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AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Good morning gang! Let's get this next 60 minutes of fantasy chattage under way, shall we? Power back on, so the second cup of coffee is in hand. Who, pray tell, is out of limbo and up first?
Rob (Back in the Day)
Do either Mark PRIOR or Ben SHEETS have a chance to get called up? Just good stories or possibly fantasy relevant?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
I'd say anytime players return to action after long layoffs it's a good story. Prior, at best, seems to be targeted for relief. Sheets, assuming his two tune-ups go well might help ATL in the rotation. Wouldn't hold my breath for fantasy though.
Thoughts on Parnell.....does he keep the closer role once Francisco comes back? He's been pretty great
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Considering the K-Rod rumors, I don't think that either of the two is completely "safe" for saves the rest of the season.
I have to drop one--Aoki, Belt orIke Davis.
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
I'd probably cut Ike of the three in a one and done.
I am thinking about dropping McCann for Perez of KC. What do you think?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Yes. McCann has been dropped to 7th in the order and until he fixes what is wrong -- and there's no real "thing" to hang on to -- he's not going to help anyone.
Drew Storen or Ryan Cook -- who is more valuable ROS (post all-star break)?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I'd say Cook. No need for Nats to use Storen as closer with Clippard doing the job, so if its just in terms of saves, they may not come.
Rickie Weeks (Mil)
good time to pick me up?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
Sorry. Not a fan.
If Kipnis keeps up what he's doing is he keeper worthy over the likes of Fielder? 2nd base isnt very deep..
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
I'm leaning towards Kipnis being more "lucky" in terms of HR production than good. It's not like his doubles total is off the charts. The SB are inflating his value way above where his true value will end up.
Which surprise starter will have the better second half: R.A. Dickey or James McDonald?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
I've got to go with Dickey. What he does with the knuckler is *almost* unbeatable when he's on.
Jeff Samardzija: stream only or keep on your roster, 12-teamer?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Rough patch over? One can hope. I'd roster him in a 12-teamer.
Neil Walker or Omar Infante?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
I was offered Hanley Ramirez for Giancarlo Stanton. I could use a better SS. What do you think?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Stanton is worth far more than Hanley... but when you evaluate a trade like this (different positions) you have to factor in the value of the players you are replacing. How much better a SS is Han-Ram from who you have? How much worse is the OF who now gets into your lineup? No. 5 needs more input!
FOOTBALL!! would you keep Julio Jones for an 8th round pick, or Marshawn Lynch for a 9th? 10 team PPR
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Early for NFL, but Lynch is one of the few RB options that have a job and little competition for it. I'd probably have to keep him.
Is Beltre too much to give to get Hamels? I am desperate for pitching...
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
I'd say that's a fair value deal, all else being equal.
Better CF from Allstar break to end of season: Maybin or Bonifacio?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
It's not a slam dunk by any means, but assuming Bonifacio's rehab goes well, it's him.
Need some pitching help. Any bounce back SPs who you see turning it around in the second half?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
From the "big name" group, I'd say Lee, Beckett and Garcia.
Eric (New Jersey)
Cut either Detwiler or Collmenter for Samardzija?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Collmenter can get the hook.
Another James (Different Canada)
How about best bets for bounceback hitters?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Harder to pull names from hitters, but Dirks (if he gets healthy) and Pronk come to mind.
12 Team Mixed - is Rosario safe enough that I could drop Avila?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
I'm not sure any C is truly safe, given nature of the position, but from a value standpoint, I think you'll be OK.
Frustrated Romero owner here - does he bounce back at all, or is he droppable in a 12 team mixed league?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Swap his W-L total around and you don't even ask the question. He's absolutely droppable.
Please rank Detwiler, Parker, Moore ROS/non-keeper.
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Parker, Ross, Moore
Brian MaCaan (Atlanta)
No chance for me to bounce back?...... Youa re basically saying anybody from the wire is better than me....Even Doumit, Shoppach, Mesoraco?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
No, what I clearly said was Salvador is better. Sure there's a chance for a bounce-back from McCann. Don't imply the inverse of a statement to be true from what I said.
