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“All Things Fantasy”

This is the Monday, May 15th, 2012 edition of ” All Things Fantasy” where I talk about fantasy baseball players you should trade away, pickups to make, underrated players, and much more. Also, some listeners call in to ask questions about their fantasy team, including a question about Drew Brees. Attached are my notes from the show. “All Things Fantasy

Pickups

James Mcdonald (ESPN 39%)- If a Pittsburgh Pirate SP does well will anyone notice? He has pitched phenomenal so far this season 39Ks in 44 innings, a 2.42 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He has at least 7 Ks in each of hist last 4 starts. gets the next start @ wash on Wed and will be a 2 start for next week .

Tim Stauffer Sp, SD (40%)- He was one of the bright spots for the Padres last year with a decent 3.73 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. There is a reason why he is already owned in 40% of leagues w/o throwing a pitch all season

Danny Espinosa 2B, WSH (45%)- has started hitting and has a 5 game hit streak with 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 4 Runs, and 2 SBs. He is a very streaky hitter and this could be one of those streaks.

Jonathon Lucroy C, MIL (ESPN 16%)- He has 16 RBIs on the season and great .375 OBP. the 16 RBIS are more than other catchers like Mauer, Buster Posey, and Alex Avila

Ryan Vogelsong SP, Giants (14.5%)- a 2.94 ERA on the season his WHIP is high at 1.37. has gone at least 6 IP in each of his 5 starts. He faced COL today and will have another start this week.

Jorge de la rosa could return in the by early June. He is a strikeout pitcher and is the Rockies best pitcher

Watch List

Brendon Dozier SS, MIN- if your in a really deep league, than DOZIER could be someone to look at. Hes now their starting SS and will see plenty of ABs

Scott Van Slyke OF, LAD- Son of former Major Leaguer Andy van Slyke, This guy could be a contributor if Something happens to Matt Kemp or any other LAD OF. He cn

Guys I am trying to trade away

Josh Hamilton has missed 37 games on average the past 4 years. Right now he is by far the best player in fantasy baseball. in H2H points leagues he has 33 more points than the next person behind him (carlos Beltran). He did hit 9, yes 9, HR last WEEK. Look all im saying is his value is at its highest. If you need to fill a couple of holes in your lineup, you could get some quality players at multiple positions.

Andre Eithier OF, LAD- Even though he is off to hot start (17th in tot points), he will fall off in the 2nd half of the season. Last year he got hurt and only had 2 HR after the All star break, his averaged dropped 60 points and OBP dropped 45 points. This guy isn’t a great 2nd half performer and his value is at its peak right meow. Get as much as you can from him and laigh all the way to the bank

Edwin Encarnacion- Ive seen a lot people think he can keep this up all year but I don’t see it. This guy is currently 4th in points in H2H leagues. he has 11HR on the season, his career high is 26, and he only hit 17 last year. His BA and OBP are pretty much identical to last years (BA .276 ’12, .272 ’11) (OBP .333 ’12, 334 ’11). That’s why I don’t think he can keep up this torrid HR hitting all season. Sell- high and bc right now the price is right

Josh Willingham- I called this one, I the very beginning of the season I compared Evan Longarias numbers to josh Willingham s number and they were very similar and I feel like they will be again this year when all is said and done. Willingham has as many points as Miguel Cabrera. He has 7 HR so far this season and has averaged 23 over the past 3 years. The thing that concerns me is that he has a career BA of .263 and .362 OBP. So far on the season he has a .295 BA and .413 OBP, both of those numbers are going to drastically decline. The HRs and RBIs will be there but he is going to have a big slump sometime this season.

Derek Holland- While his numbers don’t indicate that he has been that good, he still got drafted kinda high as the 61st pitcher taken according to ESPN live draft results. ahead og guys like Ryan Dempster, Bud Norris, Jonathon Niese, jake Peavy, and ricky Nolasco. he wasn’t very good last year as he posted a 3.95 ERA and a miserable 1.35 WHIP. this year his ERA is slightly lower at 3.86 and his WHIP is a lot better at 1.20. This guys name could actually bring some value and can be a great throw in for a trade.

Underrated players

Melky Cabrera has the 23rd most fantasy points for Hitters, he is hitting a sensational .347 and a .396 OBP. He put up awesome numbers last year as he finished 17th among all hitters in points  and almost had a 20/20 season as he hit 18 homeruns and stole 20 basis. Hes quickly becoming a very good Fantasy player

Martin Prado- Mr. consistent slipped in drafts b/c he had a bad year last year and owners that drafted him took full advantage. Granted he is a lil injury prone but when he plays he hits, he is a career .292 hitter, he will only get 60-70 rbis but could get up 80 or 90 runs scored. he scored 100 in his career year in 2010. This year he is on pace for 101 runs, 9 HR and 78 RBIs I could see him reaching all of those numbers while posting a 360 OBP.

Johnny cueto has been one of the best pitchers as he has the 9th most points out of pitchers and a ridiculous 1.12 ERA and

Jason Vargas- currently is the 15th best pitchers in the majors based on points. He has a stellar 2.79 ERA and a awesome .97 WHIP, He has 5 QS out 8 starts and 4 wins vs 2 loses. Can he keep this up prob not, but your not going to get a lot of value if you trade him so hang on to him or trade for him b/c his owners might not know how good he has been

Angel Pagan his 95 fantasy points same amount of points as, Giancarlo Stanton, and more points than guys such as Desmond Jennings, Nelson Cruz,  Troy Tulowitzki, and Prince Fielder

Trade For

Jose Bautista

Troy Tulowtizki

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