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Max Scherzer
, Jordan Zimmermann, and Stephen Strasburg. If that doesn’t sound like the guest list for Temple Beth Sholom’s Rosh Hashanah bash, I don’t know what does. Who will the Nationals sign next, Ryan Braun, Ike Davis or Ian Kinsler? How many Jews does it take to win a World Series? Now before anyone goes and gets offended, let me say that I myself am Jewish, or at least I was raised as such. Bar Mitzvah and all. And that means that it’s kosher for me make Jewish jokes. It’s kinda like how African-American rappers and comedians are allowed to say the word that shall not be said. Shockingly, however, none of Scherzer, Zimmermann, nor Strasburg light the menorah. Say what!?! It’s true. You won’t find any of those names in Adam Sandler’s next rendition of the Hanukkah Song. But while I’m on the topic, allow me to say that Hebrew National hot dogs are, by far, the best hot dogs one can eat. Actually all kosher hot dogs are pretty damn delicious. Most importantly, they are all beef. No uncertainly about what you are actually eating. After all, they answer to a higher authority!

While Scherzer is certainly living up to his potential with 55 strikeouts and 150 points in just under 50 innings pitched, his aforementioned, potentially uncircumcised counterparts are pitching like they are being punished for eating a ham and cheese sandwich in a synagogue on Yom Kippur.

Zimmerman has had seven starts so far this season. While six of them were “quote on quote” quality starts, that stat doesn’t do much for me. Unless, of course, you are in a points league that awards points for quality starts. I just never bought into the fact that 6 innings pitched and 3 earned runs should be considered a quality start. Since when is a 4.50 ERA quality. Sounds more like a Sabrett than a genuine Hebrew National. In those 7 starts Zimmerman has 2 wins and has struck out a measly 24 batters. He has given up 19 earned runs and 46 hits and has a total of 75 fantasy points. At just over 10.7 points per start this is not what those that drafted him were expecting and puts him right up there with James Paxton, Mark Buehrle and Adam Warren. Several “experts” are saying his results are not due to his drop in velocity, but I’m not buying it.

And now for Stephen James Strasburg and his pathetic attempt at being a pitcher this season. In his 7 starts he has put up a total of 48 points (6.85 PPS). That has to be a misprint, right? To put that number in perspective, several pitchers, including Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel and Shelby Miller have scored that many points in a single outing. Strasburg is still striking out a batter per inning, but he also has an ERA over 6. I read an article saying that he isn’t injured, but instead his mechanics are off due to a prior injury and his body is still compensating for said injury. Personally I don’t care what the reason is as long as he rights the ship. Last year I traded Adam Jones for Strasburg and so far it’s not paying off. Before you say I’m crazy for making that deal, our league his very top heavy in points for pitching and top pitchers greatly outpoint top hitters. If there were no keepers in our league the first round would consist of Mike Trout and 11 pitchers.

All this talk about hot dogs has me hungry for a couple of all beef franks. I think I’ll fire up the grill, throw on some heebs and put together an updated list of points leagues rankings. These rankings are a hybrid of year-to-date and rest-of-season performances.

Catchers:

Like Puff Daddy said, “Vogt or Die”. However, even though Stephen Vogt leads the way with 118 points, Buster Posey remains the catcher to catch amongst catchers.

 


First Base:

Paul Goldschmidt (133 points) is the guy to own here, but if don’t have him there’s always Silverschmidt and Bronzeschmidt. I mean Miguel Cabrera (109) and Anthony Rizzo (133). The player with the biggest jump here is Eric Hosmer who now has 123 points. What’s going on with Jose Abreu (83)? I suggest you buy low if you can!

 

Second Base:

The big news here is the fall of Robinson Cano. And by fall I mean from number one to number two. But let’s not make this all about Cano, when Jose Altuve deserves just as much of the credit. Cano’s one home run is rather alarming. Nelson Cruz is proving that home runs can be hit in Seattle. I could have gone either way with Devon Travis and Dee Gordon. Jason Kipnis’s dad enjoys Hebrew Nationals.

