Hello all and welcome to the latest fantasy sports chat session. Lots to discuss today with the ESPN mid-May rankings coming up this week, so thanks to all for your support and interest and for showing up and let's get moving. Any questions?
Its past my bed time so help me out here. ROS Hosmer, Belt or Loney?
Ha! I'd say Hosmer still, but look at the competition. If Loney had any power... but alas he does not. The Rays can fix anyone. But I still think Hosmer has the talent to be relevant.
Window to sell high on Trumbo closing quickly?
I know a lot of people that think he's not only legit, but a top-50 hitter. So I could be wrong! But I just cannot forget the second half of last season. It's not like he's taking a lot of walks.
Who's a better keeper for this year, Spiller(8th rnd)or Cobb(12th Rnd). PPR lg. thanks
Spiller for sure, potential top-5 running back overall. I like Randall Cobb as well, but WR is just so deep this season. Keep the RB, especially a pass-catching one in PPR!
Hey EK! expect more of the same w/HBailey? or just because it was Mia? thanks
Both, really. Homer has owned Pittsburgh, too. But he's not an ace, not in my top-40 SP rankings.
How do you rank hitters compared to pitchers? In a daily lineup league which do you think is more valuable? Thanks!
I generally leave my best hitters alone in daily formats and don't even look at matchups, and my bench is comprised of pitchers I can stream in. I go with extra closers and leave them all active. So they're both valuable; you draft the best offense possible and then mix and match the arms.
R.A. Dickey's start last night: The start of good things, or perfect time to sell high?
I don't sell high there, but I also don't think he'll be a top-10 starter the rest of the way. If healthy is capable of great things again, and he looked healthier - threw harder - last night.
EK how will Arizona OF look when A.Eaton returns? I own Kubel(not impressed so far) and Parra(doing very well). Opinions and thanks.
I think Eaton will play most of the time in center field, and everyone will lose at-bats, but mostly Pollock, which is a shame because he has been good. They really can afford to trade Kubel if they desire. Maybe for bullpen?
Drop Lohse for Cashner? Lohse is solid but low Ks.
Sure based on upside, but based on durability you'll be looking for Lohse pretty soon. Cashner could be very good for years though.
Would you trade Choo for Bautista in a keeper league?
I would. Not like either is young and about to change their stats. But Joey Bats has 40-homer potential. Choo does not.
Is David Ortiz too much to give up for a closer? I have Rizzo at 1B, and Hart/Heyward will come off the DL to give me Util relief.
Yes. I don't trade top hitters for closers unless it's the final piece to winning. I'd rather have Ortiz than Hart the rest of the way, but then again, it's not about "giving up too much" it's about winning. Just make sure it's one of the top closers!
Top Nationals starter at the end of the season will be?
Still Strasburg, but I bet Zimmermann is right with him.
Randall Cobb or Larry Fitz?
I think Fitz is a top-10 WR again, and Cobb just missed.
Does Konerko have one good year left? Moreland a better pick up?
Wrote about Moreland today, and said they are on the same place, but I can't drop Konerko or Howard yet. Just can't.
Ubaldo Jimenez - Do you believe he's found the solution to his problems in his mechanics? How do you view him ROS?
I view him dangerously. And wouldn't go near him.
Early CY Young and MVP predictions?
Back in March I officially predicted Darvish and Wainwright for CY, and for MVP it was Trout and Harper. All are still in play!
Hi EK...Enjoyed your article on Moreland this morning...Youk...When he comes back, would you prefer him or Moreland?
Moreland there, just because I can't imagine Youkilis remains healthy, which is a shame because the skills are still there.
If you were forced and you could only pick one keeper, would it be Harper or Kershaw?
The hitter. Harper was in my top 20 in March, and my top 10 now. And next year probably top 5.
Obviously I'm not THIS good, but you have to give me at least a little love. What do you see from me ROS?
Congrats to the Rays. Incredible. Send Josh Hamilton there and he hits 100 home runs. I think Loney CAN hit .300 with 15 home runs. Just don't expect it.
Segura hits another homer. Think this guy will finish inside the top 40?
I don't, but I believe I was by far the highest on him among the group for rest of the season ranks.
I don't, but I believe I was by far the highest on him among the group for rest of the season ranks.
Torii Hunter or Daniel Nava ROS?
I think Hunter is legit, and hits .300 with 15 home runs and SO many runs scored.
If Billy Hamilton keeps performing like he has for the last week (9/24 2hr, 2sb) is there a chance that he's up before the break?
Possible, but still not likely he's anything more than a September callup unless Choo got hurt.
I'm going to come around eventually, right?...RIGHT!?
He did last year, but it's hard to project that every season.
