Howdy Razzballero, and welcome to the second half of the MLB (and fantasy) season. Hopefully, you were all able to recharge the batteries a bit over the All Star break and prepare yourselves for the fantasy baseball stretch run. I enjoyed a random viewing of the movie Minority Report last week during the down time and, when looking at the reboot-happy nature of Hollywood these days with projects like the new Ghostbusters movie, it got me thinking about a fantasy themed reboot of the 2002 Stephen Spielberg film. It can be called Majority Report starring Grey in the Tom Cruise protagonist role where he can be credited as Ice Tumors or Crime Oust (because a Tom Cruise anagram as an alias to protect his alias somehow makes sense to me) and I could have a cameo role as one of the lesser precogs who is occasionally (but not usually) able to predict the future of the fantasy landscape. I haven’t figured out the plot yet, though it would probably involve Grey stalking Giancarlo for one reason or another. Ok, so it’s more of just an extremely lazy re-imagining than anything else, but last week would’ve been one of those rare scenes that my character was able to predict the transaction future of the fantasy baseball landscape. As of yesterday, the five most added players in ESPN leagues over the past seven days (Koji Uehara, Randal Grichuk, Brandon McCarthy, Hector Santiago, and Yangervis Solarte) as well as two out of the next four most added players (Anthony DeSclafani and Max Kepler) are ones that I discussed in my second half difference maker articles last week (the hitters can be found here while the pitchers can be found here). In short, if these players are still available in your league, add them!

Anyway, let’s move on to a few players who are more likely to still be sitting on the waiver wire, shall we? Here are a few other interesting adds/drops in fantasy baseball over the past week:

Kennys Vargas: 7.8% owned; +5.6%

Do you remember this guy? The fantasy sleeper from last season who never woke up? After appearing in 58 disappointing games (5 homers, 29.3% K%, .240/.277/.349 triple slash) for the Twins in 2015, Vargas was banished to the minors for most of the first half of this season. In 82 games at Triple A this season, Vargas’ solid power and plate discipline (14 homers, 53 RBI, 15.5% BB%, 21.9% K%) prompted the Twins to give him another shot. In 9 MLB games (35 plate appearances), Vargas hasn’t disappointed, slashing .379/.486/.897 with 9 runs, 3 homers, and 4 RBI. His walk (17.1%) and strikeout (22.9%) numbers, as well as much improved O-Swing (22.2%) and SwStr (6.9%) numbers suggest that he’s adjusted his approach after an inconsistent start to his career. It’s a very small sample size to be sure, but the early results have been encouraging. If you’re in need of some cheap power, give Vargas a look. TREASURE.

Dylan Bundy: 12.1% owned; +9.1%

When thinking of Bundy, it’s difficult not to conjure up images of the 18-year-old flamethrower with the nasty fourseam/cutter/curve combo that was drafted with the 4th overall pick by the Orioles in the 2011 draft. However, Tommy John surgery in 2013 derailed the top prospect, and he hasn’t quite been the same ever since. Health issues have limited him to just 106 total innings since 2014, and neither his velocity (94.0 FBv in 2016) or control (3.27 BB/9 in 2016) have been quite the same ever since the surgery. Being a flyball pitcher (46.5% FB%) in Camden Yards while facing the formidable lineups of the AL East isn’t an ideal scenario either. Keep an eye on Bundy for 2017 and beyond, but he can probably be safely avoided in 2016. TRASH.

Danny Valencia: 67.2% owned; -3.7%

It might seem like a cop out to include a player as highly owned as Valencia in this article, but owners seem to be legitimately worried about his playing time going forward following the promotion of third base prospect Ryon Healy to the A’s roster. However, the A’s are likely to be sellers prior to this year’s trading deadline, and Valencia is undoubtedly one of their best assets. Expect him to find a new home within the next few weeks, or find his way into the everyday lineup at the 1B/3B/LF/DH positions if he stays put. TREASURE.

 
  1. Murray Craven says:
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    Magoo, any opinion of C Sandy Leon?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Murray Craven: He’s a career backup who’s riding a .553 BABIP in a small sample size. No reason not to use him when he’s hot, but he’ll cool down at some point.

  2. Scott says:
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    Who would benefit the most from a Valencia trade?
    Ryon Healy

    Agree or Disagree?

