Justin Mason Baseball Chat – May 1st, 2018

Here is the transcript of the chat for the week. A lot of “when to sell” questions. I will be on vacation next week, so no chat.

9:00

Justin Mason: Hey everyone! Let’s have some fun. Just a reminder that I will answer as many questions as I can, but please don’t repeat questions. If I can’t get to your questions then hit me up on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008744507752 or on twitter @justinmasonfwfb.

9:00

Rock Kickass: Carlos Santana was dropped.  Must add right? Should I drop Luchessi or Pivetta for him?

9:01

Justin Mason: Depends on depth of league, but I would drop Luchessi for him if I needed him.

9:01

Josh: Can you rank these pitchers for the ROS in a K/9, QS league? Berrios, Richards, Godley, Price, Clevinger
Thank you!

9:01

Justin Mason: Berrios, Price, Richards, Godley, Clevinger

9:01

Moltar: Expectations for Soroka when he’s actually called up? Think he’ll be worth holding in a 12tm points or more of a streamer?

9:01

Justin Mason: More of a streamer to me.

9:02

Rob: 20 team league that I’m dead last in.  I’m just looking to acquire talent for next year.  Can you help me?

9:02

Justin Mason: Got to be more specific than that.

9:02

Bartolo Semi-Colon: Who you prefer, friend: Caleb Smith or Nick Kingham?

9:02

Justin Mason: Kingham

9:02

Chuck: Are you buying into Tyson Ross?

9:02

Justin Mason: I am a bit, but health is the main concern.

9:02

Jason: Which side of Bregman for deGrom would you want to be on?

9:02

Justin Mason: deGrom

9:02

fat mike: do you have any shares of Senzel? any expectations for 2018?

9:03

Justin Mason: I don’t, but I think he will be good once he’s up and I would expect that to happen by the end of the month.

9:03

Seager question# 281: Hi, Justin. Lost Seager. In a 10-teamer (OBP, SB) do you prefer Semien, Swanson, or Chris Taylor? Thanks.

9:03

Justin Mason: Taylor

9:03

Mr. Freeze: Have any thoughts on Koch and Lauer as NL Only SP? Either/both worth owning going forward?

9:03

Justin Mason: Anyone starting in NL only is worth something, but I don’t think highly of either.

9:03

gyroball: Do you see some fantasy zombie post post hype value for Jorge Soler?

9:03

Justin Mason: Not really

9:04

Roger Goodell: By stats to date, I’m comfortably last in my H2H league.  By FantasyPros projections, I started at 1 and have slid to 3.  When do I stop expecting to turn a corner and start making moves?

9:04

Justin Mason: May 15th is my usually date I start looking at selling if I am out of it.

9:04

Mark: In a 14 team dynasty H2H, 7×7, a Cubs fan is trying to get Rizzo from me. I am in full rebuild mode. Is Bellinger or Albies a fair return?

9:05

Justin Mason: I would want to get a smaller piece in that as well. Prefer Albies

9:05

Erik: Caleb Smith: 33.9% K rate, 3.74 xFIP….13.2% walk rate and 28.1 % groundball rate. How deep does a league have to be to take a shot on him?

9:05

Justin Mason: 15-team league

9:05

Oddball Herrera: Villanueva vs Davidson basically a push?

9:05

Justin Mason: No, I prefer Vil

9:05

Matt: Is Lucas Giolito just bad? His stuff is fine, but the command is just so bad. Is he a drop in a 10 team keeper for say…Matt Davidson(worth a note this is a OPS league)

9:05

Justin Mason: Yeah, you an drop him.

9:05

Colonel Crawdad: Bundy vs Snell, either of them making the leap to top 20 SP by the end of the year?

9:06

Justin Mason: I think Snell has a real shot, but it is still a longshot.

9:06

laura : rank these three pitchers ROS: mikolas, shark, e-rod?

9:06

Justin Mason: Shark, E-Rod, Mikolas

9:06

Erik: What level of pitcher would you target if shopping Miguel Andujar?

9:06

Justin Mason: Top 50

9:06

Crofts: Do you like Tayron Guerrero as a middle reliever for K’s? Better than more proven Gsellman/McHugh in roto leagues where Ottavino/Betances/Miller etc.. are long gone?

9:07

Justin Mason: I honestly don’t know enough about him to answer that.

9:07

Moltar: Mahle or Aaron Sanchez?

