I had my whole article raring and ready to go with the flow, and then Thursday happened; Michael Brantley down indefinitely, Josh Reddick broken hand.  No biggie I told myself, I have Jason Heyward, who is about to go off.  Then Friday night, Heyward crashes in to the wall and now he’s out.  So I have no more OF to play and it’s time for dumpster diving.  Or wading through the valley of the waiver wire of a 12 team league that’s been picked over like honey crisp apples with no blemishes at a farmers market.   So scrap the original article, that will go next week.  It’s really good, so make sure you come back to check it out.  Maybe even better than this week.  Probably better.  So you should definitely check it out next week.  Please?  Pretty please?

This week we look at fill-ins at the OF spot for OPS leagues now that injuries have ravaged my, I mean all, of our teams. If you all glean some wisdom, well then I’m glad I could help us both.  Let’s dive in.

Trayce Thompson (7% owned in Y!, 10% ESPN): Drat! He’s taken in my league.  But maybe not yours.  If not, hop to it!  He’s getting starts versus RHP and the Dodgers need him right now.  He does have a two homer game so that inflates his ranks a bit; flip that and it should only serve to help him get playing time.  And who are the Dodgers going to play? Yasiel (I should be good, I have all the tools, but I’m not) Puig?  Pshaw. Trayce also has minor league seasons of 24, 27, 15, and 16 homers, and has stolen more than 20 twice in minors.  He doesn’t even have a steal in 2016!  Add him up, yeah add him up, add him up, yeah!

Adam Duvall (16% owned in Y!, 17% ESPN) Talked about him last week.  Go check it out!  Anyway he’s who I am going after first now that Trayce is gone.  Get ready for some PT on my team Mr. Duvall!

Cameron Maybin (29% in Y!, 17.6% ESPN) He’s back.  Like he never left.  But oh, he has, for long stretches of suckitude.  But he’s hot right now, and worth seeing how long he can keep it up. Funny that he’s back with Detroit as they were team that drafted him 10th overall back in 2005, and if y’all remember, he was the key piece (along with current stud RP Andrew Miller) in the deal that sent Miguel Cabrera to Detroit.  Now he and Miggy can reminisce about that time they passed were traded for each other.  I wonder if guys ever do this once they get on the same team.  Cause it has happen fairly often.  Or are they just like Rickey Henderson and forget his teammates as soon as he learns their names?  I need to know.  A career .682 OPS is not going to win any leagues but he has three homers thus far, is in a decent lineup, and maybe he finally puts that 6’3 frame to use hitting some homers.  Dan Pants has more Razzball Maybin goodness here.

Leonys Martin (5% owned Y!, 5.3% in ESPN)   That he couldn’t do squat in Texas meant that I never considered him once he wound up in Seattle.  But in the last month he’s made everyone sit down and take notice with six homers and five steals.  That reminds me of when my freshman year Spanish teacher, Mrs. Weisman (yes I was taught Spanish by a Jewish woman; her accent was, eh, not so good) would yell “Siéntense todos!” and no one did anything; kind of like how, up until now, I’ve paid no attention to Mr. Martin, who I am sure has a better accent than Mrs. Weisman. Anyway his next home run sets a career high, and I’m really leaning toward adding him.  Who will I add?  You have to keep reading.  Or Choose Your Own Adventure and skip to the end.  Like a cheater. I may as well call you Dee, or Jenrry, or Ryan, or Sammy, or, well, you get the idea.

Matt Joyce (1% owned in Y!, 1% ESPN)  Uh, the dude is crushing it.  He has five homers and a 1.119 OPS in 43 ABs.  How is he not getting more love?  That’s right, he’s a journeyman who stunk up the Angels last year and before that toiled away in Tampa, which is no place to toil, I can assure you.  Tampa’s stadium, the Trop, does have a very nice cigar bar with pool tables and comfy chairs because anything is better than sitting in the stands at that stadium (last time I was there I’m not 100% sure the Rays game was even on the TVs in the bar).  Joyce doesn’t really have a place to play but if you can play him the games he does start he’s going to bring value.  Only for the deepest leagues now or until Jaso is busted hiding stolen diamonds in his hair at the airport.

