Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

June 18, 11:00 AM ET
Fantasy Baseball w/AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:58 AM)

As usual, USA comes to the soccer field about fifteen minutes later than their opponent. We've got a Kaka-free zone here for the next hour... as we answer as many fantasy baseball Q's as possible. Who's up first?

barsk (o h i o)

how about that new CF in Pittsburgh, he is looking mighty fine (fantasy wise)

AJ Mass
  (11:00 AM)

Talking about McCutchen, he does look to be solid for fantasy, better even than Morgan. He's definitely an early 2010 sleeper.

Bryan (Utica NY)

How long is downs out? Does Frasor really get first shot as Cito said?

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

It's a toe, which is crucial to a pitcher's performance and also not easy to heal - could be awhile. My feeling, is that Frasor does get "first shot" but League was the man who pitched last night when Ryan loaded the bases - it might end up a two-man time-share.

215PHILLIES (S.Philly)

Where is weather going to be a major factor today?

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

Better question might be where it's not. I think outside of the middle of the country (Missouri and Texas) we're looking at potential delays wherever there's no dome.

Michael (charlotte)

Has Ibanez been put on the DL??

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

That's the "unofficial word on the Tweet" based on a Philly reporter's posting that Mayberry is up and Raul is out...

Bryan (pittsburgh)

Got a good hitting and pitching pick-up. Looking at Cody Ross think he can keep it up?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

I do. Actually, wrote the lead for the ESPN Fantasy Newsletter to be e-mailed out today. Ross was one of the "FOR REAL" players I mentioned.

Evan (D-Town CT)

keep 1 trade 1 david ortiz or carlos quentin

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

I'll trade Papi. I don't think you get value back from CQ, and if I have to make a move, I'd rather send Ortiz elsewhere and keep CQ and hope for the best recovery.

Brazil Goals (Destroying USA Soccer)

Over/under: 4

AJ Mass
  (11:09 AM)

Looking a lot like it will be the over.

Greg (Boston)

Start or sit Nolasco against Boston tonight?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

I ranked him 16 of todays' starters in my "Daily Notes" - I'm going to pass.

Drew (Toronto)

Ibanez? KHAAAAAAN! Who do I grab to fill his role in a deep points league-- Rasmus, Pods, Coghlan, Sheff, or Francoeur?

AJ Mass
  (11:11 AM)

Rasmus. He's been a pleasant surprise and should be able to keep it up for as long as we hope Ibanez will be out - not long, that is.

Anthony (Raleigh, NC)

Start Hanson today?

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

This is where the weather comes into play. I think Hanson can do well, but those rainclouds could make this one of those situations where he throws 1 IP, then a two-hour delay, then he sits. If you're in a league where there is a GS limit, I wouldn't waste one here.

Todd (Fort Worth, TX)

Thoughts on Sheffield? He has been raking lately!

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

He's perfect for interleague road play with the Mets, but once the pitcher has to hit again, I'm not as happy with Sheff. He's one misplayed fly ball away from injury disaster.

Jake (Florida)

Buying or selling Coco Crisp as a good source for avg and steals?

AJ Mass
  (11:16 AM)

Selling. The man can't stay healthy.

Dan (Vermont)

AJ "Al Roker" Mass - weather report? Start Reimold who probably will get rained out, or Go-Go Gomez who will absolutely not get rained out but may not get the start? Help!

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Because today is interleague, there's going to be a long delay before they cancel once they let fans in the seats... reall yhard to make up these games later on. I'd take the chance with a regular starter.

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

3-0 Brazil.

Andrew (Ohio)

Is Bedard's start being pushed back just precautionary, or something that may be more long term?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

Well, he is on the DL, so it's more than just "being pushed back." Plus, he's off to see the doc who performed his surgery to see what's up. That sounds very much "long termy" to me.

Tom ((SoCal))

Drop Price and pick up Meche?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

Yes, Meche is only a No. 5 pitcher, but Price is not going to get enough of a leash to rack up the IP and K's to help you.

Unhappy Villager (Villa Alegre)

If I need a SS, should I trade Lincecum for Haren

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

I don't think Haren plays SS... I know what you meant. Haren's second-half history doesn't scare me - an ace for an ace and picking up a need, yes I do it.

Brandon Inge (Tiggers)

Am I one of the biggest surprises so far this year AJ?

AJ Mass
  (11:24 AM)

No, I think the catcher eligibility you came into the season with put you high up on the radar to begin with. And I think you're starting to slide back into the pack a bit after a strong start.

Josh (Gettysburg, PA)

I think I am getting the shakes from no Lost. Davis or Swisher?

AJ Mass
  (11:26 AM)

I'd stick with Swisher, given the stadium effect and Davis' not-so-great first-half. It's not a clear runaway, but if I had to turn the donkey wheel and re-draft, I'd have Swisher ranked far higher.

Alan (New York)

Will Richmond stick in Toronto's rotation after his brilliant start last night? Trying to decide if I should let Tallet, Romero or him go.

AJ Mass
  (11:28 AM)

There's not a lot else... they lost two guys, and I don't think a guy like Cecil is to be the answer. Of the three, I'd lose Romero.

Greg (Boston)

Who are the top 3 1B at the end of the season?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

Albert, Justin and Tex.

Jay (Chicago)

Is the reason why Furcal cannot hit or steal this season is cause he hears those horns like the ones at the Confederation Cup in his head? More serviceable at SS...Furcal, Andrus, or Barmes? I still have Reyes on the DL.

AJ Mass
  (11:30 AM)

I like Barmes of the three. Don't like what little I've seen of Elvis so far. WHAAAAAAA! WHAAAAAAAAA!

