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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning gang! We've got two games in the books and one hour to talk about all that and more. So let's get to it. Second cup of coffee in hand. Who's up first?
Leslie Knope (Pawnee, IN)
Need an OF to fill in for Crawford: Rayburn, Murphy, E. Thames?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Given how hot Raburn has been this spring and we're talking about the short-term, I'd roll the dice with him.
Kipnis or Espinosa
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
I'm in the Kipnis Everdeen camp. Espy's potential for his batting average to tank scares me.
John (St. Louis)
First trade of the season already vetoed! What do you think about Kemp for Holliday and Swisher? Veto-worthy?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
No, no, no! I don't know why people are trading yet, but I also don't know why we're vetoing either. Ugh! We're one step away from rolling back drafts b/c we don't like who a guy selected. It's insanity.
Waited before grabbing a guy at 1st...ended up with Gaby Sanchez. Thoughts? Any sleepers I should keep an eye on?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Solid pick. Top 75 overall potential. I'd be fine with that if I got solid players at other positions in the interim.
John W. Booth (Washington, DC)
Who is a better stash and wait option: Manny, Howard, Bryce Harper?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
I'd prefer to have Harper. Not sure if/when Howard returns and Harper may well beat Manny to the bigs this year.
Hey AJ, Just finished the book and loved it!!!! What is your take on punting categories...have a great offense but weaking SP's so thinking bout punting wins/k's to win ERA, Whip, Saves...thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
Thanks re: book. I don't think you can know that you're punting until stats start rolling in. A few weeks in and you may find you've greatly overestimated your hitting and underestimated your pitching. I wouldn't be proactive about punting before any games have been played.
Would you trade J. Upton for A. Gonzalez?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
In the sense that I have Upton ranked lower, yes.
All this Madbum hype seems nuts. He needs to go after Strasburg and Darvish right?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
You mean there's no "Yu" hype? I think all three have pros and cons. Personally, I'd probably go with Strasburg first and Bumgarner second.
In an AL H2H, are you ok starting 3 pitchers from the same team (Tor staff of Romero, Morrow and Alvarez)?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Risky business, that. All it takes is a bad week at Fenway and Tiger Stadium, for example, and you've hamstrung yourself. I'd rather spread the risk.
Does Trumbo come close to his 2011 stats? With 3B eligibility worth hanging on to?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
I think he's worth hanging on to with 25 HRs, simply because that's a lot of return on where you can draft him. Multi-positional eligibility is just icing at that point.
I am totally on board with you about being too early to trade but what do you do when you leave the draft room with a team you just loathe? While I will admit I've done that in the past and won the league, how long do you give it before making trades if you know you are going to be deficient in some areas? May?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
I certainly give it a few weeks. The fact is, I've left drafts feeling great about my teams and seen them tank, and I've drafted teams I've hated that trounced all-comers. You just never know - and even a cold start doesn't mean you should hang it up either. Patience in roto!
Tiger Stadium has been torn down. It is doubtful Toronto pitchers will have issues there.
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
I refuse to acknowledge "Insert Corporation Name Here" Stadium names if at all possible.
Over/Under : Dee Gordon having 45 steals this year
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
I'd say that's a good ballpark number. I'd go over by a few.
Need a fill in until Utley's return (if ever): Raburn (2B eligible), Ryan Roberts, or Allen Craig (also 2B eligible)
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Roberts my pick of the three. And I have doubts about Utley.
Over/Under: 25 homeruns for Goldschmidt
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Under for me.
Mark (Des Moines)
Last year Gio was getting sleeper Cy Young hype, this year better team and no hype? Is he the third best nats pitcher?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Gio's in my top 100. I'd personally take him ahead of Zimm.
Morneau's looking healthy and finally seems to be getting his timing back. Moving him up your board? Ownable in 6x6 12 team mixed league using OPS?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Every day he plays is a positive, but that shoe may drop at any moment. Do I feel "better" about grabbing him late than I did a month ago? Yes. Any more than that? No.
Dan (Lawrence, KS)
Want to stash one of these young pitcher in 12 team H2H keeper league. Who has more upside for this year and future? Trevor Bauer, Pomeranz, Mike Montgomery or Teheran?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
I think Pomeranz finishes in top 2 for RotY.
Moustakas or Lorenzo Cain for utility spot in a points league?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Moustakas for me.
What are your projections for Austin Jackson?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Apart from the SB totals, I don't love him. Rather have Boesch for fantasy. And in terms of just watching the guys play, I'd rather see Dirks in action.
Lorenzo Cain (KC)
Has my spring and batting 2nd made you take notice for this year?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Only in the sense that the job was not necessarily yours at the start of the spring and now we're pretty sure.
Nathaniel Lee (FL)
In my last 2 drafts Beltran seems to be falling. Is there a good reason for this?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Just a matter of people forgetting about him, I think. Plus a little post-Albert negative feeling to all Cards.
