Thomas Pham (+21.5%) was the most added player in fantasy baseball over the past week. No Holliday? No Grichuk? No problem! “Just call up the kid who’s name sounds like an oil filter. And change the oil in my Escalade while you’re at it.” That’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak delegating authority while sipping on some single malt scotch in his office. Basically an afterthought entering this season, Pham has made the most of his sudden opportunity. The 27-year-old rookie has flashed little power and occasional speed in the minors since his promotion to AA ball in 2010 (single season highs of 10 homers and 20 steals in 2014), but has produced a 1.654 OPS with 4 homers and 1 steal with the Cards over the past week. Schmotato alert! His upcoming slate against the Reds and Brewers staffs is far from imposing as well. Enjoy the fling while it lasts, but be wary of a long-term commitment.

Here are a few other significant adds and drops in fantasy baseball over the past week:

Angel Pagan – 24.7% owned (+11.2%) and Kelby Tomlinson – 12.3% owned (+7.8%)

How does a Giants bundle of SAGNOF sound? Probably like a nonsensical rambling if you’re not a Razzball loyalist, but fortunately you are! These guys have been active on the basepaths recently, with Pagan registering 3 steals over the past week and Tomlinson swiping 5 bases during the month of September. Next up on the schedule is a series with the Padres, who have allowed the 3rd most steals (111) in MLB this season. Tonight’s starting pitcher in particular, Tyson Ross, has allowed the 2nd most steals of any pitcher in baseball this season. Look to San Francisco if you feel the need for speed. TREASURES.

Francisco Lindor – 79.4% owned (+9.4%)

The #1 fantasy shortstop of the second half is apparently still available in some leagues. Not in RCLs or other competitive formats, of course, but I thought it was worth mentioning. More of an update that 20.6% of ESPN leagues are currently abandoned.

Ian Kennedy – 33.9% owned (-7.9%)

A buddy of mine recently stumbled across a stack of old 8-bit Nintendo games that his wife was itching to get rid of for a few bucks. Upon further review, one of the more obscure titles turned out to be worth $280 in used condition. The moral of the story? Don’t listen to your wife. Wait, that’s not it (sometimes). Don’t judge a book by it’s cover? Getting warmer. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure? There we go! Kennedy’s disappointing 2015 season (8-15, 4.29 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) has owners tossing him on the trash heap, but he might be worth a second look. Over his last nine home starts dating back to June 2nd, Kennedy has gone 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 65 Ks over 53 innings pitched. His last two starts of the season are both at home, with the first coming against the Giants on the 24th and the second against the Brewers on the 30th. The SON loves him and so do I. Stream on. TREASURE.

 
  1. Hugman says:
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    ooooh, if only I could have read this about Tomlinson last night!

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @Hugman: There’s always next week in roto! Hopefully H2H too if that’s your format.

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    I’ve got a weirdo weekly 9×9 H2H that runs Tue.-Mon., so lineups are due in a few hours. I had Pham and Piscotty in there, but with Grichuk and Holliday possibly getting time, should I look elsewhere in a weekly?

    I need 2 out of Pham (7G, HT 1.6), Piscotty (7, 10.5), E. Rosario (7, 3.5), Y. Escobar (7, 5.5) and Bour (6, 7.2). Thanks.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: All are in the lineup tonight, FWIW.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: I think that Piscotty is going to start the majority of the time regardless, so he’s a solid play. Pham has been hot recently, but Escobar might be the safer play in that format.

  3. MattTruss

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    You’re in my head Magoo, both Pagan and Tomlinson are featured as DFS plays for me tonight vs. the Tyson Chicken. Good stuff, hopefully they run wild tonight.

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @MattTruss: Nice! The trick is getting on base against him, but he’s pretty easy to run on once you’ve made it there. I could use a Pagan steal in a couple of leagues, so hopefully we’re right.

  4. G says:
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    In my championship week in my daily head to head category league. Just hear news that Brice Rondon out for rest of season. My remaining closers are kimbrel, wilhemson, and Robbie Ross jr. Should I drop rondom or boxburger who I recently dropped or make the drop for an Sp to stream. Boxburger has sucked so bad but wondering if I should pick him back up for saves. Thanks

    • Big Magoo

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      @G: You can definitely drop Rondon at this point. I’d pass on Boxberger (unless you really need the saves) and use that spot to stream SPs.

  5. J-FOH says:
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    We should start a saber metric beer voice league where we can debate our opinions of the singers while drinking with no right answer

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @J-FOH: Sure, why not? I don’t think there’s a right answer whether you’re sober or drunk. Probably just rate them based on looks if it’s the latter…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: based on looks. That feels dangerous as our preferences will be revealed….or our raycess nature. I think clothing and back story shoukd be a category

  6. james says:
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    Looking to next year (dynasty and i am out of it). Who would be the best pick for next year (or pick up perceived value over the off season). I have 2 openings on my roster.

    Adam Lind
    Mitch Moreland
    Avisail Garcia
    Jonathan Schoop
    Matt Weiters
    CJ Cron
    Lucas Duda

    I really am not looking for anything more than future trade bait. my roster is pretty set (Freeman, Rendon, Correa, Machado, Yelich, Heyward, Harper).

    • Big Magoo

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      @james: Nice core of players that you have there. I’d go with Schoop for sure. Love his power and he’s only getting better. The second spot is between Garcia and Wieters for me (especially considering all of the solid CI options that seem to be available), and I’d probably give the edge to Wieters. I think he’ll be much better next year as he gets further away from his surgery, and he obviously has the edge in terms of positional scarcity.

      • james says:
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        @Big Magoo:
        My core hitters are good, but pitching is a total mess… my starters going into next year are: Chen, McCullers, Corbin, Medlen, Pineda, Salazar, Moore, Stroman and Gausman. There is talent there, but nothing even approaching a #2 fantasy option, let alone an ace.

        Added Schoop, gonna give it another week to make a move on the rest.

        • Big Magoo

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          @james: I like Salazar, Stroman, and Pineda quite a bit. McCullers, Corbin, and Gausman definitely have plenty of upside too. You can win with a bunch of #3 SPs when you have a strong offense (like you seem to have), but they need to stay healthy and meet expectations. Maybe target someone like Matz or a buy-low like Strasburg to add to your staff and you’ll be on your way. Good luck!

          • james says:
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            @Big Magoo:

            I was in talks to land Gio Gonzalez (at least a more proven #3 fantasy pitcher), but he wants to swap 1st rounders (3rd to 10th). That likely means moving from Benintendi (my target at 3, the guys ahead of me are high on rogers and moncada) down to a guy like Daz Cameron or someone else. Basically the draft is mlb draftees, international FA signed after our draft last year (mondcada missed the cut by about 2 weeks)/before february, and unowned minor leaguers (12 teams, 10 minors expanding to 15).

            Is gio worth that type of investment, or is this question better asked of one of the prospect gurus

            • Big Magoo

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              @james: It’s never a bad idea to run a question about prospects by Mike. He knows them as well as anyone. As far as this particular scenario goes though, I’d pass on that deal. I don’t think that Gio represents much of an upgrade for your staff. He doesn’t possess the same upside that he did a few years ago, and his floor is shaky due to his control issues.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @james: i’d rather have about 5.5 of the pitchers you already have than Gio

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