I hate this. Stupid SAGNOF! Pisses me off to no end. The worst part of the strategy is at times, you have to own guys you may dislike, or in my case, hate. It goes with the territory and when they succeed, it takes away some of the burn of the past. But when they fail, they become deader than Randy Quaid’s career. Like this GIF, sometimes it results in a wedgie and everyone laughing at you. Thanks SAGNOF wedgie. This is what I struggle with, the unsavory characters you have to hang around and the resulting public humiliation when you fail. But when you nail it… BOOM!

Danny Santana (SS) – I hate players like Danny Santana. They come into your life one summer, bring you lots of joy, and then come back the next year 20 pounds heavier and with braces. Wait, this isn’t summer camp. He’s been batting lead-off the past five games, which is good for runs and steals (two swipes in six games). Couple that with his 25-ish steal speed, and you have yourself a SAGNOF. Pretty easy there. He’s at 2% ownership rate, and as long as he bats lead-off, Santana should be owned. Since coming back, he has hit safely in 5-of-6 games and had two multi-hit games.

Rajai Davis (OF) – I hate that I feel a need to remind you guys… and girls about the King of SAGNOF. I never know what questions are going to pop up. He is tied for second in steals with 7, is 12.2% owned, and so far has out-produced Billy Burns. He has been sitting a little against righties and as other outlets have pointed out, he might only get lead-off nods against southpaws. As per usual, he is a good off-day batty call unless you have deep benches and can stash him and only play him on the days with good match-ups.

The Cincinati Reds Bullpen – There are sh*tuations, there are overturned outhouses, and then there is the Natty’s pen. If you are crazy desperate like a college freshman with an expiring condom then go ahead and dive into this one. Cingrani, Hoover, Cotham, Diaz, Ohlendorf all can suck it. I’m starting to wonder if 32-year-old Louisville Bats save leader Steve Delabar gets called back to the show to close games. I still hold the belief that Cotham or Cingrani will be the two most likely candidates but if you see Delabar get called up I would grab him. I know it’s not pretty considering how bad his walk rate is, but again, if you are desperate you can get into this mix. Be careful. You have been advised.

Darren O’Day (RP) – In case you missed it or only come here to read me, Zach Britton sprained his ankle and will be getting an MRI on Monday… wait that’s today. O’Day was likely already owned in most competitive RCL’s and deeper leagues. If he’s there then your league mates are either slow people or you play FBB through the mail. I’m not going to go on and on about O’Day even though he has been All Day in my book this season!

Fernando Salas (RP) – If you missed on Joe Smith, who, by the way, got knocked around on Sunday, then grab Salas. My buddy Oaktown Steve brought up Salas in one of our group emails with Big Magoo as the grab in Anaheim. [Jay’s Note: You guys have group emails? Is that a thing?] He’s been slightly better than Smith and usually carries a 9+ K/9. His fastball has been a plus pitch for most of his career and if the slider and change are working then he can be a tough at bat. I grabbed him in a few leagues and if you need the saves then be ready if Smith falters again next time out.

David Phelps (RP) – Add this arm to your watchlist. If anything happens with A.J. Ramos then he is clearly the next arm up for saves. I know Kyle Barraclough has been stone cold ridiculous on South Beach, but I think Phelps is next in line…for now.

 

  1. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    J-FOH. Nice write up. How do you rank the following closers for the week?

    Gregerson: MIN3, SEA4
    J Smith: @MIL3, TB3
    Jeffress: LAA3 @CIN4
    Casilla: @CIN3, COL4

  2. Scott says:
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    How would youyou rate Salas, May, and Phelps based on ratios and save ops?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Scott: Phelps Salas is a push then May

  3. Swfcdan says:
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    “I know Kyle Barraclough has been stone cold ridiculous on South Beach” . Is it on South Beach or in South Beach? Normally say in but you can’t say in the beach….things that make you go hmm.

    More important question, is Salas worth an add in 12ers? Joe Smith’s kept the job before, despite not being very good or having closers stuff.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Swfcdan: I don’t see how on or in is a point of contention here. Salas is a wait unless you are really hurting for saves and have the space. His ratios won’t hurt you

  4. Rocky says:
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    Realmuto vs Y Gomes vs Ramos @ C,, Villar vsD Santana fo SBs

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Rocky: I like Gomes long term as the best all around, Ramos is nice right now but very injury prone. Realmuto is the wildcard here because he brings power and speed from the catcher slot.