9:07

Justin Mason: Sanchez

9:07

Nyls Nyman: I have Solarte as my backup infielder in a competitive 16-team H2H points league. As hot as he’s been, would Eduardo Escobar be a better option? I also have Semien (in addition to Altuve and Arenado).

9:07

Justin Mason: Yes

9:07

rpo: Where does Manaea rank for you among SP after his white hot start?

9:07

Justin Mason: Top 35-40

9:07

Josh: Any concerns with Shark thus far?  Is the pec injury something that likely will affect him going forward?

9:08

Justin Mason: I think he will be fine. They rushed him back a bit.

9:08

Trevor: Where do you rank Andrelton Simmons among SS these days?

9:08

Justin Mason: Top 10

9:08

Bartolo Semi-Colon: He wasn’t lighting things up, but losing Seager for the year still hurts. Cozart, Semien, Escobar seem to be the top options. Who’s the man?

9:08

Justin Mason: Semien for me

9:08

Pink Oil Can Floyd: I have a ton of pitching (Verlander, Cole, Nola, Maeda, Wacha, Samardzija, Lucchesi, T. Ross, Minor, Faria), and I’m dead last in RBI’s in a 12 team mixed redraft league. Sell one of the first three SP’s to grab a buy low like Rizzo?

9:08

Justin Mason: Sure.

9:09

The Dentist: In a points 10 man league am I or Margot more relevant to keep? Is one more droppable than the other or do I try and trade one?

9:09

Justin Mason: Try and trade one first.

9:09

Rich: Would you trade Edwin Encarnacion and Zach Godley for Javier Baez and Jose Berrios in a 12-team, redraft H2H league?  I know Edwin started slowly last year before rebounding, but I’m concerned about his low walk rate and increased chase rate.  And he is 35. . . .

9:09

Justin Mason: I wouldn’t do that personally

9:09

Wm.: 10-team NL-only. If I had to drop one of Pirela, Cordero,  Verdugo, or Nimmo when Eaton comes off the DL, which would you choose?

9:10

Justin Mason: Cordero, I guess, but try and trade one or two first.

9:10

Rob: 20 team league and I’m dead last.  Just looking to acquire talent for next year.  Can you help me?  1.  Aguilar or Matt Adams?  2.  Gregerson or Blake Parker?  3.  Yordan Alvarez or Ryan Mountcastle.  Thanks for any advice!

9:10

Justin Mason: Adams, Parker, Mountcastle

9:10

Erik: Jordan Zimmermann’s underlying numbers are actually quite good despite an ugly ERA. Worth a shot in deeper league?

9:10

Justin Mason: In AL only, yes

9:11

normie daniels: what to do with lance lynn? 15 team points, so i feel like i can’t cut him, but hes been baaad, so i also feel like i can’t start him

9:11

Justin Mason: Can drop him, but he has been thrown off a bunch by the postponements that Minn has had.

9:11

Evan: Thank you for doing these chats, Justin! Your Roto Riteups are fantastic.
Corey Seager was dropped in my 12 team h2h 5×5 6 keeper league. We have deep 12 man benches with no DL slots. I’m thinking he is a no doubter pick up, but what say you?

9:11

Justin Mason: Yeah, I would

9:11

Slurp: In a deep dynasty H2H league, at what point do you start thinking about selling/preparing for the future. I’m currently in last place despite having a top 3 team thanks to terrible luck. I know it’s too early to give up on the season, but how much longer do I sit tight?

9:12

Justin Mason: May 15th usually, but if you know you’re not competing now, no shame and being the first to sell.

9:12

R.K.: Have to cut one of these pitchers; which would you cut of Gausman, E-Rod, or Luis Castillo?  Thanks!

9:12

Justin Mason: E-Rod

9:12

beefy: SS replacements for Seager? (14 team OPS h2h league)

9:12

Justin Mason: Semien, Cozart, Escobar

9:13

Scott Kingery: Can I drop Scott in a 10 man league? Do you see him establishing himself this year or maybe next?

9:13

Justin Mason: You can, but he could put it together pretty easily.

9:13

Kim: Would you give up someone like Bregman or Xander for Corbin?

9:13

Justin Mason: No

9:14

Evan: Sorry for adding a second message, but he would cost me a 21st rd pick to keep this year (Seager)

9:14

Justin Mason: do it

9:14

lassetjus: Michael Fulmer the other day had 24% swinging strikes! Any chance he has changed something to make us believe his K% will actually go up this season?

9:14

Justin Mason: He has always had more potential in the K dept. This could be the start of it.

