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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Good morning gang! It's Friday, and time for yet another sixty minutes of fantasy chattage. In my hand? The second cup of coffee, of course... who pray tell is up first?
Hope the coffee is kicking this morning....it is here. ROS- Carrasco or Morton?
AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
I don't think Charlie keeps it up... going with Carrasco.
Safe to drop Brett Anderson?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
Be careful you don't hurt your elbow while doing so, but yes. He'll be out minimum 2 months and most likely much longer.
Michael Pineda (Seattle)
I know I've been great, but as a keeper, would you rather have me or Chacin?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
This season, an IP limit may catch up to him, but for a keeper league, the sky is the limit for Pineda.
Todd (St Louis)
From a UTIL standpoint, would you rather have Hosmer, A. Gordon, or Rizzo ROS? Thanks AJ!
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Alex for me over the other two...
ROS Dunn, Uggla, Choo? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
S-S, Adam, Danny
Smoak or Moustakas ROS?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Go with the Moose.
How good of a starting pitcher should I be targeting in an Ethier trade?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
No less than Ricky Romero, Ogando, Pineda...
What's the latest on Tommy Hanson?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
Shoulder tendinitis and scratched for today... team says it's been bothering him for some time, but news came as a bit of a surprise. I would not be shocked if a 15-day DL trip is coming.
Morning AJ, How do you feel about Marcum in Boston today? HE has a good record against them, but hasn't faced them since they added 2 more significant lefties: Gonzo and Crawford.
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
That's what DN are for... he's my No. 4 -- probably would have been higher if not for the Boston bats being on fire...
In 12-team H2H, should I pick up Ackley? I currently use Zobrist at 2B, but I could move him to the OF and sit Johnny Damon.
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Ackley is a long-term guy, but I think he'll have little impact offensively in terms of fantasy value in 2011.
Damon or Dee Gordon?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
For now, I still like the Caveman.
What kind of numbers do you expect from Boesch from here on out? Do you value him more than Rizzo as a Util?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
I like all the young Tigers OF... Boesch included. Close to .290, some HR, lots of run production. More than Rizzo indeed.
So would you rather own Lawrie over Ackley when Lawrie gets the call?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Indeed I would, especially with the surrounding lineup and park.
Vlad Guerrero (Balty)
Do you drop me since I'm going to be riding pine with the no DH for NL home games, or keep me stashed since I've been semi productive?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
Depends on who is there on the WW, but generally speaking, I'm not waiting around for a return to AL parks, no.
Thougts on Niese? Hes been oustanding lately. Him or Humber ROS?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Humber for me... even with the lack of Ks.
Can you discuss John Lannan? Can he keep this up?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Not quite sure what *this* is... given the walks and BAA, I don't think he's much to speak of.
Trumbo or Maybin ROS?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Trumbo... Maybin has always felt like a Quad-A player to me.
E. Santana or B. Morrow ROS?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Santana's not winning much himself, so I go with Morrow and the live arm.
What do you think of Karstens? How is he ROS?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
The only Pittsburgh pitcher I like...
Cut Avila now that Mauer is back or is he worth keeping?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Absolutely worth keeping. Let's have Joe make it through a week of games, shall we?
When is your book getting published? Bruce's next hot streak starts when? Tell me its soon?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Huzzah for the plug opportunity! August 1. Pre-order now! http://www.amazon.com/How-Fantasy-Sports-Explains-World/dp/161608295X Bruce is going to slump for a time, but that's only because he was WAY over his head... overall, he'll be good to go soon.
Thoughts on Chris Nelson, Eduardo Sanchez and other less "sexy" young MIs?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Rockies hitters tend to be streaky, so you can certainly ride Nelson while he's hot. Eduardo Nunez is meh, but could get some counting stats given the support cast.
Do you think Hamels will be widely regarded as a top 5 pitcher soon? I'd like his trade value to increase and it would help if you guys were championing him more.
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
How's this. I do not like Cole Hamels. I never have. He's currently my No. 3 SP and if not for Doc, would be my favorite for Cy Young.
Sean D (Raleigh)
Is Johan Santana worth stashing in a 10 team mixed?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
No, unless you have THAT MANY free stash spots, it's not worth it.
Better AL stash: Brett Anderson or Kendrys Morales?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
I'd say Kendrys... Anderson has been so brittle and it's hard to put faith in yet another return.
What's a reasonable expectation for trading Aybar? Top 35 pitcher too much to ask for?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
Given the position he plays, if you find Jeter's owner sweating it, that's certainly possible.
I'd appreciate it if you guys "championed" Jayson Werth as a huge 2nd half player with Top 10 potential. Then I could easily sell him for someone who doesn't suck.
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
How's this. I do not like Jayson Werth. I never have... but he's no Cole Hamels. Sorry, Brent. You're on your own.
Finishes higher on player rater this year? Bautista or Kemp?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Kemp... those steals will tip the scales.
Zack Greinke thoughts. Love the Ks. Hate the ERA. Some bad luck, right?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
So very not concerned here...
