Hello to all and welcome to the latest fantasy sports chat session. I am Eric and we've got lots to discuss today. Assuming mostly baseball, but if you've got a football question, what with the fine ESPN Draft Kit having launched, go for it! Thanks for showing up and let's get started...
Rickie Weeks homered today, is he coming around a bit?
I can't really go there based on just one home run today. I would have dropped Weeks a month ago. He is hitting .244 in June, but it's not really getting so much better that he needs to be trusted.
Would you accept Gardner for Bauer right now?
Yes, I would. I think Bauer will be terrific in time, but to rely on him this season, I just can't do it. There are so many good pitchers this season... and really, not a lot of base stealers. I mean, Tony Campana is tied for the MLB lead in steals, and he isn't playing anymore. And nobody is on pace for 60 steals. Gardner is a difference maker.
ETA for Danny Hultzen???
Not sure he's making his Mariners debut anytime soon. Why would they do that? I'll say September. By the way, Hultzen facing Jamie Moyer in Triple-A tomorrow! Talk about an age and experience difference!
Am I expecting a call from Daniel Hudson to schedule a Tommy John? Would you drop him for Burnett, Quintana, Hughes, or Morales?
Definitely for Burnett... no question. And for Hughes now. I really don't expect Hudson to pitch anytime soon...hoping it's not a major surgery.
Who do you like ROS? Stubbs, Cody Ross, or Pagan?
Like all three, actually. In order it would be Stubbs, Pagan and then Ross. The first two fellas run. Stubbs runs a lot...70 steals and 37 home runs the past two seasons. So he won't win a batting title... very productive.
Which side do you like Ek? Rizzo/Kershaw or Ortiz/Capuano? Thanks!
Saves are saves. He doesn't pitch enough to alter your fantasy team's ERA and WHIP. And really, Reed is good...not many bad outings.
And the Ortiz/Capuano side of that trade... Capuano is not bad, despite his detractors.
I am no longer expecting Ichiro to hit .300 or steal 30 bases. If you can add someone better, go for it. This is not simply a tough start for Suzuki... he's apparently old now.
Keeper league and I'm so far out its laughable. Took over a team that has essentially no 2nd baseman. Best prospect/injured to pick up for next year?
Well, no idea who is out there, but see if Jedd Gyorko is. Could be Padres starter there soon, and he can certainly hit.
ROS: Hosmer or Rizzo?
Hosmer, definitely. I like Rizzo but the overall love and expectations for the kid are just way out of control.
What is my trade value right now? What level hitter or pitcher should I command?
I will say that it's a great time to move this guy BEFORE he actually pitches... value is SO high right now and if he goes like 5 innings and allows 3 runs Thursday, then it's like taking a new car off the lot... value drops. Bauer isn't Strasburg. And I can't possibly imagine what someone in your league would give for him...shoot high and work backward.
what do you think of this perez kid for texas that just called up? worth a shot without dropping anyone
Sure, but I doubt he's still in the majors after the All-Star break.
Didn't Trout and Harper have a lot of love and expectations?
Those guys are special. They're different. What Trout is doing... harkens back to the days of Griffey being that young. Just doesn't happen every 20 years or so.
Am I ever gonna get back on the field? I'm a decent fielder, my speed distracts the pitchers, and I can hit ok...don't the Cubs want to win? Do I even have a chance at 50 SB?
There's the rub... Cubs not really trying to win now. Trying to build and nobody would say Tony is a building block. He's just a fast guy that can run. Of course, David DeJesus isn't a building block either! I know you and all of us want Campana to play and yes, he could steal 50 quite easily if he played regularly... but I think Theo and the Cubs are smarter than that. They can play DeJesus and use as trade bait... and then Brett Jackson comes up...
You know how you said a month ago that Rollins looked done? How does he look now? Sell or hold Rollins?
I looks reborn now. I don't think anyone expected he'd hit what, 7 home runs in a month. Apparently the birth of his child changed everything. He did look done... and now he does not. I'm pleased about that. I'd hold.
Rios is dare i say....quietly relevant? You buy him as a top 25 OF the rest of the way?
Borderline top 25... good player, can hit for power and run and be streaky.
Did everyone forget Trout had a pretty bad year last season?
Yes, I think we all disregarded it. The way he's playing now he's a real-life MVP candidate. Not joking, either.
Yo EK what are you thoughts on selling high on McCutchen? Feel like the avg has to come down and counting stats already hurt by the fact he plays for Pit.
Nah, monster player capable of 30/30 someday. Why does the average have to come down? It's half a season in that brutal lineup... more proof that lineup protection could not mean less. He's doing this with the likes of Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee protecting him! It doesn't matter!
Harper or Middlebrooks for ROS? Or are they comparable?
No, not even close. Middlebrooks has legit power but does not walk, and he's going to drop 50 points in batting average. Harper is patient, can hit for average and does steal bases. And has power.
Bruce or Trumbo ROS?
Bruce, but I absolutely believe and have written prior that this new Trumbo is legit. But some batting average regression likely.
What happened to Andy Pettitte today he only made it through 4.
Took a grounder off his shin... didn't appear too serious.
