I will admit I’m a bit of an ageist when it comes to my fantasy baseball teams. I’ll gravitate towards the Christian Yelichs and steer clear of the Michael Cuddyers. So when Josh Willingham (+67%) came off of the disabled list, balloons didn’t fall from my living room ceiling. Fact is, though, he’s a solid player and should be a good option moving forward for fantasy owners in need of an outfielder. He was the most added player this week, over the likes of Oscar Taveras and even Gregory Polanco. In 20 games played, the 35-year-old corner outfielder has already racked up four home runs and 15 runs batted in. Steamer projects another 15 home runs and 48 runs batted in. He won’t continue to hit .300 obviously, and his career slash of .256/.361/.472 is about what I’d expect when it’s all said and done this year. Add him if you need a little pop and RBI help in your outfield for sure, but be ready in case his 35-year-old body needs another DL stint. Here are two more add/drop notes for this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Austin Jackson – 66% owned (-21%)

It looks a little bleak now, but I still think Jackson gets to double digit homers and 20 steals by the end of this season. He’s been a little unlucky with a .293 BABIP (it’s never dipped lower than .333 previously). He’s also running more than last year with seven stolen bases compared to eight all of last season. Now’s not the time to drop him as he’s starting to warm with a little four-game hit streak and a steal in two attempts over the weekend against the Red Sox. He’s hit lefties much better than righties this season, which is the reverse of his career numbers, and the 27-year-old center fielder is hitting .318 in June. I’m not going crazy over him, and if you have better options please start them. However, he’s not a straight drop for a hot schmotato and it might be wise to inquire with a Jackson owner before the buy-low window closes. TREASURE.

Alfonso Soriano – 53% (-18%)

I’ve already let you know that I’m an ageist, so you can probably guess where I’m going with the 38-year-old currently on the wrong side of a platoon in the Yankees’ outfield. I’m actually not sure how he’s still owned in 50% of leagues. Maybe it’s the promise of the 30+ home run, 100+ RBI seasons like the past two years. I’m not buying. Could he still get to 20 homers on the season? Sure, anything can happen. But at this point it’s not looking good due to a strikeout percentage close to 30%, decreasing playing time, and the fact that he hasn’t even had the mandatory DL stint for players north of 35 years old yet. His ISO and SLG are the lowest of his career and with the current Yankees going the way they are, I’d be surprised if he got to 70 runs batted in this season. I’d like to take this opportunity to point out it’s very hard for me to be negative. It’s not my style. But…TRASH.

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Ghost of the Disappeared
Ghost of the Disappeared
8 years ago

Mike:

BOYCOTT THE WORLD CUP! FOOTBALL IS A GAME – FIFA MAKES IT A CRIME!

I’m a massive football (soccer) fan. I will not watch a game in support of the Brazilian people.

Mike
Reply to  Ghost of the Disappeared
8 years ago

I know nothing about soccer except that you’re not supposed to use your hands

Ghost of the Disappeared
Ghost of the Disappeared
8 years ago

MIKE: An appropriate thread about trash here I’m the trash man.

I’m on suicide watch.

Any starter I touch this year goes stinky. And Yes, I am a Verlander owner. I am loath to sit him down. His fastball has become normal and he cannot seem to place the ball where he wants it (without the old velocity to save him from his errors). What does one do with Verlander in mid June?

Now my Wainwright (on another team) has a bad elbow! A Tennis Elbow like injury!!! Had one and that is not a good thing. The worst part is, I think he caught it from me. I’m knew, I’m toxic. But I never thought, I could infect via the internet.

Needless to say, the hitting is not much better.

I can’t take it anymore. I’m going to end it all. Just as soon as I can figure out how to distract the guards and those fat mean nurses. Do you think, a person O.D. medicated Jell-o??

Mike
Reply to  Ghost of the Disappeared
8 years ago

can you sell low on Verlander? time the guards’ rounds and you’ll know what kind of window you’re working with

Sheriff McRawDawg
8 years ago

Hey Mike! In a keep-10 forever, would you trade Singleton for Cobb or Bailey? Who do you like more, long term?

Thanks!

Mike
Reply to  Sheriff McRawDawg
8 years ago

Singleton

Bong bing
Bong bing
8 years ago

Need a second baseman due to injury

What do you think of me giving my grander son for his utley

Deep 16 team h2h redraft

I have lestella right now

Thanks

Mike
Reply to  Bong bing
8 years ago

Sounds good

Zar
Zar
8 years ago

I got a streamer spot with no really good streamers on the way. The next one would be Vogelsong (6/15). Do I keep Liriano (not even an option…especially with his injury) or pick up Stubbs or Vogelsong right now or else stash Vic Black?

