Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat ? 8/23/16
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Michael
12:30
slim pickings on the waiver wire to replace strasburg (and the trade deadlines already passed). phelps, samardzija, or yordano for decent production until stras is back?
Brad Johnson
12:30
As long as you can stream, I'd go start by start rather than picking one guy
12:31
There will be days when Koehler, Foltynewicz, Reynaldo Lopez, etc. are all solid plays
as in, they'll be facing Phillies or Braves
JD15
12:31
I am in an 18 team league that has holds and saves as head to head categories. With so many teams, all of the closers and primary set up men are already taken. What is the best way for me to find holds still on the wire? Do I look for who has been getting the opportunities very recently (ex. sort by last 7 days) or better track record over the course of the year? Basically, what time frame should I evaluate relief pitchers and how long do I give a guy before I move on to the next?
Brad Johnson
12:32
Since all but the best holds guys top out around 20 over a full season, I just target the most talented guys regardless of role
now, since it's the end of the year, you don't have the luxury of grabbing a Grant Dayton and waiting for the Dodgers to use him as their 8th inning guy
Matt C
12:32
Dylan Cozens or Rhys Hoskins for a dynasty?
Brad Johnson
12:33
Both so hard to evaluate since they're playing in Reading. It's Coors on steroids for that league. Throws everything out of skew.
From what I can gather, Hoskins is a little more likely to fit in the majors. Cozens is said to have too many holes to play in the majors
12:34
hard to believe that with the power numbers they both have though...
Dumpster Fiers
12:34
Conforto is on a tear. Any chance they call him up, or stick with Grandy, Bruce and Cespedes?
Brad Johnson
12:34
Sept. 1
Not sure he'll even play then
The Mets are in desperate need of a spark, they really ought to turn to Conforto and tell him to carry them
not sure they have the stomach to bench Grandy or Bruce
Julie
12:34
would you drop shoemaker for robbie ray, or reynaldo in a dynasty?
Brad Johnson
12:34
for Ray, yes
12:35
I like Lopez a lot too for dynasty purposes, but take the guy performing now first
All 3 should be owned in a dynasty of any depth
Matt C
12:35
Who do you think will be the closer in Detroit next season? Texas?
Brad Johnson
12:35
I'll bet on Keone Kela in Texas. Been a big fan of his for awhile.
12:36
Detroit will sign someone
Millie
12:36
Starting to invest in 2017 in dynasty. Anyone from this group interest you enough to churn the bottom of a roster: Shelby, Lance Lynn, Corbin, Dan Norris or Matt Boyd?
Brad Johnson
12:36
Lynn could rebound, I like him most
Shelby has the name brand if he suddenly is decent again
12:37
Boyd's a guy I've always liked more than others. I recommended streaming him tomorrow :)
rustydude
12:37
Liam Hendriks was an Eno sleeper to get a lot of holds and possibly saves at the beginning of the season, but he struggled early. He seems to be better now. Would you grab him for holds over Joakim Soria?
Brad Johnson
12:37
Not sure he holds over Soria, but you don't have to target only 8th inning guys for holds
Moelicious
12:38
Why does Fangraphs have multiple chats at the same time? Forces us to pick and choose. But I-choo-choose-you!
Brad Johnson
12:38
whoops, this is my fault entirely
my chat is normally scheduled for later in the day, but I'm trying to rearrange my schedule
12:39
didn't think to coordinate with the main site
good news for you guys though, there are fewer people asking questions
Josh
12:39
How 'real' is this version of Alex Dickerson? Can he continue to hit for this kind of power while keeping his strikeouts down? Would you add him over Michael Saunders in a 12 team mixed league?
Brad Johnson
12:40
Well we've seen a spike in strikeouts in recent games. I think he settles in around 17%
otherwise, yea it's real-ish. He has 20 HR pop, good contact skills, and an aggressive approach
it's possible the scouting reports will catch up to him
12:41
expose something that completely defeats him
Jimmy Paredes is an example that comes to mind. Super aggressive approach then teams seemed to figure out how to get it past him
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