Roto Riteup — Presented by DraftKings: April 3, 2014

Today’s Roto Riteup looks forward to the author’s customary three day weekend, as well as the start of a bunch of new baseball series.

On today’s agenda
1. The Corey Kluber Society mourns
2. Jameson Taillon’s elbow
3. Fun with arbitrary endpoints
4. The Daily Five

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The Corey Kluber Society mourns
Kluber didn’t do so hot yesterday against the A’s in his 2014 debut. Listening to the radio feed, it sounds as if Kluber just couldn’t locate his hurls, and the three walks he allowed in less than four innings back that up. Kluber was so fun last year and posted a 21/3 K/BB ratio this spring, and I would be lying if I said I thought he wouldn’t bounce back next outing.

Jameson Taillon’s elbow
Jameson Taillon had an elbow exam over a week ago that showed his ligaments and stuff were still intact, but the right-hander received a second opinion on Monday. The Pirates haven’t leaked or announced news of the results of said second opinion, so that’s a little scary. Hopefully we hear what the deal is before too long, and hopefully the top prospect doesn’t succomb to the wrath of Tommy John.

Fun with arbitrary endpoints
All stats are through Tuesday’s piping hot game action.

Dustin Ackley, 2014: 9 PA, .571/.667/.1000; 2B, 3B, SB, 2 BB, K, irrelevant BABIP
Pedro Alvarez, spring training: 54 PA, .277/.370/.468; 2 HR, 14 K
Tyler Skaggs, spring training: 23.2 IP, 4.94 ERA; 19 K, 12 BB, 2 HR
Jesse Chavez, spring training: 28.1 IP, 2.22 ERA; 25 K, 6 BB, 4 HR


The Daily Five

SP: Chris Archer, $7,900
Let’s see how he does fresh off a sweet new extension.

SP: Roenis Elias, $5,500
As if you needed more reason to watch his filthy breaking ball.

OF: Adam Jones, $4,100
I like Felix Doubront, but I like Adam Jones against him at home even more.

1B: Justin Smoak, $3,200
I guess you could say I don’t trust Jesse Chavez.

2B: Dustin Ackley, $3,000
Ditto, only more so because Dustin makes me feel all tingly inside.

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  1. daniel says:

    How good was KAZMIR last night? God I wish my Mets still employed him.

    I love Archer for 2014. Him, Kazmir, and Cobb are good sleepers for AL CY Young.

    Pitching in Oakland is fantasy gold.

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  2. dscott says:

    Expected to see Desmond Jennings on here with 4 homers in 13 or so at bats off of Brandon Morrow!

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  3. DeQuarium Lumpkin says:

    Waiver wire question:

    I am fourth in waiver priority for my league. Alex Wood is on waivers until tomorrow and Doug Fister until Saturday. Should I pass on Wood to have a chance at Fister, or should I assume that all of the teams ahead of me will put in a claim on Fister?

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    • weselm says:

      I’d personally take Wood over Fister either way (that’s what she said). Why is he even on waivers? Did someone drop him right after he gave up that leadoff homer, without sticking around for the rest of the game?

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  4. David says:

    Zach, in DraftKings if I use all of your suggestions I may well have $$$$ left over. Any of the guys you list you would swap out ?

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  5. Jeff Zimmerman says:

    On the weather, which B. Johnson may cover, Royals-Tigers will probably get rained out.

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  6. amoonguss99 says:

    I’m just gunna say my piece once but the rake on DK is ridiculous. Maybe its coming from a poker background but I have no urge to grind it out or play for fun when so much is cut off the top.

    Even a terrible betting site like bovada takes less vig. Shrug.

    I lost interest… to be fair adding and withdrawing money was painless

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    • Grind says:

      Within a period of 3-4 months, at the ages of 18-19, I went from not knowing hand rankings to being a consistent winning player (ROI >20%) at the lower levels (ABI ~$7) of Full Tilt MTTs. I made ~$9k in about 4-5 months while i was a full-time student. I like poker now, but I’d never been into it before- like i said, i didn’t even know that fullhouse>straight or flush.

      I am currently 23 years old and have loved sports since i was 5. I work in the fantasy sports industry and have closely followed mlb/nfl/nba for years. I’m not sure whether i’m qualified to write for a fangraphs or footballoutsiders at the moment, but, I have a solid understanding of most major statistical concepts, a degree in economics, and I was borderline-obsessed with baseball stats for a solid chunk of my life.

      My point:

      I knew jackshit about poker and became a winning player online with a bit of training and practice (basically, smoking pot while watching my roommate play)

      Before I ever touched a DFS website, I already knew more about sports than 99.9% of the population, and that’s a low estimate IMHO. I haven’t lost significant money and haven’t played all that much, but it’s quite clearly much, much harder than poker.

      If you’re looking for this to be online poker, you are going to be very, very disappointed.

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  7. John M says:

    Surprised you haven’t mentioned Emilio Bonifacio’s ridiculous start to the season. 4/5, 5/7, and 2/3 with 4 total SBs (as of me writing this). Certainly he’ll fall back to earth, but if he returns to his 2011 form (early indications are good), he’s definitely worth a pick-up if you have a spare roster spot.

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