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  1. What kind of impact do you expect from Wil Myers this year?

    Comment by Silverman — November 19, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  2. My fantasy gut tells me that Melky is going to look a lot more like the Atlanta version than either the KC or SF version. Your thoughts? Any way perceptions like mine actually make him a bargain bin type on draft day?

    Comment by The Emperor — November 19, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

  3. Does Robbie Cano have trade value at $50 in a Fangraphs points league? I picked up the last place team in a league and need to blow it up

    Comment by Kyle H — November 19, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

  4. I think he’ll have a bad batting average and good power in a half-season of play. It’s an educated guess — he’s had some iffy strikeout rates, and has struggled at new levels in the past — but it’s a guess as to playing time any way. Frenchy is still there and if he rebounds, they’ll need to shop him for a while.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

  5. Yes he will drop in drafts next year for sure. I think Toronto could help his power, but the BABIP comes down. He was really out of shape in Atlanta, even being in good (legal) shape would make him a better hitter than he was there. I’d expect something more like Yankee Melky.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  6. 12 team mixed – 7 keeper max and $75 keeper salaries max ($360 budget for 30 roster spots). Keep Goldschmidt at $21 or go with duo of Kris Medlen ($10) and Josh Reddick ($10)? Or, Medlen ($10) and Billy Hamilton ($10)?

    Comment by Plops! — November 19, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  7. Yes but not cheap Mike Trout value or anything. Profar might even be tough to pick up. Just look for a moderately priced “young veteran” (think 26-29) on a contending team and you’ll find a taker.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

  8. 12 team mixed roto – keep 7 in round they were drafted. can keep for max of 5 years with players moving up 5 rounds each year. Keep Wil Myers or Jurickson Profar in 27th round?

    Comment by Whaaa? — November 19, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  9. $10 is a lot of dough for a guy that’s behind a young major league veteran at his position. Not saying Stubbs can’t be beat, but at $10, you’d want to know before you kept him that he was going to play next season. I think Goldschmidt would have more power than Reddick, but there’s a chance both of their batting averages are around .270 next season, and they both have some speed. Medlen’s not an ace, but at that price he doesn’t have to be. Especially if it’s a five OF setup, I like Reddick and Medlen. Goldie will probably be the best player here, but he’s also twice as expensive.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  10. Given they both don’t have major league positions right now, I’ll take the shortstop. Look at how bad the shortstop position is right now.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

  11. How do you expect the 2013 seasons for the Cardinals young right-handed flamethrowers (Miller, Rosenthal, Kelly) to shake down?

    Comment by Atari — November 19, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

  12. What beer you drinking with your Turkey?

    Comment by Jabronies — November 19, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

  13. 12 team mixed roto obp league – keep Goldschmidt in the 8th round or trade for something better?

    Comment by Dobbs — November 19, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

  14. I am interested in your thoughts on Anthony Rendon’s AFL performance. He has played 22 games for a triple slash of .338/.436/.494 and as the SLG suggests, he has hit zero HR. The number of games played is huge itself, but the power shortage is concerning. Can we chalk this up to small sample size? Or should this be hinting at the fact that he may be a 20 HR a year guy at best?

    Comment by Cody — November 19, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

  15. Will Trevor Bauer contribute anything in the Major Leagues next year, at least enough to make it worth stashing on my bench at the start of the season?

    Comment by agam22 — November 19, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  16. Thoughts on Johnny Gomes as a lefty platoon guy for Garret Jones in an ottoneu league? He should get at least a platoon job on a big league club, right?

    Comment by Kyle H — November 19, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  17. forgot to mention it’s an obp league – Trading $10 Medlen and $10 Reddick for $3 Rizzo too much if it also allows me to keep Goldschmidt at $21? Rizzo + Goldy would cost just a few bucks more than Medlen + Reddick. Thanks!

    Comment by Plops! — November 19, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  18. Plops this is a great question. Sounds like a real, fun format to play in.

    I am just asking because my initial reaction was to not pick up Goldie at $20 since he was so far above the average (7 keeper max/$75). Prima facie, you would want to keep players close to that $10 buck level and I imagine most of your league mates would too. Sometimes it is fun being the contrarian though. What if you spent all your cash on 3 really good keepers? You still have a deep pool of players and if you wanted a lottery pick you could pick them up for cheaper than a $10 Billy Hamilton. Maybe you could allocate the cash on 2 really good keepers and a bunch of cheaper keepers. Either way, sounds like a fan exercise for the Fangraphs crowd.

    Comment by Atari — November 19, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  19. How much is the most I should spend to retain Trout in Otto pts (I have the coupon due to him being voted off my team)?

    Comment by Don — November 19, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  20. 12 Team H2H, 6×6 (OPS/QS), Keep 8 + 2 rookies. I’m keeping Dylan Bundy but also have a choice between Arenado and Rendon. Both have fairly obvious negatives. Arenado took a big step back and Rendon with the injuries. Thoughts on who to keep?

    Comment by James — November 19, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

  21. In keeper, scherzer or goldschmidt?

    Comment by Lester — November 19, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

  22. After Jose Reyes, Shields, Cano, J Zimmerman, and Bruce, what three other players should I be keeping in my 12×12 H2H league? Options include: Lawrie, Bundy, Teixeira, Bourne, McCann, and Napoli (I don’t intend to keep more than two pitchers).

