Fantasy Sports w/Keith Lipscomb
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Keith Lipscomb (3:03 PM)
Good afternoon everyone. Let's get right to it!
Big Al C (DCM, Mass)
I traded Paul Pierce and Deron Williams for Calderon and Dirk. Will i regret it if/when TJ Ford comes back?
Keith Lipscomb (3:07 PM)
I would expect the Raptors to be very cautious with Ford for the remainder of the season. With his injury history, it's a very serious situation. But you got yourself a stud power forward, which I'm assuming is why you did the deal in the first place.
Keith - Who are your top 12 in fantasy baseball this year?
Keith Lipscomb (3:08 PM)
Wow...it's tough to pinpoint 12 at this point in time, but off the top of my head, I'll throw these guys out and see if it sticks...
Keith Lipscomb (3:09 PM)
A-Rod, Hanley, Holliday, Crawford, D. Wright, Pujols, M. Cabrera, Howard, Reyes, Utley, Santana and maybe Soriano. I know there are plenty of other worthy options, of course.
What's up Keith - I just traded away Beidrins and Terry for Iverson. In a vacuum is that a good move?? Thanks.
Keith Lipscomb (3:11 PM)
I think it's a good move in a wind tunnel as well. You're getting an elite scorer who is shooting it as well as he ever has this season. Biedrins and Terry have too many ups and downs, so that's quite a heist.
Cory (Austin, TX)
Is Skip-To-My-Lou going to keep up this solid play once T-Mac returns?
Keith Lipscomb (3:13 PM)
At this level? I doubt it. After all, Skip won't have the ball in his hands nearly as often. However, I do think this stretch has turned him around and that he'll still be worth owning, whereas before he was borderline because of the so-so results to go along with poor shooting.
Keith, I have Dwade..is it time to trade him?? Someone offered me Kidd and Rashard for Wade and Gay. I am weak in assists and 3's.
Keith Lipscomb (3:15 PM)
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned about D-Wade. He's just so banged up and his style of play won't help him get healthy without taking time off. He's a great player, but I would do that deal, especially considering your needs would be met for sure.
Cory (Austin, TX)
I have been agonizing over this for days: drop Jet Terry for Nate Robinson? Terry contributes in more cats, but is so inconsistent. Nate...well he is associated with the Knicks and Isiah. Nuf said.
Keith Lipscomb (3:18 PM)
Cory, I know it's not always fun owning Terry, but he's still better than Robinson. As hot as he's been, Robinson will cool off and his minutes should, too. The Knicks have played some big-time small ball with the likes of Crawford, Marbury and Robinson on the court at times and I can't see how they keep doing that for the remainder of the season. Quentin Richardson being banged up has helped Robinson's caused, but I'm sure he'll level out here in the near future. Terry is the safer bet to be better from here forward, in my opinion.
Kyle (Riverside, CA)
Is Delmon Young moving over to Minnesota going to hurt his numbers during what should be another great season for the young OF?
Keith Lipscomb (3:21 PM)
I really don't see how he'd be hurt by the move, because he's still growing as a player. He's such a talented hitter, I expect him to increase his homer total for sure and continue to provide a strong average and drive in runs. If he ever improves his plate discipline, look out. I love Delmon long-term.
Better 2nd Half Sleeper? Thaddeus Young or Louis Williams ..
Keith Lipscomb (3:23 PM)
I still like Louis Williams better. I just think he's more ready to be a regular contributor and I really do expect the Sixers to deal Andre Miller. I could certainly be wrong there, of course, but if Miller is dealt, Williams will have quite a second half. Young is much more likely to experience longer rough patches and inconsistency.
in a 5 year keeper league i have santana, sizemore, m. cabrera, and holliday. at the 7th pick the best pitchers are zambrano, halladay, oswalt, and lacky and hitters dunn, tulo, magglio, and atkins who do i go with?
Keith Lipscomb (3:26 PM)
You've got a nice start to your squad, that's for sure. I'm big on hitters early on in drafts, because it's easier to predict what they'll give you, so I would likely go with Maggs right now. That being said, if you are more inclined to go with a pitcher, I'd take Lackey by a hair over Halladay and Oswalt.