Mallex Smith (7% Y!, 5.5% ESPN) Only add him if you need speed as he’s probably never going to hit two home runs in a game again (really hoping to reverse jinx him into doing it once he’s on my team)  but he’s hot, he’s playing, and maybe he shows more power as the season goes on.  If not, he steals bases and has a cool name you can use for your team name (I like Mallex’n and Relaxin’ personally).

I just read Heyward should only be out a week; maybe when he comes back he can start actually helping my (or your) team.  But for the time being I’ve decided on Duvall first, then Martin.  You add who you feel.  I hope this helps.  It definitely did help me so if it helped you too we got two birds stoned at once.  Shout out to Ricky and the Trailer Park Boys! If you haven’t seen the show, stop what you’re doing and go watch it.  Watch the Christmas Special to get your feet wet.  Cause who doesn’t like wet feet!

Good luck OPSers, as well as those who play in leagues where SLG and OBP are separate categories (because you guys just can’t add them together into one category; too good for you, eh?).  I’ll be here to answer your questions quickly, succinctly and in an orderly fashion.

 

  1. ferris says:
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    Ops as 6th hitting cat, 12 team roto.

    Scooter gennett, danny santana or jose reyes – who is the drop?

    I’m inclined to drop scooter but his early season ops success is giving me some pause. I think i want to hold reyes as an upside play.

    Who would you drop?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @ferris: I’m with you. Reyes for upside and santana over Scooter. He was hot schmato as Grey says, but nothing in his history said it was anything more than that. Good luck!

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        @Phil B.: thanks!

  2. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi Phil,

    This week, which one would you bench in a points league?

    Wainwright (vs. CHC, @WAS)
    Joe Ross (vs. STL)
    Jaime Garcia (@WAS)

    Thanks!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @asdfasdf: Have to sit Waino. Nothing he’s shown says he can pitch well against those two offenses, and Ross and Garcia have pitched well lately too.

      • asdfasdf says:
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        @Phil B.: Thanks for the response–the reason I trust him a little more is because of this recent article http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/adam-wainwright-may-have-found-something/ and also the fact that he has 2 starts and this is a points league. Plus, the Cards have an extremely good offense against Ross, which worries me a bit. Would you still bench Wainwright? Thanks again

        • Phil B.

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          @asdfasdf: I wouldn’t drop him no. But vs Cubs and nationals? If it was one of those and say, Braves or Padres, then maybe. So a combo of opponents and your other two have been better makes me still bench him. His fastball may be back but his curve isn’t and they go in tandem. I did like the first comment on that article “He certainly found his ego. So glad to see it emerged unscathed from a disastrous start to the season.” so, so true.

  3. Matt says:
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    12 team 6×6 league, 4 OF positions. OBP and Slug% are 2 separate categories (no avg).

    Who’s the most immediate drop (very limited (3 man) benches and I need to free a free roster spot or 2 for pitching):

    Adam Duvall, Melvin Upton Jr., John Jaso (currently rotating at my CI spot with Jung-Ho Kang)……….or Yasiel Puig.

    I have Correa, Villar, Gregory Polanco so speed isn’t a dire need.

    • Phil B.

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      @Matt: love the elimination of Avg as a category, have to say. Anyway Upton is who I’d dump. Puig still has that name value, and I love Duvall. Upton has as many multi hit games as zero hit games in May. I don’t see a Leopard changing his spots, and you don’t need the speed (and he only has 2 steals in past month)

      • Matt says:
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        @Phil B.: thanks. I was lucky enough to inherit the commissioner position in this league a few years back and replacing average for OBP while adding slug% was the first change I made.

        I knew the answer was probably Upton—but I was really hoping you’d just tell me to cut lose Puig. He’s in neighborhood of .200 OBP/.300 slug over last month and I can’t take that crap anymore.LOL.

        Thanks again.

        • Phil B.

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          @Matt: I wouldn’t be mad at dropping puig at all. He’s a guy that may never get it. I put him in the 2016 Justin Upton category, even though justin has a long track record vs not much from Puig. I see someone think they are getting a deal trading for puig, not so for Melvin.

          • Matt says:
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            @Phil B.: Yeah I thought that as well, but so far have been getting insta-rejected every offer I’ve made…

            Giving Puig 2-3 more weeks–after that, I’m done with his ass.