    Comment by jw — November 19, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

  23. Im in a 20-team dynasty league. Two different questions.

    1.) Would you consider selling very high on Miggy? I know it sounds crazy, but im not sure his value will ever be higher. Or is he just one of those guys you just never trade

    2.) Please rank these SPs in terms of 2013 and then in terms of the next 3-4 years: Kyle Gibson, Robbie Erlin, Casey Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal.


    Comment by Cliff — November 19, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

  24. Dylan Bundy being a potential exception to that two pitchers rule, obviously.

    Comment by jw — November 19, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

  25. Please choose two pitcher:McCarthy,Gee or Lewis?

    Comment by John — November 19, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  26. No real question – I went on a Sonoma beer tasting tour this weekend, and have a new found respect for Lagunitas – what they lack in upside they make up for in depth (their whiskey aged stout – wow). No hyperbole needed for Russian River – and yes, Pliny tastes just as good going down as it does coming up!

    Comment by Milby — November 19, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

  27. I’m starting a league for next year with a group of six law students. The league will be competetive- people will be paying attention. However, not all participants are Fangraphs readers/SABR-inclined. Does anyone have recommendations for a fun league/format? Are any of the free leagues better than others? All suggestions welcome.

    Comment by Danny — November 19, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

  28. List me 3 really good stouts.

    You would think of drafting Melky if he fell to the _ round?

    Comment by Mark — November 19, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

  29. Also important to note: we have LF, CF, and RF as positions, rather than three OF, so having a plus fantasy contributor who qualifies at CF is a little more important than some other positions.

    Comment by jw — November 19, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  30. There really is no reason to expect Melky to produce at Yankee levels, While it is possible it is unlikely. I mean during his age 26-27 seasons (1207pa) he slashed .322/.360/489….This upcoming season at the age of 28 and moving to a hitter friendly stadium I don’t think he should be expected to regress to what he was 3 years ago…unless you believe ped’s are responsible for what he did the last few years. It’s more likely he has simply improved as a hitter. I mean really….how many guys are juicing in mlb who stink? Probably tons. We all know about his babip-fueled avg…..sure he may not hit .345 next year but is really going to ops anywhere near the .716 he managed while he was a yankee? This really is a great signing for the jays,

    Comment by Kelly Grubers mullet — November 19, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  31. On the minor league side of a keeper league, I’ve got Billy Hamilton, Jorge Soler, Gregory Polanco, Gary Brown, and Robert Stephenson. Need to pick one to throw back….should it be Brown or Stephenson? (not very worried about batting pitching balance)

    Comment by harpago17 — November 19, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

  32. Of all the free agents available, who do you think will post the highest OPS+ in 2013? If the answer is Hamilton for you, who’s #2?

    Comment by Fungo Schoop — November 19, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

  33. NL-only 2-catcher roto auction keeper league: Would you rather have a high-cost Starlin Castro plus Billy Hamilton at the keeper minimum or a high-cost Buster Posey?

    Comment by Wilbury — November 19, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

  34. 12 team H2H 6×6 with standard categories plus obp and holds. Keep 4 players, no keeper restrictions, just straight up keep 4. Which 4 do you keep? Here is my list of options:

    Braun, Mccutcheon, Holliday, Bautista, Choo, Headley, Kipnis, C Santana, Tulo, Sale, Darvish.

    Comment by bigbigbuck — November 19, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

  35. 10-team deep-bench keeper league. Points (think wOBA) and $290 salary with really high inflation due to a transition from dynasty format.

    I need a 2B to round-out my infield. Pay $9 for Aaron Hill, $22 for Robinson Cano, or buy a replacement level guy for a couple bucks on draft day? Thanks.

    Comment by DominicanRepublican — November 19, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  36. A large group of people are taking over every team in the MLB, signing FA, making trades, and basically just doing a mock off season then simulating the results. I’m in control of the Nationals. What do you think about these two trades:

    Pujols + Cash + Bourjos for Harper + Werth
    Zimmerman for Alex Gordon
    Sign Zack Greinke
    Sign BJ Upton
    Sign McCarthy

    OF would be Gordon – Upton – Morse while 1B would be Pujols and rotation would be Greinke/Strasburg/Gonzalez/McCarthy/Detwiler


    (The Marlins owner messaged me this:

    Jayson Werth is not a nice contract. I am willing to take on his contract.
    My proposal: You receive: Ricky Nolasco and the rights to Jeff Mathis, a prospect I got in the Blue Jays trade. I receive: Bryce Harper, Michael Morse, and Jayson Werth.
    I am one of the few teams that can afford to take on Werth and you also get a reliable starting pitcher. I need more players on my team. I think it’s a good trade for both of us.”

    Should I just quit the league now or what?)

    Comment by Shauncore — November 19, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

  37. finished in last place this year after a some of my more expensive guys (teixeira, halladay, etc) fell flat on their faces and turned to stockpiling long term value–prospects and players coming off injuries that could be had at lower auction values.

    what do you think about michael pineda? the fact that its a shoulder problem scares me, yet his talent is undeniable. what kind of numbers do you think he’ll put up next year? iver how many innings? have you heard anything about his health that might encourage/discourage me from targeting him at the next auction draft?

