You may not be able to snag these 3B off the waiver wire in all of our points leagues, but I imagine that there have been a few leagues already where the following 3B have been given up on. This is the time of season where you get to take advantage of people overreacting. Act now!!! Ok, wait until I tell you who to pick up and then do exactly as I say–DO IT NOW!!!! You must obey the Schwarzenegger. Some of these guys are going to be owned and it’s your duty to snipe them in a trade. Those who aren’t must be added immediately.

I am not saying these are guys to pay a high price for. Do not overpay for em. In fact, don’t even pay fair market value unless you’re more convinced than I am on em. The goal here is to buy low from owners who have become disenchanted. Or better yet, they dropped the guy.

Remember that points leagues tend to value gap power, plate discipline and overall lineup strength for hitters. We’re focusing on hitters today, solely. Next week, we’ll return the favor with hurlers.

Carlos Santana, C/1B/3B/DH: So yeah he’s eligible everywhere and because of that he got drafted like the most versatile guy in fantasy this year. He’s been bleeping awful so far. Zack Greinke scoffs at his plate approach right now.  If you don’t get that you must not watch Dodger games.  There are lots of good reasons not to, but Greinke is batting like he’s not a pitcher over the past year and a half.  Those of us who don’t own him know that he’s way better than this. Those who own him are starting to have dark little thoughts enter their heads. He’s got great plate discipline and good power and he should GREATLY improve his average. As soon as he bounces back a little bit he’ll be hitting in the heart of this order. If you can get him for a catcher not named Posey you’re probably winning. If you can get a closer to go with him for say Lucroy then you’re drinkin on the company dime.

Pablo Sandoval 3B: He keeps declining so that’s scary. I can’t argue against that. He has great bat to ball skills and it’s a contract year. And he’s been shitty to start the year. He was shitty last two years and it keeps crappenin… I think almost anyone will sell low on this guy, but when he gets dialed he’s made for a points league now that he’s rectified swing and miss problems. If he gets going and hits in the middle of this more potent Giants lineup I can see Panda being top 5 3B by end of year. That says a lot about 3B this year, but that’s not your fault.  He’s not gonna be a hero but he could be the difference between you winning your league…

Martin Prado, 3B: He’s the king of points leagues. Depending on the format, Prado can hold 2X the value in points leagues over standard roto leagues. Great gap power and great plate discipline… He’s hitting under .250 so far on an underperforming Diamondbacks offense that should greatly improve their production as a full lineup. Not only should Prado regress to his mean and hit nearly .030 points higher in AVG but he should also see his R and RBI go up as the team starts hitting its stride and starts hitting in warm weather in power friendly Chase Field. Prado has declined and will decline further in years to come but I don’t think this is the year or even necessarily next year that he hits his low plateau en route to washing out. Two more good years of fantasy relevance for Prado barring injuries and his owners are getting restless. Nab him.

Manny Machado, 3B: I understand that he has lots of dudes with man crushes on him. I know that he’s probably not going to have buy low value in deeper dynasty leagues. Machado is here because he’s got the best gap power/average potential of the group plus if he gets going he will be hitting at the top end of a top 5 offense. The same could be true for Prado so keep that in mind. But keep your needle on Machado because with his slow comeback from his injury woes there may be someone who wants to deal or even feel desperate from the late return and injury concern and drop the guy. Stay tuned on Machado. This could be a premature call to look at him if you don’t own him, but keep your eyes on him. He’s a volatile piece in single season formats…

Some Non-Threebies that I like buy value on right now…

Kolten Wong, 2B: If the cards stop playing with Ellis they could play with their Wong everyday.  Thirteen year olds have made their decision.

Jason Heyward, OF: Supposed to bounce back for 2-3 years. I think he actually will this year.

Charlie Morton, P: I’m not even going to break this down. We can do so in the comments if your league is deep enough to warrant talking about Mort-Chuck.

POINTS ARE POINTS. SELL THE NAME TO WIN THE GAME.

 

Hit me in the comments ya’ll.

 
  1. Li says:
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    I have an OF Question/Situation…..
    In my H2H Roto league, here are my outfielders:
    Rios, Puig, Alex Gordon—George Springer, David Murphy (recently added and who just cracked the top 90 in overall Yahoo rankings, Me Likee), as well as Pirates OF Prospect Gregory Polanco.
    Do you guys think I should make a move and grab Oscar Tavaras with all this firepower?
    I am carrying two catchers In a One Catcher League (Wilin Rosario, and the up-till-two-days-ago, Super Hot Devin Mesoraco. I am inclined to keep both catchers, unless Mesoraco falls off a cliff (but time is ticking on Tavares’ availability) Im also carrying three 1Bman- but am in a similiar connumdrum as none are cuttable (Morneau, Goldschmidt and Jose Abreau)
    Getting to my point, Considering I have Springer and Polanco as OF depth, would dropping David Murphy or someone else for Tavares be justified?
    Thank you kindly for any advice.

    PS: The only pitchers that are near droppable are J. Niese, and Chris Tillman…This in a league where there are absolutlety NO quality arms on the wire

    • Chris says:
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      @Li: Are you riding Murphy in your starting lineup or is he on your bench? If just on bench, I’d swap with Tavares. If you’re playing Murph and riding the hot streak, then I guess you just have to walk that tightrope to see when it’s time to strike on Tavares or when Murphy starts cooling off.

