The Cubs have recalled super catching prospect Kyle Schwarber to split catching duties while Miguel Montero is out for the next six weeks. Kyle was 3-for-4 with a run scored Friday night. We know the Cubs have a crazy amount of young talent on their roster, but Schwarber could be the final piece. I’ve seen enough baseball movies to know the hot-shot catching phenom usually comes in half way through the season to unite a bunch of ragtag misfits and lead them to victory, even though the owner wants to move them to Albuquerque. Schwarber is likely no exception. In a brief call up in June to serve as DH, Kyle slashed .364/.391/.591 with a homer and 6 RBI in 22 at bats (6 games). Extrapolate that! Let’s see…6 over 22 is equal to, carry the 1, cross-multiply, take the cosine and divide by zero…87 home runs! Whoa! Even I underestimated Schwarber’s ceiling, I guess! Or perhaps my math is off? Regardless, Schwarber is an immediate add in all leagues. In the minors, between AA and AAA he combined to hit .323/.430/.591 with 16 homers and 49 RBI. Prospector Mike ranked Kyle 7th on his Midseason Top 50 Prospects list, and Grey told you to BUY. Seventh is in the top 10 you guys. That’s right, more math. I’m just saying there is some serious upside here and Kyle Schwarber could be the biggest and smartest pick up you make all season. Now bring on the catcher questions!

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, RBI. So the first post-All Star game recap falls on my shoulders. Whoa. That’s a whole lot of pressure you guys. Everyone is all hyped up over the exciting All Star “weekend” festivities. I can’t compete with that. Also, the break kind of null and voids all those wonderful streaks I love telling you about. Before the break, Player A was hot fire, so, maybe he still is? See how much harder this is? Anyway, I think I told you last week to grab Schoop if you needed a middle infielder. But that was seven days ago–who can remember!

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-4, HR (26). Victor Martinez was 1-for-4, 2-run HR (6). Because that’s how the Martinez’s roll in Detroit. Me? I decided to draft Gonzalez’s over Martinez’s this year, and while Adrian, Carlos, Gio and Marwin have not been bad, I would have been better off with these two for sure.

Jose Iglesias – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3-run HR (2). Remember how hot he was to start the season? I will jog your memory, he hit .377 in April. Maybe he’s about to do that again.

Anibal Sanchez – 6.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K and his 9th win. I recommended you buy Aniballer Status a few weeks ago because I like the way he strikes out batters and I like the way his team scores runs. It’s not that complicated.

Jake Odorizzi – 4.1 IP, 6 hits, 6 ER, 5 BB, K. Sure, this Odorizzi stinks, but Toronto be hitting baseballs. He gets the Phillies next week and I’d start with confidence.

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-2, 2-run HR (22). I am seriously so happy I drafted Yasiel Puig over you. : | Just look at how happy I am.

Jose Fernandez – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, BB, 6 K. Oh hai, JoFer. I like your 21/1 K/BB rate. We are still best friends, right? I’m sorry I didn’t draft you on most teams, clearly, you are looking like a top 10 pitcher going forward, if not top 5. Next year? Fuggedaboutit. We are getting an apartment together.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K and his 6th win. Gave up two homers to Kyle Seager ( 2-for-4, 2 HR (14), 3 RBI) but otherwise looked strong. I’d be worried Tanaka’s homerprone-ness is going to come back to haunt him, but you drafted the guy with the spaghetti elbow, so you obviously don’t care about anything.

Mike Montgomery – 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 9 K. This line looks a lot better than it could have looked, and while the 2.51 ERA remains impressive I’d be afraid that Mike-Mont’s luck is starting to run out. I’d be cautious about starting him next week in Detroit. And not just because you should always be cautious in Detroit.

Alex Rodriguez – 2-for-4, HR (19). You’re the reason I wake up to write this every Saturday morning.

Chris B. Young – 2-for-4, 2 runs, HR (11). Krispie loves creaming lefties!