Trade Cody Ross for Lance Lynn?
In general I'd say no, actually... I like Lynn but it's so easy to find decent pitching in standard leagues... and Ross should hit 20 home runs. Power is much more in demand.
Eric, Worley or Bauer for ROS?
Ugh. Have to say Worley. More proven at this level... Bauer has monster upside, but is no sure thing initially.
Rank the following: Flacco, Carson, Josh Freeman
Football!!! I personally have Freeman bouncing back some, so it's him then Flacco and I just can't trust Palmer.
Wil myers relevant this season?
In about 3 weeks, yes.
Andrew Cashner worth the add if you need strikeouts?
Sure, but have doubts he can stay healthy as a starter. It's nice he's in San Diego!
Was offered Howard/Asdrubal for Kipnis/Plouffe do I take it, Cano is my starting 2B.
The fact you have Cano is irrelevant, no? You could always play Kipnis at DH, no? Yeah, I'd do that anyway.
Ok, so I get that Rizzo is a bit over-hyped, but what about in Keeper leagues? Would you rather have him or a guy like Matt Harrison on your roster in a shallow keeper?
The hitter, almost always the hitter. I see Rizzo being statistically like Freddie Freeman in a year or so.
Would you deal Miggy for Votto straight up in a dynasty league?
I rank Cabrera a bit better, but each is a first-rounder. Third base is tougher to get than first base.
Will Cody Ross still have a place to play when Crawford and Ellsbury return?
The way he is hitting yes, right field. Perhaps in a Sweeney or Nava platoon.
ROS Cashner or Cobb? Thanks
Cobb. We have no idea how many starts Cashner can make. He's a bit risky.
With the 15th pick the 76ers select...
Hopefully one of the 6-11 power forwards... Moultrie, Terrence or Perry Jones. Big needs there.
Was offered King Felix for McCutchen? Keep my hitter in a year of deep pitching, right?
Definitely keep your hitter, no matter the year. And Felix worries me some... he's not the next Lincecum, as some believe, but still, not top 10.
FOOTBALL! Regardless of round, who are you keeping - McFadden or J. Graham?
Likely McFadden. Running backs don't drive the bus the way they used to, but McFadden's potential is top 5.
Welcome back Utley! Not to my team of course, but a good guy returns. Anyway, please rank Stubbs, Ross, Carlos Lee, Blanco.
Yes, welcome back Chase. Phillies and fantasy needs you! And I think he'll be good... even averaging ONLY 109 games the past two seasons with the exact same condition he has now, totaled 27 homers and 27 steals. I'd rank Stubb, Lee, Ross and Blanco.
Do you think Jermaine Gresham has a breakout year? He will be the #2 target behind AJ Green.
I don't assume he's the No. 2 target... I do like Gresham, but not in my top 12 tight ends.
What does it take to get a little Carlos Ruiz love around these parts? What he is doing is simply amazing.
It is hard to believe his offensive breakout, but it appears legit.
Felix for Lawrie in a keeper league, which side do you want?
Lawrie, definitely. There are a million pitchers out there...
More FOOTBALL!!! I only get to keep two out of: Charles, Forte, Andre Johnson, Gronk, Nicks, Peyton. Who you keeping?
That's pretty good there... I'd rule out Peyton immediately. And probably Nicks. Charles and Forte no sure things... but I would keep them. Andre J is no sure thing anymore, too. And Gronk's TDs have to drop some.
Dice-K is looking like a relatively decent pitcher. Are you picking him up or passing?
He has looked good, but when the WHIP rises... it won't be pretty. Career WHIP is 1.38. Current WHIP is 1.13. Be concerned.
Ike Davis seems to have figured something out, top 15 1B ROW?
Power looks better of late, but still making a lot of outs. Top 15 this year? I'll say no, but still a bright future.
Sell high on Papi? Unsustainable?
Why is that not sustainable? Looks fine to me.
What are your thoughts on spending $160 of my $200 budget on Brady, Rodgers, Rice and Foster? I would still have 6 roster spots to fill and a bench.
All or nothing... seems ok until one of your top 4 gets hurt. And when they do, it's over.
I am starting rehab today, would you trade for me? Accept an offer of elsbury, morse and jj for trumbo, laroche and westbrook?
Absolutely. Ellsbury is going to rock the rest of the way.
Football! Keeping AJohnson, Rice, and McCoy. Marshall in the 3rd or VJax in the 9th? PPR.
That's nice... normally the difference in rounds would be enough there to go Jackson, but Marshall is better and your big 4 would be in place, and you'd have 2 earlier picks for a QB, flex... sure!
Marmol is available on the waiver wire. Should I drop Marshall for him?
If you need every last save, yes. Just don't watch Marmol pitch... it's just too painful.
I concur, grrrrr. Chris Sale is having the season we thought Moore would have. Still a potential monster at any time, but not today.
Breaking news: Pettitte broke his leg today. Out six weeks. What a shame. Was pitching well... drop him in fantasy.
I think Adrian Gonzalez will get better, certainly over what he's done so far.
I was offered Konerko and RA Dickey for Trumbo and De Aza, do I take it?
