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Archive for April, 2012

“All Things Fantasy” (4-23-12)

April 24, 2012

This is Monday April 23, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Jeff Erickson, the senior editor of rotowire.com, joins me on the show to talk all things fantasy baseball. Also, I give you some 2 start pitchers for next week and some pickups.
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2 start pitchers I like for next week
Juan Nicasio vs LAD, vs ATL
Bronson Arroyo- vs CHC, @ PIT
Phil Hughes- vs BAL, @ KC
Clay Bucholz vs OAK, vs BALT

Pickups
Trevor Cahill (20%)- talked about this guy at the very beginning of spring training. He has been great so
far. his last start wasn’t that great but he did allow only 1 ER in his first 2 starts of the season. He is sporting a solid 2.84 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP, wont strike out a ton of guys but plays for a contending team and his next start is Wed against the Phillies.
Jhoulys Chacin (espn 38%) Im a big fan of this guy. He can strike out a lot of guys as he has 14 Ks,/ 15 innings this season. While he hasn’t be sharp to start the season. He hasn’t given up more than 4 hits in any of his 3 starts this season. He goes against Pitsburg on WED and I could see him getting an W with a lot of striekouts.
Ross Detwiler (espn 9.4%) has been Capital A Amazing this season. He has allowed on 1 run in 16 innings, registering 2 wins, a 0.56 era and .94 WHIP and striking out 15 batters. His next start his Friday at LAD.
Alejandro De Aza (ESPN 50%)
Jose Altueve , 2B(ESPN 45%) – will get regular Abs and will continue to produce in SBs, Runs, and AVG. He is currently hitting .321, .381 OBP,with 7 runs, 6 rbis, and 2 SBs,
Erik Bedard (ESPN 11%) has given up more than 2 ERs in any of his 4 starts this season for a 2.63 ERA, He has 17 strikeouts, He wont get a lot of wins but could be a good innings eater and get some Ks.
Wei Yin Chen, P Baltimore (2%)- has had 3 good starts to start the season. In 3 starts he hasn’t given up more than 2 ERs, and 15 ks in 17 innings, a 2.60 ERA and his next start is Saturday against OAK
Travis hafner- hes old, hes a DH and he can hit the ball a loongg ways. He has a .357 BA and a Redonkuloius . 507 OBP, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs.

Drops
Michael Pineda- going for an MRI tom, Have a gut feeling this guy isn’t going to pitch this season.
Marco Scutaro- why is this guy owned in 88% of ESPN leagues, is it his .222 BA, or 1 RBI, even his 2 SB are pretty bad compared to everything else.
Jonathan Sanchez- Has been brutal this year but is owned in 58% of ESPN leagues. has given up 9 runs in 12 innings for a brutal 6.39 ERA, His WHIP is almost 2 at 1.89. Just drop him before you hurt your team more
Peter Bourjos (41%)
Players to trade for
Eric Hosmer has been dreadful to start the season, but I got a good feeling he will pick back it up.
Alex Gordon

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“All Things Fantasy” (4-16-12)

April 17, 2012
This is the Monday April 16th, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”( ATF 4-16-12). Jeff Erickson, the Senior Editor from rotowire.com and host of Rotowire Fantasy Sports Today on Sirus/Xm satellite radio (XM 87/Sirius 210) joins me to talk about about some closer situations, some players that are off to slow starts, and much more. Also, I talk about some 2 start pitchers for next week, players you should add, and some players you should target to trade for or away. Below are my notes from the show.ATF 4-16-12

2 week starters for next week

Henderson Alvarez, TOR- @ Bal,vs SEA Jason Vargas

Mark Buehrle- @NYM, vs Ari

Tommy Hunter- vs TOR, vs OAK

R.A. Dickey- vs MIA, @ COl

Players to Add

Jonathon Lucroy is the catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers,  and is owned in only 7.7% of ESPN leagues. He has a .364 BA, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs. The Brew Crew just signed him to a long term extension b/c they believe he will be their catcher for the next couple of years. If they believe in him, then I believe in him.

Stephen Drew SS, ARIZ- is a good stash and wait candidate. He could be a lift when he comes off the DL in about a month. If you are weak at SS, look no further than him.

Adam laRoche- has Been great to start the season and is owned in 57% of leagues, He has 2 Home runs, a stellar  341 avg, .426 OBP, is 3rd in the Majors with 12 RBI’s.

Matt Harrison- Why is this guy owned in only 29% of leagues? Has 2 starts on the season totaling 14 Innings pitched,a miniscule 0.64 ERA ,2 wins, 1.07 WHIP.

Hot-starts. Sell High and now

David Wright

Zack Cozart-

Carlos Pena-

Austin Jackson- Has started off really hot by batting .412 with 14 hits in his first 34 ABS. while he does have 10 runs scored.  He only has 3 RBI’s and 1 SB. last year he only had 22 SBs. so while Jackson will get to 90 to 100 runs and steal around 25 bases. hes not going to hit homeruns or produce in the runs category. The time to trade him is now

Dee Gordon-

Slow-starts Buy low and now

Aramirs Ramirez- in the last 3 years he has struggled in the first couple of months with a .254 BA in April, and .244 avg in May. I’ve watched this guy play for years and he is a great hitter in a great lineup. Stay patient, you must.