Thanks!

Mike
Reply to  Zar
8 years ago

I’d go with Stubbs

Zar
Zar
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@Mike: Cool cool, Think there’s a chance I’d start him over…Pagan, Pence, Moss in the OF or zimmerman/Beltran in util?

Zar
Zar
Reply to  Zar
8 years ago

@Zar: Hah..never mind…the hitter tron is speaking to me.

Mike
Reply to  Zar
8 years ago

Yeah, you can mix and match to get the most out of him…

Mike
Reply to  Zar
8 years ago

Not over those guys, no. Maybe Beltran when he’s home at Coors. Maybe better to go with Vogelsong if you don’t need the bat….

Zar
Zar
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@Mike: I think I’ll keep Stubbs for a day or two. My players are pretty banged up and get days off. He can fill in until I need the starter. Thanks!

Mike
Reply to  Zar
8 years ago

Anytime

Snacks13
Snacks13
8 years ago

Alex Wood an N/A stash as he got optioned to triple?

Mike
Reply to  Snacks13
8 years ago

Sounds good.

Mello Yello
Mello Yello
8 years ago

Heaney Watch is giving me the feeling of what it must have been like to own Polanco…wuzzzup GM Mike!

Mike
Reply to  Mello Yello
8 years ago

Sup Mello. Should be soon…

Just bob
Just bob
8 years ago

Hey mike, 10 teamer h2h points redraft
Would you look to add Heaney as a stash until he gets the call up (when do you expect that to be)?
We start three SP’s & this is who I currently have: Strasberg , mad bum, tanaka , bench lackey & cueto.

Or another bat; Danny Santana , Corey Dickerson, Kendrys morales, Brock holt, or Yelich.
I don’t really necessarily need another bat but wouldn’t hurt plus why let another owner scoop a player up when I can lol.
C- gattis, 1b- goldschmidnt , 2b- pedroia, SS- Alexi Ramirez, IF- Carlos Santana, OF- Matt Holliday, OF- pence, OF- Brantley, OF- springer, DH- Dunn & utility polanco. Bench oscar taveras & Harper on DL.

Thanks again, looks like I may have dodged a bullet my opponent has verlander & was supposed to have two starts but Tuesdays (verlanders start) was postponed, yeah he’ll prob start tomowrow or thurs but atleast it’s not Sunday too.
Ciao!

Mike
Reply to  Just bob
8 years ago

Don’t sweat Heaney in a 10- teamer with that staff. Grab Yelich.

Mike T
Mike T
8 years ago

Looking for some advice. 10 team keeper league. We keep 6 bats and 6 pitchers… I was offered Chris Davis+Andrus+Alex Gordon or Werth+Iwakuma or Cain or Weaver for my Springer+Polanco+Hanley+Lee…. Do I stay put or make the deal? My worry is giving up on potential keepers in springer and polanco should car-go continue to make these DL trips.

C- Santana or Gomes
CIF- Abreu
MIF- Cano
OF- Car-Go
OF- Puig
Uti- Hanley
SP- Darvish
SP- Hamels
SP- Minor
SP- Kluber
RP- Holland
RP- Rosenthal

Mike
Reply to  Mike T
8 years ago

I’d hold

vinodole
vinodole
8 years ago

Someone dropped Hosmer. I have to drop Eaton for him right? Other options are Khris Davis, Aramis Ramirez, Alex Gordon

Mike
Reply to  vinodole
8 years ago

Yes, grab him. Drop Eaton

Pull the trigger?
Pull the trigger?
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

Should I drop Cain for hosmer?
They one would be my DH in a H2h

Mike
Reply to  Pull the trigger?
8 years ago

Matt Cain?

Pull the trigger?
Pull the trigger?
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

No l cain

Mike
Reply to  Pull the trigger?
8 years ago

yup, do it

RW
RW
8 years ago

hola
i’m gonna pickup gregory polanco tonight. long story short, whom do i drop????
5×5 head to head standard categories
adam eaton, jd martinez, rajai davis, cj cron

h-e-l-p! i need somebody…….thanks

RW
RW
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@Mike:

sweet. thats who i have que’d up to drop

thx!!!

The Great Zombino
The Great Zombino
8 years ago

Mike, what do you think of Marlon Byrd the rest of the way?

I’ve got Aaron Hill, Carlos Beltran, Trevor Bauer, Dellin Betance(I rotate in now and then), and Tyson Ross as mainly bench players.

