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 (11:00 AM)
Good morning, gang! We've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage up ahead of us, so let's get right to it, shall we? Enough warming up... second cup of coffee is in hand... who will the fans vote to lead things off?
Is Choo going to turn it around after AS break?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Sometimes, all a player needs is that "week" off to recharge the batteries. I'm not all that optimistic here, though.
Nick (New Orleans)
I have David Ortiz in a points league, should I trade him for Freddie Freeman?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
I don't think it's a big enough improvement to make the deal. You know me -- I'm not big on switching horses midstream when there's not all that much difference.
Nick (New Orleans)
Who would you rather have rest of the season Alex Gordon or Coco Crisp? Points league
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
Crisp was my answer before we heard about Gordon's wrist sprain. Certainly not changing my mind after.
Kipnis or Zobrist ROS?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
I'll go with Ben on this one.
Eric Hosmer. Are you buying the turnaround?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
Shall we call it cautiously optimistic?
As a Red Sox fan, I am wondering if they are going to go the route Houston has taken to rebuild their team. Sounds like Peavy, Lester, and Lackey are gone
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Trading away some veterans in a down season is not going the Houston route. To do that, they'd also have to deal Ortiz, Pedroia, etc. etc. Relax.
Matt Adams or Teixeira ROS?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I'll go with Adams here.
Are you buying H. Alvarez, Morton and Hahn? How would you rank them ROS?
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
I'll go Hahn, Alvarez, Morton.
Having lost Romo would you pick up Mejia or Mcgee for saves ROS? THX
AJ Mass (11:08 AM)
McGee. Not even close.
Springer vs. Polanco. Who would you rather have ROS and as a keeper? Thanks!
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Hard to argue either way... I'll take George this year. Probably Polanco longer term.
Krod MA [via mobile]
Miley or Haren ROS?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
Haren's the better bet to not get crushed by a wrecking ball.
Scooter Gennett or Mookie Betts ROS at MI. 12 team H2H league
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Scooter wins the battle of the "double O" names. Remember, in either case, they're not booing...
I was actually hoping Boston would follow Houston's method. It seems to be working. But if they are not going that route, do you see them signing any big names or perhaps big prospects?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
You and I seem to have different definition of working. 19 games out isn't exactly success. I don't see Boston making any *huge* moves, but should be able to bring in some minor league depth.
Jake (State Farm)
Is Brandon McCarthy worth a pick-up 12 team ?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
Although he sounds hideous, the answer is probably yes in a 12-team.
Matt (Cleveland, OH)
With Carlos Gonzalez coming back I need to drop either BJ Upton or Lorenzo Cain but can't decide. Help!
AJ Mass (11:15 AM)
Do what Atlanta will not.
Why doesn't Tyson Ross get more respect? Hes been fantastic and plays at Petco!
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Because he's 7-9 and sadly, to many people, that's still the only number they look at in terms of figuring out who's good and who's not.
Scooter or Kolten Wong?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
I'll stick with Scooter.
In a categories league and struggling big time with a slumping line-up. Would you ever consider punting a category like batting average if the team seemed destined to lose that category every week? Seems dangerous as average could impact all of the other counting stats and OPS.
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
I don't think it's possible to punt BA in a weekly league. The sample size is simply too small -- you could decide to "punt" it and end up winning each week. Just start AB.
Do you expect the Marlins to trade Big Mike... I mean Giancarlo Stanton any time before next season?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
No, I do not.
Khris Davis or Marlon Byrd ROS?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Not too much gap here, but I'll give the edge to Byrd today. If he changes parks, I might have to swing my vote, though.
Stroman looked AWFUL yesterday... Should I drop him for a guy like Phelps, Volquez or Gee?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Based on one outing, no.
Mike G (NYC)
McHugh or deGrom 12 team H2H ROS? ratios not Ws...
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
I'm with Collin at the moment.
Mikey K (Corus )
Freese or Duda going forward?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Lucas, with or without the lid off.
Are you selling Lonnie Chisenhall?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
Nobody is untouchable, and I do see a slight second-half decline here... but it always depends on what I'm putting in the lineup instead. Am I getting Beltre back in a deal? Then I move him... you know?
Thoughts on Peavy going forward? Turning it around lately and may move to St Louis?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
Not really interested in him right now. If he does go to the NL, I'm more positive about him -- as I would be with most pitchers -- but for now, I pass.