Strategy question...I usually roll with the regulars Mon-Thurs. Then I see where I'm deficient and over the weekend, put in a power, speed, or avg guy depending on what I need. Good idea, or stay with the bigger "name" guys?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
Playing in a weekly H2H with daily roster moves, it makes perfect sense to hypothetically start a Maicer Izturis type over Albert Pujols at the corner if a few steals means the difference between victory and defeat.
josh (hyattsville, md)
is medlen out of the running for a rotation spot because the braves are stupid, or because they actually have 5 more capable starters than he?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
I just think the Medlen to SP thing was a risk to begin with and when the injuries and lackluster performances extended to the bullpen, it made more immediate sense to keep Medlen at RP.
Gordon Beckham possibly have another good 2nd half in him?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
As much as I hope so, since I have him in an expert league team that needs the boost... signs point to no.
Carl (New Jersey)
Hi AJ! Strategy question: Would you try to shop Sale now, or can he hold something close to this value for the rest of the season?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
If I can get value, I sell. I don't see the White Sox pitching him deep into season.
I want to sell high on Latos after his 2 complete games. Are you a believer or should I expect more inconsistencies over the second half of the year? I'm in need of Power who would you target in a one for one deal?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
I'm certainly of the mind to try and sell now, since I have not been that positive re: Latos since the spring. If someone else want to give you top 50 hitting talent for him, why wouldn't you pull trigger?
Think Masterson keeps this up or reverts back to early season form?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Still perilously close to my sub-2 K/BB danger zone. I'm going to side with the revert camp.
Joey Joe-Jo Robideaux (Boston)
Is Trout a top-5 keeper?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Right now he's a top-20 hitter with enormous growth potential. That's not too shabby for a guy with like two months of service time.
Points league - Would you consider trading Adam Jones? Or do you think his 2nd half will be just as productive?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Check out my Monday column "Vantage Point" where I discussed this very thing. Power numbers are slowing from Jones and so I don't think his second half will be as productive as the first. It doesn't mean I'm in a rush to sell him, but I don't think he reaches 40.
Middlebrooks or Zimmerman ROS?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Given Middlebrooks may be headed for the DL and could be in and out of lineup all season, I'd side with Zimm.
Is Michael Fiers more than just a streamer (or dreamer)?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Love Fiers the rest of the way. But I'm not the only one...
Not really a fantasy question but how in the world did Panda steal the start from D Wright who is clearly better at every aspect of the game...
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Because fans vote. All it takes is one motivated fan base with a lot of time to flood the ballots and you get strange results.
Why would Middlebrooks be in and out of the lineup ROS?.....I dont see any oncern other than injury. Redsox dont have anyone in 3B
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Because this is not the first time his hamstring has bothered him this season, and my fear is that it won't be the last. That is the concern.
John (New York)
To go along with Chris, will they ever change the fan voting contributing the whole starting lineup? Buster Posey over Yadi and Ruiz is just awful
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
They should change it if they want to game to count. And they should also give manager with best record in current year the reins to select. LaRussa coming back from retirement, to me, is laughable for a game that decides home field in WS.
Not sure if I've missed your thoughts on Plouffe...but what are your thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
I'm in. I like the power numbers and given what they are, a .250 BA is not that painful to bear.
Why not cap the fan voting at two starters per club? At least that will provide some moderation.
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Because you can easily argue that 3 Rangers deserve a start this year, if not 4.
John (New York)
Thoughts on Austin Jackson ROS?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
More of the same. Very solid.
Football!! I'm already keeping Ray Rice for a first round pick.. would you keep Jimmy Graham if it costs a 2nd rounder?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Given the increasing importance of the TE, and the flex capacity (which is what makes time travel possible) then I would very seriously consider doing so.
Thoughts on Franklin Morales in the second half?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Should be a solid fantasy option going forward for a No. 3-4 SP.
Buying low on Lincecum with Rizzo. Fair offer in a keeper league?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
That's not buying low.
Hammel and Freeman a good offer for Verlander?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
I wouldn't personally accept, but I wouldn't be insulted by it.
Bruce (long island)
Does dice k really hate me that much when I stream him?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Apparently so. Let us know the next time you plan to do so.
Casey (The Rock)
Piggyback on the Graham question. I have Rice and McCoy as keepers already. Would you make Graham your 3rd or Mathews? .5 PPR league.
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
Really like Mathews this year, but with two top-5 RBs, I'd go Graham.
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
That's the whistle, gang. Thanks for the Q's, as always. I'll be on Twitter (@ajmass) throughout the week. Until the next time, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.