If all the experts in the world had baby T-Rex arms, no one would be able to pat themselves on the back. I am lumping myself into the SAGNOF love fest that the grand master Lothario himself, Grey,  was part of and preached in the preseason on why Tim Anderson was the mac.  Or the PC, whatever your preference in lapputers is. I not only loved the guy two months ago, I love him more now that he is living up to the steals hype and maintaining other stats that make him basically a eight-games-into-the-season stud. Looking over his stats and nothing jumps out as a SSS type thing… Is the OBP higher than it will be in 20, 50, or 80 games?  Maybe, but are we certain that he can’t maintain a .350 OBP moving forward? Looking at the back of his baseball card, speed has always been there. As he develops into his body, considering that he is only 24, the power was going to develop from what we saw in the minors.  His high total for any other season besides last year was 13 combined for 2016 that encompassed AAA and 99 games with the Sox. But this is the SAGNOF corner of the world, taters are good, but swipes are delicious.  He has 5 steals in eight games, and is on pace for a whole lot more if he can keep that vital OBP to a respectable number.  He has the license to steal and should continue to do so…but it could get better.  He hasn’t hit anywhere but the bottom-half of the order.  This has eerie similarities to what we saw last year from Merifield.  Sustain great number from the bottom and then boom, move up the order and become an even better kleptomaniac.  So while the steals now are fantastic and a boon to his draft day value (thanks Grey!), keep an eye out for if/when he moves up the order and his numbers could from what they are now to even better.  SAGNOF rant over, let’s get to the tidbits, and the bits of tid that keep all the girls squirrely.  Cheers!

Michael A. Taylor – Almost made the lede, but his hefty .167 batting average looks like a national anchor. Needs to hit because when Murphy comes back and if Kendrick is playing the better, someone is going to lose at-bats. Or for that matter, Brian Goodwin is basically giving you the same thing but at a waiver wire price.  So to summarize here, see if Brian Goodwin is available, but before you do look at his stats compared to Taylor and chuckle.

Kevin Pillar – How is he doing in steals since his 3 steal game a week ago? Spoiler alert: he is still on 3!

Niko Goodrum – Post hype prospects make the SAGNOF world go round.  In a great position and on a great team to actually do something.  The Tigers check all three boxes for a useful gut like Goodrum. Old, injury prone, and rebuilding.  He can play all over the pitch (soccer term) and just needs an opportunity.  Has seen a game at SS and 1B so far and with added games will have the sexy MI/CI tag.  Definitely worth monitoring.

Craig Gentry – He’s this week’s Kevin Pillar, don’t fall for the multiple stat in one day banana in the tailpipe special.

Alex Colome – Struggles in the land of animals that killed the Crocodile Hunter.  Two straight blow-ups and a bullpen that gets taxed every fifth game with a start thing.  The Rays are a bad scene right now for anything intrinsically valuable from a fantasy standpoint. Colome has one leg out of the stirrup, and he should have been traded offseason to be honest, but Jose Alvarado needs to be the emergency fighter here.

Jacob Barnes – One blown, but it doesn’t make him garbage.  That inning was an awful display of fielding and while he threw the pitches, he can’t Bugs Bunny it and play every position.   Barnes is still the leader of the committee pack, but Albers and Jeffress could be rostered in most formats without an argument.

Justin Grimm – If you are a speculator on trades and saving future save guys he looks like the dime piece after Herrera currently.

Greg Holland – Don’t drop Noris or Leone just yet, or at least until he proves that he can get in back to back affairs.  So give it 7-10 games and than sail on if it appears he is hiccup free.

 

 

  1. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Looking for the best chance to pick up saves already holding Carl Edwards Jr. better chance from any of these guys? Josh Fields, Alvarado, Grimm or any of the Brewers scrubs…

    I got Andrew Miller for ratios so looking more for possible saves.

    • Smokey

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      @SheaSeraSera: morrow looks pretty entrenched, CEJr is the off day guy for sure. All the other guys are speculation adds I’d roll with a brewer first than Grimm or Alvarado (thoughColome got the save today) so he is trending better

  2. Andre says:
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    Would you drop Matt Harvey for either Skaggs, Newcomb, Foltynewicz, or Ian Kennedy ROS?

    • Smokey

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      @Andre: I’m not a fan of waiting for a Harvey good start. Seems like a streamable type spot with names listed. Newcombe and Kennedy we best based on opponent.

  3. JP says:
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    Smoke who are your top 5 speculative adds for saves after the first full week?

    • Smokey

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      @JP: Peacock Any of the Brewers, Still liking Edwards, and Kontos. Save adds for me are complete speculation based on guessing which closer implodes by injury or failure.

  4. Acuna Matata says:
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    Hey Smoke,

    Has much changed with your rankings in saves+holds leagues?

    Cheers

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Acuna Matata: not too much. Not too much attrition yet. Bullpens need to gel and play themselves out a bit. Next week is the first real analization.

  5. Game of Throws says:
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    Not excited about Xander Bogaerts going to DL… But kinda excited that Tim Anderson was on FA list in my league to pick up in his place.

  6. LeftCoastYankee says:
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    Who’s the better handcuff for Giles – Devenski or Peacock?

    (Standard 12 team 5×5 league where Saves – BS is a category)

    • Smokey

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      @LeftCoastYankee: love them both. Peacock has seen the save situation where Devenski has seen the tie game stuff late. I’d probably choose Peacock if gun tonhead right now. But both are totally capable

  7. SWAT290 says:
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    Thank you for the write up!

    How long would your leash be for Buxton? So far he’s all speed and nothing more, Billy Hamilton without the Billy or the Hamilton.

    • Smokey

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      @SWAT290: I’m sure you drafted him pretty high and Buxton has shown propensity for ebbs and flows. Gotta ride him for quite a while

  8. LG Baseball says:
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    Got Knebel on the DL and trying to scrap together saves in the interim. Someone dropped Boxberger and Archie Bradley is also available. I only have room for one and saw Bradley get the save last night. Also on the wire is Treinen, Greene.

    Add any of them over Middleton or Herrera?

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @LG Baseball: well at least you have save options on wire. Box is the add but other two should/could be owned ignore Bradley. Hold Middleton and Herrera for now.

  9. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    12 team mixed SV and HDs league (Free agent waivers bid $200 budget per teams)
    My closers are Holland, Treinen, Iglesias
    I have Chad Green, Nicasio, and Devenki for holds

    Drop any of them for Rodney? Bid how much? I lost out on Boxburger who went for $34 to my 30 – I still have the full $200

    Thanks as always!

  10. David says:
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    just traded Tim Anderson for Brinson in a dynasty league. In a down year for me I’m hoping this ends up as a steal considering Anderson is very young and showing huge potential right now. Thoughts?

    • Smokey

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      @David: good deal. Could help both for now and than later.

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