Do you expect Beachy to come back strong when he finally gets off the DL or is the season going to just be an adjustment period?
Like most Tommy John recovery types, command comes after velocity. Takes some guys longer, though. I'd say by July he's a fantasy factor.
Where do you rank Carpenter now at 2B? The guy is scoring runs.
I ranked him generously, but just outside top 10 second basemen I believe.
EK, Thoughts on Gattis the rest of the year?
Not promising. He's not a regular outfielder and McCann looks great.
Can I get a Giancarlo Stanton rest of season prediction from you? i know it's dicey given the hamstring injury and thanks for all your great work.
Give him 4 months of play and he could hit 30 home runs, still. I'm not shying away from an original top-20 hitter once he's healthy. Don't care about the lineup. And thank you for reading, watching and listening!
Hopping on the Billy Hamilton question, how high would you reach on him in a draft next year knowing he can win you steals in a week H2H or the season overall himself?
It's probably not me reaching because I don't think he's a sure-fire regular. But around where Bourn and Ellsbury go.
How down are you on Bruce in keeper formats? Ellsbury a better long-term option?
Not down on Bruce at all. He's a young, 30-homer guy still. Ellsbury is running and that's it. Seems awfully overrated right now. Same slash line as last year when we all agree he was not good. He's just stealing bases. I'm selling.
EK, would you deal Mariano & Cingrani for Shields?
Of course. Can always find saves and I don't think Cingrani will keep this up, or even stay healthy.
Trust Greinke today over Samarzdija?
No, but only because Greinke will likely be on pitch limit. And I really like Samardzija. After today, probably.
What do you think of dropping Willingham or Nava for Moreland?
I would not drop Willingham. Excellent power, excellent walk rate. Buy low there.
I'm amazed at how many more questions you answer in your chats than most of the other ones. Anyways, Ike was dropped in my league, do you take him over Moreland or Middlebrooks?
Hey, it's fun! Love my job! I'd take Moreland over Ike and Middlebrooks. I'm tired of waiting on Ike and his batting average, full knowing what he did last year.
Will Votto's power numbers come around, or would you deal him if you are in need of power?
Been discussing Votto's lack of power since March, but nobody listened! Still, elite batting average and top-5 overall in OBP formats. I don't think he'll hit 25 home runs. Probably not 20 either.
What are your thoughts on the Dodger closer situation? Is Jansen now the closer?
I think Mattingly is getting heat to make a change, but he sure seems like he wants League closing. After last night I'd have to say the change was made.
Better injury stash Eaton or Hart?
Huge Eaton fan, but have to go with the experienced Hart.
Hey EK! Where would you rank Machado among 3B in a keeper league?
Very well. Like top-5. And I ranked him in my top 50 overall, which I see puts me on an island! What more does Manny need to do?
Do you see Kemp reaching 15 home runs this year? This guy has nothing at all right now in terms of power. He looks like a number 8 hitter.
Last night he was a No. 2 hitter, which tends to change a hitter's approach some and get them going. Yes, he hits 20 home runs and steals 25.
If I needed OF help is trading Cain to get Heyward coming off the DL OK?
More than OK. Recommended. And I'm a big Cain fan, talked to him in March and have him on multiple teams.
Are you ok with running a 5 man rotation in a H2H league when everyone else has 7 or 8 starters?? My guys are great: Darvish, Hamels, Grienke, Moore, and Lester. Also can play 5 quality closers in this case
Sure, but as great as they are the counting numbers like wins and Ks could be lacking compared to others. You only need to win saves by 1, not 5!
Have Miguel Montero in a 12-team H2H (OBP), is it time to drop him for someone like Russel Martin?
I wouldn't do that. No way.
Picked up Lawrie after "clearing" waivers...so I didnt lose waiver priority. Smart move?? what do you see from him ROS??
Losing patience with him, Hosmer and Belt, to be honest. Seeing nothing to prove they will be what we thought. But waiting until June.
Back end starter you taking Delarosa or Slowey?
Neither, but leaning DeLaRosa first.
Eric, I was talking about Matt not Lorenzo. Does that change your opinion?
Oh, I just assumed Lorenzo! I'd still prefer Heyward, personally. Almost always the hitter over the arm, and Cain with the home runs..only cautiously buying low there.
Is Kazmir even a "start at home only" guy moving forward?
He wasn't that bad last night, I watched. Few bad pitches, Phillies benched a few lefty hitters. I'd say spot starter.
Any word on when T.Bauer will finally stick? hes pitched well everytime
Check his walk rate. He is not pitching well. He's been fortunate and needs to work on command. But in 2014, watch out.