Drop anyone for Byrd?

shawn
shawn
8 years ago

Do you think I could get away with dropping Neil Walker and still maybe picking him up by the time he’s reactivated?

Sparty Scott
Sparty Scott
8 years ago

Looking to trade Taveras, Polanco, Singleton, Pujols, or Ortiz for SP or RP help. Which player would you trade and who are some pitchers worth targeting in a fair trade? Thanks!

Sparty Scott
Sparty Scott
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@Mike: Just managed to get King Felix for Pujols. Pretty happy about that.

Mike
Reply to  Sparty Scott
8 years ago

Nice!

Brooks Jacoby
Brooks Jacoby
8 years ago

David Wright for Max Scherzer? I’d basically be replacing Wright with either Kyle Seager or Aramis Ramirez.

Bob
Bob
8 years ago

So Alex Wood is apparently being stretched out as a starter. Looks like a very solid add considering his track record and upside as a starter. Who to drop in standard 12 man 5 x 5 league:

J. Willingham, K. Davis, O. Taveras, C. Yelich, J. Beckett, Trevor Bauer.

Thanks!

2 Giant rings
2 Giant rings
8 years ago

Adam eaton or Cory Dickerson? (CarGo had surgery today). Thx again.

2 Giant rings
2 Giant rings
8 years ago

Drop Liriano or Wily Peralta for Alex Wood? Thanks

The Great Zombino
The Great Zombino
8 years ago

Juan Francisco has started to slump badly lately. I’ve kept him to backup E5 and rotate at 1st base with Morneau(I’ve since dropped him). I’ve picked up Kendrys Morales and it looks like he’s my everyday first baseman now.

So get right to the point, time to drop Juan Francisco for Javier Baez?

Chris r
Chris r
8 years ago

I’ve been staring at austin jackson on free agency for a week. (12 team 5×5)

He’d be my 7th outfielder (Bautista, Mccutcheon, Bruce, Kemp, Rajai Davis, Arcia)

and to add him I’d either need to drop arcia, Jimmy Rollins (my other SS is Everth Cabrera) or a speculative closer (Jake Mcgee) or lose my streaming spot.

Would you buy Jackson or hold in my situation?

Mike
Reply to  Chris r
8 years ago

I think you’re ok in the OF and don’t really need to gamble on him.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

Pick 2 IF ROS: Odor, D. Santana, Espinosa, Harrison.

Mike
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
8 years ago

Odor, Harrison

Sniff Test
Sniff Test
8 years ago

With all of the Rockies injuries, is Drew Stubbs going to play regularly and be worth owning? I picked up Willingham but am frustrated because I already own oswaldo and Kendrys. I feel too many twins could be damning. Plus I’m eye balling OF/SS Santana. Lord help me!

Mike
Reply to  Sniff Test
8 years ago

Haha, yeah a lot of Twins getting love lately

Stubbs should benefit from the injuries and has some speed, I’m not sure I would drop Willingham for him. I’m not certain any of the Rockies guys will really see “regular” time, and it will be more of a mix and match each night,

whodat
whodat
8 years ago

Just offered this trade: Chase Utley and Alfredo Simon for my Jered Weaver. What do you think. I currently own Neil Walker and not sure how long he will be out with his surgery.

Mike
Reply to  whodat
8 years ago

Sure. You’ll have a real nice middle infield when Walker comes back

Ron
Ron
8 years ago

EverCab has been struggling to provide any real value for all of 2014 so far. In my weekly H2H points league (with -1 for K’s) here is how he compares to other SS in points and At-bats.

Should I be sticking with this guy any longer or make a move for one of the guys below?

EverCab – 74 points/254 AB
vs
Asdubal – 123 pts/231 AB
Peralta – 115 pts/225 AB
Crawford – 108 pts/204 AB
Aviles – 85 pts/161 AB
Hardy – 79 pts/206 AB
Santana – 45 pts/77 AB

Mike
Reply to  Ron
8 years ago

I’d sick with ECab

Ron
Ron
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@Mike: And he just cost me another -1.5 tonight. The dude is going backwards in points!

I’m honestly asking, what is the rationale for holding on to a guy like this? Track record? Pure talent? Caliber of replacement talent I named?

Please let me know. Thanks.

Tom
Tom
8 years ago

A. Wood supposed to be up on 6/28. From that time through ROS pick 2 out of 3 of the following:
Gio (assume he’s healthy), Kennedy or A. Wood?

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Mike
8 years ago

@Mike: Hmmm..is this because you think Wood isn’t going to be in the rotation the ROS or because you think he just won’t perform as well. Wood was performing better than both of them before they put him in the bullpen.