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Here are some recent baseball questions our experts have received, along with their responses:

I play in a 5x5 mixed league and need a Middle Infielder. Which of the following do you think would be the most productive? K. Wong STL B. Miller SEA E. Bonifacio CHI J. Lowrie OAK Thanks. L. Ellis

I like Lowrie but he has problems staying healthy. Bonifacio is off to s fast start and will get steals but not much else and will probably end up hitting like .250 for the season. I would go with Miller. Shawn (CDub)


13 team, mixed league, 5x5 categories round 1, kershaw, cabrera, mccutchen and trout are gone, i am up, who would you take?

Goldschmidt. Gonzalez is a consideration but he has problems playing over 130 games. 1B is not as deep as people think, plus Goldschmidt will give you power, a solid average and steal a few bases for you too. Shawn (CDub)


I'm in a 12-team 5x5 mixed roto league in which we keep six players to start the next season. I am definitely keeping A. Jones, E. Encarnacion, P. Fielder and C. Lee. Which two would you keep from the following: M. Adams, J. Altuve, J. Donaldson, E. Hosmer, K. Medlen, B. Posey, A. Rios, and A. Sanchez?

I'd go with Hosmer and Posey. I wouldn't consider Adams, Altuve, Medlen or Sanchez. I just don't think those guys are quite at the keeper-level for a six-keeper league this size. Donaldson is kind of a wild card, but everything points to some regression there, and if he does regress a little, his star will fade, think Chase Headley, and you won't be able to get a ton for him in a trade. With Alex Rios, you could be talking about a top-30 guy in roto leagues this year, but steals decline with age, and injury risk increases, so he's not a very appealing keeper option in that sense. Hosmer is a no-brainer for me - a guy who in his prime could hit .320 with 30 HRs and 15 steals. Posey makes six, just because his floor is incredibly high at a premium position, and if you ever need to move him, it should be easy given his name value.


Good Morning. I'm in a 12 team 5x5 roto league. We keep 8 players, with no time restriction or draft pick forfeiture. I'm contemplating a trade of my Adam Jones for another teams Troy Tulowitzki. I'm afraid that in Tulo the only gains are OBP (our scoring category, not Avg.) and big health concerns. All other categories are pretty close in peformance. I don't want to make a bad move for postional scarcity. Your thoughts, please? Many thanks!!

Not to discount positional scarcity but the shallower the league, the less of an issue it is. Tulowitzki is a very good player when healthy, the "when healthy" part is the issue. He has played an average of 105 games the last three years and has not played over 150 games in a season since 2009 -- and only twice in his career. Players also tend not to get healthier as they age. Getting the SS is tempting but you stick with Jones. Shawn (CDub)


Keep 12 5x5 roto E Hosmer W Rosario X Bogaerts A Cabrera J Segura P Fielder J Bautista V Martinez Z Greinke M Scherzer G Cole C Sale T Walker CJ Wilson C Bucholtz Who do you keep and why Thanks Andy

You can let go of CJ Wilson, Buchholz, and Asdrubal Cabrera. All three are declining and you have prospects ready to contribute in Bogaerts and Cole and Walker. -Nick S.


No question, but just wanted to say Thank you for another successful season of fantasy baseball. Thank you for helping me win my 4th straight championship against my buddies! See you next year for #5.

Thanks for the gratitude. It is, without a doubt, our pleasure. See you next year! All the best, Howard Bender


I'm looking for your thoughts on players to target for each position that under-performed last year, but because of past experience and/or injuries, will come at potential values for 2012. I am involved in a 10 team, 5x5 roto auction league that plays 1 catcher. Thanks. Doug

Doug -- C -- Joe Mauer is really the only notable under-performer that could turn things around this year. He's slipping a little in drafts, so he could be a decent bargain in the 7th or 8th round. 1B -- Ike Davis had injuries destroy his 2011 and he was looking real good to start the year. If people are judging just on last season's stats, he'll be a bargain. 2B -- Aaron Hill will probably be overlooked since his 1st half stats killed him. But he looked pretty strong once he settled down in Arizona. SS -- Hanley, who else? I'm totally buying a comeback and the fact that he's slipping to early 2nd round makes him a bargain. 3B -- David Wright continues to slip a little in drafts, so he'll be a bargain. Also Martin Prado was ruined last year by a staph infection. Since it wasn't a major injury that affect the ability to play in the future, I like him at third. OF -- Dunn, Heyward and Choo. I believe in all three making a strong comeback this season. If it's a keeper league, then go with Heyward. As for pitchers, the position is so deep that there are plenty of bargains up and down the line. See how your league is valuing starters, but there are so many "bargains" in the third and fourth tier of the position that I wouldn't worry too much as there is plenty of talent, especially in a 10 team league. Good luck! Howard Bender