9:15

Guest: after seager turned a corner a few weeks back, I cut bait on my backup (Simmons) since I expected the elbow was behind him.  so much for that.  who you like off the wire: solarte, cozart, peraza, russell, e. escobar, ahmed, marte

9:15

Justin Mason: Cozart

9:15

Justin Mason: If you swear in your question, I can’t answer it.

9:15

laura : when do you start panicking bout your standings.  i’m in a 10 team roto, can’t seem to break out of 6 or 7th place …

9:15

Justin Mason: May 15th

9:15

45Blows Billygoats: Just traded Chase Anderson for Miguel Sano.  Fair?

9:15

Justin Mason: Love it

9:16

Rock Kickass: Shallow ten team, would you prefer Adam jones or Odubel?

9:16

Justin Mason: Odubel

9:16

Josh: What prospect who has yet to be called up do you think will have the biggest fantasy impact this year?

9:16

Justin Mason: Calhoun

9:16

Nuschler: How viable is Verdugo in a 12 team with Taylor moving to SS?

9:17

Justin Mason: He is like a young Melky Cabrera… so not very

9:17

Justin Mason: What do you do with Matt Davidson?

9:17

Justin Mason: Play him against KC

9:17

Bartolo Semi-Colon: Did Conforto get rushed back too quickly? No power to speak of since his first game.

9:17

Justin Mason: Sure seems like it.

9:17

Nels: CJ Cron:  breakout or just a hot streak?

9:17

Justin Mason: Hot streak, but ride it.

9:17

Erik: Marcus Stroman and Robbie Ray just hit the waiver wire. Which would you target first? Are they both stashable in a 14-teamer?

9:18

Justin Mason: I think they are both stashes. Prefer Ray if you have DL room.

9:18

Normal Al: AJ Pollock can do a pretty decent Trout impression for a month… What’s your ROS projection?

9:18

Justin Mason: That is a hard question because he could get hurt tying his shoes tomorrow. 15/15?

9:18

Moltar: I’m looking to buy low on some pitching to spec on later in the year, how would you rank Bumgraner, Ray and Castillo?

9:19

Justin Mason: That is how I would rank them.

9:19

tvators: Drop one of Piscotty, M. Taylor or Winkler in H2H points league? Which one would you want the most?

9:19

Justin Mason: Winker

9:19

Justin Mason: Sorry, that is who I would drop. Want Piscotty the most.

9:19

Ben: If you had to drop one of them: Duvall, Franchy, or Mac Williamson, which would it be? Points league by the way. Thanks

9:20

Justin Mason: Franchy

9:20

Garth: Keep the faith with Domingo Santana even in 10-team?

9:20

Justin Mason: For now.

9:20

Mr. Freeze: Re: Koch/Lauer. Do you have higher hopes for Jarlin Garcia or Junior Guerra compared to the first two I asked about?

9:20

Justin Mason: Prefer Guerra out of that foursome. He has gotten back some of the velo and looks good. All will regress though.

9:20

Joe: Dynasty with separate minors, 25 man majors. Once you call a guy up, you aren’t allowed to send him back down. When are you comfortable calling Acuna up, if you haven’t already? Assume you’ve got no pressing need in your OF.

9:21

Justin Mason: Yes

9:21

Bartolo Colon: I hear people are excited about Fernando Romero, but I’m letting you know that I will pitch better than him this year.  What do you expect from Romero?

9:21

Justin Mason: I don’t expect much this year. Pitching prospects are hard to project

9:21

Don’tBeAHader: Better ROS in 14 Team Roto…Marco G, Caleb Smith, or T.Mahle?

9:21

Justin Mason: Mahle

9:21

ROS Rankings: ROS rankings for: Junis, R. Lopez, Gibson, Stratton, Boyd, Tyson Ross?

9:22

Justin Mason: Gibson, Lopez, Ross, Boyd, Stratton, Junis

9:22

Ozzie’s Hair: Help, need to start three of the following for this week:    Kyle Gibson v.TOR, @CWS
Jon Gray @CHC (he should be an auto-start, but only one start this week, and it’s tonight and the wind is blowing out at Wrigley)
Tyler Mahle v.MIA
Jameson Taillon @MIL
Marco Gonzales v.LAA
Shohei Ohtani v/@ ?????  (no-brainer if I was sure he would pitch).  Who should I start?

9:22

Justin Mason: Gibson, Mahle, Ohtani

9:22

Francis: Rank these streams of the week, with potential for LT value? Triggs, Heaney, Junis, Mahle

9:23

Justin Mason: Heaney, Mahle, Junis, Triggs

9:23

tvators: Do I really have to pick up Daniel Robertson? drop Peraza?

