Paul Sporer: Gooood afternoon everyone, let’s talk some baseball!!!
Chuck: Paul, is Chance Sisco good now? Is he worth taking a chance on in a categories H2H over Alfaro?
Paul Sporer: Sisco might actually be panning out a bit??? I think I might stick with Alfaro, though, tbh
Joe: I need to cut one: Carpenter or Donaldson?
Paul Sporer: Ugh, that’s tough. I guess Donaldson
NOT MACKEL: Is it time to drop Joey Votto? I’ve playing for a couple weeks without a catcher, 12 team h2h.
Paul Sporer: I’m not entirely against cutting him in a 10- or 12-teamer
Big Tuna : I’m about done waiting for Puig in my 12 tm OPS. Is selling him and Jay Bruce for Ryu and Mancini selling too low?
Paul Sporer: No that’s a huge return
Big Tuna : ROS, would you prefer Heaney or Darvish? I just can’t seem to quit Yu and worried about health with Heaney.
Paul Sporer: They’re gonna be close when I re-rank…. I think I still lean Darvish by a shred
Deep League Catchers: Everyone keeps saying Mookie Betts will heat up, but it’s the middle of June with a ball made out of pure rubber and he has 11 HR’s, the same amount as Roberto Perez. What do you think?
Paul Sporer: ROBERTO PEREZ HAS 11 HOMERS?????
Paul Sporer: As for Betts, he’s fine
Deep League Catchers: Is Austin Barnes this bad or underperforming?
Paul Sporer: At this point, he’s just this bad until we see otherwise
Zipp: Was recently faced with the decision of dropped Riley or Carpenter to pick up Didi. Decided on Riley. Did I make the wrong choice? Should I have just kept them both? (12tm, H2H)
Paul Sporer: Noooo, I think I’d have held Riley.
Zipp: Jimmy Nelson has had 10 days off after his less-than-stellar first start of the year. Has a great matchup against the Giants. If he’s good this weekend, awesome! If he throws up another clunker, are we dropping?
Paul Sporer: I can get behind cutting in 10- and 12-team if he gets shellacked
dungeon master: Daniel Murphy pretty much same old same old the rest of the year?
Paul Sporer: Ya I’d say something like mid-.800s OPS
Koepka respecter: I was offered Flaherty for Conforto. Couldn’t pull the trigger. Would you have?
Paul Sporer: I’m fine turning that down if you prefer a better hitter
dungeon master: Max Kepler a real breakout or just a pretty hot stretch ?
Paul Sporer: Breakout IMO. He’s improved against righties and lefties and he’s part of that excellent lineup. Love Kep this year!
Paul Sporer: For sure. He’s my C2 in one lg. He absolutely blasts lefties.
MI: Need a MI to replace Seager for 6 weeks: Chris Taylor, Odor, or B Dozier?
Paul Sporer: Gimme Taylor
Dave: You starting MadBum (at home) against the Brewers tomorrow?
Paul Sporer: Ya I’m goin with him
PAL: Canning has a 16% SwStr in 44 IP (only Snell and Cole have higher). How quickly does SwStr% stabilize and what does this mean for Canning’s RoS value?
Paul Sporer: I don’t know when SwStr is supposed to stabilize, but K rate does around 70 batters and he’s well over 2x that so I think we can expect him to continue to miss bats regularly
Deep League Catchers : Casali or Caratini RoS?
Paul Sporer: I just think Casali will get much more PT so I’d lean him
Big Tuna : An owner in my league keeps asking me what I want for José Ramirez. I know he’s looking to deal Price. Is Price for Jo Ram selling too low in an OPS instead of AVG league?
Paul Sporer: No I think that totally works
Trade values: standard $260 auction league. 1 year (the rest of this year of $14 Quintana) for 5 years Michel Baez at $1. Who adds more?
Paul Sporer: If you’re going for it, gimme Q for this year
Redbull: Top Hold guy in Cub bullpen once Kimbrel arrives?
Paul Sporer: Strop
Paul Sporer: Think it’ll be Kimbrel-Strop-Cishek
Underperforming 2B: Any hope in a rebound from dozier or odor?