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, Healy would definitely benefit from a Valencia trade. I expect the A’s to sell off a few players (Valencia, Hill, Reddick, etc.) within the next couple of weeks.

    • DrEasy says:
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      @Scott: Apparently they’ve told Valencia he will only play 1B or DH from now on in Oakland, so Healy should be a full-timer at this point.

    • Raindoggg says:
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      @Scott: Won’t affect Healy at all. The only thing that will affect Healy is Healy. If he hits he plays…simple as that…..

      • Big Magoo

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        @DrEasy: @Raindoggg: Yup, I agree. Should’ve specified that Healy should see full time ABs going forward regardless, but I think that Valencia will too (at 1B/3B/LF/DH) whether he’s traded or not.

  3. Scott says:
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    Who wins this trade in an NL-only OBP?
    A Starling Marte and Jason Heyward
    B Marcell Ozuna and Brandon Belt

    • Big Magoo

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      @Scott: It’s probably a good time to try to buy Ozuna and Belt since they’ve been slumping a bit recently, but I’d take the Marte side there.

  4. Dude Of Life says:
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    Tommy Joseph? Trash or Treasure ROS

    Also 20 team H2H roto league:

    My Salazar, A. Colome, G. Polanco, W. Castillo
    His Ozuna, Valencia, Conley, A. Chapman

    • Big Magoo

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      @Dude Of Life: Joseph will have value when he’s hitting for power, but that’s really all he does well. Doesn’t get on base, hit for average, steal bases, etc. More of a deep league play.

      I like the Salazar side there. That side contains the best pitcher (Salazar) and the best hitter (Polanco) in the deal. Castillo has plenty of value in a 20 teamer as well. It’s fair though. They’re all quality players.

      • Dude Of Life says:
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        @Big Magoo: Thanks for the comments. I went ahead and made the deal. Could use the OF/HR/RBI help. Plus Polanco & Salazar, while healthy worry me a bit, especially Salazar. To me Conley is just a poor man’s version of Salazar.

        • Big Magoo

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          @Dude Of Life: No problem. Good luck!

  5. Juan says:
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    Good or Bad Trade.
    My season is pretty much over.
    12 Team Keeper. H2H.

    Traded Michael Brantley for Trea Turner and Vince Velazquez.

    thanks

    • Big Magoo

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      @Juan: That’s an excellent trade in a keeper format. Turner and Velasquez should be productive players for a long time.

  6. knucks says:
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    Bedrosian, Neris, Mauricio Cabrera

    Of these three, which one would you drop (obviously with ROS saves in mind).

    Thanks ‘goo!

    • Big Magoo

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      @knucks: Goo? That sounds dirty! Definitely keep Bedrosian. Street has been a train wreck this year. Pretty much a toss up between the other two, but I’d probably go with Neris there. The Braves might not move Vizcaino and Jim Johnson is still lurking in Atlanta as well.

      • knucks says:
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        @Big Magoo: Thanks, you’re ma boy ‘Goo!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @knucks: No problem, knucks!

  7. DrEasy says:
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    Warning, catcher question! Wieters is day-to-day with a foot injury, and he is pissing me off. Drop him for Rupp?

    • Big Magoo

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      @DrEasy: Wieters tends to do that from time to time. Yeah, I’d grab Rupp there.

      • DrEasy says:
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        @Big Magoo: Thanks! It hurts to drop Wieters though, as I traded Archer for him… (I know)

        • Big Magoo

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          @DrEasy: Eh, no worries. Archer has racked up the Ks but has been a liability everywhere else. Wieters is ok, but I think that Rupp will outpace him in homers and average the rest of the way. Wieters should still have a slight edge in counting stats. Could go either way.

  8. Jack says:
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    Yoan Moncada is sitting on waivers in my 12 team keeper (keep 10) $ league. While I doubt Moncada will be a top 120 player next year, I can nab him for $1, and then keep him for $2 in 2017, $4 in 2018, $7 in 2019, $11 in 2020, $16 in 2021, $22 in 2022, etc., etc. My team is totally rebuilding this year, but I’m looking to be competitive this year. While it would hurt a little to burn a roster spot on a guy who might not do much at all in the majors in 2017, the money situation makes things awfully tempting.

    So, what say you…is Moncada worth the pickup right now, before his stock blows up?

