In a time long ago, when men were men and athletes freely used performance enhancing drugs to little or no consequences, there was a gameshow. A show that celebrated such athletes both male and female, athletes that invested their time, money, and focus into becoming the most gargantuan human beings they could become. On this show they matched average everyday sclubbs against these well built steroid fueled warriors in feats of strength and agility. What is this show pray-tell? Well of course it’s a little show called American Gladiators. Ever heard of it? No young-ins, I’m not talking about that gross bastardization of a program that was on 7-8 years ago, I’m talking the genuine article. The flag waving, patriotic leotard rocking, testosterone train ride, where the women had high hair and the type of muscles that would have you asking them to open the olive jar. The early 90’s were a simpler time friends.

 

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In the spirit of the Pros vs Joes competition of American Gladiators we have a roster of extremes with two start pitchers this week. A bountiful cornucopia of aces and an overflowing toilet of crap. And we the collective delegation of the fantasy baseball world are left to sift through the rubble to uncover two-start double dipping gold. Come with me on a journey of self exploration, and the best part is you don’t even have to leave your couch. Why are you unzipping your pants? Uhhhh what’s with the baby oil? This just got weird…I was getting poetic and you prepared to masterbate…we do have female readers you know. What? Tell me more about them? Okay I’m leaving…

 

Breakthrough and Conquer – This is the top tier and it’s filled to the brim this week with lots of ace level arms. Starting us off is reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw as he looks to regain top form in home starts vs San Fran and Arizona. There’s no need to panic especially when you factor in his 1.93 xFIP. Clayton gon’ Clayton, don’t worry. Johnny Cueto’s matchups this week have me salivating, as he’s home vs Milwaukee and at the Braves. While Mad Max is at Atlanta and at the Mets. I know Amazing is in great form at the moment, but are you going to bet on that lineup vs a king like Scherzer? Love David Price to rebound after getting his shorts run up the flag pole vs the Yanks on Wednesday. He’s at Minnesota and at the Royals. Sale, Kluber, and Mad-Bum all have a little bit of good start-bad start this week. So keep your expectations in check. The real elephant in the room/tier is Sonny Gray. Sorry guys but I believe. I know the 6.04 K/9 isn’t sexy and the 3.81 xFIP is a red flag, but he keeps the ball in the ballpark and has cut down on the walks. Daddy likey! On face value both the Angels and Rangers sound like tough matchups. The truth is it’s all reputation from a time gone by, they’re both in the bottom third of team wRC+ and wOBA.

Clayton Kershaw, LAD: (vs. SF, vs. Ari); Johnny Cueto, CIN, (vs. MIL, @ATL); Max Scherzer, WAS: (@ATL, @NYM); Chris Sale, CWS: (@BAL, @MIN); David Price, DET: (@MIN, @KC); Corey Kluber, CLE: (vs. KC, vs. TOR); Madison Bumgarner, SF: (@LAD, vs. LAA); Sonny Gray, OAK: (vs. LAA, @TEX).

 

Powerball – This tier is made up of those just a tick below ace level, and this week that says a lot because we’re loaded with ace level double dippers. Headlining this tier is Jeff Samardzija, whether he faces suspension for his involvement in the Yordano inspired Royals-Sox Brawl from Thursday night remains to be seen (as of writing this). Shark has ace type stuff but a date with the O’s in Baltimore has me a little nervy, while the visit to Target to face the Twinkies looks delicious. Speaking of Yordano “the hottie” Ventura he’s “scheduled” to go twice, but there’s about as much chance he avoids suspension as there is Tehol avoids referencing GoT or G-Unit in his next post. BTW follow Tehol on Twitter probably the best Razzball account to follow IMHO. Michael Wacha has been lights out and he gets two great home matchups with Philly and the Pirates, who aren’t hitting much for what it’s worth. Jake Odorizzi is dealing of late, with all that’s been written about Chris Archer (no matter how justified) “Eggs” is right there.

Jeff Samardzija, CWS: (@BAL, @MIN); James Shields, SD: (vs. Hou, vs. COL); Michael Wacha, STL: (vs. PHI, vs. PIT); Collin McHugh, HOU: (@SD, vs. SEA); Yordano Ventura, KC: (@CLE, vs. DET); Anibal Sanchez, DET: (@MIN, @KC); Jake Odorizzi, TB: (@NYY, @BAL); Doug Fister, WAS: (@ATL, @NYM).