9:23

Justin Mason: No you don’t.

9:23

Justin Mason: Jose Peraza is not terrible? Or still terrible?

9:23

Justin Mason: He is what he is.

9:23

Rock Kickass: Any closers in waiting i should be stashing?

9:24

Justin Mason: AJ Minter, Alvarado, Joe Jimenez

9:24

Linus: Trade Schoop for Greinke in 10-team?  I’ve got all my MI slots locked up, so Schoop is an extra piece.

9:24

Justin Mason: yes

9:24

Derek: If you had to choose two of Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenando or Jose Ramirez in a keeper league which ones would you pick?

9:24

Justin Mason: Bryant and Arenado

9:24

Josh: Is Walker Buehler going to pitch enough to warrant a hold in 12 teamers this year?

9:24

Justin Mason: I think he could, but it will be frustrating

9:24

Andy: 12tm H@H Dynasty. 5×5.  Rendon, Carp & Beltre are my 3B.  It’s been a rough start.  Do I drop one to get Franco?  Or just sit tight.

9:24

Justin Mason: drop

9:25

tvators: Willy Adames? any room in TB w/ Robertson, Wendle hitting and miller and Adeiny alive?

9:25

Justin Mason: Not for a while. The will have him up after they trade more guys

9:25

weezy: Do you have a favorite format for fantasy baseball? h2h? Any non-traditional categories you like?

9:25

Justin Mason: I am a mono league guy for sure. Love auction keeper leagues.

9:25

Justin Mason: Definitely prefer roto

9:26

Joe: Michael Taylor worth keeping even in shallow formats for his power/speed combo?

9:26

Justin Mason: Sure

9:26

abc: Would you drop Vince V for Pivetta? What about drop Flaherty for Pivetta? (more of a ROS question than a short-term one)

9:26

Justin Mason: I would do either.

9:26

Re: Bregman vs deGrom: If I do this trade, Chris Taylor and Asdrubal Cabrera an okay tandem to take over SS for me? 12 teams 5×5 + OBP and TB

9:26

Justin Mason: yes

9:26

Mr. Freeze: NL only trade – Zach Wherler for Chase Utley. Fair?

9:26

Justin Mason: No, prefer Wheeler

9:26

Hans: Daid Dahl hasn’t been good.  Keep holding on?

9:27

Justin Mason: no reason to. Will hit the bench or minors probably once they get healthy.

9:27

Alex Verdugo: Worth picking up in NL-only league?

9:27

Justin Mason: of course

9:27

Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe: Why is it when people hear “Top 50” they aim for “1-10” value rather than “42-52” value?

9:27

Justin Mason: We all want the home run

9:27

45Blows Billygoats: Please rank Manaea Keuchel CMartinez

9:27

Justin Mason: Smart, Keuchel, Manaea

9:28

Patty V: What do you think of a super-duper buy-low-sell-high of: Ozzie Albies for Anthony Rizzo? 12-TM 5×5 Re-draft

9:28

Justin Mason: I like it

9:28

CyOld: Nearly every owner in my league suffers from the proverbial “owner’s dilemma”. They all tend to overvalue their own players simply because they own them, and this has made making fair trades practically impossible. Any advice on how to approach this without alienating these owners?

9:28

Justin Mason: Communication is key in leagues like that. As well as being able to help them get better as you get better too.

9:28

laura : is there anything you like in Kepler’s profile this year for a break out?

9:29

Justin Mason: I have always loved Kepler. Dude has a lot of raw talent, but he is still really raw and will be streaky.

9:29

Biff: You a Franchy Cordero believer?

9:29

Justin Mason: No

9:29

tvators: If no signs of life is Kipnis drop-able in 16 team league when Odor comes back?

9:29

Justin Mason: yes

9:29

Nyls Nyman: Are you a Bird believer when he returns?

9:29

Justin Mason: no

9:29

Nelson: Blake Snell:  hold or stream in 10-team?

9:29

Justin Mason: Hold

9:29

Kimo: 14 team dynasty:  Goldy for deGrom?

9:30

Justin Mason: If you need the pitching, but I would want a bit more.

9:30

Rock Kickass: Verlander for Rizzo fair or too much uncertainty with Rizzo’s slow start?

9:30

Justin Mason: I think it is fair

9:30

45Blows Billygoats: More likely to turn things around Castillo or Stroman?

