for-one with Dozier + a smaller piece (Duvall, Drury, or a pitcher).

  2. Scott says:
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    Oh my, I looked ahead and Duffey’s next two matchups are Toronto and Kansas City.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Scott: Not great, but might not be as unfavorable as you think either. In terms of team wOBA, Toronto is 18th and KC is 25th in MLB during the month of May. Both starts are in Minnesota as well.

      • knucks says:
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        @Big Magoo: On one hand I was bummed that I couldn’t find room for Duff man. On the other, I saw these matchups, which likely means I can wait to add him in my league. If he looks good in either of those matchup, I’ll make room!

        • Big Magoo

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          @knucks: Don’t wait too long!

  3. Darren says:
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    12 team dynasty.. Roto

    I have Moustakas on my DL w/ really nobody to drop for him (mayyyybe Kris Davis)

    I have one spot (again maybe) on my farm …

    His Ryan McMahon for my Moustakas… (I’d hafta drop Kebryan Hayes)

    • Darren says:
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      @Darren: where’s Ralph Lifschitz when I need him!?? Haha

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Darren: I’d keep Moustakas, but hit Ralph up on his most recent post for dynasty advice

      • Darren says:
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        @Big Magoo: thanks Magoo!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Darren: No problem

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Darren: I’d hold Moose is still young and here’s a lot of infield talent in the Colorado organization. I also love Hayes.

  4. RTP123 says:
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    Would you roster Duffey over Kazmir, Eickhoff, Conley, or Edison Volquez? if so, who do you drop first?

    • Big Magoo

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      @RTP123: Over Eickhoff or Kazmir, but I’d probably drop Kazmir first. Eickhoff gets the Braves in his next start.

  5. Jigboy22 says:
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    Thoughts on Taillon? Specifically, when do you think he’ll be called up and is he worth rostering over R. Hill or Corbin (keeper league)?

    Thanks!

    • Big Magoo

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      @Jigboy22: I think that Glasnow gets the call before Taillon. Missed the last two seasons entirely due to injuries. Might be a September call-up though if he hasn’t thrown too many innings by then. Not too much value this season, but I’d want him over Hill long-term.

      • Jigboy22 says:
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        @Big Magoo:
        Thanks!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Jigboy22: No problem

  6. Negatto says:
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    Both Duffey and Gausman are on the waiver wire. Who first?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Negatto: Gausman. More upside. Duffey is a bit safer though if you need someone to help stabilize your ratios.

  7. abdoozy says:
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    I think I want Castellanos and Aledmys Diaz in my infield.

    I’d like to offer Franco and either Longoria or ARussell. This guy wants Franco for some reason.

    You like? Or am I crazy? Which two if not?

    • abdoozy says:
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      @abdoozy: btw this is a H2H ESPN 6×6 w/OPS

    • Big Magoo

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      @abdoozy: I’d hold Franco. I like him a bit more than Castellanos long-term, and Diaz is likely to lose his starting job to Peralta in a few weeks.

  8. Robert says:
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    What do you see in junior guerra? Surprised u ranked him so high

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Robert: are you in the right post?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Robert: So high you can’t even see it

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: Ive been so high I can’t even see before

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @J-FOH: Isn’t weed supposed to treat glaucoma?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Big Magoo: who said anything about weed

  9. J-FOH says:
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    I’m really confused, my tab says this is a Derek Dietrich post but the lede is JBJ. Anythehoo, I liked JBJ in the pre-season https://razzball.com/late-round-deep-thoughts-outfielders/ and glad to see my pre-season drivel has some meaning. Great work as always but as always, I wish there was more of you on here.

    • Big Magoo

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      @J-FOH: They’re both in here. However it’s filed/listed in wordpress is all good to me. JBJ is making you proud.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: I’m a proud papa right now

  10. Jiggy Nits says:
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    i really need the pitching stats but i this is a tough offer to refuse.

    NL ONLY ROTO

    goldschmidt and hector neris VS kershaw.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Jiggy Nits: It’s very close, so take/keep the Kershaw side if you need pitching help.

  11. Andre says:
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    Lost David Peralta and Brantley….have Boxeberger in the other DL spot. Now AGon might be out….. Do you drop Peralta for a bench bat? And if so, who do you pick up among:

    Pearce, Mazara, Myers, or Drury. Besides Mazara, all have position flexibility….Pearce intrigues me the most Bc of his most recent success in 2014. Will he be strictly a platoon player? 10tm H2H categories keeper league, which counts Hits, Walks, HR, RBI, Steals, Runs, and Average as the offensive stats. Limited moves so ideally this is a ROS move. Thanks!