Thanks in advance for the help Keith. I desperately need waiver wire help in rebounds and blocks (I think it's time to drop McDyess) - who is the best pickup going forward - Jason Maxiell, Sean Williams, Darko Milicic or Kenyon Martin?
Keith Lipscomb (3:29 PM)
If he can stay on the court, the answer is Darko because he is a quality shot-blocker who should play at least 25 minutes a game the rest of the way. I'd be disappointed if Memphis, which is going nowhere, didn't give him a solid opportunity to show what he's got the rest of the way. Williams is a great shot-blocker, but his minutes are entirely too inconsistent for me to recommend him.
Keith Lipscomb (3:31 PM)
That being said, I'm not sure you should drop McDyess for him, unless you are simply in dire need of the blocks. Dice will grab more boards and should score as much as well.
Keith can I get you opinion on my dynasty league team? 12 team league and we keep our starting lineup every year. This is who I kept from last season. Will this be a team that competes in another year or 2 or do I have to many young kids? C-Johjima, 1B-Teix, 2B-Utley, SS-Tulo, 3B-Gordon, OF-Delmon, Rios, Kemp, Bruce, DH-Kendrick, SP- CC, Verlander, Hughes, Lincecum, Cain. Thanks
Keith Lipscomb (3:35 PM)
Wow, you do have some youth, don't you? Can they compete? Sure, they can, but you really are counting on some of these guys to break out, which is unlikely. I like your starting pitching, although the SF boys will be challenged to win a bunch of games again. the offense will really need Kemp to bust out, which I think he will. Bruce is more than likely a "wait 'til next year" guy, realistically. Being a contender is definitely possible, but how you finish off that team will be critical in case the young OF doesn't come through for you.
You mentioned Roy Halladay in the same sentence with Oswalt and Lackey. Isn't Halladay being a little overvalued overall since he just doesn't have the big K numbers anymore? I'd think he was clearly below either of those pitchers.
Keith Lipscomb (3:37 PM)
Yes, Brick, Halladay's strikeout numbers definitely put him behind Lackey and Oswalt on my list. However, Oswalt's strikeout totals are also declining and you could argue his support cast is the worst among the three pitchers. I still rank them Lackey, Oswalt, Halladay.
Are you one of those who dont like Dunn or do you think that Magglio is just better. Are you gonna take a chance on Magglio having 3 healthy years?
Keith Lipscomb (3:40 PM)
That's the million dollar question. There's certainly no way Maggs repeats his '07 digits, but I do think he can go .300-25-100 with 110 runs in that offense, which is more valuable than Dunn, because Dunn likely topped out in BA last season at .264. So, yes I'm willing to take the chance on Ordonez staying healthy again. We'll see how that goes, though, won't we?
Hey Doug, keeper question here. Which two of these guys do you keep in a H2H league? Numbers are round values: Johan 1, Bedard 5, Atkins 12, C. Young 15 (ARI)??? I am already keeing Hanley 8, Holliday 3 and Phillips 16. Thanks!
Keith Lipscomb (3:43 PM)
I may be in the minority here, who knows, but I value hitting over pitching every time and if I can keep guys like Atkins and Young in rounds after all the "starters" have been established, sign me up. I love Johan and Bedard, but I'll take those great values for the hitters and see what I can come up with pitching-wise on draft day. You might be able to get Johan or Bedard back early in the draft, even.
I have Francisco Garcia and I know his value is going to take a hit with (Bibby, Martin, artest) coming back. Nobody will trade for him, Should I hold onto him or pick up a hot WW pick? Any Waiver Wire suggestions? Thanks
Keith Lipscomb (3:45 PM)
Since I don't know the parameters of your league, Tito, it's hard to suggest waiver pickups, but I would take a look at your categorical needs and see if there's anyone on the wire that would better serve what you need, since you know Garcia's value will plummet in the next week or so. Sorry if that's too vague, but I would only hit the wire if there's a category that you badly need that Garcia can't help you in.
do you think the jags can upset the pats thus giving the pack a better shot at the superbowl?