    Comment by PillsburyFlowboy — November 19, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

  38. 12 teams, 5×5, 10 keepers. No draft pick or dollar cost to keep someone, and we can keep players forever. LF/CF/RF instead of OF, 2 Util spots.

    Gonna try to make some offseason trades, but if I can’t….who’s the odd man out from these 11? — Pujols, Pedroia, Andrus, Wright, Braun, Kemp, J. Upton, Ellsbury, Kershaw, Hamels, Wainwright.

    Comment by Marky Mark — November 19, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  39. Does Profar start the season in Texas? If so do you see him as a possible top-10 (5?) SS going into the season, or is that merely his upside for this season?

    Comment by Ray — November 19, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  40. Eno, I know you have a massive man crush on Kipnis. How do I do here? I trade my Kinsler with a franchise tag for Kipnis with full eligibility and my 5th for his third. There will be 80 players less keepers.

    Comment by Jay — November 19, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  41. 12-team, mixed league, fangraphs points system, no-limits on keepers but $400 cap. Have been offered Matt Moore ($25) for Wainwright ($25) straight-up. I like Moore, but see him as not much better than Jarrod Parker (who I have at $5) with possibly more upside. Wainwright is right on the line for keep/non-keep for me. So I don’t like the trade. Can you convince me I’m wrong?

    Comment by masonzippo — November 19, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

  42. Can’t get a top 1B, so I’m trying to gauge value from group of Hart, Morse, Ad.Gonzalez, LaRoche, Trumbo, and Freeman. League uses OBP instead of average. Rank ‘em?

    Comment by Wade Ortega — November 19, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

  43. I also know this though: Goldschmidt is the ninth-highest rated player next year according to Bill James. So maybe I’m wrong. I know Bill James is exuberant, but that’s something.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  44. Maybe in the order they were called upon last year? Kelly got the first crack at it, maybe he gets the rotation spot. Miller might have the most starter-ready arsenal, though, and for some reason I think Rosenthal does the pen for a year.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  45. Can’t think about eating right now. But since with family and driving all the way to Santa Rosa and back, I’d think it’s something I can get in a sixer that isn’t too too strong. Maybe like Stone IPA.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  46. I like him there. Even if he ‘busts’ and the k-rate gives him a bad BA, he’ll have power and speed.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  47. He’s so all over the place that it’s impossible for me to say. That .494 SLG was actually almost a hundred points above league slugging this year, though, at least last time I checked, so the “AFL correction” was smaller this year. I’d pencil him in for that kind of power and then be happy if I got more. Unfortunately, he’s still playing third base.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  48. sounds like something that everyone thinks is really cool at first, but then like 2-3 weeks into it, no one is even paying attention anymore because they realize there is no incentive to care.

    Comment by Cliff — November 19, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  49. Obviously playing time is biggest issue here. Not sure where you see the low batting average issues though. 2011 was first time in AA and he was 250s, but otherwise he’s been pretty good.

    Comment by Matt — November 19, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  50. I still have him ahead of Skaggs, Bradley, Anderson for that final rotation spot (and ahead of Collmenter, unless he has a bad spring training). Wait as long as you can, of course, because of the rumors they want pitching (which make no sense to me).

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  51. yah but only worth keeping at $1 because he gets the wrong side of the platoon and there are always dudes like that around. So probably not worth keeping.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  52. Yeah I do that. You’ll get a great 1B out of it either way. and Medlen and Reddick are good, not great.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  53. He’s a $50+ player, so even if it’s silly, I’d go right up to something like $54 (minus five after).

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

  54. Arenado. He’s not behind a guy with Zimm’s contract, and his Double-A season wasn’t great, but at least he managed 573 PAs.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

  55. The hitter. Remember Scherzer already grabbed his shoulder.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  56. Bourn and Lawrie I like best. If you have to choose keepers before Napoli signs, go with Bundy. It’s close either way given Napoli’s down year.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  57. If Miggy got me Trout and a pitcher, and I needed a pitcher, sure. Depth is sometimes under-rated in 20+ teamers. Miggie is approaching post-peak. We’ll see how long he plays third. But specifics matter here, so you’ll need to see what the trades look like.

    2) They’re all fantasy #2s most likely. Love Erlin’s curveball, more than Kelly’s. Rosenthal has heat and a curve, and Gibson was showing heat/slider in the AFL. Slider has the biggest platoon split, and Gibson’s entire body of work is near the bottom of the list. Rosenthal gets a little ding because where was all of this before last year? Erlin got hurt but got excellent numbers when he was in, and though the fences will make a difference, they won’t stop the sea air from rolling in. I’ll take Kelly, Erlin, Rosenthal, Gibson next year, and over the course of the next three-to-four years, Rosenthal moves up and Kelly moves down.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  58. what do you expect out of andrew cashner next year? will he go the entire year in the rotation? is top 40 reasonable?

