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  1. Dont' get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Ohtani. But at this point, he can't be considered a true "ace." He has the potential to become an ace, but he doesn't deserve that designation two starts into his MLB career. Currently he's the #3/4 on my team (depending on whether you want to include Bumgarner on the list). And the road to developing into an ace isn't always an easy one. If you've played fantasy baseball long enough, you've undoubtedly seen this movie before. There will be bumps in the road. The fact that the best team in baseball (currently) was a bump for Ohtani doesn't surprise me, nor does it make me lose any confidence in him. However, I do get a bit concerned when I hear about blister issues. Hopefully it's minor, but I've seen too many pitchers with blister problems: Hill, Stroman, Sanchez, Cotton, Walker, Price, Syndergaard, etc. The MLB seriously needs to take a close look at whether the ball is contributing to this issue. I understand some pitchers (e.g., Hill) are more likely to develop blisters given the way they grip and spin the ball, but pitchers that have never had a problem with blisters are developing them.
  2. I'm going to sit this one out. The Red Sox have been the hottest team during this early part of the season. Ohtani is eventually going to have a subpar game. Wouldn't surprise me to see it in this spot.
  3. Stanton's Godley Plan Better Call Paul
  4. Gsellman also earned a hold in his second appearance on Saturday. Looking like he good SP/RP candidate at this point.
  5. As Nightrain noted, it depends on what you need in terms of categories and positions. Without knowing more, I would currently rank them as follows in a redraft league: 1. Carlos Gonzalez 2. Bradley Zimmer 3. Scott Kingery 4. Matt Davidson Obviously, it would be a different story in a keeper league.
  6. Should I trade Happ for Olson? It's a H2H points league. The only thing preventing me from pulling the trigger is Happ's 2B/OF eligibility. I already have Altuve, with Marwin and Happ as my other options. Olson has 1B/OF eligibility, but I also have Zimmerman, Gallo, and Marwin to plug in there. WHIR.
  7. The value in finding a fantasy baseball pitcher who has SP/RP eligibility and collects saves/holds (in addition to other solid numbers) cannot be overstated. I still recall the first year Papelbon started closing for the Red Sox -- I believe it was 2006 -- and he had SP/RP status. I'm guessing he won a lot of championships and money for owners that year. Anyway, I've tried to find that valuable SP/RP every year since then. Usually there are a few preseason candidates, but I don't see any that should definitely be earning saves or holds in the near future. If you see strong candidates, please share. Note: I recognize that Montgomery and Glasnow are both solid pitchers with SP/RP status, I haven't heard about them potentially earning saves or holds. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  8. Do we anticipate any of these guys being a consistent source of holds? I don't see any of them getting saves in the near future.
  9. Don't over think it. Ride the horse that got you there.
  10. Thanks. The likely return of Hurns makes me nervous about Cole. He could see a drop in targets. I'm also concerned about Goodwin's apparent back injury and personal issues. With that in mind, I'm leaning towards Tate and Hyde. It's a tough matchup for Hyde, but he should get plenty of touches.
  11. I would typically go with Case, but the forecast in Green Bay suggests that it will be a ground & pound game. With that in mind, I rank them as follows: 1. Bortles 2. Goff 3. Case
  12. Need help filling a WR slot and Flex. Please pick 2: Tate Goodwin Cole Hyde PPR league, with bonus points for long TDs and "non-standard" TDs (e.g., rushing TD by WR, receiving TD by RB, etc.). Thanks!
  13. Thanks, all. Yeah, I've been leaning towards Rivers. I'm going with him.