RotoWire Partners

Rounding Third: Week 7 Primer

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

Week 7 Primer

Chris and I ranted in our recent video segment and again in Charging the Mound, so I won't belabor the point too much, but to illustrate how badly the Pirates could have used Gregory Polanco on Sunday night against the Cards. Instead of Polanco and Kendrys Morales, the Pirates had Clint Barmes, Ike Davis and Jordy Mercer at their disposal.

Week 7 Noteworthy Schedules

For once, the Rockies have a bad schedule, with just five games this week, the first two at Kansas City, sandwiched by off-days. The Phillies also have just five games, hosting two against the Angels followed by three home games against the Reds.

The best six-game schedule has to belong to the Padres, who play three in Cincinnati and then three in Coors Field.

The following teams have seven games this week - Angels, Orioles, Cubs, Marlins, Yankees, Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Rays and Blue Jays. The Giants and Cardinals are at home for all seven games each with good matchups - both face the Braves, the Giants face the Marlins and the Cardinals get the Cubs for four games.

Here are the interleague matchups, with the home team listed first.

- Phillies-Angels (Tue-Wed) - The Angels are on fire right now, and the Phillies' bullpen is worn thin. They actually need their two off-days this week. Raul Ibanez and C.J. Cron will likely miss out on playing time in Philly.
- Royals-Rockies (Tue-Wed) - The Rockies' outfield logjam will temporarily be relieved most likely, with the chance for three of Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barnes able to start. On Wednesday the Royals are starting lefty Jason Vargas, so it's conceivable all four outfielders could play if the Rockies want to give Justin Morneau a day off.
- Yankees-Mets (Mon-Thur) - The Subway Series commences with two games in each park, beginning Monday in Yankee Stadium. The world is shortchanged of a couple of Bartolo Colon plate appearances this week as a result.
- Yankees-Pirates (Fri-Sun) - The Yankees have a full week of interleague play. The Pirates get the use of a DH this week, and surely they won't call up Gregory Polanco because they're cheap, and no I won't let go of this issue.

For more on the pitching matchups, please check out our indispensable Projected Starters Grid. I use that frequently to aid my free agent bidding and my lineups, both for two-start starters and for matchups. And then refer to Paul Sporer's excellent Pitcher Value Meter to settle any ties in your starting pitching matchups.


In this section I'll try to list as many of the free agent results as I can from my Sunday deadline leagues. Due to time constraints, the commentary will frequently be short.

NFBC - RotoWire Online Championship

Team Player Bid Runner-Up
Banged Up Bravos Juan Francisco (3B) 67 23
Tiger Slappy OC2 Tom Koehler (SP) 49 25
Release the Kraken Yasmani Grandal (C) 41
High Hopes Bryan Shaw (MR) 37 18
Tiger Slappy OC2 Carlos Quentin (LF) 28
Big Stick Ballerinas Seth Smith (LF) 23
Belmont Ave Bombers Drew Stubbs (CF) 23 14
Belmont Ave Bombers Roenis Elias (SP) 22
Big Stick Ballerinas Yangervis Solarte (3B) 7
Big Stick Ballerinas A.J. Pollock (CF) 6
Banged Up Bravos Corey Dickerson (CF) 3

As alluded, I really like the Padres' schedule this week, and I like that Grandal is getting healthy, at one point playing four games in a row. I could see him playing four games in great hitting environments this week, maybe five, so I'll start him ahead of Welington Castillo this week.

NFBC Main Event

Team Player Bid Runner-Up
Metsmerizers-2 Drew Pomeranz (MR) 304 43
Oakland Eh's Marcus Stroman (SP) 104 80
Metsmerizers-2 Jeurys Familia (MR) 87 61
Spartacus Bryan Shaw (MR) 79 74
MORONS Seth Smith (LF) 33 23
VF's FusterCluck Robbie Erlin (SP) 33 31
El Scorchos Ryan Vogelsong (SP) 31 19
BN Bears Jhoulys Chacin (SP) 26
Cocktails and Dreams Mike Aviles (3B) 24 11
El Scorchos Dallas Keuchel (SP) 21 18
Team SnV Tyler Lyons (SP) 18 14
Dead Moneyball David DeJesus (CF) 14
Spartacus Gordon Beckham (2B) 14 13
Oakland Eh's Ricky Nolasco (SP) 13
Cocktails and Dreams Wei-Yin Chen (SP) 13 2
Cocktails and Dreams Mike Olt (3B) 13 8
Cocktails and Dreams Brandon Crawford (SS) 13 12
movers Josh Tomlin (SP) 12
Diamondking Brandon Hicks (2B) 10
BN Bears Conor Gillaspie (3B) 10
Metsmerizers-2 Peter Bourjos (CF) 8 5
Valar Morghulis James Jones (CF) 6
El Scorchos Hank Conger (C) 5
Team SnV Wilmer Flores (2B) 4
Team SnV Matt Shoemaker (MR) 3
Valar Morghulis Jake McGee (MR) 3
Metsmerizers-2 Jonathan Schoop (3B) 2
Metsmerizers-2 Frank Francisco (MR) 1
Diamondking Maikel Franco (3B) 1
VF's FusterCluck Rougned Odor (2B) 1
Team Taylor Jonathan Broxton (MR) 1

Vogelsong has stabilized over the last 30 days, and while he's not going to be a huge strikeout guy, he gets two home starts against the Braves and Marlins this week. I finally cut bait on Joe Kelly and his hamstring - I can't hold the roster spot for another month with the payoff isn't that high. I'll have a good enough chance to re-acquire him later. Drew Pomeranz was my first preference in free agent bidding this week, but as you can see, I was an order of magnitude away from getting him.