 


Third Base:

How many weeks until Alex Rodriguez is in the top 5? While that’s not going to happen I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it every time he hits another home run. If Todd Frazier doesn’t slow down he’s going to find himself even closer to the top. Kris Bryant needs to cut down on the strikeouts before he make a serious move up the ladder. And lastly, Adrian Beltre’s ranking was almost generous. I really wanted to put Marcus Semien ahead of him, but will wait until the next rankings for that maneuver.

 


Shortstop:

I had to do it. Hanley Ramirez deserves the top spot and Troy Tulowitzki does not. I think I will be reversing that move in the weeks to come, but for now it’s Hanley’s turn. Hello Andrelton Simmons! It was tough to rank Reyes and Zobrist due to their injuries so I gave it the old college try.

 


Outfield:

No surprise here to find Mike Trout as the top outfielder, but it is actually Bryce Harper that leads all outfielders (and hitters) in fantasy points with 135. Is this the year that Harper overtakes Trout? If he can stay healthy all season it will certainly be a fun race to watch. If Andrew McCutchen doesn’t wake up soon he’s going to find himself even further down the rankings next time out. Brett Gardner has been producing very nicely for points league owners.

 


Starting Pitcher:

A lot like outfielders, ranking starting pitchers is no easy task after the top 10 to 20. I was tempted to move King Felix into the top spot ahead of Clayton Kershaw, but I just wasn’t ready. Give me a reason Clayton! I’m really loving Gerrit Cole and I have high expectations of Carlos Rodon, especially since he will remain in the rotation and supposedly will not have an innings limit.

 

Clayton Kershaw
Felix Hernandez
Max Scherzer
Matt Harvey
David Price
Chris Sale
Sonny Gray
Gerrit Cole
James Shields
Zack Greinke
Corey Kluber
Dallas Keuchel
Johnny Cueto
Madison Bumgarner
Michael Wacha
Cole Hamels
Carlos Carrasco
Danny Salazar
Michael Pineda
Jake Arrieta
Chris Archer
Stephen Strasburg
Jon Lester
Garrett Richards
Jacob deGrom
Julio Teheran
Shelby Miller
Jeff Samardzija
Scott Kazmir
Jason Hammel
Andrew Cashner
Jake Odorizzi
Masahiro Tanaka
Jordan Zimmermann
Collin McHugh
Carlos Martinez
Barolo Colon
Jose Quintana
Trevor Bauer
Gio Gonzalez
Francisco Liriano
Tyson Ross
Lance Lynn
Yordano Ventura
Carlos Rodon
Mike Leake
Jesse Chavez
Colby Lewis
Miguel Gonzalez
Rubby De La Rosa
Shane Greene
Jered Weaver
Tim Lincecum
Ubaldo Jimenez
C.J. Wilson
Chris Heston
Phil Hughes
Nathan Karns
Afredo Simon
A.J. Burnett
Aaron Harang
Hector Santiago
Edinson Volquez
Anthony DeSclafani
Nick Martinez
Rick Porcello
Jonathon Niese
Chris Young

 

Well there you have it. Certified kosher rankings. No ifs, ands or butts!

 
  1. Timmah R says:
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    Where would you put Ian Desmond on the SS list? He is making me one sad panda.

    Also someone was dumb enough to drop Strasburg in my league. Would I be dumb to drop someone like Polanco, Soler, or Odorizzi for him? If not which one? Thanks!

    • Timmah R says:
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      @Timmah R: should have said this is a 10 team H2H points league. And thanks for the great work!!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Timmah R: Desmond didn’t make the list. I’d prefer every shortstop in the list over him.

      I’d pick up Strasburg immediately. Probably Soler. Do you start him? Odorizzi is your worst pitcher?

      • Timmah R says:
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        @malamoney: haha ouch. And here I was hoping it was an oversight LOL :-) getting tired of him but he did the same thing last year mostly so there is still hope maybe……..