You said you had your doubts about Utley... can you elaborate and is he worth a DL stash?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
The knees are a concern. He's not getting them "fixed" - it's a pain issue and one he'll deal with all year. No date yet for his return and last season he simply stopped running. Red flags all around. Stash him? Sure. But I'd not be expecting 15-15.
AJ can you give me ANY reason whatsoever to watch the Astros this season? I mean, will any of their everday players even be worth rostering in Fantasy aside from Myers (probably) and Carlos Lee?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
I wrote a whole article on Wandy. Once every five days, that's a reason.
Who will end up having a better season: McCarthy or Holland?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
So far, McCarthy - and I think it's legit.
Andre Either...do you think a bounce back season is on the horizon? .290/25/90 seem reasonable?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I think that may be a bit high. Scale it done about 20 percent and you're there.
Which 2 SP's would you rather have at the end of the draft Chacin, Liriano, Cahill or Sale?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Cahill and Chacin. C is for cookie. Good enough for me.
Brandon Belt (Limbo)
How many at bats do I get this year? I can't stay in the minors right?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
I'd say it will depend on Huff. If he falters, guess who will be in the lineup, pronto?
Ben (Chandler, AZ)
Which side do you like better: Reyes and Gordon or Castro and Stanton?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Close call. I like Castro/Stanton tandem better.
Dee or Alex Gordon (LA or KC)
I think people need to specify which gordon they are talking about.
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
Assumed it was Alex, given the others involved.
Who do you think gets more saves in Storen's absence? Lidge or Rodriguez?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Lidge would be my guess.
Matt Moore (ROY)
Supposedly no innings limit, but will I be there for H2H playoff league teams?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
I don't look at it as an IP limit. It's more a batters faced evaluation. He goes six and faces 20 batters, he'll get the 7th. He gets into the sixth having faced 27 batters and he's yanked. He'll pitch all year, but QS may not always be there.
Scott (Boston, MA)
for guys out there like Goldschmidt and John Mayberry, how long a leash do you give them before you toss them back if they're not performing?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
It's a waiver wire question at that point. Younger players do often have longer droughts, so if there's someone who can help me both immediately and in the long term -- and it's not a keeper -- I consider pulling the trigger after a month.
Thoughts on Johan?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Cautiously optimistic. I'd plan for 5 wins, hope for 10 and anything else is gravy.
Whats going on with Angels in the outfield?(awesome movie btw)Is Abreau really going to take away ABs from a healthy Morales or Trumbo??
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
No, he's not. That's why he's so anxious to get traded, but the contract makes that unlikely.
The Yankees are really considering sending Pineda to the minors in favor of Garcia?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
We're talking April, Garcia doesn't have options and Pineda does. It's a roster juggling move more than anything else, and *if* it happened, I wouldn't panic if I owned Pineda.
Bill (Harris Field)
Thoughts on Tyler Greene hitting leadoff for the Cards?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Doesn't magically turn him into a .280 hitter. Very little fantasy value still.
Best lineup in baseball this year?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Hard to argue with Detroit right now.
Best staff still the phillies?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Yes, but don't expect any of them to win more than 18.
Would u draft R. Weeks or would u wait and take Walker or Ackley?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
I like Ackley, but I'd take Weeks first and Walker second.
Not Tim (Not from Maryland)
Denard Span, Austin Jackson, Michael Brantley - in what order?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Austin, Michael, then Mondo - I mean, Denard.
Will Betemit or Duncan be relevant this season?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
I think Duncan will.
Fowler or De Aza?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Close, but I go Dexter.
Considering his injury, how many steal for Braun's SB - 10?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
What I find amusing is that I noticed you submitted this question earlier and asked SB- 15? What caused a 5 steal drop in a matter of minutes? Relax. He'll be fine and get his 20-25 SB.
Is BJ Upton's injury anything that could linger?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Certainly could slow him down for a bit when he does come back, but I'm hopeful it doesn't become a silent season-killer.
You taking the Jayhawks or Buckeyes this weekend?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
I'll go Kentucky. ; )
Best book ever written by an ESPN employee??
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
I hear Slotback Rhapsody is pretty good.
aL (St. Louis)
Please rank: Tabata, Pagan or Fowler. THANKS!
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Pagan. Fowler, Tabata.
Elvis or Aybar? (scoring stats are ABs, OBP, Runs produced, net SBs, and HRs+2Bs (combined as one scoring stat)). THANKS!
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Elvis for me.
Jake (State Farm)
Morse or Freeman?
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
I'd rather take my chances with Morse.
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
That's the whistle, gang. Plenty of Q's, but not enough time. I'm on Twitter if I missed you (@ajmass). Until the next time, please do check out "How Fantasy Sports Explains the World" and as always, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.