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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning, gang! Sixty minutes, two cups of coffee... you all know the drill. Who's going to kick things off today?
Utley or Gyorko ROS
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Gyorko just suffered a minor setback in rehab assignment that may push his return date back a few days. I do like him a bit more the rest of the way, but he has to get back first.
What should we do with Cespedes? better times ahead or just too much hype?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
I never bought into the hype all that much. As impressive as his first year was, I don't see a lot of growth going forward.
Lucroy or Wieters ROS?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
Put me in Camp Lucroy.
Do you like J.Lyles, Nolasco, or Jimenez they have all been impressive lately?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Don't like Jimenez at all... Nolasco has been impressive to me, and I'm interested to see where he ends up, as he's going to be moving soon. LA likely.
Castro vs. Rollins. Who ya got???
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
I think you have to stay course with Castro and hope for the best. Rollins has been better, but upside tips the scales.
Napoli hasn't done much since April. Do you prefer him or the other AJ?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Coin toss, really. Probably stick with Napoli.
SS Battle (The Thunderdome)
Aybar has been heating up - Him or JJ Hardy ROS?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
I'll go Hardy.
David (Daytona Beach,Fla.)
AJ you think Gallardo or C.Lee will be traded at deadline?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
Phillies in a strange place right now... not close enough to be buyers, but not far out enough to be sellers. I think Lee goes if they decide to look to 2014, but right now - they still think they're in good place to challenge for WC. Gallardo, I think, is going to go.
If you could trade Albert Pujols and say maybe a Gerrit Cole for Prince Fielder would you pull the trigger?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Not really. I don't the upgrade is big enough for my tastes.
Andrew (Steamboat CO)
Dickey with a great outing and read an article out of Toronto that he finally has increased the speed on his "Fast" knuckleball. Buy low candidate for teams with pitching holes or still too inconsistent to trust?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Given the risk/reward - no reason not to buy low here. Sure, he's still too inconsistent to trust - but that's what buying low is - you don't have to trust him at a discounted rate.
EY JR worth a look playing every day and hitting leadoff?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Riding the hot streak is fine. I don't have a ton of confidence it keeps up. Cowgill and Ankiel looked good for a week, too.
What happens with Haren's rotation spot? Do they roll with the Big Windup - Ohlendorf, do they spring for another free agent starter, or does Haren return from his fake injury in a few weeks?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Team is probably going to call up Taylor Jordan for Saturday. See how that goes and take it from there.
Cueto or Ervin Santana ROS?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Short-term, Santana. Entire rest of the way, have to lean Cueto.
Last rotation spot -- Lackey or Wheeler? That is to say, Proven then Disproven then Reproven, or just Unproven?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Right now, I'd have to go with Lackey. If it's true that Wheeler is tipping pitches and they can fix it quickly, then there's a ton of promise there - but unproven is exactly the right word.
Keith (Raleigh, NC)
Prado, Victorino, and the surprising Ibanez... who is the best option ROY?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
I don't buy Ibanez entirely, but I'd be willing to have him in my lineup at a lesser cost and spend roster capital elsewhere.
Im 2nd in era and second to last in Whip in a 12 team roto. Whats the best way to fix this?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Look to the guys with the worst BB/9 and try to upgrade. That kind of disparity lends itself more to you having been lucky than having a solid staff.
thoughts on Hamels?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
I think the losing is getting inside his head. Not anywhere near as bad as the record, but streaming only at this point.
Any insight into your daily notes for tomorrow? Nolasco, Quintana, Santiago or Williams tomorrow?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Really like Santiago, esp. with the Cleveland SP situation he's up against. Other three middle of pack.
Where do Bartolo and Wood rank tomorrow?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Wood -5, Bartolo - 9
Mark (Bellefonte, PA)
With LaRoche on the waiver wire, drop either Dunn or Reynolds for him? All three seem like very similar players.
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Totally agree with that assessment, and so, if we play by Monty Hall rules, you make the switch. Reynolds can go.
Who do you think pitches better ROS...Matt Moore or Dickey? Can't trust either of them right now, but...
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Dickey has better upside.
Bob (Chino Hills CA)
What do you see for Leonys Martin ROS?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
.275 and a few steals. Nothing special.
Do you still consider Verlander a must start each time out?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
Still top 25, so yes. But, yeah, we're getting close to thinking about it.
doseofsoul (myrtle beach)
hey aj....long time no hear....HanRam or Machado ROS? Thanks
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
HanRam, if we assume he doesn't need another trip to the DL.