Aoki -- please discuss.
Looks legit to me... some speed. More power than expected. Not a fluke at all and will keep playing.
What do you think about dealing Holliday for Allen Craig and Peavy? I need pitching help after losing Morrow and Beachy.
I think if you want to move Holliday that you can do better.
Better DL stash between 2 rehabbers...Crawford or Howard?
Crawford there. I do not have high expectations for Howard.
Utley, Yunel Escobar, Neil Walker, and Jhonny Peralta - drop 1.
Walker doesn't seem special to me... or Peralta. I'd cut 'em both! But Peralta first.
is either bowe for $22 or garcon for $7 worth keeping in a 12 team league $200 budget
Garcon is a reasonable price... Bowe is expensive there.
Best 2 ROS - Morse, Hart, Goldschmidt, Rizzo
Morse and Hart.
Josh Reddick have any trade value left? Ride him out til Bonifacio returns?
He's a bit like LaHair... should hit enough home runs to matter, but the batting average is going down.
Is it just me or does 1b not seem as solid as it usually is?
No position is anymore... expect starting pitching and perhaps catching.
Was offered Granderson for my Chris Sale in 6x6 H2H league, thoughts?
Gotta do that.
concerned with Cliff Lee?
Nope. I don't look at wins the way 90 percent of the media does. Tells us nothing about performance.
Eric, start McDonald tonight against your hot Phillie bats?
Yeah, I think McDonald has earned that. Terrific season. And I am also enjoying people ripping the Phillies offense... since May 1 the Phillies have scored the most runs in the NL. Trends matter more than season totals.. That said, a top pitcher doesn't get sat.
My White Sox undressed the Red Sox don't ya think?
I don't see how the Red Sox got anything of value... but to them moving Youk was more important. If it works for them, so be it.
Alex Gordon or Ben Revere ROS?
All Revere can do is hit singles and steal bases. Gordon can do more things.
Am I a legit top 20 SP for the next few seasons?
I didn't say that. No.
Bench Zimmerman tonight at Coors?
No. Never bench Jordan Zimmm...
What are your expectations for Berkman when he comes back? I've stashed him only because I feel like so few potential impact bats become available mid-season. Thoughts?
Agreed. I think he can hit falling out of bed in the morning, and there just aren't a lot of hitters like him.
Is my start today (3.0+ IP, 9 R (8 ER), 7 H, 6 BB, 1 SO; 90 PC 48 ST) an outlier or am I going downhill for a bit?
Just a bad day.
Better chance of ending up the #1 QB this year - Cam or Vick?
Vick. But I doubt either guy is top 3. Questions about being top 5.
I am having a solid season. When do I start getting some hype and love from the experts?
Was on my preseason sleeper list. Doing pretty much what I expected, though with higher K rate.
Ian Kennedy for Mark Trumbo, which side do you like better?
Depends some on need, but as we've established here, the hitter. Trumbo is legit.
Seems like Romero has a lot of bad days...
Higher ERA and WHIP than normal and lower K rate, but still... pretty reliable guy the past few seasons.
Never quite understood why a fantasy GM wants their player to get love and hype, unless they're looking to deal them...right?
I suppose... it's like they want to be praised for their picks.
AL Only keeper league, trying to win the here and now. Martin Perez worth a grab over Diamond or Matusz?
Yes, but again, might not be up for long this season.
FOOTBALL!!!! Slotted for the number 6 pick in my draft, assuming Rodgers, Brady, Rice, Foster are gone...who you taking?
Well, McCoy and Jones-Drew are pretty obvious there.
any chance the yankees go after either dempster or garza from the cubs with pettitte and cc headed to the dl in the same day?
Always a chance... but the Sabathia thing is minor. It's two starts and he's back after the break. David Phelps can make 2 starts and the Yankees are fine. I'd be surprised if the Yankees panic here.
baseball is so boring when Matt Kemp isnt playing
I disagree! I can be interested in any game, even Padres-Astros. Kip Wells!
Deal A-Rod and Sale for Lawrie in a keeper league?
Speakng of Jones Drew.....Are you comfortable taking him that high? I get he had a great year, but so many injury questions prior to last year.....
Only other running back I can make a case for over him in the No. 4 RB spot is Ryan Mathews. Sure, I have concerns... I have concerns about every RB though.
PPR League..Antonio Brown , Jordy Nelson, Dez Bryant....gotta drop one. Who packs?
Brown goes. Even in a PPR there.
You all in on Trent Richardson in a keeper league? Max bid with a $200 budget?
Didn't make my top 10 running backs... I dunno, $30?
BASEBALL!! Jeter or Plouffe ROS?
Now that's just ridiculous!
EK, is there one guy in baseball that you are looking at right now and saying, "Man, this is a great time to buy low on that guy?"
Cliff Lee! And probably Utley, too.
Where you takin' Adrian Peterson?
Prob second round.
Yanks get Greinke now
Well folks, that's about all the time I have been given for today. I thank you for checking in and asking questions or just reading what's going on. It's fantasy sports, it should be fun. And to me it is! So have a great day and best of luck with your teams, real and fantasy! Adios!