Even with Johnson's recent saves momentum, the plan laid out recently in pencil by Baltimore was to stretch out the right-hander so he can join the rotation. His three-plus pitches and grounder tendency make this a smart direction, especially given how we've seen the suddenly questionable futures of B-more's fly-ball-friendly young arms manifested into disappointing seasons.
Nick would don New York Yankees gear, and I'd have to brandish Philadelphia Phillies fashion. Not only is this bet going down to the wire in our fight, but so is the league championship.
Though Scott's biggest preseason damage came against a sandlot-level Carolina Panthers D, his approval of the offense's quick-read philosophy should be a cue that he needs to touch the ball more this year; Marvin Lewis already admitted as much this offseason.
Pickers in Individual Defensive Player leagues that mix O and D often feel like getting the "best" commodities on the other side of the ball takes precedence over building depth at your traditional fantasy football positions.
Feel free to let other drafters keep thinking that while you take advantage of draft flow and a likely overflow of offensive values.
By most accounts I've seen, Thome is modest. His recognition, sadly, has followed suit (covered in an on-point op-ed here), even as he displayed one of the most thumping left-handed swings during one of baseball's prime offensive eras.
Hue Jackson's regime should, hopefully, be a meritocracy. Moore's early flashes of talent - his torching of Stanford Routt and this nifty grab-and-go this past weekend - are putting the 22-year-old near the top of this shaky launching ladder.
Evans should benefit from Joe Flacco's arm, which is a touch better than Ryan Fitzpatrick's; this makes me want to take a chance on Evans as a low-end No. 4 WR in standard scoring and a 5 in PPRs.
Even those with dulled senses know that Collie was a beast when active. In the first six weeks of 2010, Manning looked Collie's way often, as noted in the table. And in those six weeks, tight end Dallas Clark was healthy. You can't use his injury as an excuse for Collie's success.
As I'm becoming more disenchanted with Ryan Mathews' demeanor, DeAngelo Williams' time share and the possibility of Peyton Hillis losing workhorse status, Greene looks all the more alluring as a potential RB1 fantasy commodity.
We didn't have a chance to see what he could do once that offense opened up because he was swapped to Seattle, whose offensive line couldn't block me. Lynch arrived in the Emerald City too late to receive productive assistance from acclaimed O-line guru Alex Gibbs. Seattle instead endured inconsistency along the front all season, thanks to injuries and Gibbs' abrupt preseason retirement that prevented Seattle from productively installing a zone-blocking - or any other - scheme.
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[UPDATE 8:57 p.m. ET] Some shortstop notes: A reminder that with Rafael Furcal now a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, Dee Gordon will carry the load at SS for the Los Angeles Dodgers. If you're hurting for speed and/or a 6er, scoop him up.
The Orlando Cabrera swap opens up time in Cleveland for Jason Kipnis' full-time duty, improving his mixed-league value. He's not as safe an option in shallows unless you're desperate. As for O-Cab, Miguel Tejada (back) is still weeks from returning, so he's a last-ditch rental in mixed leagues who might be relegated to part-time duty when Tejada comes back.
[UPDATE 4:25 p.m. ET] The Boston Red Sox have acquired SP Erik Bedard and RP Joshua Fields in a three-team deal which also involves the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mariners will receive OF Trayvon Robinson from the Dodgers and OF Chih-Hsien Chiang from the Red Sox. The Dodgers will receive C Tim Federowicz from the Red Sox and two additional minor leaguers.
Though Bedard's new park isn't as helpful (6.99 career ERA at Fenway Park), he'll have much more run support now that he's actually playing for that team. If he's still available in your league, pounce.
Robinson is an elite speed prospect that could immediately see a chance in Seattle; if not this year, he'll be in camp next season. AL-only players should go after him immediately, and deep mixed speed chasers could take a shot, as long as they don't go overboard on a bid.
Chiang is having a stellar campaign at Double-A Portland and gives Seattle even more outfield depth. The 23-year-old is a stashable prospect in dynasty setups
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal is approving the trade to the St. Louis Cardinals. He needed to sign off on the deal since he is 10-year veteran, with five years with the same club. Click here to read the rest...
The Cleveland Indians acquired Colorado Rockies SP Ubaldo Jimenez Saturday, July 30, for four players. The Indians send SP Alex White, 1B Matt McBride, SP Joe Gardner, and a player to be named, which is SP Drew Pomeranz.
Pomeranz is a PTBNL because he signed in mid-August, and cannot be officially named in a deal until Aug. 15, the one-year anniversary of his signing. Click here to read the rest...
The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets have reached an agreement on a trade that will send OF Carlos Beltran to the Giants, but Beltran now has 24 hours to accept, which he is expected to do. The Mets will pick up a good chunk of the $6 million left on Beltran's deal. The deal is believed to be centered around SP Zack Wheeler.
When this goes through, Beltran won't see a big change in value. He'll play in another pitcher-friendly park. He'll miss having Jose Reyes hitting in front of him and David Wright batting behind him, but Beltran has regained the thump in his bat that makes him a threat in any stadium or lineup. Click here to read the rest...
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired OF Colby Rasmus and Ps Trever Miller, Brian Tallet and P.J. Walters from the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, July 27, in exchange for Ps Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel and OF Corey Patterson. Miller is expected to be flipped to the Chicago White Sox in a separate trade.
Add Rasmus if he was dropped in your mixed league. He's an immediate grab in AL-only setups worthy of a hefty FAAB bid. Click here to read the rest...