Paul Sporer: I’m soooooooo over Odor. I’m nervous about any sort of Dozier rebound at this point, too. So my hope is quite low on both
Greg: Yonny Chirinos keeps on perfoming. Yes he is overshooting his peripherals, but is he legit as an every week arm moving forward?
Paul Sporer: Oh for sure, I’m running him out regularly right now
Big Tuna : Time to cut Mikolas in a 12 tm? Rather have him Bundy, Quantrill, Pineda or Lambert?
Paul Sporer: Damn, that’s not a great group to choose from right now bc two of em have a BOS start coming, Q has a trip to COL coming up, and Lambert lives in COL. I’ll lean Bundy, I guess, and wait to use him next week at SEA
Freddie FreeHugz: How do you feel about Jorge Polanco long term. Thinking about offering Nelson Cruz for him in a dynasty. Doesn’t look like I am going to be able to compete this year.
Paul Sporer: I’d definitely do that. Polanco is a solid 25-year old SS and this may end up a career year
Paul Sporer: I’m not sure he’s ever really had it all that much outside of run here or there in the minors. It’s been a lot of hype and while I understand the hype, I find him overrated at this point
Guest: Robles for Tatis Jr. Which side are you on?
Paul Sporer: I prefer Robles
Cory: Keeper league, would you drop Christin Walker for Cooper?
Paul Sporer: I’m cool with that, ya
Mike: Is Zac Gallen getting the Vlad Jr treatment? Will we have to wait until next season to see him? When he comes up, what’s are your expectations?
Paul Sporer: No, pitchers don’t usually get that kind of treatment. I think he’ll get the call this summer
Rocco: Paul – any view on why Betts and JDMart continue to underperform their draft slots? Is a major positive regression move coming?
Paul Sporer: When you buy guys like that, you’re buying the floor as much as the upside. They aren’t close to hurting us despite not quite performing like last year. I could still see them (and the BOS offense at large) going off for a month – 6 week run of excellence, but even if they remain in this realm, they’re completely fine
Ralph Rowdie: Keep forever: Betts and Alonso for Bellinger and Greinke. Which side do you prefer?
Paul Sporer: I’ll take Betts/Alonso
HappyFunBall: Upton will be back soon and I’m facing a bit of a roster crunch (12x standard Roto). Will have to let go one of my roster-bottoms OFs: Martinez, Thames, Grichuk, DeShields, … or, I suppose, Upton
Dave: Is Giovanny Gallegos someone worth rostering if I’m chasing ratios, or just a reliever with a couple good months so far?
Paul Sporer: Sure, if it’s a league deep enough where rostering RPs to protect ratios is viable, Gallegos is worth a look. Can’t fake a 40% K rate (meaning he’s going to miss bat for sure… maybe not AT the 40% clip, but definitely at a high clip)
Crowded Outfield: Do you see Reddick losing playing time once Springer comes back in favor or Alvarez?
Paul Sporer: No Springer will go in for Marisnick
Casey: 16 team league and I need pitching help, is Didi for a ‘US’ tier pitcher too ambitious?
Paul Sporer: No I think you can get some US guys for him. Just find the right buyer who can really use Didi
Ryan: Whats up with Skaggs? Is he still rosterable in a 15team 5×5?
Paul Sporer: I think he’s at least reservable. But he’s in that range where if your specific team is full, you can cut him. On guys like that, I like to say they need to be on a roster in a 15-teamer, but not necessarily YOUR roster
Purple Mays Haze: Who do you prefer ROS: Thor or Carrasco?
Paul Sporer: He’s un-good. I was wrong about him delivering some late value
Guest: Playing time starting to be a worry for Hicks if he doesn’t get going by the time Stanton and Judge return?
Paul Sporer: Ehhh, I don’t think he’ll necessarily lose a lot of time. They’ll give him a chance to work through it. He doesn’t even have 100 PA yet
Joe: My Verlander for his Sale?
Paul Sporer: What’s the point?
Anders: What would Cal quantrill have to do tonight to grab your attention?
Paul Sporer: QS w/at least a K per inning?
Post Hype Prospects: Scott Kingery is having a nice 2nd season. Smoke and mirrors? Will he be a nice long term asset in a dynasty league?
Paul Sporer: Not smoke and mirrors. AVG running a bit high, but gimme .270 with pop and some speed rest of season. Big fan.
