Marry, Bury, Date: Week 3

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Welcome back to another week of Marry, Bury, Date — the
childhood game I’ve hijacked to provide the framework for my initial foray into
providing expert fantasy baseball advice.


The premise of the game is simple.  Three names are thrown out and the participants
must pick which one they would Marry (ie commit to long-term), Bury (get rid of
forever), or Date (could be fun in the short-term).  When considering trade offers or waiver wire
pick-ups, fantasy players are faced with these same three decisions all the
time, so in an effort to help aid these choices, I’ll name one player who I
like for the rest of the season, one player who I think could help in the
short-term, and one guy I wouldn’t touch in this space each week.


After I’m done, if you want to whisper to the player that I
“like ’em, like ’em” that’s up to you. 
If you do, I look forward to the awkwardness that ensues all the way
through the Junior High Prom.  Maybe I’ll
get my courage up and ask them to dance during “Lady in Red.” 


This week’s picks are below.




Wandy Rodriguez
Three starts are all I need to see here. 
Wandy (and yes, that’s what I’m going to call him, I’m sick of all the
__Rod nicknames.  There should be only
three “Rods” – I-Rod (the original), A-Rod (the best), and The Rod (which saved
the astronauts’ lives in “The Simpsons”)) has been dominant so far this season,
striking out 18 batters in 19 innings and keeping his WHIP at an even 1.00, yet
somehow he’s unowned in a majority of leagues. 
He should be rostered in all formats, as he’ll finish the season as a
top 30 pitcher.


Those who wish to disparage him point to his home/road
splits, as he pitches much better at home. 
But they said the same thing about Ervin Santana last year and he turned
out ok.  If you are really worried about
it, start Wandy only at home, where he is an absolute ace (2.99 ERA and 82 Ks
in 81.1 innings last year).  Then if he
shows signs of improvement on the road, you suddenly have a borderline 2/3
fantasy starter on your staff with very little risk.  Sounds good to me.




Edgar Renteria – He
may be a little lower profile than previous bury nominees, but this one is
personal.  I picked up Renteria in the
Expert League thinking he’d be good insurance for my injury prone trio of
Furcal, Kinsler, and Utley but he’s since proved that his coverage has
expired.  He’s looked horrendous in both
the field and at the plate, finally providing us with an answer for the
question “what does a zero tools player look like?” and is now hitting at the
bottom of the Giants order.  Even in a
deep league like mine, I’m cutting him loose. 
If you own him, you should do the same.




Nick Swisher – The
current darling of the waiver wire has inspired a lot of people to relinquish their
priority or a big chuck of their FAAB budget in the last few weeks.  He’s currently burning the Bronx up and has
quickly won over the New York faithful while carrying his fantasy owners to
early season leads in leagues across the nation.



My advice — if you have him, move him right now.  Swisher is an incredibly streaky player,
proving throughout his career that he’s more than capable of hitting .330 one
month and .200 the next.  I’d sell while
the going is good to a leaguemate who thinks the Yankees lineup and new
ballpark will cause his current hot streak to last.  History says otherwise, as Swisher is a
career .245 hitter with limited upside in other categories.  The 25-30 HRs he’ll hit this season will not come
close to making up for the strain he’ll place on your average and I don’t know
about you, but if a guy is going to lose me one category, he better win me
another, even if he is a great guy to have around my imaginary clubhouse.


Thanks for reading, tomorrow is the mailbag, so leave any
questions you may have in the comments below.


Are you intentionally trying to alienate your readers (well, one of them) with this “only 3 rods business”?? K-Rod is the real Rod. A-Rod is now A-Roid and Pudge should never be referred to as I-Rod. Just sayin’.

2 Questions for the mailbag:

1) There are a plethora of guides out there for the average fantasy player to reference to establish the value of a player during draft time. But, I know of nothing comparable to reference when using a FAAB budget for picking up a player off of the waiver wire. Is there a good place to go to get an idea of how much to bid on a player who is on the waiver wire? If there is nothing out there, do you have any ground rules that you can suggest? In my league ($100 FAAB), I have routinely seen people bid $0 for a player, but then I have also seen bids on what I considered average pick-ups balloon to as high as $14.

2) With Patrick Swayze’s declining health, are we ever going to see a Point Break 2? I remain convinced that Bodhi did, in fact, paddle to New Zealand.

Pudge is a much better nickname, I’ll grant you that, but I remember I-Rod before A-Rod and I didn’t want to disrespect the original. I considered K-Rod, but I actually think this is the exact moment the nickname went south and started to bother me. K-Rod is too contrived and derivitive. He’s a helluva pitcher, he deserves better.

How do you feel about total bases as a substitute for OBP in a 6×6 league?

Great timing on the Renteria call with his grand slam last night off Peavy. Those of us who reallllly need the Padres to win more games than they lose this week for a certain survivor pool are debating whether to “bury” Renteria or the rain that screwed our chances by giving the Pads an odd number of games this week. I don’t know how you bury rain, so I guess I’m in favor of your “bury” call after all. Good thing the survivor pool is just for fun.

I actually like OBP as a substitute for AVG and then total Bases as the 6th category. Once you move away from the standard 5×5 and are no longer going with a vanilla format, I like OBP over Avg as it’s a better indication of a players worth.

– Toby

Pudge is a better nickname, but the problem is that it more properly belongs to another catcher.

That’s the same thing that bothered me at people calling LaDanian Tomlinson “LT.” There was only one LT. LaDanian, if he had to be called anything, should have gone with “LDT.”

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