    • Big Magoo

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      @Andre: Drop Peralta for Mazara. Hurry up! Mazara’s the real deal, and he could be a solid keeper for you depending on your league specifics.

      • Dustyfingers says:
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        @Big Magoo: Do you think Mazara will do more than Adam Duvall. It seems like he may have a better average, but Duvall will end up with more HR, RBI and extra base hits. Neither run much. I’ve been holding onto Mazara hoping to see more of flash of his upside. His floor has been pretty good though.

        • Big Magoo

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          @Dustyfingers: I think that Duvall will hit a few more homers (maybe 5 or 6). XBH and RBI should be close. Mazara has a clear edge in runs and average. I’d recommend adding Duvall if possible, but not at the expense of Mazara. He looks very good.

          • Dustyfingers says:
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            @Big Magoo: Cool, thanks!

  12. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Who would you rather have in a 12 team AL only roto keeper league? Looking to rebuild. Sano for one year at $1 or Trvis Shaw at $10 for two years. I’m worried about Sanos K-rate and Shaw looks like a safer bet showing good numbers in a decent sample size. Thanks again!!

    • Big Magoo

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      @Hometown Heroes: Do you already own both players or are you looking to acquire one? If you own them and are looking to rebuild, you should be able to get a nice return for Sano via trade, so I’d recommend going that route.

      • Hometown Heroes says:
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        @Big Magoo: looking to acquire one of them. Which would you prefer?

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Hometown Heroes: Depends on the costs to acquire each player. If you have to give up identical value for each, I’d go with Sano. I’d imagine that he’d cost more to acquire though. What would you have to give up for each?

  13. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Allow me to be my homer self. JBJ since his promotion late last season has been an absolute stud.

    The numbers since August 1st of last year.

    94 games 356 plate appearances .300/.366/.574 60 runs, 15 homers, 70 rbi – .397 wOBA 151 wrc+. Also has 26 doubles, 8 triples, and a perfect 5 for 5 on steals.

  14. G says:
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    Drop Nicasio for Duffey?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @G: Is there anyone else you can drop? I’d take Duffey over Nicasio, but try to keep Nicasio and use him in his home starts if possible.

  15. Sport says:
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    I’m going after Duffy, so thanks for the write up!

    15 team keeper. We keep 2 hitters and 2 pitchers. With a really high inning cap in this 5×5 roto league I’m rolling with Arrieta, Gerrit Cole, Samardzija, Liriano, Andriese, Corbin, Iglesias on the DL.

    I was just offered Marco Estrado and his 2017 second rounder for Cole. Cole would be my second pitcher to keep. Hold?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Sport: Hey, Sport! That second rounder would be the equivalent of a 7th/8th rounder in a redraft, depending on draft slot. I’d want a bit more for Cole, especially since you have him earmarked as one of your four keepers. Hold.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Sport: I should’ve specified that the pick would be the equivalent of a 6th rounder in your format, but a 7th/8th in a 12 teamer. I usually think about draft pick value in those terms to quickly conjure up an idea of the player pool at that point.

  16. marimon says:
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    Probably a no-brainer. Ziegler was dropped, should I pick him up for Andrew Miller? Thanks!

    • Big Magoo

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      @marimon: If you really need saves. Otherwise, Miller should outpace Ziegler by a good margin in the other cats.

  17. ryan says:
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    If Gregerson loses the job who do you think the grab is – Harris or Giles?

    • Big Magoo

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      @ryan: I think Harris has moved ahead of Giles in the pecking order. Giles has to regain the manager’s trust after his rocky start.

    • SteveA says:
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      @ryan: Giles had the 7th inning last night, while Harris had the 8th. Of course, Gregorson closed them out so there’s that. But, long story short, it would appear that Harris is next in-line.

  18. Jason says:
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    6×6 dynasty with the extra categories being holds and ops.

    A. Arenado for Abreu / Mazara / Turner
    B. Arenado for McCutcheon / Mazara / Turner

    Would you trade Arenado in either of these scenarios? If so, which would net the best return in a dynasty?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Jason: How many teams?

  19. No says:
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    Drop Matt Duffy for Dietrich in a 12-teamer OBP H2H league?

    • Big Magoo

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      @No: That’s a close one. I’d probably give a slight edge to Dietrich for his OBP advantage.

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