Friday, April 15, 2011

JMurl's Microbrew and Fantasy Sleepers

JMurl's Microbrew of the Week

Hop Hog IPA

Brewed by: Lancaster Brewing Company/Lancaster, PA

Style: American IPA

Abv: 7.9%

Deep copper color, with a thin white head...sweet fruity malt, with a hint of citrus hops...medium bodied, with some decent carbonation...does have a little bit of a hop bite, but the malty sweetness kinda takes it away......3 out of 5 burps

Rating system:

5 burps- The cream of the crop...your taste buds will thank you
4 burps- Good brew, but not the crème de la crème that would get 5 burps
3 burps- Okay, but “I'm not a big fan” and its got alcohol in it, so I'll drink it
2 burps- “Do you have any Bud Light instead of this?”
1 burp-   This brew sucks so bad, it make you want to run to the closest AA meeting

Sit em'/Start em' (week of 4/14 through 4/21)

Start Em':
Angel Sanchez (Astros- SS)  Sanchez is off to a nice start this season, hitting .321 and scoring six runs. Clint Barmes (hand) is still a couple of weeks away from returning, so Sanchez will continue to see starts at short until Barmes is back from the DL.
Sam Fuld (Rays- OF) Fuld hit two doubles, a triple and a home run. Fuld is mainly a speed guy with five stolen bases so the power display was impressive. He's a great pickup if you need speed, provided that the other owners in your league have slept on him.

Willie Bloomquist (Diamondbacks- SS/3B/OF) Has season-long hitting streak of eight games and is one the most active free agent pickups this week in all leagues, so if you got 'em then start 'em and if you don't, then pick him ASAP!!!  Also listed at three different positions, so he is very versatile.
Sit Em':
Ivan Rodriguez (Nationals-C) Originally projected to start the majority of games behind the plate, Pudge's sluggish start (three hits in 17 at-bats) has led to Wilson Ramos a 23-year-old obtained last season when the Nats sent Matt Capps to the Twins, to be named the new primary catcher.
Justin Smoak (Mariners-1B) His .381 OBP is respectable, but Smoak's lack of power production (zero homers, four RBI) leaves much to be desired at the first base position. Cavernous Safeco Field isn't helping the matter, as the ballpark ranked second to last in runs and home runs in 2010. For the time being, employ Smoak in AL-only or deeper leagues
Delmon Young (Twins-OF)  His OBP has never been anything to write home about (career .323), but Young historically hits around .290 and delivered 112 RBI and 77 runs last season. But in the early going, Young hasn't discovered a groove, batting a pathetic .188 with just one extra-base knock. The OF position offers depth, meaning Young should find a seat on your bench until snapping out of his funk.


  1. Question: Are you listing the Microbrew as a sleeper too? Because having that rating system doesn't really fit with the term "sleeper". A sleeper is someone who exceeds expectations. A "3" is not really exceeding expectations.

  2. No, the microbrews are separate from the fantasy insight...i gave it a 3 cause I have had better IPAs