July 2010

Trade Deadline/Training Camp Podcast Sat. @ 1ET/10PT

Click here to listed to the show. It's going to be a great one! We’re back for another episode of the GeekSpeak Fantasy Sports Show on Saturday. We’ll be joined by special guest, Tim Heaney of KFFL.com. We’ll talk about the trades that have gone down, the ones that might...

Friday Frodos (7/30 Edition)

FRODO ALERT! Gettin' married, BRB! I'm tying the knot next Friday, so Frodos are going on hiatus for a few weeks-- Fret not, we'll return in mid-August with a fresh batch to kick off your weekend of awesomeness! Tim Simmons will be off the market as of next week (which...

James Gunn Posts First SUPER Images

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Maryland Declares Sept. 21 SID MEIER'S CIVILIZATION V DAY

From the Governor of the State of Maryland: In honor of the release of SID MEIER'S CIVILIZATION V, September 21 has been declared SID MEIER'S CIVILIZATION V DAY. Why Maryland? The game's developer, Firaxis Games, is based in Sparks, MD. [via Kotaku]

Graphic Novel LORE Headed To The Big Screen

Heat Vision reports that IDW Publishing's graphic novel LORE will be adapted for the big screen. Cory Goodman, who wrote the upcoming vampire thriller PRIEST, and Jeremy Lott will pen the script. Goodman will co-produce alongside Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar and Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs. The graphic novel was...


The Utah Jazz should have a much more exciting look this season with Al Jefferson at center, Paul Milsap bumped to starting forward and Mehmet Okur as the sixth man. Jefferson must be counting his blessings, having gotten away from Minnesota, David Kahn and the triangle offense… The Matt Capps...

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Late last night, Walt Disney Co. reached a deal to sell its Miramax Films unit to an investor group for $660 million. According to the LA Times, Disney has sold Miramax to Filmyard Holding, an investor group led by construction mogul Ron Tutor. The deal, which ends Disney's long and...


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DAILY COMIC: I Fight Crime #150

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J.J. Abrams Producing Victorian-Era Robot Movie

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FANTASY BASEBALL: Who's Hurt, Who's Hot & Who's Not - Week 16 Recap

The Fantasy Geek is back with the latest news in fantasy baseball over the past week, courtesy of TheFantasyGeek.com. This is an excerpt from The Geekly Update. To read the whole column, click here...


Stephen Strasburg isn’t on the DL, but it’s big news that he missed his start Tuesday with shoulder tightness. The Nats are being super-cautious, so don’t be surprised if he misses his Sunday start too.

Chris Coghlan’s shenanigans are well documented at this point. He’s out 4-6 weeks, possibly longer if he requires surgery. The Marlins brought up Logan Morrison to fill in. He’s a solid prospect who warrants a look in keeper and deeper leagues.

Shane Victorino’s outlook is bleak after he strained his oblique. The Phillies promoted top prospect Domonic Brown, who could be a future 25-25 guy. Grab him now if you’ve got the room.

Ryan Doumit got hit in the dome and now has a concussion. Jason Jaramillo and Erik Kratz will share the catching duties in Pittsburgh. Neither should be rostered, except in deeeeep NL-Only leagues.

Carlos Gullen has the dreaded calf strain. Some guy named Will Rhymes played 2B last night. Don’t pick him up, unless you’re in a fantasy rapper league.

Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle sliding into home. Man, the Tigers are a mess right now. The light-hitting Ryan Raburn will pick up more at bats. Yipee.

Ben Sheets is on the shelf with an elbow injury. Drop him and don’t look back.

Orlando Hudson “Orlanded” on the DL with an oblique. Nick Punto and Alexi Casilla are splitting the playing time at 2B.

David DeJesus went from trade bait to chum after busting his thumb. He’s done for the season.

Andy Pettitte has a groin issue. Tough loss, as he was having a helluva season. Now, Sergio Mitre is servin’ ‘em up in his place.


Here’s our take on the players fantasy owners are adding and dropping the most. (Change in Ownership Percentages via CBS Sports leagues)

Hot Commodities

Many Jack Cust owners cussed about having him benched last week.

Neil Walker (up 15%): Took a while for fantasy owners to warm up to the lesser-hyped Pirates prospect. A 5-for-5 night got him widely added. But the kid should stick around because he can do a little bit of everything.

