Fantasy Baseball w/AJ Mass
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AJ Mass (10:58 AM)
Greetings once again gang. We're ready to take an hour of your fantasy Q's. I am not The Mole, but I may have the answers you seek. Let's get started.
Lets get the chase headley stuff out of the way...I picked him up off the wires. Trade him now during all this "The next babe ruth" hype? lol Or hold on to a good solid OF.
AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
I'd certainly shop him and see what you can get... especially since Jay Bruce was so gangbusters out of the gate, you'll probably be able to get great value for him. Headley will be good longterm, but will certainly struggle at some point... look at how Bruce has fallen off since his unbelievable start.
Fantasy football too? Westbrook/Jacobs or Portis/Barber?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
Certainly can start to talk football... the game is up on ESPN and our Fantasy Mag is on the newsstands... NFC East only league? LOL. I'm of the belief that Westbrook should get #1 consideration, so I'd go he and Jacobs, especially in a PPR.
Delmon Young droppable in 10-12 team mixed leagues? Seems like he has fallen out of favor with Twins management.
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Yes, he is droppable. Apart from the steals, which haven't been nearly as frequent as one would like, what has he done? You can certainly get a lot more power for your sub-.280 BA on the wire.
Omar Minaya (Flushing)
Not a fantasy question but what do you think of how I handled the Willie Randolph firing?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
I think it was really sad that you let him fly cross-country to do it. Not that the move was completely without merit, but it could have been done Sunday... or you wait until the team returns home.
LD ( Worcester, MA)
Recently had a problem in my fantasy baseball league.An owner dumped roster players to stock up on starting pitching and started to kill the opposition.The other owners are screaming foul and want him tabbbed as a cheater. What do you think?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
What's a legal roster? If he can make these pickups under the rules, then there's no problem. If he can't, then he's cheating. It's pretty straightforward, and there really isn't room for debate either way. What do your league rules say? This should not be up for debate.
Hudson @ Texas - Pitch or Ditch tonight?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
I'd ditch. Given the choice, I'd avoid facing that lineup, no matter who was on the hill.
Jurijens is available in my league, we have 12 managers, should i pick him up?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Jurjjens is certainly a solid pitching candidate in a 12-team league. Quite frankly, I'm surprised he's available.
Johan Santana (Flushing)
New pitching coach a cause for concern?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Please! Why would it be? I don't think coaches, in general, make a lick of difference after a certain level of development. For a young kid, sure. For a Cy Young vet like Santana? No.
Interesting trade proposal due to our league--would you trade Kinsler, Ellsbury, and Wood for Crawford, Carlos Lee, and Kendrick? Here's the kicker--we keep 3 players per year, and Crawford and Lee won't be eligible to be kept, while the rest of the players would be...
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
Not a deal I would make. I like the production I have from Ian and Jacoby, and if I expect them to contribute in the future as well. If I can't keep Carl and Lee, I'm not dealing unless I need HR really bad, and that's no guarantee either.
What warrants S Jackson ahead of Addai on the 200 rankings. His PPR and his ability to catch balls out of the backfield?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
I don't believe he is rated higher in the standard game... I think Addai is 4th and Jackson 5th... but if you are in a PPR league, then S-Jax should be higher.
I am really bad this year, is it ok for fantasy owners to drop me?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Really bad? No you're not. For missing a month due to injury, having 8 HR isn't that bad. More than say, J-Roll. OK, so you expected 30-30. I still think 20-20 is coming.
Dan (Philadelphia, PA)
Who gets more saves for the M's..Putz or Morrow?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
I still say Putz... mainly because those wins are few and far between and Morrow won't have a heck of a lot of chances to build up that total while Putz is hurt.
Neit ( NYC)
Edwin Encarnacion is a must add - true or false?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Not necessarily. If I have A-Rod and Chipper, he's not. If I have Scott Rolen, then I'd consider it.
I have a 16 man mixed leage should i keep Zimmerman, and V. Martinez or which one should i drop ?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
It depends on what you're dropping them for, of course, but I'd probably keep V-Mart and hope he can return and give me SOMETHING on my investment. The lack of depth at catcher makes me want to keep him and keep fingers crossed.
Is Andrew Miller worth picking up? I have a lot of bench bats that are good, but no much pitching?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
I like Miller's stuff, but he has yet to show me he knows how to locate it on a regular basis. Could be a WHIP killer, but he'll have a nice K output from time to time.
Rebecca (St Louis)
What happened to Nate Ravitz? Why doesn't he do chats anymore? I miss nate. :-(
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Download the podcast... and listen!
Just got offered Oswalt for Glaus !! Would you accept?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
Hitters an awful lot easier to replace than pitchers. I have to believe Roy will turn things around.
Carl Crawford Lite
If I could do Jacoby for Carl Crawford would you do it?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
All things being equal (no keeper issues) I would. Crawford has been underwhelming, and numbers aren't that far off from Ellsbury's.
Just lost Wang for the year (?)...been offered Hammels for C Lee...have Ludwick on the bench to spell C Lee...would you pull the trigger?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
Yes I would. I'm not a Hamels fan, but he's going to win games and get you K's. Ludwick is no Lee, but the dropoff is worth getting Cole.