  5. Big Mike says:
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    So happy to be early on Phelps. Thanks for the post-transaction advice. So time for some more: I needed a CI or MI so that I can bench Semien or Carlos Santana, depending on who’s pitching to Carlos. I had picked up Ozuna and he was languishing on my bench and couldn’t trade him, so I picked up Brandon Drury, who can slot into either CI or MI. Good move or bad move?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Mike: I prefer Ozuna over Semien if you are stashing a slumping bat but I do like Drury a lot. Was high on him last year and I think he is doing a fine job of playing his way into more AB’s. Your instincts are good just pay attention to the daily lineups and get him out when he’s benched

  6. Chris says:
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    I’m down 2-1 for closers this week I have krod he has casillia and Ramos. Had street and someone grabbed smith right away. We’re tied 11-11 starts. I think it’s an easy answer but would you start salas over manaea vs sea or fiers @ min? I’ll be down 2-1 for closers but ya never know with saves could win 2-1 this week!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chris: Thats the gamble you might have to take. If over those starters I would do it. Vulture saves come in weird ways. If not you can always win the week in other ways and Salas won’t hurt you. Manaea and Fiers could do more harm than good.

      • Chris says:
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        i like the fires matchup against the Twins better. Do you? Sit manane a or fiers?

      • Chris says:
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        i actually just picked up May from the twins also would you go him over salas?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Chris: for this week I’d go salas and play fiers. Hold on to May

          • Chris says:
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            Awesome thanks! Thats what I have in now.

          • Chris says:
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            I could go Eickhoff and be down 2-1 for closers but I don’t love the matchup against St Louis, would you do that?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Chris: I like Eick

  7. Teddy Heater says:
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    Bearclaw got a mention. Nice! Thanks for the Salas blurb, I’m chasing saves in Yahoo Roto thanks to Doolittle and Giles.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Teddy Heater: I thought about you as I wrote that….without pants. I missed him in most my leagues and now I feel like a big fat idiot. He is redonking the donk. Keep an eye on Delabar, if they call him back up he could get an opp and go all Jenmar on it. Of course his walk rate sucks but you never know. Saves chasing is like booty calling with a blindfold.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @J-FOH: Altuve stole your big Boy Pants! Damn Smokey…., he deserve them though, 7 bombs already. I have Tolleson, Jepsen and Rodney, but Ohlendorf is rostered for eff sake and he was rostered last week.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Teddy Heater: he’s a latin leperchan

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @J-FOH: I like it!

  8. TTRA1N says:
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    No Villar? Hiiting 2nd with Scooter hurt and will steal more than Santana.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @TTRA1N: I don’t include everybody you can sagnof. Villar like rajai has been known for some time. Santanas low ownership was suggested to help cast a greater probability of adding. They are pretty even for speed though.

  9. Chris says:
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    I posted to you above about starting Salas over Manaea or fiers thanks for the response. Over the weekend I picked up May from the twins. Would it be crazy to go salas over Manaea and may over fiers and be down two starts?

  10. Chris says:
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    Fier Vs Minnesota and Manaea vs seattle

  11. Sam says:
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    Which side: G-Rich and Conforto or Price and Peralta (no keeper implications, standard roto 5×5… fairly deep with 27 man rosters, 12 teams)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sam: Conforto side

      • Sam says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks, J-Foh!

  12. Pete says:
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    Not sure you can answer this fully without knowing team/format(daily 12 team 6×6 with OBP/SLG, no AvG and +QS; 28 man rosters, 5 OF, 2 UTIL, CI and MI), but I’m now 2nd in steals with 28 and dead last in saves. I’m save starved as I wait for Chapman to come back and have just been rolling out Jepsen and Dyson.

    I’ve got Villar, Rajai and have been cycling them well. Villar feels like he’s settling in nicely and he occupies a spot with Kinsler, Rendon, and Ketel Marte for my 2B/SS/MI and even a UTIL slot.

    Thinking I should pay some attention to my bullpen.
    Should I lose Rajai for Neris, Salas, or Phelps? How about losing Dyson instead or in addition to grab 2 of those guys?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Pete: Dyson and Phelps are in the same boat and I know the Marlins like ramos more than the Rangers like tolleson so I’d hold on dyson. Salas needs smith to blow a save or two to get into the discussion.

  13. Coolwhip

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    Hey JFOH,
    Worth noting that Phelps got the save on Saturday, so it appears he is fully entrenched in the setup role and backup saves role in MIA. Seems like Mattingly has the most faith in him and was rewarded with a clean 1-2-3 save on Saturday.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Todd25: that’s why he was written about.

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        @J-FOH: wow! totally glossed over that. carry on then.

  14. Scott Kimmel says:
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    hey J Foh long time no speak

  15. Scott Kimmel says:
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    J Foh

    I am at my wits end with Verlander and about to cut him loose. looking for a replacement for him. My choices are:

    ROark
    Estrada
    A.J. Griffin (Not sure if he is keeping the spot in rotation when Darvish comes back)
    Conley
    De La ROsa
    Chatwood
    NIcasio

    Im torn between Griffin COnley and Roark. WHat are your thoughts on this?

  16. Joey says:
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    I didn’t know how to contact you and hope you read this comment. Bring back your “Creeper of the week” weekly detail like you did last year! Your insights were helpful and for the most part spot on!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Joey:Thanks for the kind words but I don’t write that post this year. M@ is handling the top 100 hitters and creeper of the week post. It comes out on Mondays

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