Alex Rios – 1-for-3, HR (2). If anyone is overdue for a hot streak it’s Alex Rios. Not saying it will happen. But he is due.

Adam Eaton – 1-for-3, HR (7), SB (4). The slam & legs! I knew there was a reason I like you, and drafted you everywhere and held onto you for four months.

Mike Fiers – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, ER, BB, 7 K and his 5th win. You can’t have Michael Fiers unless you [email protected]#$ing pick up Michael Fiers!

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-5, run, RBI. The Parra professional is one of the hottest little potatoes in all the land. Mil-ee-wauk-kay is Algonquin for “the good land.” Nagadan Nigamo is Algonquin for “pick up Gerardo already, you dummy!”

Kyle Hendricks – 5.2 IP, 4 hits, ER, BB, 5 K. I really wanted to stream Kyle for this start but I didn’t because I’m not greedy. His scoreless streak was snapped at 22.1 IP, but it will not be forgotten, by me at least. I’d most definitely stream Hendricks for his start next week versus Cincinnati. Dude is electric! *air guitar solo*

Jim Johnson – 1.0 IP, K, SV (6). He was a BUY this week. Also, he is a closer and you should own him. *Fantasy Pro Tip!*

Kelly Johnson – 2-for-3, run, RBI. He’s batting .400 in the past 10 games with 3 homers and 12 RBI. Who are you and what have you done to Kelly Johnson. Or more importantly perhaps, what has Kelly Johnson done with Freddie Freeman?

Todd Frazier – 0-for-5. Gasp! It’s the home run derby curse!

Marlon Byrd – 4-for-4, HR (15). Grey told you to BUY and Marlon Byrd is without a doubt the best player on my team that I want to drop.

Lance Lynn – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, ER, 9 K and and 7th win. LL is rockin’ a 2.79 ERA and a 111/33 K/BB rate. It must be nice to pitch for the Cardinals.

Noah Syndergaard – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, BB, 6 K. I feel like I’m mentioning you every week? I hope you are you mentioning me every week as well.

Delino DeShields – 2-for-5. He didn’t do it last night, but he will steal bases. I’m gonna need you to trust me on this one.

Robbie Ray – 5.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, 8 K. I think Rob Ray is my favorite MLB ace. Don’t sneeze at me! He’s pitched like it, too! He’s got a 2.29 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP and he gets the MIA Marlins next week. I have streamed worse. That’s what she said!

Hunter Pence – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2-run HR (4). Joe Panik, Matt Duffy, Brandon Crawford all had three hits. The Giants can hit for average, people, just in case you’re still awake.

Chris Owings – 2-for-5, HR (3), SB (12). The slam & legs. In Arizona, they fry their slam and legs right there on the pavement. Nothing like the sizzle of slam on hot cement.

David Peralta – 3-for-6, run, RBI. He’s got a four game hitting streak, sort of. So much of what I do is observe player streaks, the All-Star break really does ruin everything. Have I mentioned that already?

Ervin Santana – 7.2 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, BB, K and his first win. My excitement for Santana grows exponentially weaker the more I see him pitch this season.

Trevor Plouffe – 2-for-4, Grand Slam HR (12). Dy-no-mite! Has now homered in back to back games, but there was a break so none of that matters. Word!

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-4, SB (8). Fast Eddie has four straight multi-hit games with two stolen bases in that span. If I needed some SAGNOF action or an outfielder named Eddie, I’d consider grabbing Rosario.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-5, HR (12), SB (24). Blackmon has been hot fire in July. He’s slashing .392/.436/.627 with 8 runs, 2 HR, 7 RBI and 3 SB. Hey Charlie! Remember last year when you went crazy the first two months of the season? Please let me know if you’re about to do that again.

Matt Kemp – 2-for-3, HR (9). Kemp was red hot before the all star break, so naturally I figured the days off would ruin everything because this is Matt Kemp we’re talking about. Well, it’s looks like Kemp is still crushing baseballs so let’s just shut up and ride this out.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-3, 2-run HR (4). Sigh. I can’t even.

