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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.
  14. 1. Smith. I've already been reading on how Pederson wants to sit Foles ASAP, to keep him healthy for the playoffs. So if Minn loses or Philly gets up big early, Foles may be pulled early. 2. Bryant and Woods. Big Ben is on a heater. Ride it. 3. CJA. He's been the workhorse.
  15. Ship No. 1 (PPR; bonus points for long TDs and unconventional TDs (e.g., RB receiving TD, QB rushing TD, etc.)) QB: Wilson RB: Bell, Gurley WR: Hill, Thielen, Goodwin TE: Kelce Flex (undecided): Tate, Olsen, Hyde, or Keelan Cole K: Lutz D/ST: Ravens Yes, this team is stacked. I finished first in the regular season, I had the second highest team out of 40 teams in the group (there are three other 10-team leagues in the same group, with an overall winner). Under the scoring system, I had top QB, two top RBs, two of the top-5 WR, top TE, top-5 kicker, and top-3 D/ST. Ship No. 2 (standard, with the exception of D/ST being weighted a bit more heavily) QB: Rivers RB: McCoy and (Mixon or Murray) WR: Hill, Thielen, Gordon TE: Walker Flex (undecided): Crabtree, Keelan Cole, or Tate K: Zuerlein D/ST: Ravens Surprisingly, this team also finished first, even though I lost Rodgers and drafted Murray. My second RB is my weakness. I traded for Mixon before he started to produce. Hoping he can play and I don't have to see Murray in my starting lineup again. I'm an underdog, but my team has been consistently good, winning the last six and 8 of the past 9.
  16. I got burned by Rivers last week, but still survived. I'll never start him in Arrowhead again, even if the Chiefs field a local high school football team. However, I do expect Rivers to get back on track this week. It's a choice match-up. The Jets secondary is terrible, and the forecast looks fine. It's a close decision, but I'm planning on starting Rivers over Case. The conditions in Green Bay look good for a ground & pound game by the Vikings. It will be brutally cold.
  17. Standard scoring system. Both have favorable matchups on the road. Early forecast shows that Green Bay is going to be COLD, while New York is going to be a bit warmer but with a light rain. Based upon that information, I'm leaning towards starting Rivers. Thoughts?
  18. I'm guessing he'll be back this week. He was becoming quite productive before the concussion. Anyone brave enough to roll him out for the championship?
  19. Yeah, but there is an argument that Rodgers should not have come back yesterday. Did you see the pregame? Did you listen to Aikman? The fracture isn't completely healed. Many former players thought Rodgers was crazy for coming back that soon. Those that won with him yesterday should simply enjoy the gift of a fantasy playoff win. He won a lot of people more money yesterday. Cheers to that!
  20. I generally agree with you. Then again, I never thought I would see the Dolphins dominate the Pats last week.
  21. But he's not healthy. His collarbone isn't completely healed. They've said it's probably over 80% there. If the Bucs win tonight, Rodgers should play next week. But if the Packers are eliminated by a Falcons win tonight, they'll likely shut him down.
  22. He's been consistently good for the past five weeks. I understand his history at Arrowhead, but this has to be one of the weakest Chiefs secondaries he's seen during his career. Plus, the Chargers are playing good ball and remain in the playoff hunt. I would start Rivers with confidence this week, unless you have an amazing second option. I'm starting him over Case, but sitting him over Russell (in a league with a crazy scoring system that benefits rushing QBs).
  23. I liked the 7 catches on 13 targets last week, but in the end, the production (60 yds) just wasn't there. How do people feel this week? Looks like Cooper might play, but he is still banged up. Gotta think Crabs will be better this week on SNF, at home against the Cowboys.