Jack Cust (up 15%): Suckers. Haven’t we seen this before? Cust had a few good games last week, but as soon as you activate him, he’ll get back to slumpin’. No way he keeps that .294 average up, but if you’re hurtin’ for homers, he’s ownable.

Tyler Colvin (up 11%): Gotta admit, I’m intrigued by Colvin. He didn’t display this much power in the minors, but he’s leading off for the Cubs, scoring runs and is worth owning while he’s popping balls out da park in the hot Chicago air.

Cold Product

Sean Rodriguez (down 19%): A couple of weeks ago, S-Rod missed a game because his condo flooded. That put a real damper on his value because Reid Brignac filled in and hasn’t come out of the lineup since. In the few at bats Rodriguez is getting, he ain’t doing much. I still think the talent is there. But right now, the opportunity isn’t.

Ben Sheets (down 17%): The DL stint is actually doing owners a favor, making it easy for them to click “drop.” Sheets wasn’t worth owning anyway.

James McDonald (down 8%): Dodgers starting pitchers have a good park and a good division. But those factors alone don’t make them good. There was a rush to add McDonald when he was announced as a starter. That only lasted one outing, as did McDonald on many fantasy rosters.


Guys who stepped up over the past week:

Danny Valencia (.736 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI) – Normally, I use last week’s stats for this section. But this guy came out of absolutely nowhere to post ridiculous numbers so far this week. He’s 15 for his past 19. He’s basically been a .280s hitter in the minors, so this is quite the fluke. But there’s nothing wrong with riding a hot hand.

Luke Scott
(.481 BA, 4 HR, 8 RBI) – Great Scott! He’s fresh off the DL and rakin’, This cat is streakier than a naked guy running onto the field, so enjoy it now, but don’t expect it to last.

Jeff Francis (12 IP, 10 H+BB, 2 ER, 13 K, W) – He got dropped like a bad habit and then proved that maybe he’s worth owning after all.


Stars who stumbled:

Vladimir Guerrero (.125, 0 HR, 0 RBI) – A bad week every now and then is fine. I just hope the big fella isn’t starting to run out of gas in that Texas heat.

Nick Markakis (.083 BA, 0 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI) – Does he even qualify as a star anymore. I jumped off the Markakis ship a looooong time ago. It amazes me that some people still haven’t.

Carlos Silva (1 IP, 9 H+BB, 5 ER, L) – You knew he couldn’t be that good all season long. This was Silva’s second sub-2-inning outing. But chillax, Silva owners, he looked good in his outing on Monday (1 run in 5 IP).



That’s how many home runs Jose Bautista has. Nope, doesn’t look like he’s not going to slow down. Infact, he’s looking a lot like another Toronto third baseman with a similar name who had some surprising  power years. Can you guess who I’m talking about? I’ll tell you after HARDBALL HELP…


hockey geek:

Who should I pick up as a replacement for the benched Sean Rodriguez? Uribe, Wigginton or Beckham?

The Fantasy Geek:

Wigginton is probably your best bet. He started the season out really hot, then slumped pretty bad. But he’s back to doing okay. Beckham has picked it up a bit, but still isn’t hitting for power or stealing bases. Uribe is done…stick a fork in him.

If  you figured out that I was talking about Tony Batista, the guy with the crazy open stance, you win 10,000,000 Euros. Just send me your credit card number, social security number and mother’s maiden name!

Tony Batista once hit 41 homers in a season for Toronto.


Dumbest baseball injury?



Training camps start in the next few days, so get ready for the onslaught of football news. If you can’t get enough, I recommend joining Twitter (if you haven’t already) and searching #FantasyFootball. You’ll get so much news, your head will explode. Twitter’s also a great way to be among the first to find out about the baseball trades. I suggest following ESPN’s Buster Olney and Fox’s Ken Rosenthal. (You can do a search for them.) And you can always expect a fresh take on all the news right here at TheFantasyGeek.com. Here’s what we have on tap for the upcoming week…

ALL THE TIME – Look for our tweets with player updates as well as quick posts

FRIDAYSimon Says with more fantasy observations from Si

FRIDAY – The Geek will try to get his Tight End Breakdown posted in the football draft kit

SUNDAY Hustle Points with hot free agents, day-to-dayers and double-start pitchers

MONDAY @ 3ET/12PT – Back at it’s regular day and time! Hardball Help Live Chat with The Geek and Si

WEDNESDAY – Another lip-smacking-good edition of The Geekly Update

For more, visit TheFantasyGeek.com

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