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John 69 posts  |  Last Activity: May 20, 2016 11:46 AM Member since: Jun 7, 2011
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    Infielder Advice

    by David Vest Apr 18, 2016 5:09 PM
    John John Apr 18, 2016 5:14 PM Flag

    As a Cardinal fan, I love Wong's upside but I'm concerned about him and his fantasy relevance for this season. The upside is there, but something doesn't seem right with his swing. He also seems to be very fragile emotionally and does not respond well to pressure or bounce back well from bad games and mistakes. With Gyorko and Diaz both playing well and Tejada returning, Wong's playing time is in jeopardy if he doesn't turn it around quick.

    Short story - I'd have to take Cozart right now and hope Wong is still available if he starts to heat up.

  • Which Rays pitcher do you like better ROS?

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    Util Spot

    by Ubaldo Jimenez Apr 13, 2016 1:07 AM
    John John Apr 13, 2016 5:13 PM Flag

    A class A minor league game plays by all the same rules as a major league game. I think we can agree the game is more of a challenge on the major league level. The rules of monopoly never change, but I can beat children more consistently than other intelligent adults. The rules and number of participants in two poker tournaments can be set up exactly the same, but I will likely do better at the one my local casino puts on than the world series of poker. The difference has to do with the quality of the opposition. I know you're smart enough to understand this. I may have accused you of being socially unaware or rude, but not dumb.

    And I'm smart enough to recognize there are good public leagues and #$%$ private leagues. But, if you play the averages, the odds are better of having active and knowledgeable managers in a private league. Even if you don't believe that, I'm sure you have to know that not all leagues are created equal. The total number of players in the f/a pool may be the same in every league that has the same settings, but if the managers in one league are not active and knowledgeable, there will be better quality players in that free agent pool than the other league where every owner knew who Trevor Story was long before he played in his first MLB game. Where no one drafted Buster Posey over Mookie Betts because he had more name value. Where every owner pays attention every day to make sure the right players get in their lineup, the injured players get placed on the DL or dropped, and the guy that just inherited his closer role or is about to gets picked up.

    Once again, as I do every year, I would love to offer you a sincere invite to the private league a couple of us here play in. If you're right and all leagues really are the same, then why not? Give it a shot next season. Surely you are starting to get bored after all your years in a row of winning random public leagues. Come on over and win our private one next time

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    Which OF

    by Darin Apr 12, 2016 10:14 AM
    John John Apr 13, 2016 4:40 PM Flag

    I agree with your general philosophy on drafting power and speed. I like as many 5 category producers as I can get. I differ on narrowing the focus as much as you are saying to guys who are most likely to provide a 20/20 season. Because a lot of the guys that seem likely to give you 20/20 end up giving you weighted more toward the speed end than the power end. Then you end up with a team that dominates stolen bases and struggles for power. Especially considering most of the owners we all play against do place more emphasis on the HR stat than they should. Look at the guys you named. Cain was 16/28 last year. Blackmon 17/43. Eaton 14/18. A team full of guys like that is going to absolutely dominate SB but HR/RBI will be much tougher categories to win for that team. I absolutely want to draft those types of power/speed guys you mentioned that are heavier on the speed side, but those guys are always available outside of the first couple of rounds. So, why not in the first round take Trout if he's available? His 40+ HR are going to be needed and he's going to throw you in 10+ SB too (as if you're going to need them if you get Blackmon, Cain, Eaton, Heyward, Marte, etc. in later rounds.

    Your team still achieves balance in power/speed by having some guys that could give you 40/10 , some guys that could give you 10/40, some that give you 12/25 and others that give you 25/12. Your team is going to be good as long as you don't end up with multiple players who aren't going to give you anything in a particular category.

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    Which OF

    by Darin Apr 12, 2016 10:14 AM
    John John Apr 13, 2016 3:42 PM Flag

    Not sure what I misread. You have clearly stated that, as of right now, Taylor is a better player than either Trout or Harper and that you would draft him before Trout or Harper in either a fantasy league or for a real life baseball team. Hard to believe that's true since you didn't actually draft him and certainly had the chance.