Keith Lipscomb (3:47 PM)
Of course they can beat them. These teams sure have met a lot in the playoffs, considering the Jags' brief history, huh? But I really feel like they'll have to run the ball extremely well, keep that Pats offense on the sidelines and find a way to put pressure on Brady. Much easier said than done. I have to go with the Pats...but I do like your Pack this week, too, though.
Chipper (At Home)
I'm a dog and my owners named me after Chipper Jones. Whats a better reality, that as a dog i actually wrote this or that Chip will actually be a productive fantasy 3B in '08?
Keith Lipscomb (3:52 PM)
Gotta go with the latter, man (or, should I say, dog). I actually like Chipper again this season. I think people get too scared away by his many injuries, because what he gives you when he IS healthy is top-5 production at third base. If someone told you you'd get .310-27-95 and 95 runs, you'd be happy, right? Considering that's the kind of numbers he can put up (and has put up) when playing 125-130 games or so, I'm all in on Chipper.
Rebecca (St Louis)
Boy, it looks like you really like basketball! What are your thoughts on Chris Young (pitcher) for this year?
Keith Lipscomb (3:56 PM)
Since we don't offer other hoops chats, I try to make sure that we've got you all covered there, but I love football and baseball, too, of course. To answer your question, Rebecca, I expect Young to be the same pitcher he was last season -- and I PRAY that somehow, he's able to be more efficient with his pitches and last longer than 5.6 innings per start, as he has in his three full seasons in the bigs. He's a beast in terms of WHIP, ERA and pitches in a great park, but he loses too many wins because of those short starts.
hey keith, that guy who got iverson for those 2 bit pieces is in my league, i think he paid the guy a 20 to accept it, anyway u got any under the radar sg i can pick up while hill is out?
Keith Lipscomb (3:59 PM)
haha...Nice, Terry. Well, I'm not sure how deep your league is, but if he's still available in your league, a guy like Rashad McCants is really shooting it well right now and while he won't help you in rebounds and assists like Hill does, he will provide a mini boost in 3s and should continue to score given similar minutes. I'm assuming you're in a league of at least 12 teams. It's unlikely you'll find a multi-category guy that will help you a bunch, but maybe you can find a specialist or hot hand like McCants until he cools off.
why did that guy say hey doug, wouldnt it be hey keith. did he forget he was using a fake name or something?
Keith Lipscomb (4:01 PM)
I'm sure it was a simple mistake. I've been called much worse, as I'm sure you can imagine! Let's get a couple more in before I run...
How good is Bynum? Is he going to be a big time fantasy guy soon? I see him climbing the rankings with his high %'s, low TO, and 1 of 14 players to have a double-double avg. Seems like he would be a 20-13 guy with a ton more minutes. thanks
Keith Lipscomb (4:03 PM)
I think he's a big timer now, Ryan. And while there's no doubt he could explode if given bigger minutes, Phil Jax still likes Kwame Brown's defense better. But no question this is just the beginning for Bynum. He's been such a huge value this season.
Kyle (Ottawa, ON)
What are your thoughts on the back end of the blue jays staff, Marcum and company will they contribute again?
Keith Lipscomb (4:07 PM)
I like McGowan as a top-40 starter or so, and while I don't like Marcum nearly as much, mainly because of his propensity to give up bombs, he's someone who I'd definitely consider as my 5th starter in a league of 12 teams or more.
Keith Lipscomb (4:07 PM)
All right...last one...
Cory (Austin, TX)
Conley or Rafer?
Keith Lipscomb (4:12 PM)
I go with Alston, but for some, it could depend on how badly you need threes. Because if you need them, there's no question it's Alston. Neither player will shoot it very well and Alston is definitely the safer pick, but at least Conley has now put himself closer to the conversation. Conley doesn't do anything decidedly better than Alston right now.
Keith Lipscomb (4:12 PM)
I have to run, but thank you for showing your faces in here. See you next Thursday!