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.
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AJ Mass (10:58 AM)
Good morning gang! We've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage up ahead, so let's get to it. Second cup of coffee is in hand. Who, pray tell, is up first?
Should I try to trade Dee Gordon? Is his run over?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Dee is all SB. It's really a matter of keeping him long enough to pad your own stats in the category and then deciding you have enough from him to deal him to a guy who needs help there. He's No. 1 in value-to-date, but if you already have those SB points from him, at some point, the law of diminishing returns renders him useless to you.
Mookie Betts promotion to the bigs: September or earlier?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
I can't see him getting the call prior to September unless there's something like a catastrophic Pedroia injury.
Morneau, Hosmer, or Posey (have Mesoraco to play C if needed) at 1B for the ROS?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
I'm going with Justin here.
Anthony (Andover, MA)
Hi AJ, could you please rank the following SP for ROS: Liriano, Dickey, Masterson & Hutchison?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Hutchison, Masterson, Dickey, Liriano
SS Mess (NJ)
Aybar, Villar, Hardy...who ya got? Feel like i'll be unhappy with all 3
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
I've got to go with Aybar here, though no cartwheels with any.
Hi AJ. would you prefer Archer or McHugh ROS?Thanks
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I'm leaning McHugh. It's not even so much that I think he's a better pitcher, but there's that "we're facing Houston, so let's give our slugger the day off" factor that helps his stats a bit more than Archer.
Jordan [via mobile]
Dickerson or K Davis for ROS?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
I'm with Corey here.
Would you start Polanco when he gets the call, Austin Jackson, or Dickerson?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
"When" he gets the call. That's part of the question... I do think it HAS to be coming in the next week or so. However, I'd bench Austin for now and play Corey at least until I see Gregory in a Pirates uniform.
Would you personally still be rostering JJ Hardy behind Xander at this point?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
I would most definitely be playing XB over JJ.
Inflated ERA (CO)
Thoughts on Gallardo and Kuroda ROS? Are they both droppable?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Always depends on what else you've got instead... but I don't think YoGa is worth waiting on. Hiroki still has some value to me.
Juan (Fantasy Baseball Office)
Is it time to drop Shelby Miller? Stroman,Bauer,Tomlin,Hutchinson and Heaney are on the wire.....thoughts please,thank you!
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
I'd rather roll with Hutch.
Hey AJ, somebody offered me Ellsbury for Josh Hamilton in a 10 team standard cats league. All things equal, is this a no-brainer?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
All things equal, as in -- both players don't get hurt -- I'd rather have Hamilton.
Any hope for A. Soriano the ROS?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
Would not stake my season on him, no.
Is Devin Mesoraco for real? What type of SP do you think I could get for him? Top 50? Top 30?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
Very much so, and have been saying so for some time. As for what kind of SP you could get for him -- it all boils down to whether or not the owner you're trading with agrees with me or not. In terms of trades, the "who could I get" question is not as important as "who can I get" -- a subtle but crucial distinction -- and only the other owners in the league have that answer.
Ryan (St. Louis)
Trade Choo for David Price?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Look in the dictionary under "buy low" and you'll see David Price's picture.
How long does Mejia keep the closers role? What do you for see him next season?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
There isn't a single other arm in that bullpen who can take that job from him. Until Parnell can pitch again, there's no reason to change.
Maybe the best to phrase a trade question is who should I target? For example, who are some starters you would target to trade Pablo?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
It really isn't the best question because if say I tell you that Pablo is "worth" R.A. Dickey, and then you ask for him. You'll never know if the other guy might have been willing to give you Max Scherzer for him or not. You should always figure out who you're willing to deal away or wish to upgrade from and then let the other owners give you the first offer. Then you ask if A for B is fair. Setting targets is a bad idea.
Your not a Khris Davis fan. Why not? Hard to find that kind of power.
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Why do make that assumption? Just because I'm asked A or B and choose A, that doesn't mean "I hate B." It only means I like A better.
Hi AJ. I have an offer where I would trade Hamels and get Greinke? I know you're high on Hamels but what say you?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
I would much rather have Greinke.