        I was hoping to see him improve first before starting him. Yep Odorizzi is my worst. I had a pretty awesome draft and some good trades along the way. Also have Scherzer, Greinke, Gray, Cole, Archer, Richards, and recently traded for Kluber… World domination is near complete ;-)

        • Timmah R says:
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          @Timmah R: if you meant do I start Soler it is usually between him or Polanco alongside Upton, CarGo and Bryant as util. Someone dropped CarGo so I scooped him up a couple weeks ago… Yea not the sharpest folks.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Timmah R: Yeah, not an oversight. I just don’t like him. Or trust him. Let him be somone else’s headache.

          That’s quite the pitching staff you have there. I’d go Strasburg over Odorizzi too. Much greater upside.

          • Timmah R says:
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            @malamoney: Awesome, thanks again for the feedback!!! You guys are the best!

            • malamoney

              malamoney says:
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              @Timmah R: Any time!

            • Irish in 1 hand says:
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              @Timmah R: i think I’d drop Cargo for Stras, having the selection of 7 pitchers is nice and you give the 2 starters the 1st option in lineup

              • malamoney

                malamoney says:
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                @Irish in 1 hand: It’s almost a toss up for me. I’d rather have a full season from a healthy Cargo, but when’s the last time we’ve gotten that?

  2. Allan says:
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    What are your thoughts on Carlos Martinez? I’ve got him and I’m dreading starting him today against the Tigers. There are several other pitchers available who pitch this weekend like Rodon, Chavez, Paxton, and Bradley. Should I hold on the Martinez or go with one of the other guys?

    • Scott says:
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      @Allan: I’m seriously thinking about benching him. Not ready to give up on him completely, though.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Scott: Definitely too early to give up on him. Plus I like his RP/SP eligibility…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Allan: I wouldn’t drop him, but I don’t know that I’d be starting him against the Tigers coming off 2 pretty bad starts. But remember he had 4 good starts before these last 2 stinkers. I like both Rodon and Chavez this weekend over Martinez. The White Sox and A’s are not great teams. The Sox are not putting up very many runs…

  3. Clint says:
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    Wow. Pineda seems kinda low. He’s currently leading my h2h points league in fantasy points and I’m trying to deal him for a superstar buy low but no bites yet (I think I was within hours of getting Kluber but of course, the guy didn’t click approve before his recent 18K game so he rejected it).

    One thing that’s nagged me about points leagues: are high strikeout guys liabilities due to negative points? I’ve had Bruce and Chris Davis on my team since last year & even though I won it thanks to Razzball, I feel like I should be moving guys like this asap in favor of more steady hitters. I actually did the latter in a deal of Davis/Shelby Miller for Hunter Pence and was wondering if I should deal Bruce as well. I noticed Trout had a ton of K’s but he’s still tops anyway so perhaps I’m misconceiving points leagues?

  4. Scott says:
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    Where does Josh Harrison fit? You like Plouffe better?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Scott: Despite his recent struggles I like Harrison. He probably should be ranked right there with Plouffe. If he didn’t have such a bad start, I’d have him a few spots ahead of Plouffe. I really like his multi-position eligibility which is why he got lost in the rankings shuffle. That and his awful start to the season…

      • Scott says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks! I thought I had a steal on the waiver wire. I guess IF he turns the corner I will…

      • Scott says:
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        @malamoney: started harrisson last night. Money! Thanks for the talk!

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Scott: Bam! Nice. I started him as well…

  5. TONY STARKS says:
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    Hey MM, nice work on this. Just wanted to double check why Vogt is behind Posey at catcher but ahead of him at 1B. Things that make you go hmmmmmm…..

