|Fantasy Q & A (X)|
Written by Bryan Roth (Contact & Archive) on July 10, 2007
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Q: Iâ€™m thinking of dumping Bill Hall so who do I add? Casey Blake has been hot and CLE has good lineup so do I use WW#6 on him?
A: Those are all fine choices, so it really depends on what you need. If you need to fill the hole at SS or 3B that Hall is leaving, any of the available options are solid. Iâ€™m a big Josh Barfield fan and even though his average looks bad right now, itâ€™s mostly because of a terrible start. He hit .317 in June and chances are his second half will be pretty good. Depending on what happens in Cincinnati, Freel could get lots of playing time in July, so thereâ€™s some stolen bases, too. If youâ€™re looking for power and RBIs and can fill the position that Hall was at in your lineup, pick up Blake, who should give you a typical .270-25-90 line.
Q: Who do you like best from this list for remainder of year - 12-team, non-keeper, standard roto league...categories are wins, losses, era, whip, k/ip, saves.
That's good enough for a share of first in this league. Should I punt ERA and WHIP?
A: If youâ€™re going to do that, youâ€™re not going to win if you canâ€™t guarantee that youâ€™ll win most of the other categories. Your hitting is doing fine, so you may want to consider trading from strength to help your weakness. The one good thing about ERA and WHIP is that over the course of the season, they will pan out. Pitcherâ€™s ratios fluctuate so much, itâ€™s not worth worrying too much about it. If you pick up a few solid middle relievers who offer Ks, that will do a good job at helping you in that category while dropping your high ratios.
Q: Who would you rather have for the rest of the year, Alex Gordon or Ryan Braun? Yahoo H2H League. Leaning towards Braun as the Brewers start to warm up... your thoughts?
A: Braun all the way. Gordon had a great June, but heâ€™s back to slumping. Meanwhile, Braun has been a one-man wrecking crew at the plate the last couple weeks. That, and heâ€™ll provide stolen bases. Like you point out, Braun also plays on a team that will help him produce more than the Royals. Pick him up and enjoy.