Tim Lincecum- has 2 bad starts this season. Don’t overreact, Hes still good and will still have great numbers when all is said and done. His location has been spotty but he will have another solid season. If you can get him for cheap then go grab him

Zach Grienke- feel the same way about him as do Lincecum. Grienkes last start he got Lit up by giving up 8 runs in 3 and 2/3 innings, but his first starts was  a gem as he struck out 7 batters in 7 innings, got the win, gave up 0 runs. You drafted him to be your ace so keep it that way

Lucas duda- “The Duda Abides”-  only has 7 hits on the season and is batting .212 on the season. However, he has 3 homeruns. He is going to hit close to 300 so stick with him.

Jay Bruce-

Shin Soo Choo-

“All Things Fantasy” (4-9-12)

April 10, 2012

This is Monday, April 9th 2012 edition of  “ALL Things Fantasy”. I talk about some Fantasy Baseball pickups. Also, give some Fantasy Basketball pickups and players I wouldn’t draft next year for my basketball team. Here are my notes from the show.

 

Guys I want on my squad

Lance Lynn- Listed as a RP, Lynn is a great control pitcher he struck our 8 batters in 6 and 2/3 innings. last year in 34 2/3 innings he had a 3.12 ERA, 1.04 Whip and struck out 40 batters. He could a great season ahead and is an easy breakout candidate

Jeff Samardzja- is another starting pitcher who is listed as a RP but is a starting pitcher. His only issue has been walks. His stuff is SICK NASTY and he will be starting for cubs on a regular basis. His first start was DY-NO-MITEE as almost had complete game going 8 2/3 innings, allowing one 1 run, 4 hits and struck out 8. He could continue to dominate but might lack some Wins b/c the cubbies just don’t score a lot of runs.

Jesus Guzman- I was a fan of this guy last year when he was somehow eligible as SS and 1b in ESPN leagues. This year he is eligible only at 1b but will gain OF eligibility soon. He is probbaly the best hitter for the Padres. Which is like being the Coolest Osborne.

Zack cozart SS for Reds- Has been sensational so far,

Adam Laroche- looks like he is locked in as their first baseman, I would add him but make sure he is getting PT when Michael Morse comes back. Any guy who is starting at first base for a team could be very beneficial for fantasy teams.

Clayton Richard-

A.J. Ellis- is the starting Catcher for the Dogers, Could be very useful in leagues that use 2 catchers

Jason Hammel-  Looks to really good and is another RP,SP.

Kyle Seager- has a great start to the season and in Yahoo league is listed as 3b and SS has started 7 for 15 including tonight and with 5 RBI on the season. He could be a break out candidate who no one has really talked about THIS GUY.

 

Jeff Karstens- took the league by storm last year as he had a career low 3.39 ERA and 1.21 whip. he only struck out 96 batters in 162 innings but only walked33 guys so that’s almost a 3-1 Ks to BB ratio. He started this year off the right way by going 6 innings and only giving up 1 run. He could be a great innings eater and provide a lot of Quality starts.

Charlie Morton- Came from nowhere last year to really produce. He might be back as early as this weekend and could provide a huge boost for fantasy squads

NBA

Guys im not drafting next year

Carmelo-

Amare Stoudimire- is averaging 17.6 points per game and 8 rebounds and a brutal 2.5 Turnovers per game. This is a guy that will be taken purely b/c of name recognition and not stats. Don’t be that person that makes that mistake. My boy Ersan” Illest of the Ill” is averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds while only averaging 1 turnover a game. There isn’t a lot of difference there. Just Saying

Steph Curry- Mr. Glass, too much of an injury risk to draft in the first couple of rounds

Dirka Dirka Dirka- OLD, Wont produce where he is drafted.

Tyreke Evans-

Jrue Holliday- is putting 13.4 points, 3 rebounds, and 4.3 ast per game with 2 turnovers. This guy got drafted 38th according to ESPN and that is beginning of the 4th round. While Darren collision is averaging almost 11 pts, 3 rebounds, and 5 ast per game which is almost as good as Holiday was drafted 50 spots behind him. This is another guy that will be drafted b/c of his name but his stats will hurt ya.

Andrew Bogut- has gotten injured, literally, every single season.

 

NBA Pickups

Grievis Vazquez is now the starting PG for New Orleans since jarret Jack is out for the season.

Glen Davis could be HUGGEE (no pun intended) down the stretch as it looks like Dwight Howards back is a serious issue that will keep giving him problems the rest of the season. whenever Howard sits that means The Big Baby will be getting starters minutes.

Lester Hudson has been awesome since being recalled from the NBDL. he has averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 Rebounds, 4.5 Ast, and almost 2 steals per game. he signed another 10 day contract so even if Kyrie Irving comes back, look for Hudson to get some Solid PT. He is playing for his NBA career so he will put up max effort.

Danillo Gallinari- Is back from injury today, While I would definitely go pick him up, I prob would not start him until I see him play and produce for a couple of games.

“All Things Fantasy” (4/5/12)

April 6, 2012

This is Thursday, April 5th 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Jeff Erickson, Senior Editor at rotowire.com comes on the show to talk about opening day and other fantasy baseball material. I talk about some Players you should for Fantasy Basketball Playoffs. Also, Give my MLB predictions for the upcoming season. “All Things Fantasy”