NL ROY: Victor Robles was supposed to have an elite hit tool. His 65 ks and .233 avg have me concerned. Is he a future star or should we be concerned?
Paul Sporer: Was it supposed to be elite?? I feel like elite is 70+ grade. At any rate, I understand the worries, but that’s part of the risk of taking a 22-year old rookie. The upside remains real, but so was the risk
The Littlest Gio: Giolito going to keep Giolitoing against the Yankees today?
Paul Sporer: There’s certainly no reason to assume he’ll flop. Obviously he’s going to have a bad start at some pt bc that’s just how pitching works, but he’s a must start
Guest: I have 8 outfielders. Yelich Stanton Pham Soto Verdugo Conforto Mallex and Hicks. I need a first basemen badly. Is Hicks for Votto a bad move?
Paul Sporer: It’s a buy low for buy low. I’m obviously not psyched about Votto, but I don’t hate this move. Certainly not an overpay
Speed is killing me: Do you think Segura gets to 20+ SBs, or are the Phils more bloop and a blast?
Paul Sporer: They just don’t run. 20 is too high to predict
baseballdude: start clevinger in a 2 start week right off the IL? @ TEX and @ DET i think.
Paul Sporer: I think I would, yes
JoeyBoomBats: If you’re going for it this year, and you’ve got one of the disappointing studs (JoRam, Goldy, etc), what’s your general strategy? Hold and hope for the rebound, or trade for a lower ceiling but performing player?
Paul Sporer: I don’t have a set strat there. I guess I tend to hold, but it depends on my standings. For Ramirez, he’s at least delivering SBs so there is some real value there.
Matt: obviously it’s a small sample, but last 14 games for Votto: .397/429/.569
Paul Sporer: with 8 multi-hit games. First sign of life in his bat in a good while
Monte: Looking to move either Matt Chapman or Tatis Jr for a SP. Pos doesn’t matter much as I have Moose to fill in at 3b and Bogaert at SS. Who would you rather move assuming they both fetch similar returns?
Paul Sporer: I’d prefer to hold Chap. I think the hype of Tatis will draw more
Monte: You holding Paddack in a shallow league (10 Team)? He hasn’t been stellar lately and not sure I can burn a roster spot on him for 20 days while I’m also sitting on Kimbrel.
Paul Sporer: In fairness, I don’t think you’ll have to wait all 20 right now. I think they’re going to split it and send him down again at the All Star break. I’d hold
Cito’s Mustache: In a 10-team roto with a limit of 200 pitcher starts, are you starting Hendricks @ LAD and Giolito vs NYY?
Paul Sporer: Ya, he’ll move a bit in July, but this isn’t a skill set surrounding the successful ERA. I know he’s a big time groundballer which mitigates how many Ks you need, but this isn’t locked and loaded as a mixed league starter
Shallow Bench: Why does everyone in the industry whine about a 7-player bench being small?
ESPN benches are 3.
Paul Sporer: Do people really whine about it? Or do they just acknowledge the difficulty of managing a 7 person bench with no IL? ESPN leagues are also 10-teamers and have 2 IL so they’re essentially 5 person benches and 5 teams smaller than Main Event leagues w/7 person benches
Anders: Robles or Bryan reynolds in points?
Paul Sporer: Still leaning Robles
Nathan: muncy over moustakas as a target? or do you prefer mous in that lineup?
Paul Sporer: I prefer Muncy, but they’re VERRRYYY close
Siri: I finally gave up on Jesse winker in my H2H obp league. Will I regret it?
Paul Sporer: Winker believer coming into the season, but I understand cutting in 10- and 12-team right now
Spot Tart: Which side do you want in 12 team roto? Betts and hendricks or bogaerts and verlander
Paul Sporer: Think it really depends if you need JV’s Ks more or not.
JAMES: Ohtani or Cruz ROS?
Paul Sporer: Cruz by a hair… they’d be ranked riiiight by each other if I re-did positional rankings
Paul Sporer: OK y’all, I gotta bounce! Thanks so much for coming out! Follow me on Twitter (@sporer), Twitch (sporer), and Snapchat (psporer). I’ll be streaming on Twitch later today and you can definitely come by and ask questions about fantasy (or any type of baseball Qs) there. Have a great weekend!