Fantasy MLB with AJ Mass
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, AJ Mass will drop by to take your questions and analyze all the latest sports news from a fantasy perspective.
Mass, a contributor to ESPN's fantasy coverage of football, baseball and college basketball, also is an MLB Rumor Central writer. His latest book "Yes, It's Hot in Here" is in stores now.
Send your questions now and join Mass Thursday at 11 a.m. ET!
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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning, gang! We've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage up ahead, so why don't we get right to it? Second cup of coffee is in hand. Who is up first?
Baffled Fantasy Player (Pa)
Is Pollock legit or is he just hot at the moment? Worth owning in a 10 team head to head?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
I think he's somewhat legit, yes. Certainly worth owning, though I'm not sure the BA is sustainable.
Frank (The Tank)
Better Springer fill-in if he's out awhile: Calhoun, Crawford, David Murphy, Byrd, Pollock?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
I'm gong Murphy here... but at the moment, I'm not sure Springer will be out more than a few days.
Juan (Fantasy Baseball Office)
Sup,AJ ....Red light or Green light on Sale and Cobb 2day? When do you see J.Singleton coming up? Thanks..
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
I'm always of the mind to sit SP their first start back from a DL stint -- especially since managers tend to yank them quickly, even if they're doing well. As for Singleton, I can see a promotion if Springer goes on DL, or in about three weeks, if not.
Cashier was cut in my league. Should I spend the #1 waiver claim on him?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Stop worrying about No. 1 waiver claims. You grab players when/if you need them. Owners who let improvement pass them by in order to wait on Taveras or Polanco, etc. usually end up losing more than they gain. If you need SP help and he's an improvement, you grab him.
eric (eau claire)
when is it time to sell allen craig? he is killing me in every way
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
What do YOU mean by sell? The problem is that you're not likely to get back much better than Craig is doing currently in return and if he does bounce back, you'll be out of luck X2.
O Taveras has been playing a lot of CF. I'm guessing he's coming up in a few weeks and will get regular ab's. What should we expect? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
If he comes up, it will be to get regular ABs, yes. It really comes down to how long Matheny is willing to deal with the lack of Bourjos/Jay offense.
AJ keep Dickerson or stubbs now that cuddyer is back?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
I prefer Corey.
Andy (Lawrence, Ma)
who would you rather own ros between Austin Jackson, George Springer and Gerardo Parra?!
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Right now, I'd go with Austin of the trio.
Deep AL only league and need a pitcher. Who do you like better Josh Tomlin or Scott Baker.
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Close, but I prefer Tomlin.
AJ, who do you like better for the rest of this year--Kluber or Cingrani?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
No contest: Kluber.
Jim Bob Cooter (Tennessee)
Anything official on Springer's injury, or all speculation at this point?
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
All speculation. Last night the team said they'd not even bother with an MRI, so that's positive. But given a plane ride after the game, I have to believe the hip will stiffen up enough for him to miss next game.
Whats your take on Doolittle? Does he remain the closer rest of season? Over or under 20 saves ros?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
No reason to think he won't. I'd say under -- not because he won't be effective, but simply because run differential will keep the opportunities down.
Which side do you prefer - Pedroia/Hosmer, or A-Gon/Kendrick.
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Streaky A-Gon tips the scales.
Juan (Fantasy Baseball Office)
please discuss this JAMES JONES kid in Seattle makes solid contact blazing speed leadoff spot i kinda like what i see,thoughts...thanks
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Very small sample size, but certainly doing much better than Almonte did. I don't see any reason he can't continue to impress in the non-power categories.
Prince Fielder, I loathe owning you!!! Is there anything I can get for him at this point, or just sit tight and hope for the best?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
Hard to feel sympathy for you, Marc. I mean, before this injury, Fielder was on the field nearly every day of his career... I don't think you can get value for him right now, so I'd sit tight.
Any concerns with Baumgartner and his 1.4 WHIP?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Obviously it's not ideal, but he's still giving you No. 3 SP production with that WHIP, so it wouldn't take much of an improvement to see his value skyrocket.
With Kipnis coming back do I try and sell high on Dozier, and if so what caliber of SP should I target?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Shoot for the moon. I mean, we're talking the guy who I rank as being No. 2 to date in fantasy value among hitters. Have no confidence he sustains this at all, so absolutely will sell high -- and I'd see what the best offer I get is and then make the call.
Drop Burnett in a 10 Team Roto?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Never drop anyone unless you can replace them with someone better. Having said that, you're probably going to be able to, no?
Mike Olt is hitting with some pop but has a terrible average. What are the chances his AVG comes up and he becomes ownable?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
First of all, batting average isn't everything when it comes to value. Eric Young is hitting .220, but is ownable due to the SB. Now Olt probably needs to get his BA up to that level to be worthy of consistent starting, but he certainly ownable in ESPN standard.
