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AJ Mass (10:59 AM)
Good morning, gang! We're back again for 60 minutes of fantasy baseball chattage, so let's get to it. Second cup of coffee is in hand... who's up first?
A. Cabrera, Zorbist, Bogaerts, please rank if you got one starting today?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
I'd go with Z.
Seager for A Cabrera, would you do it?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Asking the wrong guy if you're looking for Asdrubal support instead of Kyle.
Mike (Northern VA)
What are your thoughts on R.A Dickey? Will he get back to form, or is this who he is now?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
I think the ERA and control will come back a bit as weather continues to warm up, but no more Cy's, no.
Doug Fister is coming back soon. What's your outlook on the guy?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
I like Fister. Had him ranked tops on the entire Nats staff before he got hurt. May take a few starts for him to find his footing, but I'm optimistic.
Is Smith or Frieri the closer in LAA? Also, Prado or Aoki? Thanks.
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
It's Frieri if he can do the job. Scioscia would rather use Smith in 8th -- but if Ernesto can't get guys out... he's kind of stuck. Slight edge to Nori.
Any idea when gregory polanco will get the call up?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I don't see it happening before Super Two deadline passes. All the buzz on "turning down contract" seems to me to be a way to try and place blame for his not getting the call on Polanco himself.
SP (The Wack)
Montero's been killin since I picked him up to replace Wilson Ramos. Now I have two catcher that I really like. Hard to trade Ramos just coming off the DL, but I can get Adam Eaton for Montero.....make the deal?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
I'd rather trade Ramos.
Kemp was dropped in a league. Would you drop Beltran for him?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Yes, yes I would.
I have two slots to fill, Joyce, Quentin, Parra or Fowler? I know they aren't star quality, but I'm stuck. Anyone stand out?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
Joyce for sure, and then I'd take shot at CQ.
buying or selling Drew Stubbs in a 12 team league?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
I think he'll improve, but difficult to see buying without knowing the alternatives out there.
Villar or Owings?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
I do like Owings a lot long-term, but would have to go with Villar here, so long as his thumb injury proves to be nothing major.
Fredi G. said he won't do a 6th man rotation, who is the odd man out since Floyd is staying... Wood or Harang?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Wood. Easy way to keep IP count in check.
Points League - all else equal - which side Edwin E or Darvish/Mauer?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
All else equal doesn't quite work because there's a SP that will replace Yu in the rotation to factor in. But, I'd have to side with side getting Darvish.
Mike (San Diego)
What should I do with Jose Reyes? He looks really bad, but I'm wondering if his reputation could net me something decent in return.
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
That's all on the other owners in your league. I would see if anyone is willing to give you something in return for Reyes, but if they're not interested, past reputation simply doesn't matter. You may be stuck for now.
ROS would you go with AJP or Wilson Ramos?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Wilson for me.
Jeff (New Hampshire)
24 or Game of Thrones? Also, Drop Dom Brown for BJ Upton?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
I'd go with, BJ here. Never seen GoT, so I'll have to abstain...
Andrew (Grand Rapids)
Who would you rather stash Trevor Bauer or Archie Bradley?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Jack Bauer > Trevor Bauer. I'd stash Bradley.
Brian McCann or Miguel Montero ROS?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
I'll go with Miguel.
Would you drop Liriano for either Smyly or Niese?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Either one, I would. Smyly getting the slight edge for me.
Never seen Game of Thrones?! WHAAAAT??
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Didn't have HBO when it first started... only so many hours in a day... Sue me.
Would you feel comfortable starting Fister tomorrow night with main goal to get a QS?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
No, simply because I don't know his pitch count will get him through six for certain.
Colby Rasmus gaining steam or just streaking?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Coming to the end of a streak.
Where do you rank Rendon ROS? Top 3-4 2B?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
I'll give you shot at top 5, but probably at the tail end of that group.
