Posted on: April 27, 2009 2:08 pm

Big Week 3 Win; Week 4 Decisions.....

First off, want to thank the 3 of you who left comments on my first blog. Hope you guys will continue to check me out. See my week 1 posting for my initial thoughts, and below are my thoughts on week 4. My co-GM is violently ill and I am indecisive, so I would definitely love advice.

Add/Drops (my league allows two adds per period)

Added Ryan Franklin, dropped Nick Blackburn
Added Nyjer Morgan, dropped David Dejesus
Dropped Trevor Hoffman

Starting Lineup

C- Iannetta. This is his make or break week. If he doesnt do well, I will find someone else to keep the position warm until Wieters comes up.

1B- Delgado. Not worried about him getting Wednesday off, as his matchups for Mon, Tue, Fri, and Sat are very good. I'l ltake my chances on 5 games from him.

2B- Kinsler. 'Nuff said.

3B- Cantu. Despite advice from multiple sources, I continue to like this guy. He is my veto move. I predict a top-10 3B finish for him.

SS- Derek Jeter. Solid, not spectacular.

OF- Jason Bay. He and Youkilis could be in a battle for AL MVP. Kinsler could make noise in that battle as well.

OF- Josh Hamilton. Ribcage a concern, but see below for my comments on his potential replacement.

OF- Nyjer Morgan. I smell sleeper on this guy. 100 runs and 30 steals not out of the question. OF's are a dime a dozen, so I can take a chance for now.

DH- Hank Blalock. 5 HR's can't be wrong. May only play 5 games this week, but as long as he's healthy, he can DH for me.


Matt Wieters, C. Just waiting for him to come up.

Elvis Andrus, SS. Speed and some pop. When it gets hot in TX this kid could put up some numbers.

Chris Young, OF. Bull's eye on his butt. He could be the next to go, especially on an AZ team that just isnt very good right now.


Here is where i have my biggest indecision. I can start any combo of 7 guys from the list below. I will list them in the order of "definitely starting" to "Not sure"

Dan Haren. A Gimme. 2 starts, even though one is against the Cubs. No question he starts for me.

Jonathan Papelbon. Sox are hot (oh it pains me to say that) and he looks awesome so far. Could get 4 saves this week, which would translate into 40+ points given my league's scoring rules. (2pts per IP, 1 pt Per K and 10 pts per Save.) Also no question he starts.

Johnny Cueto. Pitching against 2 so-so lineups, looked good his last outing. He's starting.

Armando Gallaraga. Only one start, but he has been great and I hold a special place for him in my heart as I had him last year. Starting.

Yovanni Gallardo. Ace of the Brew Crew. Lots of K's. Starting.'s where it gets dicey.

Roy Oswalt. A 2-starter, but game 1 he goes against Cueto. (I usually dont like starting starters against each other.) Start 2 is agains Jair Jurrjens and that's iffy for me. Oswalt hasn't sold me yet. Thoughts?

Ryan Franklin. Lights out so far. 4 games against the Nats. Could be a big save week for him.

Chad Qualls. So far, so good. Can put games away if the D-Backs could score!

Derek Lowe. One start against Houston. Solid. No qualms on using him. What do you think?

Paul Maholm. One start against Milwaukee. I'm also OK with him.

Tommy Hanson. Still in Minors (not for long?)

So basically what it boils down to is me wondering what to do for the final 2 spots of my pitching "rotation." Haren, Cueto, Gallardo, Gallaraga, and Papelbon are definites. I have 2 slots left with the choices being Oswalt, Franklin, Qualls, Lowe, and Maholm. I am anxious to see what people think. Hope to hear from you before lineups lock!


Posted on: April 21, 2009 3:43 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2009 4:58 pm

Week 3 of Fantasy Baseball and Full Steam Ahead!

 So here we are in day 2 of week three and my team is looking to be in pretty good shape for now. I have 2 starts in hand over my opponent and I am trailing by less than a point. The point of this entry is to get some opinions from the community, so I will list my lineup and bench along with a couple moves I am thinking of making. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated!

C-Chris Ianetta - Wow. I really expected more, and I am hoping that he begins to turn it on soon or else we are looking at him losing at-bats to Torrealba. Am keeping my eyes open for a replacement until (or unless) the O's Bring up Wieters.

1B- Carlos Delgado - Watched him in the WBC and was very impressed. Contract year for him and expecting .280-30-100.

2B- Ian Kinsler - My second overall pick. Singlehandedly responsible for my win in week 2 thanks to the cycle.

3B- Jorge Cantu - Not a glamour pick, but I had him last year and he had a few really nice weeks for me. His dual eligibility is a plus, as well. I have him pegged for a breakout year.

SS- Derek Jeter - Although a Yankee fan, not thrilled thus far. It helps that a fly ball to right in the new Yankee Stadium seems to be a home run about 40 percent of the time. Grounds into too many double plays. Expecting his production to increase if A-Roid comes back healthy.

OF- Jason Bay - So far, so good. Putting up plenty of points despite Ellsbury and Pedroia not heating up yet. Expecting big things from him.

OF- David DeJesus - Going with the "hot" hand here. Benched Chris Young to start DeJesus, as I have a feeling this Royals team is beginning to gel and could be "this years Rays". Still keeping my eyes open for an upgrade.

OF- Josh Hamilton - My biggest dissappointment so far. Didn't trust my gut on this one. Got sucked in by all the pre-rankings even though I thought last year was his career year. Still picked him with my first pick. The Sports Illustrated cover jinx has nothing on me when it comes to first picks in fantasy sports!

DH- Hank Blalock - Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle here. Hoping he can stay healthy and put up .275-25-95 or thereabouts. The dual eligibility also helps my roster flexibility.

Starting Pitchers

Armando Gallaraga - 2 start pitcher, pitched lights out in WBC. Love this kid. Expecting 17 wins with lots of Ks.

Yovani Gallardo - possibly the best pitcher on the Brewers. Once they start to hit and give my man some run support, look out.

Dan Haren - Hey! Arizona! Could you score this guy some runs please????

Derek Lowe - Two start pitcher. This guy eats up innings and rings up a decent number of K's.

Roy Oswalt - Hoping he is not to my starters this year what Aaron Harang was last year.

Relief Pitchers

Jonathan Papelbon - As automatic as anyone not named Rivera.

Chad Qualls - See comments on Dan Haren above. Once the D-backs start winning games, he should get his fair share of saves.

Reserve position players

Matt Wieters - The real deal. Hoping he is up by June especially since Iannetta has not been doing so well.

Elvis Andrus - Man, I have a lot of Texas Rangers! This kid is fast and has hit the ball really well so far. May give him some starts, especially when the summer starts and the balls start flying out in Texas.

Chris Young- Still waiting to see this guys upside. I know since I have him on the bench this week he will likely hit 5 home runs.

Reserve Pitchers

Nick Blackburn - Have seen glimmers of hope from him. Still, he is my most likely candidate to be dropped.

Johnny Cueto - Filthy stuff, but far too many walks. This is one area where i could use some advice. Is this guy a keeper?

Tommy Hanson - Expect him in that Braves rotation very soon. Hoping for instant impact.

Paul Maholm - The "ace" of the Pirates staff?


Trevor Hoffman - Does the old guy have anything left? Will the Brewers give him any leads to protect? When he comes off the DL as it stands right now, I am looking at keeping him and dropping blackburn. Any thoughts?

Random Thoughts

Any thoughts on picking up Denard Span or Elijah Dukes in place of DeJesus or Chris Young?

Who is the keeper? Cueto, Blackburn, or Neither?

Looking forward to your responses!







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