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    by gmenfan65 15 hours ago

    For what it's worth, I grabbed him in my 12 team h2h league just to see if regular playing time - which I assume he'll be getting with Craig out of the picture - gets him going.

    I don't think it would hurt any team to just add him on a spec basis - but in your situation, I think he'd have to show a LOT over the next six weeks in order to be considered a keeper over those three. (As a side note - not sure how your league works, but my league allots two keepers that count as picks in the first two rounds. If this is how your league works, I don't see any situation where I'd keep Taveras as a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd round keeper.)

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    Adam Lind

    by Scott 18 hours ago

    I like Hosmer and LaRoche more than Lind. I'd probably go for Hosmer, but if my team needed a few more homers (and not hoSmers, ha ha) then I'd take LaRoche.

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    Adam Lind

    by Scott 18 hours ago

    I think he'll manage a good avg against righties; I owned him for a while and he is definitely a platoon player. He's got good doubles power (16 in only 178 ABs this season), so his 4 hr on the season are rather disappointing. He should score some runs, although the bottom half of the Jays' lineup is kinda weak. His RBI total is pretty low - this is going to sound crazy, but I wonder if his RBI total is just a victim of hitting behind Bautista, who is probably driving in a lot of Lind's potential RBI.

    I don't think he's going to be picked up in my 12 team h2h league. The platoon situation makes him a bit of a pain to roster,all he really provides is good avg when he does start. You could grab him as a short-term experiment if you have a free spot; if he comes back, I like his .350avg against his Sunday opponent Feldman. But I think, ultimately, you'll be underwhelmed by his production.

  • dave dave Jul 28, 2014 1:28 PM Flag

    That's a lot of teams - but knowing how creative us fantasy owners can get with team names, what are your top five favorite team names out of the 31?

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    by IU JIGGA Jul 23, 2014 12:12 PM
    dave dave Jul 28, 2014 11:29 AM Flag

    Nah, I'm not insecure... I just think it's really unproductive to thumbs-down someone without any kind of follow up response. I understand that there'll be differing opinions on the board. But I just don't see what's accomplished when someone decides that they dislike a post enough to thumbs-down it, but they obviously don't have enough confidence in their own analysis to follow up with an explanation.

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    Matt Harvey a keeper?

    by Ryan Jul 24, 2014 11:17 AM
    dave dave Jul 24, 2014 1:52 PM Flag

    I doubt you'd get anything of value for Harvey. He was, of course, really good last year, but a guy coming back from TJ after a year off probably isn't a pick in the top four rounds. I have Zimmerman on a team I co-manage and I'm not real optimistic that he'll be back in time to help the team, but I think Harvey is the drop here.

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    by IU JIGGA Jul 24, 2014 12:25 PM
    dave dave Jul 24, 2014 1:49 PM Flag

    I mean, yeah, if you need a DL spot.

    Right now I have Zim and Wacha in my two DL slots, and it's looking like neither of them are going to be able to help my team again this year : (

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    Drop Keuchel

    by Rock_City Jul 23, 2014 12:37 PM
    dave dave Jul 23, 2014 1:19 PM Flag

    I'd drop Keuchel for deGrom, and I might drop Leake for Walker as well.

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    by IU JIGGA Jul 23, 2014 12:12 PM
    dave dave Jul 23, 2014 1:13 PM Flag

    Ha ha, someone downvoted me without any kind of response or explanation. Well done!

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    by IU JIGGA Jul 23, 2014 12:12 PM
    dave dave Jul 23, 2014 12:34 PM Flag

    Holy #$%$, no. I'd rank those guys Calhoun, Nap, Choo, Myers. Myers isn't supposed to be back until mid-August, but with the Rays out of contention maybe they just give him the remainder of the season to rest and make a slow, careful recovery. I love Calhoun; I think Napoli is a solid contributor who'll give you .270/25hr; and I don't hold out much hope for Choo this year.

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    by Shark Jul 22, 2014 11:21 PM
    dave dave Jul 23, 2014 12:02 PM Flag

    I like Rutledge at home over the next few days. Bogaerts has too much talent to be this bad, so if he has a couple of somewhat-decent games then I'd jump on him in a 12 team league. I'm a huge Yankees fan but I don't expect much from Jeter, and Simmons is just really falling short of expectations this year.

    A week or two before the All Star break, I picked up Lowrie to fill in for the underperforming Segura. I'm content having him in there every day, and in my league Rutledge and Jeter are available.

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    Edwin for harper

    by gator Jul 17, 2014 4:43 PM
    dave dave Jul 17, 2014 5:29 PM Flag

    I totally agree with BJD here. The move itself makes sense to fill your needs, as your infield is stacked and your outfield is... well... unimpressive. There's a reasonable chance the deal goes through, but I just don't see any good reason to think Harper will achieve anything more than, what, a .265/15hr/70rbi pace (pace, not total numbers) over the rest of the season. And this is also where "real life" comes into play - no matter what anyone thinks about his abilities and upside, the bottom line is that he endured an injury that's clearly still affecting him.

    Fangraphs had an interesting piece on Harper a few days ago, I'd link it but Yahoo has a stupid #$%$ problem with links. So if you search for a Fangraphs article called "Bryce Harper's Not 100% Yet," it might help you make a more focused evaluation.

