Fantasy Baseball Mailbag: Answering your questions
The Major League Baseball season is in full swing and that means the fantasy baseball season is close to hitting its midway point. Teams are either contending–looking to add pieces, way out of it—looking to build for next year, or middle of the pack—not sure what the heck to do. We have received literally hundreds of fantasy baseball questions for us on the My Fantasy Podcast, but since we can only answer a limited number on our two-hour show, we decided to make an article out of the rest of the questions to appease our fantasy fan base!
Q: I have been offered David Price and Ryon Healy for my Yu Darvish in a 20-man dynasty league. Is Price going to return to his usual form? Or is this move too risky? Thanks. From Kelly Froth
A: I wouldn’t make this trade Kelly, for a multitude of reasons. Without knowing your third base situation, Healy isn’t a must-have player. In fact, he’s on the waiver wire in a few of my own leagues. He’s improved from a dreadful start to hit .260 with 8 home runs and 19 RBIs–decent, but not great. Now when comparing Darvish to Price, Yu wins hands down. Some of that has to do with the questions surrounding David Price and his injured elbow. Anytime a pitcher has elbow issues on his throwing arm it’s VERY concerning. Look at Garrett Richards, who chose not to have Tommy John surgery (just like Price) and instead decided to rehab–well, he came back to start the 2017 season lasted a few starts and is out again until at least August if not the entire season. For me, it’s too risky. Darvish is pitching very well right now owning a 2.83 ERA and a 5-2 record. He’s a SP1 and should stay on your roster.
Q: I’m in a 12-man dynasty redraft league. Is Matt Harvey droppable? I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I’ve had enough with his terrible pitching and late night bar hopping. A couple of options on the waiver wire—German Marquez, Patrick Corbin, JA Happ, Matt Moore and Junior Guerra. Help! From Craig Conley
A: Sadly Craig, I think it may be wise to drop or at least attempt to trade him off of your roster. The option on the waiver wire aren’t blowing me away, but a few are putting together solid seasons. Junior Guerra is a guy I have my eye on–he’s returning from the DL tomorrow and if he has a similar season like he did in 2016, he could be a solid upgrade over Harvey. Let’s look at Harvey’s 2017 numbers: 3-3 record with a 5.36 ERA and only 37 strikeouts in 50.1 IP. Guerra in 2016: 9-3 record with a 2.81 ERA with 100 strikeouts in 121.2 IP. He’s not going to deliver a ton of K’s, but he keeps the opposing team from scoring, something Harvey hasn’t proven this year. Again, I would look to trade first, but if you can’t find a partner, don’t be afraid to let Harvey walk.
Q: Okay serious question here. 14-man keeper league. I was offered Jose Berrios for my Gerrit Cole. Do I make that move and look to the future? From Shane Lour
A: Definitely an intriguing trade offer. Berrios comes with a lot of talent and potential, but I would be wary about giving up an ace like Cole. Sure, he has struggled a bit in 2017, but he still owns a 3.36 ERA and has improved as of late. He hasn’t gotten much run support from a Pirates team that has fallen well below expectations this season. But with rumors that contending teams are interested in Cole, I would hang onto him. Think about it, can you imagine Gerrit Cole on the Astros? He will be given a lot of run support and could add a lot of wins to his total this season–especially in the second half of the season. Berrios has had a great start to his young career, but once hitters start to figure him out it’s possible his numbers take a downturn. That and I don’t expect the Twins to sustain much success. Keep Cole and watch where he ends up, because I don’t expect it to be Pittsburgh.
Q: I think I am ready to deal Nelson Cruz and Masahiro Tanaka for Clayton Kershaw. Good? My OFs remaining are Desmond, Bellinger, Tomas, Kepler, Thames. 5×5 Standard H2H Redraft with TB, OBP and QS. From Alejandro Allefuir
A: Yes! Do it 100%. Your outfielders are solid and anytime you can get the best pitcher in fantasy baseball it will only help your team. Not much more to it besides…DO IT.
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