Which hot starter cools off the most- colabello, blackmon, dozier?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Dozier will end up with the biggest drop from here.
El Guapo (Santa Polco)
D. Gee or M. Estrada in H2H leagues?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
Dillon > Marco
Porcello finally turned the corner and a must start now? Or still play the matchups with him?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
Starting at present, yes. Don't care against who right now.
Buehrle? See anything in his stats to explain this hot start? He's bound to be hit by regression, right? But will he still hold value...
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
I'd say he's the least likely current member of top 25 SP to remain there.
Points league - Segura or Reyes ROS?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
Jose for me.
Bryan (Montclair, NJ)
Should I be worried about Cole Hamels?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Concerned, yes. Hard to be too positive with a pitcher holding a .358 BAA.
Do you play points leagues? What's the change in strategy compared to roto?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
I have played in points leagues. I think in general, pitching is far more important than in roto-based leagues and hoarding closers is a very effective strategy.
Profar is sitting on waivers right now. 12 team league. Should he be owned?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Won't be back until end of month at earliest... so if you can stash until then...
Can you rank: Wong, Espninosa, Gyorko
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
Espinosa > Gyorko > Wong
james (jersey shore)
there's not much out there but i really need to pick up another SP. who ya got out of Cesar Ramos, Chase Anderson, Robbie Ray and Collin McHugh?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
McHugh and Ray would be my first two of that group.
AJ replace J.Kelly of Cards with either T.Lyons or R.Erlin in NL only h2h 10 teamer?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
Lyons gets the nod for me.
Is Sonny Gray legit or will he regress?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Can't it be both? I think he needs to improve on the walk rate or the ERA is bound to regress, but I don't think he's a fraud, by any means.
Bryan (Montclair, NJ)
Is Hudson really this good right now, or is he just lucky? Should I sell?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
If you're in a league where K's aren't a category, no way you should sell, and even if not I'm not sure you'd want to.
Darvish for J. Upton, would you make this deal? I have a strong rotation.
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
If you're in real need of hitting and that's the only way the deal gets done? I can see you making a case for the trade.
what do you think of henderson alvarez? is he legit enough to keep on a roster? i just picked him up for streaming purposes, but now i'm not sure if i want to drop him to stream someone else.
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
Think he's still a matchup guy rather than a SP you want in there regardless of the foe.
G. Cole or CJ Wilson?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
Right now, it's CJ.
Is Aybar a viable fantasy SS, or did he just have a good couple of weeks?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Meh. Would not call him "viable," no.
ROS: Prado or Sandoval?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
I'm going to go with Prado here.
How would the rankings change based on H2H format, where the stats "reset" each week for players?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Ranks shouldn't change really. When you start thin-slicing stats that much, you're practically rolling dice. Odds are a few of your studs will hit .100 for the week. It doesn't mean they should be ranked any lower in the grand scheme of things.
Pineda or Niese?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Niese. Who knows when/if we'll see Pineda at top form again.
Carlos Santana....how long are guys like this supposed to be held onto? Is there a cut off where you say, this guy just isn't going to turn it around?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
I'd say we're just about there. Six weeks into the season, even if I end up being wrong, I have no problem making a move with a struggling underachiever.
Pick one catcher to roll with while Mauer is out: Gattis, Ramos, or Salty?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Nolan Arenado ROS? Doesn't walk much....
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Doesn't enter the equation for me unless OBP is a category.
tommy agee (shea stadium)
Please rank Markakis, Loney, Byrd for roto
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
James, Marlon, Nick.
Gordon (Pittsfield, MA)
unkeepable freeman or keepable abreu?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
I'd go with Jose. But not Bobby.
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
That's all the time I've got for today, gang! Thanks for taking part in the chat. I'm on Twitter (@ajmass) if I didn't get to you... always try to answer as many as I can there. And, if you haven't already done so, please check out "Yes It's Hot in Here" and let me know what you think. Until the next time... the tribe has spoken... it's time for me to go.