9:30

Justin Mason: Stroman

9:30

Jimmy Sak: Grandal or Sal Perez ROS?

9:30

Justin Mason: Perez

9:30

Turgid: Do you think Gohara will be 12 team mixed relevant?

9:30

Justin Mason: Once he is up he should be

9:30

Juan Fernando: Is Luis Castillo still a good bet?

9:31

Justin Mason: good one? I don’t know. A high upside gamble

9:31

johnnyairport: Between Beede and Suarez on the Giants, who do you think gets the most MLB innings this year and who will be the better pitcher (in MLB) this season?

9:31

Justin Mason: Beede

9:31

Erik: Tayron Guerrero is Dellin Betances 2.0. Same height, nearly identical strikeout rate to Betances’ career numbers, and a walk rate that’s a shade higher. He also gets more groundballs. Seems like one of a short list of non-closing relievers who might have fantasy value.

9:31

Justin Mason: I will take a deeper dive and check him out. Thanks!

9:31

Vegan Man!: Who would you rather own in a 14 team dynasty points league, Robles or Tatis? Thanks!

9:32

Justin Mason: Robles

9:32

Padres: talk to me about Franchy Cordero! Everyone here likes to rip on him but he’s 1 of just 9 players this seasonwith at-least 6HR/3SB also all of his contact ratios has improved from 2017-2018 significantly, and he has statcast elite metrics.

9:32

Justin Mason: His contact numbers have improved, but that doesn’t make them good. Deep league guy for me

9:32

Frank: Byron Buxton still worth holding in 10-teamers?

9:33

Justin Mason: I think so. He was actually worse last April

9:33

Vegan Man!: Cueto or Felipe Vazquez in a 12 team roto, 180 start limit? Thanks!

9:33

Justin Mason: Cueto

9:33

Chris Stratton Sr: Any concerns about Desmond slow start and Happ long term dynasty? My offense is struggling with Desmond going 0-5 every night and Ian Happ always being benched.

9:33

Justin Mason: I am more worried about Happ because I think that he could get sent down.

9:33

Henry Rowengartner: Verlander for Springer in H2H points – okay with that move to replace Reddick in the OF? Quintana would move into the rotation.

9:33

Justin Mason: Sure

9:34

Juan Fernando: Stanton, Rosario, Reddick, Choo. Which OF should I trade?

9:34

Justin Mason: Reddick or Choo. Won’t be healthy all year

9:34

zach: Corbin for Kenley? Points league where top end starters avg about 20-23 a game and top end relievers avg about 7-8

9:34

Justin Mason: I would still take Kenley, but I understand if you go the other way.

9:35

Hall a’ll’ day: I’ve got a great team in my 12 team mixed keeper but will have trouble keeping my core together past this season without a move, Im stacked at SS and 3b, i have a 24$ machado and im thinking of trading him for a 4-8$ G.Sanchez, Albies, Moncada, C and 2B are my 2 weakest positions. Try and work something out or just hold tight?

9:35

Justin Mason: I have no problem doing that

9:35

Jake Junis Priest: You were down on Gleyber in the pod if I remember. Can you give me an arm (preferably AL) on his level?

9:35

Justin Mason: Gausman, Gibson

9:36

Vegan Man!: Would you move Robles or Tatis for Donaldson if you were trying to win now in a 14 team dynasty points league? Thank you!

9:36

Justin Mason: Wait until Donaldson is back and shows the shoulder is healthy

9:36

The Prince: Rank RoS Joc Pederson, Granderson, Franchy, thanks,!!

9:36

Justin Mason: Grandson, Joc, Franchy

9:36

Josh: Are you buying Marco Gonzales right now or are the K/BB% numbers a mirage?

9:36

Justin Mason: No

9:36

Rouse: Dynasty league / Points league; Can keep 8. Currently in contention for 1st place. Do I trade Corey Seager and MacKenzie Gore for Trevor Story & Corey Knebel?

9:37

Justin Mason: sure. No one remembers second place

9:37

Erik: Who finishes higher at their position at the end of the year, Gregorius or Albies?

9:37

Justin Mason: Gregorious

9:37

Chippy: My pitching staff: Ray, Price, Castillo, Quintana, Pivetta, Montgomery, Mikolas, Gibson

9:37

Justin Mason: That is not a question.

9:37

Phelps: Ryan Zimmerman or Alonso ROS?

9:37

Justin Mason: Zimmerman

9:37

Paul: AL only.  Last Place.  Sell on Altuve, Correa or Stanton to add depth?

