'Sup my fellow fantasy freaks? Happy Monday to all.... let's get it on.
I have Frank Thomas in my situational utility spot. Is he worth stashing until he gets hot or should I drop him for either Ensburg, Huff, Blalock or Luis Gonzalez?
You have to be patient with Big Hurt, especially if those are your choices. Frank is a guy who gets hot in a hurry and you'd hate to miss out on a big week because he's just sitting there. He'll be fine.
Matthew, thanks for all of the sound advice through the years...get a new ESPN picture though...Konerko for Papelbon? I have depth at hitting and could use another RP.
Thanks, Micho and yeah, I'm working on it. The current one is too creepy. I mean, there's only so much they can do with what I was given, but still... I never trade for a closer. Paps is awesome, but it's much easier to find saves - frasor, soria, wheeler being recent examples - than it is to find a bopper like Konerko. Stay put
Joe (NY, NY)
I had BJ Ryan as my closer, is Frasor a good replacement?
Yeah, he'll be solid. He's not fantastic and frankly, Accardo is the guy I like the most in that pen from a skills standpoint, but he's got the job and half the time that's all you need. Depends who your other options are, but I'm surprised he was still available...
Should Barfield be on the wire in any league? Pick him up even if I already have Kins and Utley? Already workin on moving Kinsler
No, Joe. Barfield is 20/20 this year. Good move and good strategy. Kinsler is very good, but not THIS good. Grab the depth and then deal. Nice move
When do you think Tim Lincecum will be joining the Giants rotation?
Hard to say, but there's been some rumblings of moving him to a reliever as well. He could certainly close with his kind of stuff. My guess is he is up by the All-Star break, one way or the other.
If Frasor is closing in Toronto now, why was Marcum in at the end of the game? If that was a one game stint, is Marcum a good candidate for holds?
Frasor had thrown 30 pitches on Sat and wasn't available, but they have come out and said, Frasor's the guy. And no, I'm not a huge Marcum fan. There's better options for holds.
getting in early so hopefully you'll answer. i need pitching help. is crede for willis a good deal?
Yes. Not a big fan of Crede at all.
Hey Byrnes was dropped in our league, what do you think his final numbers look like? If he is only a 20/20 guy does that put him at 15/15 over the rest of the year?
Steven, that's nuts man. Who is dropping Eric Byrnes? Yes, 20/20 with potential for 25 HR. Really really like him.
Hopefully, today is my day to get one answered! With Reed Johnson out for at least 2 months, would you pick up Lind in a deep 12 team roto league? How does Lind compare to Dukes?
Congrats, Tom. I love Lind and wrote about him in my blog earlier today (The TRUM). Like him more than Dukes this year - feel he is more ready and has less playing time competition. Don't be surprised if Reed Johnson doesn't get his gig back.
Let me start by saying my thoughts and prayers go out to those effected by teh shootings at VT. Quick question, I have good pitching depth in a keeper league. Drop Zach Duke for Tim Lincecum? Thanks, TMR.
No doubt, Steve. I like the idea of getting Linececum in a keeper league, but if it's deep, Duke MUST have value. trrty to do a two for one trade first - Duke + someone for a an upgrade and then go grab Tim. Never ever just drop a guy without trying to deal him first...
I have been sticking with Brian Roberts at 2nd, hoping he would get going, but he has not yet, and I have Kinsler and Upton on my bench. Should I go with Kinsler and keep Upton as the backup and try to trade Roberts, or is it too early to give up on Roberts?
Too early to give up on Roberts, but yes, you should be trying to trade your depth. As for who, see who will give you the most. All 3 guys are very solid... take the best offer. Some folks may think Kinsler is a fluke and give you a better offer for Roberts, thinking they are "buying low."
Who do you like for the rest of the year - Boof or Greinke?
Is it time to give up on Teahan ? Or is he going to come through with a decent 20 HR, 100 RBI season.
Patience, young patwan. Love Teahen and he will be fine. Hang tough.
Quick one - better util - monroe or lind?
Lind. I really really like him.
How soon can I expect Homer Bailey and Adam Miller to be of use, I have Oliver Perez and Jeff Weaver who are killing me.