 

Joust/ GauntletCole Hamels has been pretty gnarly so far this term, just look at the HR/9 of 2.63. Pair that with a puke inducing BB/9 of 4.50 and you should be running for the hills. The K’s are still there (8.63 k/9) though, so it’s not all blood on the walls and bodies on the floor. Lets hope he can get right against the Cards and Marlins this week. Otherwise Hamels may end up in that awkward place between love and hate. That’s on your bench where you don’t trust him but want to. This tier is otherwise full of guys that you own but don’t trust. Pitchers like Julio Teheran, Jeff Weaver, and Ubaldo Jimenez. Speaking of Ubaldo I have no idea what to make of him. He has a 2.30 ERA and a .89 WHIP but a single quality start in 3 turns. His 4.02 BB/9, 1.15 HR/9, and 4.20 FIP scream regression. The gem of this tier is Jimmy Nelson, he’s pitched great. I was close to pushing him up into the previous tier but it doesn’t feel right just yet. Let’s wait a week before we crown him.

Jimmy Nelson, MIL: (@CIN, @CHC); Cole Hamels, PHI: (@STL, @MIA); Julio Teheran, ATL: (vs. WAS, vs. CIN); John Lackey, STL: (vs. PHI, vs. PIT); Jered Weaver, LAA: (@OAK, @SF); Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL: (vs. CWS, vs. TB): Drew Hutchison, TOR: (@BOS, @CLE); Homer Bailey, CIN: (vs. MIL, @ATL).

 

AssaultJoe Kelly hurts my head, he always seems on the cusp of joining the elite. His stuff is Nasty with a capital N. Then he has a meltdown like he did on Wednesday in Tampa and I lose all faith in him. He was cruising against the Rays and just fell apart in the 6th. He pitches Monday’s game vs. the Blue Jays at Fenway. This is a game of note in the Lifshitz household as it will be my 4 year old son’s first Big League game at “The Fens”. Word is he’s starting in Right….Taijuan Walker’s last start vs the ‘Stros wasn’t horrible but he still has control issues. He gets the Rangers to start the week and then faces the Astros again. The most interesting name in this tier from a streaming perspective is Chase Anderson of Arizona. Grey spoke about him early last week and I’m feeling him this week and rest of season. There’s a lot to like in his 8.00 K/9, 2.00 BB/9, and .50 HR/9. J.A. Happ is another stream worthy double dipper this week, he’s quietly put together a nice season. So far he’s gotten into the 7th in each of his starts and is yet to give up more than 2 earned runs. You’re not streaming him for K’s though, this is a straight ratio play.

Chase Anderson, ARI: (vs. COL, @LAD); Joe Kelly, BOS: (vs. TOR, vs. NYY); Yovani Gallardo, TEX: (vs. SEA, vs. OAK); Taijuan Walker, SEA: (@TEX, @HOU); J.A. Happ, SEA: (@TEX, @HOU); Jason Hammel, CHC: (vs. PIT, vs. MIL), Jarred Cosart, MIA: (vs. NYM, vs. PHI); Aaron Sanchez, Tor: (@BOS, @CLE), Tommy Milone, MIN: (vs. DET, vs. CWS).

 

Whiplash – Good luck if you’re starting these mutants….

Dillon Gee, NYM: (@MIA, vs. WAS); Nathan Karns, TB: (@NYY, @BAL); Vance Worley, PIT: (@CHC, @STL); T.J. House, CLE: (vs. KC, vs. TOR); Adam Warren, NYY: (vs. TB, @BOS), Kyle Kendrick, COL: (@ARI, @SD); Jeremy Guthrie, KC: (@CLE, vs. DET); Mike Pelfrey, MIN: (vs. DET, vs. CHW), Roberto Hernandez, HOU: (@SD, vs, SEA): Eric Stults, ATL: (vs. WAS, vs. CIN).

Remember these starters are subject to change. If anyone was missed or gets pushed back/moved up drop me a line in the comments and I’ll Rank ‘Em.

 

 

 
  1. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Looks like Yordano is suspended for 7 and Sale and Shark for 5. No idea if they’ll appeal and if sentences will be reduced.

    • A Jackson says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: apparently both Shark and Ventura (et al) are appealing. Does that mean the process should take any suspensions into at least week 5? I’m not familiar with the common timeline here, but I can’t imagine that they’ll appeal on, say, Monday and have a decision handed down before the week is out.

      All this is to say, if you had Samardzija and Ventura, would you pull the trigger?

      • A Jackson says:
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        @A Jackson: Today’s ppd game might push Ventura back to Wednesday anyway, so take note, y’all.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @A Jackson: I bet Shark gets it reduced and gets both in. The Royals game being postponed today and his antics against the A’s almost guarantees he doesn’t see two starts, but I thought as much.