Dustin Pedroia – 0-for-4. I like criticizing Pedroia because he is so blindly loved by the Sawx Nation. I say trade him to Philadelphia and let Mookie play second. Despite my very unpopular opinion, he’s back to ruin all the chemistry the young’uns have built up over the past month.

Wade Miley – 7.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. But was out dueled by C.J. Wilson (8.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) in a very unexpected pitchers duel to end all pitchers duels. Miley actually had a no-hitter through six, but he caaaaan’t stop, and he wooooon’t stop, well, being Wade Miley. Wilson deserves the win in this one, but he said post game that he’s plenty happy as long as he stays dandruff free.

Mike Trout – 1-for-4, walk off HR (27). Alright. I’m just going to come out and say it. I think Mike Trout could be a player to watch.

Thanks for reading! Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

  1. B.J. says:
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    Howdy boys,

    I lost Dee Gordon to the DL in my 12 team H2H league and I am now left with a gaping hole at 2B. A guy in my league has Kipnis and Wong, and he offered me Wong for McHugh. I am seriously considering this offer because I am pretty deep at SP and I need a 2B. But there are some decent options on the wire like Odor, Refsnyder, Phillips, and DeShields. Should I take the deal or use my free roster spot vacated by Dee to pick up on those options on the wire?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Dan Pants

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      @B.J.: I like this trade! Wong for McHugh is a great get. However, if you are attached to McHugh, I think Odor and DeShields could be nice adds as well.

  2. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Reds look to call up Tony Cingrani this coming week, possibly Wednesday to pitch in the double header..He threw well in his rehab starts…

    I think he could be a nice surprise in the second half.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Malicious Phenom: For sure, he’s looked great in rehab so far. Still, out side deep or NL-Only leagues I’d probably take a wait and see approach with Cingrani for now, and avoid that Cubs match up Wednesday.

  3. joe says:
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    start richards today? not liking the matchup vs Red Sox but again.. CJ Wilson yesterday

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @joe: Yes, I’m starting him

  4. Jensen says:
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    Kyle Seager: 2-4 2Hr (13,14) 2R, 3RBI. Picking up his hitting streak right where he left it

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jensen: Yep, I mentioned him in the Tanaka blurb, about time he got hot.

  5. phennore says:
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    I’m 14th in a 18-team 5×5 keeper league with a $260 cap. I’ve been offered Cameron Maybin for Puljos. Maybin would cost $6 next year and Puljos would be $38. Reasonable offer or should I be looking for more? How much are you buying Maybin’s performance this year?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @phennore: I like Maybin alright and the price is right but his injury history scares me. I think you can do a little better for Pujols.

  6. Vrugg says:
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    DP – who do you like ROS, Grandal or R. Martin? Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Vrugg: Grandal

  7. mzyptlk says:
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    Catcher ?…..have Hundley and Schwarber…OK OK don’t carry 2 catchers BUT. I have concerns with Schwarber playing time and what happens when Montero returns. Over thinking this prolly. Drop Hundley or keep both?

    • Dan Pants

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      @mzyptlk: Maybe overthinking a bit? He is an upside grab he could be as effective fantasy wise as Blake Swihart. I think you could drop Hundley in 10-12 team leagues, anything deeper I’d wait and see how Schwarber performs before dropping your only catcher.

      • mzyptlk says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks. 14 teams. That was my thought too. Looks like I’ll have to make room for C Dick soon and Souza as well. Droppables are Ervin S, Fowler, Hundley, Ventura, or Souza. What say you?

        • Dan Pants

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          @mzyptlk: Hundley or Santana

  8. Los locos says:
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    Nice article!

    Just a bench guy but should I hold EThier or pick GArcia or RIos. My gut says RIos he may get on a roll especially SBs

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Los locos: Thanks! I’d grab Rios

  9. SallyCips says:
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    So Cesar is stinking up my SS spot as of late (pre & post break). Here’s some guys I’m looking at as replacements: D.Espinoza, Segura, Aybar, Owings.

