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 to get to, so let's get to getting to what we need to get to. Second cup of coffee... you all know the drill.
If Taveras gets sent back down to the minors this weekend, do I still hold onto him?
AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
I think there's a good chance he goes, yes. It all comes down to roster room in a one-and-done league. If you can afford the bench spot, you keep him.
Craig (Delaware Water Gap, PA)
BJ Upton or Dom Brown for last OF spot on roster? I cant decide
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
It's BJ by a slim margin. Very slim.
Tyson Ross, Roark, Hughes or Ventura?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
I'm going to stick with Hughes of this quartet. Color me convinced.
Some clown just offered me a 4th round pick in my 15-man keeper league for Brandon Moss. I am justified in insulting his family, right? What nerve.
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
But you'd be foolish to do so. You may well want to trade with this guy in the future, so be a gentleman, and be polite in your declining.
Hey AJ. Worried about Wainwright?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
How can you not be? Probably only misses one start, but then again, things like this tend to recur.
Willingham or KDavis?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I prefer Josh in this debate.
Stu (Palo Alto)
Is Kluber a guy you are buying?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
I am, and I think the question would not be asked if he were 8-2 instead of 6-4. Never let the W-L record factor into an evaluation.
With Cole Hamels dominating as of late, where do you see him finishing the season among the ranks of starting pitchers?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
Hard to say, because there are so many moving parts. Not willing to go more than top 50 at moment.
Patrick (South Jersey)
ROS: Salty or Ruiz in a points league?
AJ Mass (11:11 AM)
Chooch for me.
Who would you rather have ROS in a points league: Gallardo or Kuroda?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Not too much confidence in either, but I'll go Yo-Ga.
Anthony (Andover, MA)
Ride this Chisenhall thing out? Or sell high?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Buy a ticket. Sit back and relax. Enjoy the show.
Will Estrada ever keep the ball in the yard!?! He shows flashes of being a solid starter and then 2-3 runs go up on the board with another HR...
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
I don't think he'll be in the rotation in a months time.
At what point do you punt a catagory-I am last in saves and my closers are no good? Do I trade offense to try and get back in it?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
It all depends on how far back you are, how much ground you're losing per week and how many points you might lose by trading for saves. For example, if 5 more saves gets you two points and you can trade SB for a closer and only lose 1 point, it's worth it. That's over-simplified of course, but you get the idea.
Bryan (Montclair, NJ)
Would now be the time to sell on Tim Hudson, or should I hold on?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
I still think he's got tons of value left... but if someone wants to give me David Price straight up...
Ben (Beckley,West Va.)
AJ which 2 do I keep for my bench in NL only h2h: Quentin,Justin Turner or J.Rutledge?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
No interest in CQ.
Cingrani or Simon. Who stays in rotation when Latos returns?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
I think we've seen the last of Tony C for a while.
Sanchez (The Azores)
Thoughts on Verlander? A buy low?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Nope. I think we've seen what he'll be the rest of 2014.
All Yankees hitters have been a disappointment. Do I drop Soriano and Solarte? or better things to come?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Solarte could be salvageable. I just don't see where Soriano gets the playing time to be able to contribute much.
Gausman or Bauer ROS?
AJ Mass (11:22 AM)
I think you want to keep Gausman here.
When do you see Baez coming up?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
Is Tanaka going to regress?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
Regress to what? He's establishing his baseline now.
Derek (work) [via mobile]
In a vacuum, Springer or Hosmer ros?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Springer gets the nod.
Lowrie, A. Escobar or Suarez ROS?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Very small sample size for Suarez, but I'll give him benefit of doubt.
When do you think we'll see Heaney up with the Marlins?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
My guess is within a week, if not sooner.
Cole Hamels (Phi)
Top 50 only? Really dude - that makes no sense.. all I've done is throw out a 2.41/1.08 line with 62k's in my last 8 starts... similar to how I dominated last year after my slow first month.
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
OK, but you do realize his slow start this year counts in his overall numbers, right? I have Hamels ranked at No. 95 right now in terms of season-to-date. He's got a large gap to make up. The question was not from this point forward, it was where will he rank at the end of the season and the bad starts count.
Speculating on saves but can only pick one: Jake McGee or Joba Chamberlain?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
I'd go with Jake.
Heaney or T. Walker? Which is the better stash?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
This year, I'd go Heaney. He'll face worse competition and isn't trying to come back from an injury.
AJ, what do you think is wrong with D. Wright? Just a really bad slump???
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
He's pressing while playing for a very sad offense.
George (Browns town)
Is Mauer going to get going? Who do you like ROS, Rosario or Mauer?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
I'm going to go with Wilin.
Why is Michael Morse continuously ranked so low as an OF for ROS on the weekly ROS updated ranks? He was ranked 47th this week and I am not sure I understand why. His numbers seem pretty legit to me despite his recent slump in June. Should we be expecting a lot of regression for ROS?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
My guess would be the belief that his K/BB rate scares off a lot of folks who think the BA is therefore unsustainable. I see some regression, but not a ton.
As an owner of David Price who's been getting a lot of trade offers for him, what is fair value for him at this point? His numbers are low for him but a trade could improve them a lot.
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
His K/BB is off-the-charts and the WHIP is strong. Again, if he were 8-2, you couldn't put together a package to get him.
Are you buying, selling or holding on Choo?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
I'm selling if there are any takers.
Is Michael Wacha a top-20 SP ROS? His lack of strikeouts recently, especially in his last two starts, is having me worried.
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
If not, he's pretty darn close.
Rank McHugh, Stroman, and Alex Wood ROS in 5x5?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
Marcus, Collin, Alex.
Adam (Moorestown) [via mobile]
Rizzo or Hosmer ROS?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Call me Kenickie. I'll stick with Rizzo.
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
Always dependent on getting someone better on your roster instead -- and in deep leagues, that's never a given -- but, yes.
Blackmon or Dickerson ROS?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
I'm Team Corey.
Amy ( Philly)
Ryan Vogelsong do anything for you omitting his last start?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Not really. Think he's a No. 5 SP in fantasy right now with a little bit of upside.
Jimmy Nelson ETA?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
I'm surprised we haven't seen him back yet. Shouldn't be long.
When do you expect that Mookie Betts will be called up?
AJ Mass (11:47 AM)
rollins, a. escobar or andrus at SS in H2H (avg is used not obp)?
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
I'll pass on Elvis. Slight - paper-thin - edge to J-Roll.
Kris Bryant come up this year? If so when? Thx
AJ Mass (11:49 AM)
Nope. Cubs will be stubborn and not pull the trigger.
Why is Pomeranz available in my league?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
Too many walks and not enough trust?
Grant Balfour got a 7 out save last night! Will Jake McGee get the closer role?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Certainly we aren't likely to see Balfour pitch for the next few nights. McGee will be in the mix for saves, but Maddon isn't going to declare anyone.
Mike (Corus )
Need SB who do you like better Stubbs or Dyson?
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Worried about Hanley's shoulder?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Indeed I am. Not the first time it's come up and I can easily see a DL stint on the horizon if he misses any more than just today.
Kevin (Pottsville) [via mobile]
If you're starting a league (or tweaking a keeper) what are your preferred scoring categories?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Never tweak mid-season... I prefer A 4X4: BA, HR, R+RBI-HR, SB and K/9, WHIP, 2W S-3BS, ERA
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
Wow! Where did the hour go... that's my time for today. I'm on Twitter (@ajmass) for those I didn't get to... And please check out my book "Yes It's Hot in Here" -- makes a great Father's Day gift! Until the next time, Ole OLE ole ole. Ole. Ole.