Fantasy Sports w/Keith Lipscomb
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Keith Lipscomb (3:01 PM)
Hey y'all! We're on a major sunny streak here in Bristol. Let's chat.
Do I use my #1 waiver priority on Fuentes? My only closers are Nathan and Corpas. How do you see the Colorado situation playing out?
Keith Lipscomb (3:03 PM)
Hi Billy. I'm not sure who else is available in your league and all of that, but taking Fuentes should at least guarantee you all of the Rockies' saves. The way Hurdle handled this situation, it's hard to say how he'll handle things going forward, but Fuentes is obviously capable of doing the job since he has in the past. If he stumbles, I have no doubt that Corpas could get another shot, though.
Hey Kieth, I am worried about Rick Ankiel's struggles at the plate recently. I am in a deep league and am looking for options. Both Jason Kubel and Eric Hinske are available. Do i keep Ankiel and pray that he turns it around or get someone that will get more playing time.
Keith Lipscomb (3:04 PM)
Well, playing time's not an issue at the moment, Jay. I think you stick with Ankiel. He'll go through some streaks, but I like his power potential and think he could hit 25-30 homers this season.
Keith, would you move Smoltzy right now? EK seemed to allude to some concern over his neck/shoulder. Guy's leading the league in Ks going into last night, what kind of value can he net an owner?
Keith Lipscomb (3:06 PM)
It's always hard to move proven guys that are off to great starts, I know. But Smoltz's value won't get any higher, so if you get blown away by an offer, it's worth at least fielding it. But he's been very consistent and hasn't had an ERA over 3.49 since '94.
Who do you favor: Blanton or Lohse?
Keith Lipscomb (3:07 PM)
Blanton, because of his ability to pitch deep into games and the fact that Lohse has already started to come back to being himself again. Many Astros hit him well and I expect he'll have another rocky outing on Sunday. I go with Blanton.
I have Pierzynski and Doumit is a FA, is the upside worth a try, or is it just a hot streak for Doumit.
Keith Lipscomb (3:09 PM)
I like Doumit as a hitter, but I'm not convinced he'll necessarily outproduce Pierzynski this season. I think Pierzynski looks a lot better than last season, so I'd stick with him.
Jeff (Ottawa, Ontario)
Is Matt Stairs going to get fantasy relevent?
Keith Lipscomb (3:11 PM)
He gets on base, drives the ball still and isn't just a DH, so I think he's relevant right now.
Rob (New York)
Would you trade Gallargo for Soria or would you cross your fingers and try to drop Chard Cordero in favor of Brian Fuentes?
Keith Lipscomb (3:12 PM)
Use the fingers to cross them, not to click on "accept trade". Saves always come into the league, while young promising starters like Gallardo are much more scarce. Grab Fuentes and see how that works out.
Nick (Sioux Falls
With Cuddeyer coming back tom. who would you drop; hall, duncan, guthrie, meche, bannister, or E. santana???
Keith Lipscomb (3:14 PM)
Meche sure doesn't look so great so far, but I have to stick to my guns on him over Bannister at this point. I'm not sure if he's hurt or not, but he just looks terrible at the moment. I'm still waiting for Bannister to get hit...either way, it's between those two, but I would drop Bannister if this is a 5 x 5 ... and hope I'm right about Meche.
With the Big Hurt's new team, is he worth hanging on to? How long will his slump continue. What kind of numbers do you see him ended with?
Keith Lipscomb (3:17 PM)
I know Thomas is two years older, but in 2006 with these very same A's, he started off with almost identical numbers through his first 60 ABs...and he wound up with 39 HR and 114 RBI. I don't think he does that again, but I see no reason why he can't hit 25 homers and drive in 85-90, if he plays regularly as he is expected to. That team badly needs his power. Chase Utley has more homers than the A's do.
Buy low on Bonderman?
Keith Lipscomb (3:19 PM)
Well, he's definitely a buy-low candidate. My opinion on Bonderman has vastly changed since the start of last season. I'm not convinced he's 100% healthy. He's walking a ton of guys and just isn't the same pitcher he was at the start of '07, in my mind. You may be able to get him cheap, though, so it's worth exploring at least.
Hey Keith, if all else were equal would you rather Sizemore of Miggy T right now?
Keith Lipscomb (3:20 PM)
Sizemore still. I know Miggy's hot, but Sizemore offers the total package and he'll give you better overall numbers in 5x5 play by season's end.
Mark Reynolds or Conor Jackson? Keep in mind I need power pretty badly, but SB and RBI would also be quite nice.