Hey Jennifer! Always happy when the fairer sex shows up to show fantasy is not just a male oreinted game. I think it's going to be a while on Bailey and Miller, however. But it's a mix league, certainly you can do better than Weaver and Olly? Even a middle relief guy would be better than those two
Is Delmon Young better then me?
Yes, but I still like you this year, Mike. it's a contract year and you're a 20/20 guy.
Pick one to start at UT for the week: Carlos Quentin, Andre Ethier, Nick Punto.
Ethier - let's make sure Carlos is all the way back first
Sell high keeper question. Should i trade Arod and Kinsler for M. Cabrera and Utley?
I would, but I bet you can do even better than that for A Rod and Kinsler. Love the idea of selling both guys high (again, see my blog today about selling A Rod) but you should be able to get one more throw in - a solid pitcher, a mid level 3b - for those 2...
it seems a bunch of teams in my league are giving up on players not performing early this year(stupid mistake) with the likes of mark teahan,normar garciaparra,hank blalock, dan haren,bronson arroyo, and barry zito all free agents in my league, whic do you beleive would be a good waiver wire pickup if any? thanks for the time!!
Teahen is the guy I like a lot in that list. Never been a big Zito or Arroyo guy, I do like Haren... Nomar and Hank are fine - it all depends on who you are dropping, of course. Hard to answer questions like these in a vacuum without knowing everything, yo uknow?
Is Marcum in the mix if BJ is out for the year?
No, it's Frasor and would think Accardo or Brandon League (once healthy) would get next shot if Frasor doesn't get it done
WIth the latest on Mark Prior, I don't know whether to give up and drop him for someone like Jon Lester, Grienke, or Cliff Lee or to sit tight?
I would definitely grab Grienke. He's healthy and starting right now.
What do you make of Jimmy Rollins insane power surge? How many HRs for him this year?
Well, he hit 25 or so last year, so it's not as insane as it might seem. I think 25-30 is about right. He's terrific.
What are your projection on the year for M. Jacobs hot start or just a fluke? Is he better then Chris Duncan or Overbay?
I've always liked Jacobs and think it's legit. I like Duncan more however. Overbay is a better source of RBI, Jacobs will hit more HR - depends what you need
What can I expect out of Bartolo Colon this season?
Ah, yes. he who is Big and Fat. I hate myself for saying this but I actually like him this year. 12 wins, 3.50 ERA, 150 K is very doable for him.
I have the space to carry two of these guys...which two should I pick: Garza, Bailey, Lincecum?
Garza will be up the soonest of the three, so if you need the help that will happen the soonest, I say Garza and bailey. Otherwise, Garza is the one you don't take. but all 3 are terrific
Matt -- Both Colon and Wang are set to come off the DL, and both are available in my league. Would you drop Buehrle and/or Escobar to pick up one or both of those guys? Thanks!
Yes on Bart, no on Wang, who doesn't strike any one out, who will be hard pressed to have the same WHIP... I'd dump Buehrle for Bart
Why so down on Crede?
His battiing average. He potentially a killer there and his power is nothing special that you can't get elsewhere with less batting average risk. he's fine, just nothing exciting from a fantasy standpoint
Hey Matt, I hope you like Stephen Jackson a little more this season, then you did last football season...but on to baseball, do you think Josh Hamilton wil get enough AB's to be productive this fantasy season?
Yes, I almost have to on S Jax, eh? And yes, I do on Hamilton. Freel and Jr are both injury prone and they're finding ways to get him the line-up even with both healthy. Really like Josh
who would you rather have for a backup infielder, julio lugo or bill hall?
In what league are either of these guys backup infielders? That's insane. My suggestions are Hall and get a new league, my friend.
I have a lot flexibility at RP (3 closers), do I keep Lidge or drop him? Will he get traded to TB or maybe TOR now?
Drop him. He has no value in a normal size mix league right now
Any news on Harden?
no, nothing frim. he says he's making his next start, so right now you just hope he's telling the truth
Please rank the following....Ian Snell, Brett Myers, Ted Lilly and Adam Wainwright.