  2. Tehol Beddict says:
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    I am honored by your kind words, King Ralph. They may be true, but I am too humble to except such high praise…… #Gunit

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tehol Beddict: Tehol the Great you are truly humble and always welcome in my kingdom.

  3. Uncle Red says:
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    Hutchinson over McCarthy or Liriano?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Uncle Red: Nope neither, Hutch hasn’t looked good. I don’t trust him until he strings together two good starts.

      • Zeus says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: ralphb Google lace from American gladiators. Total jerk worthy

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Zeus: Ohhh I am aware, I am very aware.

  4. Zeus says:
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    I recall getting my underage self getting the playboy with Lace in it. Definitely the start of a larger right than left forearm.

    Ah the days before Internet porn when one worn copy of playboy could get you by instead of waiting at night for the magic of SSC and N appearing before a Cinemax or showtime movie starring Shannon Tweed.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Zeus: Seriously! Now I need a little person in the room and a leather pig mask just to get off….

  5. Bobby says:
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    On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest how much better of a keeper would you say Carlos Carrasco is than Colin McHugh. Just trying to figure out if I should be aggressive in upgrading McHugh for Carrasco through a trade.

    • Travis says:
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      @Bobby: 3

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bobby: 7 and that’s my final answer. McHugh is good but Carrasco is ace level ish. He has 18 K’s in 11 1/3 innings with a whip of .88. That’s gangsta!

  6. Oranje says:
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    The only 2-start pitchers on my team this week are Fister and Nelson. In order to start them I need to sit 2 of the following: Archer, Arrieta, Liriano, and/or Salazar. Given the choice of these 6 pitchers, which 4 would you start? The other two starters who I will not sit are Greinke and Strasburg, but even the other four 1-start pitchers I mentioned can put up great stats in one game. Who to start?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oranje: I would sit Salazar for Nelson. I don’t love Salazar against the Royals, good team and they don’t strike out much.

      • Oranje says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks. Do I start Fister over Liriano, Archer, or Arrieta? I am thinking Liriano sits but unsure…thoughts?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Oranje: No I’d start all of them over Fister.

  7. David says:
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    Tonight is claim night. I am thinking of picking up another starting pitcher. Should I put a claim on
    Anthony DeSclafani or Jimmy Nelson?

    DeSclafani has slightly better numbers, but pitches in a band box. Jimmy Nelson has the new pitch the curveball going for him. To be honest I would like to see a couple more starts by these two, but if I don’t make a move now they won’t be available next week. So which one would you select and trust more long-term? DeSclafani or Nelson?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: I like Jimmy Nelson of the two especially if you factor in this week.

  8. Jabroni says:
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    Hey Ralph!

    Which two start pitcher are you adding to stream this week:

    – john lackey (vs philly & Cole hamels & vs pirates & liriano.)

    – Jimmy Nelson (@ cincy & cueto , & start 2 @ cubbies & Jason hammel.)

    – Jason hammel (vs pirates & Vance Worley start 2 vs Jimmy Nelson & Brewers

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jabroni: Jimmy!

  9. Liz says:
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    Add axford or ziegler

    Drop Paxton, travis wood, archie for chase Anderson, rubby de la Rosa, jorge de la Rosa

    • Liz says:
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      @Liz: Joe kelly

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Liz: Drop Jorge of the Roses.

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: he’s asking to drop one of the first three for any of the last 3. only possible is dropping archie for anderson.

  10. Franky G. says:
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    whips are tied at 1.23 start carrasco tomorrow he doesn’t have anyone?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Franky G.: Tough call, I like Carrasco and actually mention him later today in my DraftKings post, but WHIP’s are tricky. Depends how much of a gambler you are. If you’re fine taking the tie then sit Carrasco, if you want the win them go for the gold fam.

  11. Ante GALIC says:
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    Ralph!!!

    How are you? Great write-up, man! Hope all is well in the 3H territory – health, heart and happiness.

    a. Am afraid of starting Odorizzi with two road starts. Especially if he grooves one to Big Tex the way he’s playing. What makes you think he’s so good?

    b. Ventura? Will wait until tomorrow to hear the official word on IF he gets two starts and IF he appeals the decision.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ante GALIC: Galic all is well here, wishing the same to you in the 3H department.