Has McCann's hot start off the DL changed your opinion of him or is he still outside your top 10 catchers?
Yes, I have moved him up some to that line. Clearly showing no shoulder issues, and Gattis not much threat to playing time. I don't mind admitting I make changes. Have to if you want to keep up and win leagues.
the Old Vernon Wells back??? 25/20 reasonable?
I don't see him running much, but 25 home runs and .270, I am buying. And I know I should not!
I'm on pace for 20+ homer, 20 steals and 100 runs but nobody talks about me, how come?
Ranked him in my top 20 overall, so not sure what needs to be said!
Heyward, Kemp or Stanton ROS?
Kemp, then Heyward, then Giancarlo. And all will be fine, though not as fine as believed back in March.
Do you see Ruggiano going 25/25 this season?
I see him going 20/20 but hitting .250, which is basically what I was saying all offseason while colleagues laughed at me. Hey, I drafted him on so many teams, so put my money where my mouth was, so to speak. I made plenty of wrong calls as well!
Am I up anytime soon?
Roughly a month, three weeks. Everyone knows what the Rays are thinking here, it's financial reasons.
Choo's OBP is 456! How insane is that
What's insane is Choo and Votto 1-2 in OBP and the guy hitting second has half their OBP, Cozart. I defend Dusty, but on this one, just awful. Embarrassing. Put Frazier there. Your catcher. Leake when he hurls. Anyone else.
In the 'vacuum'....Which side of the trade do you like. Butler for Lorenzo Cain & Jim Henderson?
Butler for sure. Closers are just not worth what people think. The fact they do well on the Player Rater has no bearing on this; they just own a category that nobody else contributes in.
Can HanRam still get to 15/15 this year?
He can and will. Great buy low.
ERA under 3.2 and a WHIP around 1.00 a reasonable expectation for Weaver when he returns?
He was having some issues statistically before breaking his arm, so I am cautious on him. Still good, but more like 3.50 and 1.15.
Follow up on Jansen, if he is the closer where do you rank him ROS?
If Dodgers commit to him, top-10 for sure, and could be like Kimbrel-lite. But Dodgers won't commit. They'll say "for now" he's closing while League works on things. Nothing League can do, he is what he is.
Getting frustrated with Josh Johnson. Still worth leaving on DL? He is never healthy and seems far from the former ace self.
He made 31 starts last season, so I think the use of the word "never" is harsh! I'm buying low, but it makes sense to move on. It's not obvious he'll thrive.
Still think Domonic Brown only hits 15 HRs this year?
I'd say roughly 18-20 now. I like that he's doing well of course, but still doesn't get a lot of hits or walks, and it's clear he has no intention of stealing bases. But 20-70-.260 is worth owning. About time!
You buying me the rest of the season?
Of course. Could easily be best home run hitter in the game from this point on.
Would you trade Frieri for Cingrani or keep the saves?
I'm just not buying Cingrani. I know everyone loves him, but he's a deception guy and we now know his shoulder hurts. Not going to end the way most people think.
Todd Frazier isn't hitting that well recently. Does this slump change your projections of him? Was last year his baseline or high end?
I was never high on Frazier, ranked him worse than everyone else, but he's mountains better than Cozart for the No 2 lineup slot. I could see 20-70-.260 on him as well.
Why am I a shell of my former self?
Buy low, metrics say all is well.
How do you feel about Rutledge ROY?
Top rookie is Shelby. But Rutledge should pile on the counting numbers in homers and steals, make a run for 20/20. Doesn't make him a good hitter!
Which OF do you have more faith in for the rest of the season? Saunders or McLouth?
More faith in Saunders, for obvious reasons. But I also don't think McLouth is a fluke. He's getting on base against right-handers and running. That's all. And he does it well enough.
you said you are a big Eaton fan. Projections ROS?
In March I would have said .280-12-50-30, so now, let's say he hits .280 with 8 homers and 20 steals. Not awesome. Major crowd in Arizona outfield.
Who is a better potential keeper at SS for next year? Profar or Segura?
Profar still. Love Segura, but let's stay under control here!
What would YOU ask for in fair return if you're trading Stanton in an OBP league? I'm in 9th place and falling fast, need to make a move.
When I offer trades I don't forget about March projections, so I'd be going on the notion Stanton is a top-20 player. In expert leagues, we all expect that. I wouldn't trade Stanton for Ross Detwiler. Would have to be far better. People are way too low on Stanton and Heyward and injured guys. They'll hit when they return.
To elaborate on your Ellsbury response... would you trade him for allen craig straight up in a vacuum? Would you rather get jay bruce for him if the owner will deal?