    Comment by PillsburyFlowboy — November 19, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  59. Lewis is the easy one, just because he’s been successful where he’ll be next year. I wish Gee had a better fastball or McCarthy was under contract next year. McCarthy I guess. Wish he ends up in the NL.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  60. thumbs up except for the last part

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  61. I like ottoneu, but it’s not really a first-timers sort of thing. Yahoo’s pretty much the best accepted platform, given how many different scoring options they have, the price (free), and lack of bugs. Usability. EsPN has some dynasty options that are better. Also, you better make your lineups real real deep, or add more players. Six will mean you’re all playing with stars. Ten with deep lineups should make it better.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  62. Eno, I am in a league that carries 10 minor leaguers. I graduated Profar and Middlebrooks recently and made a few blunders along the way. I dropped Castellanos, Parker and Goodwin.

    Here is my current roster: Taillon, Rosario, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hansen, d’Arnaud, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Gibson, Davidson, Tyler Austin, and someone else I cant remember.

    We cant add anyone from the past draft until the next phase of the draft.

    My question is who do you see as the next Yelich, Tevares, Liriano, Arenado? I also would like your opinion on my roster and if you see anything I can drop to make an improvement.

    Is Heathcott improving? When I scouted him at Area Code Games he was really solid and garnering Hamilton comparisons. I need some help with my minors roster!

    One manager has Tevaras, Liriano, Machado, Arenado, Bundy, and Sano!

    Comment by Jay — November 19, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  63. 12-team 5×5 (OBP instead of BA), 2 C and 5 OF mixed league, $260 cap. We keep 10 per year, and we have contracts (5-year max). Need help with my keeper decisions. Right now, I plan on keeping:

    C/1B – Posey ($5, 3rd year of 5-year contract)
    C/1B – C. Santana ($5, 3rd year of 5-year contract)
    2B – A. Hill ($2, no contract)
    3B – Machado ($1, no contract)
    OF – Braun ($45, last year of 3-year contract)
    P -Bumgarner ($5 – 3rd year of 5-year contract)
    P – Medlen ($1, no contract)

    I have 3 keeper spots open, and these guys to choose from to round them out:

    3B – Freese ($3)
    2B/3B – Seager ($1)
    OF – Holliday ($34)
    P – Hamels ($27)
    P – J. Parker ($1)
    P – Chapman ($13)

    At this point, I’m leaning Freese, Seager, and Parker, based on value and upside alone. I’m not a fan of keeping Closers (which is where I think Chapman stays next year), and the other big names don’t offer a lot of value. Thoughts?

    Secondly, I was offered Rosario ($1) and Prado ($6) for C. Santana. Since I already have Posey, it does make some sense, even in a 2 C league. And Prado will be 2B/SS/3B/OF eligible in our league. Even with that, I’m leaning toward declining it. Nuts?

    Comment by AZOriole — November 19, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  64. Obsidian’s stout is great. Rogue’s chocolate stout. Alesmith Speedway stout is my favorite, but I’m going to write up coffee stouts this week — they actually make a decaf one and I think I need that.

    I like Melky for a bottom-line pencil of about .280 10/10, so that’s final five-to-ten rounds in mixed leagues. To be my util.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  65. I love the signing because he doesn’t even need to put up two wins to make it worthwhile. He never did that before the last two years. He’s in shape now, and wasn’t in Atlanta, but if you look at his power, it hasn’t grown in leaps and bounds. I’d figure him for about league-average power, a few stolen bases, and then we’re arguing about his batting average, which is the most ridiculous stat in baseball to predict. Love it in real life, don’t love him in fantasy.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  66. Napoli re-ups with Rangers and beats out Swisher with a resurgent year.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

  67. Buster. Two catchers. One League. One less team.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

  68. Have you ever played Scoresheet Baseball?

    Comment by Charlie — November 19, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

  69. Harpago17, thanks for the question. You have to weigh your teams needs and your league rules. Are pitchers devalued by daily moves and large rosters? Alternatively, are they extremely important because you only start 3 a week?

    With that said, I’m a BIG proponent of evaluating *fantasy* prospects through the context of their proximity to the majors. While Stephenson is arguably the furthest away, he likely has has an extremely high ceiling. On the other side of things, Gary Brown is a very low ceiling prospect. I actually like his hitting ability more than most but you’re basically getting a two category CF (SB/R). And remember that Billy Hamilton has been moved in CF and could see time atop the Reds lineup at some point this year. While he’s the same category guy as Brown (SB/R), he could be elite in those two.

    I’d drop Brown.

    Comment by JD Sussman — November 19, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

  70. Braun, McCutch locks. Holliday is a “not” lock for me, as his wheels are declining and he’s definitively post-peak. Same for Choo. I can’t keep a pitcher in a keep-four. so that leaves Bautista, Headley, Kipnis and Tulo for two spots. man, even after that year, I’m taking Tulo. I kinda feel like you can get Kipnis back for cheaper than he should be, so now it’s Headley v Bautista, and they both just had real different years. You have two OFs, but Bautista should be better than Headley if you believe in going back further than a year when doing projections.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  71. Cano Cano Cano Cano

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  72. Why don’t you like us enough to chat on Thursday. Gosh, Eno.

    Comment by Steve 1 — November 19, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  73. who’s your third baseman? Rendon?