I added Conger because I lost Matt Wieters. Sigh - Wieters sticks on my reserve roster for now until we hear more about his elbow. My drops this week besides Kelly were David Freese and Abraham Almonte.

RotoWire Staff Keeper League

Frozen Ropes: Pick up Chase Anderson ($7), drop Jeremy Guthrie
(Frozen Ropes: $7)
(High-A West Madison: $1)
Casale Industries: Pick up Tyler Colvin ($1), drop Brett Oberholtzer
Browns: Pick up Jeurys Familia ($19), drop Carlos Carrasco
(Erickson: $10)
(Frozen Ropes: $8)
(Payne: $3)
(The Bros McKeown: $3)
(Liss and Shoe's Dynasty: $1)
Anderson: Pick up Brandon Hicks ($1), drop Jemile Weeks
The Bros McKeown: Pick up Edwin Jackson ($3), drop Franklin Morales
Erickson: Pick up James Jones ($5), drop Nick Hundley
(Liss and Shoe's Dynasty: $2)
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $1)
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $1)
Uggla's Decaying Remains: Pick up Eduardo Nunez ($1), drop Alex Presley
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $1)
Anderson: Pick up Darren O'Day ($2), drop Yusmeiro Petit
Liss and Shoe's Dynasty: Pick up Cesar Ramos ($1), drop Bud Norris
War Puigs: Pick up Robbie Ray ($3), drop Gaby Sanchez
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $2)
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $2)
Uggla's Decaying Remains: Pick up Andrew Romine ($1), drop Jace Peterson
Uggla's Decaying Remains: Pick up Cody Ross ($2), drop Robbie Grossman
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $2)
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $2)
Erickson: Pick up Bryan Shaw ($10), drop Jonathan Broxton
(Browns: $9)
(Browns: $9)
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $5)
(Payne: $4)
(Liss and Shoe's Dynasty: $1)
McLovin's Spoonful: Pick up Seth Smith ($8), drop J.B. Shuck
(Erickson: $5)
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $4)
(Uggla's Decaying Remains: $4)
(Casale Industries: $2)
The Bros McKeown: Pick up Drew Stubbs ($2), drop Jeff Locke
(McLovin's Spoonful: $2)
(Casale Industries: $1)
Anderson: Pick up Chris Withrow ($2), drop David Carpenter
High-A West Madison: Pick up Chris Young ($1), drop Ryan Cook
(Anderson: $2)

Mixed LABR

Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Bryan Shaw awarded to Fangraphs for $8.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Failed bids for Bryan Shaw: $4, $3, $7.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Drew Pomeranz awarded to for $8.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Failed bids for Drew Pomeranz: $7, $7, $3, $2, $3.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Jeurys Familia awarded to for $4.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Failed bids for Jeurys Familia: $1, $1.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Chris Iannetta awarded to Baseball HQ for $3.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Gavin Floyd awarded to Baseball HQ for $2.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Wilmer Flores awarded to for $2.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Failed bids for Wilmer Flores: $1.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Mike Aviles awarded to for $2.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Collin Cowgill awarded to for $2.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: David Carpenter awarded to USA TODAY Sports for $1.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Henderson Alvarez awarded to Bloomberg Sports for $1.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Tom Milone awarded to Rotowire-Erickson for $1.
Mon May 12 12:01 AM ET: Colby Lewis awarded to Rotowire-Erickson for $1.

AL Tout

Ron Shandler: pur ROdor Tex 28
Mike Podhorzer: pur DValencia KC 8
Andy Behrens: pur DBarton Oak 1
Steve Moyer: pur SPearce Bal 0
Andy Behrens: pur RBelisario CWS 1
Larry Schechter: pur ENunez Min 17
Chris Liss: pur JGiavotella KC 9
Rob Leibowitz: pur LSardinas Tex 1
Chris Liss: pur SDoolittle Oak 3
Chris Liss: pur NMorgan Cle 5
Mike Podhorzer: pur CParmelee Min 1
Mike Podhorzer: pur NTepesch Tex 1
Larry Schechter: pur JBuck Sea 1
Steve Moyer: pur EKratz Tor 0
Jeff Erickson: pur MShoemaker LAA 1
Rob Leibowitz: pur AAceves NYY 3
Jason Collette: pur DKelly Det 1
Jason Collette: pur ASwarzak Min 0
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton: pur FFrancisco CWS 1