Myers (he'll be fine), Wainwright, Snell, Lilly.
When do you expect the 2007 Player Rater to be up?
Soon. Hopefully this week.
Which prospect do you like better for this year; Ryan Braun, Hunter Pence or Joey Votto?
You have them ranked right. Not sure we see Votto this year in Cincy, but I LOVE Braun, who is power and speed if he can just play a slight amount of defense
Is Daniel Cabrera for real, or should i stash a guy like Jon Lester?
I belive in D Cab, yes
LaRoche or Duncan?
T.Mr.R.: They've anounced that Reed is out until July. You've written well of Adam Lind. What does he offer and type of OF would you drop for him? Thanks for years of guidance!
Thanks, Victor. He offers power and average and is a #3 OF type. I'd rather have him than, say, pat Burrell.
they were both dropped by idiots, my friend.
Fair enough, Chris. Still say hall.
I have Roger Clemens right now. Should I hang on to him? When do you think he will be back? Or do you recommend I should drop him and pick up Greinke or Micah Owings?
hey Jenny: Hold tight. I like Grienke a lot but he doesn't have the upside of Rocket. Is there someone else you can dump for Zach? By the way, when Unti comes back, there's a chance owings goes to the minors or bullpen and they keep Edgar in the rotation.
kyle lohse - legit or just 2 fluky starts?
Two fluky starts. I don't believe
Would you drop E. Dukes for A. Lind in an 8x8 H2H keeper league?
Yes, I would. But it's close. Can you trade Dukes?
Your thoughts on putting Francis in the lineup today?
What is wrong Ryan Shealy? He has been dropped in a 16 team FP league. Good pick up?
yes, I think so. Patience with Ryan Shealy guys. It's early, it's cold.. he's proven he can hit before. In a 16 team league, he absolutely has value
Why the love for Duncan? Last year's numbers enough to show a real breakthrough from mediocre minors?
Not only last year's numbers, but what he did them in. 22 HR in only 280 AB? That's 40 HR over a season and hitting in front of Albert helps a lot.
Do you reccomend adding me in fantasy leagues, i'll be back this month.
Yes, I like you. I expect you to start slow, but have a big second half.
Brett Myers has been very dissapointing on my team so far, and even though it is early, do you think he will put up the #'s that he has the past 2 season? What is his trade value?
Yes, I am not worried about Myers and his trade value is low right now. hang tight
Would you dump Crede and pick up Rolen?
who will get more playing time adam lind or ryan theriot?
My league has a limit of 3 FA moves a year - my 3b are Hank Blalock and Alex Gordon - should i pick up kinori Iwamura? We'll he end up with better year end numbers than what i got? Hot Start or the Real deal dilema!
No, with only 3 moves, that's not enough of an upgrade to waste one
What will happen with Scott Hairston once Carlos Quentin comes back off the DL?
what side of this trade would you like to be on? Howard, Upton and Lidge for Soriano and Peavy. Thanks!
Rather have Soriano and Peavy. Lidge is usless in a mix league and Upton's defense is brutal...
Is Otsuka worth a spot in a deep points league (holds are worth 1/2 as much as saves)?
Very much so. And following up on last post - Upton's defense may cost him playing time
My reliever situation is desperate. The waiver wire is bare. I have solid starting pitching, anchored by Lackey, Zambrano, Bedard, and Lilly. I offered Zambrano for K-Rod in a trade. Did I make a move towards developing greater Roto-Talent??? Thank you sir!!
Ok, the title made me laugh. Well, if Waiver Wire is bare, then you gotta do it , but I don't believe in trading for closers. Rather see you sell high on Lilly, who will have amuch tougher time through the league the second go round
Church or Lind as a 3rd/4th outfielder?
Church, but it's very close
Is this pending trade in my league veto-worthy? Dan Haren and Felipe Lopez for Aaron Hill.
I am not a believer in vetoing trades. Owners should be alllowed to make whatever moves they want, even if they're reall really stupid like this one.