9:38

Justin Mason: Stanton would be my sell

9:38

BK: 10 team standard league where I can keep Seager in the 13th round next year. Is he droppable or do I have to keep him on the DL all year?

9:38

Justin Mason: You can drop him if you have to.

9:38

One Sad Giant: Traded Greinke for Jose Martinez in a keeper league, how did I do?

9:39

Justin Mason: Prefer Greinke, but its fairish

9:39

Chippy: My rotation: Ray (RIP), Castillo, Quintana, Price, Pivetta, Montgomery, Mikolas, Gibson.  Lucky to have a solid lineup and 5 closers. At what point do you weaken a strength to shore up SP?

9:39

Justin Mason: mid to late may

9:39

Vegan Man!: Rank Villar, Kinsler, Semien in a 12 team h2h. Thanks!

9:39

Justin Mason: Semien, Kinsler, Villar

9:40

AT: Alen Hanson going to be a good SB source while Panik out?

9:40

Justin Mason: I think he could be. Dude has always been fast

9:40

Rick C: Soroka starting tonight vs the Mets.  Think he is worth picking up even if I won’t have him on my roster until tomorrow?

9:40

Justin Mason: yesw

9:40

BK: NL only 11 teamer, what closer do you think I should target when I trade away Ender?

9:40

Justin Mason: Iglesias

9:41

Twinkie man: Fernando Rodney should be doubtful to still be the closer by midseason. I assume Reed will be next in line. Any chance the Twins could consider Pressley considering the numbers he’s putting up?

9:41

Justin Mason: I think reed is next, but he hasn’t been great either. Pressley could get a shot at some point.

9:41

Bubba: ROS: Please rank Suzuki, Molina, or S Perez in an OBP league

9:41

Justin Mason: Perez, Molina, Suzuki

9:41

Biggy: would you offer Lindor to get back Albies?  Already have X and machado

9:42

Justin Mason: I think that is too much

9:42

Vegan Man!: Jacoby Jones viable in a 14 team points league? Thank you!

9:42

Justin Mason: sure

9:42

Clifton: Drop red hot CJ Cron to take a chance on Domingo Santana’s upside in 10-team?

9:42

Justin Mason: No, ride the hot streak in shallow formats

9:42

Josh: What are the odds Drew Steckenrider ends up closing this season?

9:42

Justin Mason: 33%

9:42

AT: Almora has grabbed the leadoff spot in Chicago.  Is he likely to keep it all season.

9:43

Justin Mason: No, but he could for a while.

9:43

Rock Kickass: drop Pivetta for Kingery?

9:43

Justin Mason: no

9:43

Justin Mason: unless it is a keeper

9:43

I hate Pitching: 12 team 5×5 Ottoneu league. I have Thor, Carrasco, Archer, Keuchel, Gio and Happ. Is that enough? Is Archer going to kill my ratios? I have a nagging suspicion that I need to upgrade my staff but everyone keeps telling me it’s fine…

9:43

Justin Mason: Underlying numbers says he should bounce back. Hold for now

9:43

Biggy: Who is nastier, Hader or Ottavino?

9:44

Justin Mason: Ottavino, but man they are both awesome.

9:44

Patty V: Ozzie Albies for Anthony Rizzo in a re-draft? What’s going on with Rizzo, is this just small sample size?

9:44

Justin Mason: I think Rizzo will be fine. Hold for now.

9:44

Pesky’s pole: Is it time to give up on Eduardo Rodriguez? He seems to be the master of one step forward and two steps back. Is this as good as it gets with him?

9:44

Justin Mason: He hasn’t been healthy ever and that takes a toll on someone. I don’t have high hopes.

9:44

Ray: admit it, you giggled slightly when you saw the Corey Seager news yesterday.

9:44

Justin Mason: slightly? no

9:45

Justin Mason: a lot… maybe…

9:45

Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe: This time without swearing, in an OBP League. Marry/Consensual Physical Relationship/Kill: Ender Inciarte, Manny Margot, Adam Eaton

9:45

Justin Mason: Marry Margot, Kill Inciarte, Love Eaton

9:45

Justin Mason: Thanks lol

9:46

Smoky Joe Wood: any expectations on Fernando Romero?

9:46

Justin Mason: None what so ever

9:46

Chris R: Do you think Kolten Wong can be a borderline option in points leagues?

9:46

Justin Mason: nope

9:46

Costa: Luis Castillo just got dropped in 12 team H2H roto. Should I drop Sonny Gray for him?