Do you think Nathan holds on to the Tigers closer job? Or does Joba take over soon?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
I don't think Nathan loses the job just yet, but I would also not be surprised to see Joba getting 5-10 saves this season.
Phil (St. Louis)
John Danks figured something out in his last three starts, or still no better than a matchups start?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
I am not elevating him to a "must start" status just yet, no.
Gyorko droppable at this point? I assume he is going to be out for a while....
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I can't see him avoiding the DL, and given his production thus far -- in a one-and-done, he's certainly not No. 1. That leaves "done."
Would you trade Abreu for Yu in a points league?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Fairly close. I have Abreu averaging about 3.2/game and Yu about 13 per start. Generall speaking to compare hitters to SP, I use average times 5.8 and for SP use average times 1.5. that gives us: 18.56 vs. 19.5.
Garza a top ? SP from here on out?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
Not high on him at all. Maybe 75.
Samardjza for Fister?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Certainly where Shark ends up will change things, but for now, I'd rather go with Doug the rest of the way.
Pedro or Aram ROS at 3B?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
Thoughts on Rick Porcello ROS?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Struggles ahead. I think he's out-kicking his coverage as it were right now.
Big Brother House (California)
Thoughts on the upcoming season of Big Brother? Do you think we will see an all newbies, all-stars (veterans), or a mixture of BOTH in terms of cast? Which do you prefer?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
I fear All-Stars. I'd much rather have all newbies, all the time.
What's wrong with JJ Hardy this year? He's hitting flyballs, his ave is good, but he trails Revere in HR's! Is a power outburst on the way, or has he become a contact hitter? Have him in a 16 team 5x5 & really don't know what to do with him....
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
I do think Hardy's goose egg in power is an anomaly, because the FB rate is pretty comparable to his past -- but you never know when the huge increase in 2B totals is bad luck or the sign that the power is no longer there. I fear the latter.
Why the hate for Porcello? Peripheral numbers say his stats are right where they should be...
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
So suggesting that someone might be due for regression now = hate? His value is currently inflated due to the 8 wins, and so far this season, he ranks No. 33 from SP in my list. Even if he maintains, he's not top 25.
Would you prefer Cishek or Cody Allen ROS ?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Cishek for me.
Danny (Cleveland) [via mobile]
ROS Rollins or Alcides Escobar?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
I'll give Rollins benefit of the doubt here, especially if he ends up deciding he'd rather play somewhere else and gets on a roster with a lot more success around him than he's currently seeing.
Suarez SS Detroit?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Better than what they had following Iglesias injury. Not sure he's really ready to face MLB pitching.
Mat Latos will be a top _____ pitcher ROS?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
If he's truly healthy... top 25. But he's got to get back first, and it doesn't look like the endurance is quite there yet.
Are you on the "sell Verlander now" train? He doesn't look much better than last year...
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
I think if you own Verlander and he has a 10-K start or something like that, you need to see what the market will bear... so, yes, I think both he and Timmy are better off as someone else's angst.
A.Hill or Solarte at 2nd ROY?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Not loving Hill.
Is Betances worth stashing or would it take an injury to Robertson no matter what for him to be saving games?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
I think Betances could well be closing games before the end of the season. Definitely worth a stash.
A lot of analysts are preaching patience on Liriano; you holding or dropping?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
I'm expecting much better results going forward, but he's still a ways off from being someone I rely on. Guess it depends on how deep my league is...
Buy or sell Hammel?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
I'm actually buy.
Who's your guess to sign Kendry? Yanks? Texas?
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Yankees. Can't afford to have what they currently have in reserve in case Tex gets hurt again.
Carlos Santana - he has to get better, right? Thinking about "buying low", but want to make sure he isn't going lower. Thanks.
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
I'm not sure he can go lower.
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
That's all the time I've got for today, gang! Thanks for the Q's and if I didn't get to yours, try me on Twitter (@ajmass). Until the next time, please check out my book, "Yes It's Hot in Here" about life inside the world of mascots. A fun read, and perfect for Father's Day giftage.