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  1. C STL Andrew Knizner

    Nice. I didn't even realize he didn't have his own thread. I've rostered him for over 2 years in one of my leagues. My anecdotal evidence for why I think he's a top-150, maybe top-100, prospect is that he seems to have a plus hit tool for a catcher (base hits + great plate discipline) with power potential (25 homers in just under 1000 minor-league ABs). I also recall reading multiple articles indicating he's an average to above-average defender; his caught-stealing rate has declined as he advances, indicating his arm may be capable but he has to make up for it through pop time and/or footwork. His bat is as consistent as prospect catchers get - way more consistent than Carson Kelly. But Kelly is the better defender by most accounts. Offensively, I feel like he's the realization of what Keibert Ruiz could do with a touch less power. But I'd rather bet that Knizner hits more consistently.
  2. Need one replacement owner for a free Fantrax dynasty league - and it's not horrible! This team is anchored by Crosby (yes, Sidney) and Holtby. Saavy owners could easily trade their way into being a contender now. Roster here: https://goo.gl/Vge6Cq League basics: Free 18 teams Full dynasty with 3-round annual AMAT draft H2H each cat 9x4 cats with double-weighted Goals scored and goalie Wins 20 active, 7 reserve, 15 minors, plus 5 IR non-roster League Rules Summary for all details: https://goo.gl/r8mV7C PM, if interested. And if you're a baseball fan too, we've got an opening in our Fantrax Baseball dynasty too (more work needed in baseball though).
  3. SP Jesus Luzardo, OAK

    I'd guess late-June to early-July, assuming he's still on a tear. The A's are highly cost-conscious, so I think they'd wait until the super-two cutoff has clearly passed. They're not going to want to pay for 4 years of arbitration if he's ready in middle of another ho-hum, typical-A's season. Now, if they somehow manage to be the hottest team in baseball and Beane's feeling like they're just a starter away from solidifying a shot at the postseason, I wouldn't put it past them to bring him up in May. It just seems highly unlikely that they'll be in that position AND willing to bring him up before the super-two cutoff. Another scenario could be that they call him up this September to give him some exposure and give him a chance to acclimate to the MLB environment, then push his 2019 debut back into late-July/early-August to still save themselves that extra year of arbitration. Ultimately, it all depends on how highly the front office values him as building block versus a trade chip. We would assume they'd see him as a building block but nothing the A's do surprise me. Remember Beane trading away then-elite prospect Addison Russell and decent-prospect Billy McKinney for rentals in 2014?
  4. SP Jesus Luzardo, OAK

    Luzardo was actually projected to be a first-rounder by scouts until the injury, so he was a known commodity - just maybe not to the general fantasy community since he didn't make a pro pitch before TJS like Paddack did. Not quite an apples to apples comparisons.
  5. Goldy Or Kris Bryant ROS?

    Great deal. Remember when Rougned Odor was gonna become a superstar? I'm not saying Albies falls flat completely - just that I'd take the established stud over a hot name that wasn't known for power and an aging closer.
  6. Forrest Whitley - RHP HOU

    Keuchel is also inconsistent and prone to getting lit up, repped by Boras so likely to be elsewhere next season. Lance is not a pillar of health. Morton - while pitching like an ace mostly - COULD, not will, fall apart. It may be the best staff but it's not infallible either. And Kopech still needs to consistently locate while refining his command of pitches that don't hit triple digits. I think Whitley, by far, is the better fantasy investment.
  7. I'd drop Luplow for Knizner. Luplow has the least trade value of your 10. I've got a ton of prospect ideas but the MiLB forum is a better resource to find other gems not owned already in your league. I'm not a believer, or fan, of trading away tier-1 talent for quality depth. If you can get Arenado/Soto for Harper/JBJ (or something similar) then that would be a win - you get another established tier-1 talent plus a potential tier-1 talent. Moving a tier-2 or tier-3 talent for depth isn't a bad idea if your talent pool is that thin. Generally speaking, though, mining for high-upside prospect talent is better long-term than acquiring fringe MLB talent. I can't see Acuna bringing a top-15 talent but if you can get the right kind of top-30/40 talent, seems like the right move.
  8. Absolutely consider moving Harper for a good deal. Deal 1, don't do it - Ozuna is fluky and taunted us for years before finally breaking out last year, then what's he done this season? Deal 2, considerable - but you already have strong pitching and adding an aging and increasingly inconsistent Carrasco is not as valuable as it was 2 years ago; Hays and Bauers aren't long term solutions. I don't believe Acuna to be the fantasy savior many believe him to be, so I would deal him for an established young stud in a heartbeat; Arenado, Machado, Bryant, etc. if you can finds ways to swing a deal for those guys by dangling Acuna + something decent but not irreplaceable. As for your season's direction, given the league size and that you're already struggling, it seems like a rebuild/retool is in order. You didn't give enough for me to make a good recommendation but I can tell you your starting pitching is your strength with your outfield a close secondary strength (is that right, yall play 1 CF and 4 OF?). You can usually find stronger outfield options via ww/fa than infielders and you already know infield is your weakest area. Segura is underrated, fantasy-wise, unless someone offers a younger version of him, expect to keep him. The rest of your infield is expendable. I'd also make any of your bottom 7 prospects available to swing deals for young (or young-ish) stars. Trammell and Lewis are great long-term prospects to keep. And while I think trading Acuna for high value makes a lot of sense, if you can't get a stud player then it's not worth the risk of trading him for an aging star. I'd be really interested to know what type of prospect talent is available. At catcher, look for Danny Jansen or Andrew Knizner. Jansen will play soon, Knizner is the slightly higher upside play for later.
  9. Goldy Or Kris Bryant ROS?

    I think their ROS performance will be relatively similar, so if it's roto, I'd stand pat since acquiring KB will likely take a little something extra to go with Goldy. If H2H, and consistency is of value to you, I would make the play for KB.
  10. I appreciate the background info given but like @Jrick45 alluded, there's still a lot of pertinent info missing for the narrow answers you want. Regarding the two prospects you mentioned, Paddack could actually be up next season - he's absolutely demolishing high-A hitters right now and probably should've been promoted to double-A a couple weeks ago. Robert could be a future stud but I don't see him as more of a standout outfielder than I do Paddack as a standout starter. If I only had one pick between the two and didn't have a glaring need at either pitcher or hitter - I would definitely lean Paddack.
  11. Absolutely - Nola/Realmuto over Shaw/5th any day. Shaw's discounted keeper price shouldn't weigh heavily here, if that causes you hesitation. And Nola likely guarantees you the best rotation in your league. Then you get your catcher upgrade. Don't think twice.
  12. Trade Help: Tatis Jr for Thor

    Question: Are you playing to win now (this season)? Your Answer = Your Answer Obviously, other factors can play into it but assuming Thor would actually improve your staff and you don't already have a Sale-Scherzer-Kershaw type of rotation, he can help you win now. I don't think anyone believes Tatis Jr will help a fantasy team to a championship this season.
  13. Paxton or Bauer ROS ? WHIR

    Paxton. While health has previously been an issue for him, he's proved to be a stud when healthy. He looks healthy now and should be the better short- and long-term play. Bauer's always had "stuff" but harnessing it and getting consistent results has always been his challenge. I think there's higher risk of Bauer going erratic than Paxton's performance declining.
  14. No - period. Plus, Manny may not be the SS for his next team. Hold on to Manny.
  15. Danny Jansen - C TOR

    Injury to Maile or Martin once the super 2 safely passes - which could be around now, or September since he's already on the 40-man.