I'd rush to trade Ellsbury for either. He's a steals guy showing no power. We should all forget about 2011. Can't explain it, no notion it will result in him hitting even 15 homers. I like Bruce a bit over Craig, but about even.
In a points league, would you dump BJ Upton and Uggla?
Not a chance. Each will get better, especially Upton. A top buy-low choice.
Should we be unloading Matt Moore? Underlying numbers aren't nearly as good as the superficial ones.
That is indeed true, talking about his 7-0 record and walk rate. I'd put the name out there for sure, and Moore is a guy I thought would be last year's top rookie, so I always believed. But not this much.
Who do you prefer ROS? Trout or Harper? Have an offer on the table to get Trout. Not sure if I should pull the trigger!?
I rank each in the top 10, but Trout third overall, Harper 10. So I'd go with Trout. Still more steals, still hits for power, average.
Tell me how excited you are now that Carlos Zambrano is on his way to pitching for your Phillies!
I might cry.
What's Vernon Wells' role now that Granderson is back? He's playing too wells (bad pun intended) to sit on the bench, right?
Blogged about this today. I'd sit Ichiro if I managed Yankees. Wells probably is DH with Hafner out, but he can't sit otherwise. Only right-handed power bat.
So you're saying not to stash Big Z? JK
Minor league deal, hard to expect he'll actually pitch for the Phillies at some point. No risk. Like Delmon. Somewhat.
Does Hosmer get to double digit HR? I'm not being facetious.
I hope so. I see a lot of Hosmer questions in here and want to mix things up, and perhaps I'm missing something in his evaluation. I watch. He's showing nothing. But we know he has the skills to be terrific.
Yes, he does hit 15 home runs.
Dude, I offered Granderson AND Alex Gordon for Stanton a week ago and was turned down. Would you take that in keeper?
I'd take the Grandy/Gordon side there, but other owners are under no obligation to make the correct move in a trade!
Hey Eric, Danny Espinosa has a banged up shoulder and hasn't got a hit since August of last year...when will the Nats replace him with Anthony Rendon (who is mashing in AA)?
I would drop Espinosa, who clearly has issues, but I see the Nats using Lombardozzi regularly. Doesn't have to make sense! And by the way, Rendon didn't mash in the majors when Zimmerman was hurt, so don't expect he'd be the obvious answer.
Is my start for real? Would you start me every day over Middlebrooks?
Definitely. Moving into my top-10 3B now.
EK, does Goldschmidt get to 30 hr's and 15 sb? Potential MVP in 2013?
Yeah, I think he does. A guy I was wrong about, but he hits right-handers well enough, hits on the road, has decided to keep running. Excellent player.
My hitting is terrible but I have Kershaw and Felix. Is Adam Jones for Felix a fair deal or should I get more for the King?
Definitely fair. Go for it.
Would you drop a 2nd tier closer like Street to pick up a "probable" closer like Jansen?
No, probably not. Gotta own both.
Why is Juan Francisco owned in 5% of leagues? Final Line?
I'll say .230, 12-45. He's not a special player. The 5 walks versus 33 strikeouts is a bit of an issue.
Move Ortiz now while he's still healthy, or can he mash all year?
He's a masher. No concerns.
Donaldson over Arenado?
Is there anything more frustrating than inactive owners?
Yeah, owning Josh Hamilton and Hosmer and Halladay on the same team. Hand raised.
A lot of call up questions..any chance we see Yasiel Puig anytime soon?
Not unless an outfielder gets hurt. And even then, who knows.
Would you trade Machado for Ortiz?
I would not. Can't believe I just typed that.
Will A. Soriano outperform Willingham ROS? Thanks EK
No, but each should be owned in 10-team leagues.
Would you drop Pedro Alvarez or Paul Konerko?
What do you think about Ryu going forward? Should we expect to see him get hit a little harder as he makes his way around the league again?
Some regression coming, but has the stuff to strike out 175 guys in 200 innings.
Are you buying Hisashi Iwakuma?
What is 'ROS'?
Really outstanding socks. Or rest of season.
Buying or selling Dexter Fowler?
He's hurt. But not buying.
Come on Eric, is Kenley the closer or not?
Mattingly doesn't even know. That's the truth.
Ervin Santana's K/BB is a ridiculous 6.5 - 3 times higher than his career norm. Sign of regression or improvement?
Motivation. I'm buying it.
Gambling at bottom of my pitching staff. Rank these latest "flavor of the weeks": Wood, Kazmir, Feldman, Fernandez?
Travis Wood ... then the rest. Wood, Fernandez, Kaz, Feld.
Drop Adam LaRoche, or stick it out?
OK, that is all the time I have been given for today, so thanks for showing up and asking questions, best of luck in your leagues and have a great day!