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“All Things Fantasy” (5/24/12)

May 25, 2012

This is the Thursday May 24th, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Jeff Erickson, the senior editor of, comes on the show to talk about some hot hitters, we play buy or sell on players that have started off slow, and more. Also, I give suggestions on some 2 start pitchers for next week, guys that have come out of nowhere to become fantasy starts, some guys to add, and more. Below are my notes from the show.

2 start pitchers for next week

Bronson Arroyo (@Pit,@ HOU)- is going against 2 bad offenses in Pittsburgh  and Houston. He has been his inconsistent self which is one good start then one bad start, but he strikes guys out and will more than likely get at least 1 win next week posseebly 2

Scott Diamond (vs OAK,@ CLE)- Yes the diamond in the rough, goes against OAK who’s offense is pretty bad and @ cle who are bad- Can see him getting atleast 1 win and 2 QS

Travis Wood ( vs SD, @ SF) Now this is for deep leagues, hes home against San diego and the


Roy Oswalt- wheres he gonna go? nobody knows, but seems like he is going to sign on with a team soon and the stuff has always been

Kevin Millwood SEA, (1.3%)-Who has been the best pitcher the last 2 week????that would be one old Kevin Millwood/ He gets 2 starts next week, has won his last 3 starts all QS, in those  starts he combined for 22 innings, 1 ER, has only giving up 8 hits and has 15 strikeouts in that span and the teams he faced were @ NYY, @ COL ( CG SHO) and vs TEX

Anthony Bass SP, RP (21%)

Ryan Cook RP, OAK (3.6%),22 IP, 0 ER, 21 Ks,1 W, and 0.71 whip. Think this guy will eventually take over as closer b/c Brian Fuentes well is brian Fuentes and sucks at life…I mean baseball.

Brian Matusz SP, BAL (1%)- liked him going into the year but he struggled out of the gate and now he seems back on track as he has won his last 3 starts. In those starts he has 16 Ks in 18 innings, a 3 ERA and a great 1.06 WHIP and those were some tough teams in Bos, Tampa Bay, and KC but KC doesn’t count

R.A. Dickey:

Michael Brantley OF, CLE ( 26%)- doesn’t do anything great but contributes all around, will steal some bases, 7 on the season. get rbis and Runs, wont hit HRs but if you rlooking for a guy speed and some pop than Brantley could be it.

Elliot Johnson SS, TB

Daniel Nava OF,BOS

Rajai Davis OF, TOR

Watch List

Josh Bell 3B, Ariz- saw him in the minors, like his power and if he gets the PT could be a waiver wire option later in the season.

Nick Johnson

Dice K- Matzusaka

Top Players from no where

C-A.J. Pierzynski- has the 2nd most RBI’s amongst catchers, and is hitting .303 on the season.

1B-Adam LaRoche- who would’ve guessed that this guy would be in the top 10 (currently 8th) in RBI’s in the MAJORS. Has a very high .397 OBP and 8 homeruns. even when Michael Morse comes back Laroche

2B-Mike Aviles- the guy qualifies at like 8 positions, really just 2B, SS, and 3B, HA thats still a lot though. Well he leads ALL secondbasemen in RBIS with 28, hes tied for 6th in runs scored with 27 and even has 5 SBs. My concern with him is his .297 OBP and his 8 HRs are 2 short of his career high of 10 in a season. SELL HIM WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

SS-Rafael Furcal- has scored the most runs among all SSs and has the 5th most runs in the majors and is hitting .339 on the season with a .398 OBP. Hes old, sell now, will get hurt he hasn’t played more than 100 games since 2009 and the season before that he played 37 games.

3B-Martin Prado- Having a resurgence of a year

OF-Adam “Pacman” Jones- already talked about him

OF- Josh “Chronicles of “ Reddick- talked about his greatness last week and he has 11 HR on the season. Went from being basically undrafted to being 100% in all leagues.  If he continues to get PT everyday then he could easily finish with 20-25 HRs and 80-90 RBIs

OF- Matt Joyce- This guy produces no but it never seems like anyone takes notice. as he was selected 209th according to ESPN live drive results but he already has 8 HRs 24 RBIS & runs, and his OBP is a great .391. Feel confident with this guy in your lineup the rest of the way

SP-  Jake “Pet” Peavy

SP-Chirs Capuano

SP-Lance Lynn-

“All Things Fantasy” (5-7-12)

May 10, 2012

This is Monday, May 7th 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Jeff Erickson from joins me to talk Fantasy Baseball. We discuss, some Second Basemen, Closers, Some pitchers that have started off hot, and more. Also, I give you some pickups you should make and 2 start pitchers for next week. The notes are attached.


2 week starters

deep league is Wade Miley @ LAD, @ KC has his last 2 out 3 starts and allowed only 4 runs in that span and that all came in one game. He gets almost a Strikeout per innings and could put up  great stats next week

Henderson Alavarez (4%)-vs TB, vs NYM makes it back on this list. while he doesn’t strike out a lot of batters only 12 in 41 innings. he does have a great 2.83 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. The TB offense is good but if he can make it through the start then the Mets should be an easy W. he did give up 6 ERs against them in his first time he faced TB.