What kind of numbers do you see for Jeff Clement for the rest of the year? Is he a better pickup than Headley?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
Clement's value will come from the fact he will most likely be eligible at catcher. For that alone, he's the better pickup. As for numbers, it's hard to project, because his role is still unclear... more time at catcher might actually hurt his output.
AJ, on your commish corner you ripped people for not having the ability to objectively look at "prospect for stud" trades... but here was the full trade: Crawford, guthrie, cook and napoli for haren zambrano, nathan, mauer and corey hart. Even you cant vouch for that trade can you?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
Haren? Zambrano? Nathan? Are those prospects? I don't think so. But at the same time, I find it hard to believe that a team with "all these studs" is in the cellar...
McLouth or Jay Bruce good enough to get Lackey in return?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Not in my book, but Bruce is the hot name right now, so you never know. I'd make the deal if I were getting Lackey... but not the other way around.
Not a Hamels fan? Why, pray tell?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Don't get me wrong... when he gets the curve over he is unhittable. But every time that lineup comes around for the third time, they start to catch up on the fastball. That's why inning 5 and 6 = solo home run party. It drives me nuts.
Victoria (Bishop, TX)
Of course you're not the mole - I am... Being from Texas, how do you see Schaub performing this year? If they both stay healthy, does he help make Andre Johnson a top 10 receiver?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
I think Andre is a top-10 on his own if he stays healthy. It's more that his health will make Schaub a top-10 QB than the other way around.
Barnes, Tulo question - will they both play fulltime when they return, and who will be the better player. I can pick up Barnes off waivers...and I can get Tulo for Street...I have O Cabrera at SS...trying to decide which route to take ...
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
I think they end up putting Barmes at 2B when they're both healthy. I'd definitely pick him off waivers. If you don't need a starter at SS, then why not take a chance that Tulo comes back 100% too? At worst, you'll have Barmes to insert at SS if all goes wrong there.
Chuck (Hershey, PA)
Rest of the season Cameron or Griffey, must drop one, last in steals and average
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
If Cameron's average can't hurt you, I'd keep him. He's at least more probable to get the PT every day, which should lead to more power numbers.
Nick (Santa Paula, CA)
I am in a 14 team mixed trying to decide between Jurrjens and Galarraga off hte FA wire - who do I choose?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Pretty close call. I think I'd go Jurrjens. I just like his maturity on the hill and I think he's only gotten better surrounded by the veteran staff on Atlanta.
I have Addai, Lynch, and Turner at RB in my keeper league...safe to drop Bush?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
I think Lynch's off-the-field concerns and the lack of experience as the man for Turner makes it "unsafe"... if you have to drop one, I might choose Turner.
Who do you like more in a TD ONLY Keeper League: Stewart or McFadden?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
I'd go with Stewart. I think he ends up more of a goal-line threat.
tyger (bettendorf, IA)
whos the better pickup, mike gonzalez or carlos marmol?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Marmol gets you everything you want in a relief pitcher... except saves. Gonzalez may or may not be the closer in ATL... so unless that's the sole reason for the pickup, I stick with Marmol.
JD (South Florida)
Through something strange, I have 4 catchers (VMart, Clement, Salty and Wieters) in a league where I only need two. Who would you sell?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
You're not going to get anything for V-Mart while he's hurt in all likelihood, and Wieters has yet to arrive. Clement gives you the best shot at a big return, but you kind of need both he and Salty for now, don't you?
Hey AJ, what do you think of Cueto the rest of the way? Should he be sent to the minors, or do you think he'll turn it around? Do you see him doing well against the Dodgers today at home?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Should he be sent to the minors? No. He's proven he has the potential to get major league hitters out... he just needs to be able to do it consistently. This team isn't going to the post-season in 2008. Let Bailey, Volquez and Cueto pitch a season in the bigs with no pressure and 2009 should be a lot brighter in Cincy. That said, he's a spot starter from here on out, but I'd let him go against LA.
Rob (State College)
AJ - Last chance to decide on a trade offer!! I'm in first place in a shallow roto league. I've been offered Arod for Utley. I can slot in Phillips at 2B (currently my UTIL). I've been playing Atkins at 3B, but he can go to UTIL if I pick up Arod. Basically, do I want to be playing Arod, Phillips, and Atkins, or do I want to be playing Utley, Phillips, and Atkins? If it helps, I need some help in runs and steals more than in HR or RBIs. Thanks!!
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
I'd stand pat. With Utley in that park in that lineup... I'd rather have him.
In a total points league who do you like better once they return, Keppinger or Barmes?
AJ Mass (12:03 PM)
Barmes. I just think he's more likely to continue the hot start.
Are you as down on Ian Stewart as the rest of the ESPN Fantasy Berry Bunch? He is swinging and missing a lot, but let?s not forget his age/new position and his ceiling ? or has it dropped that much so that he's not a strong consideration in a keeper league?
AJ Mass (12:05 PM)
It's not that... it's just Tulo is going to play when he returns and Barmes has done the job so far before his injury. It's all about opportunity, and I don't see Stewart getting it in 2008, once both guys return.
AJ Mass (12:06 PM)
Thanks gang! That's all the time I've got today... another chat comes along at 3pm and be sure to check out Playing With Numbers. Today we've got a tutorial on VORP. See you the next time, gang!