    • Jack says:
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      @Jack: Competitive next* year

    • Big Magoo

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      @Jack: Yeah, I would definitely grab Moncada now in a keeper, especially at that price. He has a chance to be a fantasy monster in another year or two.

  9. Sport says:
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    15 team yahoo roto keeper. Keep 2 hitter 2 pitchers. I have Arrieta but my next options are Fulmer and Pomeranz. I’m in second place, albeit by 20 points so I hate to trade away some solid hitters I have for a keeper pitcher. Would you roll the dice with Fulmer/Pomeranz, or seek an upgrade?

    Thanks!!

    • Big Magoo

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      @Sport: Arrieta and Fulmer are solid keepers. I wouldn’t sweat trying to upgrade Fulmer as your second pitcher keeper, if that’s what you’re asking.

      • Sport says:
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        @Big Magoo:
        That’s what I was asking! Thank you for the reply!

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @Sport: No problem. Good luck!

  10. NickinIthaca says:
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    Hey Magoo (and all Razzballers) – Great write up as always. Sadly all of these guys are already grabbed in my leagues. I’m currently riding with AJ Reed as my bench bat, but he’s obviously starting a bit slow, and not playing much. In addition to that, I’m stuck with both Naquin and Rajai starting in my OF while Cain is on the DL. I was thinking of dropping Reed and replacing him with an OF so that I can platoon the two CLE players on their respective off days. A couple questions:

    Should I let Reed ride (almost stutterer!) it out for a few more days, as Grey suggested in his last buy, or should I look to get another OF on the bench?

    If I’m going to grab an OFer, who would you suggest out of the following: Drury, Rickard, Sparkakis, Span, Crisp, Inciarte or Burns. It’s a 12 team H2H, with standard 5×5. I’d say I need the most help in AVG and Runs.

    Thanks as always!

    • Big Magoo

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      @NickinIthaca: If you need average and runs more than homers and RBI (which are Reed’s potential areas of contribution), Span looks like the best bet there, especially in a daily league where you could play Span/Naquin/Davis as needed.

  11. Evan K says:
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    I’m in first place in my points league looking to bolster my corner infield slot, what do you think of this trade?

    I’m offering Steven Wright, Valencia, & Reddick for Y. Solarte and K. Seager.

    Also considered offering Porcello, Adam Jones, and Valencia for the same two players.

    Thanks, Evan K

    • Big Magoo

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      @Evan K: Both offers look decent for you if you can spare the pitching, but I’d try the Wright one first. Seager would be a good get there, and Solarte is a solid piece too.

  12. J-FOH says:
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    I’m liking this rethinking of movies toward fantasy baseball. What about a remake of the sure thing where grey goes cross country with Robinson Cano to hook up with Giancarlo only to realize that Cano’s stats aren’t that bad and Giancarlo is a let down on the DL.

    • Big Magoo

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      @J-FOH: I figured that most people at least heard of Minority Report. I was disappointed that there were no bites on I Come In Peace the other week. Such a guilty pleasure.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: this new razz readership has no appreciation for the classic B’s.

        • Big Magoo

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          @J-FOH: what a shame

  13. What Would Dykstra Do? says:
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    Hey Magoo, nice write up, as usual!

    Keeping the convo on Healy going, I’m currently holding onto Gurriel, in a 12 team H2H points keeper league. I’ve clinched a playoff spot, but have a shot at 1st place, which means $.
    I have only $12 left for the rest of this season (including playoffs). In your opinion, should I:
    A) Keep Gurriel, hoping he comes out hitting for me in playoffs
    B)Trade Gurriel (this weekend is our trade deadline), if he even has any worth on the trade front
    C)Drop Gurriel for Healy (i can’t keep Healy or Gurriel unless i trade one of my other 3B, Donaldson, Arenado or Franco)
    D)Forget both Gurriel and Healy and pickup someone else

    Waiver Wire: Pham, Naquin, Valbuena

    thanks!

    • Big Magoo

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      @What Would Dykstra Do?: Thanks! Since you’re already swimming in third basemen and neither Gurriel or Healy project as anything special moving forward, I’d grab Naquin if you have a need in the outfield. His K-rate is a bit high at the moment, but that should come down with experience.

  14. Evan K says:
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    What do you think of J Profar the rest of the year with Fielder going down? Would you consider dropping Dee Gordon or Rendon for him? I can only roster 3 at 2B, got Pedroia as well. Thanks Magoo!

    -Evan K

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