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
Belisario for now. Wish Petricka had grabbed the bull by the horns, but he didn't. Webb likely to get some chances as well. It's a work in progress to be sure...
Drop Ventura for Keuchel? 10 team H2H
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
I do think Keuchel will have a better ROS, so yes. Whether or not that translates to WEEKLY consistency I'm not sure. I don't particularly enjoy H2H leagues in baseball for that reason -- but that's just a personal thing. Your results may vary.
Is E.Campbell of Mets worth an add in NL only 10 teamer/
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
I'm not sure the playing time is there just yet for Campbell in mixed leagues, but for an NL-only? Yeah. Collins is looking to find ways to get him in the lineup, and at the very least, he'll get PH/late-inning sub work.
Is Mejia the likely closer for the Mets out of that committee?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
Unless and until they call up Black, he's the only logical choice at the moment.
Oh what to do with Ervin Santana??? He's killed me his past 2 starts. Droppable now or hold tight and wait for the turn back around? Thank AJ!!!
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
I think you hold on to him... bench him for the moment if you can, but hold on.
Hey AJ. I loved Yes, It's Hot in Here! Really great read. Would you please rank the following starters for this year (injuries taken into consideration): Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Mat Latos, Ervin Santana, Homer Bailey. Thank you
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
Thanks! I kind of like my book as well. I'll go Zimm, Ervin, Latos, Gio, Homer.
True or False: Melky and Moss finish inside the top 50 on the player rater?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
Moss, yes. Melky -- contingent on SB total, but also yes.
Timmy (Jimmy, MI)
Hosmer.... He get to 15 home runs this year? Don't we need more power from a 1b?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
That's a myth. When evaluating on Draft Day, you want to compare 1B to 1B, but once the season starts, as long as my team is getting HR, I don't care where they are or aren't coming from.
Please rank these outfielders: Beltran, Springer, Jennings.
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
I think it's Jennings > Springer right now. I'd put Beltran first if he were 100 percent, but with the injury risk, he's got to be last of the trio at the moment.
Should I expect more from Matt Adams or is this basically it?
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
Are you not happy with "this"?
Does Mookie Betts get the call at any point this year?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Could there be a cup of coffee once rosters expand? Maybe. Other than that, don't see it.
Better Zimmerman and Wieters replacements; Solarte or Headley? Ramos or Montero? MY WHOLE INFIELD IS HURT!!!
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Solarte and Montero.
Any update on the severity of Matt Cain's injury?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
I'd plan for Petit to make his next start for him, but nothing concrete yet. Casilla, on the other hand, is a virtual lock for the DL.
Kendrick or Utley ROS? Thx
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
I'll go with Chase.
What are your expectations for Joc Pederson this year? Buried in the minors all year (barring injury), or do the Dodgers make a trade?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
He's buried, yeah. That's the problem. And I don't think the Dodgers have enough confidence in the guys they DO have to stay on the field without multiple injuries to deal Ethier away.
Pick an AZ pitcher? Arroyo or McCarthy ROS??
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
I'm with Brandon.
Fantasy Guy (CO)
Would you rather have Fielder or Werth ROS?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Even if Prince were to be back in action sooner rather than later, I lean Werth. Add the question marks to the mix, and there's no doubt.
Is it worth stashing Morales for when he signs somewhere? Current bench/utility spots are Dozier, Daniel Murphy, Villar and D Jennings
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
I find it hard to believe Morales won't sign SOMEWHERE after the draft, and possible even with Seattle in the next week. I'd stash him. Villar can go.
Chris (Cape Cod)
Both Hardy and Simmons are killing me right now...never know which to go with from week to week, any thoughts?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Playing the guessing game almost always turns out poorly, even with studs -- and I'll have an article on this subject up next week. Pick one and stick with him for at least a month. And for me, it's Simmons.
Have to drop one of Lind, Swisher, Aoki, or Calhoun. League counts walks which gives Swisher a bump -- but is he still the one to go?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
It's either Swish or Aoki. Depends on your positional depth as to which one I'd cut.
Whats the deal with Matt Carpenter?? was expecting some regression from last season, but not this.. thoughts on him ROS??
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
I'm actually not sure we've seen rock bottom yet either. Color me concerned.
Drop Garza for Kudora, Alex Wood, Wheeler or Bauer in a 12 team roto?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Not for Wheeler or Bauer, but the other two, yes.
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
That's the time, gang. An hour flies by so quickly sometimes. Thanks for the Q's. I'm on Twitter (@ajmass) if I didn't get to yours... and please spread the word about my book, "Yes, It's Hot in Here." Until next week, the tribe has spoken (in llama, no doubt) it's time for me to go.