Harvey Plus Dumb & Dumber? Doesn’t Get Any Better!
Started the weekly Twitterverse with a bang! WWE's Wrestlemania! Okay, we briefly touch on that and then get to the more important questions. As always, tweet away @allinkid for you chance to become famous... for a few moments at least.
@so---24: Definitely thought Orton would turn heel
@yr---21: "@allinkid: Wonder how the #Patriots feel about Undertaker going 21-0 in Giants Stadium (MetLife...whatever)" hahaaaa good point
@Ho---ne: how do you do fantasy with scripted events?
@r2---tn: what? No cash in for Zigg… you promised!
Without giving you my litany of responses, yes, I even watch WWE. I know it’s a soap opera for men, but I am a huge Rock fan (back to his Nation of Domination days), and C.M. Punk and Dolph Ziggler are two of the sport’s best right now. So, yes, I keep hoping WWE will do more of want the fans want – Randy Orton turning back into a heel, Daniel Bryan starting a feud with Ziggler and John Cena also going heel. But alas, we men folk aren’t who the WWE panders to, and those dang kids will keep the WWE more vanilla. Although, Ziggler’s Monday Night Raw cash in was terrific! See, I was just one night off.
@ch---42: struggling at 3b w/ Lawrie out, Alvarez or Gyorko this week? Or pick up a Plouffe or Francisco off waivers? Standard H2H
@allinkid: Gyorko unless you need power. Both over those two but keep eye on Plouffe in general
Not sure how Juan Francisco got into this conversation, but let’s move on. This came in a few days ago, and I’d actually change my answer now. Pedro Alvarez is back to the terrible Alvarez we used to know.
So, it’s not even if you need power it’s Jedd Gyroko, plain and simple. Trevor Plouffe still has potential for 20-plus HRs, but he has started slow and didn’t have the best first/second half splits last year. I projected Gyorko for about 14-15 HRs, so the better start has me on board with him.
@Jo---vy: Need 1 pitcher from this group... Kuroda, Cishek, Iwakuma, Hughes, Cahill, Parnell?
@allinkid: fan of Cahill taking next step this year
The big reason behind my love for Trevor Cahill is what his metrics told us in 2012: Cahill was much better than his 5.91 ERA suggested… MUCH. Cahill’s Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) came in at 3.31, and that was largely due to Cahill’s unfortunate .333 Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP). Stat overload yet? I like Cahill to improve, post a sub-4.00 ERA and bring in around 150 Ks. The Ks were there in the first two outings, but the real gem wasn’t until the game against the Dodgers: 7.1 IP, 6H, 0R, 4K. I also assumed with two closers on the list, that he is either loaded already, or that this league is rather shallow with any closers sitting out there.
@allinkid: Grab #Cardinals Trevor Rosenthal... NOW!!
@ag---ro: pretty sure about that huh??!!
Yea, actually, I am. This response came after Mitchell Boggs fell apart on April 8, giving up seven runs (six earned) while walking four and getting just one out. Boggs was rather good last year, but had some luck with a .245 BABIP and 82.4 LOB%. Meanwhile, Trevor Rosenthal has elite-level stuff, and if Boggs falters one or two more times, Rosenthal will get the opportunity. Jason Motte looks like he could be done for the year, so even if we weren’t talking about struggles (both Boggs and Rosenthal looked shaky on April 14), a potential closer with Rosenthal’s makeup should be owned in most leagues anyway.
@WH---EY: I am beginning to not like @allinkid in our @FSWA league he keeps snaking on FAAB bids #fantasybaseball
@allinkid: Master > student
‘Nuff said! Truth is, my start hasn’t been so hot in that league, but I am not putting any more weight into that than I am in my torrid start below, where I’ve led since Day 1.
@mr---on: would you trade Chapman for Harvey?
@allinkid: love Harvey - ranked highest from anyone I know & in vacuum if didn't need saves, yes, BUT think can get better like a Top 10 SP
I had Matt Harvey as high as 26 in my final preseason rankings (in-between Matt Moore and Josh Johnson). That still might be too low. However, the Mets could give him the Stephen Strasburg treatment and shut him down early, especially if (okay, when) they are out of contention. Plus, Aroldis Chapman is alongside Craig Kimbrel as dominant closers that would slide into the Top 20 if ranked with starters. So, while Harvey is looking downright lethal, Chapman should net you more.