9:46

Justin Mason: You can

9:46

Biggy: Nick Senzel gonna make an impact?  The new number one prospect worth keeping in a 10 teamer?

9:46

Justin Mason: I think he is up sometime this month.

9:46

Trade: Godley and Alex wood vs Jose Martinez and Morton which side you prefer? 10 team h2h

9:46

Justin Mason: Wood side

9:46

Biggy: ROS:  Justin Turner or Daniel Murphy?

9:46

Justin Mason: Murphy

9:46

Austin: ROS Acuna or Haniger

9:47

Justin Mason: Haniger

9:47

Casey: Nimmo’s finally going to play enough to roster in a deep league. Yes?

9:47

Justin Mason: I think he may

9:47

Singing cowboy: Is Middleton still at the top of the pecking order in the Angels’ bullpen? Do you see any chance of Bedrosian getting the job back or does Nutty Scioscia have it in for him?

9:47

Justin Mason: I don’t trust that situation at all.

9:47

Matthew: Is Gattis done?

9:47

Justin Mason: no

9:47

Mexa: Willie Calhoun any time soon? Expected line ROS ?

9:48

Justin Mason: Supposedly May 8th is the day the Rangers get the extra year. I think he can hit 20-25 bombs with a decent average.

9:48

Lone Ranger fan: I guess we can safely cut Claudio adrift? It sure doesn’t look like he’s gonna play any important role in the Rangers pen anymore.

9:48

Justin Mason: yeah

9:48

Schoop of ice cream: Schwarber for Dozier fair in 12 tm 6×6 with obp and slug no avg?

9:48

Justin Mason: yes

9:48

Biggy: Have you watched The Colony?  Should I watch it or Peaky Blinders?

9:49

Justin Mason: Peaky Blinders is way better, but I like both.

9:49

Vegan Man!: Should Vlad Jr. be owned in a 12 team roto? Thanks!

9:49

Justin Mason: not unless you have really deep benches or an NA slot

9:49

Yankee my wankee: I guess Bird is still a month away. Can he drink the koolaid and put up numbers like Andujar and Torres are doing?

9:49

Justin Mason: sure, but will he stay healthy long enough where it will matter?

9:50

Florida Man: is .275 with 20HR 30SB unreasonable wishful thinking for Tim Anderson?

9:50

Justin Mason: very

9:50

tommyjohnscurve: Reynaldo Lopez for Teoscar Hernandez? I have stupid OF depth and need some pitching help but I am skeptical that Lopez is the answer… should i go for it or wait?

9:50

Justin Mason: sure

9:50

BK: My birthday is May 15th

9:50

Justin Mason: happy birthday in two weeks!

9:50

Russ: tell everyone to pick up soroka. NOW.

9:50

Justin Mason: no

9:50

Worried Kershaw Owner: What’s with Clayton losing his next start on Sunday?  You think injury related or just getting him some extra rest?  Will he just be moved back a day or skipping that start altogether?

9:51

Justin Mason: The Dodgers hate fantasy players

9:51

Biggy: Candelario a viable starter in a ten team roto?

9:51

Justin Mason: I think he is worth a stream while he is hot

9:51

LOMO: Lost Seager.  Trade my Carrasco for Arrieta and Chris Taylor?

9:51

Justin Mason: No

9:51

Matthew: Kopech and Willy Adames – enough upside to warrant holding onto through a roster pinch? (deep 14 team, 5×5)

9:51

Justin Mason: Kopech yes. Adames no

9:51

Slurve: In 10 years the 5×5 fantasy categories will be ________________________?

9:51

Justin Mason: the superior format still

9:52

FRANCH: My Chris Taylor for his Super Nintendo Schwarber?

9:52

Justin Mason: no

9:52

Fish Tacos: Can you please rank these struggling preseason OF sleepers for ROS: Ian Happ, Bradley Zimmer, Manuel Margot. Weekly roto, with OBP as 6th cat.

9:52

Justin Mason: Margot, Zimmer, Happ

9:52

Ray: Soroka or Kingham in 12 team NL keeper?

9:52

Justin Mason: Kingham

9:52

Vegan Man!: Moved Maeda and Franco for Quintana in a 12 team h2h. Like this move? Thank you!

9:53

Justin Mason: love it

9:53

Mister Puppy : Just wanna say Rob Manfred has no problem with your pace of chat.

9:53

Justin Mason: I hope that is a good thing.