Ben Revere or Colby Rasmus at CF in a weekly, roto league?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
Colby for me.
Starting M Perez tomorrow? Should he even be owned in a 10 teamer?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
No problem with him being owned, but also no problem with him being the first to go in a pinch.
I dont care what slumps Verlander and Hamels are in, Really? close to thinking about streaming both? Really?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
At some point, Jeff, you need to take the name off the back of the uniform and look at the stats. When you have half a season of an ERA around 4.00 and a WHIP around 1.40, and you say you won't THINK about it? That's when you say "Really?"
AJ - appreciate the job you do for us as fantasy loyalists...but here's my 2 cents: The advice you gave a few questions ago - ranking HanRam ahead of Machado with the assumption "he doesn't need another trip to the DL" - is worthless. Anyone in this chat knows HanRam is an injury risk. If doseofsoul knew both HanRam and Machado were locks to stay healthy ROS, I don't think he would've asked the question. So please consider this moving forward and try to answer questions w/ a little more foresight. Thanks
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
I appreciate the comment, Mark. I've been doing this a long time - and if I didn't mention that my answer was factoring in HanRam's fragility, I can assure you my feed would then be filled with follow-ups of "what about HanRam's injury risk?" It's truly a no-win in chat form when the answers have to be relatively quick and without nuance.
A. Cabrera or Peralta ROS?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Jake (Never Land)
Your thoughts on Jason Castro. Top-5 catcher by end of season? ever?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
I think in terms of fantasy value, No. 5 is not out of the realm of plausibility.
Craig (South Bend)
Logan Morrison? Deeeeep league?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Suuuuuuuuure. Deep league.
Better 8th inning RP for ROS in NL only 10 cat---Walden/Bastardo/neither?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Walden by a lot.
Thoughts on starting both Y. Molina and W. Rosario in 2 of my 3 UTIL spots? Waste of spots?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Molina has been top 50 hitter. Rosario decent source of power. It all comes down to whether or not you have a better option available or not - but there's nothing inherently "evil" about starting catchers as UTIL.
If you had McCutchen, would you trade him for Braun straight up in a keeper league where both teams have their contracts running out? Or are you too scared of the potential for suspension for Braun?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
If I'm reading this right, this would be a deal for 2013 only. I don't think Braun will face any discipline this season, so I am not scared away by that at all. His injury, on the other hand... that scares me a bit.
AJ, There's spot-starting, and then there's streaming... I'm picking my spots with Verlander and Hamels. I'm not streaming them off waivers.
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Agreed, Adrian. No way you cut either. And as I said, I'm still putting JV in there for now. Cole, I may bench, depending on matchup, right now. But I want both on my roster for sure.
What is your feeling on Holds as a roto category? Pretty big argument in my league on whether they should stay.
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Don't like them as a standalone, personally, but I do like adding them to saves in order to have fantasy staffs look more like real ones and actually make middle relievers worthy of being rostered.
I think AJ is saying they're inching towards LINCECUM LIMBO!!
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Cue the drop... and FYI, gang - will be on with Tristan tomorrow.
Some talk about Gregg to the Braves -- who would then close in Chi-town?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Don't really have an answer to that. Won't be Marmol, which is the best news. Probably would go with a carousel of choices until someone claims it.
Stat Debate (Your Brain)
Are you a Quality Starts guy or a Wins guy in a 10 Category league? (brief explanation would be great)
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Don't love either - but QS is better than W. If I had my choice, I'd actually prefer both - QS+W.
What do you make of the Sea closer job?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
I can make a hat. I can make a pterodactyl... eventually I do think Wilhelmsen gets it back.
Thoughts on jurickson profar. Will he be in the lineup full-time pretty soon?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Doubt it. I don't think the Rangers trust him to play OF regularly just yet. Ideally, I'd like to see them send him to Triple-A for two weeks, to play every day in OF and then bring him back - but I don't think they want to do that either.
What's going on with Lester? Any hope for him turning it around?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
Can he get into No. 4 fantasy SP range? Possibly. Don't see it getting better than that, though.
Franklin, Rendon, Gyorko - who would you play at MI?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Rendon for me.
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
That's all the time for today, guys. I'm on Twitter for those I could not get to: @ajmass. Appreciate the questions and lively, spirited debate as always. Until the next time, always expect the unexpected!