    Any of those guys tickle your fancy?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @SallyCips: I like Segura

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yeah, he was already on my team. Dropped about a month back. Might make a return. Thanks, Pantsman!

  10. David says:
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    Keeper league. Who would you rather have now and long term, Puig/Brantley or C. Gomez/M. Betts? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @David: Gomez and Betts but its pretty close.

  11. Douglas L. DeLorean III says:
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    Great write-up! Isn’t Schwarber going to be splitting playing time?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Douglas L. DeLorean III: Yes, but you are adding for upside here. If he excels, he will play more.

  12. Sherm says:
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    DP, Middle infidels here. Are you a Desmond believer? He’s there on the WW right now. He would replace S Castro or C Hernandez. Thankee.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Sherm: Not much to believe in at the moment. Stick with Castro

  13. RicoSuave says:
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    Great job Dan,
    What are your thoughts on Hahn? Is he droppable? I don’t have DL spots and already stashing Stanton…
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @RicoSuave: Yeah, you can probably drop Hahn if you dont have the DL spot.

  14. TJ says:
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    Trade K-Rod for Tanaka? I have Soria, Familia, and Osuna

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @TJ: Looks like you have saves to trade but I think Tanaka is a risky target, It’s a fair trade though.

  15. SF says:
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    12-team re-draft H2H, 7×7 with OBP and SLG, and QS, HLD, and K/9 (over Ks)

    Which would you rather have:
    A: Bruce, McCullers, Strop

    or

    B: Kendrys Morales, Longoria, Tyson Ross

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @SF: I’d take Morales, Lorgoria, Ross

  16. Brian says:
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    Scooter Gennett was dropped in my NL Only league. Is it worth dropping any of the following to pick him up? Don’t need him (have Wong and Flores),but he’d be a five dollar keeper next year.

    Will Venable ($5 keeper)
    Brandon Beachy (not keepable)
    Tony Cingrani (not keepable)
    Jamie Garcia (not keepable)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Brian: I’d hold

      • Brian says:
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        Thanks!

  17. Scott says:
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    Is Dyson / Orlando the new Davis / Gose?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scott: As a Dyson owner I hope not.

  18. C says:
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    My K. Morales and J. Motte for his K. Jansen. Thoughts? 12 team 6×6 redraft. I am 4/12 in Net Saves. Stolen is my main source and also have Osuna.

    • C says:
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      @C:

      Stolen should be Storen.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @C: If you don’t need Morales, sure.

  19. Slimbo says:
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    Have Martin grandal and schwarber in my 8 team keeper…would you be dropping grandal for Byrd or grichuk?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Slimbo: I’d want Grandal over Martin and Schwarber

      • Slimbo says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Thanks man

        Pineda droppable in a 8 team keeper? Have kluber bumgarner Zimmermann syndergard martinez matz and mcculers

  20. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper league

    C Perez
    1b pujols
    2b Gordon
    3b Seager
    Ss Flores
    Of jones
    Of marte
    Of Joc
    Ut abreu
    Ut Sano
    Bench Tomas
    Bench c. Seager
    SP scherzer
    Sp Arrieta
    Sp g. Richards
    Sp Teheran
    Sp verlander
    Sp Bauer
    RP tolleson
    RP Allen

    Got offered Lester and David peralta for marte and Teheran. Thinking of countering with either Lester and peralta for dee Gordon, Tomas and Teheran or Lester and Gardner for marte, Tomas, and Teheran. Would you do the original
    Offer or either of the two counters if you were me in a h2h points league…
    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Sange76: For you, I like the Lester/Gardner for Marte Tomas Teheran best.

      • Sange76 says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I tried but he’s sticking to Lester and peralta for marte and Teheran….h2h points with my lineup and rotation above…Zohar do you think?

        • Sange76 says:
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          @Sange76:

          Best autocorrect for “what” ever!

  21. osnam says:
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    Hey, great stuff. Would you drop Wieters for schwarber? Thanks.

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