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    Machado for Altuve?

    by Shannon Apr 13, 2016 3:08 PM
    John John Apr 13, 2016 3:40 PM Flag

    I would prefer Machado. Floor is high and the ceiling is higher. He's the kind of guy that could end up being the top overall pick next season.

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    Which OF

    by Darin Apr 12, 2016 10:14 AM
    John John Apr 13, 2016 2:38 PM Flag

    How is it possible that you don't own Taylor? He is, according to you, a better fantasy and real life commodity than Trout or Harper already. Yet, because of the way he is perceived by others, you certainly could have drafted him in the last few rounds or possibly even grabbed him off waivers. Why is it that you never took that opportunity to grab him?

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    Mike Leake

    by Anthony Apr 13, 2016 1:06 PM
    John John Apr 13, 2016 2:31 PM Flag

    I would personally hold on to him for at least a few starts to see. Busch is a much better ballpark than GAB and the Cardinals have a track record with pitchers. It wouldn't surprise me to see Leake have a very nice year.

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    Story for Dee Gordon and a 10th Round pick?

    by Zemo Apr 10, 2016 11:16 AM
    John John Apr 12, 2016 4:41 PM Flag

    I know it's too late now so, sorry, but I don't like that trade for you. I'm not saying Story is necessarily a fantasy superstar, but at the very least his trade value should be higher than Gordon. Gordon's biggest asset is steals and you can find those on the wire and in late draft rounds every year.

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    Kipnis, Panick, or LeMahieu

    by John Apr 11, 2016 9:43 AM
    John John Apr 11, 2016 9:44 AM Flag

    Before anyone else corrects me, I know, it's Panik not Panick. My bad.

  • Rank these 2B for the rest of the season.

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    Kluber worth burning a #1 waiver?

    by Charles Apr 11, 2016 9:35 AM
    John John Apr 11, 2016 9:35 AM Flag

    Yep. No doubt he's worth it.

  • Which shortstop do you prefer for the rest of the season and why?

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    Yahoo "current ranking"

    by John Apr 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    Mine usually are too. I'm thinking there must be a cache issue with my browser or something. One league is also showing the "probable" starters as the guys going today instead of the guys going tomorrow like it usually does.

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    Jean Segura

    by Scott Apr 6, 2016 1:39 AM

    Segura may eventually flame out and regress to the levels he's performed the last two seasons. If that happens I"ll cut him in a heartbeat, but for now I'm still believing 2013 wasn't a fluke. Segura went through some horrible personal times and was stuck in a bad environment in MIL the last couple of years. It would not surprise me to see him energized in a new environment and with a couple of years having passed since the death of his son. He may put together his best season yet at age 26.

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    Jean Segura

    by Scott Apr 6, 2016 1:39 AM

    Pretty shocking with Taylor, considering he is already a better fantasy and real life player than Harper or Trout. It's astounding to me how stupid 84% of fantasy leagues are. For that matter, it's amazing how stupid the vast majority of people working for MLB teams and as industry analysts, writers, etc can be. All of them believing the ridiculous notion that Michael Taylor isn't a top 5 overall player in the sport.

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    Yahoo "current ranking"

    by John Apr 8, 2016 9:39 AM

    Odd. I play 2 leagues, I just checked the other one and it shows the 2 and 140 rankings you mention. My other league still shows Segura 10th and Wright 8th.

  • Does anyone understand the formula for how yahoo determines their current ranking?

    David Wright is currently ranked 8th for batting .143 (1/7) with 0 runs, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2SB. Meanwhile, Jean Segura is ranked 10th for batting .444 (8/18) with 4R, 3HR, 5RBI, 1SB. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

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    Opening day observations

    by Dick Strong Apr 5, 2016 12:27 AM

    I personally think that's crazy for so many reasons, but we can agree to disagree. I had already gathered you liked Taylor better for fantasy purposes. But, earlier, you implied you thought he was a better real life player. Would you also take Taylor over Trout or Harper in a real life baseball draft where you were building a team from scratch and could draft anyone you wanted?

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    If you hate #$%$ Strong

    by A Yahoo! User May 11, 2012 4:55 AM

    Dude, let it go. What you're doing here constantly bumping this thread with someone's personal info is far more pathetic than anything Strong has ever done or said on these boards....and that's saying something.

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