Jeff Niemann @Tor, vs ATL

Ryan Vogelsong- vs Col, vs OAK

Drew Smyly – (45% ESPN)@CHW, vs Pit has not given up more than2 ER in any start this season. has 29 Ks in 28 Innings, he wont get a lot of 2 start weeks but if gets 2 next week he could have a huge next week against a weak offense in Pit and an OK offense in the Sox

2 week starts from last week

Juan Nicasio vs LAD, vs ATL had 1 win, 1 QS, 9 ks in 11. but have a 6.55 ERA and 2 whip

Bronson Arroyo-  vs CHC, @ PIT didn’t start twice,

Phil Hughes- vs BAL, @ KC did ok he had 1 win and 1 QS in 12 inns, with 13 Ks, and a high era of 5.11 but did have a .97 WHIP

Clay Bucholz vs OAK, vs BALT got lit up. His stats are so bad I cant even calculate them


Players to add

Josh “chronicles of” Reddick OAK, OF(40% ESPN) – has 5 multi hit games in his 10 games and has 5 HR, 11 RBIs, 16 runs, and 3 SBs. He has started almost every game this year for Oakland and look for him to keep getting Regular PT.

Andres Torres NYM OF (.6%)- Was just activated from the DL about a week ago and has started every game since his return and has gotten a hit in every game since then. Has a .333 BA, 3 runs, 6 RBIs, 1 SB and .407 OBP

Andrew Cashner

Jake Arrieta  SP, BAL- has been pretty good this year has he has a ok ERA at 3.52 but a low WHIP of .99 He has 33ks in 38 Innings, and 3 QS out of 6. his record is 2-2 on the season. However his next 2 starts are against TEX and TB so be careful.

Chris Johnson 3B, Houston

Kyle Seager 3B, Seattle

Yonder Alonso 1B, OF San Dieg- The hits are there, eventually the RBI’s are going to come. He has a .361 OBP  on the season and .444 OBP in the last 15 days. He is batting in the middle of order and has always been a solid prospect

May 1, 2012

This is Monday April 30th, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Jeff Erickson from joins me to talk about bryce harper, Closer situations, starting pitchers off to a hot start, and much more. Also, I give some 2 start pitchers for next week, guys to pick up, and more.

2 Start Pitchers for next week

Daniel Bard- @KC, vs CLE

Philip Humber- @cle, vs KC

A.J. Burnett- vs Wash, vs, Hou

Felix Doubront- @ KC, vs Cle

2 start pitchers from last week

Henderson Alvarez, TOR- @ Bal,vs SEA pitched 13 innings, only had 1 K but had 2 QS, 1 wiin, 2.08 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

Tommy Hunter- vs TOR, vs OAK also pitched 13 Innings, had 2 QS, 1 Win, 4 Ks, a 2.08 ERA, and 1.08 WHIP.

Mark Burhle didn’t start 2 games

R.A. Dickey- vs MIA, @ Col didn’t get 2 starts b/c of rain but still had 1 really good start as he pitched 7 innings, struck out 7 got the win and QS. his era 1.29 and had a .57 whip for the game. Great start.


Doug Fister  P, Det (70%)- was great last season and most owners dropped him when he went on the DL this year. Last year he had a 2.83 ERA, 1.06 whips and had 146ks to only 37 Walks. Go pick him immeediiatly if he is your league

Alcides Escobar SS, KC—if your desperate at SS look now further than THIS GUY. He can produce in SBs, as he 5 of them on the season. He his hitting .295 and is hitting atop a solid lineup

Michael Saunders  OF, SEA (ESPN 3.6%)- has been on fire in his 6 games as he is has 2 Homeruns, 9 RBIs a .348 BA, and even 1 SB.

Gerardo Parra OF, ARZ ( ESPN 24%)- picked this guy up in a couple of leagues and has produced. He gets Stolen bases, runs and rbis, will hurt the average alil bit.In his last 13 games he has scored 10 runs, hit 2 homerunes, 9 rbis, 5 SB. and a .267 BA. Will get PT as long as Chris young is hurt and even will get some after. he is tied for 5th in Stolen bases.

Jed Lowrie 3b,SS, HOU-  He has 2 homeruns, 5 rbis, and 4 runs over his last 6 games and is hitting .360 during that span. He will play almost everyday for the stros and this guy can put solid numbers when he gets hot.

Don’t Give up

The weeks brothers have both struggled mightly to start the season.  but keep faith in these 2 guys. Rickie will by far come around and he will hit for power and RBIS, while Jemile weeks will steal bases, He has 4 but that number should jump when he starts getting on base more.

Lucas Duda Abides- this guy is going to get hit 20 homeruns, Close to 100 RBIs and will hit close to .285. Just be patient.

Coco Crisp has 3 SBs in his last 6 games. he is hitting a miserable .190 on the season but that will defiantly go up and when that does his stolen bases will drastically increase.

Jordan Walden

Neil Walker

“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, 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.
“All Things Fantasy”
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

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.

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

“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 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” (4/5/12)

April 6, 2012

This is Thursday, April 5th 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Jeff Erickson, Senior Editor at 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”

“All Things Fantasy” (3-26-12)

March 27, 2012

This is the Monday, March 26th, 2012 edition of  “All Things Fantasy”, The Fantasy Baseball Extravaganza. Chris Vernon joins me to talk about his fantasy baseball team that he just drafted. Also, Jeff Erickson, from, joins me to give some in-depth fantasy baseball analysis.