      I like Odorizzi because he’s been nearly in hitable through 4 starts. He’s been inducing a lot more ground balls and I think it has everything to do with the introduction of his new pitch the cut fastball. The results speak for themselves 1.63 ERA, .73 whip. He also is yet to allow a homer, that was an issue last year.

      I’d wait and see on Ventura but he’s missing one start for sure I would imagine.

  12. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Wainwright looks like he tore his Achilles batting last night, and he’s probably done for the year. Damnit, there goes one of the two starting pitchers I drafted on my RCL team!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @A Hill O’ Beans: RCL’s starting pitchers? Are we talking about starters in RCL’s? Lol just stream those leagues are all about good RP’s and streaming hitters and starters.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: That’s why I only drafted two, lol. I like to have two solid front of the rotation guys then a whole pile of relievers so I can stream starting pitchers……and bats for travel days……and middle relievers…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @A Hill O’ Beans: Go pickup Chase Anderson if he’s available.

          • A Hill O' Beans says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: You like Chase? I’m not entirely sure he’s good enough for me to hold between starts, or were you just thinking of his next one? With Bautista hurt, and until I hear official news on Waino, I’ve got two spots locked up, but I don’t think Chase goes till Monday so…

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @A Hill O’ Beans: I like Chase this week, sort it out from there. Two good starts this week and he’s probably available.

              • A Hill O' Beans says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: What are your thoughts on deGrom ROS Ralph?

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @A Hill O’ Beans: Probably a solid fantasy 4th starter.

                  • A Hill O' Beans says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: Wow a #4 eh? Most around here seem to have him closer to a top 20 SP than top 40. Good park, good division, solid last year. You don’t trust him yet? I mean its not like his numbers in the bigs last year were better than any year he ever had in the minors. What’s that? Other than an age 24 season in A ball they were? Oh…

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @A Hill O’ Beans: Yeah he’s good don’t get me wrong but top 20 is too high. Maybe he’s a 3 I just drafted him mostly as a four.

                    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                      @A Hill O’ Beans: he was ranked 32nd SP. but if anybody has degrom as their 4th they had to draft SP very early, at least in yahoo, as his ADP wasn’t late enough to build a Grey type team while also having him as a 4th.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @A Hill O’ Beans: He was drafted as a 2 but I don’t think that’s what he is.

  13. Rich says:
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    You’re a bonehead drafting wainwright dude! I mean WTF

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rich: I’m in head to head league with a bunch of goons and some guy took Wainwright at 40. Then called him a steal. When I pointed out that he passed on Kluber and a bunch of other better SP’s he turned it into a personal blood feud. Guy has literally posted after every Waino start….He didn’t post last night LOL!

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      @Rich: Yeah clearly I should have known he would injure himself while batting. I mean, if only I’d listened to all the experts that pointed out how he was more likely to tear his ACL running to first base than other pitchers, right?

      For the record, a guy like Kluber went 30 picks before I took Wainwright.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @A Hill O’ Beans: Yeah I have no issue with you having Wainwright and assumed you didn’t take him in the early 4th round. I don’t like that he’s taken as I high as he is on previous performance when the K rate has been dropping for awhile.

        • A Hill O' Beans says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah not even close to that. This was a Razzball league so nobody wanted to touch him. There comes a point where he turns into a value pick, even with the declining K rate and questions about his elbow.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Ralph Lifshitz: Sounds like all the league’s where I took Posey in the 6th round haha. Thanks Grey!

              • A Hill O' Beans says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, you gotta love the group think thing sometimes, haha.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @A Hill O’ Beans: Yup RCL’s are Grey’s kingdom and his fiefs line the hills

                  • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: Ralph, you should ask that guy to post again, say you and the leaguemates miss having him rub his insight into your heads. In SON Fiers still being listed as 97% owned yesterday, so I doubt the in game playing of RCL’s have much to do with Grey, he’s said to drop Fiers for a while now in 12 teamers.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Crapshoot Kershaw: I think there’s more of an impact on draft season

  14. val says:
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    Would you deal C Gomez for King Felix? Redraft league

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @val: what’s the format? If it’s Roto probably, in head to head no.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @val: I’d hold on Car-Go he’ll be back in a week or so.

  15. Robert says:
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    ROS: Anibal Sanchez, Chase Anderson, Pineda?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: I like Pineda out of that group

  16. Adam says:
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    Salazar or Jimmy Nelson ROS??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: I like Jimmy Nelson a little bit more. I need to see the control stay for Salazar before I go all in. It’s very close and Salazar has the higher ceiling.

