Fantasy Sports with AJ Mass
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, AJ Mass will drop by to take your questions and analyze all the latest baseball news from a fantasy perspective.
Mass, a contributor to ESPN's fantasy coverage of football, baseball and college basketball, also is an MLB Rumor Central writer. His latest book "Yes, It's Hot in Here" is in stores now.
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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Good morning, gang! We've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage up ahead, so let's get to it. Second cup of coffee in hand... who is up first?
Time to give up on T. Walker for the rest of the year? Up and down and hasn't been doing anything at either level..
AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
The up and down is by design, so I wouldn't read too much into that part of the equation. I think he's got value down the stretch in fantasy, and would hold on to him for sure.
I'm sure you're going to get this plenty of times, so I thought I would ask first. Do you think Neftali Feliz gets first shot to close in Texas, and could he return to that job long-term?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Not sure if you're first, but the first one I saw, yes. Feliz is going to get the shot - at least, that's what management wants. If he does well, then he's the guy to start 2015, too.
Yelich or Morse ROS?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
I like Morse a bit better ROS, but Yelich has come on.
Jeff(Long island) [via mobile]
Can Soria be dropped now or do you see him closing in Detroit?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
He's not closing... at least not unless Nathan completely crashes and burns. That said, I do think that he could get you some solid stats, so it's not an automatic drop either. Set-up men do have value.
Rod (Cabbagetown, GA)
Danny Duffy or Dillion Gee?Ken Giles close if Pap is traded?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Close, but slight nod to Dillon. I do think Giles gets save chances once Paps leaves, though not all of them -- Diekman in mix, too.
Candy (Slippery Rock)
Hey AJ, would you drop Mike Minor at this point for De Grom or Odorizzi?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Either one, yes. Probably a little bit more leaning to Jake.
Is it time to drop Dan Haren?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Yes. He's set to miss next turn, and if LA trades for an SP, he's odd man out.
are there any leagues where pitchers get hitting points as well?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I'm sure there are leagues where teams get points for manager challenges. Your league = your rules.
Dan (Paris, IL)
Rank ...Rutledge, Infante, Lawrie, Harrison ROS
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Rutledge, Harrison, Lawrie, Infante
who do you like in the SD bullpen if Benoit is traded?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
I like both Thayer and Quackenbush. Don't think there's a favorite to take over just yet.
Big Pauly (NYC)
You keepin' or droppin' Tanaka in a redraft?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
No need to keep him.
Where does Cliff Lee rank for you ROS?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
Assume health. Then I'd tentatively put him in top 40, depending on whether or not he gets dealt -- and where he ends up.
Hello to you. Time to give up on Jay Bruce?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
I mean, I like him better than BJ Upton... it all depends on if you've got another option that's better or not.
Salazar or Niese?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
I'll go with Niese.
Need to drop 1 - Choo, Corey Dickerson, Calhoun? 10 team H2H
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
I'd send Shin-Soo packing.
Mesoraco or Gattis ROS. I have both but only want to roll with one C.
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
I'd go with Devin here.
Who is the next closer to get traded
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Look in your own ballpark.
Bogaerts or Simmons?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
I'll go with Andrelton.
B Mand (Sarasota, FL)
In general, if you are split between keeping a position player and pitcher, do you tend to lean one way or the other?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
In general, during the season, no. Too many factors in play, such as where you are in the standings, and what's out there as a potential replacement, etc. In the off-season, I do lean hitter -- because TJ lurks around every corner.
Mike Wallace (Mia, FL)
Couple of vets tearing things up. Who do you like more ROS - Torii Hunter or Byrd?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
I'd go Torii, but it's close.
Matt (Cleveland, OH)
Who do you like better ROS, Chris Carter, Josh Willingham, or Lorenzo Cain?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
I'm looking at Lorenzo.
You see Longoria bouncing back from a mediocre first half?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
He's ranked 58 among all hitters, so I hesitate to say he's been mediocre in the first place... however, I don't expect much upward mobility.
Jim (Hamden, CT)
Does it seem like Rajai Davis doesn't get enough love to you in the rankings too? Dude has 25 bags and is hitting .301
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
I don't know what rankings specifically you're referring to... I'd place him at back end of top 75 hitters YTD. Going forward, as SB become less valuable to teams that already have them (in roto leagues, at least) I don't see him maintaining that value.
Jimmy (13-19 club)
I bought into Keuchel because he added an above average slider. Now he seems to be throwing it less, and it's getting fewer whiffs. Is it time to slide him back to waivers?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I can't confess to watching a lot of Astros games, so I can't speak to slider usage... but I do know he's a No. 4 fantasy SP at the moment and falling...
Who closes in Miami when Cishek is inevitably traded?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
I'd guess Ramos. What frightens me is that I've heard they're looking into Jim Johnson... who they could probably get for a song. Literally. "Please give us Jim Johnson-fa-la-la-la-la." Done deal.
Team America (Big Brother House)
Who are your top 5 power players left at this point in the BB House, AJ?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Five is a lot. Not sure there are five. And power players don't necessarily win. Like Derrick's game thus far.
This July musical chairs demonstrates exactly why I hate saves as a category in 5x5........
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
I like it in the sense it makes teams roster RP, but I hear you -- counting stats, especially ones that are so specialized aren't the best. I always prefer ratios.
Mark (Tucson, Az)
David Price - traded or has Tampa played their way back into keeping him?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
A few weeks back I said that we'd only know for sure after the three-game set with the Red Sox. Only way they consider dealing is if they get swept.
Please rare ROS - Quintana, Lincecum, Roark, Shields
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Lincecum is last... I'd go Shields, Roark, JQ -- but the trio is very tight.
Big fan of your books AJ! Is Betts worth holding onto right now or did I miss my opportunity to cash in on him via trade?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Thanks, Mark, and "Yes It's Hot in Here" -- in a one-and-done league, you've missed the window on Betts, I fear.
Brnadon (Simi Valley, CA)
McCann or Miguel Montero ROS in a standard points league?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Miguel for me.
Charlie Blackmon or Alex Gordon Ros?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
I'll go with Charlie.
Stroman or Garza to spot start today?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Daily Notes is the column to turn to for such a small sample size analysis... On any given day... I like Marcus better ROY.
How overrated is Strasburg?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
There's a loaded question... where would you say people are rating him now? Do I think the automatic "he's a top 10 SP" assignment is fool-hardy? Perhaps... but then again, he's still earning top 20 value despite a losing record... so maybe he's even a bit under-rated at present.
Andrew (West Va.)
Best add/stash now for ROS: Joc Pederson or Pollock?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
I'd go with Joc and hope the Dodgers make a big deal involving at least one of the glut in the OF.
Doc Terminus (Passamaquoddy)
ROS - Big Papi or Chris Davis?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
No doubt I'm going to choose Ortiz.
Seth (Last place)
Better to shash Profar or Alex Guerrero?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
I'd stash Guerrero.
Brian (San Diego)
Is Hosmer the new Loney?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
That's a good comparison, as well as a show I will not stream on Netflix.
Dave (Philly (PA))
CJ Cron or Chris Johnson ROS?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
So long as he continues to hang on in the bigs, Cron.
Would you keep Tanaka in a 10 Team Roto League with 3 keepers?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
You keep him until you hear that he's going under the knife.
DeGrom a top 50 SP ROS?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
I'd say he's still outside of that ranking, but improving.
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
That's all the time I have for today, gang! Appreciate all the questions... I'm on Twitter (@ajmass) if I didn't get to you... Until the next time, expect the unexpected!