A. Escobar, Lowrie or A. Simmons ROS?
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
I'll take Alcides.
Josh Harrison. Is he legit?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
Not for fantasy purposes, no.
I am worried that Koji Uehara might be traded since Boston is selling... Who takes over if he gets traded?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
He very well might be... and then it depends on how big the purge is. I'd think Mujica might get some of the saves if that happened.
Sounds crazy but Machado or Donaldson ROY?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
Not crazy. I go with Donaldson, but it's fairly close.
Appreciate the work AJ. What are your thoughts on Alfredo Simon ROS? Dudes been lights out so far. What kind of value could I get for him?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Thanks. Getting a lot of questions on Simon. Can't deny the success thus far, but take away the record and he goes from a top-20 (YTD) to barely top-40. I'm not all that enamored.
Whyyyyyyy do you always say "second cup of coffee in hand"? Please tell me it's eating me up inside. I gotta know if there is a story behidn it.
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
This isn't LOST. There's no deep mystery here. I say it, because I have one cup of coffee when I wake up and then start a second one at the start of the chat.
One-Eyed Willy (No one knows)
Drew Stubbs = fools gold. True or False?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Better than Curly's Gold, but unlikely to rise much higher than perhaps the very bottom of the top 100 hitters tier.
Dickey or Hutchinson?
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
If I have to choose just one, I'll gamble on Hutch.
Drop Bogaerts or expecting a turnaround 2nd half?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
For keeper leagues, I'm happy to stash. In one and done, I'm happy to explore other options.
Need a catcher to replace Yadier for the weekend: Zunino or Vogt?
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Such a short-term fix, hard to predict playing time, let alone stats. But, I'd rather have Vogt.
JDMart or Dickerson ROS and keep value moving forward
AJ Mass (11:43 AM)
For now, it's Martinez. Keeper value depends a lot on what happens in next few weeks. If Colorado trades an OF, which I think they might... Dickerson could go way up -- or way down (if he's the one to go) -- in my eyes for future.
last OF spot, Clahoun, or Ozuna
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Go with Kloe Clahoun.
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
To be read in Nancy Kerrigan's voice... keep your fingers crossed that it's not TJ.
Wily Peralta seems to have hit a wall. Would you hold him in a 12 team league or pick up Dillon Gee?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
I would. I would indeed.
Picked up Simmons 2 days ago and two 0-4's since. Never fails...
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
Since I own him, can you please drop him immediately so he can go 3-4 with 2 RBI in his next game?
Segura turn it on second half, or drop him for say JJ Hardy?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Anything is possible. But I'm dropping him for Hardy.
any concerns about Colon ROS? spot starter now?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
No more concerns now than I had at the beginning of the season. Listening to the Mets announcers (as I do more than any other team, being a fan) the issue seems to be (FWIW) a 1st inning hang-up/mental thing rather than anything physical.
Pedro Alvarez, talk me off the ledge please!!!!!!
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Hey-a what-y-a doing-a on-a da-ledge-a huh?
ROS, can only keep 2 in H2H Keeper- Ozuna, Yelich, JD Martinez. Who ya got and why?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Throwing Yelich back. Just don't think he's got as much to offer as the other two right now.
ROS Saves- Ziegler or Petricka? H2H Keeper.
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
I'll go Petricka.
Small sample size, but is Travis d'Arnaud worth picking up as a flyer in a 12-team mixed league with his recent turnaround after being called back up?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Still a little skeptical, but given the dearth of studs at C... if we're talking fliers... then sure.
Wait, so you think Freeman is better than Ortiz but wouldn't do that trade straight up because "it's not that big a difference"? That makes no sense...
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Because when you evaluate a deal, you're looking at a snapshot of where we are right now... and yes, I think Freeman is slightly better. But the margin is very slim. By next week, the numbers could easily show Ortiz "in the lead" - and then the next week, Freeman again... when you're talking about two players who are close, you just don't switch.
MC Hammer (LA)
Coghlan or Pearce? Which one is too legit to quit?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Not interested in Coghlan.
I get a promotion soon,AJ?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
One can hope. One. Can. Hope.
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
And speaking of hope, I hope you enjoyed the chat. That's my time for today, but I do try to get to Twitter (@ajmass) and answer as many as I can. And please do check out "Yes It's Hot in Here." I promise, it's worth the look. Until the next time, always remember and never forget... um, er, I forget.