I am having a hard time believe someone who couldn't start for the majors (Lind) is worth more than a lot of starters like jacque jones or burrell??
it's not that he couldn't, they just didn't want to rush him. And now their hand was forced. Fantasy is all about upside and we KNOW what guyts like Burrell and Jones bring. No upside there. Tons of it with Lind. Burrell is also a BA risk sometimes...
Did I give up on Scott Olsen too quick? Greinke was still avail so picked him up.
Yes, I still believe in him. But hard to argue with Zack. I'm fine with the move
What the heck is TRUM?
it's my daily fantasy blog. Stands for Thoughts, Ramblings, Useless information and Musings
Hey Matt, this is a follow up to my earlier question regarding Greinke: I have Jason Jennings, Dan Wheler, John Maine, and Erik Bedard that I could possible drop for Greinke. Who do you recommend that I should drop in order to pick Greinke? Thanks for the advice!!!
My friend George in Wimberley TX keeps knocking on my Free Agent door, but never opens it, and now you are hyping Adam Lind as you did me earlier in the year. Is there any reason why I should not just DRAG him in and beat him until he drops Pat Burrell? Or should he go have some of Lind's cookies...
I like either guy... depends who you have at 3b
Should I start Zito tonight in Coors??
Matt, I don't care what the other gals say, you are a HOTTIE! Here's a quickie for you... Drop Connor Jackson for Adam LaRoche in my mixed league?
hey Amy: I don;t care what the other posters say. I'm convinvced you're really a girl. No, stay with Conor
Who do you think will get more playing time/will be better over the course of the year: Elijah Dukes, or Josh Hamilton?
Please answer questions we all can use. I hate these "who should I drop" ones because they only apply to one person. What are the timetables for these three: Jon Lester, Hong-Chih Kuo, and Kerry Wood? Also, whats the chance Wood gets the closer's role from Dempster when he returns?
All within the next 6 weeks. And there's a chance - it's a contract year for Wood, but so far Demspter has been solid. And they ahve a lot of other options there, like Wuertz, Howry.... worht a flyer, but nothing for sure
Is it time to drop me or will I turn it around. I am better than Lind, right????
Yes, you are. Stay patient with yourself.
Haren for Atkins... 10 team league. Fair trade?
Yes, if you are getting Atkins.
Start Snell at St. louis tonight????
Is El Duque going to stay consistent like he was in his first two starts, or will the rest of the season be like it was on Saturday?
El Duque will be fine. Hang tough
I just traded Albert Pujols for Peavey and Capuano - Did I get enough? Your so sexy!!!!
This is embarrassing
From here on out, Matt Holliday, or Manny Ramirez?
Ooh, good one. I'll say Manny, but it's very very close. People don';t realize how good Holliday is
Thoughts on Kip Wells?
I like him. It's been a long time since he got through a whol season but he's got a good team and bullpen behiond him. Not a fluke.
Who do you see having the most value in Cards rotation (besides Carpenter) and please rank (Reyes, Wainwright, Wells)
Wainwright, Reyes, Wells, Looper
Apparently, all I need to do is tell you you're sexy. OK SEXY, please rank the following players for me - Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, Curtis Granderson and Chris Duncan.
Raplh, that's hot. Duncan, Granderson, Lind, Encarnacion.
You like Wells, but who gets the nod, Wells or Looper?
You are sooooooooo hot. The new ESPN pic should be in leather chaps.
hey, is jenks safe in the closer role? Is there anyone I should be stashing on my bench in case?
For now. A guy I absolutely love is David Aarsma in that pen. If jenks loses the gig, I'm not convinced that it's definitelt MacDougal. Aardsma can help even if he doesn't get the job at some point
So Reed Johnson is out til July. Is Adam Lind worth dropping Mike Cameron or Griffey for? Keeper league here.
Keeper league? Yeah, I'd drop Griff
Doug Davis is available in my league and is off to a good start. Worth dropping K. Wells or D. Cabrera
I wouldn't. And it's not that good a start
Zimmerman or Gordon. Both have bad lineups.
Zimmerman. Much more proven
Greinke, Jennnings, and Olsen who do i drop?
Cheers, Chalres. I drop Jennings. I still believe in Olsen./ Ok guys, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by! Peace. Seacrest out!