Trader’s corner: reader’s choice edition

We’re four editions deep into Trader’s Corner this year, and I wanted to shake things up a bit this week. I’m opening it up to you, the faithful THT Fantasy readership.

Are there any players out there who have you befuddled? Anyone whose performance you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around? Curious if you should sell one of your players or try to buy someone from an opponents’ roster? Well, this is your chance to an expert’s opinion on the players you want to see covered.

Go ahead and drop some names in the comments section of this post, and some time in the next week or so, I’ll cover up to eight of your suggestions. I’ll give you my take along with the Oliver projections, and explain whether the players’ performances look sustainable or not and why.

Note: This will NOT be a space to discuss particular trade offers, but a medium to take a deeper look at specific players you may be curious about. If you do have a more specific question, I would recommend emailing the Roster Doctor. He’s a wizard with that sort of thing. I’m also happy to have more specific discussions in the comments sections, but for this post, let’s try to limit it to player suggestions.

The only other criterion is that players should be owned in at least 50 percent of fantasy leagues. This space is reserved for trade candidates, not waiver wire pickups.

As an aside, I’ve begun work on a review of the first four editions of Trader’s Corner. You can find the previous installments here: Week Zero, Week Two, Week Four, Week Six. I plan on looking at each player discussed and how he’s performed since appearing in this space.

Otherwise, go ahead and start dropping suggestions in the comments. After enough players appear, I’ll discuss your suggestions in a special Reader’s Choice edition of Trader’s Corner. If all goes well, I’ll occasionally interrupt the regular schedule to opening things up to you, the readers, once again.


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Chris
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Chris

Hitters: Miguel Montero, Bryan LaHair, Mike Morse, Edwin Encarnacion

Pitchers: Yu Darvish, Dan Haren, Jeff Samardzija, David Price

Peter
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Peter

Chapman, J Zimmerman, J Garcia, C Lewis, Choo, N Cruz, Holliday, Bruce,

Bob
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Bob

Choo and Kipnis please.

Scott
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Scott

Matt Moore, James McDonald, Brandon Beachy, Brandon Morrow

Scott (the other one)
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Scott (the other one)

Alexei Ramirez: does it get better?

Madison Bumgarner: More K’s coming? Velocity issues again?

Mike Minor: does it get better?

Logan Morrison…..ugh

Tyler
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Tyler

I third James McDonald. I picked him up in one league, but missed him in another, and would love to know what it would take to get him, and if he’ll realistically continue to pitch well.

A lot of people thought Hammel might be the one to keep it going, but McDonald is looking more like that guy to me.

johnnycuff
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johnnycuff

alex gordon.  his peripherals say yes, but my gut says no.

Arthur
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Arthur

should i dump Tex, or wait for his likely improvement in the second half?  Is Beachy worth selling high?

HollywoodCharles
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HollywoodCharles

Any thoughts on Altuve? Sell high? High (ish)? His avg. is dropping but his steals are coming through and weirdly a tiny (no pun intended) bit of power.  I want to trade him but he’s sooo adorable! I own Kelly Johnson and by mixing and matching with Altuve (daily league) I dominate 2nd base… is that one-two punch worth keeping or should you never leave stats on the bench?

J.C
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J.C

Derek Jeter—Should I sell now?

Mark Himmelstein
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Mark Himmelstein
Some great suggestions here! Keep ‘em rollin’ in. I’ll cover as many as I can and if there’s a spillover and I have enough time maybe I’ll even double up and run two editions, though I also do want to get the review of the first four columns going as well so we’ll see. Another note I wanted to make: I’m not going to re-cover guys I’ve already discussed, since I’m going to be doing that in the review piece anyway, and for the most part (with a few exceptions), my initial calls haven’t changed much. Guys mentioned that I’ve… Read more »
drewcorb
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drewcorb

Pitchers: Mat Latos, Chris Capuano, Tim Lincecum

cavymac
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cavymac

Halladay… is he approaching a sell-low? Just off – and don’t see it coming back.

JTin
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JTin

2nd request for Jeter. Of course he’s due for regression, but how much? What kind of return could I expect?

LoMo as well – power seems to have completely disappeared.

jt
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jt

Who are some players to Target that are traditionally second half players, ie texiera…

mcb
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mcb

Dan Haren – was, amazingly, dropped in one league I’m in, which probably indicates sentiment has reached a very low level.