  4. Big Al says:
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    Appreciate the OPS content. My league is a bit custom; 14-team weekly set h2h, 1 Catcher league with 6×6 with OPS & QS.
    I am looking for help at MI & Catcher.
    Someone offered Villar & Vogt for my Gattis & R Martin.I am using Gregorius at MI and Martin at C. Usually hate paying for speed, but my team has been solid in HR and lacking a bit there. I am leaning toward taking it, but not sure how to value Gattis. Thoughts?

    • Phil B.

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      @Big Al: I like the deal for you. I don’t see Gattis playing consistantly enough to provide your team value and see Vogt as an apt replacement for Martin, who hasn’t done much as you already know (and something I just learned is that Russell has 3 middle names and one is Coltrane!?! How did I not know this?). Villar is the best fantasy player in this deal so I say let it rip. Good luck!

  5. Utica Club says:
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    Good morning sir,

    Little late to the party on your articles( my apologies) but work has been taking up a ton of time.

    This year in my ops league, my team is struggling big time , and it shouldn’t be. Granted I’ve made a lot of moves and think I can still come back and make the playoffs.

    I’d like your opinion on my offense and see what you would do. Thank you in advance. 12 team h2h 7 keeper league. Standard cats plus ops. We play one util spot and one extra infield slot.

    Gomes
    Hosmer
    Castro
    Desomond
    Fraizer
    castellanos
    Bryant
    Belt
    Mazara
    Franco

    Bn: Pederson and Justin Upton

    • Phil B.

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      @Utica Club: Thanks for reading! At first glance I don’t see how the offense is doing you so poorly. On further looks though, I see Gomes, who does have 6 HRs but a terrible OPS at .588, and then Upton, who, like me, you probably played to long. What other C options do you have?
      I wouldn’t drop Upton yet, but soon he may be a goner as you have better keepers than him. I only see Bryant’s .862 OPS going up the rest of the season, and Franco too. Hosmer to me is a sell high (if possible); then slot Belt in there at 1B. Desmond’s .781 isn’t bad at SS as is Castro’s .746 for MI. And Castellanos looks for real, especially in that lineup which is heating up. Hows your Pitching looking?

      • Utica Club says:
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        @Phil B.:

        Thanks I actually just traded for hosmer and Franco and and berrios for my cano Hammel and Alex Gordon (I won that for sure)

        I also traded tulo grienke for upton degrom earlier in the year. Traded cargo for belt and Castro early on too ( just felt cargo would dissapoint) I may have lost the cargo deal but I feel like I’ve done a nice job getting younger while not really over paying for anyone.

        My pitching staff is so so. It’s just a tick off like my entire team.

        I have
        Degrom
        Salazar
        Aaron Sanchez
        Corbin
        Ventura
        Roark
        Eickhoff
        Dl: wheeler severino NA berrios

        Krod McGee and dyson are rp.

        Berrios is a keeper, hopefully he comes back better after his trip to the minors.

        Same for severino. I feel he can bounce back. And all the talk about him maybe not being in the rotation are hot wash. The Yankees didn’t not trade him multiple time to have him be a long man.

        I’ve been burnt by some bad streamers here and there. Time to purchase streamonator. And sev and Ventura and berrios blew up my era and whip a few times.

        I feel like degrom Salazar Sanchez and Corbin are a solid 1-4 and if berrios and severino turn it around my so might be awesome.

        I’ve lost a lot of weeks by one or two cats with one big blowout. I’m only 8 games out of the playoffs with 3 months to go.

        I’m trying to be patient but I’m pissed. I’ve never had a team struggle like this. I’m in first and second In my other keeper leagues. Those I drafted from scratch.

        I took over this team about 4 years ago and it has the likes of a rod grander son and a slew of other aging keepers. I blew it up 3 years ago and have slowly tried to rebuild to a perennial powerhouse.

        Thank you for taking the time to read all of this and respond!!

        • Phil B.

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          @Utica Club: It is a good team. H2H I find much harder in some respects due to two start pitchers, hot streaks, spot starts blowing up, RPs blowing up, and the like. I agree on Berrios and Servino, they will bounce back. Love Salazar and De Grom, not a huge Corbin fan, but as a #4 maybe spot start him. Good RPs too. Stream-a-nator is awesome, I’ve used it for years before I started writing for Razzball.