    Also, gah on the marlins offer.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  74. As a righty with an arsenal that lefties will enjoy, pitching at home in a park that lefties love, I think his Mariner numbers are impossible. But a mid-to-high threes ERA? With almost a K per inning? That’s worth keeping. Yes, shoulders suck, but he’s among the younger shoulder guys.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

  75. that’s a helluva group. Given you have CF, and the fact that I think Upton could be a true talent .280/20+/20 guy, I guess it’s Upton. I’d love it to be one of your pitchers, but they are all good and Waino’s arm should be good for another year even if he’s in trouble again long-term.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

  76. If things are as they are now, I doubt they move Kinsler to the OF right now and make Profar a second baseman. It just seems like too much to put on Profar. If he starts with the team as it’s constructed now, he’s the backup at every infield spot, and top-10 or top-5 is only upside. If he had a job now, I’d put him around 5-7 most likely. Betting on rookies in one-year leagues doesn’t always work.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  77. I’m assuming that means Kinsler can only be kept for another year or two? I love it.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  78. 1-team league?

    Comment by Cliff — November 19, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  79. I love love Moore’s stuff, but to take him over an established guy like Waino… at same price? I’ll keep Wainwright.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  80. Ottoneu points league:
    I’m looking for a 1B/Util and am targeting billy butler ($22) or goldschmidt ($8). Should I trade Jered weaver ($24) straight up for either or is this an overpay for one side?

    Comment by El Diablo — November 19, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

  81. AL-only Scoresheet league…dynasty w/ 13-keepers

    I was offered Miguel Cabrera in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, a crossover slot, and a r30.

    Seems high to me, but I am over the crossover limit of 2 (I also have Edwin Jackson and Matt Garza), and I’m not liking the career progression of Gonzo and H-Ram. But I’m not crazy about sticking Cabrera at third, and he has no 1st base eligibility.

    Pull the trigger, or pass?

    Comment by Jay Stevens — November 19, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  82. You’ve got a few questions here that are hard to answer. Who do we predict to be the next, “Yelich, Taveras, Liriano, Arenado”? What do you mean by that? All of these guys came from very different pedigrees.

    As for your roster, it’s strong. But I say that not knowing who is available to be picked up. I am not a fan of Davidson or Gibson and would say those two would be the first to go if you see someone you like.

    Comment by JD Sussman — November 19, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  83. Thanks.

    I hadn’t even considered letting Justin go, the idea of having him hold down my RF spot for another decade or so is very enticing. I was bouncing between Waino and Andrus, and probably leaning Waino, but it seems I’ve got something else to think about now.

    Comment by Marky Mark — November 19, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  84. He meant trading Zimmermann (SP).

    Comment by James — November 19, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  85. Yeah, I didn’t build that roster with a ton of trades over the past 5-6 years…I’m just in a league all by myself. Thanks for your insightful input.

    Comment by Marky Mark — November 19, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  86. Dynasty points league — assume you have the guy as long as you like. What’s the theoretical dollar value difference between Jurickson Profar and Oscar Taveras?

    Comment by Jason — November 19, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  87. Yes, I have to keep him or dump him. How about some reasons on why you are so high on Kipnis? I scouted him at ASU and liked what I saw, but didnt see All-Star potential off the one time I saw him.

    Comment by Jay — November 19, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  88. I’m in a 12 team, 7×7 H2H league.
    Offensive cats = R, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG
    Pitching cats = K, W, SV, HD, ERA, OBA, K/BB

    We keep 8. My sure-fire locks are Posey, Votto, Pedroia, Hanley, and CarGo.

    But that only leaves 3 spots left for these guys : Butler, Choo, Weaver, Cliff Lee, Latos, and Aroldis.

    Which of those 3 guys make the cut? I’m leaning toward Butler/Weaver/Lee…

    Comment by Don Pardo — November 19, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

  89. I guess the reason why I dubbed those guys is because they all caught serious helium in the prospects ranks. My other player is Carlos Martinez. I was asking if you had some recommendations as whom to try and target or add under the radar like players who may not be all that highly touted as of yet. Hence the reason of the afforementioned.

    Comment by Jay — November 19, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

  90. Jay, I just didn’t know what you meant, that’s all. Again, it’s hard to say who to target without knowing who is available. I would never suggest targeting prospects in a trade though. That’s a receipt for disaster.

    Comment by JD Sussman — November 19, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  91. Mine is a 12-team, 10-keeper league. Offensive categories are R, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, AVG, OBP, SLG. Pitching categories are IP, W, L, CG, SV, HRA, K, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, K/9, and QS.

    I am definitely keeping the following guys: Butler, Wright, Hanley, Adam Jones, Verlander, Price, and Kimbrel. I’m also 99% sure that I’m keeping Medlen.

    My options for the following two spots: Montero or Santana (I’m leaning Santana), Choo, and Matt Harvey.

    I also have Freeman, Brett Anderson, Jaime Garcia, EJax, and Papelbon, but I don’t think they’re really keepers.

    Any advice you have is much appreciated.

