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Monday Twitter Rush: How bad is Ryan Zimmerman, and how good is Corey Dickerson?

By Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Corey Dickerson just won't stop being awesome. (USATSI)
Corey Dickerson just won't stop being awesome. (USATSI)

It's Monday, which means I could either sequester myself on Twitter, answering one question at a time for one person at a time, or work some of those questions into a blog post like this one for all the world to see!

I choose the latter. You're welcome, world.

Between the shoulder injury in 2012 and the wacky late-season surge last year, Ryan Zimmerman has become notorious for distributing his numbers as unevenly as possible over the course of a season. In other words, his .192 (14 for 73) batting average in 19 games since returning from the DL is hardly out of character. Considering he was hitting well before the DL stint and the injury he suffered (broken right thumb) isn't the kind that should linger, I'm confident he'll bounce back.

Now that Raul Ibanez is out of the picture, I'd say that's highly realistic. With everyday at-bats, C.J. Cron has a chance of becoming something like another Mark Trumbo, maybe trading off a few of the home runs for a higher batting average since he has a significantly higher contact rate. That projection makes him out to be just that without going overboard.

Ah, the perfect question to demonstrate how to interpret my weekly Start and Sit Hitters column. If you look at this week's, you'll see that Todd Frazier is "too obvious" at both first and third base. He ranks seventh at the former in Head-to-Head points leagues and third at the latter. I'd call that too obvious. "Too obvious" hitters always take precedence over "sleepers," which you'll see in the table to the right. Adam LaRoche is second on that list, but Sandoval is first, which means I'd go with Frazier and Sandoval this week.

I'm loving Jake Odorizzi right now. Between his 2.88 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings in his last nine starts and his 3.15 FIP for the season as a whole, I think he might be the most underappreciated starting pitcher in Fantasy. But I still can't give him the nod over Wood, who was looking like an ace before the Braves removed him from the starting rotation to preserve innings in early May. I'll rank that group Wood, Odorizzi, Gibson and Hahn.

I'm completely in his corner now. I called him a "sit" in last week's Start and Sit Hitters column, thinking he'd sit or struggle against lefties Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu to begin the week, which he did. But he was so productive to end the week that it didn't matter. In 342 big-league at-bats now, he's hit .301 with 15 homers and a .907 OPS, looking every bit like the masher he was in the minors. I don't let him go unowned in any league.

I don't know why you'd think cutting Jered Weaver would help your team's ERA and WHIP. He's no strikeout artist, but he's 44th among the 96 qualifying starters with a 3.47 ERA and 17th with a 1.13 WHIP. And unlike some of the pitchers ahead of him in both of those categories, he has the track record to suggest it'll continue. With Bailey, I can at least follow the logic a little more, but he has made progress with a 3.69 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over his last six starts and has a bit of a track record himself. Those five all have their strengths, but I don't think any is a lock for a better ERA and WHIP than Bailey the rest of the way. You'd almost certainly lose something in the way strikeouts by making the switch, though.

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