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    Darvish Trade

    by Anthony Jul 17, 2014 4:17 PM
    dave dave Jul 17, 2014 4:35 PM Flag

    I think you should give it a try, especially since Darvish has given up 4+ER in 4 of his last 5 starts.

    All FOUR of these guys you mention are pitchers of substance, as evidenced by the fact that they're all owned in 90%+ of leagues (well Fister is at 88%). They're all regarded as top-50 pitchers, with Shields and Latos coming within the top 25 on a lot of people's lists.

    I'm not saying it's a slam dunk deal. I'm not saying any of these guys are better than Darvish. But I think another owner would have to be at least intrigued by the idea of giving up one elite starting pitcher for three legit pitchers who he could start every single time they take the mound.

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    Bryant--keeper worthy at this point?

    by Andy C Jul 17, 2014 11:51 AM
    dave dave Jul 17, 2014 12:28 PM Flag

    Definitely keep Bryant. Bruce is productive, but I'm sure you'll be able to draft another outfielder with good power; Pedroia is not worth keeping; I would never keep a closer; and while Tanaka was mostly excellent before his injury, I certainly wouldn't bother to keep him in this situation.

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    Chris Davis dropped

    by Ryan L Jul 16, 2014 12:03 PM
    dave dave Jul 16, 2014 1:57 PM Flag

    I agree with everyone else - drop Nelson.

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    Kemp and Kalhoun

    by Kevin Jul 15, 2014 9:22 PM
    dave dave Jul 16, 2014 1:55 PM Flag

    I definitely like Calhoun more than Kemp right now; with the avg, pop, runs, and a couple of steals, Calhoun is pretty much doing what we would hope for from a healthy Kemp. I think Calhoun is about to take off in the everyday starting gig with his excellent hitting and Cowgill recently hitting the DL.

    I'm having a hard time understanding why people think Kemp is "done" or "fantasy irrelevant" now. Obviously he had his problems earlier this season, between poor play and not starting every day. But over 101 ABs in June, he hit .317 with 3 hr, 8 doubles, and 16 rbi. Obviously the ratios aren't great (1hr/30+pa), but the avg is there. His line drive rate is at a career high right now (27.3%) so he's clearly driving the ball; through most of this season, he's actually been increasing his line drive rate while decreasing his fly ball rate. Ideally, we'd like to see a few more fly balls, since those are the hits that usually turn into homers - but I think the line drive rate is a really positive sign.

    So, you could certainly move Kemp for a helpful piece. But I wouldn't feel too bad about having him on my team.

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    by marshall Jul 14, 2014 1:46 PM
    dave dave Jul 14, 2014 2:08 PM Flag

    I think it's just shrewd gamesmanship. If I were in your league, I'd probably give it a sideways glance, but in the end I'd say you can do what you want if it's within the rules.

    If you do this, you're taking the chance that you might not get Trout back. I understand that it certainly looks like you will be able to re-acquire him, but who knows. Maybe in another month or two, your league institutes a rule whereby you cannot draft a player that you just dropped. I don't know. I can't stress enough that I know this is a very far-fetched possibility, but it could happen. In which case, obviously no one would sympathize with you when you found yourself Trout-less.

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    Which FA hitter?

    by Tofr Jul 14, 2014 12:44 AM
    dave dave Jul 14, 2014 12:02 PM Flag

    Right now, I'd go Gillaspie or Johnson. Probably Gillaspie, since he's been more consistent over the season. You won't get much of anything except avg from either of them, but I'd say that's more than the other guys can give you in the short term.

    Having said that, I'd check each player's upcoming matchups and take that into account. Carter has actually been picking up some hits over the past couple of days, so if he has some favorable matchups then maybe you grab him. I think the beauty here is that you probably don't have to worry about all these guys being picked up over the next few days, so you could easily switch one out for another if your first choice underperforms.

  • dave dave Jul 11, 2014 2:11 PM Flag

    I like it, and I agree with Mike - if I had Longo, I'd be happy to just do a one-for-one for E5. I like Longo, but it certainly seems like Edwin can outproduce him across the board. Of course, you'll have to make do in the short-term since Encarnacion will be out until August, but obviously you wouldn't be able to swing this trade to begin with if he was healthy. (As a side note, I own Segura and that guy has been burning my cookies all season.)

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    PSA: Jimmy Nelson and Saturday

    by dave Jul 10, 2014 12:59 PM
    dave dave Jul 10, 2014 3:24 PM Flag

    He's riding something like a 22 inning scoreless streak in the minors. I read an article today in which the writer makes a case that every time Nelson moves up a level, it takes him a few starts before he stops nibbling. He did give up three walks in 5.2 innings in his first start; with the Cardinals' strong lineup, he might continue to dance around the plate.

    I definitely wouldn't drop Stroman for him, since Stroman, up until his last start, was doing as well as I could possibly hope for Nelson to do (if that makes sense). And because I'm not sure if Nelson will stick in the rotation (and in fact it hasn't really been confirmed that Nelson will definitely start on Saturday), I'm not sure if I'd drop Martinez either. I'd probably rather have Nelson's Saturday start than Martinez's Sunday start, but I don't feel strongly that one should definitely have a much better outing than the other.