  17. Adam says:
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    Napoli or Dozier at utility spot ROS?
    10 team standard

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: Dozier, similar power and BA, the edge is the steals and run potential. Plus 2b is very shallow compared to 1b.

  18. Ben says:
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    Ralph – I was a contestant on AG “live” tour 1991. Won the show in St. Louis. Nitro, Laser, Gemini, Thunder, Tower… Beat Gemini up the wall, got Nitro out of the conquer circle, but got waylaid by Thunder in Joust. Cust sayin’…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ben: That’s awesome! A God amongst us. I loved that show as a kid.

  19. Jake says:
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    B. Anderson or McHugh for Wins only?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jake: McHugh, I’d be shocked if Anderson finishes the season with 20 starts.

  20. fersh prince says:
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    pickup Chase Anderson for CC? I’m torn after the Mets start. Also have fiers, norris on the fringe. Norris less so after last start. Fiers 6k/0 er today but 11 baserunners in 4ip.. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @fersh prince: I’d go Norris as the drop, when I hear “dead arm” I run. Mostly because death scares me.

  21. Greyson12 says:
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    With Lincecum now going twice which tier would you rank him? Would you roll with Lincecum over chase andersonif you had the choice?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Greyson12: I’d rank him joust tier in front of Lackey just behind Teheran. He’s been pretty good. Don’t love the walk rate but he’s getting outa and the .292 BABIP tells me he’s not getting lucky.

  22. jon says:
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    So below is my 10-team Roto staff. Our categories are ERA, WHIP, QS, K/9, SV, IP.

    Kershaw, Carrasco, Richards, Bauer, Hutchison, Salazar, Greene

    The goal was to build a strong foundation with lots of upside at the back end. So far it hasn’t gone great, but it still very early.

    My questions is: with QS and IP as cats in such a shallow league, does it make sense to cast off some of these inconsistent young guys (Hutchison, Greene) and replace them with boring vets who will just get QS and IP. My options there include Dickey, Burnett, Colon, Weaver, Simon.

    In a shallow league I wanted to go for upside since vets will always be there, but I’m wondering if I went a little overboard.

    Thanks for the input!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @jon: I don’t see anything wrong with moving away from Hutch for a one of those vets, with the exception of Dickey. Greene I would give another couple of starts. If you’re looking at more blow ups the.n cut bait.

  23. joeg414 says:
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    Cut Pomeranz for Hammel ? 6×6 daily roto.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @joeg414: Sure why not the numbers say Hammel will get right.

  24. Ralph says:
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    Losing Waino. Who do I add?

    Joe Kelly
    T wood
    Jesse Chavez
    Chase Anderson

    Are the best available.

    We use k/9, QS, and IP in addition to ERA, WHIP and Saves.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ralph: I like Chase Anderson…

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Ralph: wow, i asked Grey this exact same question but in light of dropping greene not waino. interesting, same league specs too.

  25. Chris says:
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    H2H Points League……Chase Anderson is available. I would be dropping Shoemaker. He was garbage last time out but for some reason I have a feeling that he will pitch decent and win his share of games for that team. Am I dreaming? Gray is not big on him anymore. Should I drop him for Chase Anderson? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: Yeah go grab Anderson, I’m worried about Shoemaker too. His 2nd half might have been an outlier.

  26. PhrasingBackInTheMix says:
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    Hey Ralph, H2H points league, 2.5 pts per IP and 5 points per win/save (rest standard)

    1) For my last SP slot, would you go Chase Anderson (x2), Greene vs Min, or Richards @ Oak?

    2) I’ve been using Alex Wood, Carlos Martinez and Grilli and my RP slots. I have a chance to pick up Soria. Would you just swap in Soria for Grilli? Or would you move Alex Wood into the last slot as mentioned above and go with both closers?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PhrasingBackInTheMix: I’d go Anderson, get Soria and swap him in for Grilli.

  27. Re-Pete says:
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    I need to start three of the following: Shelby Miller, Danny Salazar, Michael Pineda, Ian Kennedy, Taijuan Walker. Maybe Miller/Pineda plus risk a 2-start Walker? I might need the extra start this week (H2H points league, my opponent is starting three 2-start guys). Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Re-Pete: I’d go Pineda, Miller, and chance Walker. I’m a little weary of Salazar this week against a KC lineup that rarely strikes out, and Kennedy vs. Colorado, even if it’s in SD, is sort of meh. Walker has two + opponents in Tex and Hou, albeit road starts. Maybe he builds off of the last start and grabs you some points.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, that’s what I’ll do. I will attempt to not watch the Walker starts.

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