Keith Lipscomb (3:21 PM)
No question Reynolds has more home run power, but I really like Jackson as a hitter and he's got more lineup security if/when Chad Tracy comes back to full strength. Neither guy is going to help you in SBs anyway, so Jackson's my guy there.
Hi Keith - who between Fuentes or Todd Jones would you rather have to round out your closers (Putz, Betancourt, Marmol)?
Keith Lipscomb (3:23 PM)
No question Jones' job is more secure, so if you want a second definite save guy, since Putz is your only one right now guaranteed to keep his job, Jones is the answer. Fuentes obviously has the ability to be a better option, but I still think Hurdle gives Corpas a chance to get his job back unless Fuentes is just lights out from the giddy up.
Blake Wilson (Nashville, TN)
Pure production standpoint... Frank Thomas or Michael Cuddyer?
Keith Lipscomb (3:25 PM)
I think Thomas for homers and RBIs...he won't score as many runs as Cuddyer and shouldn't hit for as high an average, either. But the average could be pretty close...close enough where it may not be a factor.
what are your projected numbers for ellsbury this year? do you think the power is legit? is expecting 40 stolen bases realistic?
Keith Lipscomb (3:27 PM)
I think Ellsbury is still learning, but he's awfully talented, isn't he? His power is not there yet, and while he's got great speed, I can't see a Red Sox player stealing 40...I think he could get you 12-15 homers and 25-30 steals, though.
Hi Keith - Phil Hughes just hit the waiver wire in my league, drop Wellemeyer to pick Hughes up? What's your take on these two?
Keith Lipscomb (3:28 PM)
I'm having a hard time buying Wellemeyer despite his early success. I think the homers will come back to bite him more often than they have so far. Hughes will have his peaks and valleys. Hey, he's still young, but I like him more than Wellemeyer and the Yankees will continue to put him out there every fifth day, so I'm not concerned about that.
Napoli and Mathis are both putting up great numbers so far, is either of them going to get a large enough share of the playing time to be worth starting as a #1 catcher?
Keith Lipscomb (3:31 PM)
No, I don't think either one is No. 1 catcher material. And don't be fooled by Mathis' average, either. That's coming down...and soon. Both can offer pop, but definitely backup catcher material on both accounts. They could split it up all season long.
Brad (South Boston, VA)
Help!!! Panicky owner dropped Cain in a 10 team league. Drop R. Hill, Lirano, Marcum or Billingsly for him?
Keith Lipscomb (3:34 PM)
I know Liriano has struggled, but I think you have to ride him out and reap the rewards in July and August, hopefully. I think I'd actually drop Billingsley, since his control concerns me.
Joe (alexandria, va)
Hi Keith, Dealing with a very deep league here. Picked up Werth when Victorino went down and am loving the guy, he just hit another bomb today... Is there anyway he keeps a decent amount of playing time w/ Shane coming back on the 29th?
Keith Lipscomb (3:35 PM)
I wouldn't say a decent amount, because his value lies with his ability to hit lefties well, which he did last season, and his versatility out there. He'll still play and in a deep league has value, but definitely not regularly.
Miguel (San Jose, Ca)
Hola Keith. It is time to rank the 1B men: Kotchman/Jacobs/Morneau
Keith Lipscomb (3:37 PM)
Morneau, Kotchman, Jacobs...close between 2nd and 3rd, but I like Kotchman's BA and the fact he's driving the ball more this season. Enough to make up the difference in home run power between him and Jacobs.
SAYS YOU TAKE ALL QUESTIONS BUT I CANT GET A FOOTBALL ONE ANSWERED...Keep Burner turner and lose 8th round pick or Brandon Jacobs and lose 4th round pick? Thanks
Keith Lipscomb (3:42 PM)
Sorry, Bill. Lots of questions come in and this is the first football one I've even seen on my screen. While I like Turner's ability, I don't like the Atlanta QB situation and teams will make them beat them through the air, if I had to guess. Meanwhile, Jacobs put up good numbers despite not playing a full season. I worry about how much run Jerious Norwood gets, too. I normally side with the higher pick, but I still have question marks about how the Atlanta offense will play out if I had to decide this moment. I'd go with Jacobs.
Charlie (Syracuse, NY)
Someone just dropped Kiroda in my 14 team league. Does he know something that I don't because his numbers certainly look servicable. Is he worth a waiver priority or am I better off saving it for the likes of the Scherzer's and Kershaw's of the world?
Keith Lipscomb (3:43 PM)
He's serviceable, definitely, but if you've got a good position and you don't have to have a guy like Kuroda, I'd wait and see if either of those youngsters comes up and jump on them instead.