    Comment by Zach — November 19, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  92. I just believe in his power and he already showed good speed. If he hits 4 more homers than his Bill James projection, he’s going to give Kinsler a fight for his money, and that’s before you factor in Kinsler’s age and the draft pick upgrade.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  93. I’ll take Freeman first, with Hart and Morse coming second (both tall guys with potential to K-bust, don’t have great BB% but lots of power, with Morse coming third because of uneven power history). Trumbo next, although Gonzo might make sense as a cheaper play with equal value due to good OBP.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

  94. No way he can make it through the full year. His rate stats might make him useful, but I’ll target him as a top 75 guy, a final guy for my mixed league staffs, who might end up surprising. But given that injury history…

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  95. Hey Eno,
    Hope you start feeling better. Do you expect any regression from Shields in 2013? And would you rather keep him or Darvish?

    Comment by cal guy — November 19, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  96. Rosario trade is okay from value standpoint, but Prado in OF is less valuable and you don’t need him on the infield. Holliday is out for sure for me. so cut two more? I guess Hamels is too close to his price, so him. You’re really keeping Machado hoping that he ends up at short again, so keeping a three-B makes sense. I like Seager over Freese (as a pre-12 Headley kind of guy), so it’s Freese (oft injured, high-BABIP batting average, league average kind of power) versus the best closer, pretty much at closer price. I guess it’s Freese, but there’s an argument for Chap over Freese based on your roster construction. You don’t NEED three third basemen.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  97. For the first time this year, came in second-to-last in King Kaufman’s AL Keeper. But I have some young guys at key positions, and could do better next year. I hate hate hate the interface, but the idea is fun.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

  98. Well *I* like you enough to do that, it’s just my family wouldn’t be a big fan of it.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  99. with the surplus value in the Goldschmidt contract, that one makes more sense. He also plays in the field more often. I’d ask for a sleeper/$1 type pitcher back, still. Weaver in ottoneu points league still has surplus value beyond his price.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  100. I like it but I’d like to know who plays short for you after.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  101. Again, that’s a very difficult question to answer without knowing your point system. Theoretically you first need to account for the position difference. How does the average SS and COF perform in your league? That should help you find the positional value to add to Profar’s points total. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about those two.

    There isn’t a prospect with a wider array of probabilities than Taveras and his fantasy upside is far greater than Profar’s fantasy upside. When I watch Taveras I immediately think controlled aggression. I could see Taveras hitting 300-330/20-25/15. The issue is the flame out risk. His swing is so violent and his plate discipline is lacking. I HATE betting on those guys but I’ve been wrong on them quite a bit. I was low on Sandoval for the same reason (tho, add his body to that equation too).

    Then you’ve got a guy like Profar… he’s a sure thing (as close to one as there is in the minors today). The big question mark is where he winds up defensively. It SOUNDS like second base which totally changes the equation above. Is that position change something you want to risk? The level of offense required is so much higher. I see him going 300/15-20 (Arlington bump)/20 with a GREAT OBP.

    All in all, I can’t give you a dollar difference. What I can tell you is – without knowing your team – I’d take Taveras’s upside over Profar’s certainty. In the end, it’s fantasy baseball and only offensive superstars matter. Profar’s defense doesn’t help you.

    Comment by JD Sussman — November 19, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

  102. Who do you think will have more value in years 2013-2015 from a 5 x 5 perspective, Billy Butler or Pablo Sandoval? Butler qualifies at 1B next year.

    Comment by Vic — November 19, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

  103. In a dynsasty league with +10 for a W, -5 for a L, -2 for ER, -1 for H, HBP or W and +1 for every out and K. We also have a 10 player minor laegue roster. Would you trade Skaggs for either the new Jay, Johnson or for Hellickson?


    Comment by PouxBear — November 19, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

  104. Good chance he may not pitch in 2013:

    don’t pay more than a $1 and or last round pick for a DL stash

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — November 19, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

  105. Yes Jordan Z.

    Comment by Shauncore — November 19, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

  106. Struggling at new levels has NOT been a problem for him. The only time he struggled was when he was playing injured. If you want to blame it on a new level, go ahead, but you’d be wrong.

    Comment by geo — November 19, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  107. Because his strikeout rate has risen with each jump in level. Minor league BABIPs make minor league batting averages pretty un-useful. Chris Davis had great batting averages in the minor leagues, and a K% around 23%.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  108. for the record i think eno’s talking crazy and you have it correct with the andrus-waino thing. actually i think it’s wainwright easily. there’s always pitchers

    but really with this group at your disposal you should be able to find some kind of trade

    Comment by wily mo — November 19, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  109. well waino’s an answer, and I usually skew towards the hitter over a pitcher, you can see that in this thread alone. I just usually have three pitchers by round ten, because I do the ‘multiple late ones/ early twos’ approach.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  110. Choo’s out easily. I guess Aroldis is a closer, and I’m usually looking for my first closer around round nine, so he’s out, as good as he is. Butler has to be in. Latos is younger than Lee, but Lee’s better and the Phils could re-stock. Weaver is an easy in.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

  111. If you have Butler, freeman’s not a keeper. Ejax, Garcia, Paps are easy drops.

    Brett Anderson makes me pause. Him vs Harvey… Harvey should have more Ks, but if he turns out to be as good as Anderson overall, you’ll be lucky.