          8 back is doable, I treat making H2H playoffs like real MLB playoffs; just need to get in and who knows what can happen.

          Love those trades too; I’m not super down on Hosmer just that I think he’s entered name territory where he can bring a decent return. But I’d hold; your team is solid and it’ll go on a run. Upton should come around too (I hope too). Good luck!

          • Utica Club says:
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            @Phil B.:

            Thank you sir again for the time. I’ll definitely be reading you articles weekly now!!! I’ll make sure and find time!!! Good luck to you too sir.

            • Phil B.

              Phil B. says:
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              @Utica Club: Of course! Anytime, I loves me some fantasy baseball strategery.

  6. Daniel says:
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    Should I drop drury for duvall?

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      @Daniel: I would, especially if you need power and can take the slight AVG drop.

  7. jal179 says:
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    Help I’m swimming in power! But am never on base!

    Got Crush, Krush and Chris Carter.

    Crush frustrates me with that low average for an early round pick.

    Need SP help.

    Thougths on Carter or Krush fpr McCullers? It’s a 10 teamer weekly redraft h2h 7 x 6 Hits, OPS, QS.

    • Phil B.

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      @jal179: I don’t like McCullers for this season coming off the injury. He looked good against the Rangers but he’s not going to go deep in games and if Houston keeps stinking then they might shut him down early. Since Crush is the biggest name I’d assume he’d fetch the best SP. Khris Davis’ injury appears to be minor, and if I thought you could get something special for Carter I’d say move him, but I doubt it. A #15-25 Starter should be available for Crush at least; maybe even #10-15, like a Cueto or Salazar.

      • moobs says:
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        @Phil B.:

        Thought abpit Crush for Kzar straight up. My 3rd for his like 8th… Pitching is uber deep in this league so Id be ok fetching a depth arm with either Khris or CC. Thx

        • Phil B.

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          @moobs: I would do any of those three for salazar straight up; I have that much faith in his stuff. Hopefully you can get away with CC, then Khris then Crush. Good luck!

  8. moobs says:
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    Help me. Sitting in last.

    C- Ramos
    1B- Goldy
    2B- Carpenter
    SS- Suarez
    3B- Seager
    MI- Murphy
    CI-Hosmer
    OF1- Chris DAvis
    OF2- Marte
    OF3- Hanley
    OF4- Myers
    Util- Chris Carter
    Bench- Khris Davis, Trea Turner (stash)
    SP1- Max
    SP2- Thor
    SP3- Carrasco (DL)
    RP1- Chapman
    RP2- Rondon
    P- Colombe
    P- Dyson
    P- Matz
    P- Maeda
    P- Stephen Wright
    bench- Corbin
    DL- Carrasco (miss him…)
    DL- Boxberger
    DL- E Rodriguez
    NA- Snell

    Suggested moves? I’m short on SP Ws and QS.

    Only thought I have is move Chapman or Rondon for an arm or an OF upgrade.

    Is Rondon for Obdudel Herrera fair?

    Dyson for Gio G or Liriano or Kennedy?

    Thoughts?

    • Phil B.

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      @moobs: I loe moving closers for position players and going with setup men if you have the saves to spare. I feel you could/should do better than Odurbal for Rondon as he’s been a top 5 closer. You should be able to get a top SP for him or Chapman.

      With Box coming back you definitely need to move one closer, Chapman is the biggest name so I’d start there, preferably for an OF. I’d feel better about Dyson for Herrera. SP wise I prefer Liriano first though he’s been rough(albeit vs good opponents), Gio second and I wouldn’t trade for Kennedy. Snell I feel has to get called up soon, so he’ll help in W & QS. Good luck!

  9. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    watching new season right now actually. lahey’s alcohol breathalyzer is a great idea. funny, i’m current using leonys and will be torn between him and duvall all week as i have upton/heyward also out with non DLable injuries in my most important (read: most money) league.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Beware the Shit Rope: we need to “turnip the heat” on this situation.

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        @Beware the Shit Rope: I had to choose between Martin and Duvall in my money league and I let the liquor do the thinking a la Lahey and went with Martin, cause h’es hot. Long term though, it’s definitely Duvall. My favorite Rickyism is worst case Ontario

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