Np
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Np

Melky Cabrera, Yonder Alonso, Alex Gordon, BJ Upton

Fox
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Fox

Adam Dunn, Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Encarnacion, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Beachy, Andre Ethier, Ben Zobrist, Carl Crawford

mikes
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mikes

Trout, Bourn, Morse and Moustakas

Joel (another Joel)
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Joel (another Joel)

In a 12 team mixed points keeper (7) league, I have some great bats and okay pitching.  Tulo and Ramirez are on my roster.

What sort of SP return should I expect for a 1 for 1 Hanley Ramirez offer.  I am in need of another ace (best is Cole Hamels).

Thanks!

Natty Bump
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Natty Bump

Alexi Ogando? Neftali Feliz?

Mark Himmelstein
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Mark Himmelstein
Other guys mentioned since my last post I’ve already covered: Latos (buy low week 2) and Moustakas (sell high week 6), so they’ll be in the review. I’ll definitely take multiple nominations into account as well and will try and have something up early or mid next week. @jt I’m not a big believer in consistent first/second half splits, but Tulo’s a guy who has that reputation on the hitting side and C.C. on the pitching side, though the latter struggled down the stretch last year. No one else immediately comes to mind. @mcb Craziness! Velocity trending down is a… Read more »
B
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B

Aviles – sell high or realising potential with opportunity?

Butler – breakout season?

Joel (another Joel)
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Joel (another Joel)

@Mark Himmeistein

Thanks for the advice.  So, not so much of a 1:1 but a guy who is not too attached to Latos made a fictional offer of my Hanley Ramirez and Jesus Montero for Latos and Billy Butler.  Not a bad offer?  Too little in return?

Joel
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Joel

In week zero, you recommended selling low on Ubaldo, I should shave listened.
Apart from that, What should I do with Luebke? I can keep him for $13 into next year in a 14 team, 25 man dynasty league, $260 budget. Keep or drop? So far I’m way behind in the standings; mainly because of Pujols and J. Upton.
Antoher player I want to know about is James McDonald. Should I drop Jimenez ($12) or Vogelsong ($1) for him ($3)?
One last question: Devin Mesoraco or Grandal? I have Shelby Miller and Machado as prospects.

Jason B
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Jason B

Looking to make a fair deal in non-keeper points league:  I give up Adam Dunn for either Wainwright or Beachy.  Too lopsided?

Jules
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Jules

Jimmy Rollins, Chris Sale, Chase Utley, Curtis Granderson, Brian Matusz please.

ronny
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ronny

Mike morse, jay Bruce, latos,

Tom
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Tom

Ethier, A. Jackson, Trout, De Aza ROS

Mark Himmelstein
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Mark Himmelstein
@Joel(another Joel) I like Latos, but he’s one of the guys I really liked going into the year but have soured on a bit. I’ll have a lot to say on him in the review, but the short version is he has to throw more sliders if he wants to be more effective. He’s been doing a better job of this lately and the the results are improving. I probably wouldn’t do that deal even in a redraft league. Absolutely don’t think you can do it in a keeper league because of Montero. His numbers may not be eye popping… Read more »
MikeEl
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MikeEl

Brett Lawrie?

Kyle
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Kyle

De aza, moustakas, morse, chapman, trumbo, beachy

Corey
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Corey

Deep/dynasty league value for remainder of season?

Hitters: Wilin Rosario, Tyler Greene, Matt Adams

Pitchers: James McDonald, Felipe Paulino, Jake Peavy

Jeff
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Jeff

I’ve been offered Halladay and Reyes for Fielder and Cahill in a league with a ton of categories (9 counting stats plus AVG for hitters, including Ks and BBs; 6 counting stats and 3 ratios for pitchers, including K/BB). Would be replacing Espinoza with Reyes, and throwing Morneau in Fielder’s old slot. Thoughts?

Kyle
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Kyle

And bud norris

carter
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carter

How about Adrian Gonzalez, please? He is killing us all, especially in deep leagues with lots of inflation. Venable? Fowler? Thanks much.

Kyle
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Kyle

Because he’s bursting back on the scene and I’m stacked at of…Carlos quentin

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