    • Schlurricane

      Schlurricane says:
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      @Li: 3 rookies is a bit much especially considering only one has got the call. I’d hold Murphy for now. I’d punt catcher if anything

      • Li says:
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        @Schlurricane:
        And If I parted witha catcher, I would have to ride with Rosario as he has a proven power track record. Obviously, Mesoraco is going to cool off from his freakish .450+ avg and like 18 Rbi in 25 games….Im gonna go take a peek at Mesoraco’s Minor League numbers….

  2. Lville Jim says:
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    I’m there with you on Santana, would have been easy to drop him but with a 37/43 bb/k ratio and past performance I’ve held onto him in three leagues hoping he rights the ship soon.

    • Schlurricane

      Schlurricane says:
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      @Lville Jim: and look at that nice GWRBI double last night.

  3. Diamond Powered Zeppelins says:
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    Ok, so sell me on Morton over Edwin Jax…he’s available in my 12-team league in which any useful pitcher is pretty much roster….i can choose from the likes of Edwin Jackson, Charlie Morton, Volquez, Bedard, Nicasio….you get the idea

    • Schlurricane

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      @Diamond Powered Zeppelins: If you’re league is really heavy on Ks for pitchers then Jackson could be the way to go. But if IP and W are more important I’m going Morton as the clear winner. My main argument against Jackson is Samardzija. Morton is essentially in the same boat as Samardzija so far and things will normalize with the W-L. The side of the story is that Jackson plays for the same Cubs that have sabotaged Samardzija with their inability to hit the ball and inability to hold any leads. Pittsburgh has a much better offense and possibly the best bullpen in the game. Jackson also has a HR/FB ratio of under 5% and his career average is basically twice that. It isn’t hard to imagine the two guys having basically the same ERA and record at the end of the year. But Morton is at 0-6 right now compared to Jackson’s 3-3. But honestly, I play in a league like yours and these pitchers get yo-yo’d all season. Ultimately, I don’t like either guy a ton, but the regression to the mean for Morton seems to translate to more points for ROS than Jackson.

  4. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Which side do you like?

    JUp/SSmith/Melancon
    or
    Santana/Myers

    Saves are 10, holds are 5

    • Schlurricane

      Schlurricane says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Santana and Myers. Seth Smith couldn’t hold a job in Coors and Grilli is coming back today.

  5. The Knuckler says:
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    SP needs help: Garcia/Morton/Peavy

    Please rank.

    Thanks!

    • Schlurricane

      Schlurricane says:
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      @The Knuckler: Peavy, Morton, Garcia based upon Garcia’s injury tendencies… what’s the scoring format?

      • The knuckler says:
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        @Schlurricane:
        Yahoo 5×5 Vogelsong is also available.
        Thanks for your time!

        • Schlurricane

          Schlurricane says:
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          @The knuckler: Vogelsong is the hokey pokey right now

  6. Sange76 says:
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    Asking around.

    12 team head to head weekly points league

    Rolling With headley at the moment at 3b. Hold or drop for Alvarez, Gillespie, Plouffe. Prado is on the wire too.
    Even though our league is -1 for Ks, it also gives 4 pts for hr, 1 pt for total bases and 1 for RBI. So a homer can get you anywhere from 9-12 points. Kind of torn between the possible pop of Alvarez and the steady singles for Prado.

    • Schlurricane

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      @Sange76: Alvarez or Prado are much better options in my opinion. I just don’t see Headley repeating 2012 when he had 210 R+RBI and 30+ HRs. His next best year was 135 R+RBI and 13 HR.

  7. Li says:
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    ….His (Mesoraco)minor league numbers are nothing to write home about, he had one decent season in 2011 at AAA but power numbers were just ok. Posted around a .250 avg while playing in the minors.
    In his 2013 call-up he hit 9 homers and knocked in 30 in about 350 at bats.
    He could very well be blossoming now (appears to anyway)
    Regarding carrying three rookies: I’m gonna stick with Springer, but who do u guys think is the better player out of Gregory Polanco or Tavares? After the Super two deadline, I’ve read that both are going to see regular at bats. Something tells me that Tavares may be eased into the regular lineup slower than Polanco as the Cards have more weapons, and the Pirates Mediocre OF platoon in (RF?) could allow Polanco to jump right in. That being said, Tavares is the more highly touted.
    …Ahhh, Questions, Questions….

    • Schlurricane

      Schlurricane says:
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      @Li: I like em both a lot long term… Springer too. I get this feeling that Polanco is gonna bring a spark for this year though.

  8. Li says:
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    PS. right now I am starting Murphy, at least until Springers Day-To-Day status is cleared up and he is 100%

  9. Tom says:
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    12 team H2H weekly points – Kershaw/Reyes or Tulo? We only start 5 SP per week and I own Kershaw, Bum, Minor, Fister, Cole, Kluber, Porcello, Kennedy, and Bauer.

    • Schlurricane

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      @Tom: with only 5 starts a week I’d probably punt pitching every year and stream. I have a rule against trading for guys who always get hurt especially if that’s all I’m getting. RPS must be valuable in the league with only 5 GS per week. Can you swindle one of those into the deal?

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