Where does Conor Jackson rank in the Morneau, Kotchman, Jacobs list?
Keith Lipscomb (3:44 PM)
I'd put him just behind Morneau, only because of the HR and RBI upside Morneau brings.
Quick question in a head to head league do I start Gorzelanny tonight? The ratios are close, but I could use a win.
Keith Lipscomb (3:46 PM)
It's hard to recommend Gorzo right now, the way he's pitching. You have to decide if it's worth possibly losing WHIP because of a bad outing just for the CHANCE at a victory (which is no guarantee since he's struggled). If I had to decide, I'd pass and remain close in WHIP.
I have Matt Kemp but Andre Ethier just became available. Which Dodger outfielder should I have on my team?
Keith Lipscomb (3:46 PM)
I'd hang with Kemp, because I expect the cream to rise to the top in this situation. It's going to be rocky as long as all four of those OFs remain healthy, though.
We all know Morneau is better than Kotchman, Jacobs, Jackson etc. Now for a real question, do you drop the often hurt Big Unit for Volquez?
Keith Lipscomb (3:49 PM)
I wouldn't just yet, Jason. While you know Johnson's back could go out on him at any time, he's still capable of putting up big strikeout totals and I expect him to settle in here in the next week or two as he logs more innings. Volquez hasn't been extremely efficient and will likely experience a few rough ones coming up, too.
Matt (Tampa, FL)
And the opposite...Is Volquez droppable to bring Bedard off the DL? I have a roster dilemma obviously with Volquez pitching so well.
Keith Lipscomb (3:50 PM)
I'm not sure which other pitchers you've got, Matt, but you've got to pitch Bedard every time out. Simple as that.
Hello Mr. Lipscomb - Please evaluate Ted Lilly from a fantasy perspective. Christopher Harris ranked him 43 in his Sixty Feet, Six Inches column. Do you share his apparent optimism that Lilly will rebound and have a productive season?
Keith Lipscomb (3:51 PM)
Yes, I do Doug. I think Lilly's much more comfortable in his skin nowadays and he is able to better adjust to poor outings and/or stretches. I have him one of my teams and I'm waiting patiently.
Can I get a quick lightning round answer to Suzuki or R. Hernandez. Thanks!
Keith Lipscomb (3:53 PM)
Yes you can, Walker! I still like Hernandez much more. I expect him to come around.
Billy (Sioux Falls)
What's your projection on Ryan Church for the rest of the year? Can he stay close to his current production? Thanks!
Keith Lipscomb (3:55 PM)
Well, he definitely will see his average come down to the .280 range, but I do see him continuing to drive in runs and he could hit 15-18 homers and knock in 75.
Robert (Miami, FL)
Last year's MVP might have a broken ankle. Don't you think this question should be addressed??????
Keith Lipscomb (3:57 PM)
I've read the same reports you've read, Robert, but until someone here at ESPN confirms or denies them -- and they still haven't yet -- I'm going to remain quiet on that front.
Keith Lipscomb (3:58 PM)
But there's no doubt that anyone that saw him in his final pinch-hitting attempt knows he's pretty hurt and didn't look even close to ready to play the field. I'd be a little concerned either way.
Dustin McGowan or Brian Bannister?
Keith Lipscomb (3:58 PM)
McGowan..not too close for me.
Projections for Thome the rest of the year? You think he'll stay healthy? Should I trade him for Brett Myers?
Keith Lipscomb (4:00 PM)
Always hard to project health, ya know, but I'm sure Thome will still provide the power numbers, even if the average drops into the .260s...and Myers is a guy you know what you're getting as well. I have no idea about the rest of your team, but if you need an upgrade on the staff, Myers is a pretty steady option.
Planning ahead. Should I grab Adam Jones or Jay Bruce for OF depth as the season chugs along.
Keith Lipscomb (4:01 PM)
I really like Bruce and even though Jones is already up and playing, I'd take Bruce if you're just trying to shore things up. That CF picture in Cincy isn't pretty right now.
I'm behind in saves, but through drafts and free agency I have Ryan, Betancourt (w Borowski on my D/L), and Fuentes, with Pena and Bell as reserves...should I do well enough in saves to finish middle of the pack?
Keith Lipscomb (4:02 PM)
If Fuentes holds onto the job and Ryan remains healthy, no doubt. You'll have the saves in Cleveland either way, too. Things could work out just fine despite your slow start.
Keith Lipscomb (4:03 PM)
All right, that's all the time I've got today. Thanks for the questions and I'll see you next week!