Brad (Jackson, MS)

Jeremy Accardo gets _____ saves while Downs is out.

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

at most 1

JR (CA)

Why is 6 IP and 3 earned a quality start, but 8 IP and 4 earned not?

AJ Mass
  (11:32 AM)

Simply an arbitrary line in the sand for a made-up stat: "6 or more IP, 3 or fewer runs"

Steve (ND)

So Miggy Cabrera is not going to live up to his draft value?

AJ Mass
  (11:34 AM)

I don't think he isn't - it would only take a few more steals to move him from where he is now to the Top 25. It's an ebb and flow, and he's not too far downstream...

Soccer Fan (NYC)

I haven't seen The Hangover yet - do you want to SPOIL the end of that, too?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Kevin Spacey is Keyser Soze.

Dave (Ann Arbor)

What Pirate to pick up off the waiver wire from here on out, Andy LaRoche or Sanchez? You think LaRoche follows after his bro and has a solid second half?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Freddy is my guy. Andy will keep the average up, but the lack of power lowers his value.

John (NYC)

Bruce Willis is dead at the end of 6th Sense!!Better option at catcher: R Hernandez, Ruiz, Olivo, Varitek, Navarro, or Saltalamacchia?

AJ Mass
  (11:38 AM)

Technically, he's dead at the beginning of the film... I'd go with Varitek.

Jesse (New Milford, CT)

Titanic: It turns out the ship sinks.Volstad just hit the wire. Should I drop Buehrle, Saunders or Dice-K for him?Also, the Apollo 13 crew makes it back alive

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

I would hesitate to let Dice-K loose for Volstad.

Ryan (Baltimore, MD)

Darth Vader is Luke AND Leia's daddyAny projections on John Mayberry, Jr.'s numbers...

AJ Mass
  (11:42 AM)

I don't think he gets much PT - looking probably at a few weeks on the roster tops. At best .250

Drew (No-Cal)

"The Village" is actually in the middle of a wild-life preserve somewhere in modern-day, rural Pennsylvania. Porcello, Baker, Danks... rest of year.

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

Baker if you count K's, Porcello if you don't.

Brandon (So Cal)

No one is actually eating Gilbert Grape. does Rollins finish top 5 SS?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

If he does, it's only at No. 5 and only if you don't count guys like M. Young as a SS.

Shane (Edison, NJ)

Dorothy just dreamed the whole thing. Deep Keeper league: drop Fowler, C.Gonzalez or F.Martinez for Hermida? Post-hype in full effect? Cody Ross and H.Kendrick are available too...

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

You want Hermida, I'd drop Martinez for him - given the history of Mets' prospects, he's probably the most over-hyped of the three. I'd probably drop Fowler for Ross too if I had a chance at winning this season.

Pete (NJ)

Ichiro has only 17 RBI's, and hasen't hit one in over 10 days. Sell high canidate?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

You're playing Ichiro for the .360. Anything else is gravy. I am not selling.

KA (NJ)

Neo is The One. Better trade target: Ibanez, Hunter, Braun?

AJ Mass
  (11:48 AM)

Ibanez, as his owner will probably be nervous with the DL news.

Mike (CT)

They Find Nemo. Best Fantasy batter this year other than Albert?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Crawford - not so much for the hitting, but those steals!

dan (detroit)

kjlestan sent off. at least we're leading the tournament in something!

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

LOL!

Steve (IL)

The whole thing was the dream of an autistic boy. Likeliest to get a few saves this year: Corpas, League, Pena, Wheeler, McDougal

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Loved St. Elsewhere. McDougal is already getting them, so I'd go with him.

Fact Check (NY)

Soylent Green is made of people - people! Why is there no love for Posada? Can't get a decent offer to trade this guy to save my life.

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

His own staff doesn't want him in their lineup, why would fantasy owners?

Mike (DC)

They don't actually have leads on the dude's briefcase. They're not actually working in shifts. Did BJ blow it last night? Will League have a good shot at some saves?

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

I think League will get some save chances, especially on nights when Frasor in unavailable - but Frasor is up first.

steve (seattle)

They find the car in "Dude Wheres my Car" Sell high on Adam Jones?

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)

The scariest five words you could ever hear in a movie trailer: "Dude, Where's My OTHER Car?"I'm keeping my hooks into DigDug all season.

Paul (Minnesota)

Brad Pitt and Ed Norton? Same Guy. Who gets me more in a trade from my bench: Lind or Bruce? Who do you want more for the rest of the year?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Lind on both counts... but the first rule of AJ's chats is we do not discuss AJ's chats.

Murph (Tulsa)

Lone Star is a prince, so he can marry Princess Vespa! What SP would represent fair value in a trade for Ryan Howard or Mark Reynolds?

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Josh Johnson or better. Really, we've resorted to Spaceballs?

Oliver (San Francisco)

Donnie dies - pick two for the rest of the year: Tulo, Furcal, Theriot.

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)

I'm sending Furcal packing. Sometimes I question his commitment to Sparkle Motion.

Andy (NH)

The snozzberries taste like snozzberries. I don't have a question.

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Oh, Veruca!

Craig (Philly)

The Apes blew up the Statue of Liberty...damn them, damn them all to hell!! Who is your choice from here on out...Mike Cameron or Juan Rivera?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Actually, it was us humans who done it... but I'll go with Cameron by a nose over Rivera. They're pretty close in value.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

Not to spoil this chat but this one ends with AJ saying "We'll see you the next time on Villa Alegre!" Thanks for the Q's!