9:53

laura : any faith margot can turn it around? or move one …

9:53

Justin Mason: I have faith. his defense should give him a lot of latitude to figure it out.

9:54

Jason: To Biggy, Peaky Blinders is a must.

9:54

Stewart: Drafted kinsler and kipnis hoping one of them can return to form? Am I doomed?

9:54

Justin Mason: I think Kinsler will turn it around.

9:54

Gilfoyle: How do you rate Soroka?  Don’t know much about him.  Scooped him bc …..well shoot and ask questions later kinda thing.

9:55

Justin Mason: I like him and the ground ball rate could help him minimize that short porch in ATL, but he is still a prospect, so things could go south in a second.

9:55

Bob: Rank G Polanco, Jose martinez, mccutchen ros?

9:55

Justin Mason: That’s the order for me

9:55

Closers: How many closers would you hold in 10 team h2h?

9:55

Justin Mason: at least 3

9:56

Steve: Does Polanco ever steal another bag? 15 over/under for the season?

9:56

Justin Mason: under

9:56

Vegan Man!: Candelario or Andujar ROS in a 12 team roto? Thanks!

9:56

Justin Mason: Cand

9:56

Michael Kopech: Assuming I keep pitching as well as I have been, would you expect me up right after Super Two?

9:56

Justin Mason: I think so, but the White Sox don’t have to push it.

9:57

Matt: ESPN, H2H Points League, 10 teams.  I traded Acuna for Gleyber Torres & Cespedes, how’d I do?

9:57

Justin Mason: Don’t love it.

9:57

Spencer: Should I be concerned about my pitching in a 14 teamer?   Nola, Darvish, Berrios, Fulmer, Weaver, Lucchesi Vazquez, Devenski, Colome

9:57

Justin Mason: no

9:57

Too Many MI: After Didi and Bogaerts I have Asdrubal, Gleyber, and Chris Taylor, who should I drop if I cant trade?

9:57

Justin Mason: Asdrubal

9:57

Matt: When should I start freaking about about AVG in a roto league? My team had a slow start, so while I figure RoS should be around .265 or so, I’m only batting like .225 so far and am far-and-away dead last in the category.

9:57

Justin Mason: End of may

9:57

Michael: Pivetta or Gibson ROS?

9:57

Justin Mason: Gibson

9:57

Dan: Holland still worth rostering or drop for O’day or Gsellman?

9:58

Justin Mason: which Holland? Greg, yes

9:58

HappyFunBall: Is there a major difference between Matt Davidson and Joey Gallo in an OBP/SLG league?

9:58

Justin Mason: Yeah. One is good.

9:58

Matt: VV a hold in 12-teamers? What about E-Rod?

9:58

Justin Mason: Both are streamers

9:58

Jason: Hold Kinsler in 12 team? Kendrick is the only WW option.

9:58

Justin Mason: yes

9:58

Billy: I am in a league that combines HTH and Roto at the same time.  It’s fantastic and tough decision making with 2 facets involved.  Have you ever done this? I’m not sure why I don’t see others doing this as well.

9:58

Justin Mason: No, but it sounds cool

9:59

Justin Mason: email me the rules if you could justinmasonfantasy@gmail.com

9:59

Hannah Hochevar: Sad face having Kibson benched vs Yankees. A blip or more to come?

9:59

Justin Mason: I have been on the bandwagon all year. I believe

9:59

Rock Kickass: I’m losing my saves category pretty handedly right now. Is it wise to trade SP surplus for a closer now or wait for wire pickups? Shallow ten team roto.

9:59

Justin Mason: Unless you get a stud, then play the wire

9:59

Chuck: So Josh Hader in a league that counts holds and saves … that’s a top 50 overall player, right?

10:00

Justin Mason: he could be  close.

10:00

Harmon: Where would you rate Heaney on your list?  Is he top 60?

10:00

Justin Mason: just outside of it

10:00

tommyjohnscurve: ROS ranking: wheeler, lopez, pivetta, skaggs

10:00

Justin Mason: Skaggs, Pivetta, Lopez, Wheeler

10:00

Gerge: Any rules of thumb for when to bail on to top 100 players on DL?  (E.g., I got Ray, Schoop, and Knebel in 10 teamer)

10:01

Justin Mason: I do my best not to.

10:01

Justin Mason: Ok everyone. Got to wrap it up and I am on vacation next week, but soon I will start doing longer chats with school ending for me. Feel free to hit me up on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008744507752 or on twitter @justinmasonfwfb.

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Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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