Bourgeois...will he ever get the playing time, or is he a spot starter?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
He should get it... but it's clear that it's not going to be quick in the coming... so for now, he's unreliable.
just pre-ordered your book: Hard decision that I can't make, I need to drop one: Hosmer or Gaby Sanchez?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
Everyone do the Nando! Thanks! I think Gaby has an outside shot at 30 dingers... I'm sticking with him.
Pff, I just pre-ordered 25 AJ Mass books. Youk or Utley ROS?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Somehow I am skeptical, Brian... but I'll answer anyway... Both guys will be fine, but I'm rolling with Chase.
Ted (The Cubicle)
Do you think Scutaro and Lowrie are going to kill each other's fantasy value the rest of the season? I own Lowrie, but I suspect he didn't do enough during Scutaro's injury to take the job outright.
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
Lowrie has health issues of his own and may be on the shelf for some time... so this may end up being moot. Lowrie was never going to beat out Marco outright, because he's too valuable moving around.
Can J. Lucroy get back to his May numbers espeically in power? Is he worth starting everyday ROS?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
If my other option is Pierzynski, I take a shot with Lucroy's pop coming back.. but guys liek Ramon Hernandez and Carlos Ruiz are going to be better.
HAHA on Werth. Are there any guys you just won't own on principle? I own ARod and hate myself for it...
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
If that principle is I think they're lousy, then yes. If it's because they play for a team I hate or they're jerks, then no.
How Fantasy Sports Explains the World (Best Seller List [Soon])
I was offered Lind and League for Halladay in a 12-team keeper league. I need power and saves and I'm good in pitching, but I'm not sure I'm getting enough in a 5-keeper league. What do you think?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
If Chelsea Handler's dog can write a best-seller... you know? SMH. But anyway... I don't think you got enough back for THIS YEAR... forget about the future.
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Just to be clear, since several folks are asking... ROS or ROY means "rest of season (year)"
Jeff S. (Vermont)
So wait, you leave yourself on occasion rooting for players you hate, and teams you despise?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
If you don't, you likely won't win your fantasy league... but let's be clear - tie score and my closer is pitching against my favorite team, I'm pulling for a hit.
What type of pitcher does Neil Walker land in a trade?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
"Bruce is going to slump for a time, but that's only because he was WAY over his head" Isn't that a bit of gambler's fallacy?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
To think that a player has to slump because he's been hot is a fallacy. To think that a players simply lacks the skill set to maintain a hot streak is a horse of a different color.
How Fantasy Sports Explains the World (Atlanta)
Perhaps you just need Samuel L. Jackson to do a live reading from it. Am I crazy for thinking Lind might be the best Blue Jay ROS?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
And as a father, I have so BEEN there with the sleep! LOL! Lind will be terrific, but he's not Jose.
When is Crawford going to realize he is playing WAY below his head
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Bruce or J Upton, ROS? Thanks AJ!
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Just because I wanted to say something nice about Bruce... Jay.
Grandpa Seth (Nilbog, USA)
Have you ever seen Troll 2? I highly recommend it. I added Jake Peavy, dropped D. Holland. 14 team. What say you.
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Frighteningly enough, I have. Get it? Nilbog? That's goblin backwards... except it's supposed to be a troll. What a craptacular film! I think you did well my Gramps.
Is Kinsler's avg going to come back up or is he settling into what he really is?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Up some, but no higher than .260 for this year, I fear.
Please rank these cheap speedy MIs for me: Cassilla, A Escobar, D Gordon, J Weeks
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Weeks, Casilla, Dee, Alcides.
YES! I love when the gambler's fallacy arguments start!
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Then have I got a book for you...
What type of SP should I be targeting for Ryan Zimmerman? Fresh off the DL, not yet established...
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
But his reputation precedes him... you can easily get top 20 SP.
Wow, no respect for Juan Pierre at SS (aka Dee Gordon)???
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
I like him, just have some lingering concerns that if Furcal returns soon enough, the Dodgers sit him or send him down. (Showcase Furcal for trade, perhaps.)
AJ- Do you accept as valid the premise that it's ok to trade a superior player at a position where you have depth (OF) for a guy who fills a lineup spot that is literally empty (MI)
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Add the combined stats of both spots. If the deal increases that number, you do it.
David (New Rochelle, NY)
With Mark Teixeira's ba hovering around .250, my emailbox is filled with bids for him. Forgetiing need forthe moment, I feel his worth ros is near votto, crawford and reyes - what do you think?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Apart from the inclusion of Carl, I am with you.
Mike (San Diego)
You have to be diggin Scott Baker the strikeout maker tomorrow at the AL's version of Petco, right?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
DN not quite up yet, but when it is, you will see that I do indeed.
Mike (San Diego)
Better way to get a question answered: Mentioning your book, sucking up, or awful pun?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
I'd rank 'em PUN then BOOK. Nobody likes a suck up.
bear (the woods)
How does the gamblers fallacy directly apply to baseball, where so many external factors (more than say flipping a coin) apply? Seems Game Theory would be more applicable. Thanks.
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
Preaching to the choir, there, Bear.
Bedard or Volquez ROS?
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
Erik by a mile.
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
That's the whistle, gang... got to fly. However, the Twitter is there for those in the know. Until the next time, Happy Father's Day if you happen to be one... good luck, and may the odds be EVER in your favor!