    I like Montero, and the fences could help him, and I love that he gets extra PAs, but unsure how long he gets enough catcher time to be a catcher. Santana is safer bet, and with just a tiny bit of BABIP luck, could have a monster season.

    But Harvey vs Anderson is the hot prospect, bird in hand vs bush sort of thing that you’ll probably just need to figure out on your own.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  112. Thanks, it’s crazy up in this house right now. As good as Yu is, Shields is just that much safer because of the two fewer walks he gives up. It’s not like his 8.9 K/9 is so terrible, just not league-leading. And I do think Yu wll have a better BB% next year. But that’s a gut. The numbers … well wow, look at Bill James projecting Yu to be better. And he’s younger! I think I’ve talked myself into Yu, just not sure about YOU.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

  113. Pablo. He’s a third-baseman and I think Butler’s a true talent 25 HR guy most years, and not necessarily a first baseman every year.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

  114. I would trade Skaggs, yes. I’d probably take Hellboy, considering he has upside remaining, is younger than Johnson, and less injury-prone.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 19, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  115. I was using H-Ram at third. JJ Hardy is my shortstop.

    Comment by Jay Stevens — November 19, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  116. Hey Eno, was wondering if you could help me round out my keeper list by giving me some priority rankings.

    Jhoulys Chacin
    Michael Pineda
    Juan Nicassio
    Ernesto Frieri
    Jake McGee
    Sergio Romo
    Tim Collins
    Jhonny Peralta

    I normally don’t keep RP’s, but I’m really impressed with the crop I ended up with this year, especially given that this is a HLD’s league. Keeping Frieri and McGee would also be my first attempt to play for SV’s in this league, however, SV’s seem to be hoarded by a few select teams and completely punted by most others.

    My rotation keepers right now are Verlander, Gio Gonzalez, Cueto, Lester and Masterson, so I actually look pretty good there.

    I have Troy Tulowitzki at SS, and I may try to trade for a 2B/SS type. Zobrist is an unlikely target though as the team I traded him to probably wont trade him back to me.

    As always Eno, your advice is always appreciated!

    Comment by stuck in a slump — November 19, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  117. …and I’ve got no replacement at first…yet…

    Comment by Jay Stevens — November 19, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

  118. How do you expect the Oakland and Baltimore rotations to start, and more importantly, end next year? Both have a ton of young talent, so who gets slotted, who goes to the bullpen, and who stays in the minors?

    Comment by KG — November 19, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

  119. Sorry, I meant Miguel Montero…am I crazy for considering Santana over him. Sorry for the confusion. And thanks again.

    Comment by Zach — November 19, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

  120. Thanks for the response. Good points regarding the 3B conundrum. I’ll have Machado occupying one of those spots, since he won’t be SS eligible to start 2013. So, it looks like Chapman may be the way to go. If I made the Prado/Rosaro-for-Santana trade, I could plug Prado in at SS. In which case, the trade makes a lot of sense.

    Comment by azoriole — November 20, 2012 @ 8:07 am

  121. This is a pretty broad question, but in a dynasty league with no restrictions on keepers, how many players out of a 22-man team would you recommend keeping? Obviously it depends on who you have, but I’m having a hard time determining a cut-off point so that I keep enough to field a good team, but also am able to pick up good prospect-types in the draft. For example, what’s your strategy regarding relievers (my league has saves and holds as categories)? Should I keep guys like Kenley Jansen, Matt Thornton, Addison Reed, Jonny Venters, etc.?

    Thanks, Eno.

    Comment by Matt Hunter — November 20, 2012 @ 8:08 am

  122. JD, who produces more value in the Majors over the next 5 years, Matt Barnes, Zach Lee, or Michael Wacha?

    Comment by Jabronies — November 20, 2012 @ 9:24 am

  123. I’m in a 11-team, A.L. only,auction roto league. 15 keepers+ 9-farm. 260$ cap. I have Pujols at 49$ which eats up 19% of salary but need power. Players such as Longoria, Bautista, Cano, will be in the pot, plus others who may be unprotected because of $$$. My question is should I throw back Pujols and hope to get him or another guy at less $$ ? Or just ride out Alberts salary. Pitching is in pretty good shape, may need one good starter who will fetch 20$. Will need to fill 8- slots. Will sit at 162$ with Albert. I’ll be at 140$ without Albert, with Jeter added and two other contracts (Montero and Moustakas) extended an extra year. All flexibility disappears keeping Albert.

    Comment by James — November 20, 2012 @ 10:52 am

  124. In an AL-only $50 salary cap, auction league, I currently have 5 pitching keepers… Verlander at $8.50, Darvish at $5.50, Shields at $2.75, and Moore at $1.00.

    My general strat is to spend big bucks on hitting, not pitching… should I trade any of these guys, or are they all just too good to give up? I was looking at dealing Darvish but then Bill James.

    Comment by Congo Hammer — November 20, 2012 @ 11:19 am

  125. I think Harper will have a big year next year so I dunno about that bit. Like all of the rest of it though.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 20, 2012 @ 11:24 am

  126. Out of hand I’ll say I believe Wacha is the first to reach the bigs. So it’s EASY to say he will as he’ll have the head start. With the said, me Barnes, Wacha and Lee in that order over the next 5 years.