    Haha. Thx

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @TONY STARKS: Great question. The truth is that even though they are both 1B eligible, I wasn’t going to rank them with the 1B. I doubt many are using them at 1B. However there is no reason for Vogt to be ahead at 1B and behind at catcher. Vogt should be ranked right after Posey at 1B…

      • Scott says:
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        @malamoney: Funnily enough, I actually have both in one league. I use one at catcher and one at 1B, because there are no better 1B options available.

  6. Chris says:
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    Michael Brantley makes me happy in the pants. He has the highest ppg of all hitters, and he’s only struck out 5 times in 109 ABs. Maybe it’s a hot streak, but damn I love a player with plate discipline.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Chris: Brantley seems to be the real deal. I prefer to look at PPPA (points per plate appearance) over PPG. His PPPA is just under 1 at 0.943, which is awesome. Adrian Gonzalez who has had a monster start is at 0.96 and Stephen Vogt is at 0.983

      Last year only 2 players finished the season with a PPPA greater than 0.9 and they were Victor Martinez (0.97) and Jose Bautista (0.94). Trout was at 0.83

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Chris: And don’t forget to change your pants!

  7. F-Her in the Puig says:
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    Damn! I’m a day late!

    Whatup malamoney?! Love your points write ups. All I play are points leagues so it’s good to get relevant perspective.

    10 man h2h points where pitchers are valued similar to how you described your league (more than hitters)….ROS who would you want out of these two…

    Chris Archer
    Yasiel Puig

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @F-Her in the Puig: Thanks!

      What does the rest of your starters and outfield look like?

      In a vacuum, I’d say Puig. His injury woes concern me, but for now I’m sticking with him…

  8. Atlas says:
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    I want to make sure I’m following you here as a disappointed Ian Desmond owner….

    Is it time to move on ? I have already picked up Cosart. Desmond is so inconsistent, and the Nationals as a team appear to have changed philosophies this year on stealing bases which drastically reduces Desmonds value… which is already next to nothing this year.

    Move on or hold ?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Atlas: Move on. Especially if you are in a league that penalizes for strikeouts…

      • Atlas says:
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        @malamoney:

        Yep I sure am, and dude K’s more than Kershaw. I thought he would be worth it if I got the HR’s and SB’s, but those have been nowhere to be found. Now he is hitting in the bottom of the order also. SMH High round pick wasted, but lesson learned.

        Thank you for your input… good luck today everybody !

        Oh yeah one last note:

        I wanted to share with everyone that Lucas Duda had one more HR last year as he does right now at this time, and he finished last season with 30. He is hitting Lefties Much better this season. If anyone has given up on him in your leagues he may be worth a shot… just sayen. I picked him up for free this week in my league. That Mets O is looking putrid right now though FYI.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Atlas: that’s just the NYM offense.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Atlas: I like Duda. He abides!

  9. Tom says:
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    12 team weekly H2H points – Trade Gerrit Cole and McHugh for Sale?
    Current rotation (we start 5):
    Kluber, Strasburg, Cole, McHugh, Quintana , Hammel, Fiers , CarMart, Shoemaker, Paxton
    Scoring:
    Walks Issued (Pitchers) -0.5 points
    Blown Saves -2 points
    Complete Games 3 points
    Earned Runs -1 point
    Hit Batsmen -0.5 points
    Innings 1.5 points
    Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point
    Losses -6 points
    No-Hitters 15 points
    Perfect Games 20 points
    Quality Starts 1 point
    Saves 6 points
    Wins 6 points

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Tom: Definitely! I really like Cole, but I’d take Sale over him every day of the week and twice on whatever day the trade was offered to me…

      • Tom says:
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        @malamoney: Sale definitely got off to a slow start, but McHugh has been no slouch either. Looking at that or Pujols and Cole for Donaldson.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Tom: Sorry read that wrong. I thought it was Cole for Sale and McHugh. I still want Sale, but it’s close. Not sure how I feel about the other trade. I really liked Pujols coming into the season. He hasn’t done much so far, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him turn things around. But he’s certainly no Donaldson. Just not sure if the difference between them is actually Gerrit Cole…

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