@mr---on: realize small sample, but what do you think about Gattis Jake??
@allinkid: been fan of Gattis if could get PT. As long as Freeman out, great option since can plug in at catcher
I was a fan of Evan Gattis heading into the season and drafted him in many two catcher leagues. His bat is legit; the only issue was playing time. Gerald Laird was set to receive the majority of catching duties, but Gattis’ hitting has kept him in the lineup, as did Freddie Freeman’s injury. Once Brian McCann returns (Freeman should be back by then), Gattis could see a dramatic reduction in playing time. That is the only downside to grabbing Gattis in every league.
@sh---am: @allinkid @JeffHaseley haha alright, $1 bet, some team takes Eifert and the team who does doesn't move up for him
As I’ve said many times before, football season never ends. @ShanePHallam and I have several bets going, such as the Over/Under on trades in the Top 10 at 2.5 – I took under – and others I may have agreed to accidentally. Either way, keep the tweets coming, baseball isn’t the only thing we can talk about, as seen with…
@allinkid: Here it is: Fantasy Baseball only way to play: ROTO, Auction Draft, QS/OPS in place of W/AVG, FAAB...otherwise, don't bother
This is another long-running thread of tweets that I’ll whittle down to the most important one. I’ve been preaching this since, shoot, I had my own blog back in 2005 – you know, the last time we had a pope change and gas didn’t start with a three or four.
Rotisserie leagues with auction drafts, free agent acquisition budgets, Quality Starts in place of Wins, On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage in place of Average and rosters that don’t lock individual players until their game starts is the only way to play. The ONLY.
@fa---11: the best (and very underrated) line is when the guy goes "that's my briefcase!" and Carrey replies "oh, Mr Sampsonite!"
@gh---77: Hey, Big Gulps huh? Welp...see you later!
@al---id: what's the matter? Some little filly break your heart?
@ni---oz: who goes to a bar at 10 in the morning? I dunno, I just figured she was a raging alcoholic!
More long-running tweet time! Just a random Best of Lesser Repeated Dumb and Dumber Quotes.
@Ru---02: the thing is that in his interview he admitted to doing it for a strategic placement where it wasn't wet and grainy
@Sl---fy: pretty sure Tiger would have to crash his car drunk into the 18th grandstand to get DQ'd from a major
@st---rn: not at all. Same as Harrington rule
@Sp---_1: tradition is fine. The issue is amending or changing the rules. If players and others don't like rules, change it
And one more. My point about this Tiger Woods mess is multi-layered. First, the PGA has some idiotic rules. The fact that a guy on his couch can call in a rule violation, which is then enforced, is ridiculous. Second, that there are rules even the officials can be unsure about because they are in Section NN, Part 47, Subheading C43.14, is absurd. If officials have to consult the rulebook for several minutes on calls that are usually insignificant to the play, we’re wasting time. Lastly, the process of disqualifying players because a violation was found after the fact is the most ludicrous part of all. Just change the score! Or, should we review every sport’s games, and if we find out that LeBron James actually had a foot on the line during a three, give his team a loss?!
That’s not the end, though. Since the rule is you are DQ’d if you signed an incorrect scorecard, letting Tiger Woods play with a two-stroke penalty was moronic. Yes, I know about the Padraig Harrington rule, where the PGA has the discretion to change their mind. However, they’ve since DQ’d other no-names and/or lesser players for similar actions or less. But, since it’s Tiger, huge money and viewership involved, play on good sir, play on.
@Br---ce: Jake what's the deal w/ Kemp? He's taking up 10% of my cap in a dynasty league. Should I be worried?
@allinkid: It's Matt Kemp - you can't deal him now unless get draft value
One more actual baseball tweet for you! Not only are we talking about one of Fantasy Baseball’s best talents, who happens to be a five-category producer, but it’s a dynasty league. Matt Kemp has his concerns, as does any player, but few have his upside and you can keep him forever. You should rarely trade this early, and you certainly shouldn’t sell low on a player like Kemp… or did you not read last week’s column?
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