    Comment by JD Sussman — November 20, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  127. Would you trade Wil Myers and Derek Norris for C. Santana in a 14 team keeper league?

    Comment by Wolt — November 20, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  128. 5×5 mixed, start 5 OF, 10 pitchers (generally 7-8 SPs), 1C. Can keep 4 for next season.

    Verlander, Felix, Hamels, Strasberg, Posey, Holliday.

    Which 4 do I keep?

    Comment by Notorious — November 20, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  129. Eno,

    I’ve been a longtime reader and occasional commenter on your fantasy chats. Recently I’ve started getting more into “actual” beer, (I’m a college student so most of my intake had been keystone/coors). I’m from Northern California so Sierra Nevada, Lost Coast, and Deschutes were all fairly prevalent growing up.

    I’ve had Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale, IPA, and miscellaneous pilsners. I randomly found Green Flash West Coast IPA today when I was out for lunch and ordered it based on your talks about it, and found it to be surprisingly different and overwhelming from anything I’d tried before. Basically I’m wondering how you got into beer, and if you have any suggestions for easing into more complicated and interesting beers without diving headfirst into beer I find a struggle to drink.


    Comment by Nick — November 21, 2012 @ 12:56 am

  130. Nah I take Santana over either Montero.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:23 am

  131. I’ll take Pineda’s log-term upside over any of those pitchers, even with your rotation.

    Then I like Frieri’s chance of settling in in as a closer.

    The rest is a crap shoot. McGee? Sure. Romo? Okay. Nicasio is still in that group though, so if you’re going to keep two relievers and two starters, it’s Nicasio second for me. Peralta? I guess, but he seems so fungible.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:28 am

  132. I don’t think Miguel Gonzalez is going to hold off any youngsters for a while, so he’s the guy to go for Bundy, maybe at the beginning of the season, maybe after the magical super two date. Johnson might last longer.. who’s he battling? Arrietta? Eh, he might last all year.

    Oakland: Anderson, Parker, Milone, Griffin seem locks all year. I’m not sold on Straily, and he and Werner both have options. I guess Straily’s the first one up when Colon pops.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:39 am

  133. I love those relievers. I’d drop your bench at least. Maybe keep only a holds guy or two, there are always new holds guy every day. I’ll think you’ll want 3-5 picks at least. Maybe more but I doubt you have much more than a three-man bench.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:42 am

  134. I’d drop Pujols, honestly. That’s a ton of money. He’s still a first baseman, and post-peak.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:43 am

  135. I like Shields, but with his price, age and 2012 stats, he could get you a nice return. I’d shop him.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:45 am

  136. Yes actually, but some would be pissed to hear it. Myers might be a catcher for a year and might make you angry that year, but Santana is a real-life catcher and much better than Norris.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:49 am

  137. Holliday is a lock to drop. I wish you had some non-pitchers to keep other than Posey. Verlander, Felix, Stras.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:50 am

  138. Everyone’s got their own taste, but if you maybe remember your first beer, you probably didn’t like it either. So there’s a balance between trying new things and enjoying what you like. Maybe try another couple more hoppy IPAs, and if it doesn’t work out, set out on another tangent. Belgians represent another type of angle, a little sweet for me, but if you start out with Saisons, you might like those, then there are dubbels and trippels. Or you could go dark — Stouts, then Porters, then barleywines, in a general progression. You can go from Pils into imperial Pils, maybe unfiltered Pils, but not much further. It’s a smorgasbord. Try em all. Worst case you arch an eyebrow and struggle through a beer.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — November 21, 2012 @ 1:56 am

  139. Ok, one more question. I can’t remember if I’ve asked you this on a chat before but I’ll ask again. I’m in a 14-team 5-keeper head-to-head league that includes BB as a hitting category. I’ve already got Bautista, Price, and Cliff Lee locked in as keepers. My remaining options for the last two spots are Alex Gordon, Austin Jackson, Mike Napoli, Anthony Rizzo, and Paul Goldschmidt (and Roy Halladay, but I already know how you feel about keeping 3 pitchers). What would you do?

    Comment by Matt Hunter — November 21, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  140. In dynasty,please rank Ackley,Simmons and Segura.Count H,BB,SO,2B,3B.

    Comment by Lester — November 21, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  141. Here’s a suggestion, since your palette is oreads struggling with beer, switch to bourbon. After about 12 years of craft brew snobbery, I found myself craving traditional beers. Then, I used Leinies or Miller to wash down bourbon. The benefits are that it’s cheaper for home consumption. You consume fewer calories with zero carbonation. And if purchased at a bar, you’re putting more money into your local economy.

    Comment by deadhead — November 22, 2012 @ 8:10 am

  142. Lizzo or Scherzer?Still hitter?

    Comment by John — November 22, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

  143. Hi Eno, hope you felt well enough to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. Dynasty league keeper smackdowns: Rd 1 Cole vs Walker, then Rd 1 winner vs. Fernandez; Rd 1 Myers vs. Taveras, then Rd 1 winner vs. Castellanos; Rd 1 Bogaerts vs. Baez, then Rd 1 winner vs. Correa

    Comment by cal guy — November 22, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

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